The Black Knight Colin Craig calls it a draw

After Cameron soundly defeated Colin Craig in court this week comparisons were made between Colin Craig and the Black Knight. Colin’s loss was his third serious legal defeat in a row but like the Black Knight he does not want to face reality.

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50 deaf Nicaraguan children, who didn’t know sign language, were put in a school together they developed their own sign language. Scientists are still studying the unique spontaneous appearance of language and its ongoing development and introduction of grammar. (Source)   Read more »

Timo takes one for the team

Because he can

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Key’s ballsy move may yet ruin his legacy

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key wears the New Zealand flag after Ricky Ponting pulls the New Zealand flag out on the first tee during the ANZ Challenge and round 4 at The Hills during 2016 BMW ISPS Handa New Zealand Open. Sunday 13 March 2016. Arrowtown, New Zealand. Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

I’m disappointed with the National MPs for choosing a Bill English led party.  Bill is not the right choice.  Sure, I was rooting for Judith Collins, and that has something to do with it.  But I hold different fears.

Key could  have taken National into a 4th term, stood down a year later, and got everyone home.  Scum list MPs would keep their jobs.  The nation’s lukewarm bath of semi-contentment would have continued on its merry way. Read more »

Cry baby of the week

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Peter Haynes: Cry baby of the week

Our cry baby of the week is Peter Haynes, the Labour/Green aligned Albert Eden Local Board chairman who is concerned that a newer and bigger supermarket will mean he has to walk further to do his shopping.

Renovations to one of Auckland’s busiest supermarkets, expanded by a third to now be a half hectare, will be marked at an event next week but a community leader says the store is now too big.

Countdown Mt Eden, the Valley Rd shop with an average weekly customer count of 33,000, has been pushed out from 3560sq m to 5000sq m or a half-hectare.

Wiebe van der Veen, store manager, said another 50 people had been employed to staff the larger supermarket, operating in the expanded format since September.   Read more »

I wonder how many of these guys Bill promised a ministerial portfolio for their public endorsement

A whole bunch of MPs declared earlier today for Bill English. This ultimately led to Judith Collins jacking in the race. But, at least one of them at least was promised a ministerial portfolio if he did so…that will come at the expense of Jonathan Coleman who will get stabbed first for daring to interrupt his coronation.

Judith Collins is likely to get stabbed too because Bill English has such a deep and abiding vindictive streak.

Bill English’s bid for Prime Minister continues to build momentum as more MPs declare their support for him today.

Twenty-one MPs have now committed to backing English in a vote on Monday, while none have yet publicly backed the other contenders Jonathan Coleman and Judith Collins.

To get a majority within the National caucus a candidate will need 30 votes.

The growing level of support for English could put pressure on Coleman and Collins to withdraw from the race.

National’s Jami-Lee Ross, Jonathan Young, Todd Muller, Chris Bishop and Brett Hudson are the latest to say they will back English.   Read more »

Did McCully use his position to leak Shearer’s new job to benefit Bill?

The main thrust of approaches to backbenchers is Bill is needed for stability…the classic Mummy is still here line.

They are talking about the possibility of others leaving if Bill doesn’t win, leading to the bizarre situation where senior ministers are thinking of throwing their toys if their mate Bill English doesn’t stay to protect them in their jobs. Classic old guard protecting themselves without thinking about the future of the party they belong to.

So it is somewhat interesting that it was Murray McCully who leaked that David Shearer may be gone, before his job is even confirmed.

David Shearer’s set to quit Mt Albert, to take up a job with the United Nations, leading its mission in South Sudan.

A recommendation for the Labour MP’s appointment has been put before the United Nations Security Council by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.

That’s set to be approved this week.

All Security Council members have two days to object but Mr Shearer’s previous experience means he’s likely to get the tick.

Mr Shearer will work alongside the commander of 18,000 peace-keepers, with a budget of about $1 billion.   Read more »