Could Ron Mark succeed Winston Peters?

With the death blow delivered to Colin Craig’s cult party the focus has moved onto NZ First.

But with Winston Peters at an advanced age the future is by no means secure for them.

They need a successor to Winston…because frankly the sycophants there now aren’t up to much other than propping up Winston as he weaves his way home from the Green Parrot.

Former New Zealand First MP Ron Mark has confirmed he is considering the offer of what the Herald understands is a high place on the party’s list that would be likely to take him back into Parliament but says his commitment to his iwi may trump political ambition.

The Herald understands Mr Mark is being courted both as a list candidate and as a potential successor to leader Winston Peters, in part because of his good relationship with National as the two parties consider a potential post-election deal.

Speculation that Mr Marks, who is still a member, may return to active involvement in NZ First was fired by his appearance at the recent annual conference in Auckland.

Sources subsequently told the Herald he is being pursued as a list candidate and potential future leader.

“A lot of people have been asking me for a long time,” he told the Herald last night.   Read more »

Labour relaunches their Hobbit Hater policy

Labour has re-launched their Hobbit Hater policy at the behest of the unions, proving that their investment in purchasing David Cunliffe and the 20% vote for the leadership has provided a cash for policy arrangement that is giving their leaders sticky knickers.

The Labour Party wants to repeal the law changes that were ceded to Warner Bros over The Hobbit films, a move which the Government says would cripple the $3 billion screen industry.

Labour leader David Cunliffe and MP Andrew Little launched the party’s work and wages policy yesterday, which included a boost to the minimum wage, and a commission of inquiry into workplace conditions.

Here’s an idea…why don;t they just declare a wages crisis, and in short order National will fix the problem. Seems to have worked for manufacturing and housing…it’s worth a crack.

So Labour wants to kill off the film industry in NZ, Dotcom’s party just wants to steal it, and the Greens want to destroy the oil and gas industry.

They really are the wrecking ball of the NZ economy.

But wait it gets worse…Labour also wants to kill jobs.  Read more »

Troughers are what Troughers Do

Andrea Vance  reports on some gold plated toughing.

Taxpayers are stumping up for Pacific Island Affairs boss Pauline Winter to travel between Wellington and Auckland most weekends.

Winter has a home in Westmere, but her $240,000-a-year job is based in the capital.

Her expense records show that over the last year she flew between the two cities almost every weekend. Between July 2013 and 2014, her expenditure totalled more than $30,000, most of which went on airfares, taxis and rental car hire in Wellington and Auckland.

However, State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie insists that Winter does not commute and that she has a residence in Wellington.

“I expect the chief executive to travel regularly between MPIA’s offices in Wellington and Auckland and to attend meetings and events with the Pacific Island community . . .

“I am assured by Ms Winter that all her travel expenses are for legitimate purposes related to the core business of the ministry and are in accordance with MPIA’s policies and processes.”

The ministry is also paying for private secretary Luc Shorter to commute between Auckland and Wellington, and is footing his accommodation bill.

His Twitter profile says he lives on Waiheke Island and insiders say he is billeted at serviced apartments on The Terrace, costing around $1800 a month.

Shorter, executive director Kevin Sua Thomsen and regional manager Paul Stowers were hired by Winter last year without the roles being advertised.   Read more »

Propaganda 103

Welcome to the third in my series of posts to help you recognise, understand and analyse  propaganda.

My disclaimer:

I am an ex High School History and English teacher. I am very motivated to learn from the lessons of history because otherwise I feel that we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. I have a special interest in how propaganda was successfully used by Hitler to demonise the Jews and when I see the same techniques being employed now I feel honour bound to point it out. That is my motivation and that is my bias.

So what exactly is propaganda?

*It is information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution or nation.

*It is also the particular doctrines or principles propagated by an organization or movement.
One example of an organisation that has used it is the Roman Catholic Church. In 1622 Pope Gregory XV established a committee of Cardinals whose job it was to supervise foreign missions and to train Priests for these missions. They set up a school to help them do this (College of Propaganda) for the education of Priests for foreign missions.

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Mental Health Break

It is highly likely we did this one before. But it is just so fantastic, another run won’t hurt

The Sandpit from Sam O’Hare on Vimeo.

Another threat in Gaza exposed

Sometimes I visit the Political section of the Trademe message board to see what people are talking about.

Today I was astounded to find out about a new threat in Gaza.

 

Hummus, be afraid be very afraid....

Hummus, be afraid be very afraid….

So what do people think about this new threat?   Read more »

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Map of the Day

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Would appear they have more than one missing million.

 

Should SFWU spending be included in Labour’s election spending [UPDATED]

A good case could be made that the Service & Food Workers Union election spending should be added to Labour’s.

Not only is the SFWU a large donor of Labour’s but they are also spending up large in their own right campaigning on behalf of Labour.

No problems with advocating to change the government, but to also advocate for voting Labour is probably well past the guidelines of the Electoral Commission and the Electoral Act.

A complain could also be made about the accuracy of their claims.

This is the poster they are plastering everywhere and my tipster sent this in from the Hutt Hospital.

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Bews-Hair vs Lewis – trouble in the Town Hall

As Labour’s next train wreck draws ever closer, here’s an angle that is worth keeping an eye on – a simmering, but growing feud between Auckland-based veteran political operatives, David Lewis and James Bews-Hair.

These two go back to the early-90s. They were on different sides of the broad church back then – Lewis a Clark loyalist and Bews-Hair donkey-deep with the likes of Phil Quin in the dirty tricks of the Moore/Goff camp. Despite this, they have always been as thick as thieves – until now that is.

I’m told things started to turn sour during the fallout from the Brown affair.

While Bews-Hair was quietly knifing people in the shadows, Lewis was strutting his prowess anywhere that would print it. To make it worse, Lewis promptly cut Brown adrift, whereas Bews-Hair continues to do his dirty work for him. Now things are about to get really nasty.

Labour will soon need a new leader, and just like the old days Lewis and Bews-Hair are going to be on different sides.   Read more »

Shining Sunlight on the Extremely Dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Fenton "Jong-un" Wilson

Fenton “Jong-un” Wilson

Regular readers will know the Hawkes Bay Regional Council has bullied and hidden information and refused to act in good faith for years, all in the pursuit of their dodgy socialist dam. Chairman Fenton “Jong-Un” Wilson is obviously under instructions from his staff not to share information with other council members, let alone people legally seeking information from the council.

This is a council that gave their Chief Executive a $80,000 pay increase four months after independent assessors determined that he was only worth 2% because his stakeholder relationships were so bad.

They had to be taken to court to release their extremely dodgy and not fit for purpose TRIM model that their whole dodgy socialist dam was based on.    Read more »