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Some advice for Andrew Little, from Mark Textor

Ok, so it’s not directly for Andrew Little, but the message is the same.

Labour and the left-wing like to mock Crosby|Textor but they win, and the left-wing doesn’t. Perhaps they should look at what Mark Textor has to say.

One of the most common criticisms of John Howard’s prime ministership, from both the left and the right, concerns what is commonly referred to as “middle class welfare”.

Firstly, as someone who was John Howard’s pollster and advisor for over a decade I can admit that, whilst it was never labeled as such, there was an unspoken preference towards what some describe as “middle class welfare”.

Secondly, I’m proud of it. Building and maintaining a strong middle class should be one of the central goals of a centre-right (or centre-left) government.

My view may not be a fashionable one to hold today.

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Forced and under age marriage in New Zealand exposed

I really object to the term “cultural” marriage. When  people use the word culture in front of anything it is usually to justify treating someone differently because of their ” culture. ” Not surprisingly the term cultural marriage is used in a New Zealand article about forced marriage. New Zealand lawmakers are having to tighten laws that have loopholes that are been exploited to allow “cultural” marriages, (a weasel word for forced marriage and child brides.)

Last night Newshub brought you the story about a Kiwi woman forced into marriage at the age of 15.

That’s prompted a debate over the rules that allow some 16- and 17-year-olds to marry.

Currently they need to get consent from their parents, but a private members Bill would push to make the Family Court have ultimate sign-off.

It would help “identify” and “weed out” any marriages where a young person may have been forced into it. This is already law in Australia.

In New Zealand in 2014, 33 females and 12 males aged 16 or 17 were married. Last year there were 36 females and 12 males. But these are just the number of “registered marriages”.

It’s understood there are many more cultural marriages carried out by religious leaders that aren’t counted in the official stats but are recognised for visa purposes.

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Vegan restaurant refuses to be paid with brand new money

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 13: Bank of England governor Mark Carney poses with a new polymer five pound note at Whitecross Street Market on September 13, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. The new plastic note is designed to be more durable and features a portrait of former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.   (Photo by Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)


A vegetarian restaurant owner’s decision not to accept the new £5 note because it contains traces of meat byproducts has come under fire from vegetarians and omnivores alike.

Sharon Meijland, who has run the Rainbow cafe in Cambridge for three decades, said she would not allow customers to pay with the polymer note because the animal byproduct tallow is used during the production process. Read more »

Prison is too good for some scumbags

Prison is too good for some scumbags, like this evil prick.

A man who put a 3-year-old into a scalding bath, causing the boy’s skin to “flake off”, has been jailed for nearly four years.

The Dunedin District Court heard yesterday the temperature of the bath was at least 78degC and Harley Jason Ritchie put the child in it as punishment over a toilet incident.

The boy had since had six skin grafts, Judge Kevin Phillips said, and was expected to undergo more in the future.

The 25-year-old defendant appeared before the Dunedin District Court having admitted disfiguring the child with intent to injure, two counts of assaulting him and one of assaulting a female.

The incidents that gave rise to the charges took place in August 2014 and Ritchie looked set to go to trial until  last-minute guilty pleas were made before a jury was empanelled last month.

There had been a restorative justice conference before yesterday’s sentencing hearing but Ritchie’s statements during the meeting were condemned by Judge Phillips.

The defendant had said there was “no time to p… around with cold water” on the day of the burning and that he had thought “the hot water might wake him up a wee bit”.

“I find these comments extremely aggravating,” the judge said.

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Why won’t anyone step up to lead the Conservative party?

The Conservative party have approached a number of people to lead it since Colin Craig’s leadership fell under a rain cloud.

Here’s a list, which may not even be complete.


Bob McCoskrie

The moral crusader considered the position for a while, but in the end declined.  Just like in court, where he said he had not been part of the production of Colin Craig’s “Dirty Politics” booklet, and then had to be recalled to be given a second chance to explain why he had email correspondence with Colin Craig that proved … his memory was faulty. Quite how a moral crusader justifies giving evidence in support of Colin Craig after the sordid revelations in court and in the Human Rights Tribunal is beyond me. A conservative party with McCoskrie at the helm would be constantly tested against Family First policy and inevitably would be found to be supporting more than one position depending on which organisation he was fronting. Read more »

Anwar Sahib: Just the tip of the Islamist iceberg in New Zealand?

Mainstream NZ media picked up on the story of Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib after WhaleOil made public a collection of quotes from his sermons that demonised Jews and subjugated women. Dame Susan Devoy came out quickly to condemn the speech but was equally cautious to tell us “these are the views of a single person and are not held by every single Muslim New Zealander”. Just how many of the 50,000 Muslim New Zealanders don’t hold anti-Semitic or misogynistic views, though, and how many are even more radical?

With an election year next year, immigration may well be a hot-button topic, especially if there’s an ‘incident’ – not just a close call. National, Act and NZ First were quick to condemn Sahib. The Greens have also made a reasonable comment. Even they can see the link between hate preaching and murderous rampages. It’s only Labour that can’t bring themselves to think of Islam having a bad side – or maybe they also think Jews are the enemy and women shouldn’t leave the home without permission.

There is a small Muslim sect which seems to be truly against the violent, political Islam that we see most vividly in France, where Islamic extremists have driven over people at celebrations, slaughtered Jews, and murdered cartoonists. Judging by the statement from the Islamic Women’s Council, many of the women disagree that they need permission before leaving the house and were outraged by the anti-Semitic statements.

However, FIANZ (and New Zealand feminists) weren’t as strongly opposed to Sahib. FIANZ did eventually stand down the hate preacher from his official position but their radio interview and initial press release leave open many questions about the sincerity of representatives of New Zealand’s largest Muslim population.

A jihadi expert, Aaron Zelin, has reported on some of those New Zealanders who have wanted to fight for Islamic State. One of those, Imran Patel, was recently jailed for over 3 years for having and distributing Islamic State material. Another Islamic State supporter, Te Amorangi Kireka-Whaanga was named as one of the most influential Muslims in the world. He has recently commented on the 1 News Facebook page about Sahib, that he is “100% behind our shaykh [Sahib] we say what he says and we stand for everything he stands for amen amen”

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Gay National MP comes out over the weekend…. and nothing happened

via Twitter

Lloyd Burr, via Twitter

Lloyd Burr’s plan to use the outing of Paul Foster-Bell as leverage in an ugly personal spat has now been neutralised.

Another MP has laid into Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki’s comments about homosexuality causing earthquakes, saying he’s damaging young gay people.

Wellington-based National list MP Paul Foster-Bell said he was prompted to talk publicly about his sexuality because the comments made him “furious”.

He felt that as a gay member of the National government, he had a moral obligation to speak out.

The day before last month’s magnitude-7.8 Kaikoura quake, Mr Tamaki gave a sermon in which he claimed quakes were caused by sin building up and spewing out of the ground. He hasn’t backed down since then. Read more »

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Face of the Day

Andrew Little 9

Andrew Little is soooooooooooooooooo happy.  He says that Mt Roskil proves Labour can win the next general election. Read more »