BREAKING: Post-Caucus drama for National as John Key resigns

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It is too early to give you any deep background or analysis.  The rumour mill has been running wild for a few hours now.  John Key is resigning in two weeks time.

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The highlights as they are understood at the moment, but some require confirmation:

  • John Key resigns
  • Key is trying to move Bill English into position of PM
  • Key is trying to move Steve Joyce into the position of Finance Minister
  • Amy Adam’s shoulder tap by Key looks to have failed
  • It’s the caucus that selects a leader

It must be remembered that I stood on a balcony in Tel Aviv when I said that Prime Ministers come and go, and I will still be here.

 

 

Global warming strikes Hawaii

How’s about that global warming thing eh?

Now Hawaii is covered in snow:

The snowfall has eased up slightly on the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the Big Island, but another foot of snow is still possible Sunday.

A Winter Storm Warning has been reissued, and will be in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday night for elevations above 8,000 feet. The watch replaces the Winter Storm Warning, which was cancelled Saturday morning.   Read more »

Trumps comments on drug dealers and how to deal with them, the snowflakes all melt down

Donald Trump commented on the Philippines and how they now deal with drug dealers…and the world was thrown off its axis and thousands of snowflakes wailed on Twitter and Facebook.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte claims US President-elect Donald Trump supports the extrajudicial killings of drug dealers and addicts.

Mr Duterte told reporters he had spoken to Mr Trump on the phone, and passed along his version of the conversation.

“He was quite sensitive to our war on drugs and he wishes me well in my campaign and said that we are doing, as he so put it, ‘the right way’,” Mr Duterte said, CNN reported.

“He was wishing me success in my campaign against the drug problem. He understood the way we are handling it and he said there is nothing wrong with protecting your country.   Read more »

Photo of the Day

As a passenger aeroplane flies seemingly very close to Petit, and the top of the World Trade Center, in this image taken from the ground – some 1,350 feet below – the enormity of the Frenchman’s achievement is made clear. Photo AP

As a passenger aeroplane flies seemingly very close to Petit, and the top of the World Trade Center, in this image taken from the ground – some 1,350 feet below – the enormity of the Frenchman’s achievement is made clear. Photo AP

Is it a Bird, a Plane, or Superman?

On a shimmering day in August 1974, Philippe Petit balanced precariously on a wire 110 stories above Manhattan – and looked down…

To me it’s so simple, that life should be lived on the edge of life. You have to exercise rebellion; to refuse to taper yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge, and then you are going to live your life on a tightrope.

-Philippe Petit

People in Lower Manhattan stopped in their tracks to watch a strange event in the sky—not a bird, not a plane, and certainly not Superman. In 1974, just a year after the Twin Towers were completed, a French tightrope artist, Philip Petit set out to achieve his ultimate goal: to string and walk a wire between the Towers.

Combining the cunning of a second story man with the nerve of an Evel Knievel, a French high wire artist sneaked past guards at the World Trade center, ran a cable between the tops of its twin towers and tightrope walked across it in the early morning.

Hundreds of spectators created traffic jam shortly after 7:15 A.M. in the streets 1,350 feet below as they watched the black clad figure outlined against the gray morning sky tiptoeing back and forth across the meticulously rigged 131-foot cable.

Philippe Petit went to New York for the first time in January 1974. The twin towers of the World Trade Center would be formally dedicated on 4 April: but even then they were not fully complete or occupied. When he sneaked into the north tower for the first time, the buildings were still under construction. He rode elevators and ran up staircases to evade security guards. It took him an hour to get to the roof. The next day he returned with his friend Jim Moore, a photographer, and took the same route to the 110th floor. Philippe explained what he had in mind. He showed Jim the drop. Jim just went white. ‘You’re insane,’ he whispered.

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Silly old Audrey just doesn’t get it

Audrey Young thinks Labour has the wood on National now after Mt Roskill.

In Mt Roskill it was not just the emphatic win that mattered – 66 per cent of the vote to 28 per cent for National’s candidate – it was how Labour won.

It used a field campaign style, taken from the United States, and adopted by the Victoria Labor Party, which used it to elect Daniel Andrews as Premier in 2014.

It was adopted by New Zealand Labour to successfully campaign for Justin Lester as Wellington mayor and, for a second time, successfully in the Mt Roskill byelection.

It establishes a network of field organisers and volunteers, uses data to determine which voters are persuadable, and a style of personal connection with them and carefully chooses the issues on which to connect.

It will be the template for Labour’s campaign for the 2017 election.

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Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  BoomSlang

Credit: BoomSlang

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

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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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