Hosking on Key’s departure

Mike runs a quick summary so far

On Monday Key quits – cue shock and awe and retrospectives and platitudes.

On Tuesday came the speculation, rumours and the sense that Bill English is your man.

But then Johnathan Coleman comes to the party to make sure it’s a contest and by the end of the day Judith Collins is in as well.

Amy Adams rules herself out of leadership, but she’s still a possibility for deputy.

Wednesday is deputies day – Simon Bridges backs English and wants to be his second in charge. Then in comes Paula Bennett, she wants to be the same as Bridges.

This is trouble. This is where the factions form and the resentment builds when one of them loses.

We still haven’t heard anything from Coleman, who’s his deputy? Who wants to stand with him?

What about Bridges and Bennett – do they want to be deputy if Collins or Coleman win?

And speaking of Collins, who’s her deputy?

And now, what won’t happen.   Read more »

Mediaworks and Campbell Live finally forced to apologise after 5 years

In a damning Broadcasting Standards Authority decision Mediaworks has been forced to apologise for the conduct of Campbell Live in running a biased story.

TV3 has apologised on air for a story on the now-cancelled Campbell Live show, which showed footage of a woman they secretly filmed.

Margaret Harkema, a former director of the Valley Animal Research Centre, which carried out experiments on beagles, featured in five episodes of the TV3 current affairs programme in late 2011.

Five episodes? Sounds like a campaign of vilification.

Before last night’s Story – the current affairs show that replaced Campbell Live – aired, a message was displayed onscreen with a voiceover.

The message said that the Broadcasting Standards Authority found the programmes were inaccurate, unfair, based on “a pre-determined, narrow view of Ms Harkema and her practices”, were wrongfully edited to portray Harkema as dishonest and left out important information that was inconsistent with Campbell Live’s allegations.   Read more »

Twitter chuckle of the moment

There’s too much going on right now to call it a winner for the day, but this one is at least a contender.



Photo of the Day

Princess Margaret and John Bindon. During this lunch, the now famous photograph of Bindon and Margaret together was taken. A T-shirt worn by the gangster was emblazoned with the words “Enjoy Cocaine”.

Princess Margaret and John Bindon. During this lunch, the now famous photograph of Bindon and Margaret together was taken. A T-shirt worn by the gangster was emblazoned with the words “Enjoy Cocaine”.

The Princess and the Gangster

She was a princess, at one time second in line to the throne. He was one of London’s most notorious criminals. Together, they created one of the biggest hidden scandals in royal history.

John Bindon (Biffo, The Guv’nor, Big John) enjoyed fighting, he was an English actor and bodyguard who had close links with the London underworld.He grew up in Fulham – and then a rather more rugged borough than it is now – and from an early age showed a propensity for aggro. As is the case with most of these gangsters’ stories, he came from a poor background, but was, under the circumstances, “very well brought up” by a loving mother.

This did not, however, stop him from stealing a bicycle as soon as he was old enough, and soon he was running a gang of urchins. One thing led to another and his misdemeanors became more serious. He beat up a coal deliveryman when he was 13 years old and soon his reputation as a hard man was assured. A life of crime awaited him, the highlight of which was his involvement in the robbery of a “cursed” emerald from a jeweller in Hatton Garden.

In the nineteen seventies and eighties, the world was rocked by a series of scandals which involved a violent criminal, movie stars, gangsters, the aristocracy, London gangland and even members of the British Royal family. The common thread that ran through these seemingly unrelated sections of society was the man, John Bindon.

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The House Today #nzqt

Credit: Woolf Photography via parliament.nz

Credit: Woolf Photography via parliament.nz

Parliament is sitting today.

You can follow proceedings starting at 2 pm on TV ( Freeview 31, Igloo 50, Sky 86, Vodafone 86 ), streaming audio via Radio New Zealand and streaming Parliament TV via the internet. After the sitting day, on-demand replays can be found at In The House.

Questions to Ministers

  1. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What announcements has he made showing the Government is on track to continue delivering surpluses and supporting a growing economy?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, “Ministers find it a little bit irritating” when asking for funding, and which Ministers was he referring to?
  3. IAN McKELVIE to the Minister of Corrections: What recent announcement has she made about strengthening the independent oversight of the Corrections system?
  4. JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Health: What is the name of the major global study on a sugary drinks tax by the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology that he referenced in QWA 13827 (2016) and where was it published?
  5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: What indication, if any, has the Minister of Finance given him for Vote Health in Budget 2017 that led him to say “I think we’ve got to be very careful before we look at tax cuts. We’ve got to make sure we are properly funding health and education to the level that people expect”? Read more »

Labour are dreamin’ and Steve Joyce sledges them hard

Labour, who have had four leaders in the past 8 years are trying to fly the kite that having three people contest a leadership bout is a sign of divisions.

Did they forget they have a four-member leadership contest a short while ago? And a three person contest a short time before that?

Steve Joyce is not one to pass up an opportunity to kick Labour in the slats points out some uncomfortable truths:

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said a leadership contest was a reality, not a sign of disunity.

He said whoever finally got the role would have the full support of caucus.   Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

While Mummy Bill wants to keep the family together, Collins outlines some policy platforms

Bill English is using a mixture of bribery and fear of the unknown to cajole caucus into supporting him.

Judith Collins is offering up a policy prescription that shows she  isn’t a one trick pony with tax cuts like Bill and John were.

Judith Collins says she will not go ahead with tax cuts and may review iwis’ role in planning decisions if she is made Prime Minister.

Her policy agenda would also include major reforms of health and safety laws and the Resource Management Act (RMA).

Collins is standing for Prime Minister John Key’s job alongside Finance Minister Bill English and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. She is the outsider in the contest, and has not yet received any public declarations of support from MPs.

The Corrections and Police Minister is known for her hardline stance on law and order, which has led to tougher bail laws, harsher sentencing for some offences, and the crushing of boy racers’ cars.

She supports the Government’s position of not reviewing the age of eligibility for pensions. For people who worked in manual labour “65 was a long time to wait”, she said.

But her stance on other issues, including tax cuts, means she cannot be easily categorised as right-wing. She is socially liberal and is the only one of the three candidates who voted to legalise same-sex marriage.

In an interview with the Herald today, she said tax cuts were not a priority for her. No constituent she had spoken to was asking for tax relief – which has been proposed by Key, possibly in the form of a “family package”.

“What they’re saying to me is, and certainly my area in the South Auckland … is we need infrastructure,” Collins said.

“Most people don’t work in the Beehive. They don’t live in luxury homes. Most people actually get by, and they don’t want to spend an hour and a half or two hours getting to work.”

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Immigrants to New Zealand have to do their part

New Zealand immigrants of all races and religions have to do their part by integrating and assimilating into the New Zealand way of life. A person who is a New Zealander first and an immigrant second will fight against anything that threatens the New Zealand way of life because they will feel part of New Zealand society. In Britain, Muslim immigrant communities have not integrated or assimilated but have formed Muslim ghettos. Instead of encouraging Muslims to change their ways the Muslim Council of Britain which is similar to FIANZ is blaming white British people for the situation.

A senior representative of the Muslim Council of Britain has said that white British people have a responsibility to integrate more to prevent communities becoming ghettoised.

His comments come in response to an official report warning that many of Britain’s towns and cities have been transformed “out of all recognition” by mass immigration.

The report, by the government’s community cohesion tsar Dame Louise Casey, warned that parts of British towns had been turned into ghettoes which successive governments have ignored “for fear of being branded racist or Islamophobic”, and which are creating “escalating divisions and tensions”.

But Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, has struck back, writing for The Guardian that Casey is wrong to blame Muslim communities. Instead, he said white flight and economic inequality were greater problems – and that white people ought to do more to tackle them…


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Daddy left home and now the kiddies are worried that Mummy will leave too

The National party caucus are acting like a bunch of blouses and sooks.

The pitch from Bill English is that if they vote for him then it is steady as she goes. Except it won’t be. I know of one person who has been asked to declare publicly for Bill English on the promise of a ministerial portfolio. The dimwitted fool believed Bill, until it was pointed out to him that for that to happen someone has to get bulleted. Quick as a flash he pointed out that Coleman for sure will get bulleted and probably Judith Collins, so he’s alright jack.

This is classic broken family scenarios. Matthew Hooton came up with this idea on Radio Live this morning, and I’ve decided it fits perfectly.

Daddy has been keeping the family together through a mixture of fear and love. But Daddy has had enough and packed his bags and left. Mummy is left and trying to hold the family together.

Caucus are mewling like cut cats that there is too much change and that if Mummy goes too then so does Cousin Gerry, poor retarded Cousin Nick and Uncle Steve as well. They don’t want a broken family so they are contemplating staying with Mummy even though she is dead set useless at organising the family with the sole exception of the finances.

There is a problem with their little fantasy that Bill will keep the family together…he has a history of fratricide. He also went on the list so in the event of a bad election result he can bolt quicker than everyone else. If he is leader then a bad election result is guaranteed. Read more »