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 »

Photo Of The Day

Switzer has been documenting different tribes of the lower Omo Valley that are under severe threat because of the Ethiopian Governments construction of the Gibe III dam up river from this ethnically diverse corner of Africa.

Photo: Maynard Switzer: Switzer has been documenting different tribes of the lower Omo Valley that are under severe threat because of the Ethiopian Governments construction of the Gibe III dam up river from this ethnically diverse corner of Africa.

Vanishing Culture

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The House Today #nzqt

Question time/Questions for oral answer

Questions to Ministers

  1. JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister of Finance: What has been the Government’s main challenge in implementing its economic programme during this term of Parliament?
  2. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
  3. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister for Social Development: Are the current policy arrangements for New Zealand Superannuation fair and equitable?
  4. JACQUI DEAN to the Associate Minister of Local Government:How will the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 3), passed on Tuesday, help local government reduce costs for ratepayers, families and communities?
  5. METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his Government’s policies?
  6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his answers to Oral Question No 6 on 30 July 2014?
  7. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Conservation: How many expressions of interest have been received for the recovery of wind-blown timber on the West Coast when they closed on Friday 25 July, and how many of these are from West Coast companies?
  8. CHRIS HIPKINS to the Minister responsible for Novopay: Does he stand by his statement from over 16 months ago with regard to Novopay “I want to see within three months a situation where, as much as possible, workloads from administrators are back to where they were before this thing started”?
  9. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Can he point to anything to show New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emissions are reducing, in light of a call from Pacific Island leaders for a clear demonstration of this?
  10. ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Labour: What measures, if any, will he take to lift pay rates so that workers on the minimum wage get their fair share of the economy?
  11. MIKE SABIN to the Minister of Transport: What has the Government done to make roads safer for New Zealanders?
  12. CLARE CURRAN to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What percentage of the 1,592,000 target households for both the Government-subsidised rural and urban broadband programmes have actually connected and why are the figures so low?

You can follow proceedings starting at 2 pm on TV (Freeview 22, Sky 86), on the or streaming audio via Radio New Zealand and by streaming Parliament TV via the internet.  After the sitting day, on-demand replays can be found at In The House

 


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Has Scott Simpson been to Dunedin?

My good friend Scott Simpson, my longest standing friend in caucus, appears to have shared his dark arts skills with Michael Woodhouse.

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National MP Michael Woodhouse slams the defacing of electoral billboards as “a thuggish and ignorant act of vandalism”, as opponents boast online about other signs to tag.  Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

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Sick Nazi Orgy F1 Boss, Max Mosley, wants the pics removed by Google

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Max Mosley has obviously never heard of the Streisand Effect as he seeks to sue Google for not removing images of his BDSM orgy in nazi attire.

Former motorsport boss Max Mosley has asked lawyers to look into serving an injunction on Google in the wake of the landmark “right to be forgotten” ruling by the European Court of Justice.

The ruling has so far led to more than 1000 people applying for historical information to be removed from the search engine.   Read more »

Australian Politician Tells it How it is

Bureaucrats are the same the world over. They think they know best, and as they’re the ones advising Government Ministers, they think they have the authority over what’s right and what’s wrong.

Public health troughers are the same, particularly as they try and get the government to introduce plain packaging for tobacco and lobby the government for fat and sugar taxes over soft drinks.

Occasionally a politician peers through the wool that is being pulled over their eyes by their officials and by troughers sucking on the taxpayers’ tit.

Last week David Leyonhjelm, Australian Liberal Democrat senator for NSW did exactly that, and on an issue that is sure to get the health zealots all fired up, by writing a piece in the Australian Financial Review titled “E-cigarettes at mercy of bureaucrats who ban by default”.

The honesty is refreshing and is an example politicians in NZ should look to for inspiration, instead of being captured by the health bureaucrats.

He talks about how the health bureaucrats have got the whole debate on e-cigs wrong in Australia, David Leyonhjelm had some cracker lines:

It seems everything is illegal in Australia unless a bureaucrat gives permission. What’s worse, you have to go to the trouble and expense of asking for permission, because if bureaucrats were proactive they would run the risk of serving the public.

A good example is the case of e-cigarettes. These inhalers deliver a warm puff of nicotine, without the carcinogenic tar and industrial solvents of cigarette smoke. Alternatively, they can deliver a puff of anything else you could wish for, such as the flavour of chocolate or whisky.   Read more »

Part 3: Inside the Hamas propaganda machine

We all know by now what mentality drives Hamas and a portion of the Palestinian people. We all assume we know what is going on and how Hamas is trying to manipulate the flow of information being released to the world media.  But what we have never got to see is the inner workings, the cogs that grind out the propaganda and control of information.

Mahmoud al-Zahar (Arabic: محمود الزهار‎ Maḥmūd az-Zahhār) (born 1945) is a co-founder of Hamas and a member of the Hamas leadership expressing his love for Israel

Mahmoud al-Zahar (Arabic: محمود الزهار‎ Maḥmūd az-Zahhār) (born 1945)  co-founder of Hamas and a member of the Hamas leadership expressing his love for Israel

 

“Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine”

Message to Facebook activists on Hamas interior ministry website

Following are excerpts from the guidelines:

“Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don’t forget to always add ‘innocent civilian’ or ‘innocent citizen’ in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza.

“Begin [your reports of] news of resistance actions with the phrase ‘In response to the cruel Israeli attack,’ and conclude with the phrase ‘This many people have been martyred since Israel launched its aggression against Gaza.’ Be sure to always perpetuate the principle of ‘the role of the occupation is attack, and we in Palestine are fulfilling [the role of] the reaction.’

“Beware of spreading rumors from Israeli spokesmen, particularly those that harm the home front. Be wary regarding accepting the occupation’s version [of events]. You must always cast doubts on this [version], disprove it, and treat it as false.

“Avoid publishing pictures of rockets fired into Israel from [Gaza] city centers. This [would] provide a pretext for attacking residential areas in the Gaza Strip. Do not publish or share photos or video clips showing rocket launching sites or the movement of resistance [forces] in Gaza.

“To the administrators of news pages on Facebook: Do not publish close-ups of masked men with heavy weapons, so that your page will not be shut down [by Facebook] on the claim that you are inciting violence. In your coverage, be sure that you say: ‘The locally manufactured shells fired by the resistance are a natural response to the Israeli occupation that deliberately fires rockets against civilians in the West Bank and Gaza’…”

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Vote with your head

Yesterday, Metiria Turei released Green Policy which is nothing short of economic treason.  Going for a mixture of scare tactics, disinformation and the ever useful ‘cute dolphin’ factor, they hope to generate the usual hysteria.

Nick Smith is repeating what he keeps telling the Greens in parliament:  (over and over and over again)

There has not been a single incident involving Maui’s dolphin and Taranaki’s $3 billion oil and gas industry in over 40 years. 

That’s kind of critical.  The Green Party want to protect an animal that has not been in any practical or real danger of oil related activities for over 40 years.

The prohibition on any new oil and gas exploration in this large area will come at a huge economic cost long-term not just to Taranaki but more widely to New Zealand. The Government introduced compulsory regulations for protecting marine mammals from exploration activities in 2010 that ensures no harm to Maui’s,

I think we can rest assured that this policy will never see the light of day.  Even if there is going to a Labour/Green led coalition, the Labour Party isn’t going to allow the Greens to strangle one of New Zealand’s most profitable industries and risk regional destruction and job losses to protect dolphins that have not been recorded as having any kind of adverse problem.

You just have to see the size of the sea area involved, how small an oil platform is compared to that, and the actual physical impact on the habitat of the dolphins, if they even choose to be present, is probably less than 0.00001% or thereabouts.      Read more »