Today’s face of the day, New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully has played a part in a historic deal. A deal that will be remembered by the history books as a deal with the devil and one where the UN Security Council threw Israel to the wolves and helped finance Iran’s commitments to pursue Islamic terrorism throughout the world.
The Telegraph provides us with some evidence that a House of Lords would be quite useful…at the very least for the entertainment prospects having one delivers.
Some people, such as the Prime Minister, think that Lord Sewel should quit the House of Lords after apparently being caught in a sex and drugs sting. What they do not realise is that John Buttifant Sewel was simply upholding the finest traditions of the Upper House.
Indeed his exploits look positively tame compared to some. If you really want to see a rogue in ermine, check out this list – gathered from our extensive obituaries archive – of seven deadly miscreant peers.
Snorting cocaine off of a hooker’s tits is hardly resigning material…hells teeth there is a prominent Auckland business man and knight of the realm whose son in law does that. He should be the first candidate in a NZ House of Lords.
One of the Telegraph’s naughty peers is Lord Kagan:
Kagan’s domestic arrangements were also far from straightforward; he claimed to have had 40 mistresses by the age of 60. “My wife is not interested in fidelity,” he explained. “But no-one has ever taken her place in my life. Marriage is for keeps.”
Labour in the UK thought they were on to a winner with Ed Miliband.
They managed to convince themselves that the pommy public would vote for a dopey looking leader who never made any ground in the preferred PM stakes.
The lead up to the election was all about how the public would ignore the poor preferred prime minister polls and vote Labour.
Then on election day the population failed to get this memo and gave Ed the arse. Read more »
Mortgage interest rates are now the lowest they have been for 60 years.
No doubt Phil Twyford will tell us this is awful and Labour will be moving to raise those interest rates.
Mortgage rates have hit a 60-year low as banks vie to undercut each other.
BNZ today shaved 30 basis points off its two-year fixed rate, down to 4.69 per cent.
Statistics New Zealand data shows commercial banks’ mortgage rates have not been so low since 1955.
BNZ’s move follows the Reserve Bank’s cut to the official cash rate by 25 basis points to 3 per cent last Thursday.
BNZ’s new rate undercuts SBS Bank’s 4.85 per cent 18 month rate.
Interest.co.nz said the rate was available to BNZ customers who had at least 20 per cent equity in their property and who had a BNZ account receiving salary or wages.
Massey University banking expert David Tripe said BNZ’s new rate was “probably somewhere near where rates ought to be”. Read more »
The 3News-Reid Research poll has the left-wing clutching at passing hope.
The left are thinking they can count Winston and NZ First’s votes as their own. They seem to be projecting their own fantasies onto a man who has been in parliament off and on for over 35 years, and knows more about politics than the looneys on the left will ever know.
So why do they assume Winston will go with them?
Have they asked him?
Have they sat down and thought about what Winston thinks of the Greens, and whether he trusts them or would work with them?
And can they actually count? There are a whole lot of numbers they should count. Read more »
Question time/Questions for oral answer starts at 2 pm today.
Questions to Ministers
- ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “I don’t want to ban foreigners from buying residential property”?
- Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by all his statements?
- DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the state of the New Zealand economy and what do these reports show?
- Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Health: When was he or his office first briefed on the contents of the draft New Zealand Health Strategy?
- JAMES SHAW to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “New Zealand is never going to sign up to the TPP unless we believe it is in New Zealand’s best interests”? Read more »
Yesterday we published a couple of posts highlighting the stupidity of anyone believing the UMR polls, mainly because they are so far out of sync with the TV One & TV3 Polls. Remember that the two TV polls had Labour 15% behind National, yet Labour are now claiming their internal polls are at 41-35, a gap of 6.
The halfwits on the left immediately seized on this as a panic attack on Whaleoil, rather than a deliberate take down of a poll that has no credibility. Chris Trotter wrote at the Daily Bog:
“Something Very, Very Different”: Why rumours of Labour’s internal poll numbers are giving the Nats the heebie-jeebies
Who knows which National Party Chris is thinking about but the only thing Labour’s rigged poll has given National is a lot of laughs. Read more »
If you want to learn Maori, you can.
The slump in fluent Maori speakers is simply due to a lack of interest by… Maori.
Pushing “Te Reo” onto non-Maori via legislation hasn’t worked. I mean, all the tamariki eat kai at the kai table in kindies, and they’re told ka pai. They sing ka kite before going home. And know their whero from their kahurangi, but none of that ever gets to even the most basic conversational Maori. It never was going to.
But that doesn’t stop the idiots of the opposition in demanding an inquiry that will help no one, much less people wanting to learn Maori.
Opposition parties want an inquiry into the capacity schools have to teach te reo Maori.
The Greens and NZ First are going to ask Parliament’s education and science select committee to conduct it.
They say the last two censuses show the proportion of Maori who speak te reo dropped from 25.2 percent in 2001 to 21.3 percent in 2013. Read more »
Labour’s pollsters UMR have allegedly done a poll that shows Labour 41-35 down instead of 47-31 down as all the other polls show.
People in the polling industry are very surprised with these numbers, and consider them to be highly unlikely.
They also consider it highly unlikely that a reputable polling company like UMR would ever get a poll that is this far different from all the other polls.
The issue for UMR is that if their brand gets damaged by showing crazy poll results that don’t reflect reality some of their commercial candidates will axe them.
Unbelievable political polls damage polling organisations reputations, and cost them work. UMR will be desperate to release the actual polls to show they are not dodgy.
Labour should release the raw data from the poll to prove that it is kosher. Read more »
Will the wowsers just lay off already?
The country’s top animal welfare organisations have joined forces to call for a ban on rodeos.
The SPCA, SAFE and Farmwatch say the sport is both unethical and inherently cruel.
They claim animals are wrestled, roped and thrown to the ground in aggressive displays that cause painful injuries including fractures and severe stress and fear for the animals.
Two bulls died at rodeos during the 2014/2015 season, the SPCA says.
“Rodeos are inhumane and are not in the best interests of the animals,” says SPCA New Zealand chief executive Ric Odom. Read more »