Politics

Key 2 days ago: Brexit bad for NZ. Key now: Brexit makes no difference

John Key is losing the plot, all over the place on Brexit like a mad woman’s poo.

Two days ago John Key and Murray McCully told the NZ Herald that Brexit would be bad for New Zealand:

Mr Key, who has said he would prefer it if the UK stayed in the EU, said New Zealand officials were reviewing what could happen in the event the Brexit camp wins.

“There is a two-year period if they do vote to leave where they are still part of the union…so we’d have a couple of years to work on that.

“Superficially it would affect things like, for instance, the free trade agreement we are negotiating with the EU, we would obviously work on the migration issues and how those rules might work.”

Last week Foreign Minister Murray McCully said New Zealand has worked on shoring up its relations with other European countries which will limit any ramifications for New Zealand if the United Kingdom votes leave.

Mr McCully said the impact of a Brexit result on New Zealand would be “changes in degree only”.

“If the UK were to leave the EU, it would mean an increasing reliance by us on other relationships in Europe that we have regarded as increasingly important anyway.

“It obviously is easier if the UK is in, because we’ve got a large traditional friend that remains a member.

“But we’ve been working on the assumption for quite some time that we can’t be complacent about the European relationship.”

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Who is the most scandalous politician in New Zealand?

Scandal is beloved by Media, especially when it involves a politician. I searched through some dusty folders in order to find four prime candidates for New Zealand’s most scandalous politician.

In no particular order, I give you the following four politicians to choose from. Who do you think should be crowned New Zealand’s most scandalous politician? Who have I missed out?

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Done like a dog’s dinner, says Audrey Young about David Cameron

Audrey Young provides her opinion on Brexit with a slight segue to John Key and his own referendum troubles.

David Cameron would never have called a referendum on the EU if he thought he would be done like a dog’s dinner, as he has been.

He had supreme confidence in his leadership ability and powers of persuasion when he announced in 2013 why he wanted a referendum. He over-estimated.

It has mild echoes of a far less important referendum promoted by his friend and a similarly unpersuasive Prime Minister John Key on changing the flag.

Cameron fittingly announced tonight he will relinquish his captain’s cap before the Conservatives conference in Birmingham, on October 2.

He has shown leadership in resigning. I wonder when Jeremy Corbyn will likewise show some leadership by resigning, having led Labour down the wrong path of the EU?

[H]istory will define him as a loser and Remainers will beat him up for a miscalculation in holding the referendum at all. So why did he?

EU membership had become such a divisive issue in Britain, he felt it had to be confronted properly.

As Cameron said in his 2013 speech: “Democratic consent for the EU in Britain is now wafer thin.”

You don’t answer the growing perception of a deficit of democracy with another commission of inquiry.

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The left-wing are howling like air raid sirens over Brexit; good lord, it’s music to my ears

The tears of impotent rage emanating from left-wing commentators over Brexit is as astonishing as it is enjoyable.

Polly Toynbee is crying rivers of tears. Read it and love it.

Catastrophe. Britain has broken apart. An uprising of resentment by the left-behind has torn us in two, a country wrecked by a yawning class divide stretched wider by recession and austerity.

Anger against a London establishment was deftly diverted by the Tory right and Ukip towards foreigners – enemies in Brussels and aliens in our midst. Wherever we went, the Guardian reported that same fury among those without education and opportunity, a country served right for its gross inequality.

Day after day the Sun, Mail, Express, Sunday Times and Telegraph injected poison into the nation’s bloodstream with tales of foreign criminals, jihadists and scroungers. How Murdoch and Dacre will revel in their power.   Read more »

Will Corbyn be next for a knifing?

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Jeremy Corbyn has led the Labour party to defeat in the EU referendum. He and Labour were staunch supporters of Remain and they got slaughtered.

The statistics show just how out of touch Labour are with the electorate.

2016 EU Referendum results: Leave 52% / Remain 48%

YouGov polled between 17-19 June and was one of the few polls in the lead-up to the referendum to show Leave ahead of Remain.

Remain Leave Don’t Know
Lab voters 64% 26% 9%
Lib-Dem voters 59% 32% 9%
Tory voters 35% 55% 9%
Ukip voters 2% 95%  3%

As you can see, the Tories’ result was very much like the final result in the EU referendum. David Cameron is on the wrong side of that and he has resigned. Labour voters are completely out of touch with the rest of the electorate. Their leader is one of those out of touch. He must likewise go if Labour are to try to right the listing ship before it turns turtle.

Moves are now afoot with signatures being mustered calling for him to go.

Jeremy Corbyn has provoked a furious backlash from Labour MPs after calling on the Government to immediately start the process of withdrawing from the European Union.  Read more »

Hero to Zero: David Cameron gone after Brexit vote

Politics is a fickle beast: you can go from hero to zero in the time it takes to count the votes in a referendum.

David Cameron looked on top of the world a few short months ago, with an opposition leader who is completely tits. However, he backed the wrong horse in the EU referendum and now must fall on his sword. It’s what leaders do, and David Cameron has.

James Delingpole explains:

“How would it be for David Cameron if he lost this Referendum?”

When a BBC crew asked me this two days ago I don’t think either they or I imagined for a moment that this scenario would come to pass.

“It would be an utter disaster for him!” I said, with perhaps a hint of glee.

But it’s not at all how I’m feeling right now. Actually, in the end, Schadenfreude is an ugly emotion. Dave and I were friends once and though he has done an awful lot since as a politician which has irritated me beyond measure, I can take no joy in his downfall.

It was a self-inflicted downfall too, which is what must make it even harder to bear for him.

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Face of the Day

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Nigel Farage celebrates as sources call a victory for the Vote Leave campaign screenshot -whaleoil.co.nz

“The EU is failing, the EU is dying. I hope we’ve knocked the first brick out of the wall, I hope this is the first step towards a Europe of sovereign nation states. Trading together, neighbors together, friends together.”

-UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage


Independence Day in Britain ~
The man who ‘frankly, had the balls’ to demand that the voice of the British people be heard. He has waited 20 years for this moment. Kudos to you, Nigel Farage. Democracy owes a great debt to you, and to your dedicated team. The free world thanks, and salutes, you.

-Breitbart

Poms vote to Brexit, Porridge Wogs want to stay

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The EU referendum results aren’t yet final but it is almost certain that it is for Brexit.

The BBC and ITV have declared Leave wins, as results continue to show a much stronger Leave vote in electorates that supported leaving than Stay votes in those electorates that voted stay.

All major outlets are now calling it for Leave.

Only Scotland massively supported staying in the EU and now they will likely leave the UK. The Poms will be extremely happy if the Porridge Wogs leave. Labour will be gutted though as it is their stronghold.   Read more »

Proof Auckland Council still have too much money to spend

Auckland Council are profligate wastrels.

The Herald editorial explains just how barking mad they can be.

If Auckland Transport has been reading our mail, and doubtless its own, it will know there is outrage over its decision to paint all municipal buses the same colour. Hardly a day goes by that the Herald does not receive at least one letter on the subject. It is not just the colour that concerns the correspondents but what this decision says about the relatively new creation known as AT.

It is one of the non-elected bodies set up under the Super City to run services at a safe arms-length from local politics. The Auckland Council and the Government appoint its board but cannot interfere in the operational decisions the board and its managers are trusted to make in the interests of the service. The board’s decision to paint the buses is a classic illustration of how misguided corporate thinking can be when the body is using public funds.

Auckland bus routes are served by private companies contracted to AT. The private companies have their own livery, well known in the suburbs where they have been based for a long time, much longer than AT has been in existence.

The main fleet, once publicly owned and uniformly yellow, was painted a variety of colours a few years ago, reflecting the destinations. Bright blue went to North Shore, bright green went to Waitakere, myriad colours in a Pacific motif went to Manukau.

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SMH late to cotton on that Kim Dotcom hasn’t been doing nothing

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Kim Dotcom is a braggart, he likes to give hints about his “capabilities”.

The problem is his one capability he actually excels at is stuffing food into his gob.

However the SMH has picked up something our readers picked some time ago.

Did Kim Dotcom warn the world the Democratic Party hacking was coming?

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom said in 2015 that he knew of information that was going to create an obstacle for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential election bid.

Kim had tweeted that he would be Hillary’s “worst nightmare in 2016”. When pressed on the matter in a 2015 interview, he said WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange would in fact prove a bigger thorn in the side of Hillary: “I’m aware of some of the things that are going to be roadblocks for her.”

Assange “has access to information”, Kim said, without elaborating.   Read more »