Politics

Why are the Greens the only party to do this?

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This is just totally weird.  The only party that has its hoardings nailed against trees is the Green Party.   Read more »

Poverty on the rise, income gap widening? Nope. Just a left mantra without a basis in fact

I have to admit, ACT are actually doing what the media should be doing – researching opposition claims and countering them with hard facts.  Try this one on for size:

“A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the child poverty rate has been declining for nearly 20 years, falling from 35% in 1994 to 16% in 2007 and recently returning to pre-global financial crisis levels in 2012” said Dr Whyte.

“Those who advocate socialism have exploited the public’s concern about a rising number of people being trapped into a cycle of dependency. The Left’s repeated claims that New Zealand is getting more unequal are simply false and divert attention from policies that would help people out of dependency.

“Prior to the recent recession, there were 15 years of steady growth in median household incomes driven, in part, by the steady increase in the number of two-parent households where both parents are in paid employment (3% pa).

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The thin veneer is peeling off the Internet MANA “movement”

Georgina Beyer, bless her cotton socks, is not for sale:

issue74Internet Mana candidate Georgina Beyer has gone rogue and come out swinging at her party’s so-called visionary, Kim Dotcom.

She says [Kim Dotcom] is pulling the strings and is in politics for all the wrong reasons – including revenge.

Internet Mana’s the party that’s big on going big – big names, big productions, big personalities. But now it seems it’s got big problems too.

“Who is pulling the strings? Well, the big man himself,” says Ms Beyer.

Ms Beyer, a former Labour MP and New Zealand’s first transgender MP, is Mana’s candidate in the southern Maori seat of Te Tai Tonga.

She believes Dotcom is tearing her party apart. Read more »

New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending (Ctd)

imgresThanks for all the nominations that have flooded in. We are sifting through them all at the moment.

Hawkes Bay seems to be a cracker of a place for silly local government spending. The Hastings District Council, and Mayor Lawrence Yule, the winners of the first silliest local government competition have come up with a great scheme to slow down traffic on Hawkes Bay Roads.

Hastings councillors voted to reopen submissions on the 80km/hr Safer Speed Limit changes by way of a full submission process at a full Council Meeting on 13 May

http://www.myvoicemychoice.co.nz/new-lower-speed-limits

While not quite as silly as building a sewerage treatment scheme without a roof to keep in the stink it looks like Lawrence Yule wants to take Hastings back to the days of Muldoon. The main roads between Hastings and Napier and Havelock North and Napier are now 80km an hour, down from 100 km so people have to crawl across the bay on council controlled roads. This is allegedly for safety reasons, not nanny state reasons.

The good burghers of Hawkes Bay have been pissed off with Lawrence telling them they have to travel at nana speeds, so the council has had to spend more money on consultation to tell the council that we don’t like traveling at Muldoon era speeds.   Read more »

Face of the day

Georgina Beyer

Georgina Beyer

Internet Mana candidate Georgina Beyer has had the scales lifted from her eyes and has seen Kim Dotcom for who he really is.

She has said that he is pulling the strings and is in politics for all the wrong reasons – including revenge.

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David Cunliffe’s Challenge

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What’s it to be David?

Today David Cunliffe challenged me to release information obtained from Labour people. I am not sure if this is a good idea either for David or Labour.

The nature of a political blog is that when there are campaigns on people try pitching stories against their opponents. There have been a number of nasty campaigns going on inside Labour, and so I have received a lot of stories from different people in Labour.

There are some absolute crackers.

Like the ABC faction member who has briefed about the two mystery donors to his leadership campaign trust.

Or the identities of all the anonymous bloggers on the government payroll that blog for the Standard.

Or the DC faction briefing against a leadership opponents spouse’s corruption problems.

Or the fly on the wall at Fraser House who gives details of the financial position of Labour.  Read more »

Couldn’t she wait until the bodies were cold?

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Siobhan Downes reports

Bradford told Fairfax Media when she sent the tweet she was not aware anyone had been killed.

“It is a total tragedy, and [I have] every sympathy to those affected. It’s just terrible.”

But she stood by her comment. “The Work and Income office is the front line of the Government’s welfare policies. People are very, very badly affected by what happens there everyday.

“This is in no way excusing what’s happened. But I think it’s unfortunate that governments sometimes don’t understand or accept the risks that they put their staff under in implementing their policies.”

Not backing down.  In spite of this:

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The left’s economic sabotage of Whaleoil – progess report

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As you may recall, the left, through their attack blogs, have been systematically targeting advertisers on Whaleoil.

Among those that knee-jerked some reactions based on a very one-sided complaint (and without consulting with us), were Powershop and Flight Centre.

I’m happy to report that both of those companies have recommenced their advertising.   This isn’t a sign they support us.  Instead, it’s a sign that they will advertise wherever their customers are.  And with a quarter of a million of you, their customers are Whaleoil readers too.

Keep in mind that Whaleoil never called for a customer boycott on these companies.  In fact, we only revealed Powershop as one of the companies involved until after they reversed their decision to block advertising.

So, any of you who took your business away from Powershop and/or Flight Centre, please take these developments into account when you do your business in future.

(and let’s face it, $159 per person one way to Sydney or Brizzy is a good start when you easily pay double to get to Queenstown)

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Cruel Press in Gay Ute Country

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The Hawkes Bay Today obviously doesn’t really like Anna “Marge” Lorck, Labour’s home-wrecking candidate in Gay Ute Country.

Ms Lorck is running on a regional development ticket. She is trying to harness sentiments that central Government has neglected the provinces. The former journalist and PR lady has branded herself a “vociferous campaigner for regional New Zealanders”. Her speech calls, repeatedly, for “a regional plan”. It is shameless, emotionally charged, manic, a little mad even. If there wasn’t an election on, this kind of behaviour would warrant a sectioning.

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Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

The format of the Cauldron may be different today, mostly because instead of commenting on political stories, I am the political story.   At this stage, it is expected that I will solo with Larry for the first half of the show.  Then I step back, and the rest of the team can comment on matters without me getting in the way.

This is the likely format, but it can still change.  I’ll try and get Pete to update asap this if that’s the case.

 

Cam on Cam (studio webcam, includes audio )

You can listen online via iHeartRadio  or tune in though usual methods.

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