Thanks for participating in our poll¬†questions two days ago. ¬†Of course, these are not ‚Äúscientific‚ÄĚ, nor are they representative of anything except what our self-selecting group of voters decided to share, but based on that, we can draw some conclusions about the Whaleoil community.
I really didn’t expect our party vote results to be anything but a landslide for National, but it also shows the average Whaleoil reader also tends to be conservatively liberal.
1,183 people voted in the Party vote poll. ¬†Two said they wouldn’t vote at all, which I find fascinating because why read a political blog if you have no interest in voting?
2 people would also vote for a party “Not yet registered”. ¬†This could be the Internet Party, I guess.
Here are the results
- National¬†(76%, 898 Votes)
- ACT¬†(14%, 164 Votes)
- Conservatives¬†(5%, 54 Votes)
- Labour¬†(1%, 11 Votes)
- NZ First¬†(1%, 10 Votes)
- Legalise Cannabis¬†(0%, 5 Votes)
- Green¬†(0%, 4 Votes)
- United Future¬†(0%, 2 Votes)
- Maori¬†(0%, 1 Votes)
- Focus NZ¬†(0%, 1 Votes)
- Alliance¬†(0%, 0 Votes)
- Democrats¬†(0%, 0 Votes)
- Mana¬†(0%, 0 Votes)
About 2% (26 people) of Whaloil poll voters are still undecided. ¬†Not sure what that means for guests posts! ¬†Doesn’t look like fertile ground to turn people’s votes around. ¬† Read more »
I really don’t get the thinking where a government decides to make synthetic pot legal, keeps the real stuff illegal, and then lets local body government put in place rules to make it illegal again.
Waikato Times’ Harry Pearl reports
After months of pressure from residents, politicians and a campaign by the Waikato Times, the sale of legal highs has been temporarily banned at six Hamilton puff shops.
In a move hailed as a success, the Ministry of Health announced its decision to suspend the licences of the sellers last night, following the adoption of Hamilton City Council’s psychoactive substances policy late last month. ¬† Read more »
Thanks for all the questions. ¬†Some of them were really weird. ¬†Teach me for asking for them. ¬†I’ll see what ¬†I can do without it going off the rails. ¬† Some of the questions already have answers in the public domain, but obviously you don’t know the answer, so I’ve provided it again for my readers.
It’s only fair that if you’re going to ask me straight questions, I will give you straight answers. ¬†Don’t complain if you don’t like what you see.
Either way, hope you’ll enjoy the results!
Will you offer yourself as a parliamentary candidate (say) within the next 6 years?
What were the biggest issues you faced towards the end of your time as an Editor of a MSM? Newspaper?
Being lied to by management. ¬†Not having the promised funds to make the changes they agreed I should make.
How long have you been married to SB?
22 years this May
When will there be a Whale paper and a Whale TV Channel?
Why no Whale Radio? ¬† Whale TV and a Whale Paper won’t happen, although I am working towards expanding into the delivery of even more news. Stay tuned.
Do you think you could beat Chuck Norris at arm wrestling?
One of the skills I have is to know how to pick a fight I can win. ¬†And that’s not one I’d pick. ¬† Read more »
Rachel Glucina asks
Questions for the week
1¬†Is Kim Dotcom struggling to pay the rent? ¬† Read more »
Judith Collins has so many questions to answer. John Key must stand his Minister down immediately. https://t.co/xBckgM5zh7
‚ÄĒ David Cunliffe (@DavidCunliffeMP) March 11, 2014
So is David Cunliffe is now saying Judith Collins ¬†should be stood down for not answering questions she wasn‚Äôt asked.¬† Read more »
$52 mil since 2008? ¬†That doesn’t sound that bad.
Another giant social media own goal (SMOG)
To be honest, the idea of Russel Norman as finance minister may end up being a brilliant solution to a Labour Party that just can’t get the numbers right.
What’s more, ¬†is that by attacking debt (fueled by the GFC and quakes) they seem to be suggesting that National should have cut more spending – which is at odds with their opposition to every cut that National has made.
National inherited forecasts of ever increasing debt and never ending deficits – it’s incredible that it has turned around so quickly.
So the question to Labour is if they think debt is too high – what would they cut – the Christchurch rebuild – the investment in infrastructure, ¬†working for families, benefits, health, education… what?
More double speak from the party of tricky Dave
David Cunliffe really can’t take a trick right now.
Yesterday he was telling everyone that the Greens wouldn’t be first cab off the rank and now today he is reversing that position.
Labour leader David Cunliffe has dismissed suggestions of a cooling in relations between his party and the Greens, saying the Greens would be the obvious first choice for Labour to strike a coalition with.
Yesterday, Cunliffe refused to say whether he would negotiate with the Greens before NZ First.
But today he appeared to back down from those statements, dismissing speculation that tension had arisen between the two allies.
The backdown comes after the Greens lodged an official complaint with Labour over outspoken MP Shane Jones’ attacks on the party.
Yesterday, Cunliffe said he would work with whatever cards the voters delivered after the September 20 election.
“That may indeed quite likely be with the Greens, it may well be with Winston first … NZ First.”
But he would not say the Greens would be his first choice, saying there was “no preordained order”.
This morning, he told Firstline talking with the Greens first was the logical step, if in a position to form a Government.
“What I’ve said is that we’ll be in conversations with all potential coalition partners and obviously that includes the Greens. I went further than that, I said the first people we talk to will be the largest of our potential coalition partners which obviously is the Greens.” ¬† Read more »