Armstrong: John Key’s hidden objective

There is some life in John left – he’s seen right through John Key’s plan

Today’s Speech from the Throne outlining the new National minority Government’s legislative and policy programme is unusually non-contentious. So non-contentious that it seems rather bland.

And that is just the way the Prime Minister would like the speech to be viewed – solid, if unspectacular.

You had to wait until the Governor-General had read the last paragraph of the speech for a definitive statement on John Key’s real agenda behind his Government’s agenda.

That final sentence notes that National is “privileged” to have won the trust and goodwill of New Zealand voters for a third time and will seek to re-earn that trust and goodwill “every day” over the next three years.

In other words, Key’s mind is already intently focussed on how his Government avoids the third-term blues and matches Sir Keith Holyoake’s 1960s achievement of winning four straight elections – something which is even more difficult under a proportional electoral system like MMP compared to the previous first-past-the-post system which had a built-in bias favouring National. Read more »

Now we know why MPs are members of unions, so they can get multiple votes

When moderates complain about Labour, they’re told they¬†can join and have their¬†say.

But will it be an equal say?

No. Because unionists and special interest groups, the very people corroding the party, get more than one vote.

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No wonder things just keep getting worse. Talk about a failed attempt at democracy! ¬† Read more »

Will Winston do a Deal with Grant Robertson?

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Grant Robertson is running a pretty slick campaign.

It is certainly better than his opponents, and is talking about lots of the right things.

His big problem, however, is finding a route to victory. How does Robbo get 50% +1 of the votes in Parliament.

It would be a very, very brave or foolhardy person to predict that Robertson could find a route to victory without including New Zealand First in his coalition. To include New Zealand First he first needs to get Winston Peters to agree to do a deal with him.

Robertson realises this.

Build confident and mature relationships with other parties that we can form a government with in 2017.

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Time to vote – again!

It’s time to vote again. ¬†Please.

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Whaleoil won the “Best Blog” category in the 2013 ESET Netguide Web Awards, and we would like to earn another one if it is ok with you people. ¬†¬† Read more »

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Face of the day

He looks nice, where did he come in the Labour Leadership race? Last, cause nice guys always come last.

He looks nice, where did he come in the Labour Leadership race?
Last, cause nice guys always come last.

Mike Williams has chosen David Parker as the best of the bunch.

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Daily Proverb

Proverbs 21

10 Evil people desire evil; their neighbors get no mercy from them.

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Is this the WORST campaign ad ever?

I spent half the time disbelieving it was a genuine ad and not some spoof

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Today’s Trivia

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Welcome to Today’s¬†Trivia. ¬†There is a game to play here. ¬†The photo above relates to one of the items below. ¬†The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. ¬†Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. ¬†Can you figure it out tonight?

Four years after it was released, an Arizona DJ played UB40’s “Red Red Wine” as part of a feature on songs that should have been hits. Listeners started requesting it and within weeks it was the national #1 single. (source) ¬† Read more »