UK Labour unity? Not so much

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On Monday Seumas Milne, Jeremy Corbyn’s spin doctor, enraged a shadow minister by deliberately deleting part of his speech.

He must be wishing he’d deleted the whole of Tom Watson’s.

This afternoon, Labour members in Liverpool watched their deputy leader expertly undermine their leader – and then gave him a standing ovation. It was remarkable. And because Mr Corbyn was sitting at a platform on stage, mere feet from Mr Watson, you could watch his reaction. It wasn’t hard to guess what he thought.

The speech started harmlessly enough. Jokes about David Cameron, digs at Theresa May. But then Mr Watson praised Sadiq Khan. Earlier in the day, the Mayor of London had given a speech implying that, unlike him, Mr Corbyn was a vote-loser…

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Auckland Mayoral Debate at Auckland University

If you thought Hillary and Donald wasn’t much chop…

…this is not a joke.  This is not a panto… this is what really happened.

 

Green Party won’t run for Phil Goff’s seat of Mt Roskil

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It seems that the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green parties practically just means that they are using it for their own Epsom-styled cup-a-tea deals

The Green Party has decided to not stand a candidate in a Mt Roskill by-election, should Phil Goff win the Auckland mayoralty and vacate the seat.

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei. Read more »

Labour is not perceived as business friendly

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Deloitte’s Mood of the Boardroom survey simply confirms what exclusive INCITE:Politics polling has shown:

CEOs rated leading Opposition MPs’ performance over the past year on a scale of 1-5 where 1 equals not impressive and 5 equals very impressive.

Consistent with last year’s Mood of the Boardroom survey, Labour’s Jacinda Ardern tops the list of Opposition MPs, as rated by CEOs, closely followed by Green co-leader James Shaw. Read more »

Mental Health Break

Bruce the Wandering Whale in Amsterdam continued…

I can thoroughly recommend the hop on/hop off canal cruises – only 20 odd Euros, lots of commentary, history and interesting sights.

We got off the cruise at the Heineken Brewery (about 500m from the entrance) and met my niece who, although she has lived here for six years, had never done “The Heineken Experience”. Costing about 16 Euros, you get a self-guided tour and two drinks at the end. There is an interactive ride (where we get brewed – taken through the process as if you are the product) which although a bit corny, is lots of fun. At the end we had a few of the freebies – it tastes so much nicer here than it does in NZ. Dominion Breweries wreck it when they brew it locally!

Bruce at the Heineken Brewery PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

Bruce at the Heineken Brewery PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

You have probably seen the pic of Bruce, who had a few at the Heineken Brewery and got a bit silly, but here are the pics again

Bruce at the Heineken Brewery PHOTO-supplied Whaleoil

Bruce at the Heineken Brewery PHOTO-supplied Whaleoil

Bruce enjoying a beer at the Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

Bruce enjoying a beer at the Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

Bruce at the Heineken Brewery after having one too many beers PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

Bruce at the Heineken Brewery after having one too many beers PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

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Map of the Day

Trump turned up to his job interview unprepared

 

For 90 minutes, we watched one candidate for president display the seriousness the office demands while the other did what was once unthinkable: show up unprepared for a globally televised job interview.

The first US presidential debate between reality-television star and wealthy builder Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was mind-blowing. Trump brought the vaudeville shtick that worked for him in the primaries to the main stage and bombed.

Trump’s performance was the rhetorical equivalent of hurling garbage on the lawn. A question about x would lead to mentions of y, z and whatever else came to mind. For instance, a response about Hillary Clinton’s emails led to a mention about the sorry state of New York’s LaGuardia Airport. And then there were the gasp-worthy moments that would sink any other presidential aspirant. Read more »

No surprises here as corruption trial reveals culture of corruption in Auckland Council

I’m not at all surprised by revelations in the High Court yesterday.

A rare prosecution of alleged corruption in the New Zealand public sector has heard of a claimed cascading culture of bribery that saw a senior Auckland Council manager collect $1.1 million and his subordinates taken for a $3000 lunch.

The alleged gratuities extended to covering honeymoon expenses in Florida for the daughter of a senior council staffer, dozens of overseas trips, and regular monthly payments of around $8000 into the pocket of former Auckland Transport senior manager Murray Noone by roading contractor Stephen Borlase.

Noone and Borlase yesterday pleaded not guilty to charges of corrupting a public official by bribery. Borlase, who road maintenace firm Projenz is at the heart of the case, also declared himself not guilty of charges he inflated invoices.

Crown prosecutor Brian Dickey said part of the Crown’s case is that Borlase arranged matters so the Rodney District Council – and later Auckland Transport – effectively paid to have their own staff bribed.

The case has drawn considerable interest from white-collar crime watchers as it wound through the system over the past three years, particularly given New Zealand’s hiterto almost-spotless reputation for having an incorrupt public sector.

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