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The Predictable Failure of David Cunliffe, Ctd

Travel, lifestyle and arts blogger David Farrar has published an interesting graph of Labour’s prospects for winning the 2014 election.

Since the voting public have worked out that David Cunliffe has tits for hands, the graph has plunged downwards. 

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This was very predictable.   Read more »

The Importance of Goodwill for Politicians

This photo shows something that hardly anyone notices.

Politicians need good will to survive, and without it they are nailed. This picture may not be accurate in that Cunliffe’s sins are far worse than any of Keys, but Key gets away with things because people like him.

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No one likes Cunliffe. He is known as an arrogant and unpleasant man like many, many politicians.   Read more »

Labour’s Predictable Poll Disaster

The latest polling disaster for Labour comes after nearly six years in opposition, three opposition leaders and two general secretaries and party presidents. Yet they are still hopeless in the polls.

This is all because the leaders and the party leadership all seem to think they will win by divine right, not by doing the hard yards necessary to win. Cunliffe, Goff and Shearer all thought that the public would fall in love with them, rather than they had to rebuild the party to win an election. Labour’s hopeless to non existent fundraising means they cant do much in campaign year, because they don’t have the scratch.

For Labour to win they need a decent fundraiser like Mike “Fat Tony” Williams. Unfortunately they have Tim Barnett and Moira Coatsworth, both of whom are so useless at fundraising that they probably should be replaced if they don’t do the honourable thing and resign after the election.  Read more »

Adams muscles up, rips up Len’s unitary plan

At last Amy Adams has figured out one needs to implement strong policy and make hard hitting decisions to be an effective minister.

Adams has come down like the great Hammer of Thor on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan by stating that significant changes must be made.

Environment Minister Amy Adams is seeking major changes to the Auckland Unitary Plan, which she says will not provide enough houses and make housing even more unaffordable in its current form.

In a cabinet-approved submission on the new planning rulebook for the Super City, Ms Adams says failure to make changes could have far-reaching economic and social consequences for Auckland and New Zealand.

She said the original objectives for a quality compact and design-led approach had been “betrayed” by overly-complex policies, overlays and rules.

“I seek the removal or loosening of prescriptive provisions in the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan where they are not supported and justified by evidence and analysis,” she said.

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Simon Bridges and Amy Adams, Piss Poor at Fundraising

Aspiring National Party leaders Simon Bridges and Amy Adams are both known for being very, very average at fundraising.

They seem to think that the public will fall in love with them the moment they become leader, and have done nothing to build their donor networks.

What is telling is how average their fundraising was in 2011.

Amy Adams only got a couple of big donations from trusts, and more from her electorate. Amy is well known for funding her own campaign, and being very, very bad at building a rapport with donors. $33,000 from three sources is laughable.   Read more »

$147,800 plus expenses and she goes to Twitter for advice?

This morning, at the Commerce Committee, Julie Anne Genter tweeted this:

The Commerce Committee is an important job and process where the parliament scrutinises the government’s budget.

MPs are supposed to have read the documents, prepared questions and be ready to cross-examine the Minister.   Read more »

Are Bridges & Adams doing a Cunliffe?

When political junkies look into the future they think about Simon Bridges and Amy Adams as the next National Prime Minister.

The problem for both Amy and Simon is that they have taken the same approach Phil Goff, David Shearer, David Cunliffe and Bill English have taken to their political careers.

They seem to think that politics is won and lost in Beltway Wellington, and that if they can just become leader the public will immediately fall in love with them and elect them by popular acclaim.

This didn’t work so well for Bill, Phil, David S and doesn’t look like it is going work so well for David C either.

If you want to be leader you need to have a strong party and a strong donor base, which means doing a lot of friend raising first, then being able to ask them for money.

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Dodgy socialist council keeps councillors in the dark, and last corporate investor bails out of dam plan

The completely dodgy Hawkes Bay Regional Council has sunk to a new low.

The council got the bum’s rush from the Board of Inquiry when they tried to get three scientists to change their story about turning the Tukituki River toxic by not managing Nitrogen. Fortunately the Board was wise to this and pointed out it couldn’t understand why three scientists had changed their mind with no real science behind it.

Now the council staff have pissed off a group of councillors by not letting them see the submission to the Board of Inquiry. The council staff seem to think that they have councillors just to rubber stamp things, not to actually have any input.

Councillor Rex Graham, on behalf of fellow councillors Rick Barker, Tom Belford and Peter Beaven, has written to Conservation Minister Nick Smith and Environment Minister Amy Adams to tell them the four councillors have not had any input into the councils submission to the board of inquiry.

The councillors are upset council staff sent the submission, commenting on the boards draft proposal, without it being signed off at a council meeting.

They have asked the ministers for the opportunity to lodge their own submission on the boards proposal. “I would have thought that, as an elected representative, I would have seen [the submission] and been able to debate it,” Mr Graham told Hawkes Bay Today.

“We have to sign off documents this important. This is a fundamental, in-principle thing. We have had a board of inquiry present us with their thoughts and their proposal and we are essentially challenging that. I would have thought its huge. I would have thought its a major, fundamental thing, he said. If the executives [council staff] make the decisions, then why do we have an election?” Read more »

Donations, favours, gifts and the hypocrisy of the left

Rodney Hide’s Herald on Sunday column saves the best till last.

Meanwhile, if you think you may ever need some help from your local MP, don’t donate to the National Party. Nothing is now more likely to see that door slammed shut than your name appearing on the donor list.

But Labour, too, has its problems. In chasing down Collins it has failed to confront the elephant in its caucus. We know who donated to National. We can spot the possible conflict. We can’t say the same about Labour. That’s because its leader resolutely refuses to name the donors to his leadership campaign. He has kept his donors secret.

What has Cunliffe got to hide? What favours has he promised? Labour keeps insisting that money taints politics. Well, who has tainted Cunliffe? Will he ever tell us?

All very good questions, pity the media are giving David Cunliffe a free ride while they pursue silly stories about National

And with that we can see that the crusade against National continues with a silly pice by Matthew Theunissen about a cellphone used by Maurice Williamson.  Read more »

‘Bang And Blame’ from Cunliffe

David Cunliffe and his lap-bloggers around the blogosphere are all blaming others for their leader copping tons of pressure this year.

What did they expect, this is election year. It is a fight for power. The funny thing is that they saw nothing wrong with Mike Williams digging into John Key’s past, flying to Melbourne, bringing back boxes of documents and then seeding and spreading rumours for weeks via the blogs. Ultimately it all blew up in their collective faces when they got it wrong.

David Cunliffe though is showing he lacks the moxie to be leader or even Prime Minister with his sensitivity to a little bit of scrutiny…worse he is playing the blame game.

Labour leader David Cunliffe came out swinging in Hamilton after weathering an onslaught of criticism over repeated gaffes that threaten to derail him in an election year.

He was in Hamilton to push his Best Start policy to the education and social service sectors and the party faithful after a week-long scandal he said was just a storm in a teacup.

“Mate, that is just Wellington beltway politics,” he said yesterday. “Government has been trying to throw the kitchen sink at me in the last couple of weeks just to discredit me.”  Read more »