Annette King

Why don’t National Use Scott Simpson Properly?

My oldest friend in caucus, Scott Simpson, is the best dark arts practitioner I know.

He is an absolute genius at ratf***ing opponents, and makes even people like Murray McCully look second rate.

So why don’t National use Scott properly?

He is wasting away on the back benches while National try silly plays that get them nowhere.

The usual dumb play is to start implausible rumours about opponents that will never happen or are easily debunked. National have been trying to promote the “Rats jumping off the sinking ship” meme, claiming that multiple Labour MPs are looking to run for local government and resign their seats.   Read more »

Labour’s leadership puts head in sand and starts cleansing dissent

Matthew Hooton, in his NBR column tells the tale of how Labour are moving to shut down what they see as dissent inside their party.

Progress wanted Labour to take a more holistic view of who people are, how they live and where they want to be.  As they see it, in a 24-hour day, people want the opportunity to spend eight hours being involved in creating something meaningful and valuable at work.  They want another eight hours to enjoy time with their families and communities.  And they need the remaining eight hours for sleep in a safe, warm, comfortable home.

Progress believes this more well-rounded vision is a far more accurate echo of the message of Labour’s original founders than the views of the “self-serving unionists and gaggle of gays” they believe have undue influence on the party today.

Alongside Labour’s approved factions – the Women’s Council, Te Kaunihera Maori, the unions, Rainbow, the Pasifika Sector and so on – the new Progress group thought they might have something to offer.  It turned out they were wrong.

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Labour lies about door and Judith shanks them

Judith Collins has shown that she still has the goods, shanking Labour hard over the $30,000 door between offices that they have insisted on.

Audrey Young has the story:

National MP Judith Collins tonight released emails that show a $30,000 door that will separate Labour MPs from National MPs sharing a floor in Parliament House was opposed by the National Party.

She and six other National MPs were consulted about the door by National senior whip Tim Macindoe in January this year.

Mr Macindoe’s reply to her and the six other MPs he consulted says: “I have now heard from all of you in response to my request for your thoughts about installing an extra security door on Level2 and I’m pleased that you are all of the same view…Thank-you for replying and for the helpful reasons you provided for not wanting the door.”

Mr Macindoe said he had told Jim Robb, the Parliamentary Service group manager of precinct services, that National wanted to the status quo to be maintained.

Labour whip Chris Hipkins said yesterday the door had been proposed by National MP Gerry Brownlee after last September’s election, but omitted to say parties had been consulted in January to say whether they really wanted it.

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Still staring at goats and now blaming the goat herder

Driving into town this morning I heard Darren Hughes’ former land-lady on Mike Hosking’s show throwing Tim Barnett under the bus over Labour’s submission to Parliament’s Justice Committee’s Review of the Election.

Labour, if you remember submitted that they wanted to stop benefits and entitlements for people who fail to register as a voter.

Annette King went feral.

Now Richard Harman thinks there is something askew inside Labour.

Labour’s Caucus will next week discuss the proposal by the party’s General Secretary, Tim Barnett to deny Working for Families tax credits to people who don’t enrol on the electoral roll.

The proposal was made to Parliament’s Justice Committee’s Review of the Election.

It appears to have caught the Parliamentary wing of the party by surprise and has angered some.

A spokesperson for Leader Andrew Little said the first he heard about it was in the media.

It has not yet been discussed by Caucus but does not have his support anyway.   Read more »

A Defence for Bill English

The Dirty Media Party and the political left are going on and on about hair pulling as if it is the moral equivalent of bending a drunk student over a swiss ball and buggering him without his consent.

With the Prime Minister safely overseas it was left to his beleaguered deputy, Bill English, to mount John Key’s defence for pulling a waitress’ ponytail when Parliament returned yesterday.

English is not prone to defending bad behaviour. He distanced himself from the tactics some of his colleagues were shown to have used in Dirty Politics by saying it was not the approach he would take. Distancing yourself from a minister’s bad behaviour is one thing. But this was the Prime Minister.

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Annette King is a Hypocrite

Annette King is a hypocrite. You wouldn’t believe that she is attacking a minister for not doing more about the PM being a dickhead.

Minister for Women Louise Upston has been heavily criticised for not publicly supporting Bailey and has refused to expand on her statement last week, which repeated Key’s comments and supported him.

On Tuesday she said she had nothing further to add.

“I made a comment last week, clearly he’s apologised, so I think that’s the end of the matter.”

King slammed Upston for her complete lack of a response.

“All she’s done is back up the Prime Minister’s comments that he didn’t really mean to hurt her feelings.”

Annette King followed this up in the parliament yesterday with inane questioning, showing yet again that Labour focusses on things that don;t matter to the vast majority of voters.   Read more »

Today: Sexism. Tomorrow: Racism.

Photo Ross Giblin, copyright Dominion Post, Fairfax.

Photo Ross Giblin, copyright Dominion Post, Fairfax.

You know what they say about a woman scorned…

Labour has been accused of sexism for its failure to seriously consider Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei for a spot on a powerful intelligence committee.

During a debate in the House this afternoon on the membership of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Green MP Mojo Mathers said she was “dismayed” by comments made by Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

“He said that he did not invite our co-leader Metiria Turei to be on the committee because he wanted someone with … ‘skills, understanding and experience’ … implying that Metiria did not have these qualities, which is so far from the truth as to be farcical.”

I wonder what Turei’s exprience in Intelligence actually is?    I wonder if Mojo would be so kind as to make up a list and shoot it to me via email.  Happy to publish it. Read more »

Little risks skeletons in Labour’s closet

Andrew Little is playing the sanctimonious card rather too hard.

Labour leader Andrew Little says Prime Minister John Key allowed former MP Mike Sabin to chair the Law and Order Select Committee at least once after Mr Key found out he was being investigated, showing a “cavalier attitude” to Parliament.

Mr Key has said the first he knew Mr Sabin was facing personal issues that resulted in his resignation was on December 1. Mr Little said Mr Sabin had chaired the meeting of the Law and Order Select Committee on December 3, two days after Mr Key was told.

“That was a severe conflict of interest. It shows a cavalier attitude by the Government towards Parliamentary oversight of the Police. We need to know that the institutions of Parliament, select committees and the way they operate are done in a way that maintains public confidence in them. You can’t have a committee of Parliament that provides oversight for the Police being chaired by someone under Police investigation.”

Mr Little said he believed Mr Key knew more than he was admitting to. Police Minister Michael Woodhouse has repeatedly refused to say whether he or his predecessor, Anne Tolley, were briefed under the ‘no surprises’ policy. On Waitangi Day, Police Commissioner Mike Bush also refused to confirm whether he had advised ministers, but said police “have not dropped the ball.”

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Andrew Little almost calls PM a liar over Sabin, but actually lacks the stones to do it

Andrew Little has been on Radio Live this morning all but calling Prime Minister John Key a liar.

He says he knows stuff…and as a result the PM is lying. But he lacked the courage to actually say it, even when pressed by Mark Sainsbury.

It seems he is going to use the media to continue the focus on what John Key knew when.

The reason they are hammering this in the media is come next week they will be unable to ask any questions on this in parliament….for a number of reasons, but the main one being it is in reality a party matter and not a ministerial matter.

But since this is a party matter and Andrew Little is focussing what someone knew when, then perhaps he might like to answer some questions about what he knew when as well.

Let’s start with the Darren Hughes affair that Phil Goff keep very quiet for three weeks until Jonathan Marshall few down from Auckland and turned the beltway inside out by doing what no gallery journalist had the courage to do.

Mr Little was the president of Labour at that time.   Read more »

Who is Andrew Little? Ctd – Does Andrew Little have the bottle for a fight?

Andrew Little

Andrew Little has been considered the man coming in the Labour movement for a generation.

Strangely for a former student politician and unionist he is not known for having much mongrel in him. He bailed first when Judith Collins sued him and Trevor Mallard for defamation.

Labour’s politicians and activists are usually well versed in the dark arts, and know exactly how dirty politics really is because they have been in the thick of some of the most enjoyable political fights ever.

What has been strange about Andrew Little is that he has not had a great reputation for being willing to fight to get ahead. Contrary to the public story that he didn’t want to enter parliament in 2008 because of his young son, the word from inside Fraser House is that Little wanted Rimutaka when Paul Swain retired. In the murk and skullduggery that went on before that selection Little was essentially out muscled, and decided not to run.    Read more »