Annette King

Vernon Small: “Jacinda Ardern is A political heavy-weight”

Vernon Small seems to be able to see things that the rest of us can’t.

A few Woman’s Day covers may improve name recognition for a poll, but they’re setting the poor little girl up for a big big fall.   

Wait until the next preferred PM poll.  Rating her as the fourth most preferred leader of this country, as a political journalist, should be a sacking offence.

Do we still have to be debating the appropriateness of male media mouths calling senior politicians – or anyone else for that matter – “a pretty little thing”?

That was Graham Lowe’s “acute” summary of Labour front bencher Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday morning – though he did also note she was “smart”, presented the right image, and would in fact “look good” as a future prime minister.

Nothing wrong with saying she looked good – it is something anyone might say about any politician. But “pretty little thing”? Please.

Lest we forget, in a new poll Ardern is running fourth as preferred prime minister.

That rates her as voters’ choice behind three of the country’s most experienced and able political operators; Prime Minister John Key, her leader Andrew Little and the veteran Winston Peters.

She is also a front-runner to replace Annette King if, as scheduled, Labour elects a new deputy later this year.

That makes her much more than a “pretty little thing” – it makes her a political heavy weight, and throws her into contention as a future prime minister.

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Labour’s little problem attacking people with chinky sounding names

Labour has got a problem looming…with their constant attacks on Asians.

Phil Twyford though was busily telling people at the caucus retreat in Rotorua that this was Labour’s Orewa moment. That remains to be seen, but what happened for National after Orewa was it increased its vote, but more importantly increased its donations as Kiwi voters sought a party that believed in one law for all.

Labour’s problem is their policy a) can’t be implemented and is nothing more than dog-whistling slogans and b) it creates segregation based on race.

Which is a little strange for a party that happily accepts money from donors with chink sounding names.

Like Phil Goff:

Goff-donorsPhil Twyford won’t care, he didn’t get a single donation. Read more »

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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