Barry Soper

Soper gets sticky knickers over Annie

Barry Soper has shifted his glad eye from the younger set and has a real love-in about 68-year-old Annette King.

Listening to the Labour veteran Annette King banging on in Parliament’s bear pit the comparison floated through my mind.

They’re female and were born within a month of each other, both turning the ripe old age of 70 next year. They’re certainly forceful women, even though King is seen to be in the twilight of her long political life.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is in full flight with her bid to to slide into the Oval Office’s leather chair, despite the memories that office must hold for her from the time it was occupied by her hubby Bill twenty years ago. At least the decor’s changed since then.

King, who’s affectionately referred to around Parliament as Auntie, was herself in full flight, making her opponents even more grizzly now that they’re back at work after their summer holiday break. It was good, old school, tub thumping stuff reminding us of Austin Mitchell’s view of God’s Own as the half gallon, quarter acre, Pavlova Paradise.

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It’s all a big joke isn’t it Heather, until it isn’t

Heather du Plessis Allan still thinks breaking the law in order to obtain an illegal firearm is all a big joke. Her column in the Herald on Sunday is one big mocking of Police over the execution of search warrants necessitated by her refusing to cooperate with Police.

Our readers have reacted.

One commenter here notes:

Her facetious little diatribe is nothing more than a thinly veiled attack on the cops who have already released a statement that both her and Mediaworks refused to cooperate.
I see the front page still refers to the serving of a warrant as a police raid. A raid is not generally preceded by a phone call making an appointment to meet but there you have it on our sensationalist media. It’s a raid.

Aucky chimes in:

To put it bluntly Sarah, HDPA is taking the piss with that column. The Police did not fly a specialist search squad down from Auckland to look through her supermarket receipts or her recipes. She’s painted herself into a corner with her stupid actions and maybe her flippancy is some sort of self justification. She certainly isn’t martyrdom material and the thought of pending heavyweight legal processes and their possible outcome must be weighing very heavily. Having said that, she’s a grown woman and she made the call. Like you I feel sorry for Bazza – I have little time for his work but at age 63 this is the last thing that he needs in his life. As my old gran used to say ‘There’s no fool like an old fool’.

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Soper gets stuck into the Ardern fanciers club

There is certainly a push on, at least from the media, for Jacinda Ardern to be taking a more prominent role in the Labour party.

As I have said many times she is dumb as a bag of hammers…but is appealing to the eye…to some.

Barry Soper says as much too.

Rugger league legend Graham Lowe will today be regretting that he offered an opinion on the future prospects of Labour Party pinup person Jacinda Ardern.

For a start to even think of her as a future Prime Minister, given her latest opinion poll rating of 3.9 percent, is drawing a very long bow, when you consider the Tory’s pinup boy Teflon John Key’s hanging ten on the crest of the popularity wave at just below 64 percent, followed by Angry Andy Little, on the unlucky for some number of 13, and Luigi Peters just behind him.

So Ardern’s hardly in the running even if Lowe thinks she’s easy on the eye, or as he put it, “a pretty little thing.” He went on to add insult to injury it seems by saying if she was to lead at some stage, she’d look good and when you saw her you’d think, “Wow, she’s our Prime Minister.”

The views brought them out in a furious frenzy. The National Council of Women decried Lowe saying his comments were dismissive and condescending. A woman’s appearance is irrelevant, they crowed, the focus should be on her ability as a politician.

If that’s the criteria, Ardern’s lucky to even have a rating. She’s hardly been a stellar performer in Parliament’s bear pit, spending the last term being annihilated by her opposite number, the pretty formidable Paula Bennett, who I’m reliably informed would wear Lowe’s praise with pride.   Read more »

Soper comments on the ludicrous suggestion that Key have a succession plan

Barry Soper has got it dead right as he discusses the ludicrous suggestion promulgated by Fran O’Sullivan and her little band of helpers at a newspaper that John Key needed to get a succession plan in place.

He suggests that Key won’t get a say, and whoever learns to count wins.

Politics is a numbers game. Numbers determine all sorts of things: whether a party makes it into Parliament in the first place, whether a party gets to govern, whether they’re successful with legislation and in terms of this argument, whether they have the numbers to lead.

If you can’t count then you should steer clear of politics.

When your numbers are up, or you use David Farrar to run your numbers like Bill English did then things go awry.

Business leaders in a survey say National should have a leadership succession plan. They of all people should know about numbers and they should also know that in politics the idea of a successor being anointed by a leader is virtually unheard of.

Think about it, David Lange wasn’t even in Parliament when Bill Rowling became Prime Minister on the death of Big Norm Kirk. And Rowling fought three elections before Lange managed the numbers to roll him. To be fair, he won more votes than National in his final two elections, but numbers in those days weren’t as important, in terms of votes cast, as they are today under MMP.   Read more »

The Huddle at 1740


I’m on ZB with Larry Williams to do The Huddle with Barry Soper.

Our topics will be:

  • There’s been more fallout from the St Bede’s parents thumbing their nose at the punishment given by their school to the oiks who jumped on the luggage carousel at Auckland airport. There have been feeble attempts by the parents to try and mitigate the damage they’ve done by saying that the boys weren’t really at fault….their mates egged them on. They appear to be quite thick this bunch – you wonder where all their money has come from because they feel like families who don’t appear to be  able to tie their own shoelaces!
  • And of course we have the Northland by election to keep us entertained as well.
  • Then we’ve had the Cotton On case which is more confusing than anything as I’m not sure what the staff are being asked to do by the company. It’s also only a negotiation at their distribution centre not ALL their retail staff so there’s a bit of misinformation going around on that one. We’re hoping to get Michael Woodhouse on to discuss the law with us and what can and can’t be done under the rules.


You can listen online via iHeartRadio and normal methods.

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Winston and Soper buy into conspiracy theories

Yesterday on The Huddle Barry Soper went off on a conspiracy theory junket, questioning why the government has announced the 1080 eco-terrorism now.

He prefaced everything with statements like “I don’t want to seem like I’m buying into this but…” then raises it anyway,

Now Winston Peters has got in on the act echoing the loons of the left wing who were crying long and loud about false flag operations.

NZ First leader Winston Peters was first to fly a conspiracy theory up the flagpole by questioning the timing of the announcement during the Northland by-election.

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The Huddle at 1740


I’m on ZB with Larry Williams to do The Huddle with Barry Soper.  Barry was in the lock-up for the super secret embargoed Police announcement a moment ago.

Our topics will be:

  • The police investigation surrounding the 1080 milk formula/water supply threat
  • Cunliffe claiming he’ll climb a Kauri tree
  • Dean Barker and his messy exit from Team New Zealand

You can listen online via iHeartRadio and normal methods.

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The Huddle at 1740


I’m on ZB with Larry Williams to do The Huddle with Mr du Plessis-Allan.  I’ll be discussing things from the right, and Bazza will try and show me why I’m wrong by fighting in Andrew Little’s corner.

Our topics will be:

  • The Sky City stoush over who’s going to fund the shortfall in the upgraded plans.
  • The outrage of the day over the Chatham Rock Phosphate application for mining on Chatham rise being declined.  The company lost 95% of its value following the EPA decision. To say they’re upset is an understatement.
  • …if time, one more, yet unknown topic.

You can listen online via iHeartRadio and normal methods.

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Smalley & Marwick continue all out assault

The “serious” journalist and Hamas hugger Rachel Smalley continues her all out assault on me, aided by the equally unhinged Felix Marwick.

Both of these cowards aren’t prepared to sit down in a studio and go toe to toe with me, because they know I’ll rip them a new one.

This morning Smalley said that I’m not a journalist, not balanced and have dirt on John Key.

I’m sure Asher J. would disagree with Smalley, he wrote a 70 page judgment to the effect that actually I am a journalist…its just that I’m not “serious”. Who cares if I’m not balanced. Neither is Rachel Smalley, she hugs up to Hamas, is clearly a rabid pinko and unhinged by me…hardly any balance there, if she was balanced she’d actually get me on for some comment, but hasn’t yet troubled her producer to ring me. The last time she went head to head with me was on The Nation and she got pwnd that time. As for having dirt on John Key…well I have dirt on lots of people…so go figure…I just hoard dirt…its my stock in trade.

Felix Marwick has been on a jihad against me for sometime…asking repeated OIAs about me, he certainly seems to have a hard on for me. Again he is too gutless to call for my take on anything.

His latest article is hilarious too…all he is proving is Cameron Slater is a ratings winner and he is a flea gallery hack.

The Prime Minister says he has nothing to fear if Cameron Slater’s kept a record of their chats.

The Whale Oil blogger says he tapes his phone calls – but John Key’s not sure if that applies to him, saying he has “absolutely no idea.”    Read more »

The unacceptability of David Cunliffe

After David Cunliffe bizarrely compared himself to Helen Clark and Norman Kirk we are going to see a demonisation of David Cunliffe much like the attacks on Kevin Rudd by pro-Gillard forces in Australia like Stephen Conroy, Stephen Smith and Wayne Swan.

We have already seen this with the Ilam candidate, James Dann, damning Cunliffe in an open letter.

It will be systematic, and it will be nasty. His reputation will be trashed by his own team, making him completely unacceptable for the membership to foist him upon the caucus. The caucus knows that they can’t command the membership, but they can make Cunliffe so unpalatable that the unions will act.

The problem is caucus too is highly factionalised. Clayton Cosgrove has been acting the bully-boy strong arming other candidates to stand aside and promote Grant Robertson. The problem is Clayton Cosgrove is so thoroughly discredited after running a candidate campaign in Waimakiriri, one that failed and also delivered up an appalling party vote result. He is despised as a result, even by those on the right of the Labour caucus. But caucus has to block vote now to send a message to the membership that they cannot countenance a dud leader like David Cunliffe. They need to effectively veto Cunliffe but that won’t work.

It won’t work because the membership is feral left. That membership believes that David Cunliffe is a martyr and that he was set up to fail by the caucus…a caucus of centrist traitors to the socialist cause. The only thing that unites caucus right now is their mutual loathing of David Cunliffe.

The hard left of the party, stocked now with old Alliance war-horses, are more interested in being pure rather than being in power. They are septic that their mates like Carol Beaumont got rinsed and are on the outside. Beaumont is so thoroughly disliked that when asked to provide her with a job, Helen Kelly refused out-right. Of course it is the same hard-left that was pulling strings inside Labour for them to tank Kelvin Davis in Te Tai Tokerau. They loathe candidates like him and Stuart Nash. They believe in a puritanical socialism, where people like Nash and Davis are actually closet tories and should actually be run from the party rather than emulated for their electoral success.   Read more »