Barry Soper

Barry Soper on his time as a gang member

Who knew Barry Soper was born to be wild?

There are some things you do in your career that you’d rather not have done. Mine was infiltrating a southern motorcycle gang more than 40 years ago and riding to the Alexandra Blossom Festival which you’d think would be a most unlikely place for gangs to assemble, but that they did from all over the country.

The gangs had complained they’d the previous year been roughed up by the police who weren’t wearing their identification numbers, which of course they’re required to do by law.

Riding through the countryside with around a hundred thundering bikes certainly gave you a feeling of power, but that feeling turned to disgust at what they got up to when several hundred of them set up camp at an area on the outskirts of the Central Otago town called The Pines.

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Knock me down with a feather, I agree with Soper

Barry Soper took off his pink-tinted glasses for just a moment and managed a semi-literate article about bludgers and the indolent.

Over the past couple of weeks a bloke, who some have no doubt written off as a whinging Pom, has appeared on telly telling us kiwis are lazy.

They can’t be bothered turning up for an interview to work at his little flooring company for twenty bucks an hour and if they do turn up, they don’t last in the job. They’d prefer after a couple of days, in his rather indelicate words, to grab a slab of beer and go off on the piss.

The job’s not that taxing, a bit of elbow grease may be required. A 24 year old former supermarket checkout operator saw the item and she’s now gainfully employed learning a trade and earning better money than she could ever have thought of by sweeping groceries past the bar code.

So what’s wrong with our young, have they lost the ability to work?

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Soper on Little

Barry Soper views the world through red tinted glasses. He really misses the cosy chats he had with Clark so the past 8 years have been a bit of a shock to his aging system.

Given you are only as young as the woman you feel, he is has perked up a bit in recent years. His article at NewstalkZB on Andrew Little says more if you read between the lines.

The latest telly opinion poll, at 28 per cent, puts the party about where David Shearer had taken it to before he was dumped. So what’s gone wrong with this party that began the year with a hiss and a roar, offering free tertiary education to those who haven’t had the benefit of it before?

Actually David Shearer got Labour to around 35%.

Even though he spent a couple of years as Labour’s President before becoming a list MP, essentially because he’s been unable to wrestle his home town of New Plymouth from National’s clutches, he’s still a relative political newcomer and at times it shows.

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Hey Barry, never noticed you complaining about Clark’s appointments

Don’t you love the commentariat, now demanding that the appointment of Governor-General be ratified by parliament?

Barry Soper, a man whose red-tinted glasses never let him complain about Helen Clark’s appointments for Governor-General, has piped up demanding that John Key put it to a vote in parliament.

And his just announced successor, another who’s barely recorded a blip on the public radar screen, Dame Patsy Reddy, also got to know Key recently by heading, along with Michael Cullen, a snoop on the snoops, recommending a one-stop spook shop for our spies.

The latest appointment’s raised the question whether it should be the Prime Minister alone making these sorts of decisions. It’s a question that was originally posed way back by Governor George Grey 160 years ago, who tried three times to have the appointment made by a majority Parliamentary vote. The second time was defeated by just two votes.

The official line is that the appointment is made by the Queen on the advice of the PM. There is no legal requirement for him to consult anyone else – although with MMP there’s an expectation that he will tell other Parliamentary leaders what he’s planning.

That’s news to the Greens who didn’t hear a squeak from the ninth floor of the Beehive, while some, not all, were simply told the name that was going to Buck House for ratification by HRH.

Most going into the job wouldn’t be drawn by the $330,000 salary package, although the fancy State Houses, servants and limos that go with it, aren’t to be sniffed at.

But it’s a prestigious rubber stamp job and the appointment to it should be more transparent.

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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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