Bill English

Now that Bill is going to be PM what do the opposition think?

Bill English has bullied the caucus into getting across the line. He will be our next Prime Minister.

The Maori party wanted him, the Media party wanted him, Nicky Hager wanted him…and my good friend Brian Edwards really wants him:

I like Bill. Bill is just great. Really, really great. And – sorry to blow my own trumpet – but if anyone should know, I should. Well, me and Judy really – the team that brought you Helen Clark. Back from the dead, some would say, but I couldn’t possibly comment.

Anyway, back to Bill. Did I say Bill was great? What an understatement! Bill is stupendous, charismatic, a master of oratory and, no point in denying it, a real stud. The stats never lie. And here’s the thing: I’m a dyed in the wool Labour man. A socialist, to be strictly accurate.   Read more »

I wonder how many of these guys Bill promised a ministerial portfolio for their public endorsement

A whole bunch of MPs declared earlier today for Bill English. This ultimately led to Judith Collins jacking in the race. But, at least one of them at least was promised a ministerial portfolio if he did so…that will come at the expense of Jonathan Coleman who will get stabbed first for daring to interrupt his coronation.

Judith Collins is likely to get stabbed too because Bill English has such a deep and abiding vindictive streak.

Bill English’s bid for Prime Minister continues to build momentum as more MPs declare their support for him today.

Twenty-one MPs have now committed to backing English in a vote on Monday, while none have yet publicly backed the other contenders Jonathan Coleman and Judith Collins.

To get a majority within the National caucus a candidate will need 30 votes.

The growing level of support for English could put pressure on Coleman and Collins to withdraw from the race.

National’s Jami-Lee Ross, Jonathan Young, Todd Muller, Chris Bishop and Brett Hudson are the latest to say they will back English.   Read more »

Collins withdraws and Bully Bill gets to be PM

Bill English’s bullying of MPs has worked, he has the numbers to become leader of the National party. As a result Judith Collins has quit the race.

He has threatened MPs still waiting on selections that they would be rinsed if they didn’t declare, he’s promised others jobs, and now the retribution will start.

After months in the plotting, the plan didn’t go as smoothly as Key and English hoped but he has got there in the end.

A great many bridges have been burnt with John Key’s petulant quitting and there exists now deep divisions inside National.   Read more »

Daddy left home and now the kiddies are worried that Mummy will leave too

The National party caucus are acting like a bunch of blouses and sooks.

The pitch from Bill English is that if they vote for him then it is steady as she goes. Except it won’t be. I know of one person who has been asked to declare publicly for Bill English on the promise of a ministerial portfolio. The dimwitted fool believed Bill, until it was pointed out to him that for that to happen someone has to get bulleted. Quick as a flash he pointed out that Coleman for sure will get bulleted and probably Judith Collins, so he’s alright jack.

This is classic broken family scenarios. Matthew Hooton came up with this idea on Radio Live this morning, and I’ve decided it fits perfectly.

Daddy has been keeping the family together through a mixture of fear and love. But Daddy has had enough and packed his bags and left. Mummy is left and trying to hold the family together.

Caucus are mewling like cut cats that there is too much change and that if Mummy goes too then so does Cousin Gerry, poor retarded Cousin Nick and Uncle Steve as well. They don’t want a broken family so they are contemplating staying with Mummy even though she is dead set useless at organising the family with the sole exception of the finances.

There is a problem with their little fantasy that Bill will keep the family together…he has a history of fratricide. He also went on the list so in the event of a bad election result he can bolt quicker than everyone else. If he is leader then a bad election result is guaranteed. Read more »

Can Bill English raise money?

If you talk to anyone who remembers 2002 then they will tell you a whole lot about Bill English, and one of those things is that he can’t raise money.

John Key was a rainmaker. If he held a fundraiser he pulled in heaps of cash. The mark of a good leader is the ability to raise cash.

People who were in the hierarchy under Bill English and Michelle Boag tell me that when Bill was leader they’d have to cancel fundraising events because no one would turn up or even reply to RSVPs.

Between the both of them they left the party is such financial disarray that it required the joint efforts of Judy Kirk and Steve Joyce to remedy the situation which is rumoured to have extended to over a million dollars in debt.    Read more »

So what are the real numbers?

Patrick Gower is spinning and acting on behalf of Bill English.

His claims of support for Bill English being at 45 votes are spurious. As previously stated here Bill English’s own numbers man has a vote count of 35 but says the numbers are fluid.

I’ve asked around caucus and the numbers I’ve been given are a great deal different from what Bill’s numbers man is stating and a lot different from what Patrick Gower is spinning on behalf of Bill English.

I’ve collated the various numbers and averaged them out. They are as follows:   Read more »

Gower being fed utter rubbish

Patrick Gower is doing his best to insert himself in the National party leadership contest but his real problem is he is rushing out with stories that are utter bullshit.

He is claiming that Bill English has the numbers to be leader.

Newshub understands the battle to be Prime Minister is over, with a senior MP saying Bill English has 45 votes, a landslide majority.

The successful candidate only needs the support of 30 members from National’s 60-member caucus to win the leadership.

So now the real scrap is for Deputy.

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Why is National’s caucus letting Nicky Hager dictate who their leader should be?

After Dirty Politics John Key made a mistake, which has led to him bailing. That was to let the carping and whinging of the leftwing dictate who he should and shouldn’t speak to.

The leftwing and Media party are doing it again and rolling out Nicky Hager, who wasn’t relevant in 2014, and still isn’t relevant, and letting him dictate to National’s caucus who should or shouldn’t be leader of National.

Ms Collins, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman have all put themselves forward for the party’s leadership, after Mr Key announced his resignation on Monday.

Mr Hager said it would be risky for National to appoint Ms Collins as leader a year before an election, and that communication between her and right-wing attack blogger Cameron Slater, revealed in the book Dirty Politics last year, were damaging.

“Most of it was very petty – nasty little conversations about who they hated and making up little petty names about her political colleagues in Parliament – but sometimes it was actually much more unpleasant than that.”

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Why do gallery journalists say such stupid things?

The gallery has lost their collective shit with the resignation of John Key.

There are all sorts of idiot prognostications and assessments. It is so bad that it is starting to annoy me.

Do these people, who are supposedly “trained and skilled” actually understand the process of how National selects their leaders?

Or are they trying to insert themselves into the process?

Richard Harman, who usually has sensible things to say, has also lost his shit:

Prime Minister John Key’s resignation has caught his Caucus unprepared.

They have no agreed replacement.

At a telephone conference call with the caucus yesterday, one participant said the MPs greeted his news with a stunned silence.   Read more »

National contenders: What is their path to victory?

In US politics there is always talk of a path to victory. I have used this term extensively and now we can look at it again with the National party caucus selection for leader and the role of Prime Minister.

The selection is a once in ten-year event for caucus to consider.  National has been that stable under John Key. Caucus members should think very carefully in the way they cast their vote next Monday. There are 59 votes to gather and to win a candidate needs to secure 30 votes.

So far there are three declared contenders, Bill English, Jonathan Coleman and Judith Collins.

So what are their paths to victory?

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Bill English

Bill English has a path to victory, but it is perilous and requires some devious skullduggery to implement. Bill has deviousness and skullduggery in spades. His current support base is mostly made up of current ministers. Key supporters are John Key, Nick Smith, Steve Joyce and Gerry Brownlee. He has almost no support amongst the back bench and that is due to his unwillingness to socialise or interact with them. He refuses requests to attend openings and largely spends time with other Wellington-based MPs like Gerry Brownlee.   Read more »