Chester Borrows

How dirty is Bill playing?

You’ve got to admire Bill English. He has managed to achieve a coronation. His team worked hard, but then again they had two months to plan to gazump everyone else.

But there are some concerning anti-democratic tendencies starting to emerge from the fog of war.

By convention whips are supposed to stay out of the fray. Of course, John Carter broke that in rinsing Bill English the first time. However, the whips were very active in backing Bill English, especially Jami-Lee Ross who was running the numbers for Bill English and was the person who leaked to Patrick Gower.

What was astonishing however was the appointment to two other MPs to act as scrutineers in Monday’s vote. Hekia Parata and Chester Borrows were appointed and there were cries of foul deeds. Hekia Parata is well known as a Bill English supporter and so is Chester Borrows. Hekia told caucus that she could be trusted and fair to much sniggering behind people’s hands.

You might think that isn’t too bad, so what, why am I making a big deal?   Read more »

Orchestrated wailing

National MP Chester Borrows has been charged with injuring two protesters with a car in his local electorate.

The Deputy Speaker and Whanganui MP on Tuesday confirmed he faces a charge of careless use of a motor vehicle causing injury to two people outside the Collegiate Motor Inn in March.

Cabinet minister Paula Bennett was also in the car that was caught on camera allegedly coming into contact with TPP protesters in a driveway as it slowly pulled out onto the road.

Mr Borrows said in a statement he intended to defend the charges but would not make any further comment.

What a ridiculous “technical” charge.

It was set up to capture video, with the old bag calling out if anyone got it on camera.

If police had been doing their job instead of standing there hands on hips the problem wouldn’t have happened.  Read more »

I was always taught not to play in traffic

When I was a kid I was taught not to play in traffic, not to get in the way of 3-tonne vehicles and to stay clear.

One protestor against the TPPA didn’t get that lesson or was too stupid to understand it.

National MP Chester Borrows is being questioned by police after he allegedly drove his car into Trans-Pacific Partnership protesters.

Mr Borrows was confronted by TPP protesters. in his Whanganui electorate on Tuesday.

Police said they were aware of the incident, and confirmed that one protesters received a leg injury after allegedly “coming into contact with a vehicle”.

“Police are currently establishing further information about this to assess what, if any, further steps are required from a police perspective.”

The incident, which was caught on video, shows a car emblazoned with Mr Borrows’ name and face being confronted by a handful of protesters.   Read more »

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Audrey Young on Labour’s petty politicking

Audrey Young has an unusually robust column on Labour’s petty politicking in parliament.

The committee often known as the “powerful” privileges committee has an unusually full agenda owing to some blatant breaches of parliamentary standards by the Labour Party.

Labour leader Andrew Little has led a mini-revolt against the established protocol of showing respect to the Speaker, or at least not demonstrating disrespect.

The problem with the leader instigating such a revolt is that it leaves no place for the party’s wiser heads to go.

Little has dragged Chris Hipkins, chief whip, and Grant Robertson, shadow leader of the House, into the fray with him.

They must back up Little publicly or leave the leader out on a limb. There is really no choice. Instinctively they back him.

With all three on the case of the Speaker, it leaves Labour looking petty, always arguing the toss, not concentrating on the issues that matter, blaming the referee.

They may have convinced themselves their attacks on the Speaker define them as fighters to the core, but they often come across as bullies.

And they seem oblivious or unmoved by the extent to which they have lowered standards.

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Actually it is the ASMS who should pull their head in

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The Whanganui DHB has been told to “pull its head in” after they called for a disciplinary meeting with one of their doctors who took it upon himself to sit on the roof of a minister’s car.

Who is telling them to pull their heads in?

The Doctors union of course and the Media Party goes in to bat for the ratbags.

The Whanganui District Health Board has been told to “pull its head in” after summoning a senior hospital doctor to a disciplinary meeting over his part in a Trans-Pacific Partnership protest.

Emergency medicine specialist Chris Cresswell was arrested last week after he climbed on top of Whanganui MP Chester Borrows’ car and sat on it.

Dr Cresswell, who is also the president of the Wanganui branch of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), climbed on to the vehicle in his scrubs and stethoscope during Deputy Prime Minister Bill English’s visit on Friday.

He told the Chronicle his attire was to emphasise doctors also opposed the TPP, as it would have a huge impact on the price of medicine.

He was given a verbal warning by police but not charged.

Protesting is fine but climbing on top of other people’s property is not.    Read more »

Chester Borrows finally comes good

For years everyone in the VRWC has thought Chester Borrows is in the wrong party.

He is a crim hugging defence lawyer who doesn’t believe in stringing up really bad bastards, and would prefer to talk to them about their “mummy issues” and crap like that.

So it is surprising that Chester Borrows shows the wit to tell the morons at WorkSafe who were buggering up duck hunting across the country that they need to stop being dickheads.

Whanganui MP Borrows told his local paper that “d***head bureaucrats” had adopted an unbending stance to enforcing health and safety rules, which had led to growing concern about the regulations.

A farmer had been issued an infringement notice because five quad bikes helmets had each been hanging on a wall behind a bike, not on the bikes themselves.

This is the undoubted highlight of Chester Borrow’s political career.

He has managed to talk the language of the common man and say exactly what the common man thinks.

He can be expected to hold his seat for life, because just about everyone thinks that dickhead bureaucrats are dickheads and need to be called dickheads.   Read more »

National Party trougher defends troughing trip

An MP on a taxpayer-funded trip to Europe admits he is pinching himself, but says long days of events and meetings will help grow New Zealand’s economy.

Chester Borrows, National’s Deputy Speaker, also hit out at media scrutiny of the trip, saying such “free hits” sell column inches but show a lack of appreciation of MPs’ work.

The Act Party has slammed the $138,000 tour of Europe, led by Speaker David Carter, as a junket that will not deliver any real benefits.

However, Mr Borrows, who will attend events in Paris today, said people who are “very fiscally dry” undervalue good working relations.

“Do you only visit in crisis and never keep in touch with friends?” he wrote from France.

“The welcome we received was incredibly warm but such relations grow GDP in ways such as supporting and encouraging tourism. France sends 31,000 tourists to NZ each year with an average stay of 44 days.”

Some days on the trip would start at 5.30am and end at 5.30pm, with discussions on topics including educational opportunities, rugby exchanges, MMP in New Zealand compared to Germany, and children’s policies.

Mr Borrows agreed it was hard for the public to gauge such benefits, but that was linked to media reporting that started from a negative position. Read more »

Which MP will be the next to shake down John Key?

The Northland by-election has caused something of a permanent problem for John Key, not just a short-term headache.

If Winston doesn’t win there is nothing to stop him having a go in another by-election, and he has shown that just about any seat, no matter how big a national majority, is in play.

This means Key is in a very difficult position.

He cannot high handedly give Cabinet ministers the arse like he did to Kate Wilkinson or Phil Heatley, or sack them like he did with Maurice Williamson and Judith Collins, or demote them like he did with Chester Borrows and Craig Foss.   Read more »

Government clamping down on wrong sort of bludgers

The other day the DomPost ran a piece on corporate welfare.

I’ve only just now had time to blog about it.

Spongers and parasites the lot of them. While decent Kiwi battlers get stuck in and work hard to earn their keep, this bunch are always on the take for someone else’s tax dollars.

Government programmes are supposed to be there to help the less fortunate – a safety net for the needy. But there are always a few who think they can play the system and take the rest of us for mugs. Millions of dollars goes to waste on these buggers while kids go hungry. It’s a bloody disgrace.

Chalkie reckons it’s time we stopped pussyfooting around with these companies and gave them a short, sharp shock.

You want examples? Chalkie will give you examples.

Chalkie does give examples, loads of them and lots of detail in the piece but below is the conclusion.    Read more »

Creepy Labour tactics in Whanganui

Chester Borrows has an alarming Facebook post where it appears that Labour bully boys re following people around, recording their registration numbers and taking photos of attendees at political meetings.

Why would they do this?

We are supposed to live in an open democracy but but seems that the worse aspects of third world politics are now infesting the country and mostly on the left.

Boycotts of advertisers for daring to advertise where the eyeballs are, shooting down political opposition, and now voter intimidation.

Labour voter intimidation Read more »

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