Chris Hipkins

Blast from the Past – Asset Sales

An astute reader highlights a Sledge of the Day I posted 2 years ago:

Just came across this video you posted ages ago Cam.

It’s Trevor Mallard saying that national will be in opposition for 9 years if they go ahead with asset sales (in 2012).  #Nostalgia

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Mallard not shutting his gob

Trevor Mallard, fresh from a scare orchestrated by his own party int he boundary changes, won’t be told to shut up and neither will he shut up about his voting preference for the upcoming bloodbath otherwise known as a leadership spill.

Neither will he listen to Chris Hipkins, since he was the one behind the push for boundary changes in order to rinse Mallard.

While Mallard sweats on the specials he isn;t shutting up.

Trevor Mallard has reportedly sent an email to his fellow MPs saying he would not stay silent on the Labour leadership race.

RadioLIVE reported that Labour Party senior whip Chris Hipkins told MPs to not publicly discuss who they were supporting in the leadership race.

Mr Mallard sent an email saying he didn’t want to be gagged by Mr Hipkins, and wanted to tell the public who he backed, RadioLIVE reported.

However, Labour president Moira Coatsworth told the radio station that there were no gagging orders on MPs.   Read more »

Labour needs to lose dead wood, but how?

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Dave Armstrong at Fairfax writes about Labour needing to chop out some dead wood.

Boom boom! Last week began with pure farce as New Zealand’s largest centre-Left party performed the latest episode of Labour Behaving Badly.

Like a naughty fourth former who had just received bad end-of-year reports, Labour’s caucus rounded on leader David Cunliffe, who had bravely led them down the garden path to their worst result in almost a century.

Cunliffe could rightly argue that winning was always going to be a big ask and that he did his best. But he should know that it’s only in big multinational companies where CEOs are heaped with praise and massive bonuses after a disastrous result.

Cunliffe did well in the debates and drove himself to exhaustion in the final fortnight but it was too little, too late.

Yes, Dirty Politics and the Moment of Truth denied him oxygen but it was the first six months of his leadership where the real damage was done.

Various distractions, often thanks to leaks from both sides of the House, and too many gaffes never allowed him to focus on issues. Even during the campaign he made the mistake, as he later admitted, of not working more strategically with the Greens.

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Labour’s leadership battle will look like 300

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Labour’s leadership battle is shaping up to be an epic re-run of the battle scenes in 300.

Blood and guts everywhere.

It’s going to be awesome.

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Impertinent questions

Are David Cunliffe, Chris Hipkins and others really asking for a full inquiry into Dirty Politics?

A FULL inquiry?

Have they forgotten the hacker only provided emails damaging to the National Party?

Have they forgotten all my emails were stolen, also those damaging to everyone else?

Don’t they think I would be part of a FULL inquiry?

Do they expect me to protect all my sources, as a journalist?

How much are they hoping that Judge Asher declares that I am a journalist and media so that I CAN protect my sources with privilege?

Or do they expect me to tell everything?

Are we going to see more pre-emptive articles in the NZ Herald, this time from left politicians and staff?

How are things in the war room?

Nashy mans up, backs Hipkins against Dotcom

Are we seeing the emergence of the next leadership team of the Labour party?

It’s a pity their leader can’t be more unequivocal about Internet Mana and Kim Dotcom.

Chippy mans up, shame his leader is missing in action on this

Chris Hipkins might be be a day walker (but that’s not his fault), has yet to blunt a razor, also drinks pink cocktails, and shares a lot in common with Nikki Kaye in dealing with crazy women but today he has manned up on Kim Dotcom.

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Does Alastair Scott Actually know what his electorate boundaries are?

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National’s Wairarapa candidate, Alastair Scott, has had to defend himself against accusations he doesn’t live in his electorate so can’t vote for himself.

Mr Scott confirmed during a radio election programme featuring himself and Labour candidate Kieran McAnulty that he is enrolled in Wellington Central, his primary residence being in Kelburn where he lives in a rented home with his partner Robyn Noble-Campbell and three of the blended family’s six children.

So he will be casting his party vote for National and his electorate vote for Paul Foster-Bell, the National Party’s choice to try to unseat Labour’s Grant Robertson.

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Charter Schools reduce risk taking behaviours

More good news from research on the effects of US Charter Schools.

A couple of key points make it clear that the only reason unions and the political Left are against these here is that it wasn’t their idea (or they don’t give a rats backside about kids).

Low-income minority adolescents enrolled in California’s high-performing public charter high schools are less likely to engage in risky health behaviors, according to a new study by the University of California – Los Angeles.

Researchers said that these adolescents also scored better on Math and English tests as compared to their peers from other schools.

The researchers conclude that public charter high schools in low-income neighborhoods can cause beneficial health effects and bridge the growing academic achievement gap between wealthy and poor students.

The finding is published in the journal Paediatrics.

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Parents not the Village Idiots Labour/Unions think they are

Labour and the teacher unions spend their whole time treating the parents of school age children like they have IQs lower than a jam sandwich.

Examples are ignoring the benefits of National Standards (they are going to ban them of course), telling families in challenges areas that they don’t want Charter Schools (they are going to ban them of course), telling parents they will save $100 on donations – while charging them $3.50 a week for a “device”, etc.

Parents have clearly also seen through the – slap a few more teachers in the classroom (wherever they come from) and she’ll be right approach too.

New Zealanders would rather money was spent on improving teaching standards than on reducing class sizes, a Herald-DigiPoll survey reveals.

Education has become a political battleground before September’s election, with both major parties promising to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on it.

Asked about their priorities, more than 60 per cent of those polled said they would spend money on trying to improve teaching standards rather than cutting class sizes.  Read more »