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The story nobody is covering: The failure and death of the Conservative Party

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We all know that National is mostly just Helen’s Labour Party policies with a few pet projects on the side.  Smacking is still outlawed.  A few power stations were half sold.  And some gay people can now get married.

This leaves a fair chunk of National support with no real place to go.  Most are devout believers in a Christian God.  They love traditional ideas around family and the moral and value systems that brings with it.

The rise and fall of a number of “right of National” conservative or religious parties over the decades clearly show there is a 3-6% support for a party that is interested in pulling National to the right.  And good grief, doesn’t National need a coalition partner like that now, with both Dunne and the Maori Party having abandoned their support for sensible RMA reform.

Why do conservative parties in New Zealand fail to get off the ground?  Sadly, it’s because of the nutcase factor.   Read more »

Who owns the Conservative Party?

It is no secret that the Conservative Party has been split since before the election as to how it should be run.  And to some degree, that’s not an unusual situation in any kind of party.

If I were to be kind for a moment, and put the “Cult Party” label aside, the criticism that Colin Craig runs the party as if he is the owner refuses to go away.

And from his point of view, why not?  He’s pretty much paid for all of it.  It’s his own vehicle to try and achieve political success and progress from a property manager into a politician.

The problem is that he’s surrounded himself with people who are expecting the Conservative Party to run on principles where everyone’s vote carries equal weight.

After the election, the Conservative Party Board implemented a full and frank review, something that is as valuable as it is necessary.  After all, as a party they were close enough to the 5% threshold to review where they could improve performance next time.

This review came back and primarily pointed the finger at Colin Craig’s autocratic management style as one of the major reasons that a number of issues had not worked well.

To say the Board was split over this would be an understatement.  I’ve seen documents and spoken to party people that indicate that since the election there has been a constant battle between Craig and his supporters, and the rest of the Board.

Craig is no fool and has been working the numbers.  Putting pressure on certain individuals causing them to quit is a very simple way to get majority support and the appearance of a democratic vote becomes moot.

Bluntly put, the Conservative Party is dysfunctional, and has been leaking like a sieve.  Much to the frustration of Craig who has issued gag orders, “do not speak to media” orders, and has most recently implemented strict email security measures. Read more »

Conservative Party insider to Colin Craig and the board: “Stop the infighting it will destroy us”

Things are starting to boil over in the Conservative Party.  I have some stories sitting here that I’ve held back because they would have gotten lost in the by-election debacle, the boxing and Black Caps winning the world cup.

To the Board and Colin Craig.

Debbie Cunliffe one of our Party stalwarts has resigned, Debbie was made of
tough stuff and you brought her to her knees. How many more of us will fall?
Continue to say you are listening and then disregard us see what happens. If
you will not listen to those who have courage to challenge you, who will you
listen to – just yourselves?

It appears that you have filters in place to only listen to those who fit in
with your agenda. Your agenda is hidden to us!

You want to shut down any discussion by email and Yammer. You are telling me
to shut down I will not because I believe that binding referenda and Justice
etc should be practiced within the Party, and if not we are being
hypocritical.

Stop the infighting it will destroy us. Get our act together. Read more »

Face of the day

 Erna Solberg

Erna Solberg

Erna Solberg  has been leader of the conservative party in Norway since 2004 and became Prime Minister in 2013 making her the second female Prime Minister of Norway.

Solberg has served as a member of the Storting since 1989 and served as Minister of Local Government and Regional Development in Bondevik’s Second Cabinet from 2001 to 2005. In her term as minister, she oversaw the tightening of immigration policy

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Interestingly Solberg was not as tough on immigration as she had been portayed as being back then in the media. She was called ” Jern-Erna ” or Iron Erna when she served as the Minister of local government and regional development 2001-2005 because of her alleged tough policies including a firm stance on asylum policy. However according to wiki the numbers show that her government actually let in thousands more asylum seekers than the subsequent centre-left red-Green government.

Even worse in 2003 She proposed introducing Islamic Sharia councils in Norway after she heard of their existence in the United Kingdom.

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Hooton asks “Where is Colin Craig?”

Matthew Hooton in his NBR column asks where is Colin Craig?

The country’s going to hell in a handbasket.

Prime Minister John Key has again been photographed being kissed by drag queens.

Police commissioner Mike Bush has allowed uniformed officers to march in the annual Pride parade.

Same-sex marriage continues with gay abandon.

Schools are teaching students as young as five the correct names of body parts and what kinds of personal interaction is allowed and not allowed, rather than leaving them to work it out in the playground as they did in the good old days.

Parents are still not allowed to smack their kids.

God is displeased, sending drought to the South Island and plague to Auckland’s Sodom and Gomorrah, Grey Lynn.

The conditions are ripe for a conservative backlash.  So where is Colin Craig?

If Matthew Hooton is asking that question it shows how out of the political loop he is these days.

From May 2012, Mr Craig invested an enormous amount of time and at least $3,354,600 in his Conservative Party.  For his efforts, the party scored a credible 95,598 party votes last year, 3.97% of the total.  It was up on the 59,237 votes the party won in its first outing 2011, 2.65% of those cast.

Like all party leaders, Mr Craig had a rough time through the election campaign.  He was mocked mercilessly by the liberal establishment, who considered him a greater threat than he turned out to be. His own party plastered an unflattering mug shot of him on hoardings across the country.  Worst of all, his press secretary resigned mysteriously two days before the election, slamming him as  “manipulative.” Mr Craig denied any “unchristian” or “untoward” behaviour.

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How broke was Labour at the election? Very broke, the Greens outspent them

The latest election expenses are out and it is quite revealing.

National spent the most, Labour spent less than half of National, and the Greens out spent Labour.

But the real take out is that money doesn’t buy you results. The Greens show that as does Internet Mana.

Labour spent half as much as National on last year’s election campaign and was outspent by the Greens for the first time.

Parties’ election advertising expenses were released yesterday and show Labour spent $1.27 million – slightly less than the Green Party on $1.29 million and half the National Party’s $2.6 million.

National was the biggest spender, followed by the Conservative Party, which was bankrolled by leader Colin Craig and spent $1.9 million. Funded by $3.5 million from Kim Dotcom, the Internet-Mana alliance spent $660,000 while the Internet Party spent a further $320,000. Of the parties in Parliament, United Future spent the least – just under $2000.

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David Cameron promises to reduce benefits to get people off their arses

David Cameron is seeking to show a clear difference between his party and the opposition parties and is moving to reduce the levels of benefits.

He has done it once before and it was remarkably successful….now he is set to reduce the benefits cap even further.

David Cameron will reduce the annual benefits cap to ÂŁ23,000 as the first act of a new Conservative Government, the Prime Minister has pledged in an interview with The Telegraph.

The move follows the “stampede to the job centre” caused by the original introduction of the ÂŁ26,000 benefits cap which was heavily opposed by Labour and will form one of the key battlegrounds of the general election campaign.

In an interview to mark 100 days until the general election, Mr Cameron said that his reform of the welfare system is a “deeply progressive programme” that is “changing people’s lives”.

The policy will pay for thee million apprenticeships and everyone in Britain is given “the chance to make the most of their God-given talents”, the Prime Minister said.

Mr Cameron said that the promise of an immediate law after May’s election “tells you everything you need to know about our values”.   Read more »

[EXCLUSIVE] Leaked report says Colin Craig doesn’t listen, is an idiot, and a dictator

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David Walden

I have long said that Colin Craig is a political retard.

Many people attacked me for being so blunt, but they were usually acolyte, single issue nutters or forelock tuggers from the Conservative party.

Basically though the bloke is a dead set political idiot, NZ politics is better without him

He is an amateur playing in a professional era and his advisors say so in a leaked report that WOBH has obtained.

It is written by David Walden the founder of TBWA/Whybin advertising agency, and a he has a reputation for being blunt. Chameleon, and later David Walden on his own, was Colin Craig’s effective campaign strategy team as the hired election advertising agency.

There are a couple of papers like the one written by Walden floating about. They all come remarkably to the same conclusions.

Walden meanwhile meets his fearsome reputation for his blunt appraisal of the Conservative party campaign in his post election debrief.

He prefaces his report by describing the problems they had with the protrayal of Colin Craig in the media as “creepy” and “manipulative”, especially over the rapid exit of Rachel MacGregor.

It would also be correct to say Rachel’s exit cost us as it portrayed Colin as “manipulative” and added to his “creepy” persona, but that on its own was not enough to really hurt us, but it gave Winston Peters ammunition to damage Colin’s reputation and cast doubt in the minds of swinging voters.

Lets face it the Jason [Ede] debacle was not helpful to John Key, but his brand was strong enough to shrug it off.

Colin as a brand was still seen as risky and a bit hard to understand, so being labeled “manipulative” was damaging, and he did not handle this event well with the media.

Why not release the email?

Why not go on the front foot?

Why leave so many unanswered questions and allow the media to make their own story?

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Garth McVicar vs Kim Workman

With the idiot release and subsequent absconding of convicted murderer and pedophile Phillip Smith the crim huggers are out in force.

Garth McVicar put out a press release saying that pedo scum like Smith can never be rehabilitated, and he is dead right.

The only known cures to stop pedophile re-offending involve a copper coated lead pill or 6 feet of strong hemp rope and short sharp.

Kim Workman knows better though…he reckons pedos can be rehabilitated.

“Garth McVicar’s claim that there is no known cure for paedophilia, and that paedophiles cannot be either cured or rehabilitated is absolute nonsense, and he knows it”, says Rethinking spokesperson Kim Workman.  McVicar, spokesperson for the Conservative Party, made these claims following the escape of Phillip John Smith.

“Reoffending rates for sex offenders are low compared to other offending, with untreated offenders reoffending at a rate of about 17% to 19% after 5 years.  Reoffending by the  general prison population for non-sexual offences can get as high as 60 –to 70%.   For those sex offenders who attend a treatment programme, the reoffending rate drops to 10% to 11%, and in some studies, to as low as  3%.”

“Garth McVicar was present during the Sensible Sentencing Trust public debate on the sex offender’s register last July ,when we handed everyone a Myths and Facts sheet setting out this information.     Read more »

Socialism is still rooted and the voters know it

David Cunliffe stood on a platform of return Labour to its socialist roots, and got pasted in the election.

Ed Miliband is facing the same issues.

It seems that these dinosaurs and the wider Labour movement simply don;t understand that socialism is rooted and the voters know it.

It takes Boris Johnson to cut through the nonsense in his Telegraph column.

According to some despairing Labour MPs, Alan has only to signal the tiniest flicker of interest, and there will be a putsch. All he has to do is almost imperceptibly incline his brow, and they will storm Ed Miliband’s office, hurl the fool from the window, and crown Johnson the leader without even the formality of an election. Such is the gloom, apparently, that now envelops the Labour rank and file.

As for us in the Conservative Party, we look on in bemusement – and we wonder whose side we are on: Miliband? Or the plotters? Some of us may be tempted to shrug, like Henry Kissinger when asked about the Iran-Iraq war, and say that it is a shame they can’t both lose. Others will be worried that the rumours are true, and that we may indeed be about to lose Ed Miliband – who is proving to be such a wonderful advertisement for the merits of voting Tory.

What an awesome sledge.

According to yesterday’s polls, he attracts the approval of less than half the Labour voters. He is less popular than Nick Clegg. People look at him eating a bacon sandwich; they listen to his sociology lecturer claptrap about “predistribution”; they mentally compare him to David Cameron as a prime minister – and they say: “Nah, sorry.” That is what Labour MPs are now getting on doorsteps across the country; that is why Labour has now fallen to 29 per cent in a recent poll.

It has reached the point where they may actually do something about it. They may summon the nerve to switch leaders with six months to go, in the hope that a new Labour leader would be swept in on a wave of ignorance and over-optimism and honeymoon-style enthusiasm.

If that were so, then the logical thing would be for the Tories to start a campaign to save the Panda. It would be in our interests to protect the poor beleaguered Lefty, leave him there masticating his bamboo shoots – in case he is replaced by someone more threatening. If all this stuff about an anti-Miliband plot is true, then it is time for Tories to save Miliband for the nation. We should all chip in to fund his much-ballyhooed American strategists, who seem to be giving the Labour leader such excellent – from the Tory point of view – advice.

I am offering myself as the founding president of the save the Panda campaign; or at least I would, if I thought he was really at risk. As it happens, I don’t think for one minute that Labour is going to junk its leader, inadequate though he is. They know that their rules don’t make it easy, and in their hearts they must know that Miliband is by no means their only problem.   Read more »