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Smacking solves: youth suicide, youth prostitution and sexually-transmitted infections

How did I miss this yesterday?  If you ever needed an example that the Conservative Party are bunch of loons…

The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate claims.

Edward Saafi, who is fifth on the Conservative list and would be elected if they break the 5 per cent threshold, has delivered the striking message during recent speeches at Tongan churches, Fairfax has learned.

“We are starting to recognise the incidence of suicide going up in Pacific communities, especially the Tongan community and people are starting to understand the lead-on from this legislation.

“Once you pass it, children, rather than doing what mum and dad says, they go and commit suicide. It opens up another thing they could do,” Saafi, who holds a doctorate in biomedicine, said.

Asked if he thought there was a direct link between the anti-smacking bill and youth suicide, Saafi said: “It’s just common sense, really. It’s our way of thinking parents have a role to look after their kids, including disciplining them. If the law tells the child that mum and dad can’t discipline you any more, they will do whatever they want, including these other alternatives like suicide. It’s quite appalling.”

Common sense.   Stop arguing already.  Common Sense means vote… hang on?   Read more »

ACT’s at the Conservative’s throat again – but with good reason

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It’s getting tense for the far right conservative and liberal votes.  And it doesn’t help that Coling Craig can’t use a calculator

“Colin Craig’s tax plan is to have two rates of income tax: 0% up to $20,000 and 25% above that. This will leave a $6.4 billion hole in the budget even before the new spending proposed by the Conservatives. The Conservative tax promises are dishonest” said Dr Jamie Whyte.
“Using Treasury figures, ACT calculated that to get the same revenues with a tax-free threshold of $20,000 the rate above $20,000 would have to be 34%, a significant tax increase for middle New Zealand. Read more »

ACT go feral on Colin Craig

Heh.  One shitty poll result and Jamie Whyte’s losing his lunch.   This is beautiful:

Colin Craig is deluded and dangerous

“Colin Craig is proposing a radical transformation of our constitution. The Conservatives are proposing to overthrow of one hundred and fifty odd years of parliamentary democracy and replace it with binding referenda” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte.

“Yet Craig does not want a referendum to make this change. He has said repeatedly he will support a Labour/Green government if they will agree to binding referendum. In other words, Colin Craig thinks that if he gets just 5% of the vote, he should be able to overthrow our form of government.”

“If anything should be put to a referendum, it is a significant change to our constitution.”

“The media should stop mocking Craig’s loopy ideas about “chem-trails” and the American moon landings being faked and instead examine his much more radical political ideas” said Dr Whyte.

“Binding referendums have destroyed California.  It has gone from being the powerhouse of America to being ungovernable.”

“The problem with government by referendum can be seen in Colin Craig’s own policy platform.  He says totally contradictory things.”

The Conservative Party have made Citizen Initiated Binding Referenda a “bottom line” issue.  That is, they won’t form a coalition with any party unless that party agrees to bring in CIBRs.   Read more »

Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring, don’t paniiiic!

Last night’s poll has been a bit of a downer for those on the right.  People have been quick to point out that the Dirty Politics damage is only now starting to show through.

But it might just be useful to remind you that one poll doesn’t make an election result.   One of the ways to look at it, is to check Curia’s Poll of Polls – the one where the most recent poll results are averaged.  First, how it was before last night’s poll came out:

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The Conservatives are coming, the Conservatives are coming!!!

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Apart from the Conservative Party letting the cat out of the bag (no need to watch TV3 now), it would appear that Internet Mana, NZ First and the Conservative Party all poll 4%+ in some polls.

 

 

The election turns violent, Conservatives now being targeted

I might be into dirty politics but the out right vandalism, abuse, anti-semitism, effigy burning and racism has taken a massive step towards people actually being injured.

We’ve had hacking against people the hacker don’t agree with politically and now the hard left is burning signs and trailers in their attempt to prevent and scare people from having a political voice.

The Conservative Party says dirty politics have become dangerous politics after a candidate’s car hoardings were set alight.

New Lynn representative Steve Taylor says his neighbours alerted him to the fact that the political signs – which were affixed to a trailer – were ablaze.

Fire fighters put out the blaze.

The car had been parked at Taylor’s home, where he lives with his wife and two young children.

Flames could easily have reached the house, Taylor said.

“This is a wilful act of destruction and very risky to my family as we live in a fairly bushy area. It could easily have reached the house while we were sleeping.”

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Colin Craig is a numpty and proves it almost every week

Colin Craig is a litigious fool.

He is now suing the Electoral Commission…all over an insignificant sum.

He will spend much more than that in order to extract it, even if he succeeds he will lose.

Then again he has spent millions of dollars over the past few years perfecting the art of losing.

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is challenging the Electoral Commission’s allocation of time and money for broadcasting programmes.

Mr Craig has instructed his lawyer to apply for judicial review of the Electoral Commission’s decision. He believes his party should get more funding than Act.   Read more »

Is Colin Craig the only one that doesn’t know?

Stacey Kirk wrote this one:

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has hired public law expert Mai Chen to contest broadcasting allocations ahead of the September election.

Eh?

Mai Chen is well known to have strong links to the Labour Party.  She’s also known for not really understanding professional boundaries.  And Colin Craig wants her to go into bat for the Conservatives?

The Electoral Commission announced its broadcasting allocations in June, giving ACT $76,930 and the Conservative Party $60,207.

The Conservatives were also given one and a half minutes of broadcasting time. A host of other minor parties, including the satirical Civilian Party, were awarded $33,635.

The Conservatives feel they should get more money and broadcasting time than ACT.

In a legal letter to Electoral Commission chairman Sir Hugh Williams, Chen said the charges against former ACT MP John Banks and his subsequent resignation should be considered.

Great argument Mai.  I wonder if we should consider extraneous factors when it comes to your professional advice being in the interest of the Conservative Party or not?   Read more »

Politicians who resort to using courts to bully broadcasters deserve what they get

Colin Craig is a bully.

He uses the law to try to silence critics, and now he has gone to court to bully TV3, a private company, to force them to have him on their minor party debate show.

Conservatives leader Colin Craig has won an eleventh-hour High Court scrap over his exclusion from a televised political debate.

TV3′s political show The Nation did not invite Mr Craig to a minor parties debate tomorrow morning, which will include the Green Party, New Zealand First, the Maori Party, Act, Mana and United Future.

Mr Craig filed urgent legal proceedings with the High Court at Auckland today and his application for an interim injunction to restrict the screening of the debate without him was heard this afternoon.

Justice Murray Gilbert sided with the Conservative Party leader saying any inconvenience to MediaWorks was outweighed by the public interest in having Mr Craig at the debate.

The debate cannot legally go ahead without his inclusion.

MediaWorks confirmed that rather than scrap tomorrow’s debate, they would include Mr Craig.

“We’ll have to somehow squeeze him in,” said director of news Mark Jennings.

But The Nation’s Tim Watkin said the production values of the show would suffer as a result.

Each political leader will get less than five minutes to speak because of the late inclusion, he said.

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Is Colin Craig dreamin’ or just an Idiot

Colin Craig makes a claim:

“We have polled the electorate, and ACT has no chance of winning. By standing Christine, we give the people of Epsom the chance to elect a centre-right government with Conservative values.”

The gambling public should put a few quid on ACT winning Epsom now Colin Craig has said that their polling reckons ACT can’t win.

Those who remember back to 2011 will recall the following.

Colin Craig said he was going to win in Rodney based on dodgy polls from Research First .

I blogged about it at the time and Research First’s CEO took issue with my accusations  of their dodgy methodologies.

 I am happy to talk to you about the many steps taken in that particular piece of research to ensure robust results were achieved (and I welcome, in general, your critique of ‘dodgy’ and unscientific polls). In this case, however, your ad homenim dismissal of Research First’s work is misplaced and I would appreciate you publishing a retraction.

I stand by my statements, Research First does dodgy polls.

Here is why.   Read more »