Conservative party

Pick which party is considering these policies

Let’s say a party  had these policies

– Increasing minimum wage, twice during the next term

– Income tax free threshold up to $25,000

– People on minimum wage pay no income tax at all

– 40% tax rate at $100,000

– 100,000 new homes to be built, 20% cheaper than they are now, with foreign buyers banned

– Increase health spending in real terms, every year, until 2020

Can you guess?

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Money doesn’t buy political influence

Here’s something interesting from Hamish Rutherford

A wealthy Waikato businessman who switched allegiance from National to the Conservatives donated $750,000 to Colin Craig’s party just days before the election.

Despite a high profile campaign and polls suggesting it was close to reaching the 5 per cent support required to bring MPs into Parliament, the Conservatives polled just over 4 per cent on election day.

While party leader Craig personally donated millions to the campaign, Electoral Commission records show Laurence and Katrina Day made two donations totalling $750,000 – on September 12 and 15. That brought their total since April 2013 to $1.425 million.

A long time supporter of the National Party who was chairman of the Hamilton East electorate for four years, Laurence Day switched his support to the Conservatives over its plan to make referendums binding on the government if backed by two-thirds of the voters. He did not return requests for comment last night.

The story of the Days and their departure from the National party is one that is still to be told one day.    Read more »

Conservatives down, Internet Mana down in latest poll

Care of the Herald-Digipoll, a sneak at tomorrow’s results:

Conservatives in the last six DigiPoll surveys: July 2014, 1.2 per cent, August 2.6, then weekly during the campaign: 3.3, 3.8, 3.8 and 3.3.

Internet Mana in the last six DigiPoll surveys: July 2.2 per cent, August 2.1, then weekly during the campaign: 3.4, 3.5, 2.3 and 1 per cent.

 

UPDATE:  At those numbers, even if Hone gets in, Laila Harre won’t.

Colin Craig denies “untoward” and “unchristian” behavour

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We discovered some hours ago that Colin Craig’s press secretary, Rachel McGregor had quit the Conservative Party campaign team having worked with them for three years quoting “unchristian” and “manipulative” behaviour on behalf of Craig.

Craig didn’t know she had resigned and was flummoxed by media asking him to explain what happened. Read more »

Conservative Party pressec quits two days short of election

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Oh dear.  How untidy.

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and his press secretary of two years have parted ways – just two days out from the election.

Rachel MacGregor has told Newstalk ZB she’s left the party as of this morning. Read more »

Conservative Party irony

Did you know that Colin Craig and the Conservative Party wants 67% to be the threshold at which a binding referendum result becomes binding?

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I guess that’s a no then, Colin.

 

H/T:  Rachel

Dodgy Polling from the Conservatives

Two days ago the Conservative Party said that their internal polls showed them winning in Napier.

We questioned this poll just like we questioned the dodgy polls in Rodney.

Now Colin Craig’s dodgy internal polls are telling him that Garth McVicar is winning in Napier.

Back then Colin Craig used Research First who have since parted ways with the seriously dodgy Roger Larkins.

Larkins now runs his own polling/research company and I’ll bet they were the ones who ran this poll in Napier

Knowing Larkins it is probably the same dodgy poll methodology in Napier as he used in Rodney?

The Conservatives’ plans to have Napier candidate Garth McVicar campaign around the country were scaled back after internal polling showed he was proving popular in his home electorate.

Instead of having Mr McVicar shaking hands and kissing babies across New Zealand, party leader Colin Craig has instead left him to focus his campaigning in Napier, in the hope he can win the seat.

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Labour’s election campaign is slip, slidin’ away

The election is slip, slidin’ away from Labour.

They are approaching the territory of Bill English, expect a sudden collapse of their vote in this final week as people wake up to the fact that they can’t win.

Voters don’t vote for losers.For the same reason people leave early from a rugby match when their team is getting pasted the voters will abandon Labour.

National is urging its supporters not to split their vote as our latest poll confirms the minor parties are on the rise – and Labour continues to slump.

The stuff.co.nz/Ipsos poll signals a horror start to the final week of the campaign for Labour as its support slides to 22.4 per cent, putting it on track for an unprecedented trouncing.

It appears to have bled some support to the Greens, who are on 13 per cent. But most attention is around the seeming unstoppable rise of Winston Peters and NZ First.

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Herald editorial calls out Winston

Yesterday’s Herald editorial calls time on Winston’s usual political chicanery.

Winston Peters sounds worried, as well he might be. His party has risen in our poll this week but Colin Craig’s Conservative Party remains poised near the threshold. If the Conservatives gain another percentage point or two they will offer National an option to Mr Peters, should National need another supporting party to return to office. John Key would clearly prefer to deal with almost anyone else.

The 8 per cent or so of voters who are planning to put Mr Peters back in Parliament are probably his perennial admirers and impervious to a public appeal, but here is one. Spare the country, please, another round of Mr Peters’ phony post-election routine. We have all seen it before. He makes everyone wait while he plays out a negotiation for no purpose beyond the pleasure he finds in it.

He thinks he is keeping people guessing but it has become tediously obvious what he will do in the end. If the result next Saturday night leaves him in a pivotal position there is no doubt he will put the winning party in power; he would not dare do otherwise.

The only uncertainty is the number of days or weeks he will want to delay the inevitable. New Zealand’s government should not be put at the disposal of somebody like this. Only his supporters can do something about it.

Winston likes the theatre…there are only two shows he won’t perform…a dogs show and no show.

They ought to consider that Mr Peters is nearly 70. It is well past time to retire him.

He has been in and out of Parliament since 1978, longer than any other MP. He has never come to terms with changes to the economy 30 years ago and at this election he is reaching further back to recall the protected prosperity of the 1950s.

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Are you willing to play the Winston Peters Lottery?

Get used to it:  Winston Peters will be part of the government come September 20.

The problem is, he won’t tell you which side he’ll back.

In fact, he’s just as likely to go with Labour.  After all, they are operating an open chequebook election, whereas National is trying to come off as much more responsible.

If you want to boot the National Government out next Saturday why on earth would you vote for Winston Peters and NZ First?

On the other hand, if you want to keep National in power after the election, why would you opt for Peters and his party?

The truth is you wouldn’t.

If you want certainty Peters doesn’t come into it.

Voting for Peters is a big, blind, gamble: he won’t tell you what he plans to do.

He claims that’s up to voters to decide. Rubbish. Read more »