David Cameron

How long before the UK technique of entrapping politicians makes it here?

After Nicky Hager and his enablers in the mainstream media brought News of The World hacking style tactics to New Zealand media, ti surely can’t be far off from them adopting the UK technique of entrapping politicians.

A Tory MP caught up in an internet sex scandal is to quit the Commons – after a second woman revealed he had sent her explicit personal pictures.

In the latest blow to David Cameron after Thursday’s stunning Ukip by-election victory in Clacton, Brooks Newmark last night said that he will step down at the next Election.

His announcement comes a fortnight after he was revealed to have sent explicit photos of himself to a male reporter posing as a woman.

Not even the Police can act like that.

But the media are a law unto themselves…always claiming public interest in their hacks, traps and stings.  Read more »

I’m in awe

This takes a significant amount of time to get it right.  Wish I had time to do jobs like this, but I don’t.

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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First it was the Japs, now it is the Poms, clamping down on welfare for migrants

Kiwis moan about their “entitlements” being eroded by Labour in Australia when Helen Clark sold them down the river.

But migrant welfare bludgers are causing problems all around the world and just a few weeks ago the Japanese moved to limit entitlement to welfare.

Now the Poms are doing it too…a signal perhaps for Paula Bennett to look at toughening up our welfare eligibility rules too.

Migrants will be banned from receiving any benefits until they have contributed to Britain, under government plans to limit access to handouts.

David Cameron today announced the period for which European migrants can claim benefits is to be halved and recruitment agencies are to be banned from advertising jobs exclusively overseas.

But Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith revealed plans to go even further to secure EU agreement to stop benefits being paid to people who have not contributed to to the state, raising the prospect of handouts being linked to tax payments.

The Conservatives are forcing through further measures to deter so-called ‘benefit tourists’.

In January, the Government introduced rules that meant European migrants had to wait three months before they could claim out-of-work benefits – and then could only claim for a maximum of six months.    Read more »

Heresy, the Tories should excommunciate him

Guy Opperman is a troy MP but he is wetter than Nikki Kaye is. He certainly looks like he thinks like her.

He has committed heresy by saying at a conference of left-leaning Conservatives that “unions are not terrible” and are instead “the ultimate Big Society”.

What the hell are left-leaning Conservative anyway…does such a thing exist? aren’t they just fifth columnists for the left?

A senior Conservative has talked of his “despair” that the party is negative about Trade Unions, according to the Huffington Post. Guy Opperman, the MP for Hexham in Northumberland, told a conference of left-leaning Conservatives that “unions are not terrible” and are instead “the ultimate Big Society”.

His comments are a reference to David Cameron’s “Big Society” theme launched before the last election, which involves slimming down the state by asking voluntary groups to do more. At the time, he claimed he wanted a small government and a big society.  Read more »

It couldn’t happen here, could it?

Poor immigration policy that allows in people who will not integrate into the host country results in problems down the road.  20, 30 even 50 years later. Utopian, PC, liberal and touchy feely people are undermining what the host country is about.

Can’t  happen here?  Won’t happen here?  There is still time for us not to make the same mistakes.

In the UK, it is now dividing the Tories

A frustrated David Cameron today vowed to ‘sort out’ a Cabinet row between two top Tories over how to tackle Islamic extremism in schools.

The Prime Minister said he would ‘get to the bottom’ of a spat between Education Secretary Michael Gove and Home Secretary Theresa May.

The extraordinary intervention came after Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, siding with Mrs May, dismissed claims from Mr Gove that not enough was being done by the Home Office to root out radicalism in Britain. Mr Grayling said: ‘I don’t buy that argument.’

The row centres on the Department for Education’s response to warnings of a plot by hardline Islamists to seize control of Birmingham schools.

In a letter Mrs May said concerns had been raised about the ‘inability’ of local and central government to tackle the alleged plot in Birmingham schools.

But Mr Gove argued radicalisation must be tackled at its roots by stepping up the Government’s ‘Prevent’ strategy to take on those spreading extreme messages in the community.

It should be noted they are beyond the point of disagreeing a problem with radical Islam exists.  They are beyond debating it already has taken over certain public schools.  All they are now arguing about is how to close the stable door after the horse has bolted.   Read more »

Plain packaging encourages counterfeiters and criminals

The Sun in the UK has exposed foreign crime gangs behind multi-million racket flooding UK with dangerous fake fags — and plan to make more if plain packaging comes as planned in UK next year.

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UKIP surges, Farage sledges and rude prick elected after calling local women “pug ugly”

The UKIP has surged in local body elections in the UK this weekend and Nigel Farage is cock-a-hoop.

Listen as he sledges out David Cameron and predicts that calls will now come for his resignation.

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Not just our trade affected by plain packaging, now Scotch is in the gun

I wrote earlier in eh week about Indonesia threatening retaliation for our $900 million export trade to Indonesia if plain packaging goes ahead. This would likely affect our wine exports and also milk…the two largest and with the milk the most sensitive.

Indonesia has also said to the UK that the lucrative Scotch Whisky trade will likely be retaliated against if plain packaging is implemented in the UK.

The same arguments that Tim Groser was putting forward about sovereign nations retaining rights to protect the health of its citizens can also apply to alcohol and infant formulas. In Indonesia’s case on alcohol they could simply use the fact they are a muslim nation and alcohol is forbidden in the Koran, so plain packaging is needed to reduce consumption…the same claims that plain packaging advocates use for implementation against tobacco.

SCOTCH whisky could be dragged into a tit-for-tat trade war because of plans to ­introduce plain packaging for cigarettes in Scotland and the rest of the UK, MPs fear.

The Indonesian government has proposed forcing Australian wine to be sold in plain packaging in retaliation for Australia introducing plain packs for cigarettes in December 2012.

Indonesia is expected to impose the same restrictions on New Zealand when that country introduces plain packs for tobacco products shortly.

The south-east Asian nation has called on other major tobacco-producing countries to follow its lead. Indonesia is one of the world’s largest producers and has a high rate of domestic cigarette consumption.

Legislation for plain cigarette packaging in Scotland is due to be introduced at Holyrood before the end of the current parliament. Prime Minister David Cameron has strongly hinted that laws for the measure south of the Border will be included in the Queen’s Speech in June.

This has led to speculation from MPs that whisky could join wine from Australia and New Zealand in being sold in plain packaging in tobacco-producing nations. Glasgow Central MP Anas Sarwar, who supports the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco, urged ministers to intervene with Indonesia to ensure Scotch is not dragged into the dispute.

The Labour MP, who is a member of the all party parliamentary group on Indonesia, said: “UK ministers need to protect the interests of Scotch whisky and must ensure that it is not dragged into any international dispute as a result of the government introducing plain packaging for cigarettes.”

Conservative MP Priti Patel, who chairs the all party parliamentary group for small shops, recently wrote to retailers across the UK asking them to lobby the UK and Scottish governments against the plans for plain cigarette packaging.

She said: “Ministers need to be aware of the wider consequences of legislation, including the effects on international trade as well as the problems it causes for small shops across the country.

“Plain packaging is a very blunt and ill-thought-out instrument for dealing with a health issue.”

Iman Pambagyo, the director general of international trade co-operation in Indonesia’s trade ministry, said the use of plain packaging for cigarettes was not backed by scientific evidence.

“If there is no scientific clarity, the policy should not be applied, because it can affect our other commodities,” he said.

He added that the Indonesian government could implement a plain packaging policy for alcoholic beverages from Australia.

This is of course the slippery slope, when the lobbyist win against tobacco they will start on plain packaging for alcohol, sugar, chocolate…almost anything that they deem to be unhealthy. It could even affect meat…eventually.

Branding will be destroyed, companies destroyed all because of state funded busy bodies who have no evidence.

Make no mistake the busy bodies are coming for your industry next, and they will use the same tactics against your company as they do against tobacco. Watch and learn as Chelsea Sugar is attacked as “Big Sugar”, as purveyors of poison…it is already happening, they are softening up the market before they start naming companies…Coca Cola and Frucor will be top of the list.

Labour’s grasp on Maori voters is over

People often wonder why I look to Australia and the UK for political stories. I do so for one very good reason…politics is pretty much the same the world over and especially in those countries that inherited the Westminster system.

So when I see interesting stories like this one about prospering ethnic voters switching to the Tories it starts me thinking about how that applies to New Zealand.

Rising prosperity among ethnic minority voters could help swing the election for David Cameron, a new report revealed yesterday.

Research by the Left-leaning Demos think-tank suggests the emergence of a significant black and Asian middle class could break Labour’s traditional stranglehold on the ethnic minority vote.

The report, co-written by former Labour politician and equalities tsar Trevor Phillips, suggests ‘upwardly mobile’ ethnic minority voters are more likely to vote Tory.

 

It says Labour’s hold over ethnic minority voters fades as they prosper and move to the suburbs.

 

The authors say there is a huge electoral prize for the party that can get to grips with Britain’s shifting demographics.

 

The report states: ‘There is a great deal of evidence to suggest that any emerging volatility among the UK’s five million ethnic electors may turn out to be at least as significant as the three million who tell pollsters they might support Ukip in the forthcoming election.’

 

The study suggests that second- and third-generation immigrants are losing their ‘reflex’ support for Labour, particularly when they move to traditionally white middle-class areas.

 

‘The expectation would be that succeeding generations of minority voters may drift away from their parents’ reflex support for Labour – or at the very least might not inherit the first-generation immigrants’ hostility to the Conservatives,’ it says.

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