David Cunliffe

How much longer has Angry Andy got? 12 months?

Roy Morgan came out last night.  In short, National up 3% at 54%.  Labour down to 25.5% (Greens and NZ First down also).

This poll was taken after ponytailgate, and before the budget.  Some budget details were already known, but not the increase in benefits.

Every time the left and the media go troppo on a National issue, they over-egg the pudding and end up driving voters back to National.

Labour was rejected by the electorate during the election at 25.5%.

At this stage, Andrew Little is adding no value over David Cunliffe and taking away value from where Phil Goff and David Shearer left Labour.   Labour, once again, have failed to capture the public’s imagination with their latest union muppet.

They did have some help from the man that poo-fingers everything he touches.  I’m talking of course about Martin Martyn “Wrongly Wrongson” Bradbury.   Donkey deep in Dirty Politics, he got a National Government elected with an increased majority.

As an encore, he returns with ponytailgate and pushes National beyond their election win, and plummets Labour back down to their worst election loss over seventy years.   Read more »

High profile lawyer scared; drives car with doors locked

High-profile lawyer Mai Chen locks her car on the drive to work because of abuse stemming from racist attitudes, Act leader David Seymour says.

Mr Seymour has hit out at a social media post that criticises an unidentified driver, saying such activity makes Kiwis look like “a bunch of slack-jawed [yokels]”.

A photograph posted to the “Overheard @ University of Auckland” Facebook page shows a car being driven on the wrong side of the road, and is captioned “overseen Asian driving on wrong side to uni”.

Noting the post had been “liked” about 1400 times in only three hours, Mr Seymour appealed to people to “raise the level a notch or two”.

In a post on his own Facebook page, Mr Seymour said he knew a prominent New Zealander who has driven here for 25 years and now locks her car on the way to work, due to the abuse she gets “for the way she looks”.

“Posts like this don’t help, and make us look like a bunch of slack-jawed [yokels] instead of a modern, sophisticated, cosmopolitan trading nation.”

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Exit polls interrupt Miliband’s victory speech

If Labour is good at anything, it is self-delusion.

Shortly before the explosive 10pm exit poll was broadcast on Thursday night, Ed Miliband was working on his ‘victory’ speech at his detached constituency home in a pretty south Yorkshire village.

He ordered Lord Wood, his head of strategy who was at his side, to send a message to shadow cabinet ministers not to be triumphalist on the television and radio as the night wore on.

During the evening, Miliband had been buoyed by positive messages coming in from some polling stations suggesting Labour were on course to win enough seats to form a government.

So when the exit poll came through, Miliband was stunned. He was holding his head in his hands, and shouting at the television that the forecast must be wrong.

You can imagine David Cunliffe doing something quite similar, can’t you?   He was counting on Dotcom’s friends and the Greens propping him up into a new Labour government.  After all, the polls had clearly shown a Labour/Green/Mana/Internet government was on the cards.  Perhaps with NZ First, but it was too close to call.   Read more »

How tits were Cunliffe, Coatsworth and Barnett at fundraising?

The National party pulled in millions, $3.98 million to be precise, in donations.

The second biggest party in parliament raised just $251,000. Their loot bag was dwarfed by the Internet party ($3.5 million) , The Greens ($969,000) and the Conservative party ($2.97 million).

That is a shameful display from the top brass at Labour.

David Cunliffe was supposed to be The One. Yet his team raised a pathetic amount of cash, and Moira Coatsworth was hopeless as president, thinking fundraising was beneath her. Tim Barnett wasn’t much better and all the leaks out of Fraser House have been proved true with an appalling lack of cash in the coffers from Labour.

Now we know why they keep on pushing for state funding of political parties.

We also know who owns the Labour party.   Read more »

Political Scandals in an alternative MSM universe

Pony-gate has fascinated the MSM and has been given a thorough going over. In an alternative MSM universe there would be so many other political scandals worthy of this kind of attention and the ‘ gate ‘ moniker.

Here are a few that leap to mind….

Swissball-gate

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Labour MP Darren Hughes resigned from Parliament yesterday as witness reports emerged of a distressed, naked man on the street near Mr Hughes’ Wellington home on the night a youth complained to police about an incident of a sexual nature.

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Winston to the rescue!!!

The so-called Darby and Joan Bridge in the Waipoua kauri forest is on the list of 10 one-way bridges to be upgraded – an announcement National made during the Northland by-election.

Te Roroa Treaty settlement negotiator Gary Hooker said no one from National asked what iwi thought.

He said if they had, they would have discovered the bridge was flanked by two iconic kauri.

“The only way it could be done, as far as I can see, is for one or both of the trees to be moved, which in itself could be quite an undertaking,” Mr Hooker said. Read more »

Land-owners let down by politicians in kauri case

Politicians are a scary prospect at times.

We vote for them to run our cities and country and it appears that they don’t understand the law one bit.

If you’re gonna be a politician – at least get to know the laws of the land just so you don’t look like a prize goose when you mouth off about an issue or try to look like you’re doing something about it.

The Great Titirangi Kauri Tree caper has to be one of those moments when we collectively wonder just how bright our civic and national leaders are.

They all rushed out there, held meetings and expressed concern for the said tree, whilst openly stating they were trying to do something about it.

The fact is, there was and is no legal grounds on which they politicians could resolve the issue.

The Resource Consent can’t be revoked. Most likely a Judicial Review on process would fail to pass the required threshold test to succeed and so everyone was powerless to do anything at all.  Read more »

David Cunliffe still not wanted

Inserting himself into a situation that has nothing to do with him, Cunliffe has been talking himself up to go sit in a Kauri tree.

The man staging a protest up a 500 year old Kauri tree is telling David Cunliffe his assistance isn’t required.

The Labour MP is considering climbing the tree as well, to help the cause, and is looking into the legalities.

Michael Tavares climbed the tree under threat in Titirangi on Monday, in a bid to protect it from being felled for a housing development.

“For the sake of the tree and for the values of it I think that it’s best if as few hands and feet touch it as possible.” Read more »

The delusions of the left

Greg Presland writes at The Standard:

 I wondered about this because I have spent time in Western Samoa and Rarotonga since 2009 and I used local telecommunications to keep up with work and politics in Aotearoa.  The thought that this information has been sent to the Americans is somewhat scary.

What planet are these morons on?

He is scared that his innocuous communications as the trustee of David Cunliffe secret donation laundering fund might have been sent to the Americans? Or ringing his flea law office to see if another divorce case has walked in the door?

The man, if you can call him that is deluded.

No one, let alone the Americans are interested in his communciations.

Hells teeth, everyone knows I supported Frank Bainimarama and that I went to Fiji three times in two years to meet and understand the political situation in the land of my birth.

Did I communicate with people on the phone or internet about it?  Of course I did.

Am I worried the GCSB might have listened in and passed my brilliant political analysis of the situation in Fiji onto the Americans or shock horror to John Key? No I am not. I doubt anyone cares.   Read more »

Little mishandling of wayward MPs gains no respect

via Stuff

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Labour leader Andrew Little has been labelled “gutless” for standing down MP Carmel Sepuloni after her mother was charged with benefit fraud.

Mr Little was also defending another one of his MPs today, David Cunliffe, who was pulled over for talking on his cell-phone while driving.

[Carmel Sepuloni’s mum] Beverley Anne Sepuloni appeared in New Plymouth District Court today, facing 19 benefit fraud charges.

Her daughter is collateral damage – the frontbench Labour MP has been stripped of her shadow social development role by Mr Little.

National MP Judith Collins took to Twitter to criticise Little, saying: “Message to LabMPs is if anyone of your family’s in trouble, so are you. No leadership, no guts [sic].”

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