David Cunliffe

The political retardation of Andrew Little

I thought that David Cunliffe was the biggest political retard of our times when he apologised for being a man.

Then Andrew Little said this:

“The starting point has got to be ‘here are the standards’. And it’s not good enough just the have insulation because all that does in the middle of winter [is it] traps in the cold air. You’ve got to have a source of heating, you’ve got to have ventilation,”

The man is either utterly stupid or a fool…it is possible he is both, which makes David Cunliffe look like a comparative genius.

What Andrew Little is saying is that all those people who have put in Pink Batts or other insulation are stupid, that the business model for insulating houses is ridiculous and R ratings for insulation are meaningless.

It also means scientists who study these sorts of things are stupid and wrong as well. All those people who bought down sleeping bags have bought them for the wrong reason…they bought them to stay warm and now it turns out that they just keep cold air inside the sleeping bag. Read more »

Don’t miss Question Time on Tuesday – all hell will break loose

The government is in for a fight when parliament sits on Tuesday.

Foreign trusts, the prime minister’s integrity, departmental incompetence and a suspect land deal – it’s all there and Labour and the Greens are locked and loaded.

It all ties back to the Panama Papers, the millions of documents leaked from Mossack Fonseca, the law firm that specialises in setting up foreign trusts.

It was those documents that led Labour’s David Cunliffe to discover the identity of the buyers of Onetai Station in Taranaki.

They were Argentinian brothers Rafael and Federico Grozovsky, operating through a company called Ceol and Muir.

They were Mossack Fonseca clients, which didn’t mean they’d been involved in anything illegal but inevitably raised suspicions.

The Overseas Investment Office, which investigates applications to buy big slices of farmland (1320ha in this case) gave the Grozovsky brothers the green light in 2013.

They bought the station in 2014, and made no secret of it. Local beef farmers were taken on as advisors, they aimed to increase production.

So far so good. Prime Minister John Key says the Mossack Fonseca connection was irrelevant.

There’s no claim or evidence they used a foreign trust to pay for the station and the deal was handled this end by law firm Kensington Swan.

All hot air?  Or is there more?   Read more »

Cunliffe’s Panama smear fails to stick as OIO declares “no laws were broken”

Yesterday David Cunliffe tried to smear a property owner; today his smear is in tatters.

The Overseas Investment Office says it is satisfied with the decision to allow a foreign company linked to the Panama Papers scandal to buy New Zealand farmland.

The Government agency, which vets all large or sensitive foreign investments in New Zealand, said it had no evidence that Panama-based company Ceol & Muir had breached any laws through its connection to Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca.

“The Overseas Investment Office [OIO] is satisfied that due process was followed in assessing a consent application by Ceol & Muir,” the agency said this afternoon.

Millions of documents leaked from Mossack Fonseca earlier this month showed that the law firm played a key role in helping the world’s wealthy hide their money and assets in foreign trusts, some of which was linked to criminal activity.   Read more »

The chart of doom for Andrew Little

David Farrar has posted the chart of doom:

labopp-560x366Those are the preferred Prime Minister ratings of the last four Labour leaders. It is rather telling.   Read more »

Goff got rolled at 15, Shearer at 13 and Cunliffe at 12

NZ Labour opposition leaders' Preferred Prime Minister ratings during the National Government - source: Kiwiblog

NZ Labour opposition leaders’ Preferred Prime Minister ratings during the National Government – source: Kiwiblog

Arts, lifestyle and travel blogger David Farrar loves his numbers, and today he’s in devastating form.   Read more »

Reader Poll: What’s worse?

David Cunliffe apologised for being a man…that was pretty bad.

But yesterday Andrew Little posted this picture on his Twitter account.


Whoever is in charge of his Twitter account isn’t really on the team if they are posting pictures of him chucking jandals like a girl.   Read more »

Key’s smart politics forcing Little into a corner over spy agency report

Tracy Watkins discusses the forth-coming spy agency report that is due out.

When John Key and Andrew Little eyeball each other across the table during a closed door session of Parliament’s intelligence and security committee this week, the prime minister will be ready to turn the tables on his opponents.

Key is asking Labour to back him on legislation overhauling the country’s spy agencies, the Government Communications Security Bureau and Security Intelligence Service.

It might have sounded like Key was making the plea for bipartisanship from a position of weakness. Spies and the surveillance agencies have been Key’s Achilles heel after all. But the Labour leader will probably see Key’s plea for unity for what it is, a game of political brinkmanship. Because refusing to back any law changes lets Key paint Labour into a corner as weak on national security. Given Little’s previous call to back the Government on extending the powers of the SIS to detect Isis supporters, he seems unlikely to fall into that trap.

A lot has changed since the 2014 election campaign, when Key was wrong footed by allegations swirling around a bungling GCSB. Back then, Labour under David Cunliffe abandoned the usual bipartisanship on national security issues to rub the Government’s nose in those failures by opposing law changes governing the agency. Key was besieged on every front – even NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden joined the party.    Read more »

Dreams are free, unless they are Labour dreams, then they are expensive

When I was learning sales one of the first things I was taught was not about selling, it was about making plans, planning and goal setting. I was taught that if you don’t commit your plans to paper, make them into something solid, then all you have are dreams, and then sometimes those dreams have a habit of turning into nightmares.

Rob Hosking at the NBR looks at Labour’s dreams.

Beware the term “dreams” when it pops up in political discourse.

It is one of the more implacable but seldom acknowledged rules of politics that, whenever a politician starts talking about “dreams,” you are about to hear a cavalcade of moonshine and bull dust.

Oh, and the other part of this rule is: When you hear the word “dreams” uttered by somebody seeking office, keep a close eye on your wallet.

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Hooton on the extreme left cuckoos in Labour’s nest

Matthew Hooton explains how it is that Labour has allowed itself to be hijacked.

My friend Matt McCarten, now Andrew Little’s chief of staff, introduced me to the word “entrism” some years ago.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it means “the policy or practice of joining an organisation with the intention of subverting its aims and activities.”

“Entrism” was first used by 1930s French Trotskyists when dissolving their own radical organisations and joining moderate parties to steer them towards Leninism. It became recognised in English in the 1960s and 1970s to describe the subversion of the UK Labour Party by Militant Tendency, which the party then spent 20 years eradicating to make itself electable again.

Since its election defeat in 2008 and the departure to New York of the firm hand of Helen Clark and Heather Simpson, the New Zealand Labour Party has been the latest victim of the tactic. In the past fortnight, that has reached fruition ,with Labour’s lurch to the extreme left over the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its abandonment of the middle ground over student fees.

While the moderate centre of the party – as personified by Phil Goff, David Shearer, David Parker, Stuart Nash, Clayton Cosgrove, Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis – plan to launch an offensive against the party’s direction in May, they have no chance of success.

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Labour’s leaders on the TPPA

Arts, lifestyle and travel blogger David Farrar is blogging like he used to.

The frigid polar air has done him wonders.

Last night he posted this image:

labourtpp Read more »