Why the donations scandals are necessary for Labour to push

Labour's best bagman, Mike Williams could get donations from anyone

Labour’s best bagman: Mike Williams could get donations from anyone

Labour is continuing to push hard on Judith Collins and her glass of milk. They need to…along with their attempt to get traction on the legal and declared Antoine’s dinner.

Mike Williams gave a hint over why they need this to take hold…and it isn;t so they can get hits on National. The reasons are far more venal than that.

Political parties need money to survive in non-election years and to flourish when election day looms. Unlike Australia, most European democracies and the United States, New Zealand has not instituted state funding of political parties beyond the broadcasting grant that pays for (and limits) television and radio advertising during an election campaign.

If parties want to support an administration, employ organisers and advertise anywhere other than radio and television, they must raise their own money.

Mike Williams and Labour have for years wanted state funding of political parties. When my father was president of the National party he had regular meetings with Labour’s presidents and other presidents where the topic of state funding would come up.  Read more »

Cunliffe and transparency

Cunliffe is such a tool….

He gets skewered on Radio Live for his invented convention about the Royal visit – then gets sprung for being unable to do simple addition:

DAVID CUNLIFFE: Look I welcome the royal visit. I’m sure New Zealanders will. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby George of course will be a much loved feature on our landscape. While we just need to make sure and it’s the Government’s decision, not the palace’s that appropriate distances are kept between the visit and the election.

MARCUS LUSH: So you think it’s wrong for them to be coming here during election year?

DAVID CUNLIFFE: No, not during election year. As long as the normal protocols are observed in terms of space between the visit and the election.

MARCUS LUSH: Okay, so how long has that got to be?

DAVID CUNLIFFE: It’s been about eight months which would imply that the election date will be at the normal time. I think once – the closest that we could find through a historical scan was sort of five or six, but eight’s more normal.

MARCUS LUSH: So you’ve changed your mind on this one?

DAVID CUNLIFFE: No, no, I’ve always said I welcome the visit and welcome the Royals here. They’ll be very popular and Kiwis have every right to see them.

MARCUS LUSH: Although I can’t see – I mean you can’t really do eight months because if they here in March/April that comes to December for the election doesn’t it?

DAVID CUNLIFFE: Yeah well it kind of implies if there’s a royal visit in April that the election will be at the normal time but let’s wait and see.

So first of all, there is no protocol of 8 months between a Royal visit and an election.  That’s just pulled out of thin air.   But hes picked 8 months, so late March/April plus eight puts us in December.

And having elections in December is not normal.

If Cunliffe doesn’t stop making stuff up along the way, we’re in for a fun ride.

Perhaps Matt McCarten should do all of Cunliffe’s media appearances as well.  The man is truly awful.


Compare and contrast

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Comment of the Day

It is always fun to look at a political situation and swap party names and alegiances, and then see if the reaction to it would be the same.

One of our readers, Goldie, did that regarding the Internet Party debacle

whos_buying_this_election_greeting_card-ref3d14f26594405eb8915e035dc6f360_xvuak_8byvr_324Imagine that there was a very dodgy foreign businessman millionaire. He publicly disagreed with the Labour Party, and was going to spend an enormous sum of money to make sure that Labour did not win the next election.

To achieve his aims, he was buying a number of well known right wing personalities to advise him and support his venture.

This included advice to bribe an electorate that turned out to be illegal.   Read more »

Business booming, Labour loss looming

I don’t have the capacity to feel pity for David Cunliffe, but he has to be wondering what he has to do to catch a break.  He finally gets his hands on the Prize as leader of the Losers Party, and just about all the indicators continue to go south on him.   Michael Fox explains

Financial experts are united – next year could be a golden one for the New Zealand economy with all signs pointing to a prosperous 2014.

Commodity prices are booming, businesses are at their most confident in 20 years, the economy is among the world’s fastest growing, jobs and wages are predicted to rise and that confidence is filtering through to consumers who are starting to open their wallets.

New Zealand’s GDP growth was at its highest in four years in the last quarter at 3.5 per cent on the previous year – higher than Australia (2.3 per cent), the US (1.8), Britain (1.5) and Japan at 2.4 per cent.

Compared with Australia, once our largest trading partner but recently overtaken by China and whose economic growth outside the mining sector has relatively flatlined, our positive outlook is more stark.

Perhaps Cunliffe and Norman should move to Australia where their brand of “the sky is falling, we can spend our way out of it” policies will be more receptive.   Read more »

Voter fury stops people voting

While the left-wing thinks that 800,000 voters didn’t vote for them and conjure up all sorts of conspiracy theories about why it is that people don’t vote, some people have actually conducted some research and found out the major reason people don’t vote is fury with politicians.

I guess they are working under the old anarchist proverb “Don’t vote it just encourages them.”

Nearly half of Britons say they are angry with politics and politicians, according to a Guardian/ICM poll analysing the disconnect between British people and their democracy.

The research, which explores the reasons behind the precipitous drop in voter turnout – particularly among under-30s – finds that it is anger with the political class and broken promises made by high-profile figures that most rile voters, rather than boredom with Westminster.

Asked for the single word best describing “how or what you instinctively feel” about politics and politicians in general, 47% of respondents answered “angry”, against 25% who said they were chiefly “bored”.   Read more »

Remember this?

On November 23 I wrote:

I’ve received a rather concerning email from one of our readers. If this is anything but a misguided local initiative, it needs to be exposed

Had a phone call this morning from a mate who works for NZ Post in a provincial city (not here). The word going around his smoko room was that someone from the union suggested it could be a good idea if some referendum papers were “not delivered”. These of course could then be opened, voted on, sent back, and the “No” vote fattened. They are banking on people not bothering to ask for replacement papers if theirs do not turn up.

He suggested that I get the word out to my mates that if anyone doesn’t receive their voting papers they should contact the office of the Chief Electoral Officer. All deliveries should be complete by the end of next week (mine arrived in the PO box this morning).

Given the amount of resource that Labour, the Greens and the unions have poured into this referendum, it sounds as though they are pretty worried about getting enough of a “No” vote to attack the Government with. Pulling a stunt like this rates right up there with the KFC election in 2005, but it’s hardly surprising given the current climate.

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Herald Editorial on Green Taliban hijacking of referendum process

The NZ Herald gets it right again…this time on the Green Taliban and Labour’s hijacking of the referendum process.

Every registered voter by now will have received postal ballot papers for the referendum on asset sales. Most voters will probably ignore them, quite reasonably since the Government, equally reasonably, will not act on the result. The Government already knows most people do not like asset sales. It also knows it put its sales programme to voters at the last election and won.

Yes it did, something the opposition is still trying to litigate. There have been four other referendum and all have ben ignored.

But this one is different in one respect. Previous referendums were initiated by groups outside Parliament, they were genuine citizens’ initiatives.

This one was initiated by the Green Party. A democratic device designed to give a voice to citizens outside the House of Representatives has been co-opted by citizens who already have a tax-funded voice in the House.

Not only that, the Greens used some of their parliamentary funding to pay people to circulate the petition. All this because they failed to get their way in the House. They have discredited – not to say corrupted – the citizens’ initiative, reducing it to a second serve for privileged players.   Read more »

Lefty academic says time to get rid of useless referendum, discounts BCIR as well

Philip Temple is a earnest person, if somewhat confused about his politics. He was one of the main people lobbying to retain MMP, ironically in a referendum, which he now says are a waste of time in the NZ Herald (heh another irony)

A waste of time. A waste of money. The government takes no notice. What’s the point of non-binding referendums? How come we have them anyway?

He then goes into a TL;DR explanation of the history of referendum…It seems we can blame Murray McCully. He concludes:

The present referendum on asset sales is the fifth since 1993. Many more failed at the first hurdle of persuading 10 per cent of enrolled voters to sign a petition. The first, at the end of 1995, asked if the number of firefighters should be reduced below the number employed on January 1, 1995: 87.8 per cent of voters said No. The second in November 1999 asked if the number of MPs should be reduced from 120 to 99: 81.5 per cent said Yes. The third, held at the same time, asked if the justice system should place greater emphasis on the needs of victims and impose hard labour for all serious violent offences: 91.8 per cent agreed. The fourth, in August 2009, asked, “Should a smack as part of good parental correction be a criminal offence in New Zealand” and 87.4 per cent said it should not.   Read more »

Labour want people to cross, Electoral Commission want people to tick

Labour are such muppets.

Labour’s hoardings want people to cross on the option. But the Electoral Commission state that people have to tick the answer to the question.

Does crossing an answer on the ballot paper mean the vote paper is invalid? Here’s hoping.

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