Green Party

There is Dirty Politics and then there is Despicable Politics

Green Party MP Jan Logie is still pushing for John Key to apologise over accusing Labour and Greens of putting the welfare of criminals ahead of those of everyday New Zealanders by playing the sexual victim card.

A petition carrying 13,000 signatures calling on Prime Minister John Key to apologise for his “you back the rapists” comment has been handed in to Parliament.

Mr Key shouted the words at opposition MPs during a heated about New Zealand criminals being deported from Australia.

It caused uproar, and several women MPs walked out after saying they were victims of sexual violence.

Mr Key said he was responding to opposition claims that the Government wasn’t doing anything to help the deportees, and explained he meant Labour and the Greens cared more about criminals than the people who needed protection from them.

It wasn’t taken that way, and several women MPs walked out after identifying themselves as victims of sexual violence.

Mr Key didn’t apologise and Speaker David Carter subsequently said he couldn’t order an apology because he hadn’t heard the remark at the time.

The people’s power organisation ActionStation organised the petition.

It calls on Mr Key to “stand up and apologise for the offence your comment has caused to survivors of sexual violence throughout New Zealand, and withdraw the statement”.

It was handed to Green Party MP Jan Logie and Labour MP Poto Williams on the steps of Parliament today.

They were among those who walked out in protest when Mr Key made the comment.

The petition also calls on the Government to fully fund specialist sexual violence agencies to provide core services for victims.

“Today is the international day for the elimination of violence against women – it is the perfect day for us to present this petition,” said ActionStation spokeswoman Marianne Elliott.

Ms Logie said there was an epidemic of violence against women and the silence around it had to be broken.

The whole walkout was a staged political show.  It was staged using the victims of sexual violence and mocking them by trying to smear the Prime Minister as being non-supportive of sexual violence victims.

There’s just one problem:  he wasn’t.

And as we’ve seen by the polls that came out since then, New Zealand clearly heard John Key stand up for New Zealanders and question why Labour and the Greens were dying in the ditch for a handful of hardened criminals.

Using violence and sexual violence against women is normally an iron-clad strategy to shut everyone down.  There simply is no argument to “justify” it in any context.

But Logie and her poisonous friends have totally over-reached here.   John Key was clearly against the criminals who were at the time thought to be convicted of things like murder, rape and paedophilia while Labour and the Greens were criticising John Key for not doing enough to bring these people “home”.

The fact they found 13,000 people to sign this petition shows they are even willing to trivialise sexual violence if it means getting a hit in on John Key.

To borrow some Internet language:  EPIC FAIL


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Greens caught lying, lazy journalists buy the spin

The  Green party has managed to get their spin bought by one of the better gallery journalists.

They basically lied in a  press release and Tracy Watkins picked it up in an opinion piece on parliamentary expenses.

The ARC [Appropriations Review Committee] is a panel convened once every parliamentary term to review funding for Parliament and MPs. It usually comprises former MPs (on this occasion John Carter and Rick Barker, who have respect across the political spectrum) and an accountant or similar to lend it the air of independence. Its job is to poke into every aspect of parliamentary and state funding for political parties represented in Parliament and decide whether more money, or any other tweaks, are required.

These areas include the costs of running electorate offices, staff pay rates, support staff funding and political party funding, which largely comprises the leader’s budget. Controversially,the leader’s budget is one area where the ARC proposes a boost in funding – controversially because “leader’s budget” is really just a euphemism for slush fund. Millions of dollars in taxpayer funding disappear into these slush funds every year with little public accountability.

The ARC points out that these budgets have not been increased since 2007, so have fallen in real terms thanks to inflation.

“Cry me a river” might be the stock response to this plight, given that this has also been a period of real belt tightening for many government departments.    Read more »

Not just rapists and murders but Labour is the friend of North Korea and Iran too

Judith Collins used her column in the Sunday Star-Times to highlight whose side Labour is really on as they campaign for cosy treatment for rapists and murderers.

Kelvin Davis wanted New Zealand to criticise Australia at the UN…like Iran and North Korea did.

The week has been full of attention seeking stunts, starting from the ambushing of the Prime Minister by Labour’s Kelvin Davis whose behaviour in front of TV cameras was exactly that.

A dishonest, disrespectful stunt that only served to underline his inability to sell to the New Zealand public that taking a position that criminals, who have already decided that they don’t want to come back to New Zealand, who have committed very serious crimes are somehow representing all Kiwis.    Read more »

All about context

The left-wing have got themselves all outraged because John Key correctly called them out for being crim hugging apologists.

But their outrage and offence was somewhat misguided when you understand the context rather than the loud outrage that followed.

When you see the context you will see why the left-wing will never get an apology from John Key and nor should they.

The comment John Key made in Parliament yesterday about rapists and child molesters has been taken out of context to make it sound worse than it was.

This post is not written to debate the rights or wrongs of the comment, but to point out what it actually meant in context. I was in the public gallery at the time.

The Prime Minister was asked what the Government was doing for the detainees. His response what that the best support was to get them back to NZ while awaiting their appeals. He added that it would take longer for some like rapists and murderers because he wanted to make sure that other New Zealanders on the same commercial flights as them were safe. That would take more time and could involve other options like chartering planes.    Read more »

What’s worse, parading your victimhood or Michelle Boag parading about parading your victimhood?

Screenshot -One News Michelle Boag

Screenshot -One News
Michelle Boag

It isn’t often that you will find me agreeing with Michelle Boag. I feel dirty just typing that, in fact I was sick a little bit in my mouth.

Former National Party president Michelle Boag has accused female opposition MPs of “parading their victimhood” after they stood up in Parliament to talk about their experiences of sexual assault.

Boag made the comments in response to a protest against Prime Minister John Key’s comments that the Labour Party was was “backing the rapists” at the Christmas Island detention centre.

One by one, a number of female opposition MPs rose to demand an apology from Key, with some publicly stating for the first time their experience as victims of sexual assault.

At least a dozen female MPs either walked out in protest or were ejected by Speaker David Carter after he turned off their microphones to prevent them from being heard.

Speaking to Radio Live, Boag said the MPs had “made it all about them” instead of dealing with the issues facing detainees.    Read more »

Greens are against the TPP because it doesn’t fix climate change

The fruit loops in the Green party have finally found something other than “neo-liberalism” to complain about over the TPP.

Apparently it doesn’t satisfy their demands on climate change.

It’s appalling that the environment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) does not explicitly cite climate change, the biggest threat to our global wellbeing, said the Green Party today.

“Climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity, yet there is no mention of it in a trade deal that affects 40 percent of the world’s economy,” said Green Party trade spokesperson, Kennedy Graham.

“The TPPA has been touted as the most important trade agreement of the modern age, so it is inexcusable the Government plans to sign an agreement that doesn’t even mention climate change.    Read more »


So, Greens, where exactly are these electric cars going to go? That’s right: roads!

The Green Taliban hate cars…unless they are electric cars full of rare earth metals mined from third world countries leaving a toxic sludge behind in a wrecked environment…but hey…electric cars.

Now they want to embrace electric cars and are proposing their second ever tax break to encourage more car use…think about that for a minute.

The Green Party has added a second tax break for businesses to its manifesto in a bid to boost electric car use in New Zealand.

The party announced today it would scrap fringe benefit tax when businesses purchased electric cars for their fleet.

The tax is applied to any perks which staff receive as part of their employment, including motor vehicles.

It was estimated that the proposed tax break would cut the upfront costs of an electric car by 36 per cent.

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Unemployment increases by 0.1%, Labour goes ballistic. Labour Leader support drops by 2%, Labour says that’s just fine..

Labour are so desperate for traction…on anything…that they will chase any passing bus like a retarded dog.

Opposition parties have seized on a rise in the unemployment rate to accuse the Government of running out of ideas.

But Finance Minister Bill English says he is happy enough with where the economy is heading and isn’t worrying about one figure.

New Zealand’s jobless rate rose in the third quarter from 5.9 percent to 6 percent as employment unexpectedly fell, according to figures released today.

“Today’s figures are a damning indictment of National. For the first time since 2012 the number of people in work has fallen by 11,000,” said Labour’s Grant Robertson.

“The 151,000 people out of work are a symbol of seven long years of wasted opportunities.”    Read more »

Fear not New Zealand, Metiria now has the Security shadow portfolio


The Green Party’s new MP has been sworn in.

Marama Davidson took her seat today, replacing former co-leader Russel Norman who has resigned to become head of Greenpeace New Zealand. Read more »

We won the World Cup, but New Zealand society has fallen apart. No, wait…

The Greens opposed the law change allowing bars to open for extended hours for the World Cup.

They claimed that drunks would be parading past schools in the morning.

How did that work out?

Allowing bars to open during Rugby World Cup games didn’t turn the country into the drunken shambles that had been predicted, say the backers of the law change that made it possible.

Police communication centres today said the local aftermath of the All Blacks win over Australia in the Rugby World Cup final in London was quiet.

A law change was made two months ago to allow bars to open early during the tournament, rather than having to apply for special licences. Under the changes, hoteliers had to give police seven days’ notice they would be open.

The change was enabled by a bill from ACT’s sole MP David Seymour, who watched the final at a bar in Auckland’s Mt Eden.

He was happy there had been no major problems and it showed New Zealanders were actually responsible people.   Read more »