Helen Clark

Refugees: Does NZ really want more?

Andrew Little wants to double the refugee quota

Andrew Little wants to double the refugee quota

Nearly overnight we’ve arrived at a point, without any debate or public input, that we’ll have more refugees.

After years of lobbying, Amnesty International is finally confident the Government will increase New Zealand’s refugee quota.

Every party in Parliament has publicly backed raising the quota, except the one that counts — National.

Labour and the Greens want it doubled to 1500 at a minimum, with ACT and New Zealand First supporting a less dramatic increase. Read more »

Trotter on Labour problems, and his fantasy opposition wishlist

Chris Trotter has had another lucid moment, albeit with a fantasy paragraph near the end.

He discusses what is wrong with the opposition:

IT IS ONLY NOW, thirty years after the event, that the full effects of Labour’s 1984-1990 betrayals have become visible. The party’s inability to respond coherently to John Key’s National-led government has allowed the latter to escape, Scot-free, from economic and social policy failures that daily grow more intractable. All over New Zealand, voters shake their heads in frank disbelief at National’s extraordinary run of political good luck. Everywhere their cry is the same: “If only we had an Opposition worthy of the name!” How right they are.

I pity Chris sometimes, with his rose-tinted glasses. He still thinks that Roger Douglas did enormous damage to New Zealand when, in actual fact, he saved it from the rampant socialism of Muldoon.   Read more »

How bad do you have to be beaten by Helen Clark? This bad

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If Aussies had lived under Clark they might not be so supportive, but then again Kevin Rudd was pretty bad.

Twice as many Australians support Helen Clark to lead the United Nations than Kevin Rudd.

And even Labor voters prefer the former Kiwi prime minister to Rudd, a poll has found.

The Essential poll, released on Wednesday, indicates that Australia’s two-time former prime minister would no longer muster the widespread public support that characterised the “Kevin 07” election campaign and kept his leadership ambitions alive against Julia Gillard after being dumped by his party in 2010.   Read more »

Rudd disses Clark for President of da World

Kevin Rudd is a cock..at the best of times. He has been called much worse.

But now he has attacked the candidacy of Helen Clark for the General Secretary of the UN job….probably because he wants the job and if he can’t have it then Helen Clark shouldn’t.

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has effectively dismissed Helen Clark’s chances of becoming the next UN Secretary-General, saying she was “very capable” but it was his “firm belief” an Eastern European would get the job.

 Speaking to Indian newspaper the Hindu, Mr Rudd, who is widely rumoured to want the job himself, was asked about Helen Clark’s bid for the job.

“As I said it is my firm belief that this time we will have a UN [Secretary-General] chief from East Europe. As for Helen, I think she will be a strong candidate if we cannot find agreement between the P-5 and the other members of the Security Council on an East European candidate.”   Read more »

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The image on the left (I do apologise) is what Helen Clark looks like today.  The image on the right is what is on Helen Clark’s UN profile page, today.

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via Twitter

There’s such a thing as putting your best foot forward, but using a photo you used to run for (and lose) the 2008 election campaign for your run at the UN President of the World is starting to poke the borax beyond the bounds of reason.

 

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Helen and Peter: A fine romance, without kisses

, Auckland, New Zealand, Wednesday, November 05, 2008. Credit:NZPA / Wayne Drought

They’ve lived on different continents for seven years but Peter Davis says he’s ready to move to New York if his wife, Helen Clark, gets the UN’s top job.

The couple’s lived apart for the tenure of her role as head of the UNDP, with Dr Davis opting to stay in New Zealand where he’s a sociology professor at Auckland University.

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Hosking on Clark’s push to become the President of da World!

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In a nutshell, [the United Nations is] a spineless mess that has allowed the world to disintegrate before its very eyes. In the theatre of military turmoil – of which there is much – they do nothing but disagree on what to do on everything.

This leaves the United States to play global sheriff, and when the United States is led by a bloke like Obama, his first thought process is to bring troops home, hence you have vacuums, violence and carnage everywhere from Afghanistan to Syria to Iraq to Libya. Read more »

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Labour go into overdrive to make Helen Clark look better

[Labour MP Sua Mr William] Sio has just returned from a trip to [Kiribati and Tuvalu] to look at the impact of rising sea levels.

He says the main impact is the concentration of population putting pressure on scarce resources like drinking water which is in turn being affected by the rising sea water table.

Currently New Zealand has an immigration quota of 75 for Tuvalu and Kiribati.

“On Tuvalu there’s a total population of 12,000 and 6000 of them live on Funafuti (the main island) and there’s just not enough room,” he said.

“The Prime Minister (of Tuvalu) said to me, the numbers are small but they can have a really striking impact.”

He is proposing what he calls a programme of ”Migration with Dignity” which could see New Zealand assist with education and pre-immigration training in the islands for people without the skills and qualifications to easily qualify for immigration.

“They don’t want to lose all their brightest and smartest,” he said.

“They still need them to run the Government.

“So the Government Ministers I met agreed that we need to grow the education skill base and look at the mobility of labour.”

He said that both governments of Kiribati and Tuvalu regard migration as a last resort.

“Notwithstanding that I think that for a future Government which wants to stand and support the Pacific you have to plan for that emergency and that disaster but hoping that the disaster doesn’t happen and allow for the gradual movement of people.”

He said he was surprised because had expected that the Governments would be saying everybody wanted to leave.

“But they actually didn’t.

“Yes, they want to migrate but they also want to be able to come back to their homes.

“They want their homes protected.”

But on the bigger picture of the impact climate change is having on the sea levels he said that if New Zealand wanted to stand with the Pacific it had to walk the talk and be bigger and braver about reducing its carbon emissions.

Mr Sio’s trip is an interesting move by Labour which has been accused of taking the Pacific vote for granted.

Looks like another Helen Clark inspired move to make NZ look palatable to the UN.  Because here’s another view, which won’t be popular with those holding the begging bowls.  Read more »

Winston in top form as he schools a reporter

Winston Peters is a wily old dog and he schools Lloyd Burr good and proper.

When it comes to avoiding questions, Winston Peters is the best in the business.

But when there’s a simple question like: “Is Helen Clark the right person to lead the United Nations?”, if your answer isn’t “yes”, there’s no credible way to skip the question, change the subject and try move on without sounding like a Helen-hater.

The New Zealand First leader did just that. Here are his answers.   Read more »

The only reason the refugee quota is back on the agenda is because Helen wants the top job

Helen Clark wants the top job at the UN…and I want her to get it too…so she doesn’t ever come home.

But it explains the full-court press by the left-wing and their enablers in the Media party for an increase in the refugee quota.

Clark will need the credit of NZ being seen to be doing something.

As Europe embarks on its first major, combined attempt to combat the migrant crisis, New Zealand has been urged to take more refugees.

Hundreds of asylum seekers have been deported from Greece overnight, sent back to Turkey as part of a deal that aims to ease mass migration to Europe.

It is Europe’s much-lauded solution to a migrant crisis the likes of which the world has never seen — refugees deemed illegal, deported at dawn and sent back to Turkey.

Anticipating trouble and violence, one guard was deployed for each of the 202 migrants.    Read more »

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