Helen Clark

Campbell Live finishing up by pimping whinging ex-pat bludgers still on the bludge

Everyone except the luvvies has been saying that Campbell Live spent too much time crusading and pimping the poor.

In their last week what do they do?

They embrace whinging ex-pat bludgers who are still on the bludge.

Since 2001, there have been strict conditions on New Zealanders living in Australia.

That’s fine – countries often impose rules, but they are conditions that New Zealand doesn’t impose on Australians.

We are often told about the special relationship between the two countries, but there’s nothing special about being a Kiwi in Australia.

It is a policy having a devastating effect, and often it is Kiwi children who have spent the majority of their life living across the ditch who are bearing the brunt.    Read more »

The path to victory for Labour

The lessons coming out of the UK for Labour are showing just how hard it will be for them to grab the Treasury benches.

The Lessons apply as much to them as they do for Labour in New Zealand.

Every party needs a path to victory, as does every leader. So what is Labour’s path to victory in the UK?

Well, it’s difficult it turns out.

How badly did Labour lose? Worse than you think.

To secure a majority of one, Labour now needs a swing of 8.75 percent across the United Kingdom, analysis passed to the New Statesman has revealed.

The analysis – which brings together the vote shares, turnout figures and majorities for the seats that would be easiest for Labour to take, highlights the challenge to Labour if it is to return to office in 2020.  The document is not a target seat list but would form the beginnings of one.

In, Cleethorpes, the seat that on a uniform swing would deliver a Labour majority of one, Labour trails by 7893 votes.  In the equivalent seat in 2010, Norwich North, Labour was just 3901 votes behind, and would have required a mere 4.6 per cent national swing to deliver the seat into the party’s hands. An equivalent swing now would see Labour win just 39 seats.

To be the largest party, Labour would have to take 51 seats directly from the Conservatives, up from 27 in 2010, with a uniform swing of 5.3 percent. Nuneaton, the staging post on this metric, has a Tory majority of 4,882, up from 2,069 in 2010.

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Andrew Little jumps the goat and paints himself into a corner

Andrew Little came out yesterday attacking John Key and National over the budget and the missed surplus.

He labelled it the “one of the biggest political deceptions in a lifetime”, ignoring the 4th Labour government in its entirety.

Labour leader Andrew Little says the Government is guilty of gross deception in the election campaign, accusing it of knowing it could not meet its promised surplus in the current financial year but continuing to promise it.

“I see it for what it is – one of the biggest political deceptions in a lifetime,” he said in a pre-Budget speech to the Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce.

It is such a ridiculous statement when you think he even fails to include Helen Clark’s pledge card rort of $840,000 where the Labour party stole the money from taxpayers and in order to avoid a court action passed retrospective legislation making the illegal legal.

But he is such a spastic that he has boxed himself into a corner over the deficit, he can’t say he will have one now.

His other statements are equally ridiculous:

It’s not unreasonable for every New Zealander to want the best for New Zealand.

We deserve a government in surplus

Well knock me down with a feather if this bloke isn’t even more spastic than I thought. Read more »

Dirty Sovereignty: Hours after a new royal baby, Angry Andy wants out of the Commonwealth

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New Zealand should have a Kiwi as head of state, Labour leader Andrew Little has said, just hours after the new royal baby was born.

The Opposition leader spoke of his republican views this morning, hours after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed a 8lbs and 3oz (3.7kg) baby girl to their family late last night NZT.

The as yet unnamed baby will be known as the Princess of Cambridge, and will be fourth in line to the British throne. Read more »

Rodney Hide schools Jackie Blue

Rodney Hide schools Jackie Blue on what a waste of space her job is.

He is of course talking about Blue’s ill-considered opinion over Paul Henry stating a few home truths about Helen Clark and Hillary Clinton.

Henry had said in regard to Hillary Clinton’s run for the White House: “Why, if feminism has come so far, does she feel the need to highlight the fact that she’s a woman?

“Shouldn’t she be selling herself on the fact that she’s the best person, the right person, for the job, no matter what her sex?”

Henry also noted other high-profile females had “fallen into the same trap”, including Helen Clark in her bid to become Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Henry has a good point. The feminist complaint was “jobs for the boys”. The argument was women shouldn’t be excluded because they’re women. But the argument has become that women must be selected because they are women. Clinton and Clark have replaced sexism with reverse sexism.    Read more »

What a shame, I’d have supported him

Apparently there was a massive rumour going around that Kevin Rudd was going to stand for the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations…against Helen Clark.

But…

Rife speculation that Kevin Rudd would stand against Helen Clark for the spot of United Nations Secretary General has been called to a halt by his office.

It was reported Mr Rudd was campaigning for the post of United Nations Secretary-General, but his office today poured cold water on it in a statement.

“The answer now, as it has previously been, is that Mr Rudd is not a candidate,” a spokesperson said.

“Mr Rudd has made his position clear about the position of UNSG (United Nations secretary-general) numerous times.”

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Sledge of the Year? Key labels John Campbell an entertainer with bad ratings

Prime Minister John Key says Campbell Live’s primary role is to entertain rather than hold the Government to account and viewers are more interested in “light entertainment” such as rival show Seven Sharp.Mr Key was asked on Newstalk ZB this morning whether it was bad for democracy if there were fewer commercial television shows holding the Government to account.

He replied: “Its role in life isn’t the hold the Government to account, it is to entertain its viewers and follow news stories. A great many of those don’t involve the Government, some do.”

Campbell Live is under review by TV3’s owner MediaWorks as it revisits the 7pm time slot to try to improve ratings.

Mr Key said he had no inside knowledge about the review and any decision on its future was solely that of MediaWorks. Media reports indicated its possible demise was driven by commercial reality and low ratings.

A low rating entertainment show.    Read more »

Focussing on things that matter, Ctd

I’ve been talking to a few National MPs over the past few weeks and a recurring theme is arising.

Why is John Key pursuing changing the flag?

For years National, and of course me, have mercilessly bashed the Labour party for concentrating on things that no one but them cared about.

We had lightbulbs and shower heads, and a plethora of social engineering type legislation that exercised small minorities while the rest of New Zealand got on with life.

Now it seems that John Key’s government has fallen into the same trap as Helen Clark’s.

Focussing and expending political capital on things that really don’t matter.

When Kiwis wake up in the morning they are thinking of work, paying their bills, making the mortgage, the warrant of fitness of the car, getting the kids to school etc.

I’ll bet a dollar to a knob of goat poo that nobody except John Key steps into their slippers in the morning thinking “We must change the flag”.

When John Key announced this I groaned.    Read more »

Nicky Hager reveals that our spies spy…wow!

Nicky Hager’s drip feed of stolen documents via his pals in the NZ Herald continues today.

And todays revelations are that apparently our spies spy.

Our spies monitored email and internet traffic about international diplomats vying for the job of director-general of the World Trade Organisation – a job for which National Government Trade Minister Tim Groser was competing.

The spying operation was active in 2013 and called the “WTO Project” by New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), according to a top secret document obtained by the Herald and United States news site The Intercept.

The operation involved covert surveillance of candidates from Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana, Jordan, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico and South Korea.

The GCSB tasking document which structured the search of internet traffic was designed to look for references to Mr Groser, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) role and his competitors, initially in any online communication but then narrowed to emails.

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Election bribes, why taxpayers lose while polticians win

Rodney Hide explains how election bribes work, and how when politicians win, invariably it is the taxpayers who lose.

To succeed politically, you must win votes. That’s what counts. If you don’t win votes, you won’t be a politician. It’s the one-and-only job requirement.

The need for votes drives politicians.

And with that insight economics explains and predicts political behaviour just as it explains and predicts all human behaviour.

Labour leader Helen Clark won the vote of students (and their parents) in 1999 promising to wipe interest payments on their loans. She won the vote of graduates in 2005 promising to wipe their interest payments, too.

Her purpose wasn’t to reduce the burden of debt on students. Her purpose was to win the votes she needed to win power. The promises were straight election bribes.

The policy takes from the working poor – the truck drivers, the self-employed, the factory workers – to give to the privileged – the future lawyers, accountants, professors and company executives.

To win, Ms Clark had to reach across to would-be National voters and secure their vote. She did so by reverse income redistribution: she took from the poor to give to the rich.

It’s not pretty politics but, for politicians, pretty is winning and losing is ugly.

I well remember door-knocking in blue ribbon Epsom to have students and their parents telling me they were voting Labour because “they would be mad not to.”

The 81,000 students who received Ms Clark’s full interest write-off benefited on average by $18 a week. That’s something they noticed – and voted for. The nation’s two million taxpayers lost just 74c a week. That’s a sum they didn’t notice and didn’t affect their vote.

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