Jami-Lee Ross

Clinging to Hope

So Labour is all cock-a-hoop after winning Christchurch East.

No surprises there really. You would think they would after holding the seat for nigh on 100 years.

Apparently now Labour is “buoyed” by the win.

Yeah like a drowning man clinging to a buoy. It is a false hope despite all the spin about increasing vote and National’s vote dropping.

By-elections are fickle beasts and one should never cling to the results as an indicator.   Read more »

A problem for Jami-lee Ross

It isn’t a major problem and if he could arrange permission I’ll sort it out for him. There is another muster of peacocks living not far from me. (note correct term for a group of peacocks, you can also us “ostentation”, but certainly not pride…that is for lions)

I believe 1s or 2s are the right size for peacocks.

A pride of pesky peafowl is overstaying its welcome at a reserve in East Tamaki, Auckland, by digging up gardens, displacing roof tiles, defecating on paths, crowing outside windows and parading on roads.

The 12 large birds roost at the top of pine trees in Logan Carr Reserve each night and during the day they wreak havoc in the neighbouring suburb of Dannemora.

Nita Peterson owns a property bordering the reserve and it is a favourite peacock hangout.

The 69-year-old said she used to love the majestic creatures but the numbers were not kept under control. Currently there were about four peacocks and eight peahens.

“Quite frankly I think the time has come for them all to go,” she said.  Read more »

Local Government Success Story – Michael Wood

SetWidth200-Puketapapa-Michael-Wood-booklet-66374DSC4083-AMichael Wood confirmed his reputation as Labour’s Great White Straight Hope in Auckland returning to his own area after getting a pasting in the Botany by-election.

Despite being straight and white and needing a soap box to stand on for anyone to notice him, Michael enhanced his reputation with relentless organising mixed in with a bit of low bastardry.

Voters managed to overcome his school boy looks and diminutive stature, and handed him a resounding victory. Michael overturned C&R’s majority in Puketapapa, and helped re-elect Cathy Casey as a result.  Likely to be the chairman of the local board, and the golden child within the Labour Party.   Read more »

Sexism and misogyny alive and well in Howick

Check out this letter to the local paper from David Stevenson of Howick.

Like others I have been intrigued as to the identity of the person behind the apparent pseudonym A Schuyt Best hailing from Pakuranga. Until recently I suspected it was a particular concerned and very pro-active citizen who is now deceased.

But, the Friday issue of the Eastern Courier has a letter from that same person. It has excellent content. Its only failing is that it does not mention that in addition to moonlighting from what should be a demanding all-consuming day-time job a certain sitting candidate became a mother recently.

How is this humanly possible? In difficult times of people being under enormous pressure in their jobs where their employers are expecting more and more hours out of their staff for the same salary my puzzlement is surely understandable.

That was an excellent letter posing questions that every voter at the next local body elections should be asking.

It would be very interesting to view ” timesheets” for the hard yards, in addition to domestic chores and holding down two jobs, put in by candidates standing for re-election – bearing in mind there are only 24 hours in a day.

What does this say about the demands local body representatives actually face in doing real justice to their elected positions?  Read more »

Spot on advice for Australia

The British head of Fletcher Building has some top advice for Australia…same applies for New Zealand frankly.

It is always disappointing that National politicians go to parliament admiring Thatcher, and often mention her in their maiden speech. Yet when it comes time to man up and deliver like Thatcher did they back off and go soft on unions like John Key and Simon Bridges because they don’t want a fight.

Unions are the enemy and should be treated as the enemy just like my good mate Jami-Lee Ross does.

Australia has old-fashioned union arrangements and needs “a dose of Margaret Thatcher,” says Mark Adamson, the British chief executive of Fletcher Building.

On a media call following the release of Fletcher’s annual profit, Adamson said he had been “amazed” at both the level of salaries and inefficiencies in Australia. He took the top job at Fletcher last October, having run the company’s Laminex & Panels division, based in the US.

“I do come across unions and union arrangements the likes of which I haven’t come across since I was a child in the UK in the 1970s,” Adamson said. Australia needs “a dose of Margaret Thatcher.”

Nick-named ‘The Iron Lady’, Thatcher was British prime minister between 1979 and 1990, during which time her government privatised state assets, deregulated industry, closed unprofitable coal mines and broke the power of the unions as part of what became known as ‘Thatcherism.’  Read more »

Snapper or GCSB – Manhire explains

The left wing continues to unhinge themselves over the GCSB, thinking wrongly that this is of major concern to Kiwi voters. It isn’t.

Smarter lefty commentators are starting to realise this too late. Toby Manhire explains in simple words for those struggling with understanding that John Campbell is wrong.

The alchemists in the National Party were at it again over the weekend, turning a slap in the face with a snapper into a brave stand for ordinary, hard-fishing New Zealanders.

The news that recreational fishers might have bag limits slashed to three went down like a seafood milkshake. But, somehow, that uncharacteristic cock-up was turned into a rhetorical tactic, defence into attack.

The Government out of touch? On the contrary: they had heard snapper-catchers’ concerns. They knew it mattered. Mattered, unlike, say, that GCSB sideshow. The revision of the role of the Government Communications Security Bureau was of interest to pointy-heads and “beltway” nerds alone.

The exuberant twenty-something National MP Jami-Lee Ross summed up the pivot neatly. “Liberal elite shouldn’t get so outraged,” he said. “I have 20 times more emails about snapper than I do about GCSB. That’s what NZers actually care about.”

Real people care about snapper. And if you cared about the redefining of GCSB powers you were a tedious liberal elitist who couldn’t tell a rig from a jig.  Read more »

Section 97 remit unanimous, cue panic from 9th floor

John Key’s office and the panty-waist board wanted this mid cycle conference for the National party to be like an election year conference…a show case for the Prime Minister.

The board were ordered to nix the Young Nats popular remit regarding Section 97 and shunt it to a break out session. Messages were passed via various conduits that the Young Nats better STFU or they might find some things removed from them. One bizarre threat was to their ability to have HQ authorisation statements. The Young Nats understandably scoffed at such silly threats and proceeded anyway.

So the board and the 9th floor thought everything was sweet, and nice and calm…until the Young Nats President got up to make his speech and gave to them all right between the eyes. Sean Topham (during his President’s report to the Conference) ripped into how their section 97 remit was shunted to a break out session. He further expressed how the Young nats are extremely disappointed and it’s not on when the remit was so popular and topical.

Topham said “a few of our members who oppose this remit have done more for the unions than David Shearer ever will”. He further made the point that this was the first time in years that the Young Nats haven’t had a remit on the floor and how disappointing it was that their voices were prevented from being heard.  Read more »

Union spin exposed

Via the tipline

Looks like Comrade Kate’s successor Simon Bridges might actually have some support for his Employment Relations Amendment Bill in the form of a campaign exposing the mess of Part 6A.

See www.part6A.org.nz

With big names like Air New Zealand, Progressive Enterprises, the EMA, Business New Zealand, Hospitality Association and the Franchise Association all having told the Govt that Part 6A is a shambles, Bridges better take note.

You’ve got to give it to the organisers Crest Clean, they ran a Vulnerable Minister campaign against Comrade Kate and look what happened to her.

More importantly is the fact these companies are finally standing up against scum-bag unions and their patsy mates in Parliament – Darien Fenton, Sue Moroney and serial rooter Iain Lees-Galloway.  Read more »

Sledge of the Day

Jami-lee Ross comments on Labour’s polling and leadership issues.

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Trotter misunderstands (deliberately?) the law

Chris Trotter has blogged about the Employment Relations (Continuity of Labour) Amendment bill, which authorises employers to recruit temporary staff to perform the duties of striking or locked-out employees.

He misunderstands the law when he states:

And so, Jami-Lee Ross proposes a measure that will render every union in the country powerless. Even if 100 percent of the employees on a worksite vote to strike, their employer will, nevertheless, be empowered to over-rule their unanimous shout of “No!” – by hiring temporary replacement workers.

If Mr Ross’s private member’s bill becomes law, then the only recourse available to those workers who still insist upon their right to say “No!” will be to physically prevent these replacement workers; these strike-breakers; these scabs – from entering the workplace.   Read more »