John Key

Collins withdraws and Bully Bill gets to be PM

Bill English’s bullying of MPs has worked, he has the numbers to become leader of the National party. As a result Judith Collins has quit the race.

He has threatened MPs still waiting on selections that they would be rinsed if they didn’t declare, he’s promised others jobs, and now the retribution will start.

After months in the plotting, the plan didn’t go as smoothly as Key and English hoped but he has got there in the end.

A great many bridges have been burnt with John Key’s petulant quitting and there exists now deep divisions inside National.   Read more »

National MPs should be careful who they select as leader, otherwise this nasty witch gets to be Deputy PM

My commenters climbed in on her:

Isherman: It’s a pretty painful 8 minutes of viewing, but for anyone who doubted the sheer lack of class from some of the opposition in the Urgent Debate today on Keys resignation, doubt no more.

Hookerphil: What a horrible person she is

Michelle: 17 seconds was enough for me and l bet John Key will be glad when he no longer has to listen to that voice and gutter talk

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Why do gallery journalists say such stupid things?

The gallery has lost their collective shit with the resignation of John Key.

There are all sorts of idiot prognostications and assessments. It is so bad that it is starting to annoy me.

Do these people, who are supposedly “trained and skilled” actually understand the process of how National selects their leaders?

Or are they trying to insert themselves into the process?

Richard Harman, who usually has sensible things to say, has also lost his shit:

Prime Minister John Key’s resignation has caught his Caucus unprepared.

They have no agreed replacement.

At a telephone conference call with the caucus yesterday, one participant said the MPs greeted his news with a stunned silence.   Read more »

Talk about stupid from Fairfax

Fairfax really are seeking relevance with retarded stories like the one about what happens to John Key’s security detail when he resigns.

For the past eight years John Key has been flanked by a team of Diplomatic Protection Service agents who have kept him safe. But come Monday, he may be fending for himself.

Police, along with Key’s office, declined to comment on Tuesday whether or not he would retain any of his security detail once he steps down next week.    Read more »

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A facebook post that sums up how I feel about John Key’s resignation

Bill English bombs his chance to tell us he’s the man

John Key did a foolish thing yesterday when he anointed Bill English.

He is trying to force a coronation and Bill English said as much in his stand up yesterday.

The problem is that John Key is but one vote in caucus and it is caucus that decides who will be leader.

There is some talk about some in caucus owing their positions to John Key, but that expired a nano-second after he resigned. As I said he is now just one vote and caucus members can now be assured that sucking up to John Key is no longer a viable career move.

Asked if he will stand to replace him, Mr English said the caucus has only known about this for two or three hours.

“And I think we need to just give ourselves a bit of space. I personally would like to talk to members of the caucus, talk to my family and consider it. But I certainly appreciate John’s endorsement.”

Asked  if he’s ruling out standing, he said: “No, I’m not ruling it out.”

Mr Key anointed his deputy and Finance Minister to succeed him in his resignation speech after eight years in the job.   Read more »

Our usually flexible John Key has made up his mind about Trump

At NZTE’s awards, [John Key] dispelled the notion that Trump might change his mind on trade.

The fact was, New Zealand was a little country at the bottom of the world – “no one owes us a living”. But New Zealand has got its house in order. It would get increasingly wealthy by selling things to the rest of the world.

For those who believe a Trump-led America might start slapping on tariffs – think again about who would be harmed by that move.

It would end up in the US harming itself, as other trade partners took their business elsewhere.

“Is the world going to stop trading because Donald Trump is fundamentally opposed, or do things in spite of the US?”, Key questioned. Read more »

Board skullduggery in the Clutha Southland Selection

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Glenda Hughes, dabbling in selection skullduggery

There is skullduggery going on  in Clutha-Southland with a shabby move against Todd Barclay which is being orchestrated quietly by the former MP, currently residing in Karori, and assisted by at least one stroppy board member intent on taking the presidency.

Richard Harman has the first signs of the skirmish:

[S]peaking yesterday to POLITIK, Barclay said he welcomed the challenge.

“The party has got a democratic process, and that’s one of the strengths of the party; anybody can put themselves up to stand in any electorate at any time,” he said.

“I think my team and I have done a great job over the past three years of working really hard to try and build up the seat to where it is now.”

Barclay implies that the electorate was slightly rundown when he took it over from English.

“Having a senior MP as the local MP for a long period of time has meant that he has obviously had other responsibilities whereas now I live here, I’m based here, and I’m doing a lot of hard work to try and build up what we’ve got in terms of the party infrastructure.”

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I have a better idea: mandatory 12 months in jail or give up your P supplier

Methamphetamine is a scourge, there should be no soft, namby-pamby treatment for meth dealers.

Prime Minister John Key won’t be drawn on whether he supports a move by police to stop prosecuting some small-time P dealers.

Officers in the Waitemata policing district are no longer prosecuting some low-level dealers of pure methamphetamine, or P – such as those who sell to a neighbour.

Speaking to Radio New Zealand, Detective Senior Sergeant Stan Brown said arresting low level offenders did not work by itself and it could be better in some cases to refer people for rehabilitation.

Key has led the Government’s “War on P”, which has involved a range of measures to target drug manufacturers, gangs and addicts.

He knew little about Waitemata Police’s approach, so he did not want “to overly critique it”.

But he said the Government had generally tried to emphasise prosecution of P dealers rather than those who used them.

“We prosecute both, obviously,” he told reporters at his weekly press conference. But most of the Government’s energy went into cutting off the source of the drug.

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If you were Key and had $10b sloshing about next term – what would you do?

Frankly speaking, if you have a surplus of $10bn sloshing around it means you taxed the people too hard.

Prime Minister John Key is hinting at bigger than expected budget surpluses in the next few years which would allow the government to cut taxes despite the cost of the earthquake.

He says the quake is likely to cost between $2 billion and $3b and the government also expects to increase spending on health and education.

“Over the eight years we’ve been in government, while there was the big tax switch in 2010 there hasn’t been a significant reduction in people’s taxes,” Mr Key said at his post-cabinet press conference on Monday.

“I’m not arguing this is going to be significant as in a massive tax cut, but I am saying that I think there is an argument around a tax and family package that sits alongside a lot of other expenditure.”

Mr Key said Finance Minister Bill English had briefed cabinet on next week’s half-year economic and fiscal update.

“When you see the numbers, what you will see is the budget surplus getting quite big,” he said.

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