Jonathan Coleman

Re-shuffle day, let’s see if Bill has changed

Bill English says he is a changed man. Today is re-shuffle day and many people who backed him will be sitting waiting for a call from the boss.

Fortunately, he has made some good moves in frightening off some dead shits. So he has room to play with.

For me, there are three things that will signal that Bill English is a changed man as he says he is.

If McCully isn’t signalled to be gone in short order nothing has changed. There are better more capable and not as risky options for him to use in Foreign Affairs and Trade. Mark Mitchell, Jonathan Coleman and Todd McClay can all step into his role or shuffle them around between them. That is my first indicator that Bill English has changed.    Read more »

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 »

Daddy left home and now the kiddies are worried that Mummy will leave too

The National party caucus are acting like a bunch of blouses and sooks.

The pitch from Bill English is that if they vote for him then it is steady as she goes. Except it won’t be. I know of one person who has been asked to declare publicly for Bill English on the promise of a ministerial portfolio. The dimwitted fool believed Bill, until it was pointed out to him that for that to happen someone has to get bulleted. Quick as a flash he pointed out that Coleman for sure will get bulleted and probably Judith Collins, so he’s alright jack.

This is classic broken family scenarios. Matthew Hooton came up with this idea on Radio Live this morning, and I’ve decided it fits perfectly.

Daddy has been keeping the family together through a mixture of fear and love. But Daddy has had enough and packed his bags and left. Mummy is left and trying to hold the family together.

Caucus are mewling like cut cats that there is too much change and that if Mummy goes too then so does Cousin Gerry, poor retarded Cousin Nick and Uncle Steve as well. They don’t want a broken family so they are contemplating staying with Mummy even though she is dead set useless at organising the family with the sole exception of the finances.

There is a problem with their little fantasy that Bill will keep the family together…he has a history of fratricide. He also went on the list so in the event of a bad election result he can bolt quicker than everyone else. If he is leader then a bad election result is guaranteed. Read more »

Can Bill English raise money?

If you talk to anyone who remembers 2002 then they will tell you a whole lot about Bill English, and one of those things is that he can’t raise money.

John Key was a rainmaker. If he held a fundraiser he pulled in heaps of cash. The mark of a good leader is the ability to raise cash.

People who were in the hierarchy under Bill English and Michelle Boag tell me that when Bill was leader they’d have to cancel fundraising events because no one would turn up or even reply to RSVPs.

Between the both of them they left the party is such financial disarray that it required the joint efforts of Judy Kirk and Steve Joyce to remedy the situation which is rumoured to have extended to over a million dollars in debt.    Read more »

So what are the real numbers?

Patrick Gower is spinning and acting on behalf of Bill English.

His claims of support for Bill English being at 45 votes are spurious. As previously stated here Bill English’s own numbers man has a vote count of 35 but says the numbers are fluid.

I’ve asked around caucus and the numbers I’ve been given are a great deal different from what Bill’s numbers man is stating and a lot different from what Patrick Gower is spinning on behalf of Bill English.

I’ve collated the various numbers and averaged them out. They are as follows:   Read more »

Gower being fed utter rubbish

Patrick Gower is doing his best to insert himself in the National party leadership contest but his real problem is he is rushing out with stories that are utter bullshit.

He is claiming that Bill English has the numbers to be leader.

Newshub understands the battle to be Prime Minister is over, with a senior MP saying Bill English has 45 votes, a landslide majority.

The successful candidate only needs the support of 30 members from National’s 60-member caucus to win the leadership.

So now the real scrap is for Deputy.

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National contenders: What is their path to victory?

In US politics there is always talk of a path to victory. I have used this term extensively and now we can look at it again with the National party caucus selection for leader and the role of Prime Minister.

The selection is a once in ten-year event for caucus to consider.  National has been that stable under John Key. Caucus members should think very carefully in the way they cast their vote next Monday. There are 59 votes to gather and to win a candidate needs to secure 30 votes.

So far there are three declared contenders, Bill English, Jonathan Coleman and Judith Collins.

So what are their paths to victory?

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Bill English

Bill English has a path to victory, but it is perilous and requires some devious skullduggery to implement. Bill has deviousness and skullduggery in spades. His current support base is mostly made up of current ministers. Key supporters are John Key, Nick Smith, Steve Joyce and Gerry Brownlee. He has almost no support amongst the back bench and that is due to his unwillingness to socialise or interact with them. He refuses requests to attend openings and largely spends time with other Wellington-based MPs like Gerry Brownlee.   Read more »

Annette King tries to make a budget increase sound like a budget cut

New leaked documents show 10 district health boards face cuts in this year’s Budget.

Leaked!

Leaked by Labour, of course.  Who got it from their union flunkies.

Yet the whole budget will go up by 340 million.  Plus, those DHBs that need it less than others are having a little taken away.   Here are the details.

Funding difference by your region for 2016-2017:

Increases:

Northland: 2.13 percent
Auckland City: 0.49 percent
Counties Manukau: 0.13 percent
Bay of Plenty: 1.49 percent
Waikato: 1.50 percent
Lakes District: 3.06 percent
Gisbourne/Tairawhiti: 2.70 percent
Whanganui: 0.60 percent
Palmerston North: 0.82 percent
Southern: 0.80 percent

Decreases:

Waitemata: -0.51 percent
Hakwes Bay: -0.01 percent
Wairarapa: -0.15 percent
Taranaki: -0.29 percent
Hutt: -0.15 percent
Capital and Coast: -1.54 percent
Nelson/Malborough: -0.75 percent
Christchurch: -0.98 percent
South Canterbury: -0.15 percent

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Keytruda gets the middle finger as Pharmac gets more money

Access to a drug to fight melanoma could be a step closer, with more funding in store for the Government’s drug-buying agency.

Pharmac will get an extra $39 million over two years in this year’s Budget, Prime Minister John Key and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman announced this morning.

Pharmac says it’s excited by the boost, and has opened consultation on seven new treatments — including one for melanoma.

No specific drugs were mentioned, but the Government has been under pressure to fund Keytruda or rival Opdivo, touted as wonder-drugs in the fight against melanoma. New Zealand has the worst rates of the cancer in the world.

“Pharmac will be the sole decision-maker of what those drugs are,” says Mr Key. “The Government in no way wants to interfere with the independence of Pharmac, but it is giving it greater optionality by providing it more funding.”

Pharmac is consulting on nivolumab, marketed as Opdivo, in the same treatment class as Keytruda.

Opdivo has been approved for use against melanoma by New Zealand’s medicines regulator MedSafe.

“We’ve taken the data package for Opdivo through our clinical experts and they’ve advised us the clinical data is of good quality, well-structured and gives greater confidence that there is a survival gain for patients that receive it,” Pharmac chief executive Steffan Crausaz says.

Trying to force government into Keytruda through lobbying the Labour party to run a damaging campaign has come back to bite.   Read more »

TV3 pimps sugar tax

Two nights ago TV3 was doing its bit to pressure Health Minister Jonathan Coleman into introducing a sugar tax in NZ by running ‘Jamie’s Sugar Rush’ .

Join Jamie Oliver in his brand new documentary as he investigates the role sugar is playing in rising global health problems.

Jamie Oliver has taken great delight in the recent UK announcement for a sugar tax. Fair enough; he’s entitled to his view.

But is he really walking the talk, or just talking the talk?

Some would say no, particularly Christopher Snowdon at Velvet Glove, Iron Fist, who highlights;

Jamie Oliver, the celebrity chef and cockwomble, has decided to introduce a soda tax in his restaurants “to send a powerful and strong message to government”. He claims that he will give money raised to the state-funded sock-puppet charity Sustain, who are agitating for a soft drinks tax that will cost taxpayers £1 billion a year.

If Oliver feels so strongly about fizzy drinks he could simply stop selling them, but that would hit his bottom line so he’d rather gouge his customers to fund a campaign for a state-sanctioned ‘level playing field’ that will rip off his competitors’ customers too.    Read more »