Judith Collins

Why is National’s caucus letting Nicky Hager dictate who their leader should be?

After Dirty Politics John Key made a mistake, which has led to him bailing. That was to let the carping and whinging of the leftwing dictate who he should and shouldn’t speak to.

The leftwing and Media party are doing it again and rolling out Nicky Hager, who wasn’t relevant in 2014, and still isn’t relevant, and letting him dictate to National’s caucus who should or shouldn’t be leader of National.

Ms Collins, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman have all put themselves forward for the party’s leadership, after Mr Key announced his resignation on Monday.

Mr Hager said it would be risky for National to appoint Ms Collins as leader a year before an election, and that communication between her and right-wing attack blogger Cameron Slater, revealed in the book Dirty Politics last year, were damaging.

“Most of it was very petty – nasty little conversations about who they hated and making up little petty names about her political colleagues in Parliament – but sometimes it was actually much more unpleasant than that.”

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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.

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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 »

The contenders?

Radio NZ has prepared a list of contenders for John Key’s job:

Prime Minister John Key’s surprise announcement that he is standing down, after 10 years at the helm of the National Party and nearly nine as PM, will have the contenders jockeying for position before the caucus vote on 12 December.

Mr Key said whoever was chosen as the next leader would have his “unwavering support”, but if his right-hand man – Deputy Prime Minister Bill English – put his name forward, he would support his bid.

Mr Key and Mr English have been the closest of partners but there will likely be challengers from the caucus.

Here’s a quick rundown of who might consider themselves leadership material:

Bill English

A former leader of the National Party in the early noughties, Mr English has been a steady hand on the economic tiller and Deputy Prime Minister since 2008. He knows politics inside out – having been an MP since 1990 – and has held a number of other high-profile positions including Minister for Infrastructure and Leader of the Opposition.

Speaking at a media stand-up this afternoon, Mr English refused to be drawn on whether he would seek the leadership, saying he needed to talk to his family and members of the caucus first.

But Mr English said he will probably announce his decision tomorrow and wanted to make sure he had enough caucus support.

Mr English, who led the National Party to its worst election defeat in 2002, said he had learned a lot since then.

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Sledge of the Day

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Judith Collins wins the internet for a day:

Most politicians offered at least some praise for Cunliffe: Labour leader Andrew Little said he would “leave a gap in terms of our intellectual firepower”, while Prime Minister John Key described him as “obviously a talented guy”.

However, Collins – who slated Cunliffe as a moron after the 2014 election – was less positive when asked for comment on his announcement.

“I’m trying to think of something nice to say – well, he was really helpful in the 2014 election campaign for us.”   Read more »

Dodgy is as dodgy does, Ian Binnie donates to David Bain’s bludge-a-little campaign

The left-wing, as well as David Bain supporters and the now strangely silent Joe Karam cried a river of tears when Judith Collins rejected Judge Binnie’s shonky report.

They had good reason to have concerns over a report written by someone who read all of Joe Karam’s books before he embarked on his project. But now it appears that those concerns have been vindicated.

A donor claiming to be Ian Binnie, the retired judge appointed to review David Bain’s compensation claim, has given a donation to Bain’s Givealittle campaign

Justice campaigner Roger Brooking set up the Campaign for David Bain page, raising just over $12,000.

Included in the 85 donors was $250 from a person named “Ian Binnie”.

Brooking understood the donation to be from the retired Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada, who concluded Bain was innocent on the balance of probabilities of the murder of his parents, two sisters and brother in Dunedin in 1994.   Read more »

Cops set up a checkpoint to gather info on a possible murder. What’s wrong with that?

I’ve watched with interest as the left-wing goes troppo over Police actually doing their job.

Until we change the law, helping someone take their life is murder. Cops have used a creative way to gather intel.  Well within their scope.

The checkpoint was used to gain information on those they believed were importing drugs for assisted suicide.

The coroner advised police at the end of August that a death in June he was looking into involved a Class C controlled substance, and that the death had no suspicious circumstances surrounding it.

Police began an investigation into several other deaths which looked like they may involve aiding and abetting suicide, which is illegal and punishable in New Zealand by up to 14 years in prison.

Earlier this month, police stopped seven cars leaving the pro-euthanasia meeting and interviewed about nine people over the following days.

Police insist the checkpoint was not an investigation into pro-euthanasia advocates, but rather an essential part of the case investigation.

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It’s not a good time to be a criminal

Judith Collins is increasing the number of prison beds while blaming hard-core recidivists for her missing a KPI.

I can only see pain in their future.

The Government appears certain to miss its target of cutting reoffending in New Zealand by next year.

The target of a 25 per cent reduction in recidivism by mid-2017 was set in 2012 and is one of the Government’s top priorities for the public sector.

The Corrections Department’s annual report, released on Friday, showed that reoffending had been cut by just 5.6 per cent from a 2011 baseline.

Corrections Minister Judith Collins said that while any reduction in reoffending was “good news”, it was disappointing that progress towards the key target had slowed.

She said the trend had been caused by a smaller, hard-core group of criminals.   Read more »

Nats show they are tough on crims, Labour shows they prefer catch and release

Judith Collins and John Key have announced today significant spending in Corrections to ensure ratbags are kept behind bars.

Predictably, Labour has come out in support of the criminals.

The Government’s plans to spend a billion dollars on more beds for New Zealand’s burgeoning prison population shows it is “deadly serious” about cracking down on methamphetamine and violent crime, Corrections Minister Judith Collins says.

Labour has criticised the announcement, saying it is due to a failure to reduce reoffending and will simply create more “schools for crime”.

Collins announced the plans for another 1800 beds around the country, saying that although levels of crime had reduced, the number of prisoners had increased “faster than projected”.

The beds will include more double-bunking in Northland’s Ngawha Prison, a new 245-bed block built at Mt Eden, and a yet-to-be-approved new facility with 1500 beds on the existing site of Waikeria Prison – run by Corrections but built and maintained by a public-private partnership.

Collins said the Government’s plans showed it was “deadly serious” about cracking down on methamphetamine and family violence, with 70 per cent of the current prison population jailed for serious violent, sexual or drug-related offending.

“I’d like every meth dealer to know they’re not going to get a get out of jail free pass because there’s not enough beds – we’ll have enough for them.”  

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Van Beynen on the money

Martin Van Beynen occasionally has a ripper of an article.

This is one of those occasions.

Guess what? Fixing child poverty in New Zealand is not that hard.

Let’s call it the John Minto solution. First, every family with less than a certain income will be brought up to a minimum stipend based on what is required for the family to live comfortably in their location.

If they can’t find good quality accommodation at a reasonable price, maybe because they have a bad credit record or a record of smashing up their previous flats, then the state will provide them with a nice place to live in a nice street at a modest rent.

If they have harmful addictions, those will receive concentrated and long term attention. However long it takes. Tendencies towards crime and violence will be met with counselling and psychiatric help. Any health, including mental health, issues will receive the best specialist care and they will receive 24hr life coaching and advice from trained support staff. Children will receive extra tuition and any proclivities towards anti-social behaviour will be handled at a best practice standard.

If members of the family want to work, they will be guaranteed a meaningful job at a good wage and all the training and support they need. All this help will be provided in a non-judgmental and unconditional way. If they want to have more children, that’s fine too.

Cost? Not relevant.

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