Kate Wilkinson

Why isn’t Simon Bridges doing something like this?

National has now been in power for five and a half years, and has done bugger all to redress the imbalance between unions and employers.

Ministers Kate Wilkinson and Simon Bridges have utterly failed to do anything to curb union excesses, despite unions being the largest donors and supporters of the opposition Labour Party.

They have repeatedly capitulated to their advisors.

In the United Kingdom the Tories actually understand that the unions are the enemy. So they are pushing through legislation to clip unions wings at election time.

Sweeping measures being considered for inclusion in next year’s Tory manifesto would put an end to rolling strike campaigns by forcing union bosses to re-ballot their members every three months

This is a good start. Removing pay cheque deductions would also be useful.  Read more »

Is Simon Bridges really a future National leader? Ctd

If there’s one thing a Prime Minister has to be recognised for, it is being on top of their portfolios.

Helen Clark and Heather Simpson were all over ministerial portfolios like a rash. John Key is likewise at the top of the game, and while preferring a more managerial style, he certainly expects his Ministers to deliver on the workload expected of someone earning over $260,000 a year.

Leadership candidates need that sort of reputation to come through strongly right from the start.

In this ongoing series, we explore the push to have Simon Bridges positioned as a future leader of the National Party, and look at some of the criticisms coming through about Bridges, including the view that he’s captured by officials and close to the unions.

Let’s put aside for the moment the 200,000 acres of parkland that’s now got the Green Taliban’s puppet-masters Greenpeace calling for his sacking.   Read more »

Will Green Taliban MP apologise??

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It’s quite amazing how rabid Green Taliban activists get. Take for example old Steffan Browning.

Just a month before the November 2011 General Election which saw this fool enter Parliament, Browning was the spokesperson for another fruit-loop organisation, the Soil & Health Association – Organic NZ.

As spokesman he banged off a media release saying the Government must separate GE food in NZ shops, issuing a challenge to FIGJAM Simon Power and Comrade Kate Wilkinson about GE. A key plank of this attack was a study by a scientist called Gilles Seralini.   Read more »

National’s Rejuvenation

Our pinko mate cuts and pastes parts of Tracy Watkins article, adds a few sentences and posts it without much analysis.

What he doesn’t point out is that there appears to be no clear strategy to National moving people on. Individuals have chosen to leave of their own accord, or ambitious new people have stacked electorates so they can successfully challenge sitting MPs. Lets look at the seven that have retired.

Phil Heatley – Was given the arse by John Key from cabinet a year ago, couldn’t see much point in hanging around. Off to a new career.
Cam Calder – Successful man going nowhere in politics, better off doing something else.
Paul Hutchinson – Difficult missus. Was going to get hammered by a well organised selection challenge.
Chris Tremain – Difficult missus, wanted to make more money, internal polling was showing he would get beaten in Napier by Stuart Nash.
Katrina Shanks – Electorate stacked against her for selection so getting out with dignity.
Chris Auchinvole – Dodgy ticker, no real future in politics and lots of interesting things to do outside of politics.
Kate Wilkinson – Got the arse at the same time as Heatley, mainly for being far too cosy with the unions.   Read more »

Union hugger quitting, and Shanks to go too as Nats continue renewal

National’s renewal is well underway with useless union hugging MP Kate Wilkinson announcing her retirement along with Katrina Shanks.

Waimakariri MP Kate Wilkinson has joined the growing list of National MPs who will quit politics at the 2014 general election.

In a statement released this morning, on the day she flew to the Maldives as part of a Commonwealth Observer group, she said she said it was time to consider “fresh challenges and opportunities”.

Her decision was hinted at two weeks ago when National’s Canterbury-Westland regional chairman Roger Bridge stopped short of endorsing her for the Waimakariri nomination, saying he would “have a chat with Kate about that”.  Read more »

Heatley Goes, Whangarei Up for Selection

Phil Heatley has jacked it in after five terms as an MP. Phil is a good bloke but didn’t quite make the grade so got the arse from cabinet last year.

Five-term National MP Phil Heatley will retire from politics next year, he has confirmed.

The former fisheries, housing and energy minister will not contest the Whangarei electorate at the election.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of being an MP and a Cabinet Minister. It has been an honour to serve the people of Whangarei, the place of my birth, since 1999,” he said.

It was a privilege to serve in Cabinet for five years from 2008, he said. The 46-year-old was dumped, along with conservation minister Kate Wilkinson, in a reshuffle earlier this year.

Heatley said he was proud of driving legislative reforms for marine farming and passing the Crown Minerals Act.   Read more »

Keep the bastards there

Scott Simpson wisely took the photo, personally though I think they can all stay there…except Paul Foster-Bell, he gave me a cigar and a bottle of port once. The rest of them are wither union flunkies or dodgy ratbags.

As Chair of the Justice & Electoral select committee I had committee members just where I wanted them during our visit to the Wellington District Court today. In the cell are from left Kate Wilkinson, Andrew Little, David Clendon, Ian McKelvie, Denis O’Rourke and Paul Foster-Bell.   Read more »

Young Nats Conference Remit

The National Party’s Northern Region is being held at Waipuna in Auckland this weekend. In what could be a pretty dull weekend the Young Nats have decided to twist the party by the tail and put forward a remit calling for action on industrial relations.

Section 97 of the Employment Relations Act is a terrible piece of legislation that has been responsible for most of the industrial action in New Zealand in the last five years. Good on the Young Nats for recognising how damaging this is to the economy.

7. Young Nats Mitchell Baker

That Section 97 of the Employment Relations Act 2000 be repealed to allow temporary staff to be hired during a strike or lockout.  Read more »

Mainland Conference Reactions – Dumb comment of the day

Yesterday in my post on the National party mainland conference, there was this comment:

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Do you have a nice word for any National folk from the South Island?

1. If you seriously think ‘little Clayton’ is going to win next time you should knock on 1000 doors in Rangiora to see how well he is doing.
2. Michael Woodhouse delivered a party vote victory in Dunedin for the first time ever – if only National had scumbags in every electorate!
3. You are right about Jacqui Dean though – she has the most beautiful electorate in NZ.

I am sure it will be easy enough to find 10 good men and true to replace any retirements, assuming there actually are any – much like those 10 good MPs were found.

Perhaps a good point, if only it was correct.  Read more »

The Big Question for the Mainland Conference

This weekend’s National party Mainland conference in Hamner Springs will probably skirt around the most important issue…where is the new blood coming through to replace the inevitable retirements?

  • Colin King will be on the pension before the next election
  • Nick Smith is rumoured to have a major international appointment lined up
  • Chris Auchinvole has health issues and will retire
  • Kate Wilkinson got the arse from cabinet and will get beaten in Waimak if she runs again
  • Gerry Brownlee will either burst or retire   Read more »