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Poll shows Labour’s and Twyford’s ugly legacy: the seed of distrust against Asians has found fertile soil

Digipoll did a poll for a newspaper, and it makes for ugly reading

Credit: Digipoll/A newspaper

Credit: Digipoll/A newspaper

Notice the extremely injurious way this poll was pitched.  The real problem, according to commentators (and if borne out by still non-existent evidence), is the number or percentage of non-resident purchasers of property.   But as you can clearly see, A newspaper has simply labelled everyone ‘a foreigner’. Read more »

More Labour dog whistle politics or a champion for the consumer?

via 3 News

via 3 News

Labour MP Stuart Nash has renewed his call for an inquiry into petrol prices.

He says importer margins have risen to levels that previously prompted concern.

In February, Energy Minister Simon Bridges confirmed he had written to the big five petrol retailers.

He told BP, Mobil, Chevron, Gulf and Z Energy he was “disappointed” that as crude oil prices fell in late 2014, their margins had risen.

He said if they didn’t pass on lower costs to consumers more promptly in future, he would “assess his options”. Read more »

Dimpost on Jacinda and the media push on her behalf

Jacinda Ardern - via 3 News

Jacinda Ardern – via 3 News

Danyl McLauchlan at Dimpost hits the nail on the head regarding Jacinda Ardern and the media push to promote her.

[T]he context around Ardern’s surge in popularity complicates all of this a bit, I think. She isn’t popular because she’s an effective campaigner, or because she’s been breaking big stories or landing hits on the government in the house. She’s popular because she’s gotten glowing coverage in the women’s magazines over the last few months, appearing on the cover of Next magazine and being profiled in the Woman’s Weekly. I assume this is all being facilitated by Labour’s new comms director who is a former Woman’s Weekly editor and it is a level and type of coverage that any politician – even the Prime Minister – would envy.

Ardern’s popularity subsequent to that coverage tells us something very interesting about the power of that type of media, which is something that political nerds like me are usually oblivious to. But it’s also something that’s happening because she’s really pretty. And there’s something problematic about insisting politicians shouldn’t be judged on their looks when they do appear to be succeeding specifically because of their appearance.

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Soper gets stuck into the Ardern fanciers club

There is certainly a push on, at least from the media, for Jacinda Ardern to be taking a more prominent role in the Labour party.

As I have said many times she is dumb as a bag of hammers…but is appealing to the eye…to some.

Barry Soper says as much too.

Rugger league legend Graham Lowe will today be regretting that he offered an opinion on the future prospects of Labour Party pinup person Jacinda Ardern.

For a start to even think of her as a future Prime Minister, given her latest opinion poll rating of 3.9 percent, is drawing a very long bow, when you consider the Tory’s pinup boy Teflon John Key’s hanging ten on the crest of the popularity wave at just below 64 percent, followed by Angry Andy Little, on the unlucky for some number of 13, and Luigi Peters just behind him.

So Ardern’s hardly in the running even if Lowe thinks she’s easy on the eye, or as he put it, “a pretty little thing.” He went on to add insult to injury it seems by saying if she was to lead at some stage, she’d look good and when you saw her you’d think, “Wow, she’s our Prime Minister.”

The views brought them out in a furious frenzy. The National Council of Women decried Lowe saying his comments were dismissive and condescending. A woman’s appearance is irrelevant, they crowed, the focus should be on her ability as a politician.

If that’s the criteria, Ardern’s lucky to even have a rating. She’s hardly been a stellar performer in Parliament’s bear pit, spending the last term being annihilated by her opposite number, the pretty formidable Paula Bennett, who I’m reliably informed would wear Lowe’s praise with pride.   Read more »

Why do the media set Jacinda Ardern up to fail?

Media continue to push Socialist Cindy as a future prime minister, yet there is absolutely no substance to her achievements to date.  

Go on.  Tell me one thing that she can put her name to that she’s achieved in her career as a politician so far.  

Anyone who spends any time with her quickly discovers she is as shallow as a car park puddle.  She presents well, she can hit the high notes on her speeches, but good god, that doesn’t make a good MP nor PM.  

She doesn’t have the network, the fundraising, the intelligence nor the wider support needed to make it.  

Yet the media continuously tout her as Labour’s Next Top Model.  

 The poor girl is going to come down hard one day.  She’s already operating beyond her abilities.

The rising popularity of Labour front bench MP Jacinda Ardern is evident in the latest Herald DigiPoll survey with her now being the fourth preferred Prime Minister among general voters.   Read more »

Right on cue, dairy prices reverse after Labour declares a crisis

Every time Labour declares a crisis in one industry or another the crisis miraculously turns around.

Literally hours after holding a press conference about a crisis in manufacturing there was an independent report that showed manufacturing was booming and has continued to boom. They declared a crisis with Kiwis flocking across the Tasman…lo and behold that crisis too has been reversed.

Last week Labour declared a crisis in the dairy industry based on milk solid prices…and today…

Wholemilk powder prices – which play a big part in the formation of Fonterra’s farmgate milk price – rallied by 19.1 per cent to US$1,856 a tonne at this morning’s GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) auction, raising hopes that prices may finally have turned after declining sharply since March.   Read more »

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As if we needed it: proof Labour’s Asian investment bashing is simply racism

Canadians are by far the biggest direct foreign investors in New Zealand.

A very distant second are the Chinese matched by the Americans with Australians coming in fourth.

Now we haven’t had a lot of debate about the Australians and the Amercians and the Canadians… And why is that?

Because they’re not Asian and they don’t look any different…Therefore they’re harder to spot.

In fact if you add up the Canadians and the Amercians and the Australians… They accounted for almost half of all foreign direct investment… Almost half compared to the Chinese 14%.

The problem for Labour is that they can’t isolate these people as a group.    So 50% of foreign owners are Yanks, Canadians and Aussies, but let’s pick on 14% that can be easily identified

The sad and frustrating thing is that this is nothing new.   Read more »

The delusions of the left

Tim Stanley writes at The Telegraph about left wing politics and in particular the Labour party.

There are so many parallels with New Zealand it is uncanny.

The Labour Party that Jeremy Corbyn threw himself in to was in a similar state to today’s. In 1979, it was kicked out of government by Margaret Thatcher. The party’s Right said the only way to win again was to moderate. The Left argued that Labour lost because its government had rejected a radical programme drafted by the party. The biggest political problem, as they saw it, was a parliamentary Labour Party dominated by traitors and cowards. If only the party could exert discipline over MPs – compel them to stick to the policies endorsed at conference – then a revived Labour was bound to beat Thatcher in 1983. So the Left began an extraordinary effort to rewrite their party’s rules that included an electoral college with which to select the leader.

You’ll immediately spot two conceits that still define the Labour Left today.

1) Socialism could win an election if only the Labour leadership bothered to campaign on it.

2) The only real obstacle to a socialist victory is therefore the Right-wing of the Labour Party.   

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Dimpost: “very few of our MPs actually understand politics”

We're winning I tell you, we're winning

We’re winning I tell you, we’re winning

Danyl McLauchlan nails it in his post about the woeful left.

A core problem we have on the left, I think, is that very few of our MPs actually understand politics. Of course it depends on how you define the term – if you expand it to include policy and ideology and political history and hating neoliberalism then yes, sure, they know about that stuff. But on the actual core challenge of influencing the public to achieve power they are mostly demonstrably clueless. Worse, they’re blind to their cluelessness. ‘Bad at politics?’ They would snort. ‘Aren’t they MPs? Haven’t they risen to that height through their own political genius? Doesn’t that, by definition, make them awesome at politics?’

Are New Zealand First backbenchers ‘awesome at politics’? They are not. The leader of their party is and he needs people to fill out the rest of his caucus and his backbenchers are really just a bunch of nobodies who’ve lucked into that slot. And an awful lot of Labour and Green MPs have done pretty much the same thing. They’ve used parties founded by or led by people with political acumen as vehicles for entry into Parliament, stayed there, some of them for decades, while evidently learning nothing. How many left-wing MPs have won a seat off National recently? How many have taken down a Minister? Won cross-party support for a bill? How many have even increased the party vote in their own electorate?   Read more »

Labour’s inconsistent approach to the TPP

On the weekend a few loons who oppose everything, and especially free trade deals, were out protesting the TPPA. Their rationale is that it loses our sovereignty. No doubt many of those protesting will also be lobbying for a flag change to remove our links to Great Britain and in the process lose another piece of our sovereignty.

Of course where there is a protest there are Labour MPs and that is just because it is the only opportunity they ever get to speak to more people than could fit in an old-style phone box.

Stuart Nash rocked up in Napier to speak about TPP and explain Labour’s ludicrous bottom lines. Predictably this has been seized upon by Steve Joyce to point out the disconnect in Labour’s ranks.

Mr Joyce, the Economic Development Minister, said Labour tried to suggest it was generally in favour of TPP and trade deals as a way of backing regional New Zealand but then attended anti-TPP rallies, including in Hawkes Bay.

It shows they are “speaking out both sides of their mouths”.   Read more »