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Josie gets it, probably why she won’t ever be a Labour MP

Yesterday while most of the left-wing in New Zealand was unhinging and making a rush on tin foil at the supermarkets, it appears that Josie Pagani was taking the time to actually think about the TPPA deal.

The TPP was never going to be the miracle that shot New Zealand to the top of the global supply chain. Neither was it ever going to be the Darth Vadar of deals where American corporations got to destroy the planet.

It was always going to be a little bit disappointing to everyone. The deal calls for Vietnam to allow free unions and Malaysia to stop people smugglers, but in most countries there aren’t enough gains for politicians to campaign on it. Stephen Harper doesn’t want the text made public until after the Canadian election and Hilary Clinton’s team just want the damn thing off the agenda by 2016.

Tim Groser’s summary of the benefits of TPP was incomprehensible: “Long after the details of this negotiation like tons of butter have been regarded as a footnote in history, the bigger picture of what we have achieved today remains.” But I give him credit because I believe a TPP negotiated by Phil Goff would not have been decisively different.

The twelve countries have an agreement only because they’re equally unhappy. Even so, we should give the deal our conditional support.

The devil’s in the detail of course, and that could change my view, but the two questions  you have to ask yourself are: ‘Does TPP solve the problems that are holding back the New Zealand economy?’ and ‘Are there any benefits to NOT being part of the deal?’

Now that other countries are signing the deal, walking away would be unthinkable. As Helen Clark pointed out, New Zealand can’t afford to be locked out of a trade bloc involving the Asia Pacific.

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Could Jacinda Do This?

The serious politician?

The serious politician?

Andrew Little made something of a mistake in saying that he would reshuffle after his first year.

His big problem is that his best performer and most competent MP, Annette King, is his deputy. Annette has done a very, very good job and deserves to keep the position.

Instead the Robertson faction are promoting Jacinda Ardern, who is very much the modern celebrity politician who has done nothing with their lives other than crave celebrity.

The big role of the deputy leader is to keep things on track while the leader goes out and wins votes. Asa Bennett explains it like this:

Tom Watson, celebrated as the “fixer’s fixer“, would have known how to save his boss from early disaster. As John McTernan wrote recently: “If a good deputy’s job is to clean up problems before they even happen – and it is – then Watson is off to a flying start.”

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Labour goes full retard, cuddling crims in Aussie jails

Human rights abuses no less.  And?  Serco! 

All while cuddling scumbags the Aussies no longer want.

New Zealand should call out Australia for human rights abuses over the state of their detention centres, Labour says.

Pressure has been put on the Australian government by Opposition parties as well as the Government over a new policy which indiscriminately deports foreigners sentenced to more than 12 months’ prison.

There are around 200 Kiwis in detention centres around Australia and including Christmas Island waiting to be deported – many of whom left New Zealand when they were young.

The centres have been in the spotlight lately following the death of New Zealand-born Junior Togatuki who was found dead in his cell shortly before he was due to be deported.

Prime Minister John Key had a “blunt” chat about it with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop during his week-long visit to the United Nations in New York this week.    Read more »

Labour re-heats flag strategy over Kermadecs

Labour had a policy to change the flag and got their undies in a bunch because John Key got to try to implement it first. As a consequence they tied themselves in knots opposing a policy that was their own in the first place and then let the Greens gazzump them at the final hurdle and claim some credit for sorting out an issue.

Now Labour appear to be re-heating the same tactics, this time over John Key’s announcement of a new ocean sanctuary in the Kermadec islands. Just two days ago they were moaning up a storm about how John Key had “stolen” their policy. Yesterday they implemented the “flag strategy” and are now scaremongering over the policy which is the same as theirs.

Plans to set up one of the largest ocean sanctuaries in the world could be open to legal challenges from iwi, Labour says.

“[We] welcome the establishment of the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary but we do have concerns the Government’s carefree approach is denying iwi involvement and could lead to legal challenges,” Labour fisheries spokesman Rino Tirikatene said.   Read more »

Labour and Green Taliban think bludgers have rights to bring up kids with your money

National just may have hit upon the best policy initiative ever….restricting breeding for bludgers.

Predictably both the Greens and Labour have weighed in on the “rights” of bludgers to breed on our money:

There’s a warning that any move towards a tougher line on contraception shouldn’t target certain groups of people.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said an overhaul of Child Youth and Family could include getting faster contraceptive advice to some people, and isn’t ruling out even preventing some families from having another child.

Green Party social development spokesperson Jan Logie said it feeds into an undercurrent of thought that has dangerous consequences.    Read more »

Judith Collins on Corbyn, and winning the centre

Judith Collins joins the commentary over Jeremy Corbyn:

Thanks to Jeremy Corbyn’s staggering rise to the top of the ranks in the British Labour Party, all I am hearing from pundits, commentators and ‘political strategists’ these days is that elections are won and lost in the centre. If they keep on saying it, it must be true, right?

Pah. What rubbish. Elections are never won or lost in the centre. Yes, the vast number of voters are in the centre but they won’t bother to change their vote (much less get out to vote) unless they actually have something to vote for. Mobilising the centre to move to the left or to the right, is what wins elections. If you want to stay in power, then the centre is what keeps you there.

Thanks to Corbyn, the British Labour Party now has 260,000 new members. These people were galvanised into action because they saw something worth getting out of bed for. For them, Jeremy Corbyn is a breath of fresh air offering an alternative viewpoint, even if he is deluded. And that’s what politics should be about – a contest of ideas, policies and views – even crazy ones.

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Corbyn: 9/11 was “manipulated” to make it look like Osama Bin Laden was responsible

Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable, especially with his views over 9/11 and other conspiracy theories.

The fool doesn’t even know when to shut up.

Jeremy Corbyn has claimed that 9/11 was “manipulated” to make it look like Osama Bin Laden was responsible to allow the West to go to war in Afghanistan.

In comments that will raise questions about his suitability to lead the Labour Party, Mr Corbyn appeared to blame George Bush and Tony Blair for using the September 11 attacks in New York to allow them to go to war.

In a series of further articles, Mr Corbyn also appears to endorse controversial conspiracy theories about a “New World Order”.

It comes as Mr Corbyn prepares for his first conference as Labour leader.

Mr Corbyn will attempt to use the Brighton conference to unite the party after it threatened to split apart in the wake of his shock election victory.

However, a number of Labour MPs are expected to use the conference to publicly state that the party is unelectable under Mr Corbyn.

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Audrey Young on Greens v. Labour

Labour is not happy that the party they like to shaft actually got to bend Labour over a table for once and give them one in the chook.

The Green Party demonstrated two things this week: on Tuesday it showed it is working closely with Labour and on Wednesday it showed it will act independently of Labour if need be.

One was more successful than the other but it needs to continue doing both.

The attempts on Tuesday for Labour and the Greens to join forces against John Key did not work well.

They were trounced by one-liners.

The Greens’ decision to do a deal with National to get the Red Peak flag on the referendum ballot paper worked, at least for the Greens.

What was more interesting was the tone of Labour’s response by MPs on the floor of the House.

The Greens had done the deal with National that Labour had refused and Labour was very, very disappointed in the Greens.

Nothing about the decision was unprincipled, yet Labour’s tone was that the Greens should feel guilty, but that Labour would forgive them because the Greens had been motivated by perhaps youthful exuberance and naivety.

The Greens were definitely guilty of making Labour look out-manoeuvred, but that was a consequence, not a motivation.

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Comment of the Day


From the indefatigable George, no less:

There is a fine line between confidence and ego.

Confidence is a self belief that derives from experience, preparation and success.

Ego is a self belief that one can achieve without experience, preparation and success due to one’s perceived superior status.

I’m afraid, in my opinion, Phil Goff falls into the latter category. With his stated intention to stand for Mayor of Auckland, It could be argued he has experience and even his preparation may be adequate but one of the glaring omissions from his credentials is success.  Read more »

Independent? Yeah, sure we’ll believe that one Phil


Phil Goff reckons he will be an independent candidate for Mayor of Auckland.

After nearly 30 years as a Labour candidate in elections and once leading the Labour Party to their second worst defeat in recent years, he thinks that Aucklanders will forget all that and all of a sudden think of him as an independent.

Either that or he thinks Labour’s brand is so damaged it is best to remove it from his own branding.

Former Labour Leader Phil Goff is likely to run for the Auckland mayoralty but not as a Labour candidate.

Mr Goff told POLITIK last night that if he runs he will run as an independent.

However he would stay on as a Labour MP until (and if) he was elected.  Read more »