Liberal Democrats

Is it time for recall legislation?

John Key thinks recall legislation is too hard. Frankly that is a cop out.

Recall legislation exists in many jurisdictions and it gives the people a decent chance to rid themselves of dud politicians.

If we had recall legislation, at the very least at a local body level then the power hungry despots like Len Brown and the ratbags at the Hawkes Bay Regional Council could be tipped out.

Recall has been successfully used in the US, especially by the NRA in order to remove ratbags who support impinging on constitutional second amendment rights.

Though John Key thinks it is all too hard perhaps he should have a chat to his besty in the UK, David Cameron, who is bringing in recall legislation as we speak.

Voters look set to get the right to sack “bad apple” MPs after Labour and the Liberal Democrats and said they would seek to strengthen current plans before Parliament.

The news is a boost for campaigners who are concerned that the current proposed legislation puts the right to call a “Recall by-election” in the hands of MPs, not voters.    Read more »

The party of perverts, pimps and prostitutes

Honest politicians are few and far between, it is a pleasure to see what sort of mayhem, they can cause when they upset the old boys.

In Australia there the Sex Party and one of their people is set to become a senator and proposing the legalisation of cannabis. However they could have had more senators if their preference deal hadn’t gone wonky.

Mr Swan, co-founder of the short-lived but controversial magazine Matilda in the 1980s, said the results of the Sex Party nationally was harmed by a bungled preferencing agreement.

Mr Swan said Sex Party leader Fiona Patten would be a senator for Victoria now if it was not for a preferencing deal gone wrong with the Liberal Democrats.

As previously reported, the two parties have had a falling out after the Liberal Democrats failed to uphold its side of the bargain and lodge a group voting ticket in Victoria.  Read more »

Some good union members

It is not often we get to see stories about right thinking union members, so enjoy this.

It seems that union members don;t like bludgers much either.

There are some interesting findings in Lord Ashcroft’s poll of Unite members. For instance, only seven per cent plan to vote for the do-gooder Liberal Democrats while 12 per cent plan to vote for the supposedly Thatcherite Ukip.

One thing is clear in the study though: the working people within Unite have had enough of being taxed to the hilt in order to pay for the bone-idle underclass that Labour created. A huge 86 per cent of Unite members agree that the Government is right to introduce a benefit cap on each household.   Read more »

Did Cullen leave a similar one?

In the UK Labour has been embarrassed by a note left by the outgoing Treasury chief secretary Liam Byrne gloating there was no money left. Michael Cullen may as well have penned his own note given the parlous state of the books when Labour left office here…instead National gave him a job and a knighthood.

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The Coalition turned the screw on Labour over spending last night, releasing the infamous letter admitting there was ‘no money’ left at the 2010 election.   Read more »

Under the Green Thumb

The Green Party is an insignificant force in UK politics, with only one MP in their bloated House of Commons.  But the UK is still crushed under the Green Thumb, partly because of the bureaucratic loons of the EU, and partly because their Government is a coalition of the wettest, weakest, trough-loving Tories in history and their minority partners, the creepy intern-molesting chardonnay-left Liberal Democrats.

And as a result, their economy is stuffed and old people are freezing to death because they can’t pay huge power bills while land-owning Dukes are trousering a fortune in wind-farm subsidies.

This is what the Global Warming scam and its apologists and profiteers have done, even with a Conservative government.

Hopefully, Kiwis are slowly waking up to the scandalous Green Taliban attack on the world and its people.

From The Independent, Monday, March 20, 2000, a story headlined: ‘Snowfalls are now just a thing of the past.’

It quoted Dr David Viner, head of the climate unit at the University of East Anglia, as saying that in future: ‘Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.’

That would be the same Dr David Viner whose department was accused of suppressing the existence of evidence casting doubt on global warming.  Read more »

Politicians rooting? Never

The only reason a real scandal doesn’t break out more often is the media do more rooting than the politicians. They generally only break out when the politician  has run one up the wrong person in the media, or their behaviour is just so appalling that even the appallingly behaved media rooters take exception.

Allegations about the Liberal Democrats’ former chief executive Lord Rennard, first aired by Channel 4 News last week, are now shaking the party to its core. Nick Clegg has already had to concede that “indirect and non-specific concerns” were made known to him five years ago, and now this newspaper has revealed an email exchange from 2010 in which five specific allegations about Lord Rennard were put to Jonny Oates, then the party’s director of electoral communications and now Nick Clegg’s chief of staff.

There’s no doubt that the Liberal Democrats are now taking very seriously claims that Lord Rennard behaved inappropriately towards women by propositioning and touching them. That’s some comfort, at least, to those who were the subject of his unwanted attentions. Because, as one woman told us anonymously on Friday, senior members of the party who witnessed Lord Rennard’s alleged sexual impropriety at the time did nothing but giggle and smirk.  Read more »

Maybe Shearer should get a mistress

It was worth 4% to Paddy Pantsdown:

Of course, there was one bad day with The Sun providing the devastating headline ‘Paddy Pantsdown’, but the story soon died. Ashdown’s ratings went up and the Liberal Democrats rose four per cent in the opinion polls. It had been a nightmare for Ashdown but it became a positive for the party.

Most politicians it would negatively impact them, but not in this case and it never has hurt other European leaders like Silvio Berlusconi or the various little French roosters like Sarkozy and Hollande.  Read more »

This applies to the Green Taliban

This article in the Telegraph accurate describes the green taliban, just substitute Liberal Democrat with Green party and you will get the gist:

One of the most important, though least recognised, functions of the modern Liberal Democrat party has been as a home for eccentrics and the harmless lunatic fringe. The importance of this should not be understated. The British have always tolerated, and sometimes celebrated, feckless and irresponsible men and women – and they need a home in public life.  Read more »

The Environmental Taliban

Finally the Government in the UK is getting the picture.

Chancellor George Osborne is referring to the climate warmists in Government – rife in the coalition wet Liberal Democrats, and even scattered through his own party – as “the environmental Taliban.

George Osborne has started referring to Parliamentary climate change campaigners as the “environmental Taliban”, it emerged today, as the Treasury fights to water down renewable commitments in the Government’s flagship Energy Bill.

Members of the Coalition’s quad of decision makers including the Chancellor, David Cameron and Nick Clegg met today in attempt to thrash out details of the bill which is due to be published within weeks.

Ed Davey, the Climate Change Secretary, is pushing for the legislation to contain a specific legally binding commitment on the total amount of carbon that can be emitted by powers stations by 2030 to “bind in” the Government to renewable energy.

He is also arguing that the Treasury should be the ultimate guarantor of the loans that renewable energy companies will need to take out to invest in new renewable and nuclear power stations. These so-called “contracts for difference”, it is argued, would give investors the confidence that there will be long-term revenues in renewables and reduce the cost of upfront capital expenditure for new low-carbon projects.

But Mr Osborne and the Treasury have been opposing both measures. Senior Conservative sources said that Mr Osborne’s objections to the plans reflect his growing scepticism about the need to take immediate action to decarbonise the economy during a time of recession.

“I think that George’s position reflects a growing scepticism about current climate change policy across the party,” said one MP.

“It was fine to be talking about spending money on climate change in the good times but when energy bills are going up it doesn’t seem like good politics.”

Another source added: “George has started referring to the green lobby in Government and Tory party as the environmental Taliban. It’s meant as a joke but it shows where he’s coming from.”

Mr Osborne is also pushing for the creation of a ‘levy control framework’ which would, in effect, put a cap on the total subsidy from tax payers and energy consumers going towards green power.

This would allow the Chancellor to claim he is helping keep energy bills down at a time of recession. However critics claim it will result in a “dash for gas” and higher, less green energy in the longer term.

Cameron may be too lily-livered to take a stand on this, but he has shown a bit of spine recently with some sharp attacks on that mega-trough the EU.

Words are good, but what’s the chance of some action?

And will we ever get someone in the NZ government to stand up and state that NZ spending on Warmist Green lunacy, cow-farting cures and Meridian’s hideous eye-sore windmills included, is a waste of time and money foisted upon us by our own environmental taliban?

Lib Dems suggest going with Labour

The Liberal Democrats are smarting at the moment. Now their President and heir apparent to Nick Clegg has suggested that perhaps they could work with Labour:

Lib Dems have been hunting for a flagship policy since their bid to reform the House of Lords died in a ditch earlier this summer. This housing plan – which has been discussed and approved by the Lib Dems’ high command – should be popular with the party’s grassroots, helping hundreds of thousands of less well off people struggling to get on the property ladder.

It could also enrage many Tory MPs, who may not be thrilled by the prospects of dozens of – what they may call – “council estates” popping up across their constituencies.

Here’s something else that will alarm many Tories: Mr Farron seems pretty willing to hop into bed with Labour.

“I don’t see why not – of course we can work with either party,” he says. “It’s up to the British electorate – whoever is the most popular party has the right to form a government and we won’t hinder that.”

It is quite likely that this 42-year-old former academic would be leading the Lib Dems into coalition with Labour. Activists and MPs like his easy nature, his Left-wing credentials and think he may be the man to heal the Lib Dem’s tarnished reputation. In past year the party’s has support has plunged in the polls. There have been grim local election results and membership has sunk below 50,000 for the first time.

And to add insult to injury there is talk that he will spike Nick Clegg:

“It’s not my burning ambition, but I am not saying I would never do it,” he says, when asked if he would stand for leader. “Definitely not now or very soon.”

Speculation about the leadership is, he says, irritating” and a “discourtesy to Nick”. The fact that he is set to stand again as Lib Dem president and will not serve as a minister in the Coalition may suggest he wants to remain unsullied by consorting with Conservatives.

Mr Clegg, once billed as the most popular political leader since Sir Winston Churchill, has suffered a spectacular fall in support and was even booed while presenting medals at the London Olympics.

Mr Farron tries to be sanguine about this. “Blair was slow hand-clapped by the Womens’ Institute and went on to win two more landslides.”