Maggie Barry

Sledge of the Day – Maggie Barry

Maggie Barry sledges out Trevor Mallard…hard.

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National Selection 101 – Don’t run “for the experience”

National selections in blue seats with big memberships are closed shops to carpetbaggers. The locals look at carpetbaggers with disrespect, and hand them their heads in selection.

This doesn’t deter some of the silliest carpetbaggers from saying that they are running “for the experience”.

This is bullshit and only the most politically inept would think it is a good idea to go and run in a seat where you are going to lose, then turn up at another seat and say “select me”.  Read more »

Can a Carpetbagger Win Selection in a Safe Blue Seat?


Selection season is coming around and as usual the National Party has tits for hands and has really dropped the ball. Instead of having selections all lined up in the year before the election someone suddenly remembers they need to run a selection late in the year before the election, so selections in the late summer and autumn, rather than in the previous spring.

This selection season there are two very safe blue seats coming up. Hunua and Clutha-Southland offer a job for life so they will attract carpetbaggers like flies to shit. The problem for carpet-baggers is that these two electorates are high membership electorates and the local delegates will decide the selection, rather than having HQ impose their choice on the electorate.  Read more »

Can a Carpet Bagger Win Selection Safe Blue Seat?

The National Party has some safe blue seats coming up for selection in 2014. Hunua and Clutha-Southland are the two safest blue seats in the country, and the candidate selected in these seats will have a long career in parliament without ever having to worry about their majority.

This means carpet baggers looking for a easy seat that takes them straight to Wellington without having to campaign seriously will be buzzing around Hunua and Clutha-Southland like flies around shit. I don’t object to this, opportunists can win, and because National has been so useless at succession planning they do not have a stable of good candidates ready to run in safe blue seats like Waikato, Taranaki-King Country or Clutha Southland.

Carpet baggers can win selections in safe blue seats even if they have little connection to the seat. John Key won Helensville despite not having any real connection to the electorate. Though to be fair that was a head office stitch up of monumental proportions. Maggie Barry won in North Shore when there was no good local. My oldest friend in caucus Scott Simpson won Coromandel despite having no real connection to the electorate other than a bach. The common factor in these seats was the low party membership, meaning the Party HQ could stitch up selection for a chosen candidate.  Read more »

Maybe there is hope for New Zealand’s favourite grandmother

I bet Maggie Barry, NZ’s favourite grandmother, has already read this article at the Telegraph.

You might not think it, but TV presenters have just the right qualities to be successful politicians.

I was reminded of my former career as a television reporter when I saw the sniping about David Cameron and Ed Miliband both promoting former breakfast TV journalists in their new cabinets, and whether they had sacrificed hardworking grit for glamour.

Cameron has promoted former GMTV host Esther McVey to become Iain Duncan Smith’s number two at the Department for Work and Pensions, while the ex-This Morning presenter Anna Soubry became the first ever female MP to work as a defence minister. Meanwhile, on the other side of the political divide, Ed Miliband propelled GMTV’s former political editor Gloria De Piero into the shadow cabinet as spokeswoman for women and equalities.

For many, the question was: what on earth were Messrs Cameron and Miliband thinking in propelling breakfast TV stars to the higher echelons of power? But, as a breed, these are people who are used to working long hours, can communicate to ordinary people and are hardened to personal abuse.

The view of humorist HL Mencken, that the relationship of journalist to politician is that of dog to lamppost, has long been taken as gospel. In fact, the relationship has always been much closer, with politicians and journalists swapping jobs since TV news was invented.   Read more »

Herald interviews own staff, forgets to tell us he is green taliban

The Herald continues on its jihad against the government and today interviews a poor hard done fellow in Hamilton by the name of Max, who the Herald tells us is a “29-year-old media sales and marketing consultant”.

Apparently times are tough for poor Max.

For Max Coyle, increases to his student loan repayments and KiwiSaver contributions have hurt his pay packet the most.

The 29-year-old media sales and marketing consultant, who rents a three-bedroom central Hamilton home with one other, said the increases wiped about $60 off his fortnightly pay.

“Groceries seem to cost more and I feel like I’m spending more to get the same amount of stuff.”

Mr Coyle said he paid $200 a week in rent at the house which has no insulation, meaning his last power bill cost $311.

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Write something?

I don’t know why politicians even bother sometimes.

Social media is supposed to be about engagement sometimes it is about stupidity.

I’d love to see the instruction sent out to back benchers about the housing changes…I just bet it says “Hey you, insignificant back bencher…write something.”

And so they did…exactly that:  Read more »

The hunt for New Zealand’s Most Useless MP continues

The Clown of Campbells Bay, Andrew Williams,  has not been noticed since he went to parliament. This is a huge disappointment for Andrew Williams fans as he was the kind of Mayor of North Shore that gave the public a lot of laughs.  Read more »

Maggie Barry’s Stance on Mothers in Law

Some more good advice from Maggie Barry:

I personally think that men and men and women and women should be allowed to marry if that’s what they want. Frankly, I don’t quite understand why they want to do it. I’ve never got married in my life.

Frankly, I don’t quite understand why they want to do it. I’ve never got married in my life.  Read more »

A good lesson from Maggie, pay it back twice as hard

Whaleoil’s favourite backbencher Maggie Barry tells it how it is.

When it comes to the dark arts of politics, one piece of advice I received and that I took was that if someone hits you, you hit them back twice as hard. I’ve done that in my first year. I think people have got the message that I’m not going to be bullied and pushed around so hopefully (in 2013) I can relax a bit from that stance.

I wonder who has taught Maggie that rule. It is my personal all time favourite rule of politics. I call it the Double Rule.  Read more »