I am a strong woman and I believe in freedom of speech. Freedom of speech means that both sides of every issue get to be discussed. It does not mean that discussion is shut down because one side labels the others speech as ‘ Rape culture ‘ or dismisses it because it was written by a man and the issue is only relevant in their opinion to women.
You know things are bad when you are being compared to Bill Rowling…the man Robert Muldoon once described as ‘a shiver looking for a spine to run down’.
The hard left are saying that David Cunliffe is no Bill Rowling…and they aren’t being positive.
HIS SUPPORTERS say that David Cunliffe is the man to lead LabourÂ away from neoliberalism. According to The Daily Blog’sÂ Martyn Bradbury, for instance,Â ‘the establishment have gone romper stomper on Cunliffeâs desire to break with 30 years of neoliberalism.’
And, like Bradbury, blogger and columnist Chris TrotterÂ is of the opinion that ‘left wing’ Cunliffe is a target of right wing conspiratorial forces within Labour. Bradbury calls them the ABC’s (Anyone But Cunliffe).
The problem for Bradbury and Trotter though is two fold. First of all they have actually have no concrete evidence there is a conspiracy and are seeminglyÂ hell bent in engaging in endless speculation where the facts are few and far between.
The second problem with this view is that David Cunliffe isn’t the left wing politician that Bradbury and Trotter keep on insisting that he is.
The reality is that David CunliffeÂ is not so much the ‘change’ candidate, but a politician who will deliver more of the same neoliberal policies that both NationalÂ and Labour governments have followed over the past 30 years.
Andrea Vance has a helpful explanation about the various conspiracy theories out there.
The cybersphere has been full of conspiracy theories since Internet Mana announced a “strategic alliance” last month. But do the theories stack up?
1. There is fear, desperation and total panic in the eyes of the Right because finally a political party on the Left has financial clout.
Internet party founder Kim Dotcom stumped up a $3m war chest to fight the election campaign. Pow! The US, Barack Obama, Hollywood and John Key didn’t see that coming.
Sure, $3m is a lot of campaign coin. But National spent $2.3 million in 2011, and looking at donations registered this year Key won’t be rummaging down the back of the sofa.
The last round of polling put National above 50 per cent. Both Mana and the Internet Party are on about half a per cent each. Polling day is three months away. So, no, that’s not fear in campaign supremo Steven Joyce’s eyes. They’re just red from all the time he spends trolling on Twitter.
Chris Trotter, it appears, has also sold out his principles. He has seriously unhinged over the past few days writing post after post after post variously screaming at Labour MPs to
STFU” and calling them stupid.
Now he is out-right shilling on behalf of the Internet Mana Party, it seems he too ahs sucuumbed tot he magic millions fromÂ the Crook of Coatesville.
BRACE YOURSELVES, COMRADES, for some horrendous poll results. The next round of surveys from Colmar Brunton, Reid Research, DigiPoll, Ipsos and Roy Morgan will almost certainly register a major slump in the Centre Leftâs support and a concomitant rise in Nationalâs numbers â quite possibly to 55 percent-plus. Labour and the Greens will both take nasty hits and the Internet-Mana Party (IMP) will be very lucky to make it above 1 percent. Apart from John Key, the only other person likely to be smiling is Winston Peters.
The polls will be bad because the framing of Kim Dotcomâs latest intervention in New Zealand politics has been so near-universally and overwhelmingly negative. From the Right (and Sue Bradford) has come the steady drumbeat that Hone Harawira and the Mana Party have done a âdirty dealâ with Kim Dotcom and, in the process, âsold out their principlesâ for cash.
Amplifying this message, TV3âs political editor, Patrick Gower, has characterised the IMP strategy as âa rortâ (a term which normally denotes morally questionable if not downright illegal manipulation) even though what the Mana and Internet parties are proposing is well within the rules of MMP and has been a feature of every election campaign since the latter came in force in 1996. Gowerâs destructive message has, however, been repeated,Â ad nauseum, by an endless succession of editorial writers, talkback hosts, columnists and bloggers.
What Chris Trotter forgets is that thoseÂ editorial writers, talkback hosts, columnists and bloggers are merely repeating the same attack lines that people like Trotter himself, and Martyn Bradbury and all the other sellouts have used against National and Act over Epsom and against Peter Dunne in Ohariu.Â Read more »
The same people who have derided National and Act’s deal in Epsom are now ardent supporters of coat-tailing.
Some on the left though have integrity and although this is a feature of MMP that both sides have used it is now part of our electoral lore that these are, rightly or wrongly, dodgy deals.
Just a few weeks ago before the dodgy deal was announced Michael Wood was using John Banks’ appearance in court to political advantage calling for an end to coat-tailing.
With the spectacle of ACT MP for Epsom John Banks standing trial today, the newly selected Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood is vowing to end the ACT Party rort in Epsom.
âThe ACT Party is a political corpse. It survives only through a distasteful manipulation of the electoral system and a sweetheart deal to gift them the parliamentary seat of Epsom. ACT has turned Epsom into New Zealandâs ârotten boroughâ and this needs to endâ says Michael Wood.
I suspect he is now an enthusiastic supporter of the attempted rort in Te Tai Tokerau. It was distasteful when he issued the press release, I bet now he thinks it tastes just fine.
Josie Pagani isn’t so sure that a deal with the Internet Mana party is such a good idea…and she is being castigated for daring to voice her opinion.
If Hone Harawira, the Mana-Internet Party, NZ First, Greens or anyone else want to be in parliament, they need to advocate for themselves. They need to win in their own right, not as the recipients of largesse or dirty deals with other parties. (There is definitely a case for lowering the threshold for parties to get into parliament, so our parliament is more representative. But the lack of that provision doesnât justify keeping the âcoat-tailingâ clause.)
That is how MMP is meant to work. In the old days, each of the two big parties had to contort themselves to accommodate all their side in a single tent. Now if you want to be in the tent you have to win your own place.
Kelvin Davis laid out Labour principles when he spoke about his priorities on returning to parliament: Jobs for Northland, promotion of te reo, opportunity for all through education, and fury at men raping women.
To ask that Labour should set his candidacy aside to help Hone Harawira is to express a lack of confidence in Labour values. It asks Labour people to believe there are principles that are more authentic and a higher priority for Labour than its own. Â Read more »
Remember the Herald reporting on the “Candle light vigil” protest that was held outside of John Key’s home a week ago?
Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom was among around 30 protesters participating in a candlelight vigil outside John Key’s house in Auckland tonight highlighting what they say is New Zealand’s complicity in America’s drone strike programme.
This total reportedly included 4 police officers, media and the ususal rent a mob of Dotcom, Bradbury and Minto.
Last night, another candle light vigil was held, this time for Blessie.
With the left wing shamelessly selling out to Kim Dotcom in the creation of the new Alliance I thought I’d share some thoughts.
One thing we do know is that left wingers are prepared to sell their souls if the ends justifies the means.
Read what Martyn Bradbury has to say:
I just donât believe we have the luxury of telling the 285 000 kids in poverty that we preferred principled opposition than pragmatic co-operation.Â
There you have it…money trumps principles…the very thing that Martyn Bradbury and his little band of socialist dreamers rail against the right for allegedly doing we see them jumping in boots and all. For just a few shiny shekels the hard left of NZ politics has dropped their trousers.
For all of the accusation they have leveled and continue to level against John banks they are doubly worse. When John Banks received a donation it was in his mind “NO strings attached”. Kim Dotcom thought he was buying favours but John Banks could not be bought and so we arrived at the point where we are today with John Banks stitched up on trial by the manipulations and mistruths by Kim Dotcom and his band of enablers and at the same time the left-wing selling their principles for a bit of german loot.
One thing we will be hearing no more from the left-wing though is the description of the coat tail provisions of MMP as a dirty little rort like in Epsom. In fact I await the lengthy posts, articles and television utterances of Patrick Gower about the dirty deals being done on the left. He will no doubt put as much effort and vigour into his reporting of that like he has done with his kickings over Epsom and Ohariu. Or will he? I suspect not.
Dodgy deals and rorts seem to be only done by the right, and not the left. It is a dodgy deal in Epsom but pragmatic use of the MMP system in Te Tai Tokerau. It is dodgy for the right to receive donations from wealthy people but not dodgy for a foreigner interloper on criminal charges toÂ buy two whole political parties. Â Â Read more »
Caption contest…fill your boots.
Does anyone else find it ironic that a collector of nazi memorabilia is at a protest against war?Â Read more »
Martyn Bradbury likes to call me a hate speech merchant, but he has at least taken to adding “Canon Media Award winning” to the front of that.
But the sanctimony of him is like most on the left…weapons grade.
Where we, through our moderation changes, and a vigilant team assisting are managing and improving our reader and commenters experience…this is the kind of comments that Martyn Bradbury allows to live on his union funded site.
Last night on Campbell Live they jumped the shark.
Jumping the sharkÂ is anÂ idiomÂ created byÂ Jon HeinÂ that was used to describe the moment in the evolution of a television show when it begins a decline in quality, which is usually a particular scene, episode, or aspect of a show in which the writers use some type of “gimmick” in an attempt to keep viewers’ interest. The phrase is based on a scene from a fifth-season episode of the sit-comÂ Happy DaysÂ when the characterÂ FonzieÂ jumps over a shark while on water-skis.
David Farrar explains the idiotic presumptions of the show.
You have to all go and watchÂ Campbell Live tonightÂ and try and stop laughing.
Itâs classic conspiracy theory stuff. It sort of goes like this:
- Key appoints Mateparae Governor-General to create vacancy atÂ GCSBÂ â March 2011
- Director of US National Intelligence, Jim Clapper, visits one week later and meetsÂ John Key
- McCully visits Hillary Clinton May 2011
- PM has breakfast with Ian Fletcher in JuneÂ 2011
- Key visits Obama July 2011 and shock horror asks Fletcher to apply for GCSB job the SAME MONTH!
- Oct 2011 â Key,Â Fletcher, SIS Head, MFAT Head, NZDF Â and DPMC Head have a meal at British High Commissionerâs place!
- 12 Dec 2011 â Key meets GCSB (one of 10 meetings that year) and meets Ian Fletcher who is in NZ
- 16 Dec 2011 â surveillance of Dotcom begins
- Obama invites Key to White House â May 2014 â THE PAYOFF! Â Read more »