Megan Woods

Labour’s leadership puts head in sand and starts cleansing dissent

Matthew Hooton, in his NBR column tells the tale of how Labour are moving to shut down what they see as dissent inside their party.

Progress wanted Labour to take a more holistic view of who people are, how they live and where they want to be.  As they see it, in a 24-hour day, people want the opportunity to spend eight hours being involved in creating something meaningful and valuable at work.  They want another eight hours to enjoy time with their families and communities.  And they need the remaining eight hours for sleep in a safe, warm, comfortable home.

Progress believes this more well-rounded vision is a far more accurate echo of the message of Labour’s original founders than the views of the “self-serving unionists and gaggle of gays” they believe have undue influence on the party today.

Alongside Labour’s approved factions – the Women’s Council, Te Kaunihera Maori, the unions, Rainbow, the Pasifika Sector and so on – the new Progress group thought they might have something to offer.  It turned out they were wrong.

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I wonder if Megan Woods and Louisa Wall will push harder for the expulsion of these rabble rousers

Yesterday Richard Harman broke the news that a new ginger group was being set up by Josie Pagani, Phil Quin and Nick Leggatt to attempt to solve the ills inside Labour.

He also reported that several MPs in Labour’s caucus were aghast at the idea and promptly called for the excommunication of those involved.

WOBH can reveal that two of the most vocal supporters of expulsion for the rabble rousers were Megan Woods and Louisa Wall.

Meanwhile Josie Pagani has spoken to Claire Trevett at the Herald.

One of the founders of a proposed Labour-aligned lobby group says it will make some in the party uncomfortable but Labour cannot avoid the tough issues it is facing.

Josie Pagani, a former Labour Party candidate, confirmed she was involved in setting up a “think-tank” called Progress targeting Labour’s right and centre.  Read more »

Why is Scott Simpson not calling bull**** on sea level rise claims?

Look, I get it.  We have to plan ahead.  And if the oceans are going to rise, then we need to make decisions that allow for that.  Government, councils, insurance companies and property owners all can benefit from quality information.

But then there’s this:

In 2014, Commissioner Jan Wright found that New Zealand would be hit by more frequent coastal flooding in the future as sea levels rise.

Today, Dr Wright told the Local Government and Environment Select Committee that she would be releasing a follow-up report identifying infrastructure and property at high risk from rising seas.

Dr Wright said a 30 centimetre rise in sea levels by 2050 was inevitable due to climate change, and what happened after that depended on the global commitment to cutting carbon emissions.

A 30 centimeter rise in 35 years is “inevitable”.  This from a Dr (of something), hired to report to the government.

Let’s just take a deep breath.  30 centimeters in 35 years is close to a centimeter a year. Read more »

Polls shows euthanasia gaining acceptance, shame Labour lacks the stones to put their bill up

Before the last election Maryan Street, in an act political cowardice, ditched her euthanasia bill. David Cunliffe and the Labour party ditched the bill because they didn’t want to run it during the election.

Andrew Little, upon taking the leadership of the Labour party, told Iain Lees-Galloway to ditch his plans to take the bill up.

Once again Labour showed political cowardice.

It is a decision that they should perhaps re-visit.

It is hoped growing support for voluntary euthanasia will keep gaining traction.

It follows the latest findings from a University of Auckland study, which reveals 82 percent of 700 New Zealanders polled believe the practice should be legalised.

But End of Life Choice spokesman Dr Jack Havill says it could be sometime before the Government gets on board.   Read more »

3 reasons why I won’t work for Andrew Little

Employ Slater?

Employ Slater?

Andrew Little has announced that I won’t be in contention for their advertised role for chief spin weasel in the Leader’s office.

The Labour leader stops short of saying the new communications director has to vote Labour, but says they need to be sympathetic to the cause.

“We don’t expect to employ Cameron Slater,” says Mr Little.

Be that as it may, it was always unlikely that I’d work for Andrew Little.   Read more »

Slatergate the Sequel

PM reveals that he uses the same toothpaste as Slater

Prime Minister John Key has admitted that he uses Colgate toothpaste, the exact same brand as used by the toxic, controversial, vile, attack blogger Cameron Slater. The Prime Minister released a receipt from his local New World that showed that he had purchased a tube of Colgate, cavity protection as pressure mounts over his account of his relationship with the WhaleOil blogger.

Colgate with cavity protection; the same brand used by toxic, vile, controversial attack blogger Cameron Slater

Colgate with cavity protection; the same brand used by toxic, vile, controversial attack blogger Cameron Slater

Having been unable to remember the last time he asked Cameron Slater what toothpaste he used, and denying that he had deliberately purchased the exact same toothpaste as Slater to Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, Key was forced to admit he misled Parliament this evening.

On Tuesday, Key was asked by reporters when he had last spoken to Slater about the brand of toothpaste he used.

“I don’t know, I can’t recall,” he said.

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Do the left wing actually believe their own spin?

Do the left wing actually believe their own spin.

I say this because if you believe every utterance before or since Nicky Hager colluded with a criminal to hack and publish a journalist’s emails the following list of claims have been made.

In no particular order;

  • I am irrelevant
  • I am mentally unstable
  • I am a criminal
  • I control the Prime Minister, either through blackmail or some other artifice
  • The cabinet is under my control too…for the same reasons
  • The SIS is effectively my stooges and I use them to spy on political opponents
  • Same with the GCSB
  • But, it is actually the Prime Ministers Office that controls me despite all of the above
  • No its Carrick Graham
  • I am beholden to big business (They say that like it is a bad thing)
  • Andrew Little says I am a sociopath
  • I consort with gangs
  • I control one gang in particular
  • I can and have arranged hit-men (this was even attempted to be raised in court by one particular vexatious litigant)
  • Did I mention I am a sociopath according to Andrew Little

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Labour and media need remedial lessons in Parliament’s standing orders

Labour and their leader Andrew Little think they have got John Key.

They have used a sneaky left wing blogger to try to manipulate me into smearing the PM and it blew up in their face.

But they have a worse problem, they don;t seem to understand Parliament’s standing orders.

These are the questions John Key was asked by Megan Woods, with his answers.

Dr Megan Woods : Did his office have communications with Cameron Slater between 23 and 25 November regarding the Chisholm inquiry or the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security’s inquiry?

Rt Hon JOHN KEY : I do not think so. I am not aware of that, no.

Dr Megan Woods : Did he have communications with Cameron Slater between 23 and 25 November regarding the Chisholm inquiry or the inspector-general’s inquiry?

Rt Hon JOHN KEY : No.

Both questions have two legs…and under standing orders the minister, or in this case the Prime Minister is entitled to answer which ever leg of the question they like. There is no obligation to answer both legs.    Read more »

Greens & Labour still helping promote blog

Yesterday I wrote about being mentioned in parliament by name 75 times.

You’d think Labour and the greens would learn…but no.

Here is yesterday’s effort.

Q2: Andrew Little mentioned me by name 5 times.

Q4: Megan Woods mentioned me 8 times by name.

Q6: Russel Norman mentioned me by name 18 times.

In the General Debate there were 16 mentions of my name and 2 of the website.  Read more »

I might be the ‘most toxic blogger in the land’ but I can’t be ignored

Apparently, according to the Dominion Post editorial writer I have a new title. The “most toxic blogger in the land“.

The report says Jason Ede, a special adviser in John Key’s office, told Slater – the most toxic blogger in the land – about the SIS report on Goff and even prepared a draft blog for him about it.

Why do work when there are others who will do it for you.

I did a review of Question time and the Urgent debate and searched for my name.

Q1: Mentioned 13 times by Russel Norman.

Q3: Mentioned 8 times by Andrew Little. The site mentioned once.

Q5: Mentioned by Phil Goff 10 times.

Q7: Mentioned 4 times, not by Winston Peters I might add but by Megan Woods.   Read more »