National Party

National’s cunning strategy

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Just like the “housing crisis” is a problem that can’t be solved, and provides Labour with a stick to beat National with, family violence will be a topic that can’t be easily solved and Labour can hardly be “against” it.  The best they can do is disagree with National’s ideas.   But they must be “for” reduction of violence in society, and “for” measures to assist that.

From the perspective of the opposition, this is a damn slippery topic to get any serious hits in on, while National can continue to flood the media with heroic stories of how they are not happy and how things will improve. Read more »

Why elect a National government that taxes and spends like a Labour one?

On Facebook, David Seymour asks why we should elect a National government that taxes and spends like a Labour one.  In order to hold onto power and to gain the middle vote,  John Key has been unashamed to keep old labour policies and to steal new labour policies. What really is there left in National to differentiate it from the Labour Party?  There are charter schools but that is an Act policy. I think National has lost sight of its Conservative roots.

The National Party has quit hiding its socialist streak – it’s now boasting about it.

When Steven Joyce literally puts out press releases (see below) boasting about increased income redistribution, it’s easy to see why National needs ACT to put the right back into centre-right.

With Bill English safely overseas, Steven Joyce announced that the top 10 per cent of households now pay 37.7 per cent of taxes – more than when National were accusing the opposition of ‘communism by stealth’. Are taxpayers meant to think this is a good thing?

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Raw feedback for John Key

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Is it time for Scott Simpson to move into Cabinet?

 

The last six months have been messy for National.

Self-inflicted wounds have caused huge issues, all at the same time that Labour are so useless that it doesn’t matter. John Key has stepped up, taking most of the media, hiding away former high profile people Steve Joyce and Paula Bennett.

John Key has stepped up, taking most of the media, hiding away former high profile people Steve Joyce and Paula Bennett.

Third term blues happen to all cabinets, and the only solution is to bring in people with the right skill set to deal with the media party and the opposition trying to trip you up at every turn. This is why John Key needs to promote my oldest friend in caucus, Scott Simpson, to Cabinet.   Read more »

Largest third term win ever, yet National remains a lame duck government

Richard Harman reports on yet another National initiative that simply doesn’t have the numbers

The Prime Minister has signalled a Government back down over its controversial Local Government reforms.

The reforms have sparked a widespread revolt among Councils, particularly provincial and rural ones.

The proposals would allow the Local Government Commission to impose Auckland-style Council Controlled Organisations on Councils in anywhere in New Zealand.

Many Councillors who oppose the reforms are National Party supporters or members.

But faced with the long list of Councils opposing the reforms and growing public debate about the Bill which would implement them, John Key told his weekly post-Cabinet press conference yesterday that the Government would not die in the ditch on the issue.

“We’re not trying to deal to local government and force them to do things, but we do think it’s sensible for them to do these amalgamations when there is logical in doing so.”

Most Councils would not disagree with that.

Except councils are fiercely tribal.  And what they say and what they do are completely different.  Read more »

Online learning will supplement and complement what traditional schools offer

The fear mongering in the press releases from the Green party and the PPTA have been put to rest by Hekia Parata. A recent speech in Parliament made it very clear that online learning will not be replacing traditional schooling. Instead, as I had predicted in my post this week it will complement traditional education. While she did say ” in whole or in part ” that is likely a reference to it replacing the current correspondence school model.

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Question seven: If ACT, NZ First or National made strong changes to immigration policy that you liked, would that be enough to retain or gain your vote next election?

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My motivation for creating a survey on immigration was to get an accurate snapshot of what a  Conservative/ Libertarian voter  thinks about immigration in New Zealand. I wanted this snap shot  primarily for David Seymour  as he commented that the small changes Act had proposed for immigration did not gain any support from this blog and resulted in a lot of negativity from the media.

Winston Peters of course has always been vocal about immigration, I hope this survey gives him some insight on what our real concerns about immigration are. Are we anti-immigration? Or do we think immigration is a good thing?

John Key likes to implement policies that will be popular with voters so he too should find this survey useful.I think he will be surprised at what it shows.

Due to our large audience we easily surveyed over one thousand voters in less than a day. This survey is not of the general population but of a specific conservative/libertarian audience. I gave two yes options and two no options for every  question.

Here are the results for question seven: If the Act Party, NZ First or the National Party made strong changes to immigration that you liked would that be a policy popular enough to retain or gain your vote next election?

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How do our political parties’ immigration policies compare?

Immigration policies from all conservative political parties are listed below with links to their policy details at the end. I have also included non-conservative parties so that you can compare.

To help with this process I have summarised their policies. It is interesting to me that the Green party have much harsher guidelines and rules for migrants who bring money to New Zealand than they do for migrants who bring nothing but themselves. ACT on the other hand want to encourage migrant investors as do National. Surprisingly though, National have no policy details regarding NZ values/culture, citizenship, residency or NZ laws with regard to migrants.

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What is happening to Andrew Bolt is the exact reason why we need ACT to act

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I am thrilled that David Seymour  is prepared to discuss immigration with the Whaleoil community. He mentioned that when he has attempted minor changes to immigration he has been attacked by the media and not supported  by us. What is currently happening to courageous Andrew Bolt in Australia is exactly the reason why I want the ACT party to act more strongly on immigration. The reality is that anyone who points out the serious problems within Islamic culture will be attacked, not only by the media but by people within the Muslim community. This cannot be a reason for the National party and the ACT party to do nothing. Instead, it has to be the reason why they make strong immigration policy a priority.

It is clear that when we criticise Islam we risk death. We need politicians like Geert Wilders who are prepared to put their country’s safety first. Like Andrew Bolt, we here at Whaleoil have put ourselves at risk by criticising Islam. I expect the political party I support to be prepared to do the same. Nothing worth having is ever easy. I will support and promote in my personal posts on Whaleoil any political party with strong immigration policies regarding Islam. Copying the Swiss policy regarding citizenship and assimilation would be a good start.

Andrew Bolt says he has moved children out of family home after death threats

Bolt says threats came from Islamic State supporter and follows his newspaper column for Herald Sun which suggested if ‘we criticise Islam … we risk death’

Andrew Bolt says his children have had to be moved out of the family home after receiving death threats from a supporter of Islamic State.

The News Corp columnist made the revelation on Thursday night during an interview with Pauline Hanson on his Sky News Australia program, The Bolt Report.

“I just spent some of my day moving my kids out of my home after yet another death threat from an Islamist supporter of Islamic State,” a visibly upset Bolt told Hanson.

“Two of my colleagues have had to move house completely because of these guys.”

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Winston the elephant

There was a rather large elephant in the room through the weekend at the National Party conference.

Though the party had, in the words of one senior Beehive adviser “stage managed the shit out of the conference” talking to MPs and delegates revealed a party that has one major issue on its mind.

And the issue is the Rt Hon Winston Peters.

National strategists have believed for a while that NZ First was making up ground but that it was winning that ground off Labour.

However, the election results in Australia, Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump all point to this being a time when established parties need to take populist insurgents seriously.

It’s not just a question of whether National will need New Zealand First and Peters to form a Government, but would he even consider it as long as John Key leads them, and if he did, would their agreement to have him join to end the same way his previous engagement with National did under Jenny Shipley in 1998.

Their preference is to have the current Government and its support parties be re-elected with much the same numbers it has now.

And that’s the official line; that’s what the goal is.

The elephant in the room is that National are slowly drifting ever more to the left, allowing Winston more play in the middle. Readers have noted that Winston is ‘starting to make sense’ to them.  Read more »