National Party

The problem with St Helen…she isn’t

Helen Clark wants the top UN job

I’ve noticed a few things about Labour, but the one thing that sticks out is the absolute deference they all hold towards Helen Clark.

I despise her politics, but am mature enough to recognise a superb politician.

Helen Clark took over the labour party when it was in disarray, she withstood a coup attempt and ruled the party with an iron fist for 15 years.

She moulded the party into her likeness and the two became synonymous.

The labour party was Helen Clark and Helen Clark was the Labour party.

That was Labour’s strength and it was also its Achilles heel.

Eventually the voters tired of her and Labour lost to John Key’s National party.

Now this is where it gets interesting.  Read more »

Now here’s something you didn’t know about Little Andy

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Mr Little said yesterday he was of the left. But the policy changes he promoted during the leadership campaign – dropping the capital gains tax and the policy to increase the pension age – have been aimed at regaining the centre.

In one of Labour’s biggest divisions, economic development versus environmentalism, Mr Little is firmly in the development camp.

As leader of an engineering union, he defended the much derided Think Big policies of the Muldoon Government because of the the pride in heavy engineering they brought to Taranaki.

[His] parents arrived in New Zealand in 1962. His father was in the British military and retrained as a teacher, and his mother was a secretary. Both were National Party stalwarts.

Little will make a large leap to the right. Read more »

It’s time for a chat

sycophant-3I note in the comments today in the flag issue that some commenters think I am attacking JohnKey by suggesting his $30 million campaign to change the flag is wrong.

Let me tell you something dear readers…I am sick of this sort of silly accusation that somehow I am against John Key.

I am not nor will ever be in the pay of the National party. I am not even a member.

If you come to this site for a party political broadcast on behalf of the National party, or in the belief that I should operate this site in blind obeisance to St. John Key then you are in the wrong place.

I was brought up surrounded by politicians from Rob Muldoon, to Jim McLay, to Jim Bolger, to Winston Peters, to Jenny Shipley , to Bill English to Don Brash and yes to John Key….plus many supporting characters.

I have witnessed the rise and fall of many politicians. I even helped draft the caucus resolution to chuck Winston Peters from the caucus one windy, rainy Wellington night. They are gone and I am still here.

The one thing that I was brought up with was a healthy disrespect for politicians, and that healthy disrespect was encouraged and nurtured by my mother.

I watched her regularly destroy a politicians argument with reason and logic. She never cared what their position was and never shirked from telling them when they were wrong.

I learned from her that it was ok to go against the ideas and wishes of a party leader. I watched her tell off Muldoon, remonstrate with Aussie Malcolm, mock Jim Bolger and quietly whisper to Jenny Shipley…plus many others.

It is not sacrilege to oppose the flag debate…it is after all a debate…just because I am not on the side of St. John key doesn’t mean I am on the side of evil. I have simply chosen a side of a debate. David Farrar has chosen another side, it doesn’t mean we aren’t friends.

In a vibrant democracy sycophancy must be discouraged, instead reasoned and logical debate must be pursued.

John Key is not infallible, this might be news to some of you, but he isn’t. He actually does make mistakes, and you know what people are allowed to point those out.   Read more »

I hope National has changed its rules to allow this

Uppity old sanctimonious twats in the National party passed some rules that forbade candidates from seeking or employing professional advice.

It was known in National circles as the “Lusk Rule”.

The architects of it were the Buggers Muddle and it gained support by the board.

I wonder though if they are  going to rescind that rule now that one of Steven Joyce’s favourites is entering the same space. Read more »

On Effups, Flags and Fireworks – third Term Key off course

The wheels of government seem to be rolling inexorably towards a ban on backyard fireworks. This week, the Prime Minister said the end of private sales appeared to be coming closer. Only fear of being accused of running a “nanny state” was preventing him acting.

A couple of days later, a parliamentary select committee underlined the pressure for change when it agreed to pursue the issue. A 29,000-signature petition supporting public firework displays spurred it into action. It seems almost as though the threat of fireworks to public safety and animal welfare has become so great that no course other than a ban is tenable.

But that is not so. Those eager for a change should consider how far matters have improved over the past few years. They need also to think of the pleasure parents with young children derive from fireworks at this time of the year. The situation has improved markedly since the previous Government introduced changes six years ago. These raised the minimum age of purchase from 14 to 18, restricted sales to four days up to and including November 5, and put a cap on the size of fireworks. Read more »

New Zealand and Islamic Terrorism – John Key responds [UPDATED]

Summary

  • No commitment to send SAS or any other NZ troops into combat
  • Around 80 New Zealanders have ISIS assocations
  • SIS to get 48 hours emergency surveillance powers without a warrant
  • SIS to get $7m budget increase
  • ISIS use the Internet for recruitment, indoctrination and encourages domestic attacks
  • 30-40 NZ citizens “of concern in the foreign fighter context”
  • Another 30-40 NZ citizens require further investigation
  • Of the 30-40 on the watch list, a “significant number” are NZ born
  • Listen to the full speech here (care of RNZ)

 

Prime Minister John Key has announced the Government’s response to threats against New Zealand’s national security posed by growing international terrorism.

“I have a responsibility as Prime Minister to protect New Zealanders at home and abroad and I take that responsibility very seriously,” says Mr Key.

“New Zealand’s risk and threat profile is changing and while I do not wish to overstate the risk, I do think we need to acknowledge the facts.

“Last month I announced a review of security settings around foreign fighters and today I have outlined the urgent changes needed to address the evolving threat environment.”

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses a threat not just internationally, but regionally and locally, says Mr Key.

ISIL is thought to have as many as 3,000 foreign fighters in its ranks holding Western passports from a range of countries.

“We’re extremely concerned about New Zealanders being attracted to this brutal regime – as in other Western countries, ISIL has been successful in recruiting New Zealanders to its cause,” says Mr Key.

“Government agencies have a watch list of between 30 and 40 people of concern in the foreign fighter context. These are people in, or from New Zealand who are in various ways participating in extremist behaviour.”

Some of the watch list group have travelled to Syria to engage in fighting and remain there. Others are ISIL supporters who have tried to travel but been prevented by the cancellation of their passports.

The remaining people on the watch list are involved in funding terrorism, radicalising others or are becoming radicalised themselves. Another 30 to 40 individuals require further investigation in addition to the watch list group. Read more »

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Don’t worry no one ever gets prosecuted for Electoral offences

There are a whole lot of people up in arms over the referral of some sports stars by the Electoral Commission to police for breaches of the Electoral Act.

The Commission has  referred 26 incidents to police.

The Electoral Commission has confirmed it has referred former All Black Jonah Lomu, current All Black Israel Dagg and Olympic champion rower Eric Murray to police for tweets sent on election day supporting the National Party. All three tweets have since been deleted.

The commission says it has referred 26 incidents to police in response to complaints about comments made on social media on election day.

That included 13 incidents involving people sharing an election day video featuring John Key and a Vote National Party message, it said.

Under electoral law it is illegal to campaign on an election day, a prohibition which covers the publishing or broadcasting of anything intended to influence votes.   Read more »

Family feud: the Nat mp that shot his brother

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unrelated / illustrative only.  also, an arm, not a leg

From the “anything to put a hit on” file

One of the Government’s new MPs shot his brother in a “traumatic accident” that caused serious injuries.

Andrew Bayly, the new National MP for Hunua, south of Auckland, describes himself as an adventurer who has climbed Aoraki/Mt Cook, trekked to the South Pole, and completed three Coast-to-Coast events.

But his love of the outdoors almost cost his twin brother Paul his leg. Read more »

What do you call and asset sale when you sell assets, but you campaigned on no more asset sales?

Seriously, the wheels have come off this government’s tight communication strategy.  Did National really think they could sell thousands of state homes out of Housing New Zealand’s stock, essentially cashing them up and adding the funds to the consolidated fund, and not get accused of selling assets?

It’s gob smacking.

This is entirely aside from the issue that selling them may be a good idea with a sensible explanation.  My problem is that National seem to be trying to sell assets while claiming they are not selling assets.   I can just see that going wrong.

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says “thousands” of state houses could be sold under the Government’s new approach to social housing.

But she would be surprised if those sort of numbers were sold in the short term, and Housing New Zealand would be the dominant force in providing social housing in “the foreseeable future”, she told TV3’s The Nation.

She would not make a commitment that all money earned from the sale of state houses would go back into housing.

“Well, we see ourselves reinvesting and using it better to help vulnerable New Zealanders,” Bennett said.

Now some state houses were in the wrong place or were the wrong size.

“Our intention is for people who need housing support to have more stock available. We just may not own it.”

She denied it was an asset sale but later said “this is not a big asset sale”.

/facepalm.   They are assets.  You’re selling them.  For crying out  loud.    Read more »

I’m alive and have something to share

In case you hadn’t worked it out, today is my birthday.

On November 2 1968 I was born in Suva, Fiji.

This is the house where we lived…I took this photo in 2012 just before mum died. I showed it to her and she cried.

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This was Mum and me in Suva in 1968:

Mum and Me at Statham Street

Mum and Me at Statham Street

So why am I showing you all this.

Because I am alive.  Read more »