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Key demands answers from Cunliffe over his secret donations

While Labour chases Judith Collins over a dinner in Beijing David Cunliffe still hasn’t revealed who his secret donors were .

He has his donations laundered through a secret trust, organised and run by blogger and flea lawyer Greg Presland and has failed so far to declare his donations as required in the parliamentary pecuniary interests register. He has resisted all questions from journalists and continues to be sneaky, tricky and furtive about the donations.

Yesterday John Key gave him a good hard smack over it off of the back of Shane Jones announcing who his donors were.

Questions remain around who funded the various campaigns in Labour’s leadership battle last year.

Shane Jones has acknowledged getting support from National Party stalwart Sir Wira Gardiner and New Zealand Oil and Gas director Roger Finlay for his failed bid.

John Key says if Mr Jones was prepared to identify those two donors, why won’t David Cunliffe reveal the names of his.   Read more »

The losers excuse

David Cunliffe has played the losers excuse this morning on Radio New Zealand…blaming others for the total and utter screw up that is his party.

The Labour Party leader is accusing National of creating a new job to convince Shane Jones to leave Parliament.

Mr Jones confirmed his departure from politics on Tuesday and is tipped to take up a role helping Pacific islands make more money out of their fisheries. He is likely to leave Parliament shortly and his place will be taken by the next person on Labour’s list, Kelvin Davis.

Shane Jones told Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report programme he was leaving politics because he does not have the necessary level of commitment and energy ahead of the election.

He unsuccessfully sought the Labour leadership last year and was asked by the party leadership to tone down attacks he had been making on one of Labour’s potential allies, the Green Party.

“Any New Zealander with a smidgeon of interest in politics will know that the political collar has chafed this dog’s neck – and now I’ve slipped the collar,” he said on Wednesday.

Labour leader David Cunliffe told the programme the departure says more about the job offer than the MP’s view of Labour’s chances in the 20 September election.   Read more »

‘You’re joking’ – Prime Minister

As if we needed any proof that blood is thicker than water, turns out that National Party stalwart Sir Wira Gardiner, husband of National Party Cabinet minister Hekia Parata, funded Labour MP Shane Jones’ bid for the party leadership with what he hoped to be a $1000 secret donation.

Claire Trevett, who’s been working hard over Easter, reports

Labour MP Shane Jones’ party leadership bid was part-funded by a cash donation from Sir Wira Gardiner, husband of National Party Cabinet minister Hekia Parata.

Mr Jones revealed to the Herald that Sir Wira gave $1000 and NZ Oil and Gas board member Rodger Finlay also donated money to help the MP to pay for his campaign to win the Labour leadership last September.

Ms Parata did not learn about the donation until last night.

Sir Wira told the Herald he was still a “paid-up Tory”, but wanted to encourage Maori leadership.

Sir Wira would like to see a fellow bro do well, over and above his National Party leanings.  But it has hit John Key in the forehead with virtual four by two   Read more »

Roy Morgan delivers a nice easter present for National

After yesterday’s Roy Morgan poll perhaps Labour might just start realising that no one cares about their silly pursuit of Judith Collins and voters simply believe that they are unfit to govern.

The poll delivers a shock for Labour, this is their favoured indicator, and proves the lie that Labour’s own internal polling is showing them at 34%.

Playing the nasty and not focussing on policies that matter to Kiwi voters is really starting to hurt them. But they are now past the point of no return for David Cunliffe and have to stick it out with a naff leader that no one likes or no one believes.

When you add on these results to the dramatic boundary changes you are going to see Labour MPs disappear back to their electorates in an attempt to shore up their own support. Watch as Ruth Dyson, Clayton Cosgrove and a number of other MPs spend considerably more time in their electorates than in Wellington.

Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a large jump in support for National (48.5%, up 5.5%) now with its largest lead over a potential Labour/Greens alliance (40%, down 5%) since July 2013 as New Zealanders celebrated the visit of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Support for Key’s Coalition partners is little changed with the Maori Party 1% (down 0.5%), ACT NZ (0.5%, unchanged) and United Future 0% (down 0.5%).  Read more »

Key is “a twenty-first century Holyoake” – Chris Trotter

Chris Trotter has written a very good post about why he thinks John Key may well go on to become NZ longest serving Prime Minister…but for the foibles of MMP.

IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2 months) would be surpassed and the title of longest-serving National Party Prime Minister would pass to the incumbent. How tempting it would then be for John Key to set his sights on “King Dick’s” (Prime Minister Richard John Seddon’s) crown of 13 years and 2 months. Just imagine that – a fifth term! By then the youthful Jacinda Ardern would be 41 years old!

Some will dismiss Key’s musings as yet another example of his celebrated political bravado. But there is another message to be drawn from his speculations concerning a fourth (or even a fifth) term. The Prime Minister’s suggestion that he and the National Party are good for another two or three election wins may also be read as his pledge to the electorate that any government he leads will be moderate and restrained in its policies.

Sir Keith Holyoake could not have governed New Zealand from November 1960 until February 1972 as anything other than a consensus-seeking prime minister. By indicating that he is not adverse to such a lengthy term of office, John Key is signalling to us that he, too, is a consensus politician.  Read more »

Why is National so useless at selections?

Party President Peter “Dopey” Goodfellow needs to be held to account for the tardy selection process that means National is running seriously late with their selections.

Good candidates on the ground lift the all important party vote, yet there are some seats that havent even got a date for selection.

Electorate

Nominations Open
Nominations Close

Maungakiekie**

12th April
28th April

Wigram

15th April
30th April

Dunedin South

19th April
2nd May   Read more »

Cover up under Simon Bridges watch – Part One

In the posts about whether Simon Bridges should be considered a future National Party leader, I’ve blogged about concerns flowing into the tip-line from party supporters.

It’s Bridges cuddling of dodgy unions that most rankles. This may explain why he’s not showing the stones needed to see through the Employment Relations Amendment Bill – a bill the left hate with a passion.

Remember, Bridges told Parliament “the Government wants to ensure that employers have the freedom to complete and expand”.

While the rank and file liked the sound of that, by all accounts his union-friendly officials in MBIE were less than impressed.

These MBIE officials really don’t care for Bridges and are hedging bets that he won’t be Minister of Labour after 20 September.

It may also explain why his MBIE officials are keeping him in the dark about a little mess that shows they’ve been ignoring the Government’s own legislation.

It’s always the little things that upset the apple-cart, and while innocuous to most, little niggles tend to point to larger problems.

Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader, the question now being asked is who’s in control of MBIE’s (therefore the Governments) procurement processes? This little attempt by MBIE at a cover up deserves some sunlight.  Here’s part one.

It concerns a GETS RFP #448 for cleaning at 15 Stout Street, Wellington. It also mentions our friends at the cartel like Building Service Contractors (BSC).   Read more »

Is Simon Bridges really a future National leader? Ctd

Simon Bridges has always had the look of someone who thinks he will become Prime Minister almost by default.

He has a few things going for him like a safe seat and a reasonable media presence, but he looks like he is more of a Bill English, David Shearer or David Cunliffe type leader than a John Key or a Helen Clark.

What happened to English, Shearer and Cunliffe is they thought they could do well in the polls through natural talent, not through hard work and building up their party and people to make sure they could win. Like English, Shearer and Cunliffe, Simon Bridges is doing little build up his own caucus, or the National Party or the vitally important donor base.   Read more »

Is Simon Bridges really a future National leader? Ctd

If there’s one thing a Prime Minister has to be recognised for, it is being on top of their portfolios.

Helen Clark and Heather Simpson were all over ministerial portfolios like a rash. John Key is likewise at the top of the game, and while preferring a more managerial style, he certainly expects his Ministers to deliver on the workload expected of someone earning over $260,000 a year.

Leadership candidates need that sort of reputation to come through strongly right from the start.

In this ongoing series, we explore the push to have Simon Bridges positioned as a future leader of the National Party, and look at some of the criticisms coming through about Bridges, including the view that he’s captured by officials and close to the unions.

Let’s put aside for the moment the 200,000 acres of parkland that’s now got the Green Taliban’s puppet-masters Greenpeace calling for his sacking.   Read more »

Is Simon Bridges really a future National leader? Ctd

The wheels are coming off Simon Bridges’ campaign to be the next leader of the National Party.

Just when Bridges was getting over that shocker interview with John Campbell, he goes and cocks it up last week.

As a result, TV3’s Paddy Gower gives Bridges a right bollocking, wondering how he could forget, or not know, about a 200,000 hectare DOC park being part of an oil and gas exploration permit.

Paddy called it one of the biggest political “brain-fades” seen in a very long time. More telling though was Paddy labelling Bridges a liability.

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