National Party

When Key wants something personally, he suddenly stops being a poll driven fruit loop

The National party does everything usually because their focus groups and polls tell them what to do.

The only thing right now that they aren’t winning in their polls and their focus groups is John Key’s legacy project…changing the flag.

When John Key really wants something personally, he suddenly stops being a poll driven fruit cake and rams things through his way.

The Select Committee considering the process for the referendum on the flag has rejected calls for voters to be asked if they want to change the flag up front rather than waiting until a second referendum.

The committee has reported back on the bill with few amendments.

Many submitters had asked for the first of the two referendums, due to be held later this year, to ask whether voters wanted a new flag rather than wait until the second referendum when the new flag will go up against the most popular alternative.

However, the majority on the committee chose to stick with the current order, saying it agreed with the advice of officials that to change the order would bias it in favour of the current flag because voters would not know what the alternative was.   Read more »

I need a lie down – Wrongly Wrongson agrees with me

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The National Government needs to reconsider fast. Not only do I think that their Harmful Digital Communications bill is anti-freedom of speech and a disaster of a bill but Wrongly Wrongson agrees with me.

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Hallelujah: National Party man loses name suppression around sex offences

Two victims of a child sex offender were willing to forego their right to name suppression if it meant their attacker – a prominent Auckland farmer and former Justice of the Peace – would be identified.

However, the women were able to maintain their privacy when Kelvin George Reeves, 69, lost his name suppression before a judge after pleading guilty to seven child sex offences against three victims.

The Herald understand Reeves was originally arrested and charged with 16 offences.

The count was reduced to the seven for which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 50 months imprisonment at North Shore District Court on June 5.

One of his victims has told the Herald of the impact his offending had on her and her family’s lives, and how she hopes her experiences may inspire other victims to seek justice.

When Reeves was granted name suppression at an early court appearance, herself and another victim were willing to surrender their rights to automatic name suppression as the victims of sex crimes if it meant their attacker would be revealed.

Reeves is a well-known and wealthy dairy farmer from Karaka who owns or part owns more than $13 million worth of property.

He served as a Justice of the Peace for eight years in the 1990s and was an active member of the National Party in the area, especially with the Young Nationals.

I have no time for sex offending scum, especially those who target our children.   Isn’t it great to see name suppression working the way it should? Read more »

However John Key thinks that National benefits from the Conservatives collapse

We know Richard Harman thinks that NZ First benefits from the collapse of the Conservative party.

I also know that Winston Peters is personally furious with Colin Craig for his shameless stealing of policy at the last election.

However John Key thinks that National benefits from the collapse.

The strife enveloping the Conservative Party could benefit National, Prime Minister John Key says.

Board members who are opposing the return of founder Colin Craig as leader have said they believe the party can rebound under a new leader.

There have been discussions about potential new leaders since before Christmas, board member John Stringer says, and there are interested candidates.

Mr Craig has signalled he will fight for the leadership, and this morning Mr Key said it was not clear how strongly the party would emerge from its current difficulties.

The Conservatives achieved 3.97 per cent of the vote in last year’s election – more than 95,000 votes, but short of the 5 per cent needed to enter Parliament.

“You just dont know how all this stuff is going to play out. He has been the big funder of the party. We are two and a bit years from the election. It’s a long way to go,” Mr Key Mr Key told the Paul Henry show.

“Those Conservative voters…if they [the party] were not so strong a voice – they have well come back to us.”

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The delusions of the left

This is the headline at The Standard:

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Labour have been running that line since…well…forever.

Helen Clark ran it as she tried to create the premise that Labour was the natural party of government and Kings (or Queens) of MMP…until she found out one cold wet rainy night in 2008 that they weren’t and National did indeed have coalition partners.

At various times Labour and their proxies have made this claim. When ACT goes through its troubles…National losing its coalition partners. Any time there is a tiff with the Maori party…coalition partners for National looking thin.

And yet here we are after 2008, 2011, and 2014 election wins, all with coalition partners.   Read more »

The party of No

Chris Bishop writes at NBR:

Overall, Labour is fundamentally uninterested in new approaches to old problems. It is a party stuck in an ideological time-warp – which insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, the government has the answers to everything, can effectively address social problems and all that’s required is more government spending.

Social democratic parties around the world have moved on from this 1970s view of government – social impact bonds, for example, were originally a UK Labour government initiative – but New Zealand Labour appears determined to remain stuck in the past.   Read more »

Explaining is losing

My good friend John Key is doing a little too much explaining and, as regular readers will know, explaining is losing in politics.

Government ministers have been engaged “right across the country” discussing issues around the Health and Safety Bill, Prime Minister John Key says.

The reforms, promised in the aftermath of the Pike River mine disaster, are the biggest shake-up of New Zealand’s workplace health and safety laws in 20 years.

At the end of last month, the Government gave a select committee another six weeks to consider the Bill because small businesses and farmers were concerned about some of its measures.

It was widely reported that National Party backbenchers had twisted the Government’s arm, but Mr Key says that wasn’t what happened.

“You guys have got a different perspective on this,” he told reporters.

“It’s not driven by the backbench – a number of ministers, quite a lot of us, have been engaged right across the country, wanting to make sure the law will work.” Read more »

Have National turned into the Borg* of politics?

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Yesterday, reader “twr” observed

I don’t know why the Greens bother.

National seems determined to implement all their policies for them. Read more »

My good friend John Key can still count

Much is being made of Michael Woodhouse’s bill being delayed because of caucus ructions in National. Woodhouse can’t have been pleased when told by one backbencher to sit down and shut up.

My numerous caucus sources have told me that it got quite heated, such was the stupidity of the Australian inspired legislation that Woodhouse cut/pasted and called his own.

But so what. Caucus is the place for debate…the last thing we want is for cap doffing sycophants not voicing their opinions.

A bill overhauling the health and safety laws in New Zealand in the wake of the Pike River disaster has been delayed because of concerns within the National Party caucus about its effect on small businesses and farmers.

Prime Minister John Key confirmed it had been the subject of discussion at yesterday’s caucus meeting and said he wanted to have more time to get it right.

“It’s started to get panel beaten into quite good shape.”

The Health and Safety Reform Bill was due to be reported back this week from the transport and industrial relations committee but it has now been given until July 24 to report back.   Read more »

Little should worry about his own back rather than trying to protect my good friend John Key

Andrew Little is out there trying to kick up some insurrection inside National.

There isn’t any, I’d know if there was because I’d be helping it along. Quite simply Andrew Little is dreaming.

“She’s clearly got ambitions for the top job,” says Labour Party leader Andrew Little. “She’s currying favour with whomever she can. She has seen an opportunity and I think she is going for it.”

Mr Little might just be onto something.

“I’m friends with most of the people in my caucus, particularly on the backbench,” says Ms Collins.

Yes, that’s right – “my caucus”.

Typically National is good at keeping internal divisions under wraps. But there are strong interests at work here – think farmers, forestry, small business, fishing and not to mention the force that is Ms Collins.

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