Another Cunliffe numbers botch up. Again

Gerry Brownlee listened with some incredulity when David Cunliffe was touting his new Labour Cluster Truck Transport Policy yesterday.

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says Ministry of Transport analysis of Labour’s new policy for taxing motorhomes shows many motorhome owners would actually be charged higher Road User Charges under a Labour government than they are presently, not lower, as Labour’s leader claimed this morning.

“This is frankly remarkable – I’m not sure if David Cunliffe is being tricky or if Labour is simply a shambles,” Mr Brownlee says.

“This morning David Cunliffe announced a Labour government would charge motorhome and campervan owners for the wear and tear their vehicles do to the roads based on their vehicles’ actual weights.

“But analysis by the Ministry of Transport shows that based on the difference between average and maximum weights for trucks versus motorhomes, the owners of many motorhomes would end up paying more for Road User Charges than they do today.

Well, Cunliffe lost all the Truckie votes yesterday, and you can add the Gypsy demographic to that as well.   Read more »

Pasifika going Blue? Not so, says Labour’s Su’a William Sio


Someone got a kick in the backside and told to do some work for a change.  Deny the defections to National!

Alexia Russel at Newstalk ZB reports

The most loyal Labour supporters of all are not going to swing en masse to National.

The Labour MP for Mangere, Su’a William Sio, says stories of Pasifika leaders encouraging their communities to turn blue are exaggerated.   Read more »

2014 Election all over bar the shouting – literally


There may be some minor excitement about who wins an electorate seat, or if NZ First will make it back into parliament (no), but in essence, apart from a few minor details, this election isn’t about who wins and who loses, but how to proportion the tax payer loot between all the scum list MPs.

And to a fair degree this is more a reflection of a completely disorganised opposition rather than a super effective government.

I can’t remember an electorate being this sure of itself so far out from the election for some time.


- Stuff

Herald poll vs Whaleoil poll

The Herald-Digipoll results came out this morning.  As you may recall, we ran our own survey a little while ago so we could compare.

The Digipoll had 750 responses


March 2014 Herald-Digipoll

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Cry Baby of the Week

The Cry Baby:  David Cunliffe, MP, Leader of the Labour Party

Hope Dies

Hope Dies

The incidents

He tried to buy the electorate with a ‘baby bribe’ that turned out to class parents with less than $150,000 of household income as poor and by stating it would give money to parents on parental leave (not!).  Then he tried to paint John Key as privileged, living in a big house in a leafy suburb, while himself living in a big house in a leafy suburb.  He tried to launder money through a trust for his leadership challenge and is still not telling us who two of the donors are.  The 2nd trust is one that he has deliberately hidden from the voters.  And… we can go on, but we have a Cry Baby Post to get underway.

The appropriate response

Resign as leader of the Labour Party.

Seriously, the time for explanation, apologies and deflection are over.

All that’s missing is a photo of Cunliffe holding two smelly dead fish.

The actual response   Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit: SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Something seriously wrong with the latest poll results


Something is wrong….  Oh, I know  Read more »


Another National policy launch success


No matter what Labour tries to do, unless they go for middle New Zealand, they won’t get much traction.

Of course, they can’t go for middle NZ, because they are the public face of a union-driven organisation.

This election is going to be a slow motion car crash to savour.

That didn’t take long: loophole found in National’s Education Policy

loophole_yellowGood teachers can earn more money.

But there is a catch.

It is truly dreadful.

Only eagle-eyed PPTA and NZEI union officials with the help of militant teachers and school principals have been able to figure it out.

And it is devastating.

Even though teachers that deliver excellent results will get financially rewarded…

Get ready for the loophole…

Unless they keep performing at that level, the money will be taken away again.

Yeah.  Let that sink in for a minute.   Read more »

Rich vs Poor? Yeah, that’s the battle for middle New Zealand

Labour are so beholden to their union faction, they can’t even make the shift to the political middle ground for the election.  Tracy Watkins explains, poorly

The divide between the haves and have-nots is shaping up as a battleground issue at the election. With the political year barely past its first week, Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader David Cunliffe are painting two starkly different pictures of New Zealand. In Key’s New Zealand, household incomes have been rising faster than the cost of living across the board and income inequality has been declining. “Despite what our political opponents try to claim, it is simply not true that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer,” Key told a business audience during his state-of-the-nation speech on Thursday. But Cunliffe’s reply next week will talk about a very different New Zealand – one where the poor are being left behind by the economic recovery.

The poor. Define “the poor” David.    Read more »