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As predicted Key sledges Shaw without even trying

James Shaw thought he would come to the parliament and try to muscle up to John Key.

It was a dick move and one easily batted away by John Key without him even breaking into a sweat.

What was more embarrassing though was James Shaw having to have Winston Peters come to his rescue.   Read more »

The fixation with digital campaigning

Labour tried in the last two elections in New Zealand, with Trevor Mallard famously claiming they would win the Twitter campaign.

Ed Miliband also had a “good digital campaign strategy” according to the man who has never won a seat, Andrew Little.

But is Twitter and Facebook the be all and end all for campaigning in the modern era.

I don’t think so and have told many aspiring and existing politician as much. They argue about “engagement” and “connecting” and other gay terms like that, and as yet they haven’t said to me after numerous examples to the contrary that I am right and they are wrong. I have even said as much to the one blogger who monitored social media last election here…whose blog is now silent.

So let’s look at the latest election and some facts.

Over the last three months or so, 257 Labour MPs have tweeted, compared with 303 Conservatives. But of the 229 thousand tweets over that time, 49 per cent came from Labour MPs, compared with 31 per cent from the Tories. There may be fewer of them but they’re significantly louder.

Labour MPs are also more mentioned by ordinary Twitter users: 46 per cent of all tweets mentioning an MP mention a Labour member; compared to 36 per cent for the Tories, and a paltry 5 per cent for the Lib Dems (most of which were for Nick Clegg).

Then there’s the ‘hashflags’ (basically a hashtag with a little flag attached, promoted by Twitter itself). Between the 28 April – 5 May, the Labour party hashflag was the most used of all the parties. Around 41 thousand unique users posted the Labour hashflag compared to 27 thousand for UKIP, 15 thousand for Conservative, 10 thousand for Lib Dem and around 8 thousand for the Green Party.   Read more »

Labour in trouble according to UK exit polls

It looks like Martyn Martin Bradbury has influenced the pollsters and pundits in the UK who have all been predicting the demise of David Cameron’s government.

They are all in a quandry now as exit polls are showing a massive surge for the Conservatives.

You can feel the pain at The Guardian.

It’s fair to say no one was expecting that. Not the political parties, not the punditocracy and – least of all – the pollsters. The exit poll that came on the stroke at 10pm will have caused ashen faces at Labour headquarters. At Lib Dem towers, the spirits would have crumpled in an instant. At Tory mission control, the joy would have been unconfined.

But all of them would have remembered the lessons of exit polls past. The Labourtribe – and the polling fraternity – are haunted by the experience of 1992, when the 10pm poll prepared the nation for Prime Minister Neil Kinnock. David Cameron will surely have held that precedent in his mind before uncorking the champagne. But the temptation to reach for the bubbly will have been strong. Exit polling has come a long way since 1992. Indeed, the exit poll issued in 2010 turned out to have called it just about right.

If this one turns out to be similarly accurate, there will be inquests aplenty. Labour will surely spend the coming hours contemplating the fate of its leader, who – this poll says – was roundly rejected in both England and Scotland. The Lib Dems will spend the night contemplating the bizarre prospect of having been simultaneously wiped out – and looking forward to a return to government. Their projected tally of 10 seats should be a disaster of epic proportions – and yet, on the exit polls, it would almost be enough to see them renew their coalition vows with the Conservatives.

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The Little Effect?

Regular readers will all know about the Moroney Effect…where National MPs increase their majority if Sue Moroney stands against them.

There is also the Little Effect as well…where a National MP increases their majority if Andrew Little stands against them.

It seems that the Little Effect is also catching….and is now affecting UK Labour.

With just one week until polling day, a major survey puts the Tories on 35 per cent of the vote, ahead of Labour on 30 per cent.

The Conservatives have taken a five-point lead over Labour with just one week until the general election, a poll has found.

A survey by Ipsos Mori for The Evening Standard puts David Cameron’s party on 35 per cent of the vote, ahead of Labour on 30 per cent.   Read more »

Socialism is still rooted and the voters know it

David Cunliffe stood on a platform of return Labour to its socialist roots, and got pasted in the election.

Ed Miliband is facing the same issues.

It seems that these dinosaurs and the wider Labour movement simply don;t understand that socialism is rooted and the voters know it.

It takes Boris Johnson to cut through the nonsense in his Telegraph column.

According to some despairing Labour MPs, Alan has only to signal the tiniest flicker of interest, and there will be a putsch. All he has to do is almost imperceptibly incline his brow, and they will storm Ed Miliband’s office, hurl the fool from the window, and crown Johnson the leader without even the formality of an election. Such is the gloom, apparently, that now envelops the Labour rank and file.

As for us in the Conservative Party, we look on in bemusement – and we wonder whose side we are on: Miliband? Or the plotters? Some of us may be tempted to shrug, like Henry Kissinger when asked about the Iran-Iraq war, and say that it is a shame they can’t both lose. Others will be worried that the rumours are true, and that we may indeed be about to lose Ed Miliband – who is proving to be such a wonderful advertisement for the merits of voting Tory.

What an awesome sledge.

According to yesterday’s polls, he attracts the approval of less than half the Labour voters. He is less popular than Nick Clegg. People look at him eating a bacon sandwich; they listen to his sociology lecturer claptrap about “predistribution”; they mentally compare him to David Cameron as a prime minister – and they say: “Nah, sorry.” That is what Labour MPs are now getting on doorsteps across the country; that is why Labour has now fallen to 29 per cent in a recent poll.

It has reached the point where they may actually do something about it. They may summon the nerve to switch leaders with six months to go, in the hope that a new Labour leader would be swept in on a wave of ignorance and over-optimism and honeymoon-style enthusiasm.

If that were so, then the logical thing would be for the Tories to start a campaign to save the Panda. It would be in our interests to protect the poor beleaguered Lefty, leave him there masticating his bamboo shoots – in case he is replaced by someone more threatening. If all this stuff about an anti-Miliband plot is true, then it is time for Tories to save Miliband for the nation. We should all chip in to fund his much-ballyhooed American strategists, who seem to be giving the Labour leader such excellent – from the Tory point of view – advice.

I am offering myself as the founding president of the save the Panda campaign; or at least I would, if I thought he was really at risk. As it happens, I don’t think for one minute that Labour is going to junk its leader, inadequate though he is. They know that their rules don’t make it easy, and in their hearts they must know that Miliband is by no means their only problem.   Read more »

Lefty campaign busted for sweat shop labour

The workers paid just 62p an hour: Machinists at the CMT factory in Mauritius with one of the 'feminist' shirts it would take nearly two weeks' of their wages to buy.

The workers paid just 62p an hour: Machinists at the CMT factory in Mauritius with one of the ‘feminist’ shirts it would take nearly two weeks’ of their wages to buy.

This is just too funny and so typical of lefties who favour symbolism and slogans over actually doing the right thing.

It’s such a shame this story came to light before more lefties got involved and outed, we were probably only seconds away from Grant Robertson and Jacinda Ardern sporting them.

The Daily Mail investigates:

Feminist T-shirts proudly worn by Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman are made in ‘sweatshop’ conditions by migrant women paid just 62p an hour, a Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed.

The women machinists on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius sleep 16 to a room – and earn much less than the average wage on the island.

The £45 T-shirts carry the defiant slogan ‘This is what a feminist looks like’. But one of the thousands of machinists declared: ‘We do not see ourselves as feminists. We see ourselves as trapped.’

In this special investigation by the Mail On Sunday, Ben Ellery reveals exactly what is like for these women…   Read more »

Our next King comes good

It looks like the royal protocol people that have to mop up after Phil the Greek are going to have to their work cut out with King Charles.

Prince Charles has reportedly likened Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler.

In an unguarded comment about the Russian President’s actions in the Ukraine, the Prince of Wales told a woman who had lost relatives in the Nazi Holocaust: “And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler,” the Daily Mail reported.

The Prince’s comment could potentially be seen as criticism of the West for failing to confront Mr Putin over his seizure of Crimea. The annexation was a first by a major power in Europe since 1945.

Commentators have likened Russia’s handing of the Ukraine crisis to Hitler’s takeovers of Poland and Czechoslovakia and have criticised Mr Putin’s use of special forces in disguise to stir up tension in disputed areas.

The Prince of Wales, who is due to meet Mr Putin at the D-Day commemorations in France on June 6, made his well-intentioned but unguarded comment during a visit to the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Mail said.

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Labour’s problem is that incompetence is infectious

Dan Hodges is a Labour and a union man, he writes in the Telegraph about Labour’s troubles in the UK, which eerily echo the same issues Labour in New Zealand face.

Labour's lame photoshop job

Labour’s lame photoshop job

“They don’t have anything positive to offer the country and so they will resort to a dirty and negative campaign.” The words of Ed Miliband in a Daily Mirror interview last December.

This morning Labour has unveiled its latest attempt at raising the tone of the Euro election campaign. It’s a poster that portrays David Cameron and Nick Clegg as peas. They actually look like green peppers, but they’re not. We know they’re not because Labour has helpfully added the caption: “Cameron and Clegg, two peas in a pod”. Arrayed behind them are a range of assorted supermarket goods. “They put £450 extra VAT on your shopping bill”, the poster informs us. They may well have done. But not on those items, because most of the ones selected to feature on Labour’s poster are actually zero rated.

This is precisely the sort of shambolic announcement we see from Labour here, the latest being David Parker’s complete cock-up over budget figures.

Before the Euro elections, Labour insiders said the campaign would be the final test run for Labour’s election machine before the general election. And over the past week we’ve had a couple of clues about how that machine will perform. It will be smashed into a thousand tiny pieces and ground into the dirt, and a new block of flats will be built over the remnants.

Uh huh. And now the warning for the idiots, including Matt McCarten, in the so called war room, which given Labour’s own internal polling is fast resembling a bunker.

And now we have the poster. Again, it’s not the infantile depiction of Cameron and Clegg. Or the fact there isn’t even any internal consistency in Labour’s depiction of the relationship between the two men (in the PPB Clegg is Cameron’s fag, in the poster they’re twins). How does a party that is struggling to present itself as economically competent launch a national poster campaign that shows it doesn’t even understand the basics of how the VAT system works?    Read more »

Politics isn’t tiddly-winks or a pillow fight at a sleepover

Some people didn’t like my statement to Rachel Smalley on The now defunct Nation programme that politics is a “dirty, disgusting, despicable people playing a dirty, disgusting, despicable game”.

The ones who didn’t like that truthful statement in particular seem to be from the left, and have this belief that politics is some sort of intellectual exercise.

They would never have been beaten up by union thugs after a public meeting, or forcibly ejected by those same thugs from a meeting for heckling in the time honoured tradition of politics.

They will also likely not have had a war with their own party, or the opposition.

Don’t get me wrong, politics is the best game in town and mostly because there are no rules. Where those sooks whining about my statement prefer pillow fights I prefer knife fights…and I’ll trot along with a shotgun. Politics is about winning not cuddles or tiddly winks.

Now you know where I stand you will better appreciate my dismay at reading this:

Nick Clegg is sad at the moment. Not because of his party’s fortunes, but because of the low regard that so many young people have for democracy. He blames it on MPs shouting, telling the BBC’s Free Speech programme: “I long for a day when politics is actually done in our language in Westminster, which is a normal language, rather than this archaic, shouty, 19th-century language.”

He could have been talking about this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, where MPs roared and jeered as they usually do. Mr Clegg has never much liked this spectacle, and others agree with him: John Bercow, the Speaker, has a near-weekly habit of scolding Honourable Members for putting off voters with their ebullience.  Read more »

Getting real. Being green no longer a vote winner

In the UK, David Cameron is in a panic.

He’s behind in the polls and the Conservatives are losing votes to UKIP, which is cutting through on immigration and with its anti-climate change stance.

The British public is becoming wise to the green scam.

So Cameron is throwing the touchy feely green crap out the window.

David Cameron has reportedly told ministers to scrap the “green c**p” driving up household energy bills.

The Prime Minister, who once promised to lead the “greenest government ever” is said to have privately ordered to find a way to ditch green commitments that are putting added financial pressure on consumers.  Read more »