Russel Norman

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Apparently, shock, horror, politics is dirty

So Nicky Hagar is shocked that politics is dirty.

Yeah about as dirty as writing a book using stolen emails when you are a person who constantly rails against spying by the state.

Now we know what a sanctimonious hypocrite Nicky Hager really is.

Apparently it is also a revelation I talk with National politicans. Well duh Nicky!

What I want to know though is why he hasn’t published any of the emails from the numerous Green and Labour MPs I communicate with…or the back room operators of both parties?

This is the third book Nicky Hager has been involved with that involves stolen/hacked emails.

What he hasn’t realise though now is that he has created a free for all environment against all journalists where their emails are fair game. Let’s call it the “Hager Precedent”.

What is ironic is that the very people who have been marching in the streets protesting and speaking at public meetings against the GCSB bill and government are now either directly involved or justifying the spying on a member of the media.   Read more »

This is the nastiest election ever, will the left wing leaders speak against it?

Anti-semitic vandalism in Mt Albert

Anti-semitic vandalism in Mt Albert

I have been involved in New Zealand elections right back as far as 1981.

I have had some input into all of those elections from a grassroots level, to back room operations to media.

Back in 1981, 84, 87, and 90 I was largely involved around the Eden electorate, one of the most politically active electorates in the country.

Elections were hard fought. I learned my heckling skills in the halls of Eden electorate and copped a fair few hidings with union thugs outside afterwards.

I was well versed in the the real rough and tumble of elections.

Back then though sign graffiti was one of two things…it was either humorous or it was just wanton vandalism. At one stage in 1984 signs were going up along Gillies Avenue and other arterial routes that were nailed to the wooden lamp posts and power poles that were on ply with a simple black and white text sign of a3 size that said simply “Good Night Aussie”…a play on the then take off of ‘The Waltons‘  on ‘McPhail & Gadsby‘.

We went around in teams with glue and paper changes so over night the signs were changed to “Good Luck Aussie”. We fought a long running battle over those signs but it was always in good humour.

In all my years of political campaigning though I have never seen the filth that is being spewed forth on signs now.   Read more »

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Does Russel Norman stand by all his statements?

The Green party likes to ask the gotcha question of the Prime minister…Does he stand by all his statements?

Well time for the show to be on the other foot.

Does Russel Norman stand by all his statements?

Russel Norman’s talking down the economy again – lamenting the state of the dairy industry.

Falling dairy prices are highlighting the danger of National’s economic strategy that focuses on the export of a few, simple commodities, the Green Party said today.

Dairy prices are down 8.4 percent this week – a 41 percent fall from their highs in February. Whole milk prices are down 11.5 percent largely due to weaker demand from China.

“National’s economic strategy has simplified our economy and concentrated our exports on a few, low-value-added commodities,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

“We want businesses to get on with innovating and exporting high value products that command high prices and support high wages.”

“National has bet the farm on the farm and it isn’t working. A growing reliance on one or two commodity exports has made our economy more vulnerable to commodity price swings.

“Producing increasing amounts of milk powder also has huge, downstream environmental impacts. We need to build a smart green economy with much lower carbon emissions and water pollution.

“A smarter way forward is to invest in innovation and policies that support our manufacturing and ICT export sectors.

“National is not building a strong, resilient export sector.”

Perhaps someone might like to ask him:   “You are proposing a carbon tax of $25, starting at $12.50 on all dairy farmers. You said at the time “they could afford it”. Now that dairy prices have fallen 41% are you going to abandon that policy?”

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Why isn’t David Cunliffe insisting Fonterra sell all its overseas holdings?

via TV3 News

via TV3 News

Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd. (FCG), the world’s largest dairy exporter, plans to boost investment in dairy farms and plants in China and other emerging markets as rising demand pushes milk prices higher in the next decade.

“We need to look outside of New Zealand, we need to look at other milk pools,” Chief Executive Officer Theo Spierings said on a conference call today after the Auckland-based company reported an 18 percent rise in first-half profit. “If we only focus on New Zealand, we’ll lose market share, we’ll lose relevance.”

— bloomberg.com, March 2013

David Cunliffe created Fonterra you know.  He did.  He’s so proud of it.  It’s on his CV.  And Fonterra are doing so well, they are expanding by buying overseas properties.  In China, even. Read more »

He should give up eating Chinese instead

David Cunliffe, too late for Dry July, has decided to not drink from now until the election….like that is going to help him.

He’d be better off giving up eating Chinese, though I hear he stopped that two months ago.

Dry July might be over, but political party leaders are giving up booze until after the election.

Prime Minister John Key confessed to guests at a fundraising event this week that he has been on the wagon since his return from a Hawaii holiday last month.

Labour leader David Cunliffe hosted end-of-term drinks last night at Parliament and vowed that would be his last glass of wine before the September 20 polling day.

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Cunliffe said he had taken up the “wowser challenge” and would drink water from today.

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