Russel Norman

Things are pretty bad for Cunliffe & Labour when Brian Rudman attacks

Brian Rudman usually saves his columns in the Herald to call for subsidies for the arts or the building and/or restoration of his favourite theatre.

A dyed int he wool cloth cap socialist spending his last days in print typing away interviewing his keyboard he sometimes comes up with a ripper.

Yesterday he excoriated David Cunliffe and Labour:

Late Saturday night, while Labour Party workers were still cleaning up the blood from the worst electoral thrashing the party had received since 1922, leader David Cunliffe was busy on his computer trying to save his skin. In a mass mailing to members and supporters he said, “Let’s congratulate ourselves” on “a campaign well-fought” and declared his intention to stay on as leader.

Just how he can declare himself “immensely proud” of a campaign that resulted in Labour receiving 22,353 fewer election night votes than in 2011 against a two-term National Government is a mystery. Only measured against the 2011 election night calamity when Labour lost 165,000 votes on its 2008 result, does Saturday’s result start to look less than a total disaster.

After the 2008 debacle, leader Phil Goff immediately fell on his sword, to be replaced first by David Shearer, and then when he was judged to be under-performing, by Cunliffe. Now it’s Cunliffe’s turn. His departure seems inevitable.

It was a disaster. Nowhere int eh world, generally, does a government win a third term on an increased vote, and certainly not ever before under the mMP system, let alone majority. The scale of the disaster for the left has yet to be realised.

It took National two election to recover from Bill English’s disastrous 2002 election campaign. I suspect it will take Labour much longer. Especially as their fool leader won’t quit.

Whether kicking and screaming or gracefully is over to him. The problem for Labour is, who next? The retread, David Shearer; the steady back room policy wonk, David Parker; or the new generation team of Grant Robertson and Jacinda Ardern?

Labour’s challenge is not just solving its leadership problems. It also has to decide whether it wants, in two years’ time, to celebrate its 100th birthday celebrations as the generally accepted, centre-left “broad church” alternative to the National Party. Under MMP, this is no longer a given. Since the election, both Green co-leader Russel Norman and New Zealand First’s Winston Peters have made claims to the leadership of the Opposition. A try-on for sure, but with Labour stuck in its present doldrums, is it any wonder the mice are playing?

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To Martyn, Martin, Kim, Laila, David, Russel, Metiria, Pam and all their fans

What the Green party thinks of democracy

Butter wouldn’t melt in Russel Norman’s mouth, nor in Metiria Turei’s.

They constantly hoodwink voters, mostly women from the leafy suburbs I might add, into voting for them on the pretence that they are nice and caring.

But their party harbours people like Rob Taylor.

nastygreens

How lovely.

For all of you who were tricked into thinking the Greens are nice…I pity you and what you have supported today with your vote.

 

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Credit:  SonovaMin

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The Empire Strikes Back: Official resistance to New Zealand investment in China

The Markets and Banking reporter for the NZ Herald, Christopher Adams has this story

A high-profile Chinese dairy commentator is calling for China’s government to block Fonterra’s investment in Hangzhou-based infant formula maker Beingmate, showing criticism of foreign investment isn’t a purely one-sided affair when it comes to the business relationship between New Zealand and its biggest trading partner.

Foreign investment, particularly from China, has returned to the forefront of public debate in this country since it emerged that Shanghai Pengxin, the owner of the Crafar Farms, wants to purchase the more than 13,000 hectare Lochinver Station in the central North Island.

Opposition parties have opposed the potential sale and NZ First leader Winston Peters has gone as far as vowing to buy back strategic farmland from foreigners.

But it looks like New Zealand is copping a bit of its own medicine in China.

Time for the Labour, Green and NZ First hypocrites to take their medicine.  They are all very happy about Fonterra sticking it to them foreigners, but lo and behold if we were to let them buy stuff here!

It’s simply dog whistle politics that is fueled by the xenophobia that used to be Winston Peter’s personal brand, but has since been adopted by the Greens and Labour as well. ¬† Read more »

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I’m sure this is all above board

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Green Party leader left standing around looking useless, again

Points for trying to look like he walks the talk I guess, but:

Greens co-leader Russel Norman was literally up in arms about public transport yesterday – but he still missed the bus.

Norman was heading from a TV3 appointment in Mt Eden to Auckland Airport and, as a good Green, opted to use the Airbus Express service.

But he could not attract the attention of the driver, who drove straight past.

Venting his frustration, he tweeted: “Hey Airbus, you know how you just drove past me on Mt Eden Rd even tho I was waving my arms rather vigorously, it doesn’t help PT [public transport].”

The fact that the bus driver probably recognised him and drove straight past may not have occurred to Russel.

It’s quite consistent of course.

Labour have been driving past the Green Party as a coalition partner for years.

Of course, the old Green Party was ¬†all about change, whereas this one is all about power. ¬† Russel feels so close to introducing new taxes and banning half of life’s pleasures that he needs changes of underwear several times a way.

“Airbus will only stop if hailed by a passenger (wave)” says the Airbus website. None of this worked for Norman.

He told the¬†Herald on Sunday¬†that he often uses the Airbus service and it’s usually reliable.

This time, however, the delay meant he had to change his flight and was late to his next appointment. He said the Greens transport policy would “have the trains running to the airport by 2025″.

Way to go Russel. ¬†A bus driver doesn’t pick you up, and your solution is to install another expensive train set.

What it really shows is that public transport is useless for people that have to be places and be on time.   Stop trying to pretend otherwise.

 

– Herald on Sunday

After last night, not a single farmer will vote Green (still)

via zimbio.com

via zimbio.com

Russel Norman has come up with a whole new tax:  The Farmer Water Tax.  3 News has the story:

The Green Party says it’s considering a water tax on farmers, but it’s not saying how much.

Co-leader Russel Norman said on The Nation it’ll be up for the industry to decide what’s appropriate.

“It is [the Greens' intention to charge for use of irrigation],” says Dr Norman. “There should be some price. We should negotiate with industry what that price should be for irrigation water.”

It’s not the first time the Greens have floated the idea; in 2011 they campaigned on taxing farmers 10 cents per tonne of water used. But this time around, Dr Norman is remaining tight-lipped on what the tax would be.

Of course he is. ¬†The idea of a water tax is bad enough. ¬† The last thing he wants is people to know how much he’s coming for. ¬† Read more »