Scott Simpson

Armstrong on Mallard’s moa delusion

John Armstrong muses about the rationale behind Trevor Mallard’s moa media stunt.

Trevor Mallard’s mind-boggling suggestion to harness science to bring the moa back to life will likely end up being much-a-dodo about nothing.

And won’t David Cunliffe be relieved. Trying to breathe life of its own into his faltering leadership, Cunliffe had recently promised that Labour henceforth would be focusing on “the things that matter”.

Mallard may have misunderstood his leader, but it is unlikely that the “matter” Cunliffe was referring to was recovered DNA from moa egg shells.

Along with his front-bench colleagues, Cunliffe had to grin through gritted teeth as they were lampooned mercilessly by Government MPs for much of Parliament’s afternoon hour-long question-time and beyond.

Never one to look a gift moa in the mouth, National’s Steven Joyce kicked off the mass ribbing by manipulating his forearm and hand to resemble the neck and head of a moa and then waved the ensemble at arriving Labour MPs — a pantomime act so polished that Joyce must have devoted all but a few moments of his lunchtime to perfecting it.

The subsequent deluge of puns and wisecracks became progressively more lame from thereon — with one exception. When Winston Peters got to his feet, National backbencher Scott Simpson interjected: “A live moa!”.

Trevor Mallard must have done this on purpose. To cause a day of distraction for Labour, unfortunately it also distracted from anything positive that DAvid Cunliffe had to say about anything and ended up sidetracking the leader.  Read more »

Is Scott Simpson advising Stuart Nash?

Yet again Stuart Nash gets coverage of his signs being vandalised, exactly as my oldest friend in parliament, Scott Simpson, teaches all up and coming politicians.

Nash appears to be playing the Simpson game to perfection.

Labour’s candidate for Napier, Stuart Nash, who has is firmly against amalgamation, says his ‘No to Amalgamation’ signs have been attacked a fourth time by vandals.

Mr Nash said campaign volunteers have repaired several signs around the city after vandals applied large adhesive vinyl stickers to the signs, altering the anti-amalgamation message to “Yes to Amalgamation”. This follows vandalism incidents on the same signs in February and April.

Mr Nash says the repeated “sophisticated attacks” are a bad look for the pro-Amalgamation lobby in Napier.

“First the vandals attacked the signs with red spray paint. Then they cut out part of the message and returned again to paste another message over our signs. Now, they’ve gone to the trouble of designing,printing and applying large vinyl adhesive stickers – the kind used on motor vehicles. These are sophisticated, determined attacks and not random acts. It’s hard to believe these attacks aren’t being coordinated by people involved in the pro-amalgamation lobby,” he said.

“I strongly urge the board of A Better Hawke’s Bay and other pro-amalgamation groups to publicly condemn these actions and advise their supporters not to partake in this kind of destructive, illegal activity.

“The irony is these attacks just give more oxygen to the amalgamation issue and the opposition to amalgamation. Sign vandalism as a means of activism is a hallmark of the political amateur, ” Mr Nash said.

 

- Hawkes Bay Today

A good old fashioned donnybrook in Wairarapa

Wairarapa is shaping up to be a real stoush with Labour’s bookie candidate having a pissing contest with National’s winemaker candidate over who is the most dedicated to the local cause.

I’m not sure how a bookie can claim anything other than an ability to perpetrate misery (using Labour’s logic) on the locals through the promotion of addictive gambling practices…but then again the National candidate sells booze for a living.

A war of words has broken out between Wairarapa’s National and Labour election candidates over who is most committed to the electorate.

Labour’s candidate, Kieran McAnulty, said yesterday he would not seek a position on his party’s list because he was determined to get into Parliament by demonstrating his dedication to the electorate, which included Waipawa, Waipukurau and Dannevirke.

His National Party opponent, Alastair Scott, hit back, saying Mr McAnulty was simply scared he would not achieve a high ranking on the Labour Party list.

Mr McAnulty said he believed he was the only Labour candidate not seeking a list position.

His announcement is part of an ongoing stoush between the Masterton-based pair over which has shown more commitment to the electorate. Read more »

Does Matthew Hooton use iPredict to promote his mates?

Everyone knows corporate whore Matthew Hooton is as cunning as a sh*thouse rat and has been very successful in taking large sums of money of people who want politicians lobbied.

What is not so well known is how Hooton uses iPredict to promote his mates in parliament.

Last week it was immediately putting the socially inept Paul Goldsmith up as a minister, even though Goldsmith is as popular with his peers as Nikki Kaye is with hers.

Promoting Goldsmith may help the Hooton faction, but it would alienate all Paul’s benchmates who think he has so little empathy the way for him to gift ACT Epsom is to campaign more.  Read more »

Didn’t anybody warn her?

Peter Goodfellow and Desley Simpson. Photo / Norrie Montgomery

Peter Goodfellow and Desley Simpson. Photo / Norrie Montgomery

National Party powerbrokers Peter Goodfellow and long-term partner Desley Simpson have married in an intimate service at a resthome.

Goodfellow, president of the National Party and heir to a $500 million fortune, married Simpson in a chapel at the resthome of St Andrew’s Village in Glendowie where his elderly father lives. Read more »

Is Simon Bridges really a future National leader? Ctd

Simon Bridges has always had the look of someone who thinks he will become Prime Minister almost by default.

He has a few things going for him like a safe seat and a reasonable media presence, but he looks like he is more of a Bill English, David Shearer or David Cunliffe type leader than a John Key or a Helen Clark.

What happened to English, Shearer and Cunliffe is they thought they could do well in the polls through natural talent, not through hard work and building up their party and people to make sure they could win. Like English, Shearer and Cunliffe, Simon Bridges is doing little build up his own caucus, or the National Party or the vitally important donor base.   Read more »

Has Nashy been getting campaign advice from Scott Simpson?

Stuart Nash must have been talking to my good friend Scott Simpson about how to get some traction on the campaign trail.

His signs have been vandalised and he scored the whole front page in the Hawkes Bay Today

Napier Labour Party candidate and anti-amalgamation campaigner Stuart Nash believes a defacing campaign of his “No To Amalgamation” signs was not random vandalism and there were “political motives” behind the attacks.

The words “No To” had been obliterated by black spray paint.

“This kind of vandalism does no good to those on the other side of the debate, and I hope this action was not sanctioned by those running the pro-amalgamation lobby – but it’s hard to imagine they didn’t know,” Mr Nash said.

“This doesn’t appear to be the random actions of some yob on the way back from town, but rather a deliberate attempt to manipulate the message.”

Three of the signs, at the intersection of Hyderabad Road, Carlyle and Thackeray Streets and Georges Drive, were damaged during the weekend but Mr Nash’s stance was not shaken and he had replaced them.   Read more »

Is Scott Simpson batting for the other team?

Scott Simpson is my oldest and longest friend in National’s caucus…what he doesn’t know about skulduggery and the dark arts of campaigning isn’t worth knowing. Much of what I’ve learned about the despicable side of politics I learned from Scott in the trenches of Eden electorate.

I know it is summer break from Parliament but c’mon Simpson… Beaumont and Moroney!!!!

Perhaps he should be over at Pauanui calming down the locals who are facing the prospects of having all the beach and reserves handed over to Maori instead of cavorting at the races with the Labour party…who we all know are against gambling when it suits them.

Can a Carpet Bagger Win Selection Safe Blue Seat?

The National Party has some safe blue seats coming up for selection in 2014. Hunua and Clutha-Southland are the two safest blue seats in the country, and the candidate selected in these seats will have a long career in parliament without ever having to worry about their majority.

This means carpet baggers looking for a easy seat that takes them straight to Wellington without having to campaign seriously will be buzzing around Hunua and Clutha-Southland like flies around shit. I don’t object to this, opportunists can win, and because National has been so useless at succession planning they do not have a stable of good candidates ready to run in safe blue seats like Waikato, Taranaki-King Country or Clutha Southland.

Carpet baggers can win selections in safe blue seats even if they have little connection to the seat. John Key won Helensville despite not having any real connection to the electorate. Though to be fair that was a head office stitch up of monumental proportions. Maggie Barry won in North Shore when there was no good local. My oldest friend in caucus Scott Simpson won Coromandel despite having no real connection to the electorate other than a bach. The common factor in these seats was the low party membership, meaning the Party HQ could stitch up selection for a chosen candidate.  Read more »

Hunua selection looks interesting

Paul Hutchinson’s retirement leaves a gap in a very blue seat that many aspiring National politicians will be looking closely at.

Rumours in the electorate are that the ninth floor want to parachute in a “star” but they have been told this won’t be happening as the locals are jealously protective of their right to choose their own candidate rather than have one imposed on them in Wellington. David Kirk’s name comes up repeatedly.

The problem for the ninth floor is that Hunua recently overtook Northland as the largest membership seat in the country, and with over 1300 members there will be no regionally appointed delegates so no ability for the regional hierarchy to stack a selection for an outsider.   Read more »