Stuart Nash

The Boagan signs up Brian “Opinion-for-Hire” Rudman

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By now, regular readers will know all about Michelle “The Boagan” Boag’s campaign to steal $2.1 billion from the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust to give to her new friend Lyin’ Len Brown so he can build his trainset a bit earlier than planned.

But remember, this is The Boagan we’re dealing with here. Her campaign is going about as well as when she got caught videoing the Winebox Inquiry, or when she made Bill English leader of the National Party, or the Blackheart America’s Cup fiasco, or her “help” in John Banks’ mayoral campaign

If The Boagan’s involved you don’t have to wait long for a fiasco.

And so it has happened again.

Of the original Ten Dwarfs, The Boagan recruited to her $2.1 billion snatch, it turns out some didn’t even know they were meant to be involved.

The original Ten Dwarfs were:

  1. Kim Campbell – from the Employers’ and Manufacturer’s Association
  2. Michael Barnett – from the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce
  3. Tony Garnier – from the Auckland Business Forum
  4. Stephen Selwood – from the NZ Council for Infrastructure Development
  5. Barney Irvine – from the Automobile Association
  6. David Aitken – from the National Road Carriers Association
  7. Heather Shotter – Committee for Auckland
  8. Cameron Pitchers – from the Campaign for Better Transport
  9. Connall Townsend – from the NZ Property Council
  10. Jeremy Sole – NZ Contractors Federation

Whaleoil’s spy at the big meeting to plan The Boagan’s campaign say as soon as they got wind of what she planned, Barney Irvine, Connall Townsend, David Aitkin and Jeremy Sole decided not even to show up.

Tony Garnier did show up but made clear he was there only to listen and wasn’t signing up to anything. Stephen Selwood turned up and spoke strongly against The Boagan’s $2.1 billion snatch.

Now the tipline is running hot with news Michael Barnett of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce had his eye off the ball and didn’t really know how he was being used by The Boagan. His board is furious. They knew nothing about the snatch.

Even the Boagan’s old winebox mates at Russell McVeagh weren’t impressed either when they found out they were being asked to unleash the legal dogs of war against AECT.    Read more »

Three years or six? Or more?

Tim Watkin has an interesting post at Pundit about the task ahead for Labour’s new leader.

He wonders whether or not they have a three year project or a six year project in front of them.

Whoever wins, Labour won’t be a charismatic party that voters will turn to as an exciting alternative to National. Instead, whoever wins will have to win back voters’ trust through being dependable, decent and speaking to the interests of the many.

‘Decent’ recalls Jim Bolger’s ‘decent society’ slogan, and Bolger would be a pretty good role model for any winner. Not a flamboyant or visionary politician, but one who knew how to win elections.

So who to vote for? For me Labour Party members will need to start by asking themselves this question: Can Labour win in 2017?

Essentially, is this a three year or six year project? Is one of those four the next Labour Prime Minister? Because that answer suggests different people.

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Why I respectfully disagree with my learned friend Mr Rodney Hide

Rodney is getting ahead of himself in today’s column

The horse that I would back in Labour’s leadership race isn’t running. Stuart Nash hasn’t put his hand up, presumably because he has figured he wouldn’t win. That Nash hasn’t a chance shows what’s wrong with Labour.

Nash is a winner. And Labour needs a winner, more than anything.

At the last election Nash won Napier from National. He bucked Labour’s losing run to score 3500 votes more than Labour’s sitting MP, Russell Fairbrother, did in 2008. Nash knows how to take votes from National.

Oh, he wanted to run alright.  A lot of people had to sit on him hard to stop him from doing it.  The timing is just wrong.  At this stage, Labour need a crisis manager.  Someone who can do the wet work and become deeply unpopular in the process.  Someone who puts party ahead of self, and gets down to a term of setting the Labour party up for a win in 2020.

Anyone who takes on that job will make too many enemies, will have too much baggage, and isn’t going to be a good choice to run for future PM.

When Goff, King, Mallard and their journeymen of the Clark era have found that their lives outside of parliament are more productive for both themselves and the tax payers, then it is the time for Labour to do like a phoenix and rise from the ashes.   Read more »

The most powerful man in New Zealand Politics according to Martin Martyn Bradbury.

Super Politics Guy

Super Politics Guy

Just how powerful is this man that Martin Martyn Bradbury can’t stop blogging about?

Apparently he is incredibly powerful and can control government organisations and individuals  as well as the MSM.

According to Bradbury he is Super Politics Guy, able to leap two story OIA requests in a single bound. When he snaps his powerful fingers things happen and people get rinsed.

Here is a selection of quotes from a number of different posts written by Bradbury about Super Politics Guy.

 

He can control the Police:

Which begs the question, did a friendly cop who likes ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ decide the hard drive wasn’t stolen…

While we are on that, could we ask again why ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ had his complaint against Hager actioned within 36 days when Don Brash couldn’t get his actioned after a year?

Super Politics Guy ‘ on the other hand has an investigative journalist’s house raided within 36 days of making his complaint.

I. Dont. Understand.

 ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ makes a complaint to the NZ Police that his emails were hacked and stolen on August 28th. By October 2nd, the NZ Police had 5 Officers search Nicky Hager’s house for 10 hours. That’s 36 days.

That’s unbelievable isn’t it?

Super Politics Guy ‘ whom the PM calls regularly and describes as ‘colourful’, gets his complaint actioned within 36 days with a 5 cop, 10 hour search. Don Brash, the leader of the Opposition at the time, gets nothing after a year.

The Labour Party made a formal complaint regarding the allegations in Dirty Politics on the 1st of September, the Greens made a complaint on the 14th of August, yet it is ‘ Super politics Guy’s ‘ complaint made on August 28th that has had priority. Whose interests are the NZ Police serving here?

 

He can control the MSM:

…the mainstream media. Their slavish, uncritical devotion to Key for 6 years has been caught out by their deep involvement with ‘ Super Politics Guy

In short, while the compromised mainstream media who have empowered  ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ as much as Key has tries to claim Key will win by a 50% landslide

It’s incredible that TV3’s 3rd Degree had the money and resources to use ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ as a source again to track down 3 of Kim Dotcom’s former workers in the Philippines for the shock horror revelation that he may have called NZers ‘cheap arsed farmers’ once and yet not one single member of the entire NZ news media can seem to track down and interview Jason Ede…

They don’t want to investigate Dirty Politics any longer because most of them are all complicit in helping and enabling

Super Politics Guy ‘ and want that conveniently forgotten.

Look at this picture…

Chart showing Super Politics Guy at the centre of all things Political

Chart showing Super Politics Guy at the centre of all things Political

 

…what’s missing? Conveniently all the mainstream media contacts Super Politics Guy ‘ fed.

I certainly believe that there are many in the mainstream media who are complicit with ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ in progressing the Dirty Politics agenda of demonising anyone they see as a threat

Every day I have rushed to read the paper to see if a breaking story on the Ede-‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ emails had broken yet. They haven’t. Day after day, where are these emails? We know Rawshark sent the emails to David Fisher and Matt Nippert, yet nothing

 

He can control the Labour Party:

Both of ‘Super Politics Guy’s‘ mates leading the Labour Party?

That’s just too depressing to even consider.

So let’s give the sleepy hobbits what they want, uncomplicated boiled meat and 3 vege politics led by ‘Super Politics Guy’s ‘ mate, Stuart Nash as leader.

The graceless win of ‘ Super Politics Guy’s ‘ mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here ‘ Super Politics Guy’s ‘ mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into Hone’s face.

 

He can control the election result:

Can Labour be saved? Why ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ & National won and why we need a new media

So why did ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ and National win such a thundering victory?

 

He controls the SIS and the GCSB:

Did the SIS/GCSB just take down @whaledump from Twitter?

As Whaledump gets close to releasing the ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘/Ede emails, the deep State has moved to shut down what is now being seen as a national security issue.

 

He controls the National Party and John Key:

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The farce whitewash that Key is trying to push through here for the inquiry into Judith Collins role in a hit on the SFO should enrage any NZer, regardless of how they vote.

Super Politics Guy ‘ won’t be forced to appear, it’s happening after the election and the scope is as tiny as Key can make it.

It’s a farce, a whitewash, a joke.

How could ‘ Super Politics Guy ‘ have known what was in OIA request before he got it?

 

Corporate bludgers costing Kiwi households up to $800 per annum

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Bludging is rampant in NZ society.

But it is corporate bludging that is most outrageous.

And it is costing us a pretty penny. The Taxpayers’ Union has released a new report into corporate welfare and bludging.

The Taxpayers’ Union has launched new a report, Monopoly Money, which examines the cost and case for New Zealand’s extensive corporate welfare programmes. The report follows recent comments by TradeMe founder Sam Morgan, who questioned the Government’s corporate welfare programme, despite having been involved in companies that have received grants in the past.

The report, which examines the cost of corporate welfare examines government spending since the 2007/2008 budget, shows:

  • Since National took office, corporate welfare has cost taxpayers $1-1.4 billion ($600 – $800 per household) per year
  • If corporate welfare was abolished, enough money would be saved to reduce the corporate tax rate from 28% to 22.5%
  • If applied to personal income tax rates, the saving would allow the 30% and 33% income tax rates to be lowered to 29%
  • Alternatively, the 10.5% rate (applicable to the first $14,000 of income) could be reduced to 7%.    Read more »

Nashy bows out

I think Stuart Nash has made a wise decision not to participate in Labour’s leadership spill.

It promised to get messy and it is my belief that no good will come of this battle as the caucus seeks to rid themselves of David Cunliffe.

Napier MP Stuart Nash has ruled himself out of the Labour leadership contest so he can turn his electorate into a “Labour fortress”.

Mr Nash had previously indicated his decision would be influenced by whether list MP Andrew Little was in a position to stand.

Mr Little’s place in Parliament was confirmed on Saturday following the counting of special votes.

Last night, Mr Nash confirmed his withdrawal from the contest and said he had decided against standing after a meeting with his team yesterday. Mr Little’s situation had had only a small bearing on his decision.

“We had a good look at everything and decided there’s a whole lot of work to do in Napier … to turn Napier into a Labour fortress.”

 

Meanwhile Andrew Little, a man so unlikeable he has been rejected comprehensively by the voters of New Plymouth twice and can’t win an electorate seat is probably going to have a tilt at the leadership.   Read more »

Everyone is focusing on the wrong people

The Labour leadership race is a load of rubbish.  It will be a Clayton’s choice, and for some strange reason, very few commentators can see it.

Cunliffe’s detractors, if they want a credible claim to form the leadership of the party, must attack him in such a way to convince Labour’s membership and the unions that the MP for New Lynn is a lousy leader, as they seem to believe.

Acting leader David Parker is surely the best person for the job, having spent more time working with Cunliffe as his deputy and finance spokesman than anyone else in the caucus. A neutral in the last leadership contest, his voice would not be the outburst of a loyal member of the Anyone But Cunliffe club.

So far Parker is silent, saying only that it is not “tenable” for Cunliffe to remain leader. Given the statement it is equally untenable for Parker to continue working closely with Cunliffe, so he might as well go all in and dish the dirt. There are several questions Parker is well positioned to answer.

Did Cunliffe demonstrate the stamina to cope with the workload which inevitably comes with being opposition leader? If the answer is no, then he could not credibly claim to be prime minister in waiting.

Just how much did Cunliffe focus on the few televised debates, which while good for his personal branding, may not have done much for Labour’s campaign? Apparently a lot of time was spent preparing, months in advance, sparking snipes that the performances were a vanity project, designed to convince Labour’s membership to keep Cunliffe leader after he inevitably lost the election.

Robertson also has some questions that he must be ready to answer. Read more »

Can Duncan Garner Count?

Duncan Garner’s addled brain may have let him down in a piece on the Labour Leadership on Stuff.

Duncan is known as a man who is all too fond of the good life, and trying to keep up with Winston Peters may have eroded some of his brain cells. I was once taught that you have one mouth and two ears and they should be used in that ratio. All too often Duncan Garner uses his with entirely the wrong ratio.

Garner writes this about Stuart Nash winning Napier. It shows that the comments above are both justified and perhaps even a little kind.

I like Stuart Nash. He’s a totally likeable rogue.

But he’s dreaming isn’t he? This is just a vanity thing. He’s drunk his own Kool-Aid.

He’s the Shane Jones of this race. He’s red-blooded and proud of it. And if there’s going to be a race – then he wants to be part of it. He’s got lead in his pencil after winning Napier – just don’t mention he only got there because the Conservative’s Garth McVicar split the vote on the right.

So Stuart Nash won Napier because the conservatives split the vote.

Did you actually look at the results Duncan? Or were you too busy gobbing off and not actually listening and analysing.

Here is the analysis Duncan. I’m posting it for you so you can continue with the wine, women and song rather than having to do any actual thinking. It’s ok I’m used to having to provide real analysis when other drop the ball.   Read more »

Don’t do it Stu

Stuart Nash has rightly been focussing on retaining Napier and cementing the seat as his base.

However with the ructions in Labour, and despite stating he wasn’t entering the race for the poisoned chalice of Labour’s leadership, there are rumours swirling around that he is preparing to enter the race.

Predictably it is Andrea Vance peddling the gossip, which if I am correct in guessing came from someone who rang me yesterday to ask if I was close to Nash and could confirm the rumours. I didn’t call him, but I see the gossip is now being peddled by Vance.

The race to be Labour’s leader may no longer be a two-way contest, with Stuart Nash said to be seriously considering a tilt at the top job.

The newly elected Napier MP is biding his time to see if former union boss Andrew Little will throw his hat in the ring. Little’s political future hangs in the balance until tomorrow, when the official election results are declared.

If Little, a former EPMU president, did make it back to Parliament on the list, and decided to enter the primary contest to choose the leader, Nash would not run, a source said.

Nash had earlier ruled it out, saying it was too soon for him.

An insider said he backed away as the caucus waited to see if David Cunliffe would resign and leave Grant Robertson to run unchallenged.

“[He] didn’t want to be the one to trigger a leadership battle that the party had no appetite for.”

But sources say he is reconsidering as the rivalry between Cunliffe and Robertson has turned increasingly bitter. “This is the last thing our party needs, two people going hammer and tongs at each other. It will just turn off New Zealand,” one source said.

Nash is being lobbied hard by Maori and Pasifika members of the party, who believe neither of the two declared contenders can unite the divided factions.

A wildcard option, Nash, 47, represents a break from the rivalries that have torn the party apart in the last three years.

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Nash is never going to let Napier go again

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Stuart knows that the next election started on the 21st of September.   He also knows you win and remain an electorate MP one vote at a time.   If you think you can use social media, a few billboards and a (fire truck) gimmick for 6 weeks every 3 years then welcome to electioneering Internet Mana Party style.

Labour needs more of these really hard working MPs if it is to have a significant future in New Zealand politics.