Trevor Mallard

The Pressure is on Chris Bishop

New National List MP Chris Bishop has been getting rave end of year reviews from all the media. Bishop is a brilliant speaker in the house, and very adept at getting on with the media. but quietly arrogant when amongst friends.

Back bencher of the Year. National’s Chris Bishop. It’s not easy for a rookie MP to rise above the rest but Bishop did. He is destined for bigger things in a future National government.

The problem for Bishop is he is a scum List MP and a second class citizen as a consequence.

He failed in his first test, beating Trevor Mallard in Hutt South, much to the disappointment of the Labour Party hierarchy (including neighbouring MP Chris Hipkins) who arranged for the Hutt South boundaries to be redrawn so Mallard would lose. In fact Mallard won by 709, following a relatively lacklustre campaign from Bishop.   Read more »

MP Expenses – A comparison between two MPs and a hippycrite

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The Media Party are going for the headlines in who spent the most where…but they are missing the comparisons when it comes to MP expenses.

Sure it makes for great headlines that Tim Groser had his sleeves shortened, or Gerry Brownlee staying in a hotel that cost $2100 a night. Most of those expenses are in the course of trade related visits. They certainly aren’t in the league of Clayton Cosgrove miraculously losing three items of luggage and having to get new suits each time. Whilst he might be the world’s most unluckiest Business Class traveller where they managed to lose priority luggage several times he certainly didn’t need to trough it up and get new suits…luggage turns up eventually.

However if you look at comparisons between similar MPs you get to see where the real troughing is.

Take National’s List and Wellington based MP Chris Bishop. Now I’m no big fan of Chris Bishop, but look at his expenses for the 91 days between 1 July and 30 September 2015.

His out of Wellington accommodation is $889 and his air travel is $4333 and his land travel costs were $2813 for a total of $8,036. This is $88 a day for accomodation and travel.

Sounds large, but let’s look at some other Wellington based MPs.   Read more »

Twitter clogged up with lefties swearing, study finds

We all know that Twitter is infested with lefty arseholes who just love the bully pulpit that Twitter has become.

Left-wingers are prone to swearing on Twitter while conservatives are more likely to talk about God, a study suggests.

In analysing nearly a million tweets from more than 10,000 users, researchers not only found left-leaning liberals to be potty-mouthed, but also found they used more individual words like ‘me’ while conservatives opted more for the group-oriented ‘us.’

While the data was based on followers of Republican or Democratic party accounts, it reinforced previous studies suggesting left-wingers (think Labour and Green Party supporters) have a greater sense of their own uniqueness, while right-wingers (that’s National and ACT Party voters) are more likely to emphasise group identity and consensus.

‘Sh–‘ and the f-bomb were among the top ten words used by lefties (after common words were removed).

Researchers believed swearing was associated with lefties using more emotionally expressive language than their political opponents.   Read more »

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Audrey Young exposes Labour and the Greens on their flag opposition

Audrey Young lashes Labour and the Greens for their flag hypocrisy.

With the list of the final 40 just published, the debate has barely begun, apart from the objections by Opposition parties – two of which appear to be opposing the review for opposition’s sake.

Quite what Labour and the Greens will do when the debate gains momentum will present a conundrum for them. They cannot continue to attack the referendum process without indirectly attacking New Zealanders who are interested in it and want to be part of it.

They have ignored a basic principle in politics as in life: to thine own self be true, or the voters will see right through you.

It was understandable for the parties to rail against the Government asset sales programme last term – even though National won a mandate for it – because it was against Labour and Green policy.

But to rail against a review of the New Zealand flag – which National also promised at the last election – when it echoes your own party’s policy is simply dishonest and erodes trust in a party.

How can you trust a party that objects to its own policy?

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A Good Judge Nails a Feral Drunk Driver

Judge Tony Adeane, easily the best judge in the country, has taken a tough line with a feral described as New Zealand’s worst Drunk Driver.

A Hastings man, believed to be the country’s worst drink-driver, has been back in court, this time for damaging two holding cells while in custody.

Brian Mitchell Hart, 59, told police he did it because he wanted to go home to his kitten.

He pleaded guilty to two wilful damage charges in the Napier District Court yesterday, admitting he damaged cell-door windows while in custody at the Napier Police Station and at the court on June 28 and June 29 respectively.   Read more »

Worst Labour slogan ever…after Vote positive

Trevor Mallard posted the latest Labour social media “staring at goats” meme on Facebook.

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Note we paid for it…the parliamentary crest tells us that.   Read more »

No wonder she keeps losing to Nikki Kaye

Jacinda Ardern has a puff piece written about her in the Marlborough Express.

It is all a bit sick inducing but there is this bit that is interesting.

Speaking with the Express before her talk, Ardern said she had chosen to share lessons she had learnt as a politician using social media in her presentation.

The series of RISE presentations had the theme, ‘Stand out in the world of digital disruption’.

Ardern, who has 26,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook and 32,700 followers on Twitter, said social media was a good way of showing people what makes you tick as a politician.

The time where politicians simply broadcasted their views on political issues had passed, Ardern said.

“People aren’t looking for press statements online – they’re looking for who you are.

“Some of the most popular posts on Facebook aren’t political. They’re pictures of my mother.”   Read more »

Labour repeats policy idea from last year and touts it as new policy

The Labour party clearly don’t understand that there is something called Google…which enables people to search the internet for things.

Like announcements made last year which are the same as the announcements made this year.

This is what they had to say in June 2014:

The Labour Party says if elected to government it will entice immigrants away from Auckland by increasing incentives for them to accept jobs or establish businesses in regional New Zealand.

Labour also says it will manage inward migration to reduce peaks and troughs in net migration, thereby taking pressure off an overheating housing market.

The party’s immigration policy was released by immigration spokesman Trevor Mallard on Saturday morning. Here’s the full policy document and Mallard’s statement here.

“Around half of permanent arrivals to New Zealand move to the Auckland region. If our policies were based on the development of some of our most promising regions this could be a trigger for attracting some migrants to these centres,” the policy statement says.

“This approach holds greater promise if a particular industry or types of industries were clustered in a region for the recruitment of highly skilled migrants and businesses specifically for that region. In this way immigration can be a critical input into regional development and a brake on growing our cities even bigger.”

Labour says over time new industries could be located in provincial centres, and existing industries there could be supported by smarter immigration and investment policies.

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How many politicians would it teach to use social media?

Jacinda Ardern commented on Facebook.

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I would have thought this was a risky strategy from Trevor Mallard.

After all they run the risk of those formerly illiterate people wising up and voting National rather than Labour.

But it does raise an interesting situation where people normally disposed to changing the flag now running counter to that simply because it is John Key’s referendum.

It appears that labour’s new get John Key strategy is to oppose the referendum and deliver him another loss.

Winston Peters is onto a winning though bashing the flag change.

Peters began his submission by disputing the time given, saying “everybody should get far more time, five minutes on a serious issue like changing our flag that could last a long long time?”

He said the country hadn’t asked for a flag change and all of the public polls so far suggested there wasn’t an appetite for it.

“The reason we made our submission is because we’re not going to be frog-marched. People can go out and vote informally and that will become the majority on the day and there’s no reason therefore to go any further wasting public money on a second referendum.”

Voters had the right to use their referendum paper to write “I support our flag” instead of ticking a box, he said.   Read more »

Political Scandals in an alternative MSM universe

Pony-gate has fascinated the MSM and has been given a thorough going over. In an alternative MSM universe there would be so many other political scandals worthy of this kind of attention and the ‘ gate ‘ moniker.

Here are a few that leap to mind….

Swissball-gate

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Labour MP Darren Hughes resigned from Parliament yesterday as witness reports emerged of a distressed, naked man on the street near Mr Hughes’ Wellington home on the night a youth complained to police about an incident of a sexual nature.

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