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Tears of impotent rage over union backed win of Andrew Little

There are plenty on the left who are crying tears of impotent rage at the union backed win of Andrew Little.

None more so that poor wee Andrew Geddis, the man who can’t bear to speak my name.

Labour just made the wrong choice, in the worst possible way.

Obviously, I think that the decision to choose Andrew Little over Grant Robertson was the wrong one however it came about 
 that’s because Grant is a good friend whom I think will one day make a fantastic Prime Minister of New Zealand. So Andrew Little could be the reincarnation of Jack Kennedy mixed with Bob Hawke by way of Michael Joseph Savage (which he most certainly isn’t) and I’d still be lamenting the Labour Party’s decision to appoint him leader ahead of Grant.

So let’s put aside my personal disappointment at the actual decision that Labour has made and instead look at how it has done so. Because it looks to me like it’s created an almighty cluster&*k.

Nah let’s not…Andrew should cry some more his tears are delicious.

First, Little beat Grant by just over 1% of the weighted votes cast. That’s about as close a margin of victory as you can get, achieved on the third round. So the overall mandate for Little’s leadership is 
 fragile, at best.

Second, Little lost heavily to Grant in both the Caucus and the Membership vote in every successive round of voting. Little was the first choice to be leader of only four of his colleagues (assuming he voted for himself, that is). Only 14 of 32 backed him as leader over Grant by their third choice – meaning 18 of 32 think Grant is a better person to lead them. And in respect of the membership vote, Little was consistently 10% behind Grant at each stage of the vote.

The thing that gave Little the edge, of course, was his support amongst “affiliates” – which means those unions that still retain membership ties with Labour.    Read more »

Harden up, it’s politics, not tiddlywinks

Some weak panty waists in the UK are having a sook about some sweary behaviour.

The glamorous aide behind George Osborne’s trendy new image has been accused of bullying in a real-life The Thick Of It-style Whitehall row.

The Chancellor’s adviser, former BBC producer Thea Rogers, has been branded a ‘pitbull’ by Treasury officials, who claim she shouts and swears like TV spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, played by Peter Capaldi.

They say she hurls four-letter insults and has ‘tantrums, rants and hissy fits’ when she is unhappy with their work, leaving colleagues in tears.

Well-placed sources say the Treasury’s Permanent Secretary, Sir Nicholas Macpherson, has spoken to officials ‘bruised’ by Ms Rogers’s behaviour.

Ms Rogers, a former producer to BBC political editor Nick Robinson, has been credited with transforming the Chancellor’s public image since he hired her two years ago.

Mr Osborne’s dramatically reduced waistline, Caesar-style, close-cropped haircut and his high-profile tours of factory floors across the country have all been overseen by the aide.

But a Treasury insider who claims to have witnessed ‘Thea the pitbull’ treating staff badly said last night: ‘She is confrontational and humiliates people who displease her – often in the middle of meetings.

‘She has tantrums, rants, hissy fits and screams at people whose work she finds unacceptable. Some people were reduced to tears.’

The Mail on Sunday has been told Ms Rogers was accused of ‘astonishing rudeness’ in the run-up to a major speech by the Chancellor earlier this year in Tilbury, Essex, when Treasury aides struggled to find local bosses to join the audience.

A female civil servant involved in arranging the Chancellor’s visits reportedly ‘reached the end of her tether’ with Ms Rogers.

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We’re not scared of no Green Taliban – let’s build more roads!

The righties in the UK aren’t pussy footing around – they know that their economy will be boosted by a good roading network, and instead of pandering to minority hand wringers, they’re out and proud.

David Cameron will today embrace what Margaret Thatcher called ‘the great car economy’ as he unveils plans for the biggest roadbuilding programme for almost half a century.

The Prime Minister will announce a £15billion boost for more than 100 projects to be completed by the end of the decade, resulting in hundreds of miles of extra lanes on Britain’s motorways and trunk roads.

Can you imagine headlines like that for New Zealand?  All you would get is wall to wall whining from the Greens and Labour through their MSM mouthpieces, with just one or two little op-eds here and there saying it might actually be a decent idea.

Mr Cameron’s announcement echoes the ‘roads for prosperity’ scheme unveiled by Mrs Thatcher in 1989 to boost ‘the great car economy’, which promised the largest expansion of the roads network since the Romans.

But many schemes were quietly abandoned in the mid-1990s after environmental protests and spending cuts.

Addressing the Confederation of British Industry’s (CBI) annual conference in London today, Mr Cameron will say the Government is to set out the first-ever long term ‘roads investment strategy’ for the UK in Chancellor George Osborne’s forthcoming autumn statement. Read more »

Beating women will bring them to goodness

Over on The Daily Blog Keith Locke thinks the way to solve the problem of Islamic terrorists in New Zealand is to talk to them and dissuade them from their Jihad.

For some strange reason he is of the opinion that fanatics can be reasoned with. Since no one has ever been successful in persuading Keith Locke to be a National Voter I am gob-smacked that he thinks it is even remotely possible to change a fanatics belief system. He goes on about our civil rights being affected by our governments fight against terrorism yet the only even remotely possible way to change a fanatic would be to take away their rights, incarcerate them and then try to indoctrinate them. Indoctrination from childhood often is how they got that way after all.

Keith also totally ignores the threat of the adults already here as his ‘ solution ‘ focuses only on the youths heading in that direction. If we remove the adults who are peddling the hate then how are the youths going to be affected? You must attack the root of the problem.

The Prime Minister claims there is a growing threat from New Zealanders attracted to Islamic State and he wants to increase state powers to watch such people and take away their passports.

I believe there is a better way to discourage would-be jihadists than the state enacting measures that erode the civil liberties of all New Zealanders.

Rather than go down the punitive route, wouldn’t it be better if the government worked with a willing Islamic community to educate any youths who might be heading in an extremist direction. Punitive measures will further alienate such men and lead them to hide their plans. In other words, it will be counterproductive.

-Keith Locke

Meanwhile in the UK the kind of people Keith thinks can be talked out of their extreme beliefs have successfully infiltrated public schools and universities.

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Rodney Hide on the myth that is child poverty

Rodney Hide slays a few lefty myths…like the existence of child poverty in New Zealand.

Leftists and troughers are working overtime to make child poverty the new reason for funding them and centralising control.

Their catchcry is 250,000 children living in poverty. Their problem is if it were true we would notice.

We know what child poverty looks like. Many of us have witnessed it overseas. All of us have seen it on TV. We don’t see it in New Zealand.

We see children neglected, for sure, and that makes us both angry and sad. But we blame the parents, not poverty. And, if personal responsibility makes us squeamish, we blame welfare for three generations of dysfunctional and non-existent parenting. It’s been public policy for years to sponsor child neglect.

Nonetheless the “child poverty” drums are beating. I was made aware of just how hard by the NZ Initiative’s weekly newsletter reporting classic journalistic over-egging and UN propagandising.

The UN should but out, and start preparing a defence against their global warming scam.

Fairfax’s Stuff.co.nz reported last week that Unicef had “slammed progress” on child poverty in New Zealand.

Really? I didn’t believe it and on your behalf put myself through the agony of reading yet another UN rubbish report. It doesn’t “slam progress” on child poverty. That news was made up.

All the UN report says about New Zealand is that along with the UK and US, we were “moderately affected” by the “Great Recession,” that our big change in the family benefit system was in 2012 to institute a “higher rate but lower income ceiling” and we are reported as middling along in various charts supposedly showing us where we fit in the child poverty stakes.

The news report is puffed out with various child poverty warriors beating the drum and Prime Minister John Key having to defend the government’s record against the false accusation that the UN had “slammed progress.” Such is the state of news reporting in New Zealand today.

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This explains a lot

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Many people can’t fathom the crazies of Islam, and you’ve all heard the epithet “mad Mullahs”…but it seems that there may be sound reasoning as to why they seem unable to act like reasonable human beings.

Inbreeding…I’m not kidding. It seems cousin shagging is all the rage amongst Islamic nations and peoples.

Nikolai Sennels is a Danish psychologist who has done extensive research into a little-known problem in the Muslim world: the disastrous results of Muslim inbreeding brought about by the marriage of first cousins.

This practice, which has been prohibited in the Judeo-Christian tradition since the days of Moses, was sanctioned by Muhammad and has been going on now for 1,400 years in the Muslim world. This practice of inbreeding will never go away, since Muhammad is the ultimate example and authority on all matters, including marriage.

The massive inbreeding in Muslim culture may well have done irreversible damage to the Muslim gene pool and extensive damage to its intelligence, sanity, and health.

According to Sennels, close to half of all Muslims in the world are inbred. In Pakistan, the number approaches 70%. Even in England, more than half of Pakistani immigrants are married to their first cousins, and in Denmark the number of inbred Pakistani immigrants is around 40%.

The numbers are equally devastating in other important Muslim countries: 67% in Saudi Arabia, 64% in Jordan and Kuwait, 63% in Sudan, 60% in Iraq, and 54% in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.   Read more »

A timely tune up for NZ media

This story is a timely tune up for NZ media.

It is not ok to hack phones but journos think it’s ok to reproduce stories off hacks in NZ, and worse still a hack against another journalist.

A former journalist with British tabloid the Sunday Mirror has pleaded guilty to hacking into voicemails in pursuit of an exclusive story.

Graham Johnson admitted guilt Thursday and will be sentenced Nov. 27. The 46-year-old had turned himself in to police after learning of the arrest of colleagues on similar charges.

Johnson said he was taught how to hack into voicemails by a supervisor and had used the technique in 2001 while investigating a possible affair between a soap opera actress and a gangster. He told the court he didn’t know the hacking was illegal when he did it.

District Judge Quentin Purdy praised Johnson for confessing his crime.

Britain’s long-running phone hacking scandal has led to the closure of the News of the World tabloid and numerous arrests.

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Please let Steffan prove this wrong

Steffan Browning thinks that homeopathy can save people from ebola.

Perhaps he might like to comment on this:

International Development Minister Desmond Swayne has dismissed concerns that Ebola is spread by zombies.

The Tory front-bencher told the Commons he had to enlighten a constituent who believed zombies were responsible for the escalation of the killer virus.   Read more »

Poms whinging again about Haka

Every time the All Blacks go to the UK the Pommy media proves what every Kiwi knows about bloody Poms, they are whingers.

They are once again moaning about the haka.

Ahead of the All Blacks v England match at Twickenham this weekend, the chief sport writer at Britain’s Daily Telegraph, Oliver Brown, has attacked the Kiwi side’s use of the haka. Far from being a vibrant display of power, it is, he writes, “hidebound by political correctness, such is the terror at executive level of offending the world’s No 1 side”. Brown has form: he caused upset last yearwhen he revealed the motivational mantra on the All Blacks’ team-room wall ahead of an All Blacks-England clash. The Herald reposts his piece on the haka in full below.  Read more »

The fun police are still prowling

Every years some busybody wants to ban fireworks.

Eventually they will win, they will just grind the politicians down.

It is all about foisting their beliefs on the rest of the population, even some of my commenters agree, that we should sit for hours in traffic, struggle to find a carpark to sit at a big display in a park or stadium somewhere for 30 minutes to go wow…instead of having a BBQ, enjoying our backyards or beaches and then celebrating something that is actually our heritage and history.

Imagine if we had people wanting to stop Christmas or Easter or Ramadan.

Why should Guy Fawkes become the preserve of the corporates who can afford the large displays.

Imagine all the kids who will the joy of writing their names in teh air with sparklers.

These wowsers need to get a grip…they always want to remove things because of danger…well, when are they going to start calling for the banning of cars, boats, swimming, rugby, hunting and every other enjoyable past time with a risk attached?

When will they interfering stop, if ever?

Of course the Herald saw this as vitally important so they put their senior reporter ‘Tainted’ Fisher on the job.

This year, it may just be Parliament which torches Guy Fawkes Day.

A ban on the personal sale of fireworks – which went on sale yesterday – is to be considered by a parliamentary select committee this Wednesday, November 5 – Guy Fawkes Day.  Read more »