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  • Carl

    pic…

  • Nige.

    Wasapilot answered last nights question with:

    “very good at certain things.”

    What is your talent?

    • MaryLou

      Fishface. Suck both cheeks in between your teeth really tightly so front of lips pucker up. Then gulp, like a fish! I’d show you, but you wouldn’t see it from there.

      • Vutekno

        You mean the Darth hager look?

        • MaryLou

          That’s it.

        • Dave

          With respect to Marylou, i doubt she can maintain it as expertly as Hagar can 24/7 with absolutely no effort.

          • MaryLou

            :) No you’re right – you feel a bit “puckered” after a minute…

    • Carl

      Eating pork products, especially bacon.

    • 1) Knowing when I’ve answered a question before
      2) same answer as last time: nothing. Jack of many trades, master of none

    • Left Right Out

      I manage to alienate people pretty well….. I guess it could be called a talent… I call it being honest….lol

    • Curly1952

      Well Nige, it really depends who you ask. My grandkids think i’m wonderful and am multi talented, my kids used to think the same but they grew up

    • rantykiwi

      Making an utter mess of my life.Every decision I’ve made of late has been sub-optimal, except for the ones that have been way worse than that.

      • Dave

        Join the club, and i thought i had that to myself.

      • Odd Ball

        Never put yourself down, some peoples role in life is to do that for you, so you don’t have to..

    • Dave

      Juggling. Side to side, front to back, walk the dog, thread the needle. I was determined to learn many years ago after a life lesson.

      An old grump was holding court at the bar late one night at “the Park” in Dunedin, and showing off his juggling skills to his mates, the nice young barmaid asked if she could have a try, he replied “ohk no lass, this needs years of practice, takes real patience and skills” A minute later his mates said, Jock, and gestured he should turn around, there she was juggling three champagne flutes. He stood up, said good night and left. in talking to her after, she had been juggling for a fair while, and after a few more drinks she lent me her balls and with her tuition and my employer picking up the drinks tab, I managed to learn over a few days. It is relaxing, and every time I pick up the balls, can recall the lesson.

    • LovetoTeach

      Swearing. I really need to rein in it.

  • Nige.

    I walked around the corner today and interrupted Pete doing one of his daily chores…

    https://imgur.com/gallery/RlqGnOo

    • JEL51

      Hey Pete, that’s our Lochie !!

      • Nermal

        Handsome cat

        • JEL51

          He thinks he is a Lab.

          • Brent

            This is our cat Munter, He thinks he’s a Flower

          • MaryLou

            Geez, can’t you find him a bigger pot???

          • Brent

            He’s sulking because he’s band from the House for giving the dog a Hiding

          • MaryLou

            Hahaha – what was the dog, a chihuaha?

          • Brent

            Foxy.

          • MaryLou

            Oh. Fair fight, then!

          • Brent

            Na the cats twice the size of dog and Jess know’s to keep away from him. She was asleep in front of the heater last night and Munter went for the head so he’s got a 2 week ban.

          • MaryLou

            We’ve got a 4 month old Lab and now daughter wants a kitten. I love having cats, so no issue in theory, but… is it wise? Is the dog likely to eat it?

          • Brent

            The lab will love it to Death, Good time. We bred Lab’s and they always got on with the cat’s

          • MaryLou

            Heh – just showed daughter what you wrote – happy girl! Thank you.

          • JEL51

            That is why our cat thinks he’s a Lab. He was mothered by our dog when he arrived here. Now Cat will take-on any other dog that arrives.

          • MaryLou

            How old was your dog when you got the kitten?

          • JEL51

            She was six mths, so perfect age. I’d post photo if only I could copy it. They are the best of mates.

          • Dave

            We had a cat, then kids had to have a dog, and it was a lab. They were best mates as they grew up together, slept together in colder weather but the cat was the boss. To our surprise she had kittens, and the lab was proud to help mother them with her best mate. Then when the kittens were 6 to 8 weeks old and mum was weaning them we found one of the kittens trying to suckle the lab, the lab was kind of okay with it, but the kitten was padding madly. Over the years they were all great mates, one male kitten, Simba would go to the lab, place his front paws on her ears, and push him to lie down, and then suckle. Funniest times were just before feeding, lab would get excited at being fed and start wagging her tail, the young cats saw movement, and attacked, repeated many times, so many fab memories.

          • MaryLou

            In which case, I’m thinking…. 2 cats! We’ve always had 2…

          • JEL51

            Absolutely, a great big Sunflower ;)

          • Nige.

            Someone dropped something off today. They saw my cat Jumpy and said “what do you feed her?” I told her “Ive seen bigger”

            I can vouch that Munter massive.

            He is the biggest cat i have ever ever seen.

          • Michelle

            Looks like he has an attitude as well

          • JEL51

            Oh yeh, he has just spent the last 20 mins watching us do a ‘panic’ as we discovered a fast-moving-grey-thing on 2nd shelf where the pasta hangs out, in the pantry. There is only one way that got inside and he was quite entertained by his own ingenuity.

          • Michelle

            bet he didn’t offer to help either
            our old dog used to have to catch the mice and take them outside
            she used to hold them in her small front teeth then throw them outside

          • JEL51

            Exactly what happens here.

    • Nige.

      And then later on I snuck up on him again while he was moderating…..

      https://i.imgur.com/S6sjXsv.gif

      • Wow Nige. You didn’t get my good side.

        • Nige.

          I got your frontside. Didnt think to ask to see your backside.

        • Left Right Out

          side…. mate you have your own postcode….lol

        • EpochNZ

          We’ll send up a satellite to get the other one then…

      • Carl

        I thought it was a German hacker still living in Auckland.

        • Nige.

          The two are incomparable

      • Nechtan

        Can’t be Pete, I can’t see Mjölnir.

      • Gazza

        Is he a crim German LOL

        • Nige.

          Ahhhhh…..no.

          As you can clearly see Pete above looks as though he only weighs 350kgs.

          Big difference.

          • Gazza

            Is that really Pete HAHA

          • Nige.

            No. Pete has more hair

          • Gazza

            Isnt he a little monkey LOL

  • MaryLou

    Well I never. Spoilt brats at TV3 publicly complaining about what they didn’t get from the employers they’d publicly slammed. If my children behaved like that… well, they wouldn’t. A bit of personal pride goes a long way.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11644413

    • metalnwood

      I was going to post about that if it hadnt already been mentioned.

      Here we have a guy, John Campbell, the champion of the poor and downtrodden being given a parting gift of the same nature and cost that most of the people he ‘represents’ would get and be happy about when they leave a workplace.

      For him, nope, I guess a $10k gold watch was in order, after all – he is not really like the people he wants to represent, he is better.

    • justhinking

      I always figured i got paid to do my job so why should i get a gift when i leave. A thank you, good luck wishes are all that are needed.

    • Jim460

      Here’s the thing. At our work we buy each other our parting gifts. Our employer usually gives something as well, but the ‘parting gift’ is from our colleagues, and far more meaningful. So to me if someone is moaning about an insufficiently-expensive parting gift, then all that says is that their co-workers didn’t like them.

  • DemocKot

    From the you cant make it up Russia file. President Putin being shown a UAZ truck watch the face of the general behind Putin when the door handle comes off…(wonder if he still has a job or been sent to Syria)
    Like the good old Lada days…

    • Disinfectant

      Ah Ivan – salt mines Siberia.

  • Huia

    Always good for a giggle if you are not too sensitive.

    • rantykiwi

      Can’t see it myself.

  • Disinfectant

    Is the Chinese Premier in New Zealand?

    Here’s some evidence for all you WO sleuths out there.

    Around 2.00 pm in Queenstown today the Police were conspicuous on and around the streets in Queenstown.

    On being asked the Police were tight lipped. The only intelligence gleaned was that it was a male politician.

    The calvacade emerged from the Sofitel Hotel, which came down onto Shotover St and headed North then did the unexpected by turning up Camp St and into Memorial back to the round a bout of Gorge and Stanley Streets. Police then stopped any vehicle from slotting in behind. Police stayed around probably expecting a return.

    About 6 or 7 vehicles made up the Calvacade. The drivers and their occupants were Asians resembling Chinese.

    So whos in town, and so important that they require State protection and secrecracy.

    • Carl

      I wondered what the cops were doing just standing at the intersection of Man and Lake Street when I was driving home. Were there for about 45 mins. John Key said on Paul Henry this morning that he had met with Lui Qibao a senior representative of the Chinese Politburo.

      • Disinfectant

        If it was this person no one would have known or taken any notice if the Police and the calvacade had not been so conspicuous.

        • Gazza

          Are you saying they all look the same HAHA

    • Chris EM

      Don’t tell anyone I told you…but…It’s officials from the Chinese government, they’re buying up property and small towns before Winstone Peters becomes PM in 2017.

    • Gazza

      Did they stop at Malbas for a beer and a punt , like I do when visiting Qtown :)

      • Carl

        My local, will ask for you on Friday.

        • Gazza

          I line on Dunedin mate , I travel up to qtown once a year for a 4 day weekend , I was there in feb , I normally go down for a beer and a bet on Saturday and Sunday , I normally stand by the big tables in front of the racing channels , I had some good success there this time

          • Carl

            It’s a good bar because it is a bit more of a locals bar rather than a tourist one.

          • Gazza

            Yep , s3xy and friendly bar maids :) , yep the only real local i guess there is pokeys , the only one apart from the casinos ,
            Montys is OK as well

  • Wasapilot

    It appears a group of scientists have come up with the proof that global warming is being fueled by giving cows antibiotics.
    I kid you not. See thie link to the BBC story below.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36368734

    • MaryLou

      So given this line “This was a surprise, as previous studies have found little or no impact on the dung.”, why does one study out of many, get deemed conclusive?

    • Dave

      I have used this analogy before Wasa, but Cancer has only been found in living Humans and animals, so to eradicate cancer, we could simply eradicate all humans and animals – problem solved, no more cancer. Likewise global warming according to the doomsayers, its all man made, so the answer is…..

    • Michelle

      l think global warming is being fueled by menopausal women suffering from hot flushes

  • shykiwibloke

    We have all watched in horror at the slow destruction of Venezuela at the hands of socialists.
    Yet still this lefty tripe is foisted upon us by the lapdog MSM.
    Here is an interesting update on the current situation:-
    https://youtu.be/nTH7-Gpr8GA
    And here is what our socialist citizens think – but I had to go back a couple of years. Funny how they have gone quiet for a bit…
    https://iso.org.nz/2013/05/21/the-legacy-of-hugo-chavez-venezuela-and-the-bolivarian-revolution/

    • Odd Ball

      Thanks for the link, it was well worth listening to.

  • Usaywot

    TV one at it again, pimping the homeless. Biggest mistake was showing the bunch of losers hanging around Queen St. They are desperate for a hit on the govt. Probably terrified the Budget will be a good one.

    • MaryLou

      Yes, I’m sure it is purposefully timed. This is nothing that has happened this week, or this month. I do wish Bennett could have been a bit more measured in her response though, far from distraction or diversion, she’s given ammo that there actually might be a problem. Even if there isn’t.

      • Wasapilot

        I dare say Steven Joyce will be having some choice words with bennett. Some have said she is a future PM, can’t see it myself.

        • MaryLou

          I can, but not for a good 10-15 years. She’s not there yet…

        • Nige.

          She’s ok but she doesn’t have the mongrel in her.

          • XCIA

            Talking mongrels, I found this poster of the homeless brigade that infested the motorway arches in the 80’s. There were about +/- 30 of them who perceived they had the ultimate lifestyle, party all night, get up for a free feed, blag off everyone in KRd and start again. I had to crop the slogan off the bottom of the poster as it caused much trouble at the time!

          • Dave

            Geez, they are seriously living in poverty, no Meth, P or even an Iphone to be seen. I hope the MSM and Andy or his master Matt Mc don’t read this, it could be fodder in yesterdays news tomorrow.

          • XCIA

            I recall they bludged a lot of bread, not to eat but to keep until it was stale so they could filter their methylated spirits.

          • Nige.

            Are you making fun of my dad and his brother?

            (Kidding)

          • Cadwallader

            I doubt the authenticity of this photo. This is a snap of last week’s Labour Caucus meeting…Jacinda must’ve been delayed at the airport. From the left at rear:Nash, beside him Mallard, on the left end of the sofa Hipkins, the one in the woollen hat seems to be Annette King and the one to her right is clearly in disguise. (Perhaps its Angry?)

          • Gazza

            Hekia knows how do given them a slap in the house

          • Nige.

            Hmmmmm I doubt she has the attention span.

          • Gazza

            Maybe but she really slaps Hippy ay Qtime :)

    • Dumrse

      Biggest was mistake was the Nat Govt caving into the MSM led Labour sponsored week long accomodation attack. Bennet should have shut her neck until post budget and Key didn’t need to tell Hosking anything until Mr English had time to deliver. Piss poor leadership.

      • Gazza

        But we would rather that , than the horrible alternative

      • Nige.

        It looks reactionary, doesn’t it.

        For an announcement like this it would surely have had a lot of planning and researching go into it, but to Joe average watching the news it would come across as pandering to a “problem” which was “uncovered” by labour.

        • Gazza

          Hang on Nige , you are getting a little ahead , remembering of cause the $41million was going to start on Sept ! , it will now start July 1 , the money for the re-establishing in another town , is only $750000 , it is a drop in the bucket , but most importantly , it is not new money , it will be coming out of the ministry’s budget starting July 1 , I don’t think its reactionary at all really , this would have been planned and only moved by 2 months ,
          Expect another game changer tomorrow , like last year , another slap for Labour and the last bit of mid left ground there is left LOL

          • Nige.

            Ok so it is reactionary

          • Gazza

            But it wont matter tomorrow after another game changer , Labours front bench will have quivering faces again , I noted Qtime yesterday , Robbos face looked absolutely over it , I think he is sick of waiting for his hapless boss to fall on his sword :) , another thing , watch Shearers face when Twyford is vilely slurring our wonderful government

          • Nige.

            Robo is just holding out for a few more months. He will already have something else lined up. He’s bit interested and doesn’t have the fire in him for political warfare. I’ll be very surprised if he makes it past the next election.

          • Gazza

            Bi-election number 2 , this will all help to drain the sausage sizzle money before the next Gelection , maybe shearer will go as well , he seems gutted when you see his face on the TV during Qtime

          • MaryLou

            He didn’t react well? I have more time for Shearer than most of the rest of Labour put together. Maybe he should pull a “Jones”.

          • Gazza

            I think he will

          • Michelle

            Any news about Jones l saw a headline about him being in hospital
            Dengue fever?

          • MaryLou

            No, I’ve heard nothing at all. Just figured he was probably too busy enjoying being away from that miserable bunch. He’s sick?

          • Michelle

            Yeah l saw a headline a couple of days ago and l thought it said something about dengue fever

          • MaryLou

            Oh dear, yes! At least he made it home for treatment, in Middlemore:

            http://m.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11642961

          • Gazza

            That could be lies , he could use that as a reason for resigning form his post , then latter on joining Peters and the circus animal party

          • Michelle

            true Winnie is all over the place getting his message out
            Seems like his last big push for the top job and with the polls going in his way he seems to have new vigour

            Would not surprise me if he does have another go with Winnie’s mob

          • kayaker

            You’re right about Winnie being all over the place. Everywhere but Northland it seems. We’ve just come back from a few days up there – they never see old Wins, he’s a joke up there.

  • Left Right Out

    Dire Straits are one of my all time fav bands…..

    • hookerphil

      Dire Straits is my all time favourite band.

      • Left Right Out

        The signed Love over Gold and this cd for me….. I got to hang with them in Brisbane for a week the last time they toured…. cool bunch of guys

  • XCIA

    Well, that was a week for the PM. Daughter graduates and son gets the key of the door, yes Max is 21 today – congratulations to Max.

    • Nige.

      Only 21? He comes across as level headed for his age

      • Gazza

        I see he has the knees out of his jeans , maybe not quite to level headed HAHA

        • XCIA

          I’m not fashionable and I have never understood the reason why you would cut the knees out of a new pair of jeans.

          • MaryLou

            I know! And you pay more for them than you would a perfectly good pair!

          • Gazza

            Perhaps he hasn’t got his dads monetary understanding in that case LOL

          • kayaker

            I think they buy the jeans like that.

    • pisces8284

      JK doesn’t seem to ever suffer from jet lag

    • Michelle

      Be nice to see him head off shore and be able to make his own way in the world without the haters over here

  • Vutekno

    Watching Question time today and particularly the ongoing daily sniping by Annette King to Jonathan Coleman. One gets the impression that King consistently spins her information and Coleman easily presents a coherent summary of facts in the face of her constant interjections and heckling.

    One day Jonathan should thank King because her constant questions give him the opportunity and forum to present the progress that he and National are making in this important portfolio. It seems clear to me that performance by National in Health has been a substantial improvement over Kings and Labours effort during their last time in Government.

    There will never be sufficient money to be able to do all that needs to be done in Health, but IMO national is doing a far better job than Labour ever did.

    • Nige.

      She doesn’t offer appear to have an angle and if you didn’t know any better you’d think she was on nationals side.

    • Curly1952

      I get sick of her screeching voice passing comment on everything

      • Carl

        I’m surprised with the warnings she seems to get from the speaker about her heckling that she has not been kicked out of the chamber.

      • Gaynor

        She sure has the “Left Wing Smirk” down pat.

        • Curly1952

          Yea, and she’s always looking up at the speaker like a lap dog saying did I do well huh huh?

    • Left Right Out

      Hosking gave her a good going over today about Labour campaigning on tax increases….. She swear they are not said they are going to increase taxes…. Mike read to her what Angry said to him… she still denied it

      Just one of the many bits of dead weight the reds need to cut loose

      • Dave

        Yes, but if they remove the dead wood, there is not enough “ballast” to keep the lights burning, they would be better to liquidate or close down.

    • JEL51

      Getting things out in Parliament is one thing, but they need to get the same information over to the general public. There is either no continued coverage/relay by the msm or one huge lot of misinformation going over the airwaves at night.
      One particular host I hear is very liberal with facts.

      • Vutekno

        Getting honest information on the Government progress is difficult I agree. The MSM certainly do not see it as useful news and if they do it is with the usual awful biase that typifies them now. I find question time useful supported by the National Party website.

      • Michelle

        They are putting their info out on FB as well, as usual they get the haters but a lot of people supporting them as well

  • Effluent

    I wonder why the artist couldn’t make do with a fig leaf …..

  • Nige.

    Who is going to be the new standout for the all blacks?

    • Left Right Out

      Cane!….. I’ve been impressed with how he has been playing this year….. and he finally gets a chance to own the shirt.

      Read seems to be back to his very best and with the likes of Dixon possibly being names at 6 the backrow looks awesome

      • Nige.

        I get the feeling kieran reid is going to be thrust into the spotlight by the media (even more so). I hope he has the mental discipline to deal with it.

        • Tiger

          He has got a very good support crew, in fact there appears to be a very good culture within the ABs Inc. Worthy of writing a business case about.

          • Barnacles2

            I heard Gilbert Enoka (ABs mental skills coach) speak a couple of weeks back. Fascinating how the culture has developed and how the team works, especially with regards to support and that no one player was bigger then the jersey. Richie would get called out for missing a tackle the same as a rookie. Compare that tight team to the Warriors….

      • Gazza

        You are right with Dixon coming in at some stage , but Cane ? if you watched the highlanders , the hairy dreadlocks chap was all over him that night , and he new it

        • Left Right Out

          Highlanders played Cane very well that night… it almost looked like it was Dixon’s job to engage him and not let him fetch……

      • Hailstormers

        Dixon yes. He’s got energy speed and nouse.

    • Gazza

      Naholo

  • rantykiwi

    This is seriously cool, and being auctioned to benefit the Westpac rescue helicopter – if I could afford to I’d bid.

    http://www.trademe.co.nz/art/prints/other/auction-1090431718.htm

    But read the description and then check out the Q&A – it’s drawn by a 15 year old mouth artist, and some dropkick has asked “why didnt you just use your hands?” I despair at the intelligence level of some in our society.

    • Nige.

      That was a good desicion sharing that here.

  • Nige.

    Oh yeah. On the radio headlines today “Andrew Little gives his support to Helen Clarke for the UN”

    Bahhh ha ha ha. The Kiss Of Death.

    I doubt Helen would be all too keen on having him in her corner.

    • XCIA

      If Auntie H had him in her corner, it would be standing facing the wall with a large pointy cap on his head.

    • Dave

      She will probably be okay, until Andy decides to call the un a crisis. Then she won’t have a chance.

    • Gazza

      Yep , it appears Clarke has been up to old habits at the UN

  • Nige.

    Sheesh. I’m all over backchat tonight. Just tell me to shut up if you’ve had enough…..but…..

    The other night greg m suggested I use my polystyrene offcuts to sculpt something. Well I’m sick of waiting for Bruce to come to the south island so I made my own at smoko.

    • Dumrse

      Geeeeeze, you seem to be having a whale of a time with you new found sculpting skills.

    • XCIA

      Looks like a nice plump pork chop ;-)

    • Brent

      Mass produce in plastic head to cast tail WO bottle opener

    • KatB

      First sign of romance since KGB’s I think. Bruce has been a bit lonely, but there’s plenty more fish in the sea, or on the internet.

    • Goldie

      That’s a work of art right there! Now, if you could produce a 30 foot long version of that, you could sell it to the ACC for $700,000. You could call it “Tongue of the Whale”.

  • LabTested

    The French Unions are at it again!

    The French Oil refinery workers have gone out on strike. Petrol stations across France are running dry.

    There are queues & rationing (& fights) at stations with fuel. Reports of foreign motorists stranded in their cars.

    The French tourism industry has taken a massive hit this year following the Paris Murders, So well done unions, just what your country needs with summer holidays due shortly. Give people another reason to avoid France

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/24/france-set-to-grind-to-a-halt-as-strikes-spark-fuel-shortages-an/

    • Aucky

      Nothing out of the ordinary though is it LT? May-June is the traditional strike season in France. The weather’s getting warmer, the long summer vacation starts in July and the students will all be away. Give it a day or so and the gendarmerie will be out with the water cannon and the tear gas. Situation normal.

  • Dreadnaught

    Random thought for the day.
    What would happen if the NZRFU came out and stated:
    The Haka will be officially suspended from all rugby matches until the dreadful child violence statistics with in NZ are reduced.
    The symbolism of the Haka in both its delivery and it supposed celebration are not appropriate given our shameful record of beating our children to death.
    I believe a message sent by big tough and highly regarded ABs would be a step in the right direction. Better than from wimpy MPs or the silent Maori enablers who claim leadership.
    2 cents worth.

  • Jude

    Have picked my super picks early.
    Have gone with Heart over Head.
    Go The Canes and the Blues:)!!
    I may slide further down the team score but whatever, decision made and saved:)

  • MaryLou

    Hmm. Doesn’t really look so hot when presented graphically. (PM ratings)

    • Asian_driver

      if the Y axis only went from 36 to 55 it would look even worse

    • Platinum Fox

      One should always be very cautious about drawing a conclusion from a graph with a shifted axis. It tends to exaggerate the slope of any trend line.

      The graph on the Reid Research website (http://www.reidresearch.co.nz/TV3+POLL+RESULTS.html) doesn’t look nearly as dramatic.

    • Gazza

      I really don’t understand this , what do the other 40% want , is it possible that some level headed voters when asked which party they will vote for say quickly National , and when they ask who do you want as PM , they just expect that will be Key , and possibly say they don’t care who the PM is , does that cut some of the poll numbers out , is this possible

      • Platinum Fox

        Most of the missing percentage will be undecided or don’t answer the question. A few nominate Cunliffe, Shearer, Goff, Clark and Ardern as their preferred PM.

        • Gazza

          The few , is about 3 % , it still leaves about 35% and the un decided about 10 , so is that 25% are saying they don’t care , and when they vote National they except he will be the PM any way

          • Platinum Fox

            It’s not clear from the Reid Research website what the undisclosed/did not answer/would not vote percentage is, nor is it broken down.
            There is a note that states that undisclosed/would not vote responses are not included in the calculation of the party vote percentages, but no explanation why they are not excluded from the calculations for preferred PM.

    • Moonroof

      Worst is 36%, hey Andy, divide 36% by 7%. JK is preferred by a factor of ~5. The truth is self evident. Perhaps Grant can give you some advice about being a popular leader, if you’ll take it.

    • johnandali

      As an avid National supporter, I have been very concerned about some of John Key’s recent decisions, and I must admit that I’m worried about him. Here are some of the dubious decisions he has made lately (in my opinion):
      1. The flag referendum. What on earth was he thinking of?
      2. Allowing Muslim refugees into NZ when there are thousands of Christian and other minority refugees who would assimilate, but don’t even get a look in.
      3. Allowing our Foreign Minister, Murray McCully to openly criticise Israel, while appearing to whitewash or even support the Palestinians.
      4. Sending McCully to Iran with arms outstretched in friendship, notwithstanding Iran’s record in their support of terrorist groups, supplying terrorist groups with rockets, money and weaponry, and their abysmal human rights record. And I won’t even mention the nuclear debacle.
      5. Welcoming Muslim mullahs from Egypt who are suspected of supporting the radical Muslim Brotherhood, to work in the mosques in NZ that were incidentally paid for by Saudi Arabia, another country with an abysmal human rights record that won’t even allow churches to be built in their country, and who are known to have instigated the 9/11 attacks in New York.
      6. His rather odd behaviour – the hair pulling. The stupid tea shop negotiations held in public. Not even noticing the microphone left on the table.
      7. Openly supporting Helen Clark as the next Secretary-General. As if the failing and faulty UN needs another left-wing person running it.
      8. The stupid sheep deal with the so-called Saudi farmer.
      9. His total support of the Waitangi Tribunal, and his willingness to give away our buildings, our schools, our forests, our national parks, our water, our farmland to disparate groups which do absolutely nothing to raise Maoridom out of the stone-age, while raising the ire of the 85% of New Zealanders who see their taxes and their hard work simply given away with no accountability and without any fore-warning.

      To me these constitute quite serious lapses of judgement by John Key. However, I’d rather see him as PM than Andrew Little, but I would plead with John to think about what he’s doing. It’s almost as if he’s engaging his mouth before engaging his brain.

      • Vutekno

        Seems to me you are blaming him for quite a number of issues that were not directly of his making. Such things happen in Government, I doubt the purity of reason and decision have been and are available to any leader.

        Also none of the incidents you note are big enough to sway most sensible people.
        Sometimes the game isn’t played to perfection but this man and his party have it mostly right IMO.

        Looking at the bigger picture, I’ve found is valuable at such times of introspection. Go well.

        • johnandali

          A number of decisions might not have been of his making, but he’s the leader, and he has to take responsibility for the decisions of his government. Many of the decisions were probably way outside his level of knowledge, but even so, you would think they would have passed over his desk before they were approved. It’s possible that he just gets bad advice. But when contentious decisions are made, you’d expect that there would have been some prior polling of the electorate to determine whether they are acceptable or not.

          • Vutekno

            Ok I understand you opinion on this but I hold the view that most would not agree otherwise it would have a detrimental impact on John Keys popularity and it hasn’t.

      • MaryLou

        He’s giving in to easily to what he must know is wrong. Like he is focused elsewhere. I agree though – letting Labour in would be a disaster. I think their own supporters even sense that.

        • Goldie

          He ‘s just being smart politically. He knows that the only way to keep National in power, is to appeal to the centre. I’m sure he knows that that may be abhorrent to the more right wing voters, but he also knows that that group would also never vote Labour / Greens?

          • johnandali

            Pray tell us which of the above decisions were politically smart?

          • Goldie

            Unfortunately, politically smart these days means pandering to what is “popular” to stay in power. I’m not saying that this is necessarily the best for the country, but it’s a whole lot better than the alternative.

          • HR

            Supporting Helen Clark. Not only did she reciprocate with the TPP and support National and Key, but he manage to annoy most of the labour supporters. It also keeps her out of the country for a few more years, so a stroke of genius

          • MaryLou

            McCully’s a loose unit – and I have to believe he his doing that which is party-sanctioned. I’m all for free trade, and the more the better, but whilst I could swallow a bit of a dead rat with the improvements being made in China, I cannot in all conscience say there’s anything ok about deepening ties with somewhere like Iran. Not now.

      • kayaker

        #7 blows your credibility. Think about it.

        As for the rest – I agree with other posters posting in the vein that you appear to think JK is responsible for everything and many of them are not enough to sway voters.

        You sound a little disaffected. Why not stay on with National and try to influence change? What’s the alternative? Labour? Greens? NZF? Any or all of the above?

    • Dave

      I think it’s a fantastic graph, and whilst JK might bounce around between an average low of around 40, to an averaged high of around 50, little Angry Andy, Cunners, Snapper Shearer or even Goff won’t have even made it to the same graph. Not even adding Andys ratings to Cunners would have challenged Keys ratings, it kind of puts it into perspective.

    • Crowgirl

      It’s a downward trajectory of course – probably to be expected after we’ve seen his mug for so long. Doesn’t change the fact he’s miles away from his competition and most people still like him though.

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