How do you know Bill is worried about something?

How do you know Bill English is worried about something?

He starts blathering on about it.

Former Labour MP Shane Jones is “trying to find a home” and if he does run for New Zealand First won’t make much difference to their vote, Prime Minister Bill English says.

“He’s still trying to find a home,” English said of the mounting speculation Jones will soon announce his candidacy.  

“It didn’t do the Labour Party any good when he was there. And I think it’s yet to be tested – if and when this sort of game of seven veils comes to an end and he actually joins some political party.

“I think the idea that one person joining politics has a big impact at this stage of an election cycle is a bit exaggerated.”


Shane Jones appeals to red blooded working males, especially those up north…and middle NZ voters who may or may not have previously voted Labour but swung across to National under John Key.

Jones was a Labour MP for nine years and served as Immigration Minister, Trade Minister and Building Minister. He retired ahead of the 2014 election to become the Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development, a role created by former Foreign Minister Murray McCully.

That role ends tomorrow and there has been speculation Jones will subsequently announce his candidacy for New Zealand First.

Labour leader Andrew Little said he wasn’t worried Jones would capture any Labour-leaning voters. Labour could work with its former MP, he said.

“Let’s assume that the speculation is correct, just for one moment, yes, I have total confidence in our ability to work well with Shane Jones. He is well known to and a friend of Labour.”

So, Little is worried too.

Shane Jones will appeal to those swinging middle voters who were quite comfortable supporting a John Key led National party but who now feel free to shop around. They can’t bring themsleves to vote for Andrew Little or Labour, and neither are they that enamoured with Bill English.

These are the voters Shane Jones appeals to.

Little and English show their fears by talking about someone they think is irrelevant.

 – NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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