Candidates flee Labour’s toxic brand

You know a party’s in trouble when their own candidates stop using the party branding. We saw it last election with the Labour Party and Clayton Cosgrove. Now check out Labour’s Tamati Coffey in the Waiariki electorate.

In 2014 everything was red with Labour front and centre.

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Three years later the office is gone, the red is gone, and there isn’t even “Labour” on his car.

So, does Tamati think his own personal brand is stronger than the party’s, or as a candidate has he realised how toxic Labour’s brand is among his constituents?

Neither option is a good sign for the party faithful.

Could Winston lead a government with National?

This is a question many in the National Caucus have been asking themselves, and seeking counsel on. Someone cunning from NZ First has posed the question:

What would happen if Winston was offer the Prime Ministers position by Labour, and he told National he would go with Labour if National didn’t make the same offer?

The initial reaction is that National would not do the deal because they are the bigger party and NZ First cannot insist on Winston being the Prime Minister.   Read more »

Guest Post – Dear Metiria

This look, yes this look, is the look of a smug, self confessed, fraudster

Dear Metiria,

 I was like you once…I was a single mother on the DPB. But that is where the similarity ends.

 Unlike you, I was married to the father of my children, and unlike you I told WINZ who the father of my children was.   Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

serendipity (noun) – 1. The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
2. The fact or occurrence of such discoveries.
3. An instance of making such a discovery.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Serendipity was the felicitous invention of the English man of letters Horace Walpole (1717-97), who wrote it in a letter dated 28 January 1754, explaining that his coinage came from The Three Princes of Serendip in an English translation of a French translation of an Italian translation of a Persian fairy tale based on the life of a Sassanid (Persian) king of the fourth century a.d. The three princely heroes of the story had the knack for making desirable discoveries by accident.

Walpole calls the story a “silly fairy tale,” but that silly fairy tale was picked up by the French philosophe and writer Voltaire (1698-1778) in his novel Zadig ou la Destinée (Zadig, Or the Book of Destiny, 1747), whose hero, Zadig, a philosopher in ancient Babylonia, engages in detective work in which he infers unseen, unknown causes from visible effects. It is at least possible that Zadig influenced Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) in his “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841). It is certain that Zadig influenced the English biologist, writer, and proponent of Darwinism Thomas Huxley (1825-95), whose article “On the Method of Zadig” (1880) praised Zadig’s methodology. The proper name Serendip (also Serendib) comes from Sarāndīb, the Arabic name for the island of Sri Lanka (Ceylon), from Persian Sarândîp, from Pali Sīhaḷadīpa, from Sanskrit Siṃhaladvīpa “island of the Sinhalese people” (dīpa means “island” in Pali and the Sinhalese language, both from Sanskrit dvīpa “island”).

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 21

12 The Righteous One[b] knows what is going on in the homes of the wicked;
he will bring disaster on them.

Thursday nightCap

Christine Rankin didn’t hold back when discussing Metiria Turei’s benefit fraud.

LA Tower, what is my ground speed?

Cats don’t like water. ORLY?