Basically all I’ve done is keep my promise – Trump

Basically all I’ve done is keep my promise,” President Donald Trump said to a roaring crowd on Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. And that’s what’s driving so many crazy on the Left and giving so many on the Right a reason to applaud.

And I want you all to know that we are fighting the fake news. It’s fake, phony, fake.
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A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people. And they are. They are the enemy of the people.
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Because they have no sources, they just make ’em up when there are none. I saw one story recently where they said, “Nine people have confirmed.” There’s no nine people. I don’t believe there was one or two people. Nine people.

And I said, “Give me a break.” Because I know the people, I know who they talk to. There were no nine people. Read more »

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Why vote for ACT when it won’t be in government at all?

Audrey Young writes

The hybrid political animal Act has become – in government but not part of the Government – is not working for it.

Seymour’s outstanding achievement as the Act leader is that he is not reviled and he has not stuffed up but that is simply not enough.

Seymour’s decision not to take a ministerial portfolio but to remain only an under-secretary has allowed him more freedom to criticise National. But when he does so, he is only preaching to the converted.

Richard Prebble did not take Act to its peak of nine MPs by attacking National. He and his team did it by attacking orthodoxies and wasteful spending and coming up with new ideas.

Bingo.  They got there by being polarising instead of popular.

The party has made pitiful progress since the caucus of 2008 – 2011 tore itself apart and Hide was replaced with Don Brash who was replaced with John Banks who was replaced with Jamie Whyte who was replaced with David Seymour in 2014 when Whyte, sadly, never made it to Parliament.

Whyte’s habit of saying what he believes rather than what he believes people want to hear would have made him immensely controversial if not a popular sidekick to Seymour.

But he is heading back to London to be director of research at the free market think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs.

ACT needs to appeal to 5% of the population only.  But it needs to do so strongly.  As it is, ACT is more like the National people hope National would be.  Leaving people who need an adjustment to wards the right with no home to go to. Read more »

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Nostalgia

I was just digging through some old posts and thought these would be fun to look back on, given that we are roughly in the same stage of the election cycle three years on.

Not even $5m was enough to get people to betray their country and fellow Kiwis to help out Kim.   Read more »

Want a total backfire? Put Nick Smith on the job

Minister for Magic, Nick Smith waved his blue wand and wadeable rivers miraculously turned into ones you can swim in.

All it takes is a little fiddling with the standards.

This week Smith made a brave promise that 90 per cent of rivers would be swimmable by the year 2040. Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

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Face of the Day

Photo: Photo / Nicholas Jones via NZ Herald

Well, she did it.  She absolutely creamed everyone else standing for parliament in Mt Albert.  And with it, Jacinda Ardern is now a Labour electorate MP.  More importantly, she’s now permanently embedded and, believe it or not, on track to become party leader.   Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

finesse (noun) – 1. Refinement and delicacy of performance, execution, or artisanship.
2. Skillful, subtle handling of a situation; tactful, diplomatic maneuvering.
3. A method of leading up to a tenace, as in bridge, in order to prevent an opponent from winning the trick with an intermediate card.
4. A stratagem in which one appears to decline an advantage.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1520s, “fineness” (obsolete); 1530s, “artifice, delicate stratagem,” from Middle French finesse “fineness, subtlety,” from Old French fin “subtle, delicate”

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 26

7 A proverb in the mouth of a fool
is as useless as a paralyzed leg.

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