Garner on last week’s politics – only one winner

Duncan Garner reviews last week’s politics:

In politics it’s never the crime – it’s always the sloppy and poorly executed cover-up that gets them every time.

And boy did we see that with the “Baby Barclay” pantsing this week.

What a mess – and so woefully handled by a bumbling Bill English in his first true test of managing a scandal as prime minister.

Put on the spot, he failed.

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Bill English may as well have quoted Nixon

Bill English may as well have quoted Richard Nixon with this healine:

Ahh…yes you did Bill.

Defending his integrity on national television this morning, Prime Minister Bill English said he never acted “shifty” or dodged the truth during the Todd Barclay clandestine recordings saga.

During an awkward interview with Patrick Gower on The Nation today, English came under fire for his role in the cover up of recently ousted National MP Barclay’s secret recordings of staff.

The Prime Minister appeared uncomfortable during tough questions from Gower, but was unflappable in his responses, claiming he never lied during the entire “sad situation”.

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Hone Harawira proves he is a racist thug

Racist thug

Hone Harawira proves he is a racist thug:

Mana leader Hone Harawira has called for capital punishment for Chinese people who import methamphetamine into New Zealand.

Appearing on The Nation on Saturday, the former MP said it’s time to take the fight against meth seriously by targeting what he says is its source – China.

“We can pass a law to say any Chinese who bring meth or its precursors into this country is either going to jail forever, is going to get sent back and never be allowed here again, or is going to get executed,” he told host Lisa Owen.

“We need to send a message this is unacceptable.”

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Whaleoil General Debate

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Face of the Day

The Green Party will fight National’s Nick Smith for the Nelson seat in this year’s election.

This is the first time the Green Party has tried to win a seat since it held the Coromandel electorate in 1999.

Nick Smith has held the Nelson seat for over 20 years and in the last election increased his majority to 7605.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

winsome (adj) –  Charming, often in a childlike or naive way.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Old English wynsum “agreeable, pleasant,” from wynn “pleasure, delight,” from Proto-Germanic *wunjo- (source also of Old Saxon wunnia, Old High German wunja, German Wonne “joy, delight”), from PIE root *wen- “to desire, strive for” + -sum. Apparently surviving only in northern English dialect for 400 years until revived 18th century by Hamilton, Burns, and other Scottish poets. Similar formation in Old Saxon wunsam, Old High German wunnisam.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 25

11 Timely advice is lovely,
like golden apples in a silver basket.

America’s Cup Race 5 and 6 – Emirates Team New Zealand v Oracle USA

Saturday nightCap

The right thing… the easy way!