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National in best position to form a government

The results are in and National has managed to remain well over 40%.

To be fair to Bill English his campaign has been a blinder, helped by the low rat cunning of Steve Joyce. Credit where credit is due.

The only problem he has now, is that the only party he can deal with is Winston Peters and come Monday morning he is going to have a bit of a shock when Winston sits down with him and his negotiator.   Read more »

Tomorrow is election day, and Whaleoil will not be what you expect

Hi there stalwarts and recent arrivals.  Thanks for your support of Whaleoil in the lead-up to the 2017 election.  Whaleoil has a unique place in New Zealand’s media where we are the most influential and widely read political blog that provides analysis, background and commentary.

Unfortunately, the law prevents us from discussing anything to do with New Zealand politics on Saturday – tomorrow – election day – 23rd of September.  At least until the polls close at 7 pm.    (Do come join us after 7pm when we will have the LIVE ELECTION NIGHT post and we will continue until all the results are in.) Read more »

Labour: National’s deception an affront to democracy

Grant is having a tizzy

Voters this week have a clear choice between Labour’s optimism and honesty, or rewarding National’s campaign of relentless lies, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

“Day after day National has been deliberately spreading lies about Labour, our intentions and what we will do in Government. New Zealanders deserve better than this.

“They’ve so run out of their own ideas that all they have is negativity and deception. National’s latest campaign ad today is yet another example of their desperate attempts to smear Labour.

“I’m calling National out for running a campaign that is an affront to democracy and the principles of honesty, decency and fairness. They need to pull down the attack ads and apologise to New Zealanders.

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Nobody pays for water, so why are politicians and Media making you think otherwise?

Making farmers pay for the water they use is unfair, because nobody else pays for the water they use.

Federated Farmers is repeating, nobody in New Zealand pays for water. No household, no farm, no hairdresser … not even Coca Cola.

All we pay for in New Zealand is the right to access the water and to cover the cost of delivery of the water. But not the water.

“In this election campaign, politicians are attempting to brainwash Kiwis into thinking farmers are getting something for free that others pay for. They aren’t.

“Water. Nobody pays for it,” Federated Farmers water spokesperson Chris Allen says.

Some families and business connected to town supply may pay a per litre charge for the reticulation and treatment of their water, others pay through rates.

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She’s a pretty communist, no not Helen, Jacinda

There is an uproar that even has the old hag Helen Clark with her tits in a tangle…all over this sign.

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Greens policy will rack up the rents for tenants

The Greens want to increase the rights of tenants:

The Green Party want to extend the rights of renters by bringing in three-year standard tenancies and limiting rent increases to once a year.

It said more than half the population was now renting and people deserved the same standards as those who owned a home.

The party wants to introduce a warrant of fitness for rentals and provide insulation subsidies.

Green Party leader James Shaw said he did not believe the changes would drive up rent prices.  

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There is no point voting if you don’t understand the issues

Brian Rogers makes some valid points.

[…] The Electoral Commission and some parties are very keen for a big turnout, but some of us are not so sure it’s a good idea to encourage it among those who are not particularly interested.

It’s a silly idea for people to vote if they aren’t sure, or haven’t been following the issues; despite the campaigns to drag people to the ballot box.

Voting should be based on sound, reasoned, and long-term viewpoints of how the various parties and candidates have performed.

Surely this is something that sensible people do, in the course of their daily lives and over the years of the term?

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Garner on the fading stardust and wonky political radar of Jacinda Ardern

Duncan Garner climbs into Labour and Jacinda Ardern over their tax cock-up.

Being a political party leader requires having a sharp and highly tuned radar. Judgment is crucial.

The radar must be on at all times. And someone must have your back.

Start with checks and balances.

Identify the risks to your popularity. Bury them from public view. Gain trust. And take voters with you on decisions. Make them feel like they’re included, especially if the policy is controversial and leaves your party vulnerable to attack.

For Labour that’s anything involving tax and spend, tax and borrow. And tax.

Rule No 1: sure, be bold and principled but not at the cost of your own popularity.

That’s why I simply can’t believe Labour took so long to realise its tax policy was its biggest weakness – the party was walking around with a big target marked TAX on its forehead. “Hit me now,” said the T-shirt. A far cry from “Let’s Do This”.

This week that slogan became, arrgh: Let’s not do this.

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Colmar Brunton out of step with others, still shows lead for left wing

1News Colmar Brunton’s latest poll is out and shows continued good news for Labour:

Labour has maintained its four point lead over National in a new 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll out tonight, the same margin as a similar poll taken last week.

It’s a good result for Labour, after backtracking on their tax policy earlier today, following a week-long hammering from National.

Jacinda Ardern’s fear that the party was hemorrhaging votes from National’s attack appears unfounded, with Labour actually jumping one point higher to 44 per cent.

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Beware Jacinda’s land tax assurances

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After a bit of a kerfuffle, Jacinda Ardern has strongly stated that her government’s land tax will not include “the family home or the land that a family home sits on”.

Voters might rest assured. Certainly a further tax on mums and dads who own a home to raise their family is difficult to sell. But we have no detail. None whatsoever. And the statement by Ardern about the family home not being taxed seems fine, but there are still problems.    Read more »