Ben Uffindell

Civilian Party deregisters

The Electoral Commission said on Friday that The Civilian Party had been deregistered, following its own request.

Last year the party, which arose from The Civilian blog, scraped together the required members to contest the September general election, winning $33,000 in public funding to promote itself. Prime Minister John Key said at the time that the joke was on the New Zealand taxpayer.

Led by Ben Uffindell, the party’s humorous pledges made it popular on social media, with promises of independence from Hamilton, re-legalisation of illegal highs, a llama for every child in poverty and the banning of satire.

“We haven’t disappointed you yet,” the party posted on its website the day before the election. Describing itself as “up of centre”, it named a pineapple as its deputy leader.

The party’s popularity online did not translate into votes. Although 4141 people gave it a “like” on Facebook, it attracted just 1096 votes, or 0.05 per cent of the total cast. It did, however, attract more support than the NZ Independent Coalition, led by former MP Brendan Horan. Read more »

Finally someone addresses the elephant in the room for the left wing

Philip Matthews is a Twitter troll, and a journalist. He is a lot like John Drinnan, just with a smaller newspaper to bleat on it.

His?constant harping and screeching about Dirty Politics led me to block him, he like many journalists think Twitter is the real world. He still misses the point of Dirty Politics. It was an attempt to silence, in my case permanently, opposing political voices.

Nonetheless he has written an article in the DomPost addressing the elephant in the room…the left wings very own dirty politics brigade (but without the influence or relevance).

The left?wing mistook Twitter and blogging for the real world, and failed in their attempts to get me.

But are they part of the problem rather than the solution….after all Martyn Martin Bradbury established The Daily Blog with union funding to be “a Whaleoil killer”…and failed. He never even got close to his stated goal of a million pagewiews a month before the election.

In a parallel universe, David Cunliffe is the prime minister of New Zealand presiding over a Labour-NZ First minority government in a happy arrangement with the Green Party. Internet Mana, backed by German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, has a few MPs in Parliament, including veteran activist Hone Harawira.

ACT is already history and former Prime Minister John Key has taken a long holiday in Hawaii.

Wake up. The Left was soundly defeated in the 2014 election.

“I think it’s fair to say we haven’t had dreams in colour since September 20,” says Left-wing activist and blogger Martyn Bradbury.

He freely admits he got it horribly wrong. That was his election prediction above. He “didn’t consider for one moment” that voters would rally to National and that high levels of early voting meant that New Zealanders were backing Key.

Instead, Labour had its worst result since 1922, the Greens slipped below their 2011 peak and Harawira is out of Parliament. “Despondent” is a good word to describe how those on the Left feel.

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Winston would blow the Bribe-Meter to bits!

The Taxpayers? Union is pissed off that it?s thrown money at a respected economist to develop an election ?Bribe-O-Meter? and New Zealand First won?t (presumably can?t) provide basic policy information for its policies to be costed.

“The?Taxpayers? Union?has made numerous formal and informal approaches to Mr Peters and his party. Despite our best efforts Mr Peters continues to fob off providing transparency to the voting public.”

Our?independent?expert, who used to lead the team at IRD that costed social policy for?numerous?governments (ironically including when Mr Peters was Treasurer!) has spoken to Party officials in Winston Peters??office?but?still?does not have enough information to give?any insight as to what NZ First?s policies will cost.

Perhaps the reason NZ First has shied away from releasing their policy costings is because Mr Peters is worried it would deter voters? In 1996, the last time National was forced to go into government with Mr Peters,?it cost taxpayers $5 billion, or $2,950 per household.

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Face of the day

I love satire especially when it is done well. I love a good joke and laughter really is the best medicine.

I have really enjoyed a number of posts on the Satirical blog The Civilian but recently the laughter stopped. I am not laughing any more. Not only am I not laughing I am angry. Ben has taken the step too far. He has gone beyond the joke. It is one thing to take the piss, it is another to take money that is meant for serious political parties.

It is true that he could not rort the system without the assistance of the? Electoral Commission and by funding Ben to the tune of $33,000 they have made a joke of our democratic system.

Satirical writer of The Civilian, Ben Uffindell

Satirical writer of The Civilian, Ben Uffindell.- 3 News

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Is Cunliffe making a play for the rainbow vote?

David Cunliffe‘s response to Ben Uffindell’s obviously satirical question beggars belief. To think this prat pretends to want to be Prime Minister.

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Stylish website, The Civilian, according to the Herald

The Herald may have decided to run all its stories through the spellcheck, however one reporter doesn’t know the difference between satirical and sartorial.

Turns out that The Civilian website by Ben Uffindell is not only funny but really well dressed.

X Factor fans have gone into a frenzy after a sartorial website posted a fake story announcing Tom Batchelor as the winner.

The Civilian?appeared to have crashed as viewers of the show flooded the site.

The story said a technical error resulted in TV3 airing the final episode months before it was supposed to.? Read more »