Buggers Muddle

Observations of Auckland’s centre-right clusterf*ck election

Nick K stood for office on the North Shore.

He makes some observations of the campaign at No Minister:

Like a lot of people, I watched the clusterf**k unfold last Saturday, but my sentiment was more of amusement rather than disappointment. ?And that’s because I saw this coming about 6 months ago, or maybe even longer. ?I was involved in the campaign at a candidate level for a local board, and tried to distance myself from Auckland Future as best I could. ?Stevie Wonder could have seen what was coming for them.

The political right in local body politics in Auckland exhibit the same attitude and make the same mistakes that Labour does at central politics level at the moment. ?Both sets of players talk at voters, rather than to them. ?They both believe they are right (as in correct) and soon the dumb voters will wake up and realise it. ?But critically, they both utterly fail in their political messaging and strategy. ?Both Labour and the centre right in Auckland local body politics believe if they keep doing the same things – the very things that have failed Labour and the centre right in Auckland local body politics since 2010 – eventually they will succeed as the voters will inevitably see sense.

Of course, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of stupidity. ? Read more »

John Howard on parties, membership and ideology

John Howard was interviewed by The Australian in Australia and offers some interesting perspectives on political parties, membership and ideology.

“All political parties need reform,? Howard said in an interview with this columnist to mark the 40th anniversary of his election to parliament.

?The greatest problem that my party has, the greatest problem the Labor Party has, is that we no longer pursue with zeal the idea of expanding the membership.?

The problem has become ?particularly acute for Labor.

The party?s terrible result in the West Australian Senate ?election underscores the need for reform.

With its two lead candidates beholden to unions and each representing polar ideological ?extremes, it is not surprising Labor received a dismal 22 per cent of the vote.

Both Labour and National face similar issues here, though I suspect Labour’s issue is more pressing.

When Howard joined the Young Liberals as an 18 year old in the late 1950s, he said it was the ?mission? of every member to ?recruit new members.

?We spend too much time arguing about what the existing membership does rather than throwing open the doors to new members.?

However, given the loss of members in both major parties, retaining new members has ?become a life or death matter. At Labor?s peak in the 1930s, it boasted a membership of more than 150,000. The Liberals had a membership of more than 150,000 in the 1950s.

Today, membership of both major parties has declined even though the population has expanded. Labor and the Liberals each have about 45,000 members nationally.

?People don?t join local sporting clubs, local churches, local service clubs and political parties the way they did 50 years ago,? Howard says.? Read more »

Selection season is upon us

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The National Selection season is getting underway, and typical of National they were too useless to get their selections done last year. The National Board apparently expressed quite a lot of surprise that this was an election year, and that marginal seats needed to be held yet again and the public didn?t fawn over John Key like they did.

Some selections are going to be pushed back until after boundary changes, which means they will have candidates for well less than six months if there is an early election. This suggests the parliamentary wing isn’t talking to the party wing, or that the parliamentary wing did talk to the party wing and they all forgot.? Read more »

Are the Bugger’s Muddle Stitching Up Upper Harbour?

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Prominent National Faction the Bugger’s Muddle is heavily involved in attempting to run a stitch up in Upper Harbour.

What they want to do is ride bareback over the constitution and rules of the National party and impose Paula Bennett on an electorate she has no connection with. Read more »

Who is the “Boag Faction”, Ctd

The tipline has been running hot on this one. Apparently the only MPs taken aside and told to publicly distance themselves from Michelle Boag were Nikki Kaye and Murray McCully. So her reach within caucus was non existent.

Several other MPs have called to tell stories of how Michelle shafted them one day then tried to get her corporate clients favours from them the next. They agreed she was the most shameless woman within National, although some fairly complained that this is not a gender specific position, and she is just the most shameless person in National.

The other part of her faction are the activists in Auckland, collectively known as the buggers muddle. Leading light Board Member Alastair Bell?s issues with the Dominion crossword were dealt with yesterday, and he is just part of an inept, useless clique who are so inept and so useless they have failed to bring a single new MP into parliament in Auckland in two elections.

Long term friend of Whaleoil, Scott Simpson, ended up MP for Coromandel, where the buggers muddle ran an unethical campaign whispering about opponents, saying National needed men not women, and generally carrying on in a manner that I should have shined light on. The crossword solver was right in the thick of it, distributing information printed off the internet, just as he had in Rodney when LTFOW was running up there.

Also close to Boag and a key member of the Buggers Muddle is Peter Keily. Peter is National?s lawyer, and like all good lawyers charges an arm and a leg for legal work, while at the same time forcefully demanding amateurism from all others. He sounds like a member of the bonehead rugby union just before the professional era, except a lot more hypocritical as he can get paid, whereas others must be amateur. Peter has a rather unfortunate nickname, and new Young Nats are taken aside and quietly advised not to accept an offer of a spa with him.

An aspirant buggers muddle member and a ?regional power broker? is also in the Boag faction, mainly on the grounds that the rest of the party thinks he is, in the immortal words of Rowan Atkinson ?either this man is suffering from serious brain damage or the new vacuum cleaner has arrived.?

Mallard defamatory and racist

Trevor Mallard talking out of assTrevor Mallard can’t lie straight in bed. He is crippled after all. He has to resort to lies, innuendo and now racism so desperate is he to prove that the Gnomes Underpants Stealing plan for election victory is working.

Today he really goes all out and defames me, Simon Lusk and insults and defames Aaron Bhatnagar for being an Indian amongst other things. I wonder what Labour’s Indian supporters think about his racial slurs, and I wonder what Phil Goff’s good friend Neelam Choudary has to say about it too.

I’m of a mind to stick his fucking bike race up his arse because of his constant lies and now his racist attitudes.

It certainly looks like the Buggers Muddle has been leaking and lying to Mallard again, in the hope that their favourite will get through.

There will be more on this later, who in National has been leaking to Labour and to Mallard, worse been lying about it too.

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Epsom update

Pre-Selection was held today and there are 5 names through.

Aaron Bhatnagar, Richard Simpson, Ewen MacQueen, Denise Krum and Paul Goldsmith.National still has antiquated rules regarding campaigning online and so personal websites are offline. They really need to get with the real word.

Richard Simpson must have got board approval since he has only been a member for a few short weeks. Could be interesting watching to see if he manages to distract Aaron Bhatnagar. His opposition to C&R in his past and his short time as a member will probably count against him. Many of the delegates are current C&R members and well remember his campaigns against them and his support of Dick Hubbard in council.

Paul Goldsmith isn’t doing himself any favours with delegates by running around whining and carping about other candidates cottage meetings, demanding reciprocal meetings and complaining incessantly to the Regional Chair about silly stuff.

Ewan Macqueen will be the first to drop out I’d say, with his Christian Heritage background he is pretty much electoral poison.

I’d say this is a two way race at the moment between Denise and Aaron, with Aaron being the firm favourite.

If Aaron stays focused and doesn’t do anything silly then I’d say he will win this selection. I will maintain a close eye to see that the Bugger’s Muddle doesn’t get involved in any skullduggery like they did in Rodney and in Coromandel.

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