Damian O’Connor

Why do the Unions have so much Sway over Labour? Ctd

Yesterday we looked at how little money the Union movement has given to Labour, yet they remain captured by the Unions who don?t pay for Labour?s upkeep.

Today we look at whether unionists are electable, and whether union leaders can win over the middle New Zealand.

If the union movement?s best and brightest were able to win seats from National they would be valuable to Labour as good vote winning candidates.

So over the past 20 years which union reps have won National seats?

This is a bit of an unfair question because Labour have been so useless that they have not won National seats in any number since 2002. In 2014 Stuart Nash won the vacant Napier seat. In 2011 Damien O?Connor, famous for his ?gaggle of gays and self serving unionists? won back the West Coast seat he had lost at the previous election. Two good keen men but they are not from a union background. ? Read more »

What 22.4% means to Labour… ctd

Some insight from the West Coast

I don’t think Labour have kissed goodbye to WCT [West Coast-Tasman]. They are putting a lot in to it and are fighting dirty.

Last week they flew in almost their whole front bench – Ardern, Cosgrove, Parker, Cunliffe, Little.

Cunliffe tried to cash in on Richard Seddon, making a very tenuous family connection and trying to say Labour was the descendant of the Liberals. I don’t know about you but I seem to remember that the Liberals transformed in to Reform who became the National Political Coalition – becoming National in 1936. I also remember them keeping a lid on the unions. Mind you, Seddon’s Old Age Pension Act didn’t pay to Chinese so I can see the link with Cunliffe there.

As for dirty they have been slinging much about Maureen Pugh’s record as mayor of Westland – despite the fact that the numbers show Westland is now the best off council on the coast, and hardly as bad as Tasman. Read more »

Herald busted manufacturing immigration story

This morning the NZ Herald ran a story by Jared Savage.

Investigations by WOBH can reveal that the Herald has sat on this story since October 2013.

A wealthy Auckland businessman was given New Zealand citizenship against official advice after a Government minister lobbied the colleague who made the decision.

Maurice Williamson, the Minister of Building and Construction, and Prime Minister John Key then opened the first stage of a $70 million construction project launched by the Chinese-born developer after he became a citizen.

The following year, one of his companies made a $22,000 donation to the National Party.

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) recommended that the citizenship application of Donghua Liu be declined on the grounds that he did not spend enough time in New Zealand or meet English language criteria.

At first blush this looks bad, but is it?

Well not really. Some pertinent facts have been left out from the story.

For a start there is nothing wrong with the Minister of Immigration or Internal Affairs exercising discretion – it is their right to do so is and it is written into the legislation.?Members of Parliament advocate for that discretion to be used constantly, and in some famous cases like Taito Phillip Field used as a matter of course by Labour’s immigration ministers.

But in order to obtain citizenship you must first have permanent residency, which is a much harder barrier to overcome. Read more »

Proof: Champagne is a socialist’s drink (so long as someone else is paying)

I hope no one tells Cactus Kate about this startling new discovery…tough to be fair she buys her own champagne…because no one else can afford her preferred tipple.

It?s official: champagne is a socialist?s drink. That?s according to a consumer study from the US that has correlated what people imbibe with their voting habits. Apparently, wine-drinkers are most likely to turn out at elections (the hangovers are lighter than for spirits) and rum is the most bipartisan tipple of all. Right-wingers prefer whiskeys such as Jim Beam and Wild Turkey. Left-wingers like prosecco, vodka, gin and champagne.

The survey has plenty of gaps. What if, like me, you spent New Year?s Eve mixing your drinks? Does that shot of vodka washed down with a glass of whisky make me an undecided voter, or just a diabetic waiting to happen? And what?s the significance of people?s taste in nibbles? Red meat for the conservatives; canapes for the socialists. Meanwhile, those of us who prefer a fun party to a political party just abstain from eating altogether.

The survey is American, so how would it translate into British politics? Well, in my experience, fiscally unsound Labourites will drink anything that?s put in front of them. So long as someone else is paying.

Or how would it translate into NZ politics.

I somewhat suspect that Labour politicians no longer drink beer, with the exception of Shane Jones and Damian O’Connor…they alone would drink beer and from the bottle.

If they were drinking beer it would probably be Stella Artois or that Mexican rubbish.

The Greens though they’d want something recycled…probably their own urine.

The Maori party would drink only Lion Brown…seems suitable if you get the pun.

Act? The younger hipster types would be Absinthe drinkers for sure. Top shelf for the older ones.

National…fine wines with quality beers for BBQs. The Young Nats would certainly hook into Farrar’s free liquid panty remove…if only they were into chicks.

Denniston Plateau coal mine appeal thrown out

Forest and Bird’s appeal against the Denniston Plateau coal mine has been tossed out.

If he’s true to form we can no doubt expect Nasty Norman to threaten Bathurst with an instant closure of Denniston should the Greens form a government in 2014.

Comments please Damian O’Connor – is it to be jobs for Coasters or will you be kowtowing to the Greens?

Conservationists fighting a decision to allow an Australian mining company to dig for coal on the West Coast’s Denniston Plateau have suffered a major setback today with a High Court appeal being thrown out.

The Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society appealed interim resource consent given to Bathurst Resources Limited for an 188ha open-cast mine on the plateau near Westport.

It argued that the Environment Court did not give proper consideration to the possibility of there being two open-cast coal mines simultaneously working the area when it gave Bathurst the go-ahead.? Read more »

Hercus resigns from TVNZ board

Just heard on the radio in the car on the way home that Ann Hercus has resigned as a TVNZ board member.

More on this as it comes to hand. 

Meanwhile ian Fraser is dishing the dirt on the machinations at the State Broadcaster. Low and behold the slimy mendacious hands of the Prime minister are all over the mess.

And further that new board member John Goulter, presumably at someones behest had run a campaign of spin against Fraser and Ralston.

Mr Fraser said the appointment of Mr Goulter to the board had coincided with a start of negative news stories about himself and Ralston.

"Over the three months since his arrival on the board there have been a series of stories in the news media relating to my competence, Bill Ralston’s competence and the fact that this member of the board is on our tail over those matters of confidence in management, as I say, that could be a coincidence.

"I don’t have any evidence."

Mr Fraser said the story could only have emanated from a board member.

This is all the hallmarks of Prime Ministerial meddling.


From Stuff:

The saga tonight claimed another scalp with the resignation of board member Dame Ann Hercus, effective immediately.

Dame Ann tonight released a copy of her resignation letter to Mr Boyce, in which she said she wanted to spend her time in "two areas of activity I enjoy – governance and fundraising".

"My second reason is that I strongly believe a board which chooses a new chief executive must predominantly be comprised of individuals who will continue to serve for a substantial time on the board and be accountable for their choice," she said.

"Given that the TVNZ board is not a large one, I believe I am doing the board and the appointing shareholding ministers a service by resigning now and enabling a replacement appointment to be in place early in the process of the new chief executive appointment."

The resignation letter was dated December 8.

Mmm…interesting, there are a couple of ways you could interpret thise statements.