Progressive Party

Colin Espiner on Kim Dotcom and his marriage of convenience

Colin Espiner is snarky in his article…very snarky indeed.

Say what you like about the sacrifice of conscience for cash – a great big German spanner has just been flung into the machinery of this year’s election campaign.

I wasn’t going to write about Kim Dotcom’s vanity party again this week. It has had far more publicity in its short life than it deserves.

Plus, it seems that everywhere you look Dotcom is there. Giving evidence in the John Banks trial. Breaking up with his wife, Mona (on Twitter, of course). Fighting Hollywood over access to his millions. Calling on Prime Minister John Key to resign (again).

Shortly, it will be Dotcom in the dock as he fights extradition to the United States on fraud and racketeering charges. Forget Banks and buckets of mud – that hearing is going to be the trial of the year. So a bit of Dot-gone seemed like no bad thing.

And then suddenly, there he was in a civil union with the beneficent ghost from socialist Christmases past: Laila Harre.

And Colin Espiner thinks Laila Harre is the bee’s knees…or does he?

The media was expecting Dotcom’s Internet Party would announce a flake as its new leader. Or a complete moron. Either would have done just fine. We could have ridiculed them, and moved on to more important matters.

But Harre isn’t a flake. And she’s certainly no moron. She’s one of the most driven, persuasive and intelligent politicians I’ve met. I don’t know how Dotcom managed to put a ring on the darling of the Left but on the face of it, it’s a major coup.

The question, though, is for who?     Read more »


Karl du Fresne hands out some irony to the left wing:

But let’s back up for a moment. In the general election of 2005, Labour and Jim Anderton’s Progressive Party formed a Centre-Left coalition with a combined share of only 42.26 per cent of the vote. Funny, but I don’t recall the democratic purists of the Left protesting then that the Clark government had no mandate.

The truth is, of course, that it’s mightily difficult for any party to secure an absolute majority under the MMP system. If National can’t even do it with 59 seats to the combined 48 seats won by the two main Centre-Left parties, chances are that no party will ever pull it off. This is the very reason so many anti-MMP campaigners complain that it can lead to political paralysis.

Of course, it suits the Left to argue, now that we have a Centre-Right government, that it has no mandate. It must be a bitter disappointment that MMP, which the Left saw as a way of weakening the National Party’s traditional dominance in New Zealand politics, has let them down. The exquisite irony is that Mr Saxby was one of the original promoters of MMP, but cries “unfair!” when the system delivers a Centre-Right coalition. Well, he asked for it.

Latest Roy Morgan

The latest Roy Morgan poll is out and yet again it is a rogue, the 476th in a long string of rogue polls. Winston First is creeping up, ACT remains unchanged so probably still a bit too early for the flow through from their leadership change.

The latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows support for Prime Minister John Key’s National-led Government is unchanged at 56%. Support for Key’s National Party is 52.5% (up 1.5%), the Maori Party 2% (down 1.5%), ACT NZ 1% (unchanged) and United Future 0.5% (unchanged). Support for Opposition Parties is at 44% – Labour Party 31% (down 1%), Greens 7.5%, (down 0.5%), New Zealand First 4.5% (up 1.5%), Progressive Party 0.5% (unchanged) and Others 0.5% (unchanged). If a National Election were held today the National Party would easily be returned to Government. The latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating has fallen 2 points to 119 with 53.5% (unchanged) of New Zealanders saying New Zealand is ‘heading in the right direction’ compared to 34.5% (up 2%) that say New Zealand is ‘heading in the wrong direction.’Full New Zealand Voting Results

The swing to the ….oops

The latest Roy Morgan poll is more bad news for Labour and the left. It shows National back on 52.5% (up 3%) and has Labour drop to 33% (down 3.5%).

This brings the Morgan Poll, which the left cling to as often the “only accurate poll”, more in line with the 3News poll and the TVNZ poll which the left rubbished.

So much for the “Swing to the left” that they were crowing about at the Labour Party conference. Who would have thought that a “swing to the left” would be so good for the right?

The latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows support for John Key’s National-led Government has gained strongly to 55% (up 2.5%), comprising National Party 52.5% (up 3%), Maori Party 1.5% (down 1%), ACT NZ 0.5% (unchanged) and United Future 0.5% (up 0.5%).

Support for Opposition Parties has fallen to 45% (down 2.5%); Labour Party 33% (down 3.5%), Greens 8.5% (up 0.5%), New Zealand First 2.5% (unchanged), Progressive Party 0% (unchanged) and Others 1% (up 0.5%).

If a National Election were held today the National Party would be returned to Government.

Journalist of the Week – Duncan Garner

Duncan Garner muscles up and doesn’t use the typical main stream media pc bullshit, he just tells Jim he is past it and to piss off. Good on you Duncan, a Whaleoil shirt is yours if you send me your postal address and size. It is about time our so called neutral press actually started calling politicians to account.

To rebuild, Christchurch needs an energetic mayor who can commit to 20 hours a day to rebuild the city. It needs someone that can collaborate with his councillors, all of whom have equal voting rights. And it doesn’t need someone whose once formidable intellect has started to fray round the edges.

Yes Jim, your time has come, go gracefully and how about retiring from public life completely. You are a divisive man with a prodigious ego that doesn’t allow dissent, and word around Christchurch is you have been forgetting things in the last few years. You couldn’t be a team player in Labour. You couldn’t be a team player in the Alliance. The Progressive Party is a joke.

Do the decent thing for once in your life, stand aside and ask people to vote for Bob the Rebuilder.

Labour no worry for Williamson

I don’t think Labour or their candidate will be bothering Maurice Williamson in Pakuranga this election.

Labour this year has selected someone it appears is even more spineless that veteran punch-bag Michael Wood.

I just checked out Brian What-his-name’s website to find out all about his credentials. On his bio page it looks like he well qualified to know all about spineless-ness being a qualified back-cracker. One wonders though what you have to do to win the Spine-cracker of the Year award??

He looks like a real go getter though amassing a huge amount of blog posts in election year. The local papers will aslo be getting concerned by the veritable barrage of press releases from him as well, they could well be looking to hire new staff to handle the influx.

He has also been a real trooper attending a vast amount of events. i seriously wonder if he has the time to attend them all. His wife will certainly be concerned with such a heavy campaign load.

One plus though is that he has managed to get someone to act as his financial agent.