Zac Goldsmith

Perhaps this is why Sadiq Khan won

I think I’ve found the reason for Sadiq Khan’s win.

It seems a vote for Khan is a vote for a gobby naked chick running down Regent Street with a sausage up her bum.

It’s the question on everyone’s lips in the aftermath of the London mayoral election: now Sadiq Khan has been declared winner, will Katie Hopkins follow through on the pledge she made earlier this week?

In her column for the Daily Mail on Wednesday, in which she gave her firm backing to the Conservative candidate, Hopkins wrote: “Vote Zac. Because if you don’t, I’ll run Regent Street naked with a sausage up my bum.”

“I’ve even Tweeted as much.

“And if that horrifying prospect doesn’t get the Zac vote out, nothing will.”   Read more »

Sadiq Khan is a cunning bastard

Sadiq Khan was touted as a potential leader for Labour after the debacle of the last election.

He didn’t stand however, preferring to let the feral activists select Jeremy Corbyn as leader.

Now he has the better job and has slipped a knife in between Corbyn’s ribs by lecturing Labour on how to win. Of course winners can do that.

I learnt a great deal during the campaign – about myself, London and the importance of reaching out to all sections of society. But there are two lessons in particular: first, Labour only wins when we face outwards and focus on the issues that people care about; second, we will never be trusted to govern unless we reach out and engage with all voters – regardless of their background, where they live or where they work.

Squabbles over internal structures might be important for some in the party, but it is clear they mean little or nothing to the huge majority of voters. As tempting as it might be, we must always resist focusing in on ourselves and ignoring what people really want.    Read more »

Is it time for recall legislation?

John Key thinks recall legislation is too hard. Frankly that is a cop out.

Recall legislation exists in many jurisdictions and it gives the people a decent chance to rid themselves of dud politicians.

If we had recall legislation, at the very least at a local body level then the power hungry despots like Len Brown and the ratbags at the Hawkes Bay Regional Council could be tipped out.

Recall has been successfully used in the US, especially by the NRA in order to remove ratbags who support impinging on constitutional second amendment rights.

Though John Key thinks it is all too hard perhaps he should have a chat to his besty in the UK, David Cameron, who is bringing in recall legislation as we speak.

Voters look set to get the right to sack “bad apple” MPs after Labour and the Liberal Democrats and said they would seek to strengthen current plans before Parliament.

The news is a boost for campaigners who are concerned that the current proposed legislation puts the right to call a “Recall by-election” in the hands of MPs, not voters.    Read more »

What a good idea, we need this here

The Poms are going to get recall legislation but it is causing controversy, not because voters would be able to give an MP the arse-card but because the legislation is too weak.

Government plans to allow voters to sack their MPs were today dismissed as ‘worse than meaningless’.

The long-awaited bill to allow MPs to be ‘recalled’ by constituents was announced in the Queen’s Speech.

It will give constituents the opportunity to sign a petition demanding a by-election if an MP is jailed – or if the House of Commons ‘resolves that an MP should face a recall petition’.

But the proposals were slammed by Tory backbencher Zac Goldsmith, who said MPs should not have a role in deciding whether or not they should face a petition to be sacked.

He said: ‘Recall is about empowering people to hold their MPs to account at all times, that’s all it is.

‘It’s a very simple mechanism that happens all over the world. What this bill will do is that it gives that power to a committee of parliamentarians, of MPs – the same committee, by the way, that got into trouble over Maria Miller.’    Read more »