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Stable Government- brought to you by ACT

Posted by on November 8th, 2011

A bit of fun passed on to me by an interested reader.

Paddy on dirty deals

Posted by on July 27th, 2011

Patrick Gower has blogged on what he describes as a series of dirty deals. In a transparent attempt to show balance he has a bit of a go at Labour and the Greens but the thrust exposes Key and Brash.

Interesting that while Brash has described most of the deals and Joyce has leaked another Key is trying to distance himself and is almost in denial mode.

NACT list circuses continue

Posted by on July 17th, 2011

Peter Goodfellow has propelled the National Party’s list problems into the media today with a public plea for Asians and Pacifika to put their hands up. Bill English apparently ringing around those in receipt of his shonky deals as well.

They are obviously going to push some of their higher profile marginal seat members up the list. Expect Nikki Kaye, Paula Bennet, Hekia Parata and Peseta Sam Lotu Iinga to be boosted up the list because they are wanted by the hierarchy for the future.

But there are a few they want to get rid of. Katherine Shanks’ only value was to keep Dunne in. Quinn and Henare have big negatives and wont be saved given other Maori Nats being more highly rated and trust issues from closeness to Maori Party. Aaron Gilmore seen as arrogant and ineffectual. Kate Wilkinson might be saved this time so she can take the Pike River blame post election.

Don Brash has given up chasing Maori and is focusing on women again. Has a terrible habit of announcing candidates who have no interest in standing. I bet Heather Roy is having a laugh now having supported and being knifed by Brash. Maybe he should put Simon Lusk onto the search. Remember he is the guy who found the poll which guaranteed Brash 15% as Act leader. Wonder if Banks has asked for a refund yet.

2 min 38 secs on the national party leader’s plan – have a look

Posted by on June 17th, 2011

Take care with polls

Posted by on June 10th, 2011

The latest Roy Moran poll is much much better than the last one.

Don’t want to be too much of a wet blanket but the last one was a rogue on the low side. This one is probably the opposite.

It does reinforce that we are game on. And will give floating votets the knowledge that Labour can lead a government this year. But there is a long way to go.

A win depends on lots of hard work and active campaigning.

Talk to ten people about $15/hour today. What difference will it make to their standard of living. How much more tax will they pay? Will they lose WFF ? Will they spend more and help create another job? Will their boss decide to train them some more to make them more productive.

Lusk, Farrar, Slater, Williams to run anti MMP campaign

Posted by on May 29th, 2011

A few weeks ago I ran a series of posts which outlined the role the shadowy Simon Lusk in National Party selections, the Brash Act leadership coup and indicated that he was chasing the lucrative anti MMP campaign.

I don’t think I’ve ever had as many National MPs thanking me – for letting them know how someone they trusted was in fact outsourced by Steven Joyce to do work in the coup to put Brash into Act. Many were not aware that he had a role in several selection campaigns some of which was sub contracted to Whaleoil.Many however suspected what polls now show, that Brash has significantly higher negatives than Hide and that women who supported Act would abandon the party. Interesting how Joyce has moved – with this, the Mediaworks scandal and the mess he has made by indemnifying Telecom for UFB losses – from hero to close to zero.

The Sunday Star Times today has part of the story:-

Those behind a campaign to shoot down MMP have killed before.

The right is getting ready to fire both barrels at MMP. A group of activists with links to National and Act are busy preparing a campaign against the electoral system. They are hardened politicos and some happen to share an interest in hunting, shooting and fishing. But it’s not clear if they’ll kill off MMP.

Labour billboard changeout

Posted by on May 21st, 2011


Previously posted that this won the competition but forgot to put up the winner. Here it is – Hutt Road Wellington.

An open letter to Brash

Posted by on May 16th, 2011

Bolger’s former spin doctor (not the one who now runs Radio NZ) David Beatson has done a slightly better reply to Brash than the Key original.

Budget preview – see John’s reply to Don

Posted by on May 14th, 2011

It appears that the penguin still has access to the National Party leaders computer system.

John’s reply to Don is here.

Will be interesting to see if we do get a budget that addresses the deficit that has ballooned under National or just tinkers.

Hat tip Prickly One.

MMP and the focus on Lusk

Posted by on May 13th, 2011

I’ve done some slightly cryptic posts over the last week or so following a flow of information from three sources about the role of Simon Lusk, inter alia, in the Brash coup.

Much of that is now a matter of record. The coup was financed by John Banks. Lusk became a consultant following a Joyce recommendation. Franks law firm also provided services. The fee was $30k.

The objective was to reinvigorate Act. No one told Joyce Brash’s negatives are higher than Hides.

It was run while Key was offshore. English was not informed by Joyce.

Lusk has been contracted to help run selection campaigns as well as electorate campaigns. Neither his role nor that of Cameron Slater have been transparent.

The prize now is the anti MMP campaign for which resources are now being organised. $100k +.

Lusk is an expert in political “black arts”. He even does reviews on the topic.

My posts have been designed to get Simon Lusk out of the shadows to ensure we know who is running things, if in fact he gets the contract.

There is not necessarily anything wrong with using offshore company registration

Posted by on May 11th, 2011



A lot more than twenty questions and still going Part IV

Posted by on May 9th, 2011

1. What exactly did Brash get for his $30k?

2. Did Whale and Hooton get cash?

3. What was Lusk’s role in this?

4. Did Joyce contribute or was he just the fixer?

5. How much of it did Banks pay?

6. Was money only paid into NZ bank accounts?

7. What do Leonie Hapeta and Mark Mitchell have in common?

8. Is employing a specific consultant now a requirement to get a contested National Party selection?

9. Is there transparency during the selection process, ie did all candidates know of the consultant and his assistants roles on behalf of those employing him?

10. Does Whale get paid for all his endorsements of candidates?

11. What do Upston, Gilmore, Woodhouse, Lee Ross, Lotu Iinga, Wagner and Blue have in common?

12. Does Bill English realise that he is being undermined by these processes?

13. Did Goodfellow know his parties party’s consultant was moonlighting with Brash?

14. Has the team offered their services to any other party this year?

15. Did Key know of Joyce’s involvement, and if so did he tell his deputy?

16. What did Joyce say to Lusk last Wednesday night after they were rumbled?

More to come…………

Twenty questions Part III

Posted by on May 8th, 2011

Simon Lusk1Simon Lusk2

1. Who is this guy?

2. At whose funeral were arrangements made?

3. Who was the matchmaker?

4. How much did Brash pay and who funded it?

5. Was support for Joyce part of the agreement?

ps. Might end up being more than twenty questions at the rate the tips are coming in.

Twenty questions Part II

Posted by on May 7th, 2011

Williams and Lusk

1. Who are the pair in the photo above?

2. From which book is the following quote ?

Lusk then wrote: ‘Bryan, make sure you find out about what they are going to do with the Greens’. The Brethren ‘dusted up the Greens in Tasmania, did a good job there’, and so were ‘considering… going after the Greens’ in New Zealand as well. This shows that by early June National MPs had been told about the Brethren’s proposed anti-Green Party advertising and confirms the link with anti-Green leaflets that were distributed anonymously in Tasmania the year before. The September 2005 New Zealand and October 2004 Tasmanian anti-Green Exclusive Brethren pamphlets were almost identical. Lusk went on to express concern about anti-Green campaigning because he was counting on Green voters to split the vote in Napier and help his National candidate win. ‘They could hurt our chances in Napier if they go after the Greens,’ he wrote, ‘we need as many Greens votes as possible to win the electorate race.’31

Two weeks later, another Lusk email reveals that actual copies of the Exclusive Brethren election advertisements were being shown to National Party MPs. ‘Bryan some of the ads we were discussing in Napier were shown to a selection of MPs yesterday. Apparently there were some very nervous people after hearing them.’32 The reason for the nervousness was not explained.

3. Hint for question 2 here.

4. Who was a go to man between National and the Brethren?

5. How did the other guy get swipe access to Parliament to be Brash’s factotum?

Fallout from Nats involvement in Brash coup continues

Posted by on May 7th, 2011

I’ve always liked Georgina. I’ve had long family links to Manunui and respect the way she has tried to bring a Maori perspective to the National Party.

I’m not surprised that she has chosen to go. There is a limit to what one reasonable person can put up with:-

A senior National MP is tipped to announce her retirement at the next election.

Georgina te Heuheu, the courts and disarmament minister, has held a ministerial portfolio in successive National administrations and was the first Maori woman to gain election to Parliament for National after being wooed by former prime minister Jim Bolger because of her influence within Maoridom and links to powerful iwi organisations.

She played a vital role in National stitching up its historic accord with the Maori Party after the 2008 election and courted controversy under former leader Don Brash because of her staunch opposition to his Orewa “nationhood” speech, which rejected the notion that Maori held a special place in New Zealand.

A Brash reminder on minimum wage and benefits

Posted by on May 7th, 2011

Brash on Health 2

Twenty questions Part I

Posted by on May 6th, 2011


1. Whose party was this?

2. Who is the person in the background?

3. Did Farrar know there were in fact three celebrations on that night at the same party when he decided to go?

4. List the celebrations.

5. Did Farrar report back to Bill English afterwards?

A Brash reminder – health

Posted by on May 4th, 2011

Brash on Health

Not a photo opportunity for the old firm

Posted by on May 3rd, 2011

brash and key

John Key and Don Brash met today to discuss how they plan to work together. But you won’t see a photo of it. The PM refused to let the media photograph the meeting, saying, in a first, that it was a ‘working meeting not a photo op”. Journalists were refused entry to the floor of the Beehive where the meeting was taking place. Why on earth would the Prime Minister become so camera shy about being seen with his old mate and new coalition buddy?

Well, given that the old firm is back together again, we can’t let that go by, so here are the boys together, as they are again.

A Brash reminder- gone by lunchtime

Posted by on May 2nd, 2011

Brash on Nuclear Warships