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Hard News: 2014: The Meth Election

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  • chinashop,

    Remember how it made you feel 10 feet tall?
    ...
    And the public? Don't get me started on the public. They're jonesing so hard.

    Ha, yes, exactly! Great post. I was starting to get the shakes earlier this week, and eventually decided to wield some placards and other volunteery stuff. Whether or not it makes a difference, at least it's making me feel better.

    Wellington • Since Aug 2014 • 6 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    Its a wet saturday and I was sorta waiting for Jack Sparrow to compose a reply. It'll be a one hit wonder no doubt. So I foolishly went and read Jamie Whyte opening speech.
    Man that boy must have had some serious drugs to come up with that saga, making a monster of everyone except djonkey ....and yet....and yet, a nitpick here, a nitpick there. Now I just want soma

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Trevor Nicholls,

    I saw Bennett on Backbenchers. She’s supposed to be impressive?!?!

    I don't get this either. But the theory is that because she's seen through reforms at a minefield portfolio like MSD without getting blown up, she must be capable.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    Brownlee has a conviction for assaulting a pensioner (I’m not making that up), so doesn’t have a clean sheet.

    Strictly speaking, it's not a conviction - he lost a civil action brought by the victim. From Wikipedia:

    Brownlee received criticism during the 1999 election campaign when he ejected Neil Able, a 60-year old Native Forest Action campaigner, from the National Party's 1999 election campaign launch. The ejection took place with what many, including watching journalists, considered excessive force. Neil Able started civil assault proceedings against Brownlee, seeking damages of $60,000. In 2002, a District Court judge found in favour of Mr Able that Brownlee had "used excessive and unnecessary force on Mr Abel when he tried to remove him from a staircase handrail". Brownlee was ordered to pay Neil Able $8,500 in damages.[1][2] Brownlee later sought unsuccessfully to have $48,000 of his legal fees reimbursed by the Government.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • izogi, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I don’t get this either. But the theory is that because she’s seen through reforms at a minefield portfolio like MSD without getting blown up, she must be capable.

    I was always confused how Judith Collins could ever have been considered as leadership material, too, at least until very recent events made it impractical. I think all it showed me is that not everyone judges people in the same way I do.

    Anyone National chooses will be a big risk, given how much of its popularity seems to have been branded in John Key’s image, and that will be hard to match. The party might have to actually campaign on something other than “trust us because we know best”.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I saw Bennett on Backbenchers. She’s supposed to be impressive?!?!

    I don’t get this either. But the theory is that because she’s seen through reforms at a minefield portfolio like MSD without getting blown up, she must be capable.

    The flirtation with promoting the patently gormless Bennett could have been encouraged by Crosby Textor’s past Australian success with Jackie Kelly. Kelly’s 1996 victory in the previously solid Labor seat of Lindsay, and her increased majority after a by-election following a Labor challenge, led to her being groomed as the poster person for ‘Howard’s battlers’, the aspirational working class who’d abandoned Labor.

    While Key hasn’t excited the jealousy of Bennett’s colleagues to the same degree as Howard did when showering Kelly with ministerial rewards beyond her capabilities, the contrived nature of how they’ve both been marketed is strikingly similar.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    Bennett’s a risk, but she’s probably a better bet that anyone else. Joyce is too hard to sell. Collins is tainted. Bridges is- no other way to put it- too dim. Bennett at least has a smidgen of charm.
    I think English is also a possibility, but only because the leadership a year into the thrid term is so likely to be a hospital pass. Bennett – or whomever- may prefer to watch English loose in ’17 before stepping in.
    ETA: not so sure Key will leave, as long as he's popular.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2109 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Just watched this morning’s Nation. Couldn’t be a bigger contrast in the interviews with Key and Cunliffe which were on before the interview with Glen Greenwald. Key looked exhausted, tried to pick a fight and sniffed. Cunliffe was firing on more than six cylinders, even correcting Patrick Gower’s maths. So they were either on something, as per Russell’s theory, or spooked/inspired by Glen Greenwald in the green room.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Add alcohol withdrawal to that equation:

    He's taken a vow of abstinence from booze until the election, he has trim milk in his coffees, and Diet Coke.

    cocktail for disaster.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    Re: Paula Bennett. Is there such a thing as a 'little hench-woman' and if so can she become leader one day if she does enough henching?

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 365 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Andre,

    Is there such a thing as a ‘little hench-woman’

    that rings some bells... that's right...
    there was that Hench back of Notre, dame!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    This is when Public Address real needs a Like or Favourite option!

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    that rings some bells… that’s right…
    there was that Hench back of Notre, dame!

    FFS! That wins this evening's Internets!

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2933 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Ian should have one permanently attached. #gold

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Andre,

    henching

    great word

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19719 posts Report Reply

  • Angela Hart, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    that rings some bells... that's right...
    there was that Hench back of Notre, dame!

    pure genius

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2014 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    The flirtation with promoting the patently gormless Bennett could have been encouraged by Crosby Textor’s past Australian success with Jackie Kelly. Kelly’s 1996 victory in the previously solid Labor seat of Lindsay, and her increased majority after a by-election following a Labor challenge, led to her being groomed as the poster person for ‘Howard’s battlers’, the aspirational working class who’d abandoned Labor.

    Only to throw in the towel after some big fallout over an Islamophobic pamphlet drop. The kind of dirty tricks that Nicky Hager is trying to exposé.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    And I don’t think he likes lying: he seems to squirm. He has that queasy look when he admitted calling Slater: he knew it was wrong.

    Just a few points, I see….
    He can’t handle the confrontation. He can’t tolerate anyone questioning his actions.Hates feeling cornered. He reacts by attack. The queasy look is annoyance .
    He also doesn’t like lying if caught out. His “humour” seems calculated only in that he bows to the lowest denominator. Laughing at his own bullying.
    Also,

    But there’s no ignoring my opinions are not shared by a majority of New Zealanders

    I reckon if you were talking about all New Zealanders, many children would be scared of him. They are the ones who react truthfully
    This article linked to earliersays quite a lot about his personality.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Starrow,

    John Key's massive popularity on our political stage ironically stems from a non-popularity background.
    Before he was head-hunted to become a member of the parliamentary political party, Key had no strong ties to the National Party.
    This explains why he exudes a sense that he is not your usual ideology-driven politician.
    And in turns why he has built up such sustained approval ratings over his leadership.
    By not being seen to simply wanting to impose an ideology, Key has promoted a winning empathy with a public weary of hidden or partly-hidden agendas.
    With Key, what you see is mostly what you get....a Prime Minister whose narrative is as clear-minded and open as it was when he was a highly-successful businessman.
    His task is to get things done.
    Along the way he has shown the common touch which comes from his state-house background.
    He has demonstrated the ability to compromise a la the anti-smacking scenario and to be inclusive as he did in embracing the Maori Party.
    No other Prime Minister in our recent history has so effortlessly imparted this sense of trustworthy pragmatism to the same extent as John Key has.
    Muldoon, Bolger and Clark all did to varying degrees but never as convincingly.
    Despite his detractors claims and imaginary machinations, John Key has yet to be proved to be anywhere near as culpable of the duplicity and dark dealings that they would have us believe.
    And any commission that concentrates on the dirty politics stuff in particular and history in general will establish that innocence I believe.
    People closer to Key than I ever will be report how angry and let down he feels over the dirty politics play-out and he won't allow Collins for example anywhere near any position of authority again.
    Key's most notable achievements are seen in the delicate guidance he imposed through the global financial meltdown along with Bill English... and the positive impact he has had on foreign shores including China.
    So in a nutshell kind of a way, as governed by a briefish word-count that sites like this promote, this is why I admire and fully approve of John Key.
    I've met him twice, once at a mutual friend's house. For most of the evening, I felt I knew why President Obama has described Key "as a friend whose company I really enjoy and who I can relax with.
    Finally, my name in my passport is not Ede! I'm simply a political junkie like all contributors to this site are I suspect.
    I'm a true swinging voter. I'm greatly influenced by the qualities and integrity, or not, of the party leaders. I voted for both David Lange and Helen Clark. My judgement was proven accurate as it has been with John Key.
    But as Mr. Brown says, it is not about me. I just wanted some conspiracy theories put to rest.
    I really enjoyed Rob Stowell's discourse on Key without coming to the same disparaging conclusion at the end of it. The tone and manner was superb.
    That's my opinion. Yours?

    Since Sep 2014 • 77 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Starrow,

    Why are errors so apparent after posting.
    First line should read " John Key's massive popularity on our political stage ironically stems from a non-political background.

    Since Sep 2014 • 77 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    That’s my opinion. Yours?

    As previously stated, my opinion is that he is a feculent, smarmy, unprincipled twat who has no leadership qualities whatsoever.

    Thanks for asking.

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 577 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    You can edit within fifteen minutes of posting by clicking the edit button at the bottom of your post. (You need to hover your mouse down there for it to become apparent.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    That’s my opinion. Yours?

    That one will never be able to bear John Key's children from fellatio alone.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10653 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    Boy that reads like a puff piece! No wonder it took you so long to reply.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Starrow,

    Thank-you for your advice Danielle.
    Within minutes of posting my rationale, three replies emerge hinging on words such as "feculent" "smarmy" and suggesting that if I want children from John Key, fellatio won't do it. What gutter crap!
    Is that what Russell was referring to in his requesting more "grown-up" arguments?
    What is so ragingly apparent amongst you cheap-shot merchants is that Key's success, his massive appeal and his overwhelming approval really, really gets under your skins and drives you mad to the extent that resorting to vacuous abuse is all you're capable of.
    Rob Stowell asked for the standard of the debate to be lifted. Why not try?

    Since Sep 2014 • 77 posts Report Reply

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