I see people opining about how unstable Winston is, but he was far more stable than Helen's own MPs last time he was in coalition (looking at you, Taito Philip Field et al). Shane Jones is a bigger concern, although I suspect Ron Mark is up to the challenge.
dirty politics keeps on unwinding
Worth it for the photo caption :-D
I'm trying to remember now, but doesn't or didn't the Electoral Commission often send out other correspondence anyway leading up to an election? If a returned EasyVote card can cause removal, presumably anything returned-to-sender would cause someone to be removed from the roll.
The EC isn't just getting it's info from returned mail. I moved out of my house in Waikanae a shade under 2 months before the election and, though I was staying in a rental in Foxton (preparatory to purchasing a place here), I redirected my mail to my mother's place. I got a letter from the EC addressed to my mother's house noting that I had moved house and I should correct my electoral details. The only place I gave that address to, besides putting in the redirect, was the CCDHB. Turns out I didn't need to change anything urgently, as I had bought a house by that point (sadly, still in Nathan Guy's electorate), and the returning officer just crossed me off at the old address. I thought they'd be sending me to the special votes desk.
However this time around National instantly dropped ACT before negotiations even began. That doesn't seem a way to build up a long-term relationship with a potential coalition partner.
They know ACT will be there for them in the future. They're so supine they can plank while standing up.
Welcome to the nest!
Prime Minister Bill English said he disagreed with politicians "essentially advocating breaking the law".
I don't think admitting you've done something is advocating for others to do it. Recognising that people are forced into such situations is not endorsement. And, if this is honestly Bill's view, why is he so reticent about Todd Barclay? Or his attempt to bury the illegal surveillance of Dotcom? Hypocrit.
"Of course people make mistakes, they inadvertently break the law, they do it under pressure. It's the job of the police and then the justice system to take account of those circumstances because life's a bit messy, it's not always black and white."
No shit, Sherlock
"But Ms Turei just seems to be getting a bit disconnected from the normal assumptions we make that people should keep the law and if they don't like the law they set out to change it," he said.
No. She admits that she broke the law, she's prepared to make reparations if required, she spoke up voluntarily without someone else going to the media to raise the issue, then lying about it until forced to concede that you had actually acted illegally, then dunning the public for 10s of thousands of dollars because it would be inconvenient for your party if your vote was to disappear. If we weigh what 23 year-old Metiria did against what 23 year-old Todd did, then Toddy-boy's illegality is costing the taxpayer a hell of a lot more.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said members of Parliament had "certain obligations" and while there's laws people don't agree with it doesn't mean people "shouldn't abide by those laws
I look forward to Tolley requesting that the Speaker bar Barclay from the Chamber #tui . Also, Metiria Turei was not a member of Parliament when the offense occured; Todd Barclay very much was.
Perhaps it was just the clickbait headline, but the comments below this Stuff article seem like a coordinated up-voting campaign in action. Troops mobilised for the election campaign - on one side at least.
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Braunias is a national treasure
And another one's gone,
And another one's gone
And another one bites the dust....