In my book respect needs to be earned and not demanded.
Michael Cheika clearly believes that his rather ordinary bunch deserve respect based on the great players of previous years while his bunch of nigglers led by sniveller pedestrian Steven Moore it's not an option, sorry Michael respect is difficult to store and your storage is causing spoilage and rot.
For a Nation that has another code's captain caught on audio threatening to break the arm of an opponent causing grief, to suggest NZ Rugby lacks respect for The Wallabies is laughable.
Yes the descendents of convicts losing need to have their egoes massaged but the only aspect of their game that has been raised this season is niggle and off the ball rubbish.
I am certain Savea would not have run Speight down any more than a prop forward moving forward many yards away from where an up and under kick will land is an automatic penalty, it is the rules, clearly two dads Dane changed his line to ensure Savea did not achieve the impossible, by then Speight was gone..
Now how about the head butt from Hooper on Retallick followed by a petulant facial off the ball, not exactly going to raise any hopes for a rise in respect Michael.
I normally rarely consider the all too often ordinary attempts by Emmerson to be remotely humorous, inane yes, but he clearly scored a direct hit on Cheika with his clowns are coming effort so for that he can have a 'C'.
Then there was the 'caterpillar wth McCaw's head imposed that was such a hoot in the Daily Telegraph with the header 'only grub McCaw stands in the way of the Wallabies', some years ago, only served to raise the intent of the ABs.
It's the media stupid.
As if any offering in our little rag tabloid is anyway an opinion of NZ Rugby, hell one only needs to observe how any imperfection that can be tenuously tied to our national game is handled.
Funny olde worlde notion Mr Cheika but your understanding and mine do not align on respect.
Folks ... limited blogging for a time ... of great relief to many I'm sure. Short story, had a major incident with an escalator in Auckland and came off a clear second best. Casevaced to the Auckland Hospital where a CAT scan revealed some bleeding on the brain ... apart from that no real injuries; sutures in the head, a gash on the arms and left leg, a fair amount of bruising and an interesting set of imprints on my shoulder made coming in contact with the escalator treads as I cartwheeled my way back down ... one unkind observer said it was a gold medal performance. Also a badly damaged ego and and suit to match.
NO, I had not been drinking, back foot slipped.
The head warder in the neurosurgical ward has agreed that I should be released with time off for good behavior so I'm heading back to Paihia.
Going to go light on blogging for the next few days.
Great kudos to the Auckland hospital. Their professionalism was unquestioned. Their care and attention was superb. I didn't want for anything. It was a five star facility with five star service.
Australia's ABC programme of late has made a specialty of serving up manufactured and false horror stories based on footage shot anything up to four years ago. (Turnbull was dumb enough to fall for it, in one instance.)
Not to be out done, New Zealand's oleaginous ratbag tabloid continues to feature political analysis written fourteen months ago. Of course, the fact that these pieces seem to boost Winston Peters and denigrate the National Party is entirely coincidental.
Three Aboriginals died in Walgett after drinking moonshine whisky containing high levels of methanol. (Only one of six news reports mentioned the dead were Aboriginals.)
Walgett? I hear you ask. Where the hell is Walgett? Not very far from Bourke where you don't want to at the back of.
Who lives at Wallgett? Not many white fellas.
It is ironic that Australian children who live in cities and have never been anywhere near an outback settlement are being taught all about aboriginal culture by teachers who have never been off a bitumen road. Of course the prevalent culture of alcohol abuse, child abuse and woman abuse is rarely mentioned.
Little, if anything, is taught about the country's history of the last one hundred years. How do I know? Every day I meet youngsters from age ten to eighteen and I ask them. A typical response is "We have lots of aboriginal studies and there's no time for anything else."
In the suburb of Elizabeth there can be found streets named Midway, Yorktown, Halsey, Blamey, Spruance, Fletcher, Kincaid, Enterprise, Saratoga, Nimitz and Hornet.
None of the kids I talk to have the faintest idea of who or what these names represent or of why they are there.
Sad, isn't it? Their heads are crammed full of aboriginal studies.
Mr Barry I have just heard your possible ignorance based but I suspect deliberate ongoing inane rubbish attitude to the reality that is Fiji 2016.
You might like to just listen to yourself and the boring one dimensional lispings of Bwabwa Dwever and then try to work out whether a one man one vote democwacy that Fwank has established to repwace the crooked corrupt, chief based Methodist enabled government that denied the many decades old Indian ethnic voters decisions with armed force.
After independence, after over one and a half decades of Mara, Timothy Bavandra led a coalition based on Indian descendants from the colonial sugar industry and trade union strength to successfully challenge the ethnic power brokers enjoying Methodist church support and won power.
That did not please many of the ethnics who enjoyed a life under Palm trees while the entrepreneurial inspired Indians made the economy function, and a fuzzy from the army Sitivini Rambuka staged a bloodless coup.
What followed was decades of rubbish politics as many who should have known better tried to maintain governments whose power came from the by now racial minority Melanesians.
NZ and Australia even sent Maori God botherer and ex head of NZ Anglicans, subsequently NZ Governor General, Sir Paul Reeves in a Gilbert and Sullivan like e facile attempt to maintain racial supremacy for the minority palm tree shade layabouts.
Then Mr Choudrey upset things with another Indian party electoral victory only for another entitled moron George Speight to try to intervene, this time people died and another crook (convicted and jailed) Quarase was installed.
Military Supremo Commodore Frank Bianirama Said enough and in spite of the best efforts of the
Ignorant has established one person one vote democracy that will always be operating in the shadow of a coup instigated by the laughably "disenfranchised" racist Chiefs.
Through all this tragedy many biased media and stupid paternalistic non Fijian polliticians have failed miserably to stop Frank, and now Bazza is whining that while the Fiji PM is here to see the rugby test on Saturday he won't " feed the moronic trolls".
Just let it go Mr Barry there are many more challenging problems in the Pacific Nations that need sorting, Fiji is doing better than most and you and your manipulative fellow "F" lister media hacks need to fix some fences.
To say the least, the American presidential electoral system is byzantine. Apparently the latest polls show a new threat to Crooked Hillary and her gangsters' ride to presidential glory.
An outsider is coming through thee pack as they enter the final straight.
Independent Evan McMullin, a Mormon, looks to have a good shot at wining Utah. If he succeeds he will take forty (I think) college votes away from Trump and crooked Hillary. Should this happen and should neither Crooked Hillary nor Trump gain 270 electoral college votes from the remaining states, then the House of Representatives will decide who will be President. You caan bet it won't be Clinton.
Yes, of course it's a long shot but it is fun to speculate. So obsessed have the Clinonista media been with denigrating Trump that they won't have time to dig any dirt on McMullin.
A mob of fat Maoris dropped of a stabbing victim at the Whangarei Ambulance Centre and then hung around hugging each other after he died. Apparently their transport was a Mercedes Benz sedan. The only way you make enough money Up North to afford one of those is to sell drugs. (or you could be a pervert school principal)
So one wonders:--
How far did they travel to dump their still breathing corpse? (My guess would be from somewhere between Matawaia, Motatau and Pipiwai. They still eat white men up there.)
Have they all been arrested as accessories to murder?
Are we going to see another episode such as that in the Manawatu where PC police failed to carry out their duty in the face of pressure to be 'culturally sensitive'?
Would a term in prison help these people lose weight?
Eric Crampton is a jewel.
Yesterday In "Offsetting Behavior" Crampton exposes something that Mr Key said he would sort out but has dismally failed to deliver.
An old biddy in Ekatahuna milks four cows and makes cheese, so what.
Here's what, from her little cottage activity that generates over 40k in income, poor old Biddy Frazer Davis has to spend around HALF in testing fees to the bloody gummint.
Now under simple "buyer beware" that has been and afaik is still an operating bit of our laws, that is preposterous. Can I assume that Biddy's four cows are unlikely to be risking economic disaster for The Nation in an overseas market as say Fonterra's dirty pipes threatened.
Is that politically correct crap being applied to all the produce that finds its market in the plethora of Farmers Markets that are operating in almost every hamlet across this country or is it OK to buy and eat an "organic" apple that has half a struggling worm in the next bite having the other half almost certainly ingested.
Mr Key with his increasingly arrogant bunch of closed minds who have ceased listening to Joe and Josephine cannot rely on an increasingly inept opposition to keep control of the treasury.
Find the Hi-vis clad, cellphone carrying, clipboard operator who is perpetrating this appalling rubbish and place him/her in stocks in the short main street of "Eke" along with an ample supply of discard fruit from a coolstore and watch true hard working New Zealand take their pleasure.
Australians have handed in their testicles to the PC brigade.
Yesterday brought the news that Australia's appalling Human Rights Commission is to prosecute cartoonist Bill Leake for telling the truth about conditions in outback Aboriginal settlements. Apparently, the cartoon is deemed to be racist by the leftist wankeratti who control the HRC. Of course it is extremely unlikely any of these fools ever have lived in the outback but, sadly for Australia and its Aboriginal people, the truth does not suit the narrative approved by these central city dwelling do gooders.
Notice this shows a BLACK policeman berating a drunken BLACK about his delinquent BLACK son.
The problem here is ten times worse than anything in NZ and because of the hysteria promoted by the left, authorities are scared to act when they should, resulting in children who should have been removed from their disgraceful parents being bashed and killed.
Those political realists who are convinced the current MSM are a trade union directed arm of the MOU coalition need no further evidence, there is no doubt.
Kiwiblog posts on a snout elected last Saturday to the Wainui ward of Hutt City Council as "an independent", is now announced as a candidate in a field of three to find a successor for "the Pugilist" AKA Trevor Mallard.
Hot on the long list of serial tribal labour figures who inexplicably and unchallenged, discard all their decades of intense involvement in upper eschelons of the ever dwindling cadre of the now century old NZLP, plus the never explained Pony Express style role of Parliamentary Services employed Press Secretaries departing Labour, in particularly the office of the current disaster director A A Little, just a "sounds of silence".
To become a viable candidate for such a tenure as a press secretary, a serious career needs to be made in the swamp that is currently referred to as "The Media", it is not for graduates of the socialists employment agencies curiously titled "Journalism schools".
Should four employees in three months become victim to sudden departure from the National Party's leaders office, could it be expected not to have the NZLP and it's media arm dominating headlines about "What the hell is going on" , while an embedded Union hack masquerading as a potential prime minister seems immune to any investigation.
Having endured the scandal of unchallenged scrutiny of the tag team ex Labour MPs and other embedded hacks running as " independents" in the just held local body elections where name recognition looms so significant as a positive foe success, Justin Lester in Wellywood a notable exception, it is clear to many that media bias to socialists is a slam dunk guilty as charged.
Imagine the conundrum the MSMwould face should the race to be POTUS had come down to Clinton vs Sanders, oh hang on no probs, Bernie was a declared socialist wasn't he.
up her in the beautiful BoI. In the bush that surrounds Mon Repose the rosellas have come back aplenty; there are two huge wood pigeons that have made their home in a tree that looks down on our balcony (don't tell Sonny Tau that); the kiwis are back 'snuffling' while the possums continue to try and evade the traps installed per courtesy of Bay Bush Action.
A few brave souls are starting to hit the water; the restaurants are jam packed (we were at Alfresco's last night, beautiful meal, the New York cheesecake was a standout); two new businesses about to open in our version of main street (Subway and an ice-cream outlet - although why we need three of them within 10m of each other has me beat); there are very few properties for sale and rentals are just about impossible to find ... problem for Paihia is that there is no more land, we're surrounded by either by DOC forest estate (very hilly) or sea ... 4k inland on the road to Keri2 there is the Watea Waters development with new homes going up weekly ... many snapped up by refugees from Auckland.
In short, Paihia is booming. Great place to be. Problem for me is that for the next two weeks I'm OOT 'working', bugga. Will just about manage to squeeze in a game of golf at Waitangi b4 I go. Next post (maybe) from Rydges Hotel in Auckland.
There has been speculation around the possibility that Hillary Clinton may have Parkinsons.
So bloody what.
Sir John Walker has been an admitted Parkinsons patient since 1996 , twenty freakin years. During that so called period of affliction he has continued a full working life, commercial and public and I have no knowledge of any serious problems around the delivery he achieves with either.
My love of over half a century has been diagnosed with the neurological condition for over six years and although some problems around movement and energy. She stIll accomplishes more than many her age and although some of the medications can give side effect problems including nausea, none of them can in any way be problematical as to her abilities to reason, think or act.
Whether that woman has Parkinsons or not is of little interest to me however that said there is a whole lot of baggage in her life that gives serious cause to doubt her fitness for the office of POTUS.
So I return to my central thoughts around the current state of the Union and wonder still how such a great and successful nation can find itself so bereft of genuine talent in its search for a next head of state.
Makes a great case for the monarchy in the UK and those Commonwealth States that have continued to avoid the bogfest of debauchery that the US finds itself struggling in.
but with the latest Fox News poll which traditionally has a Republican bias showing that Clinton's lead over Trump has grown to 7 points and Bill O'Reilly, their respected anchorman and erstwhile Trump supporter now saying out loud that this election is a sad day for America and it can't get much worse for camp Trump.
But it can. Adam was a cowboy the last time that Utah voted the Blue team but right now Clinton is only a few percentage points behind Trump ... the reason, a guy called Evan McMullin, standing as an Independent, who in the latest Monmouth University poll was preferred by 20% of respondents. McMullin was a sometime CIA agent and GOP policy strategist, a devout Mormon (helps in Utah) and, above all, an avowed conservative who argues that Trump never was. As it stands right now he's on the ballot in 34 States and likely to go higher. He won't win but every vote he gets is one less for Trump. One senses the stirrings of a campaign to win back control of the GOP from the dead end street that Trump is driving it down.
Still, it's never over till it's over but I suspect that America is poised to elect as their President someone who will assume office as hugely damaged goods and, more likely than not, be a one term President.
King Bhumibol Adulyade had died aged aged 88 ending the reign of the world's longest serving monarch. In Thailand he was revered and enjoyed almost God like status. He was the glue and unifying force that held the country together through a succession of military coups. The outpouring of grief that you see is genuine.
A couple of decades ago I had the privilege of dining with the King and Queen at the Royal Palace in Bangkok when I was part of an official delegation enjoying 'guest of government' status. An unforgettable experience made even more memorable by the fact that the King went out of his way to have a one-on-one conversation with me as the most junior member of the delegation. First and only time I have ever eaten off gold plate. He also presented me with a medal which I could never wear. I think it commemorated Buddha's birthday.
Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn (64) will now assume the throne. He is widely seen as a playboy who spends much of his abroad and does not enjoy the same affection as the late King did.
Watching the chattering classes react to Judith Collins and you are reminded of Pavlov's dog and classical conditioning.
It is refreshing to see someone stand up and tell sometime anarchist Metiria Turei and her Labour Party side-kick Jacinda Ardern along with their fellow politically correct driven apologists a few home truths ... that many of the problems blamed on child poverty can be sheeted home to the parent. "I don't just see monetary poverty. I see a poverty of ideas, a poverty of parental responsibility, a poverty of love, a poverty of caring".
She went on to point out the obvious ... that this country has an extensive and generous social welfare system, better than many other developed countries, that caters for people in genuine need. "I can tell you that it's not just a lack of money, it's primarily a
lack of responsibility - I know it's not PC - but, you know, that's just
Lack of responsibility nurtured by the idea that the welfare state is there to provide the answer to all of life's problems. Said it before and I'll continue to say it ... Sir Apirima Ngata had it right when he said social welfare will destroy my people (paraphrased).
Judith Collins tells it how it is and the chardonnay socialists squeal because they don't like hearing simple home truths. We can continue to throw money at the problem until the cows come home but until there is a step change in mindset then nothing much will change.
Like a lot of people, I watched the clusterf**k unfold last Saturday, but my sentiment was more of amusement rather than disappointment. And that's because I saw this coming about 6 months ago, or maybe even longer. I was involved in the campaign at a candidate level for a local board, and tried to distance myself from Auckland Future as best I could. Stevie Wonder could have seen what was coming for them.
The political right in local body politics in Auckland exhibit the same attitude and make the same mistakes that Labour does at central politics level at the moment. Both sets of players talk at voters, rather than to them. They both believe they are right (as in correct) and soon the dumb voters will wake up and realise it. But critically, they both utterly fail in their political messaging and strategy. Both Labour and the centre right in Auckland local body politics believe if they keep doing the same things - the very things that have failed Labour and the centre right in Auckland local body politics since 2010 - eventually they will succeed as the voters will inevitably see sense.
Of course, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of stupidity.
The centre right in Auckland local body politics simply fail to understand how an ex Alliance MP and staunch trade unionist, Grant Gillon, gets 11,000+ votes in the North Shore electorate. Now they're shaking their collective heads over how a Labour candidate from 2014 in Northcote can get elected along with a soft blue green type candidate in the ward, with their candidate getting about one third the votes of the winner.
Until the likes of Auckland Future start listening to people who actually do understand it, and until they start beginning to understand, they will continue to fail. And miserably.
A flame war has errupted between ACT leader Seymour and PPTA president Angela Roberts over the unions apparent lack of serious concern for the far too numerous cases of teachers using their place of power to abuse and misuse pupils, is covered in a Kiwiblog post.
The Teacher unions and their rather inappropriate dogma based attitude to registration and Partnership Schools coupled with a total absence of remorse or responsibility for too many damaged young lives leave one somewhat saddened.
A move to ressurect Scouting in my little village in the 50s had me rush home to seek to join up only to be mortified at my father's absolute rejection of that option. Totally mystifying to an eight year old and only apparent years later when the reason for the flat rejection became apparent.
Just as with the Priesthood, teaching and youth activities in general there are a bunch of dirty bastards who cannot let such an opportunity pass yet still inspite of rigourous and well intentioned efforts far too many slip the net and destroy innocent lives.
In an interview with Newshub, Roberts suggested stress could be a factor in the 75 cases undertaken and 54 teachers struck from registaration in the last three years, now call me cynical but stress would be well down on my list of excuses for such appalling stats Ms Roberts whereas a belief in attitude, monitoring and supervision might just need a review.
Of course had Seymour been a raving mad, man hating feminazi from the left maybe the point he made might have escaped Roberts attack.
I wonder if I should fall foul of plod for being a teaspoon of whisky over the idiotic arbitary near margin of error limit, how will "It was stress officer" go down, not well methinks.
I don't get to listen to Leighton Smith too often nowadays but I tuned into him for a hour yesterday while driving to Whangarei. A major topic of conversation was the 'debate' and it was interesting the caller that took him (Leighton) to task calling him out as being 'pro Trump'. Leighton's response was to deny that ... said instead that he was resolutely and utterly opposed to Clinton and all she stood for and that the only way to stop her wrecking more havoc was to cast a vote for Trump .... that, if you opposed Clinton, an abstention or a vote for a third Party was effectively a vote for Clinton.
I agree with his assessment of Clinton ... she is untrustworthy; she would have great difficultly lying straight in bed; she has more positions of free trade than the Kama Sutra; her tenure as Secretary of State was at best unspectacular defined by one word ... Benghazi; she was front and center (along with husband Bill) implicated in the Whitewater controversy which ultimately saw 15 other persons convicted of multiple crimes (with four subsequently pardoned by husband Bill); she is on the left wing of the Democrat Party; she is Washington establishment cozy with Wall Street ... the list goes on and on.
So, with all that in mind, why would you not vote for Trump? For me it's simple ... I don't believe Trump has the temperament to be Commander in Chief ... he's a flake and, IMHO, a slightly unhinged flake. I don't want an unhinged flake with his finger on the nuclear button.
Unhinged vs bad and bad wins but I could never hold my nose and vote for her.
There is some disquiet at the seriously low turnout at the local-body elections and some rather disturbing solutions for a problem that in reality does not exist.
living as we do in a stable benign social environment it is easy to understand why the right to vote is casually discarded by so many for so many reasons. Until the right to vote without any endangerment is curtailed or threatened then little will change and idle talk of solutions such as postal, electronic, compulsion, and this morning I heard somewhere an even greater idiocy, pay a reward for voting.
If casting a free vote at a polling booth is too much trouble then those who cant be arsed will be disenfranchised and we will be ruled by the votes of those who care. Winston Churchill once said democracy is not without fault but when compared to all other systems, may be the best.
We get the governance we deserve and if a vote is not worth the bother of actually making the effort to exercise it then it is probably discounted to the point of worthless anyway.
Personally I am far more concerned at the truely appalling quality of candidate so often confronting the voter, maybe a serious look at the way Palmer has screwed the scrum as to what an elected official can actually achieve in the face of an overpaid beaurocracy, so many one issue pressure groups and race based adhoc hurdles placed in the path of good governance from duly elected representatives of the citizenry.
The creepy sleaze-bag toilet watcher who lit the fuse that caused the fire for Aaron Smith alleged to have succumbed to a desire for a babe wanting to indulge in a lawful if somewhat fraught casual liaison, is regretting his prurient act of privacy invasion, is now being reported by NZME to be regretting his act.
"He only did it because his missus insisted", so sad buddy, having revealed yourself as an oik, throwing your missus under the bus is entirely fitting for the sicko big girls blouse you clearly are.
How about you find your conjones and front the same media you shamelessly used to try and knock the All Black off his deserved pedestal as a world class player albeit with a somewhat unworldly appreciation as to how his personal behaviour might be seen by others, with your cowardly revelation and make a public apology in person for your shameless so far anonymous act of doubtfully lawful sleaze.
Farrar has a Kiwiblog post titled "A Win For Wellington", that covers a deserved kick in the groin for a police leadership who thought they had the power to rewrite the law. IMHO the win although achieved by Wellington City was a much wider victory for the rule of law and a landmark hit on an increasing belief that police headquarters wishes to move from policing to a greater power in areas , the Judiciary and Parliament is empowered by convention in our unwritten constitutional status to perform.
Now I am a long standing supporter of the Police front line officers with the all too often rather disgusting duty of cleaning up amongst the outcomes of over indulging in alcohol and dealing with drunks and all the very worst they deliver but the top brass are getting me offside. With the policy directives increasing use of speed traps, enforcing of drink and drug law in increasing the severity of their muscle by executive order that flies in the face of what has been established as the intent of legislators and judges , the brass over reached and got their beans.
Using threats of tying up licensing applications that can already be onerous enough, by opposing all applications that unless include a significant alteration of conditions or a need to remedy serious historical offending , merely need a costly rubber stamp just to feed the crats the Police threatened more costs and delays.
Police have an increasing propensity to manipulate the law by fiat when they decline to use the already numerous options the law provides. Setting up under stress licencees by waiting until they become overwhelmed by staff numbers insufficient to deal with a sudden surge in patron pressure, placing speed traps at the end of passing lanes or the base of downhill roads and the moronic reducing blood alcohol levels to almost margin of error with the accompanying destruction of business values where alternative transport options are non existent, only perpetrates the increasing loss of respect and the latest strike by Wellington Command is just further excess zeal.
How's about "Police Get Their Reins Jerked, Hard."
The inability of the center-right in Auckland to get its 'act' together and speak with a single coherent voice has led to the inevitable result. On the very occasional good day the center-right will be able to muster ten votes against eleven (including the Mayor). One most days it will be six.
I have no doubt that Goff will do a deal with some of the more faint-hearted center-right Councillors, so called, and shape Auckland the way the 'left' would have it without any thought of fiscal responsibility. We all remember when Goff froze when challenged by Key to 'show us the money'.
The one bright spot in this omni-shambles ... the re-election of Denise Krum in her Maungakiekie-Tamaki ward. Last election she defeated Richard Northey, the incumbent Labour Party heavyweight and leader of the City Vision/Labour bloc in Council by just under 1,000 votes. This time her majority was close to 5,000. Denise is acknowledged as smart and hard-working even by her opponents. Self described as a fiscally conservative, socially liberal centrist, she attracts support from across the political spectrum. Denise is destined for bigger and better things. Watch this space, watch this lady.
Donald Trump should do the right thing for the Republican Party he professes to support and withdraw from the race. The release of the 'sex' tapes is the final nail in his coffin.
OK, you can argue that his philandering is nothing more or less than that of JFK or Billy Boy ... the one whose 'other half' famously said "It's hard to keep an old dawg on the porch". That's not the point. It's gaff upon gaff upon gaff (his latest about PTSD and the need to 'tough' it through .... bit rich from someone many would argue was a draft dodger) that, along with a fair dose of misspeak thrown in for good measure, and you reach the point where you can properly conclude he has now forfeited the trust the GOP bestowed as the right and proper person to be their standard bearer.
As I write this a slew of Republican Governors, Senators, House Members and Party activists have indicated they no longer support his candidature. Can I suggest that in the next 24 hours the slew will become a flood.
Trump is an arrogant fool. He has handed the election to Clinton on a plate and America deserves a whole lot better than HRC.
Christchurch Mayoralty facile snook at real choice!
While an initial count gave the hack and abruptly curtailed Labour MP, 75 000 votes, a surprising 14 000 voted for the screaming skull who ran on keeping our assets and free bus rides for all, and an even more astounding 1400 gave their democracy token to Tubby who is difficult to contact as he eschews phones so as to deny the gumment spies information about himself.
Now Mr Minto last I heard there were no proposals to sell anything other than falshoods and someday you might actually in your second major 'plank" free aint free, work out some other poor bastard would be paying even though the gift would never benefit them.
Meanwhile two thirds or around 140 000 didn't give their vote to any of them.
The pity was when I opened my postal vote papers with the very curious accompanying blurbs that were clearly exempt from truth and honesty in advertising that is legally obligated on non political snakeoil purveyors, the ballot did not include the very clear ommission, "none of the above".
At least then they would be denied the apparent satisfaction that any of them enjoyed any modicom of approval
So around 29% voted for the old grey mare, leaving the question how many did that to ensure Minto got nowhere near the levers of power, would they outnumber those who voted for Tubby as desperation to send a message, kicked in.
Thanks a bunch Mr Palmer, local Government is rather tarnished and inneffectual, it could be said.
Another random question why was an unusually slobbering and grinning temporary leader of the opposition so animated at the election of another suddenly "independent" candidate, this time in The City Of Sails.
Could it be another case of false packaging and measure that is strangely exempt from commerce commission scrutiny.
"All Blacks coach Steve Hansen yesterday said Smith's sexual liaison in the public toilets had breached the team standards."
Some random questions in light of the fact the allegations are still just that
Do the National Rugby team have a preferred toilet designation for emergency use?
Do the "ambassadors and role models" have a code of abstinance?
Do alleged copulations have designated times and venues?
Was it the before and after the use of a disabled toilet while wearing official AB travel uniform ?
Was it the considerable hand shaking and embracing after the event without maybe hand washing, prior to departure for Argentina ?
Do our National team have a standard on "protection" or "health and safety" that was breached ?
Was it an apparent robust exercise without required warm up and warm down, maybe an ice bath to follow ommitted?
Sheesh Stevo elaborate, you can't just leave it there.
Recalling this morning an old AB legend who when on tour was confronted by babes wanting to get friendly, claimed he suggested he was happily married but maybe Chris Laidlaw could be up for it.
There are tensions in all political parties. They tend to revolve around personalities rather than policy although recent events in the British Labour Party suggest they managed to achieve the double. Third parties are particularly vulnerable to this witness what happened with the Alliance; the knifing of Tracey Martin by a nakedly ambitious Ron Mark and the revolving door that seems to define the Green's caucus.
UKIP seems to have excelled itself in this regard. Currently polling in the 10-15% range with some commentators suggesting it is poised to make huge inroads in the Labour Party heartland vote.
Right now it is in crisis. Their newly elected leader, Diane James, resigned after just 18 days on the job citing frustration and personal family reasons. Then yesterday two of their MEPs were involved in a fight in the Party Room at Strasbourg which left one of their number, Steven Woolfe, hospitalised and needing a brain scan after he collapsed. On top of all that you have Arron Banks, millionaire donor to UKIP threatening to leave the Party if Neil Hamilton, leader of UKIP Wales, was allowed to remain in the Party or if Steven Woolfe was again barred from standing for the leadership. Then you have Dpuglas Carswell, their only Westminster MP, marginalised by elements still loyal to Nigel Farage the ex (and now back as interim) leader.