Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I Can't Work Out.........

........ how Jacinda Arden thought she could win an election by taxing the shit out of middle NZ.

Can any student of political history point to the last time a western democracy elected a leader on a platform of a vast array of new taxes, the amount of which would all be decided after the election?

Yes, I know the election is still a couple of weeks away and the writing on the wall so far is 'only one poll' but the riddle remains unanswered.

I have a theory.

I reckon it's the poofter coward plotter up to his old tricks.  Remember how he was in like Flash Gordon to nominate the filly as Labour leader?  After she lost the election, he was going to slide effortlessly into the leadership and be assured of an easy win in 2020.

Of course, never in a million years did he think her popularity would take off the way it did, so he suddenly needed to knock her down a peg or two.  What better way than to persuade her that his taxation policies are election winners?     Aaaaaaaaah.   All he has to do now is sit back and wait for the post election caucus meeting at which he can move for a spill on account of her losing the unloseable election.

Mind you, the unions might have something to say about that mightn't they?

Hell, with any luck they'll reinstall Little.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha


Anonymous said...

At the time Ms Adern took over at an hour's notice, I was a bit puzzled. Last time Labour had a change of leadership, there was a nation-wide lobbying; and the unions had large X% say, the caucus a smaller X% say, and the Party a small % say. So did Ms Adern gain the necessary and full support the Party's rule state?
Not that either of us could give a hoot

Adolf Fiinkensein said...


As I understand it, the Labour party's rules allow the caucus to elect a leader within 90 days of an election. That is, 90 days before an election. Accordingly, the unions did not exercise aa block vote. I'm unsure about what happens in the event of a spill within 90 day after an electon.

alwyn said...

It will be a full election if the spill is after the election.
The caucus, the members and most of all the unions all get to vote.
With a vacancy occurring in the 90 days before the election they simply don't have the time to organise the whole affair.
The do have a vote of the caucus after the election though. If the incumbent doesn't get a strong enough vote of confidence, I believe 60% + 1 votes there will be a full election
It is all explained in here, starting at about page 130.
You are warned. It goes on and on and on and on ......

Adolf Fiinkensein said...


Much obliged. Thanks.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

My thanks to a polite anonymous commenter for pointing out Robertson is not the deputy.

Johno said...

Yep, Robertson is the ventriloquist, not the deputy.

Deputy Kelvin hasn't been seen since he got slapped down for telling the truth about Labour and taxation. He's probably at home nursing his trampled mana.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Perhaps he's the erstwhile deputy?