Thursday, November 30, 2017


James Shaw, leader of the Greens, has some explaining to do about his involvement in the deception regarding Ghahraman's c.v.  This is an extract from a speech he gave to the NZ Institute of International Affairs in the Grand Hall at Parliament on 30 May 2017:
..... "Members of this audience may be interested to know that one of those candidates, Golriz Ghahraman, is, at number ten on the list, almost certain to become the first Member of Parliament who started her life in New Zealand as a refugee.
Having fled Iran in 1990 as a child, Golriz is now a human rights lawyer who worked as a prosecutor at the United Nations tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia ......"
That is a direct quote from Shaw’s speech to the NZIIA. So there are two alternatives in play here.
Either the Green Party didn't do due diligence on Ms Ghahraman, and simply took it for granted that her claims were accurate, or they made a conscious decision to present a sanitised version of her CV in the run-up to the election.

Shaw must address this issue without delay, instead of hiding behind his Shield of Sanctimony, accusing others of a “political hit-job”. It is clear from the quote above that he and his party, whether knowingly or not, have been part of the deception.

Hat tip to Keeping Stock

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Picture Tells A Thousand Words

This is the one that will do her in.

Golriz and Gorilla


The news that North Korea has launched another ICBM into the Sea of Japan where it landed inside the Japanese EEZ is troubling indeed.    It will be seen by China, the United States, Japan and South Korea as another indication of the rogue states refusal to curtail its nuclear missile programme.

War can only ever be the final option.   It has not reached that stage yet but the nuclear clock is ticking towards twelve.    There are extensive sanctions in place although you an bet your bottom dollar that the DPRK is heavily engaged in finding ways to circumvent them in much the same way as South Africa and Rhodesia did in the 1970s.

There is one further option which is no doubt being explored ... the introduction of a cordon sanitaire against North Korean ports and preventing ship entry/exit to those ports much like President Kennedy's blockade of Cuba in 1962 at the time of the Cuban missile crisis.

There are only five ports of any significance in Korea; two on the west coast and five on the north coast.    The countries largest port is Nampo on the west coast along with four medium sized ports; Haeju on the west coast and Wonsan, Hungnam and Chongjin on the east coast.    

It would be relatively easy to disable any ship attempting breakout/breakthrough and provided it was done in international waters and against a backdrop of warnings there is not really too much difference between that and the sanctions regime already in place.    One thing for sure ... the United States is not going to sit back and do nothing in response to Kim Jong-un's latest provocation.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Defending the indefensible

A phrase that came up in the context of Golriz Ghahraman, a human rights lawyer who did a human rights lawyer's job and made sure that the human rights of people accused of war crimes were protected.  That apparently causes a great deal of outrage among people who don't know what human rights are.

Apparently, the failure to explicitly state what role you played in each of your trials when you put together a few paragraphs about your career as a lawyer is a shameful attempt to conceal the truth, even if you've gone into those roles in some depth in interviews, and SOMETHING MUST BE DONE.

Meh.  When I think of politicians guilty of defending the indefensible, two in particular come to mind, both from the last National government (and one still a National MP).  Todd Barclay and Chris Bishop both worked as lobbyists for tobacco companies, which have killed more people than your average Hague accused could dream of.  These two were not human rights advocates keen to make sure that even tobacco companies are treated properly, but men who defended the indefensible because there was good money in it. I'm sure that if Slater and Farrar are concerned to make sure the public is fully informed about dubious activities by their politicians, there's fertile ground there for investigation.  All that investigating Golriz Ghahraman is going to turn up is the stench of angry White men exercising their misogyny. 

In Praise of South Africa.......

.......well, South African smoked cod, in fact.

One of my earliest memories is being served up this stuff by my mother on the farm in the early fifties.  Then it came in a tin.   Gorgeous salty flakes of fish with a unique flavour of its own.

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Today one buys fillets of SA smoked cod from the supermarket for $10/kg when they are on special.
Adolf buys a whole heap, still frozen, when they are on special as the usual price is $15/kg.  (Here, snapper fillets are fetching $48/kg!)

Just had one for lunch - this batch were quite small - and here's how you do a simple, cheap but great feed.

Allow fillet to thaw and cut in two.  Season top side with salt and black pepper.  Brown top side in hot pan with oil.  After a minute flip fillets and add half an inch of white wine.  Turn down heat and poach until done.  Five minutes max. 

Serve on a slice of dry multigrain toast.

Yum yum yum.   And lunch cost about three bucks.  Great tucker.


The cant and hubris surrounding new Green MP Golriz Ghahraman and her claims about her work helping to bring to justice those charged with crimes in the Ruandan genocide when the reality is that she was helping to defend Joseph Nzirorera, National-Secretary of the Mouvement républicain national pour la démocratie et le développement (MRND) and also President of the Ruandan  Assemblée nationale in the Interim Government of 8 April 1994, against charges of genocide, complicity in genocide, complicity to commit genocide, direct and public incitement to genocide, rape and exterminations, murder and causing violence to health #1, have been well canvassed in a number of blogs including Kiwiblog, Whaleoil and Homepaddock.  

With her credibility shot a number of commentators have wondered if she can remain a Green MP.

The answer is of course YES.   From a Green's perspective this is fake news of the Donald Trump variety.   Dirty politics from the 'right' ... ignoring the fact that well known 'leftie' Phil Quin is one of her main accusers.    She will stay ... credibility doesn't figure big in the Green's lexicon.

#1  Source is 'The Hague Justice Portal'.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

For All The trolls

Adolf's socialist detractors have long speculated on Adolf's physical appearance.  So here for them all is a full frontal.


In case you are wondering, those legs are 71 years old and walk 71 hundred metres every morning in 71 minutes.

None of the trolls would be able to keep up

Ho Ho Ho

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Just For David And His Bogus Master of Divinity

It appears the voters of Alabama may be much smarter than the US media and David's oleaginous mates.

Alabama's special U.S. Senate election is less than one month away and a new poll shows Republican nominee Roy Moore holding a solid lead over his Democratic opponent Doug Jones.
In a poll conducted by Sky Research on Tuesday Nov. 21 among registered Alabama voters, the results show Moore with 46.7 percent support to Jones' 39.6 percent. 13.7 percent of voters polled remain undecided. With a margin of error of 3.1 percent, Moore maintains significant lead over Jones, but the undecided voters could swing the election either way.
When asked "Do you consider your political views to be more in line with the Republican or Democrat party?," 62.3 percent of 1,059 respondents identified as Republican, while 37.7 percent Democrat.

MEMORANDUM TO: Major Donors and SuperPAC DirectorsFROM: Rick Shaftan, Atlantic Media and Research @shaftanRE: Survey, Alabama 11/18-21DATE: 11/22/17 Atlantic Media and Research completed 623 surveys of Alabamavoters who had participated in both the 2014 and 2016 general elections and said their chances of voting in the December 12th special election for U.S. Senate were "definite" or "very likely."
The theoretical margin of error is +/- 3.9 percent in 95 percent of cases at a 50 percent response level. All calls were made by live operators to both landlines and cellphones from our facilities in Rodanthe, North Carolina.43 percent of respondents were reached on cellphones and 27 percent are identified on the voter file as being African-American. The project was completed at the request of several major SuperPAC donors.
SUMMARY Republican Roy Moore holds a 43-40 lead over Democrat Doug Jones under a "worst case" weighting scenario where younger voters turn out at a level equal to that in the 2014 general election. Moore led 43-37 in the raw data. Both candidates have high negatives. Roy Moore has a favorable rating of 31 percent and an unfavorable rating of 39 percent. But Jones is also a net negative, with just 32 percent viewing him favorably and 35 percent unfavorably. These numbers are a bigger problem for Jones than Moore, however. While 88 percent of Jones unfavorables are voting for Moore, Jones is only able to win 75 percent of Moore unfavorables, while Moore still holds 8 percent of their votes.


It is somewhat amusing (or sad) that the principal blogs on the left and particularly 'No Right Turn' and 'The Daily Blog' are heavy handed with their moderation and are not adverse to banning contributors who argue the toss with their 'party' line.

Can't speak for Whaleoil but certainly Kiwiblog and this blog are much more forgiving than NRT, the DB and others.   For myself and I enjoy the debate while accepting as a given that some respondents will hold very strong and different views to my own.   The only time I would consider banning a  commentator would be if he/she called my integrity into question. 

Why is it that many blogs on the 'right' are more tolerant of dissent than those on the 'left' ... interesting question. 


The Veteran's  publishing of the enormous stupidity in how deficit for some children for what ever reason is not helped by government intervention as a substitute for good parenting.

Is there an emerging recognition of how welfare and its destructive assault on personal responsibility eventually becomes revealed as counterproductive.

A recent manifestation of the unavoidable meltdown of socialism that is almost always declared by its supporters to have failed because another nation interfered or the application was insufficiently thoroughly applied is revealed in the appalling disaster that is Venezuela c 2017.
A very avoidable situation that has manifested in a nation with untold riches that include a significant share of world oil reserves that has basic needs for its population either in very short supply or simply unobtainable in what we might regard as "normal" commercial activity.

It will be fascinating to watch Mugabe's heir continue the destruction of the bit of Africa that was once described as the continent's "bread basket" only to have turned it into a just another of the resource rich continents "Basket cases".
After forty years of "liberation" there must become a time when colonialism  is no longer to blame.

One of the few rewards for a people who have endured years of a seemingly endless parade of neglected children suffering needs that too often include "wants" over said needs have gained since the appointment of the first losers to lead our government by a person who had the ability to manipulate his widely divergent seven percent vote share, has come with a holding back by the "Media Party" in its fulsome support of socialism goals of the three headed hydra in a daily diet of pimping the poor.

The world is in a phase of prosperity never before seen as even nations with serious impediments to prosperity having recourse to opportunities for advancements for all and the statistical evidence is convincing.
Until that is megalomania, power seekers and inept politicians try to reinvent the wheel  that Markets have proved for centuries  to be able to solve then my Comment of the day purloined from a Whale Oil commenter on General Debate comes into play;
A government big enough to to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away from you everything you have....

The outcomes from LBJ's efforts so long ago appear to bear out some of the facts involved.

Friday, November 24, 2017


It is reported over at Kiwiblog that Mr Speaker has had second thoughts on 'his' new Parliamentary Prayer.   

It appears the Queen is now back in while Jesus remains out.

I guess I can live with that given that the prayer still acknowledges 'God'.

But Mallard should have consulted first instead of going it alone.   The backtrack just makes him look a bit of a plonker.


Peter Cresswell has posted a thoughtful piece on his 'Not PC' blog titled 'What does Jacinda know that Lyndon Johnson didn't?'.   The underlying message is that welfarism is not the answer to poverty.

The article is reproduced below (with the kind permission of Peter).

This year commemorates the 50th anniversary on US president Lyndon Johnson's famous War on Poverty.

The stated goal of the War on Poverty, as enunciated by Lyndon Johnson on January 8, 1964, was, “…not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” Measured against this objective, the War on Poverty has not just been a failure, it has been a catastrophe. It was supposed to help America’s poor become self-sufficient, and it has made them dependent and dysfunctional.
But they spent US$21.5 trillion “fighting poverty” over the past 50 years. All that moolah must have made some difference, you say?  Well, no, not really:
Shortly after the War on Poverty got rolling (1967), about 27% of Americans lived in poverty. In 2012, the last year for which data is available, the number was about 29%.
But hasn't it just become harder to keep out of poverty over that time, you ask? Well, no, just the opposite:
Between 1967 and 2012, U.S. real GDP (RGDP) per capita (in 4Q2013 dollars) increased by 127.3%, from $23,706 to $52,809. In other words, to stay out of poverty in 1967, the two adults in a typical family of four had to capture 26.9% of their family’s proportionate share of RGDP (i.e., average RGDP per capita, times four). To accomplish the same thing in 2012, they only had to pull in 12.1% of their family’s share of RGDP. And yet, fewer people were able to manage this in 2012 than in 1967.
Sooooo, what's going on here then? The answer: incentives. Incentives matter.
What turned the War on Poverty into a social and human catastrophe was that the enhanced welfare state created a perverse system of incentives, and people adapted to their new environment...
The adaptation of the working-age poor to the War on Poverty’s expanded welfare state was immediately evident in the growth of various social pathologies, especially unwed childbearing. The adaptation of the middle class to the new system took longer to manifest, but it was no less significant. Even people with incomes far above the thresholds for welfare state programs were forced to adapt to the welfare state.
And those adaptations invariably left everyone worse off for the experience.

And all those same incentives and adaptations exist here in New Zealand.

And all for the very same reasons.

As PJ O'Rourke once put it so pithily (and I've updated his numbers so you don't have to) the War on Poverty was instead an exercise in How To Endow Privation:
That US$21.5 trillion is enough to give every poor person in America $662,000 to start his own war on poverty. And the spending of this truly vast amount of money — an amount equal to the nation's gross national product ... — has left everybody just sitting around slack jawed and dumbstruck, staring into the maw of that most extraordinary paradox: You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money.
Lyndon Baines Johnson's self-proclaimed War on Poverty was not a failure. It was a catastrophe.

So what does Jacinda know -- who as Minister for Poverty is going to fix this -- what does Jacinda from Morrinsville know that Lyndon Johnson didn't?

Or are her hopes and dreams also worth very much less than a pitcher of warm spit.


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Thursday, November 23, 2017


The latest Roy Morgan poll out today and taken over the two week period concluding on 12 November confirms that Labour and Greens are, as expected, enjoying a honeymoon period.

Labour is up 2.6% over its election result to 39.5% and is now only 1% behind National while the Greens are 3.7% up to 10%.

But there will be a certain knashing of teeth in Winston First.   They are now down 2.2% to 5% which is margin of error stuff over them being booted out of Parliament.   Clearly they have upset some of their voting demographic.

Interesting that TOP is still hanging in there at 2% while the Maori Party has increased their support slightly to 1.5%.

One might confidently expect the Labour/Green honeymoon to last through to until the winter sets in although 'their' policy flip flops will be eating into their reservoir of goodwill.


When I walked into the debating chamber at Parliament last week something didn't look right.    A picture is worth a thousand words so go here and be amused.

Ever since I can remember the senior party in government occupied the seats closest to the Speaker's Chair with its support partners occupying positions to their right.   Happened in the Bolger, Shipley, Clark, Key and English coalition governments.

Not any more.   Such is the enmity and level of distrust between Winston First and the Greens that NZ First members are seated immediately to the right of Speaker with Labour reduced to playing 'piggy in the middle' separating them from the Greens.      Hardly an advert for collegiality of purpose.

One can be forgiven for asking what Duncan Webb, Labour, Christchurch Central,  has done wrong.   Estranged from his colleagues and forced to sit in the nether regions on the National side of the House.  

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Remember The Pile On? the media and all the rabid lefties in creation?

It as when they were all shit scared of Sarah Palin and the corrupt US media sent a phalanx of reporters up to Alaska to dig dirt.   The best they could do was pour ridicule on her for reflecting that 'you can actually see Russia from Alaska.'  The Democrat media shills adjusted her quote to read 'You can see Russia from my house.'

Well guess what?   Russia is exactly four kilometres from Alaska.  (Someone please tell Ledgut who is unsure whether it is fifty or a hundred miles.)

Go and have a look at the Diomede Islands on Google Earth and then have a look at their history on Wiki and you'll get the idea.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


I see that the Christchurch City Missioner has come out saying that the majority of beggars on the street are entrepreneurs looking to cash in on the 'left' induced perception of a society in crisis.

Such an observation is commendable.    It does however 'beg' the question as to why now and only after the election  of a Labour led government. 

Just askin.  


St Jacinda is developing a reputation big noting, gossip, tittle-tattle, and its come back to bite her with a vengeance.     Last week she let slip that in meeting President Trump he thought she was Justin Trudeau's wife ... more grist to the 'dummkopf' legend.   The story made international news.

When pressed for details she backtracked and said she had heard that from a third party whom she declined to name.    Pressed further and she said that when she met Trump he knew exactly who she was.  

So Ms Ardern passes on gossip knowing it to be untrue.   She needs to grow up and realize she is no longer Comrade Ardern, President of the International Union of Socialist Youth, but Prime Minister of the country and act accordingly.    She embarrasses herself and embarrasses us.

One thing for sure ... her deliberate slighting of President Trump will not have gone unnoticed in the United States.  

Monday, November 20, 2017

Wonderful Headlines

Who can forget the immortal headline from 1970s Australia:

"Smartest Ever PM Done Over By Dumbest Ever Premier"

This was on the occasion of Whitlam being totally outwitted and outmaneuvered by Bjelke Petersen over a replacement senator for Queensland.  Whitlam had pronounced himself th smartest ever PM and had called Bjelke Petersen the dumbest ever Premier.

Today saw a similar effort from Andrew Bolt although I must admit I have written the headline for him.

"Dimwit Outwitted By Halfwit"

On the occasion of terminal Turnbull delaying the sitting of parliament for a week in order for him to hide from the opposition and the media and Katter, not possessing the most scintillating of intellects, completely stuffing up Turnbull by declaring he will turn up to the house on the scheduled first day.  Of course Labour immediately followed suit.

Politics is such wonderful sport but I'm choking on all the popcorn.


Good on Labour for building on what had already been achieved by National in signing up to TPPA #2 (or whatever fancy name they now call it).   Good on them for having the courage to do a u-turn in their previous opposition to the TPPA.  

Good on the Greens for having the courage of their convictions and standing resolutely opposed to TPPA #2.

But you can be forgiven that wry smile at the antics of NZF in House over the deal.    Up until now NZF's position on the TPPA can be summed up as 'no way Jose'.   But last week in Parliament Shane Jones couldn't give a straight answer on where his Party now stood in relation to the deal ... could it just be that Winston First was/is still making up his mind?    That's the problem you have with a Party led by Archbishop Brian Tamaki in drag.

One thing for sure ... the NZ First touted free-trade agreement between this country and the  Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union has been assigned a priority by the Government somewhere below subterranael.

And we won't even talk about Acting Prime Minister Kelvin Davis performance at question time.   Suffice to say he was totally out of his depth and the media quite rightly roasted him for his incompetence.   He may well have been a half decent Principal of a small Intermediate School and he certainly killed off Hone Harawiri's political career but Prime Ministerial material he ain't.    

For this Government the recess week couldn't come quick enough.

Sunday, November 19, 2017


I have been an interested watcher of Zimbabwe from the sidelines for many years.   Previously known as the 'breadbasket of Africa' it is a country with huge potential properly run.    The last three decades has seen the country driven to its knees by the Mulgabe regime.    And now it appears that Mulgabe has been deposed in what was effectively an Army coup (although nobody wants to admit that for a variety of reasons).

The new President is likely to be the sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwe (aka 'the crocodile')  but before the world community cracks open the champagne it might do well to reflect on this from one of his colleagues from the war of independence who worked with him for many years when he said ... "he is a very cruel man, very cruel" ... or this from a Zanu-PF (ruling Party) official who said "You think Mugabe is bad but have you thought that whoever comes after him could be even worse?"

Interesting times ahead for Zimbabwe.   Lord Egbut knows the country intimately ... I would be interested to read his take on events.

Updated ... Mugabe refuses to go.    In a rambling and sometimes incoherent speech Mugabe essentially blamed Zanu-PF for the situation he finds himself in and insists he remains in charge while ignoring his and wife Grace's expulsion from the Party he supposedly doesn't lead anymore ... and the 'service' chiefs sat behind him stony faced ... only in Africa, only in Zimbabwe.     

Ho Ho Ho

Apology to Lord Eggbutt

Hi Lord Egbut

Please don't take the deletion of your comment personally.

I didn't actually read your comment before hitting the deletion button.
Just checking to see if it still works.

You are welcome to comment anonymously on my posts but please don't expect me to bother engaging in a response.

If you wish your views to be more
widely known why don't you start your own blog.

It's not like there is a lot of competition on the Left so you could do quite well.

There will be no shortage of material as you will be guaranteed at least one clusterf*** a week to spin.

To get you started I've found a logo for you. Humble apologies if it's the wrong gender.


Saturday, November 18, 2017


The comment by Adam Blair, Kiwi Captain, after being bundled out of the RLWC Quarter Final by Fiji.

"We won't be taking too many negatives out of this game".

FFS ... there isn't any real League competition in Fiji.   WTF does that say about the Kiwis and New Zealand League.

Ar least 'Bluey' McClennan, ex Kiwi and Warriors coach and Sky League commentator, had it right when he said Blair's comments were dumb as was the Kiwi team.

Been a while

It's raining out and I've got a free hour.

Firstly to my fellow bloggers on No Minister. Well done in keeping up the daily grind of posts. Its a worthy effort.

To the election.

As a contender for "The South Pacific Island Banana Democracy" prize, NZ has hit the jackpot.

MMP has finally delivered a coalition of losers. It was really just a matter of time and there can't be any bitterness as it was the inevitable outcome of our chosen system.

But National blew a fourth term.

John Key resigned without having ever spent a dime of his political capital to push real change. Then in handing over the reigns to English he set National's election demise in stone.

English, to his credit, actually did a better job as leader second time round, but at the end of the day, he remains a two time election loser, heading a party that came across more interested protecting their "comfort zones" than producing a real vision for NZ.

They may have got us through the Crash/Earthquake but that was just prudent day to day governing stuff.

What about the the vision stuff?

The world is changing. Even though human nature remains the same, the next generation of NZers have their own way of looking at things. The pressures of population growth and competition for resources/technology opportunities ensure that outcome. We all rely on the next generations ideas.

Against a totally disorganised Labour opposition under the leadership of Little, they may have had a chance.

But the arrival of Comrade Ardern (helUN II) put paid to any chance of that outcome.

The true puppet master of the 5% strategy, Peters, seized his opportunity and before we knew it we had the ex President of the International Union of Socialist Youth as PM and a bunch of complete noddies in power. Just witness their opening week in Parliament.

The fiscal holes are already appearing like clouds on a sunny day.

Just a quick reminder that the 20th Century version of Socialism dealt a deadly hand to over 150 million citizens of the world - 4,000 for every day.

This centuries version may or may not be as brutal, but we will all pay the price one way or another in terms of freedom - rights and speech.

The "pressing" issues they have seized upon- child poverty, refugees, climate change, planting trees, building houses, telling other countries what to do, free stuff for their voter base etc are all smoke and mirrors. Nothing will ever be resolved as they are all moving targets. With the added threat that the worthy concept of personal responsibility will be even more diminished in society.

We will end up billions more dollars in debt and the same shit that happens to the world will still happen.

Ardern is starting with $3,000,000 to a few pedophile opportunists on Manus Island and that is just the beginning of her long march through our economy.

To the conservative people of NZ.

Get your act together. Understand that the world is changing, the next generation is coming. If you don't embrace that change and make stuff happen under your watch, then Comrade Ardern will do it for you.

Only In America

Those who have been keeping abreast (pun intended) of American politics will know that alleged sexual assault and peccadilloes are the latest cause du jour.

Those who don't need only google Moore or Franken.

The Democrats seem to have the front running here with an illustrious history.  Some of their top performers were John Kennedy, Teddy Kennedy and Bill Clinton.  In a memorable quote JFK complained 'If I don't get a bit of stray ass every few days, I get migraines.'

In a bizarre twist, a Democrat candidate for the position of Ohio State Governor has pre-empted all the nonsense and publicly boasted of fornicating with over fifty women.  This fellow just happens to be a state supreme court judge, no less.   Pity any woman who has him sit in judgement on her sexual assault case!

Adolf eagerly awaits revelations from female nymphomaniac Democrat candidates of their bedroom athletic achievements.

Oh well, it has been obvious for some time that a successful Democrat needs to have a dick bigger than his brain.


Saint Jacinda has let her heart rule her head in seeking to embarrass Oz over their refusal to accept the NZL offer to take 150 'refugees' from Manus Island.    Her arrogance on the issue could well have severe implications for the Oz-NZL relationship.

This from the Australian Immigration Minister (paraphrased) ... 'It is your (NZL) sovereign right to negotiate direct with the PNG Government to take those refugees off their hands but should you do so you will be putting at risk the right of New Zealanders to enjoy visa free entry into Australia'.

Clearly Oz ain't gonna stand by and let queue jumper 'refugees' enjoy back-door entry into their country via New Zealand.

Ardern is now a prisoner of her own rhetoric.   Anyone wanna bet on who blinks first?

p.s.   And lets not even mention that Winston First doesn't want them anyway.

Friday, November 17, 2017


Been an interesting week and I was fortunate enough to be in Parliament for a number of maiden speeches and the after-match hospitality.     It is my experience that you get to see new members at their best in making their maiden speeches ... before they get ground down by the very institution of Parliament and the caucus machine.

There were good speeches from across the political spectrum and I'm loathe to single out any particular one (or two) but I will ... the speeches from Denise Lee (National, Maungakiekie) and Paul Eagle (Labour, Rongotai) where they laid bare personal tragedies in their lives were particularly moving.   I commend them for their courage in sharing those moments with us.     I wish them and every new MP well ... Parliament is a fishbowl and not for the fainthearted.   Some will leave the House having made a name for themselves; others will leave disappointed.

We're now seeing the result of National's bluff when, on the first sitting day of Parliament, Labour folded and agreed to increase the number of seats on Select Committees to 108.    Of the thirteen Committees constituted National has parity of numbers on eight of them.

For the record those Committees comprise Economic Development, Science and Innovation (10 members - Nat 5, Lab 3, NZF 1, G 1);  Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 3, G 1); Governance & Administration (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Health (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Justice (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 4); Maori Affairs (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 2, NZF 1, G 1); Primary Production (8 members - Nat 4, Lab 3, NZF 1) and Regulations Review (six members - Nat 3, Lab 3).   That's going to make it 'interesting' ... especially for the Government Whips.

I wear my political bias on my sleeve and so here are a couple of messages for those who would argue that the Government ain't legitimate ... get over it; it is.   It's a product of MMP and, while MMP is a bastard system, its our system and it ain't gonna change anytime soon.    National should treat the next 2 years, ten months as a gift to renew and reinvigorate.    When you're the Opposition the grass roots membership can have a huge say in policy development ... it's much easier to advocate new ideas outside government rather than when you occupy the treasury benches.   For the caucus; pick your targets carefully, avoid the scatter gun approach.    There are weak links already apparent ... in our relationship with Oz; in the coalition with TPPA #2; in housing and the backtrack on numbers; in fishing; in the fiscal hole created by the promises made in stitching together the Government.

National needs to have an honest conversation about partners.   ACT, IMHO, is terminal.   But there is 1-3% out there on the right who see National as too centrist.   Can National fascinate a relationship with that constituency and help them into Parliament.    Equally and perhaps National's Blue/Green SIG can be morphed into something that can reach out into the Greens support base and shake loose Green voters concerned about their hard left social agenda.    There are risks with this but there are potential rewards also.   One thing for sure ... I think it would be foolish to bank on a stategy predicated on National being able to govern alone.

24 hours in politics is a long time; a week even longer.   But 2020 is not too far away.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Coup D'Etat In Rhodesia

There has been a coup d'etat in Zimbabwe.  The military has taken over and apparently deposed Mugabe and his regime, although denying such is the case.

From the Wall Street journal:-

"Zimbabwe’s military seized control of state television and the international airport and launched operations to subdue what it called the country’s “degenerating” political establishment, even as it denied it was ousting longtime leader President Robert Mugabe......

...... “We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of government,” Maj. Gen. Sibusiso Moyo said early Wednesday. “What the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country.”..................

.............The military’s actions took place just hours after its chief was accused of treason by Mr. Mugabe’s party, which only days before fired the president’s powerful vice president. The firing was seen as clearing the way for the 93-year-old leader to install his 52-year-old wife, Grace, as one of his two deputies and hoist her into a prime position to succeed him."

Adolf looks forward to expressions of righteous indignation from all those people who bemoaned Commodore Bainimara's military removal of a corrupt regime in Fiji.


Looks like the MSM is picking up where 'No Minister' left off.  

'Informed sources' have told No Minister that in the next 24 hours the media will be exposing Captain the Honorable Ron Mark as a medals cheat in his wearing of the baubles he 'acquired' when serving as a mercenary in the the Omani SSF.

Not sure of the byline ... 'We are not amused' ... perhaps.

You heard it first.

NZ Drifts Away From Republicanism

............. well, The Australian seems to think so.

From the business section:-

'Westpac has had its minimum regulatory capital requirements increased by the Royal Bank of New Zealand after the central bank found the lender failed to comply with regulatory obligations relating to its status as an internal models bank.'

Monday, November 13, 2017


Even  when they became winners after being selected by a man whose party scored a mere seven percent of the vote and that seven  percent had a never disclosed number of voters who wanted that man to go with National, by far the largest party, Comrade Taxinderella might be just a little naïve.

A self opinionated socialist who in a classic case of megalomania calls himself  "Bomber" when in fact Bombastic is as close as he gets to the sobriquet bestowed on the commander of Bomber Command in UK during WW2, Sir Arthur Harris.

In a post at his website The Daily Blog, this small minded  numpty has attacked the National party for their decisive victory in Battle number one of the new Parliament where because the three headed Hydra couldn't do sums, Bridges managed to bluff a dominant position on select committees for that largest party.

Included in his rant Bradbury reverted to Godwin for support and most intelligent people understand that using That "Law" is a first indication the argument is lost.

Herr Schikelgruber came o the chancellorship of Deutschland from President Hindenburg with a vote around  that which Taxinderella gained in election 2017 in NZ but that is where it ends. Nationals 46 percent  in Germany c1932 was equal to a plethora of parties all less than Hitlers Nazi party putting Bradbury's pathetic linkage in never never land context.

Cindy also is sans the "brown shirts" whose unlawful street  intimidation, thuggery and even murder makes another massive hole in Martyn Martin's analogy, rather tenuous.

Within the intended scenario of the Sainte- Lague  system that NZ  MMP has adopted that favours smaller parties over larger, allowing a level of leverage to charlatans to manipulate the system, it is what it is and I wonder if the Bradburys of this world actually comprehend what is happening.

Just because a NZLP led opposition over nine years failed to even dent the program of Key and then English due to interminable infighting, ignorance and pathetic tactics, does not logically mean that National will do similar and what happened last week is but a portent of what may lie in store for the Peters/Ardern outfit with little Jimmy two mums aimlessly following in bewilderment, from a party in opposition with a very large well informed block of 46%

Of course while dwelling in the 1930s and 40s there was another Martin near the very highest echelons of the Nasty Party and his end was never discovered.

Be very careful what you wish for "Bombastic", another oft quoted  homily from the real Bomber Harris is "The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw and half a hundred other places, they put their rather naive theory into operation. They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind."
And a whirlwind it became.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Many of you will have been to Hawaii and while there taken the tour to visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbour.   It is a sobering experience.

Not too many of you would have flown over the South China Sea off Kuantan where the Prince of Wales and the Repulse were sunk by the Japanese on the third day of hostilities.    On a clear day you can see their indistinct shapes through the water and when I flew over the site fuel oil was still making its way to the surface.

Force 'Z' which comprised the two capital ships and four destroyers sailed from the Singapore Naval Base to intercept that Japanese invasion fleet that was landing troops in south Thailand and north Malaya.   It was commanded by Admiral Tom (Thumb) Phillips who was one of the dwindling band of Admirals who failed to appreciate the changing dynamic of air power.   As it was the fleet had no air cover even though this could have been provided by the deployment of (albeit obsolescent) Buffaloe fighters from Singapore forward to the Kuantan airfield.

Phillips was a good friend of the later Air Chief Marshal (Bomber) Harris who used to tease him both about his height and his stubborn refusal to believe a battleship could be sunk from the air.  It is recorded that Harris once told Phillips ... 'One day Tom you'll be standing on a box on your bridge and your ship will be smashed to pieces by bombers and torpedo aircraft and as she sinks your last words will be ... that was a f*****g big mine'.

Prophetic words indeed ... 840 sailors were killed in the action.  Phillips went down with his ship.


Ho Ho Ho

Friday, November 10, 2017


For nigh on a month Winston Peters played New Zealand like an orchestra.  We're waiting for the postal votes to come in before we start talking.   We're playing this down the middle.   We're negotiating in good faith.   The agreements will be put to the NZF Board for a final decision.  Will he, won't he.   Untold countless numbers of  typewriters were interviewed.  We waited in trepidation ... and all for nowt.

Winston First made his decision to go with Labour the day before polling day when he lodged papers in the High Court in Auckland against Bill English, Paula Bennett, Stephen Joyce, Anne Tolley and others over breech of privacy in the leaking of details regarding his NZL superannuation over-payment.    At that point it was all over rover.   He was never going to go with National ... what transpired was political theatre and a f*****g farce.

Having said all that Peters had/has a right to feel aggrieved.   Bill English said as much when the story broke.   Peters is an intensely private person and this would have really hurt especially given that he paid the money back at the first opportunity ... nah, not talking about the $157k.    If the leak can be sheeted home to a then Cabinet Minister then he/she must resign.   No ifs, buts or maybes ... gone by lunchtime.

Be Careful What You Wish For

Your dopey new PM wants to bring this and a few hundred others like it to your community.

"A Manus Island refugee was ­arrested for allegedly trying to strangle a female doctor with a plastic bag and punching her in the face after receiving treatment at a medical centre run by the ­Australian government.The Australian understands the 50-year-old man was accused of attacking a senior female doctor after he was treated at a clinic operated by the International Health and Medical Services, which is paid for by the federal government and treats asylum-seekers residing on Manus Island."
If only the media would stop referring to these fake refugees as 'asylum seekers.' They are illegal immigrants, each of whom paid big money to jump the queue.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

This is scary if I am right

Will we see in the house today Kelvin Davis as Acting Prime Minister with the former SAS `puncture repairer' Ron Mark as Deputy and Jimmie Shaw as number 3 in the pecking order. The thought makes me shudder!!!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Last week I authored a post on the coalition agreement negotiated between Labour and NZ First to "Work towards a Free Trade Agreement with the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union".

I commented on the negative reaction to such a move by the European Union and their observation that it would be a clear impediment to any negotiations for a free trade agreement between NZL and the EU.

And now the Prime Minister has come out and said that the free trade agreement between NZL and the Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union was 'a very low priority'.     Was that a put down, slap in the face, to Winston First or not?

Begs the question ... how many more undertakings in the coalition agreements negotiated between Labour and NZ First and Labour and the Greens will also be designated as very low priority by Labour and what effect will that have on working relationships particularly at cabinet level ... just askin.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sore losers still sore

Hot on the heels of the hilarious stupidity nailed by Andrew Geddis in his post "Simon Bridges thinks that Simon Bridges is eroding parliamentary democracy" comes this piece from Tracy Watkins, which happens to mention what National plan to do about this supposedly terrible threat to democracy that they created when they thought they'd benefit from it but are now eager to pin on Labour now it turns out Labour will benefit from it. 

Here's Watkins' description of the plan: 

But National is promising to frustrate Labour's legislative programme unless it backs down over limiting [select committee] numbers. 
It will do so by filibustering on Government business before the House. 

Awesome plan, guys!  Voters love seeing politicians pointlessly wasting everybody's time over matters of obscure parliamentary procedure!  And surely Labour wouldn't be so dastardly as to adopt John Key's tactic of just pushing everything through under urgency to prevent the opposition slowing their legislative programme.  I mean, they wouldn't do something like that, would they?  That would totally fuck the plan! 

Sunday, November 5, 2017


I see that the coalition agreement negotiated by Winston First with Labour contains a commitment to establish a Museum at Waitangi honoring the men of WW2's  28 (Maori) Battalion.

That's nice ... but what about similar for 18 Battalion and Armoured Regiment; 19 Battalion and Armoured Regiment; 21 Battalion, 22 Battalion; 23 Battalion; 24 Battalion; 25 Battalion, 26 Battalion;  Div Arty et al.    Those soldiers too served with honor and distinction.   What's so special about 28 (Maori) Battalion.

But hold on ... the long established and internationally recognised National Army Museum at Waiouru (Te Mata Toa) honors all those who fought regardless of race.   Why this then? ... especially from a Party that campaigned on doing away with the Maori seats because they were race based and divisive (and folded on their commitment at the first opportunity).

Humbug and double humbug.   NZF couldn't lie straight in bed.    A good spend of taxpayer money NOT.

Amateur Hour or Kindergarten Koncert?

Adolf is amazed - nay, staggered, at the speed with which a bunch of mediocre nonentities is setting about dismantling a thriving economy.     Three strikes, 90 day trial period, an end to employer/employee negotiations etc etc.   It must be only a matter of time before compulsory union membership is restored.

And now the silly girl wants to bring in a whole mob of fake refugees from Manus Island?

So that's the wrecking off to a good start.

The question remains, when will the hating begin?

Ho Ho Ho


with the West and seek to revive the stalled free-trade talks with Russia, a pariah State shunned by the international community following their invasion of the Ukraine and Crimea in 2014 ... and why would Labour agree to such a move?

Interesting question especially as Winston has opposed virtually every free-trade agreement we have ever signed up to.

The move has already attracted international criticism.   Bernard Savage, the European Union's Ambassador to New Zealand said such a move would be viewed in a 'very negative' light and would 'complicate New Zealand's efforts later this year to secure a free-trade deal with the EU'.

Just why you would move to harm relationships with our third largest trading partner where our two way trade is already in excess of $20b annually and instead cosy up to a country that sees itself as perpetually at war with the West fair escapes me ... Labour will regret being rolled on this one ... or perhaps not.   They hold the Trade and Export Growth Portfolio (Parker).   The balls in their court and they might just choose to hit it out of court.

Russia has, in the past, bought elections.   Perhaps, just perhaps, they made a judicious 'investment' in Winston First.   If they have then it looks like that investment is already paying dividends.   

The Cabinet could become a free-fire zone.


Saturday, November 4, 2017


This week Roy Morgan released the first poll taken since the election.    It shows support for the Labour/NZF/Greens coalition government has fallen 1.9% to 48.5% while that for National/ACT has risen 1.5% to 46.5% with all the increase accruing to National with ACT unchanged at 0.5%.

The biggest loser was Labour which saw their share of the vote drop from 36.9% to 31%.    Winston First was also a loser with their share dropping from 7.2% to 6.5%.   Those losses were partially offset by the rise in the Green vote from 6.27% to 11%.

That could change the dynamics in the coalition of the two losers and one gainer just a tad.    Our good friend Psycho Milt will be cracking open another good bottle of plonk.