The Dim-Post

January 25, 2014

No! That’s just what they’ll expect us to do!

Filed under: too fucking crazy to count as politics — danylmc @ 1:11 pm

John Armstrong’s column in the Herald floats the idea that John Key could do a deal with Winston Peters in which Peters goes into coalition with Key and in return Key steps down in the last year of his third term and makes Winston Peters Prime Minister:

Peters has been consistent from election to election in stressing NZ First – should the party hold the balance of power – will talk first to the party with the most seats in Parliament.

That party will almost certainly be National. It is an advantage that National will not squander. The big question is whether National will be willing to trade the one bauble of office which Peters has never enjoyed (and which Labour cannot realistically offer) to secure his signature on a confidence and supply agreement.

Peters has been a finance minister, a foreign minister and a deputy prime minister. That leaves one large and obvious gap in his CV.

Will National seek to find ways around the significant constitutional obstacles to enable the leader of a minor party to do a stint as prime minister – obstacles such as could he realistically sack a Cabinet minister from the majority party?

There would be some benefits for National beyond the retention of power.

It is assumed that Key will quit politics some time in National’s third term, assuming it gets one. Knowing he might get up to a year or so in the top job would be a huge incentive for Peters to ensure – unlike its predecessor in the 1990s – a National-NZ First administration actually goes the distance.

I have a pretty good track record of predicting what Key will do, all based on the simple premise that Key is not stupid or insane and will do things that are sensible and advantageous to himself and his party. So I’m gonna go on record and predict that this will not happen; instead – if he does decide to stand down – Key will announce that if re-elected he will serve his full third term but not stand for a fourth term.

Although I don’t really think Armstrong thinks any of his will happen either. This is probably a bad faith column furthering some not-immediately-apparent agenda of his own.

July 17, 2012

Slightly less polished than the Obama attack ad

Filed under: too fucking crazy to count as politics — danylmc @ 2:11 pm

Young Labour’s anti-asset sales dance.

December 9, 2011

Questions on banning the burqua

Filed under: too fucking crazy to count as politics — danylmc @ 9:09 am

Moving on from the human rights issues, I’d quite like someone to ask Richard Prosser:

  • How many people in New Zealand wear a burqua? Is it more than say, twenty?
  • What would be the regulatory impact in dollar terms of the implementation and enforcement of a nationwide burqua ban? Would he borrow, raise taxes or cut spending to fund it?

It would also be interesting to hear how he’d fund his compulsory military training policy; providing the most isolated nation on earth with a large conscript army being his other grand idea.

 

December 5, 2011

A hero will rise

Filed under: too fucking crazy to count as politics — danylmc @ 9:03 am

Every election sees a couple of MPs enter Parliament who are – how does one put it? – possessed of odd ideas that don’t quite stand up to public scrutiny, who are quickly identified and run to ground by the press gallery. So, like a jackal stalking a genial and unsuspecting antelope, Danya Levy interviews new New Zealand First MP Richard Prosser, a former columnist for Investigate Magazine who:

dreams of a New Zealand where compulsory military training has returned and the burqa is banned.

Compulsory military training had many social, economic and military benefits, Prosser has written. He stands by that, saying it would be good for New Zealand.

He also stands by his call that New Zealand should follow France’s lead and ban the burqa – a move which had, he wrote, outraged “Muslims, leftists, commies, pinkos, the entire anti-white western civilisation brigade, along with their media toadies”.

Really puts that hypothetical Labour/Greens/NZ First coalition into perspective.

November 29, 2011

Just like Dagny would do

Filed under: too fucking crazy to count as politics — danylmc @ 6:40 am

Oh this is SO sweet:

ACT’s lone MP John Banks says he is in favour of talks with Conservative Party leader Colin Craig – as speculation mounts behind the scenes about a merger.

The fledgling Conservative Party managed to score a 2.8 per cent share of the party vote on Saturday, despite only forming in July.

After an hour-long meeting with Mr Key yesterday, Mr Banks said: “Given our result on Saturday, we need to talk to as many people as we can about our future, because I want to make sure we are alive and well in 2014.

“Colin Craig is a class New Zealander. His youthful enthusiasm is what the ACT Party needs going forward.”

ACT on Campus and all those other classical liberals and sundry intellectual supermen who worked hard during the campaign must be so proud of their new leader.

However, Mr Craig was less enthusiastic about a relationship with ACT.

Craig sounds pretty smart for a looting, mooching parasite.

October 4, 2011

This is so stupid

Filed under: too fucking crazy to count as politics — danylmc @ 7:16 am

Yesterday Bryce linked to and commented approvingly on Chris Trotter’s latest exposition of his ‘Waitakere Man’ thesis. We all know it now: to win back power, Labour needs to become a workers party so they can win back the vote of ‘Waitakere Man':

. . . the sort of bloke who spends Saturday afternoon knocking-back a few beers on the deck he’d built himself, and Saturday evening watching footy with his mates on the massive flat-screen plasma-TV he’s still paying-off.

National’s partner – let’s call him Waitakere Man – has a trade certificate that earns him much more than most university degrees. He’s nothing but contempt for “smart-arse intellectual bastards spouting politically-correct bullshit”. What he owns, he’s earned – and means to keep.

“The best thing we could do for this country, apart from ditching that bitch in Wellington and making John Key prime-minister,” he’d inform his drinking-buddies in the lead-up to the 2008 election “would be to police the liberals – and liberate the police.”
According to Trotter it’s easy. All Labour needs to do is win the votes of these socially conservative, authoritarian white males on high incomes! And the way to win the votes of people who supported National because they loved tax cuts and hated ‘the nanny state’? Why you simply make it compulsory for them to join unions and pay them a portion of their income!

All the polls show us that the majority of the public likes Labour’s values. They prefer their polices! They despise the leadership of the party, but that’s a sound and sensible character judgement, not a rejection of liberalism.

September 25, 2011

John’s not here man

Filed under: drugs,too fucking crazy to count as politics — danylmc @ 10:15 am

Brash was on Q & A this morning, talking up ACT’s new law and order policy, which involves the decriminalisation of marijuana. So . . .

  1. Did John Boscawen resign because he’s opposed to this?
  2. Also, okay, I also support the decriminalisation of marijuana. And this is in line with the ACT Party’s principles as a liberal party, and I’ve often complained about their lack of adherence to these principles – so I feel a little hypocritical in saying that this is a really fucking crazy thing to do. Does John Banks really want to campaign in Epsom on a drug liberalisation policy?

August 15, 2011

Quote of the day, so choose wisely edition

Filed under: too fucking crazy to count as politics — danylmc @ 8:14 am

From an actual speech given by ACT Party leader Don Brash to a regional conference yesterday:

By an insidious process of attrition, the Downers have achieved a double-whammy in recent years.  By dumbing down education and the media, they’ve trivialised political debate to the point where it’s no longer a contest of ideas but a quest to establish which politician is the most “cool.”  That leaves the Downers free to get on with their agenda.  That’s one whammy.

There’s so much I could quote from this. Here’s the ending:

Free people are unstoppable.  Together we can restore Paradise. Down with Down. Let’s choose … Up!

It builds from the complex ‘up/down’ theme Brash introduces at the beginning:

In essence we can move up to a future where we have choice … or down to a black hole where we don’t.

Up to a future where the state exists for people … or down to a black hole where people exist for the state, as depicted in such frighteningly realistic novels as George Orwell’s 1984.

Up to a future where people are free to do as they  please on their own property provided it doesn’t damage the property of others … or down to a black hole where little Hitlers tell you what colour you may paint your house.

The reference to Hitler reminds us that there is truly nothing worse in this world than local government employees enforcing council by-laws regulating property appearance. (Do any councils in New Zealand regulate the color of your house? I’m pretty sure that’s just something private housing developments do.)

Up to a future unshackled by Big Government … or down to a black hole where communism and fascism have won politically what was denied them militarily: the subjugation of individual citizens to Big Brother.

Which reminds me of Woody Allen’s famous ‘Speech to the Graduates':

More than at any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.

July 27, 2011

Quote of the day

Filed under: too fucking crazy to count as politics — danylmc @ 4:35 pm

If a child commits suicide, let us consider not celebrating their lives on our marae; perhaps bury them at the entrance of the cemetery so their deaths will be condemned by the people

- Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell in a column in the Rotorua Daily Post

Put me in mind of this quote from Richard Russo’s Empire Falls:

I think a lot of what is going on with kids who get pushed too far and attempt either murder or suicide is that they are trying to deal with their own non-existence for the people who are supposed to care most for them.

 

July 19, 2011

If You Were a Woman (And I Was a Man)

Filed under: too fucking crazy to count as politics — danylmc @ 5:18 pm

Via Blair on Twitter, John Ansell’s letter to the Dom-Post endorsing Judith Collins as leader of the National Party, reproduced in full, because what would you cut out?

I quite agree with Vipi Gregory- Meredith (Letters, July 14) that former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher had the courage of her convictions. She was the role model for all conviction politicians (and conviction copywriters, for that matter).

But I don’t agree that she was a woman. Mrs Thatcher was, in fact, the greatest male politician of recent times and possibly the greatest politician, period. (Or should I say full stop, lest I suffer further odious comparisons with former Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern) chief executive Alasdair Thompson.)

And just as Maggie was a great bloke, Prime Minister John Key is undoubtedly one of the weakest of female politicians, with his readiness to put popularity before all those boring “economicky” things, such as catching up with Australia and slamming the anchors on New Zealand’s voyage to the bottom of the OECD.

As people can see, my gender definitions differ from many. I generalise for effect, and there are always exceptions.

On the same note, the strongest man in National’s caucus is undoubtedly Judith “Crusher” Collins. The sooner she takes over the leadership the better.

JOHN ANSELL

If Collins ever becomes National leader I’ll join the Labour Party and volunteer for them. Leafleting. Door-knocking. Anything.

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