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Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, March 13th, 2014 - 8 comments
Categories: same old national, scoundrels - Tags: , , , , , , ,

Just a wee list to try and keep track of the current scandals our dear friends in the National party are dealing with:

Have I missed any? It’s hard to keep track.

Makes David Cunliffe checking out a property for a wealthy friend look a bit weak, doesn’t it…

8 comments on “Scandals”

  1. Disraeli Gladstone 1

    There’s an important historical comparison here.

    John Major’s second term as Prime Minister in the UK, from a policy perspective was actually quite successful. The economic recession from Black Wednesday was over. Growth was booming. Employment rising. Spending controlled. So much so that Gordon Brown promised to stick to Chancellor Kenneth Clarke’s spending for the first budget of any new Labour government. And a growing economy always means victory?

    The election was 1997. Labour won their biggest win ever. It was a landslide. Part of that was the untainted appeal of Tony Blair. More so was the Conservative government, while competent, was corrupted with sleaze and scandal. Several ministers had resigned. It was all dirty politics. The public had grown tired.

    And now National has thrown up a fair few scandals in the past week. If they make it out of the beltway, New Zealand politics might go very 1997 UK.

    The issue is whether they do make it out of the beltway (the reason it happened in the UK was a fair few had to do with sex which is far more sensational). Also, can Cunliffe perhaps position himself as the fresh-faced, progressive, motivated, full of ideas leader that Tony Blair once was regarded as… before Blair fucked it all up.

  2. North 2


  3. Zolan 3

    Yes, they are dealing with them very successfully, it seems.
    Miring leftist talking shops in self-indulgent mockery while slipping through unscathed.

    Six months. I have a teaspoon. What’s the plan?

  4. blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 4

    Nick Smith meddled with the Department of Conservation environmental impact submission for that irrigation scheme.

    National have pushed through legislation like the GCSB Bill – certain types of legislation are best achieved with the support of both the left and right in parliament yet they did it without gaining cross-party support – this leads to legislation that is ill-considered and unsound.

  5. tricledrown 5

    National Party
    Dirty Deals Done Dirt Cheap.

  6. captain hook 6

    the major scandal is that national was elected in the first place.
    never mind that is about to be rectified shortly.
    God defend New Zealand from shifty key and his gang of manques.

  7. Craig Y 7

    Wait- I have a caption for this photo:

    “Trust her- she knows what she’s doing!” (???)

  8. Craig Y 8

    If Collins falls, that could have major strategic consequences, given that she’s a senior Cabinet Minister in a core portfolio of high importance. It could sow antagonism between Key and Collins, dent her leadership aspirations but also clear Steven Joyce’s probable role as Key’s ultimate successor. Or not, or might even sow Joyce/Collins animosities in any post-Key National leadership contest and caucus.

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