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A cup of tea and a lie down

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 11th, 2011 - 34 comments
Categories: act, don brash, election 2011, john key, leadership, national, national/act government - Tags:


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34 comments on “A cup of tea and a lie down

  1. Deconstruction 1

    I am perturbed by what seems to be indirect advertising for National in two TV adverts.

    I could be wrong on the first, which starts with an image of the current Labour election logo
    then shows images of 60’s era drinkers before morphing to an image of someone who started a new brew.

    The second shows images of someone carrying another man around. It seems to be an advertisment for a bank, but the visceral message is one of liberal individualism and lack of concern for others.

    It would be consistent with laying the ground for swingeing ‘welfare reforms’ early in the next term.

    Having met some members of the Auckland advertising fraternity, I am not surprised.

    • Tom Gould 1.1

      Doesn’t arch-Tory Michelle Boag run one of the big Auckland ad agencies? What ads do they have running at present?

      • Deconstruction 1.1.1

        Can’t help you there. Ask around. Someone on this blog should know.

      • Deadly_NZ 1.1.2

        Just the usual Brighter future with John Key and National. Now is it me ? or does it look like John Key has put himself ahead of everything the Nats hold dear?

    • Blighty 1.2

      you might remember that they ran that ad last election too.

      And it’s false. The Black Budget beer tax was on all beers. And Export Gold was already being made years before.

      And how could an Kiwi brewer not be ‘brewing his export beer in NZ?’

      It’s a fucken disgrace.

  2. Tom Gould 2

    The media seem to be swinging in behind ACT as they realise their plan for Key to govern alone might be too much of a stretch, so they want to place our fate in the hands of two genuine, gold-plated whack-jobs, Brash and Banks.

    • ianmac 2.1

      Yes Tom. The amazing repetition of the drink of tea campaign and the value that they reckon it will give Key is a MSM strategy of Plan B. Including Radio National.

    • Hami Shearlie 2.2

      Eckshully, I think the gold-plate may actually be fool’s gold!

  3. Anne 3

    There must be someone out there who can publicly release the story. It does have a political as well as a personal side to it. It stinks that the hypocritical pratt is being allowed to get away with it. I don’t remember the media having much by way of ‘scruples’ in the nine years of the Labour government!

  4. the hypocritical pratt won’t be getting away it

  5. Interesting how National and ACT can get away with little “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” deals and everything is hunky dory.

    But Jim Andertlon – who is retiring – writes a letter openly endorsing Labour candidates Megan Woods – and the Electoral Commission and Police accept a complaint from Cameron Slater?!?!

    Double standards, much?

    • Tom Gould 5.1

      More curious is that CERA has spent over a hundred thousand taxpayers dollars on a big, glossy pamphlet promoting Gerry Brownlee and delivering it to every letterbox in Christchurch, right in the middle of a general election campaign? This stinks to high heaven. Brownlee’s people micro-manage the hoards of PR flunkies at CERA, so the idea they and he had no idea is just fantasy. But they will get away with it. No news here, right?

    • queenstfarmer 5.2

      I would hardly call the Epsom deal a “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” affair. It is about as obvious as you can get!

      The Anderton situation is simply a case of not having a promoter statement on a letter/ad as required by law. Sloppy practice – it would have been fine with those few words printed at the end – but a few people have been caught out by this.

      • fmacskasy 5.2.1

        I would hardly call the Epsom deal a “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” affair. It is about as obvious as you can get!

        Fair point…

      • lprent 5.2.2

        No it isn’t. As obvious as you can get would be if National ran away from their voters in Epsom and dropped their candidate off the ballot paper.

        However I think that they have lost the opportunity to do that. We must be past the point where the candidate can be withdrawn from the ballot paper – I think that they are either printed or sent for printing now.

        • queenstfarmer

          I think early voting has started too, so I expect it’s way too late to get off the ballot. But where’s the fun in that anyway? More entertaining to sit back and see if a trainwreck eventuates 🙂

          • Colonial Viper

            I suppose they can still put notices up in a booth saying “such and such has withdrawn”.

            • The Voice of Reason

              I remember an anecdote about a reverse situation in council elections in Auckland in the thirties, where the Labour Party belatedly agreed to join a united front campaign to oust the Tories from control of the various local councils. In one area the leaflets had already been printed, so a gold coloured sticker was printed with the names of the two extra united front candidates and added to the literature before it was sent out.

              The result was that the voters reading the pamphlet assumed that the latter two names in gold were the preferred candidates and they bolted in. Possibly the only time the Communist Party of NZ ever won a popular mandate!

    • Pauline 5.3

      Double Standards Frank? Kinda like you over David Garrett and the stolen babies identity theft?

  6. randal 6

    dont worry. kweewee is going to go the same way as Richard Nixon. I am not a crook. Oh yeah.

  7. John Key’s ‘brand’ that John Banks wants to endorse?


    By having a ‘cuppa’ with, (doing a deal with ) in my considered opinion, someone yet to be charged or convicted ‘white collar’ criminal John Banks – who wants to help run the country, but arguably couldn’t properly run Huljich Wealth Mangement (NZ) Ltd Kiwisaver schemes?

    Same with Don Brash?

    Is John Key by effectively endorsing John Banks as the electorate candidate for National Party voters to support in Epsom – is John Key equally endorsing John Banks and Don Brash’s commercial competence as former Directors of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd?

    Is John Key effectively confirming that he does not support ‘ONE LAW FOR ALL’ and for the same charges to be equally laid against John Banks and Don Brash as were laid against former fellow Director of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd – Peter Huljich?

    It has been confirmed this morning that the FMA will not apply ‘ONE LAW FOR ALL’ and equally charge Don Brash or John Banks as former Directors of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd, as was charged fellow former Director Peter Huljich.

    So – how ‘fit for duty’ is FMA CEO Sean Hughes?

    Who picked him?

    Oh yes – the FMA ‘Establishment Board’ – made up of National Party appointees, hand-picked by NATIONAL Commerce/Justice Minister – Simon Power?

    The same NATIONAL Commerce/Justice Minister Simon Power, who is going through the ‘revolving door’ and coming out to head Westpac Private Bank?

    So – someone chosen by hand-picked National Party appointees, is not going to lift a finger against the former Leader of the National Party – Don Brash, or former National Party Minister of Police, and Local Government – John Banks?

    I guess – no surprises there………….

    So -if the FMA are arguably not going to do their job – what’s next?

    Watch this space…………………..

    All this happening here in ‘clean, green, 100% pure New Zealand’ – perceived to be the least corrupt country in the world, (along with Denmark and Singapore – according to the 2010 Transparency International ‘Corruption Perception Index’.)

    Yeah right.

    Penny Bright
    Independent Candidate for Epsom.
    Camapigning against ‘white collar’ CRIME, corruption (and its root cause – PRIVATISATION) and ‘corporate welfare’.
    [email deleted]

    • DavidW 7.1

      Welcome aboard Penny my dear girl. Your comments are most welcome and invariably enlightening. Please keep them coming.

  8. Cin77 8

    Wonder how Epsomites feel about being told who to vote for?

  9. Dv 9

    How about this for an election night scenario.
    Banks wins by a hand full of votes
    Act get 5.1%
    nzf 4.9%

    Final result
    Goldsmithh wins by 100 or so
    Act get 4.96%
    NZF 5.04%

  10. Craig Y 10

    I know two liberal Nats who refuse to vote for Banks or ACT on principle, so will be voting tactically for Goldsmith to keep him out. There will probably be Tory drones who’ll do as Dear Leader commands, but then there’s the rest of that diverse electorate. Watch this space…

    • fmacskasy 10.1

      Craig, if Labour and Greens voters in Epsom gave their electorate vote to Goldsmith *cough, cough*, that might help keep these rogues out of Parliament.

      In the last election, the following candidates received these numbers of Electorate Votes,

      (A) Rodney Hide – 21,102
      (N) Richard Worth – 8,220
      (L) Kate Sutton – 5,112
      (G) Keith Locke – 2,787

      Add the numbers from Green and Labour voters, to really pissed-off National supporters, and the “cunning plan” of Brash and Key may yet be undone.

      Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epsom_%28New_Zealand_electorate%29

      • jaymam 10.1.1

        In 2005 we could have easily chucked out ACT, but too many Labour/Green supporters couldn’t bring themselves to vote for Worth. It’s the lessor of two evils principle, just do it!
        Goldsmith or Banks – choose one. There is no other choice.

        2005 election
        (A) Rodney Hide – 15251

        (N) Richard Worth – 12149
        (L) Stuart Nash – 6138
        (G) Keith Locke – 1513

        total of above three – 19800

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