Bill your pants may be on fire

Written By: - Date published: 1:48 pm, January 30th, 2018 - 116 comments
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All good catholics are aware of the contents of the Ten Commandments, particularly the ninth which prohibits the telling of porkies, even for political gain.  But Bill English might have missed the lesson.

From Radio New Zealand:

National Party leader Bill English told Morning Report the government had offered his party a briefing by officials today – the day the bill is being introduced – so the party has no ability to influence it.

“That’s not a good way to conduct bipartisan approach,” he said.

“As I understand it – and we haven’t seen the legislation – they’re talking about legislating some high-level income targets for which no-one’s particularly accountable.”

Mr English said National would “have a look” at the legislation and wanted to ensure it was “more than symbolism”.

Not a good look if this is true and a briefing is only being offer on the day the bill is going to be introduced.  But wait.  There is more …

From Newshub:

A red-faced Bill English has had to admit the Government wrote to him before Christmas about its plans to reduce child poverty.

Jacinda Ardern wrote to English 48 days ago outlining the key aspects of her child poverty bill and offering a briefing from officials – but English says that doesn’t amount to a bipartisan approach or adequate consultation.

Yesterday the National leader said he’d only just been offered a briefing.

“Well I don’t recall everything that was discussed yesterday, but the letter did come before Christmas. That is not genuine commitment to a bipartisan approach to child poverty.”

His comments come a day after he attacked Labour for taking a symbolic approach to bipartisanship and taking National’s support for the TPP for granted, but conceding the Government had been “a bit more constructive” on child poverty.

But Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her Government did all it could to keep English in the loop.

“I wrote to Mr English on the 13th December. I offered a briefing to him and at that point also included a one-page summary of the bill [and] he asked for a briefing in the new year.”

Reporter Henry Cooke has released copies of the letters on Scribd.

I am sure that Bill was forgetful rather than being disingenuous.  But this sort of thing saps confidence and will no doubt cause a breakout of BBQ invitations within National’s caucus.

116 comments on “Bill your pants may be on fire”

  1. Ad 1

    Moran!
    Squandered only attack line he had.

    Good hit with 2 hours before Bill is introduced.

  2. ianmac 2

    Just looked at QT today. Paula Bennett looks very different. I believe she as had weight reducing surgery. Must be a huge change for the good for her.
    Paula is next with Question 3 “Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements?”
    Oops. Not so much as I thought. Sorry

    • Michelle 2.1

      pulla feels sorry for people that can’t have weight loss surgery but she had no heart or care for many NZers who she hurt with her parties nasty austerity policies. She also had no problem breaching the privacy act and no problem selling our assets and spending millions on motels for homeless people. The level of hate for her and many Maori can’t stand the sight of her.

    • red-blooded 2.2

      Bennett announced a while ago that she’d had weight surgery during the break. Nice to be able to afford to go private, eh?

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 2.3

      Good on her having this surgery if she needed it.

      But notice the contrast – Bennett’s weight was a problem (likely involving addictive behaviour) requiring treatment, while she frames the problems of some beneficiaries / poor people (drug use, smoking, depression) as moral failings, that only require punishment.

      Maybe if she couldn’t lose weight, she should have been treated like a beneficiary with an addiction problem and had her salary stopped for 13 weeks? How would that have worked out for her?

      • Hornet 2.3.1

        “Bennett’s weight was a problem (likely involving addictive behaviour) requiring treatment…”

        Do you have evidence Bennett’s weight problems were “likely involving addictive behaviour”? Or that Bennett framed drug use, smoking or depression as ‘moral failings’?

        • Frank Macskasy 2.3.1.1

          Do you have evidence Bennett’s weight problems were “likely involving addictive behaviour”? Or that Bennett framed drug use, smoking or depression as ‘moral failings’?

          Did Bennett possess evidence of “likely involving addictive behaviour” from welfare beneficiaries?

          • Hornet 2.3.1.1.1

            I don’t know. Did you ask her? My concern is not for Bennett, but for assumptions that head close to fat shaming.

            BTW…loved your post at TDB about handouts to the racing industry. Well written, and a timely reminder about the extent of corporate welfare in NZ.

  3. Robert Guyton 3

    May be? They’ve been aflame for years! Must have asbestos bum cheeks!

  4. rhinocrates 4

    Never trust someone whose hair doesn’t move.

  5. Ross 5

    According to English, Ardern’s letter of December 13 was sent “pretty much on Xmas Eve”. I will have to let my manager know I am not working beond December 13 this year as it’s practically Xmas.

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/101000666/bill-english-blasts-pathetic-attempt-at-bipartisanship-on-child-poverty-briefing-offered-middecember

  6. McFlock 6

    National. don’t. care. About. Poverty.

    • AB 6.1

      Other people’s poverty is a necessary precondition for their own luxury. So no surprises there.

    • UncookedSelachimorpha 6.2

      Absolutely they don’t. The sheer audacity of the man pretending to give a f*ck for his political ends is sickening.

    • ropata 6.3

      The Nats have an incredibly cynical view of poverty and use it for their own ends.

      To disempower and disconnect masses of potential voters.
      To provide a pool of cheap labour.
      To undermine unions.
      To have an underclass of (mostly brown) people to blame for crime and social ills.
      To perpetuate a new narrative of unfairness and wipe out any remnant of egalitarian thinking from the public mind.

  7. Michelle 7

    How are we expected to believe anything that comes out of bills mouth he either has amnesia or he cant recall or he just lies outright and expects people to believe him.
    And I agree with McFlock the gnats don’t care about poverty heck they helped create it Every time they get in the rich get richer while the poor gets cheap dirty motels and shafted

    • rhinocrates 7.1

      I’m sure Wayne will be along any moment now to tell us that he has a very nice house and his children are well-cared for and therefore there’s no problem.

  8. Janet 8

    She’ll always be [deleted] to me

    [no fat phobia please – weka]

  9. Anon 9

    “not genuine commitment to a bipartisan approach” – and what would he call caring /so much/ that he forgot all about previous correspondence? That’s not even genuine commitment to your inbox.

  10. One Anonymous Bloke 10

    Lying Bill English. What a perfect embodiment of National Party values he is.

  11. NZJester 11

    How many years did they have to do something about it? Now they are criticising this current government for their initial attempts to try and do something with something so important they didn’t even bother with.

  12. Tanz 12

    And by throwing tons of money, willy nilly, poverdy just vanishes does it? Yeah, nah.
    It’s this govt who tells porkies and lies and does backflips, especially when it comes to all their outlandish promises. In the House today, National owned them, again. Winston looked decidedly grumpy, perhaps having second thoughts, now that he is caught up in an obvious shambles. Worst govt in our history…as stated elsewhere.

    • McFlock 12.1

      what you didn’t state was whether you think blinglish lied in this case?

      • Hornet 12.1.1

        Nah, he ‘forgot’.

        Like Materia Turei ‘forgot’ to own up to benefit fraud for over 25 years.

        Like Grant Robertson ‘forgot’ he had public service costings for coalition policies (28th October, TV3, The Nation).

        Like Jacinda Ardern ‘forgot’ that the problems with Auckland’s fuel pipeline go back into the tenure of a Labour government (https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/96945811/labour-says-national-has-let-down-auckland-over-fuel-vulnerability).

        Apologies for the cynicism. Having a bad day.

        • McFlock 12.1.1.1

          Does the use of single quotes mean that your answer is actually along the lines of “yes he told an outright lie, but Labour did it too”?

          It’s not cynicism you express, it’s blinkered stupidity.

          • Hornet 12.1.1.1.1

            “Does the use of single quotes mean that your answer is actually along the lines of “yes he told an outright lie, but Labour did it too”?”
            No. Metiria Turei (sorry for the spelling error in my last post) is not a Labour Party politician. It’s not that ‘Labour did it too’, it’s that ALL politicians do it too. It’s not always lies of commission (such as NZF claiming cabbages will cost $18 under Labour’s water tax plan). Sometimes it’s just a subtle twisting of the truth (such as Labour claiming NZ had the worst homelessness in the OECD). Sometimes it is lies of omission (let’s see…perhaps Golriz Ghahraman allowing claims that she was “putting on trial world leaders for abusing their power…”).

            I don’t trust any of them.

            • McFlock 12.1.1.1.1.1

              Trust is one thing.

              False equivalence is another thing entirely.

              • Hornet

                I don’t think you understand the term. What are the two opposing arguments?

                • McFlock

                  Blinglish lied about his job, probably because he couldn’t explain why he hadn’t done it.
                  Robertson lied about his partner’s presence, probably because his partner didn’t want to be on telly that night.

                  The first occurs, you have an attack of whataboutitis on the second, as if the two are at all equivalent.

                  • Hornet

                    As I thought, you don’t understand what a false equivalence is.

                    Both lied. There is no false equivalence.

                    • McFlock

                      But the two lies are fundamentally different. As you probably know (although you really might be that thick)

                    • Hornet

                      “But the two lies are fundamentally different. ”

                      No, they aren’t. They are both lies.

                    • McFlock

                      “But the two lies are fundamentally different. ”

                      No, they aren’t. They are both lies.

                      That was pretty much the Kevin Spacey defense.

                    • Hornet

                      “That was pretty much the Kevin Spacey defense.”

                      Whereas you’re relying on the Bill Clinton defence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBe_guezGGc.

                    • McFlock

                      Even if that were true (it’s not), Spacey lost his job (and who knows what else if charges are pressed).

                      Clinton didn’t.

                      You might want to try another lie.

                    • Hornet

                      “Clinton didn’t.”

                      So whether or not someone lost their job is now your moral determinant?

                    • McFlock

                      No, it’s an demonstration of differences between lies and what they are about.

                      Lies are lies, but all lies are different. Hence distracting from blinglish’s lies by bringing up trivial lies from (or even lying about) other MPs is itself a bit of a lie, you lying liar, you…

                    • Hornet

                      “No, it’s an demonstration of differences between lies and what they are about.”
                      Whether or not the liar lost their job? I that seriously a point on your moral compass?

                      “Hence distracting from blinglish’s lies by bringing up trivial lies from (or even lying about) other MPs is itself a bit of a lie, you lying liar, you…”
                      I’m not ‘distracting’ from anything. My point is that politicians lie. Politicians of all stripes lie. Your refusal to accept those on your preferred side of the political spectrum also lie is a testament to your naivety.

                    • McFlock

                      now you’re lying about what I said.

                    • Hornet

                      “now you’re lying about what I said.”

                      No, I’m not. But that seems to be your standard defence to being caught in an indefensible position.

                    • McFlock

                      No, when your lies get exposed you simply start lying about what the other person said.

                    • Hornet

                      “No, when your lies get exposed you simply start lying about what the other person said.”

                      Yet you still can’t give an example.

                    • McFlock

                      “Your refusal to accept those on your preferred side of the political spectrum also lie”

                      I accepted Grant Robertson lied about whether someone he knew was at the pub. I just don’t give a shit.

                      Apology, please.

                    • Hornet

                      “I accepted Grant Robertson lied about whether someone he knew was at the pub. I just don’t give a shit.”

                      Exactly. Your minimisation of one lie over another (‘someone he knew’), as also evidenced in your pathetic attempt to cover for Golriz (although your defence of Metiria has been conspicuous for its absence – I’ll grant you that), just demonstrates your moral compass is broken.

                      And I’m still waiting for your example of where I lied.

                    • McFlock

                      That’s 4 comments in a row where you’ve lied.

                    • Hornet

                      ‘That’s 4 comments in a row where you’ve lied.”

                      And every time you say that, without substantiation, you lie. But then you support liars and those who seek to limit freedom of speech.

                    • McFlock

                      It’s perfectly possible to say a true statement without bothering to substantiate it.

                      So that’s 5 lying comments you’ve made in a row, with two substantiations.

                    • Hornet

                      “It’s perfectly possible to say a true statement without bothering to substantiate it. ”

                      But when you are challenged to substantiate it, and can’t, then that just suggests you are a liar.

                      So far your record is:
                      Defending liars.
                      Supporting the suppression of free speech.

                    • McFlock

                      You actually made a point, and if I cared what suggestions you took from my comments it might even have been valid.

                      But then you had to again misrepresent what I say. tsk

                      6:2.

                      Half a dozen lies in a row. You should be in the national party caucus.

                    • Hornet

                      “But then you had to again misrepresent what I say.”

                      Yet another unsubstantiated claim.

                    • McFlock

                      Well, everyone can read your comments above in the subthread, but within my comment itself, yes, there was no substantiation.

                      You actually managed to state a fact and not lie.

                      So that’s half a dozen lies you told in a row. Good for you. kthxbai

                    • Hornet

                      “You actually managed to state a fact and not lie.”

                      So, just to clarify…you accused me of lying, but couldn’t substantiate it. Yes everyone can see you for what you are.

                    • McFlock

                      I did too – here and here.

                    • Hornet

                      “I did too – here and here.”

                      Neither are lies. Why don’t you actually set out the comment, not just link to your own delusions.

                      Meanwhile, you are still defending liars.

                    • McFlock

                      I can’t tell if you’re genuinely that fucking stupid. You’re like a traffic accident involving a truckload of pikachu toys and a schoolbus – it’s obviously tragic, but nobody knows what’s going to happen next…

                    • Hornet

                      “…but nobody knows what’s going to happen next…”

                      Oh I know what happens next. You run away and pretend no-ones noticed you made an accusation you couldn’t follow through with.

                    • McFlock

                      translation: I get bored trying to dumb it down enough for you not not just understand that I acknowledged in this argument that Robertson told a fib, so therefore your claim that I refuse “to accept those on your preferred side of the political spectrum also lie” was itself a lie about what I do or do not accept.

                      So I wander off and you take that as a victory, when in actual fact your stupidity has gone from being entertaining to merely painful. You’re so Dunning-Kruger, I bet you think that syndrome can’t be about you.

                    • Hornet

                      “so therefore your claim that I refuse “to accept those on your preferred side of the political spectrum also lie” was itself a lie about what I do or do not accept.”

                      No it wasn’t. I referenced not only Robertson, but also Ardern and Turei, and you haven’t once admitted they lied. Yours is the worst kind of denial, because it is shrouded in obfuscation and personal abuse towards anyone who points it out.

                    • McFlock

                      you didn’t “reference” a thing. You made some claims, one of which I accepted, the others were bunk.

                      But I did accept that someone on my side of the political spectrum lied. Apology, please.

                    • Hornet

                      “you didn’t “reference” a thing.”
                      Yes, I did. /bill-your-pants-may-be-on-fire/#comment-1441485. But I should have realised you hadn’t read it properly when you tried to claim a false equivalence.

                      “But I did accept that someone on my side of the political spectrum lied.”
                      ‘Someone’. I didn’t singularise it. My comment said “Your refusal to accept those on your preferred side of the political spectrum also lie” (you quoted me at /bill-your-pants-may-be-on-fire/#comment-1441933). ‘Those’.

                      It seems you struggle for comprehension and honesty.

                    • McFlock

                      But I do accept that those on my side also lie, GR being a case in point.

                      I just don’t accept that every claim you made about lying is true. E.g. the link you provided about fuel lines made no mention of ardern forgetting a thing. but then I don’t expect you to know the difference between a report that outlines a vulnerability, and a later paper that outlines the same vulnerability and provides a solution which is then rejected.

                      Working through the process to do something isn’t the same as refusing to do something.

                      But my rejection of most of your claims of lying has nothing to do with sides, it’s because your claims are themselves lies. Because you’re a lying liar from liarland.

                    • Hornet

                      “But I do accept that those on my side also lie…”
                      That’s the first time.

                      “, GR being a case in point. ”
                      I know. You don’t think saying something you know to be incorrect is a lie. Moral. Vacuum.

                    • McFlock

                      🙄

                      It’s really sweet when tory parrots learn a new term and still don’t know what basic words like “first” or “know” mean.

                      Nothing in your comment reflects the last few days, where my first comments after your distraction (from bill lying about his incompetence in the job) acknowledged Robertson lied, and yet you still said I refused to admit people on my side of the political fence lie.

                      Bill lied about why he didn’t do his job as leader of the oppisition.
                      Grant lied about whether his partner was at the pub.

                      These things are not the same. If you think they are, you are a shallow husk of a human being. If you know they are not the same yet you are willing to pretend you’re an idiot in order to defend bill’s incompetent duplicity, you really are a pitiable fool.

                    • Hornet

                      “Nothing in your comment reflects the last few days, where my first comments after your distraction (from bill lying about his incompetence in the job) acknowledged Robertson lied…”

                      But not the others I noted. ‘Those’ v ‘someone’. Note it.

                      “…and yet you still said I refused to admit people on my side of the political fence lie.”

                      You did. Until your last previous post.

                      Now your just explaining. And explaining is losing. And tiresome.

                    • McFlock

                      lol

                      complains about lack of substantiation, receives substantiation, says “explaining is losing”.

                    • Hornet

                      “complains about lack of substantiation, receives substantiation, says “explaining is losing”.”

                      You haven’t provided any substantiation. That’s why you tried to explain your way out of it.

        • Naki man 12.1.1.2

          Here Grant Robertson forgot about Alf being at the pub with him.

          • McFlock 12.1.1.2.1

            Thing is:
            1: keeping your personal life personal is not the same as coming up with excuses why you didn’t do your job; and

            2: he got shit for that at the time, and you’re using it as a distraction to protect blinglish from getting shit from a lie that pertains directly to his job.

            Fucking tories…

            • Hornet 12.1.1.2.1.1

              He wasn’t ‘keeping his personal life personal’. He said Alf wasn’t there. But Alf was there, wasn’t he? What’s that called?

              • One Anonymous Bloke

                It’s called “Maninthemiddle looking like a total loser because of his shit ethics and arguments”.

                • Hornet

                  Who the hell is ‘maninthemiddle’?

                  And what does he/she have to do with Grant lying?

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    Oh sorry, my ‘mistake’.

                    It’s called “Hornet looking like a total loser because of their shit ethics and arguments”.

                    • Hornet

                      What does that have to do with Grant lying?

                      Or Metiria? Or Golriz? /bill-your-pants-may-be-on-fire/#comment-1441520

                      Interesting that those are/were both Green MP’s. Perhaps that’s a reflection on your shit ethics.

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Groundhog, Acrophobic and 3stepstotheright look like total losers too. So does Baba Yaga.

                      What can anything you say tell us about Green MPs? Nothing at all.

                    • Hornet

                      “What can anything you say tell us about Green MPs?”

                      They lie.

                      (Am I assume the other names you’re listing are past contributors here?)

                  • One Anonymous Bloke

                    past contributors

                    You all look the same to me.

                    And no, you haven’t made your case, no matter how very very hard you believe it. Someone else might be able to make it, but your arguments are too shit.

                    • Hornet

                      What case? What is this ‘case’ I am trying to make? Was Alf there or not? Did Golriz allow claims that she was “putting on trial world leaders for abusing their power…” or not? Did Metiria hide benefit fraud for 25 years or not?

                    • One Anonymous Bloke

                      Yes. I’m convinced: you don’t just look the same.

                    • Hornet

                      So you agree they all lied?

                    • McFlock

                      All the past contributors OAB mentioned lied in your style before picking up a ban, yes.

                      Unlike all the “lies” you attribute to labgrn, which either weren’t lies at all or had nothing to do with their job as politicians. Unlike Bill, who lied about why he didn’t do his job.

                    • Hornet

                      “All the past contributors OAB mentioned lied in your style before picking up a ban, yes. ”

                      Can you point to a single lie I have told? You may be right about the other contributors, I really don’t know or care. But I do challenge your statement about this poster, and ask you to support your claim..

                    • McFlock

                      Most of the comments in this thread where you talked about other people lying.

                      GG didn’t “lie by omission”, for example.

                    • Hornet

                      “GG didn’t “lie by omission”, for example.”

                      Allowing a comment on her Parties website that claimed she was “putting on trial world leaders for abusing their power…” when she was actually defending them is lying by omission.

                    • McFlock

                      No it’s not.
                      Firstly, being part of the defense was part of the tribunal process.

                      Secondly, even if the phrasing were misleading then it’s only a lie if she noted poor wording and still let it through. Given that she is rightfully proud of her record as part of those tribunals, that’s not realistic.

                      This was thoroughly debated at the time, so your repetition of the “she lied” falsehood must be intentional.

                      You’re lying again.

                    • Hornet

                      “Firstly, being part of the defense was part of the tribunal process.”
                      I’m not talking about her part in the tribunal process. I’m talking about the claim she was “putting on trial world leaders for abusing their power…”

                      “Secondly, even if the phrasing were misleading then it’s only a lie if she noted poor wording and still let it through.”
                      The comment appeared on her Green Party profile.

                      I would also point out (http://www.nziia.org.nz/Portals/285/documents/lists/259/Speech%20-%20NZIIA%20(James%20Shaw)%20-%2030%20May%2017%20(Final).pdf) that in a speech James Shaw said this:

                      “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. ”

                      There seems to have been an awful lot of ‘forgetting’.

                    • McFlock

                      No forgetting by her. Where people’s descriptions of her background were identified as misleading and it was brought to her attention, she corrected them. But even the reporters who ended up having ‘misleading’ bios of GG published were clear that in their interviews with her she was clear – and proud of – what her roles were in the different tribunals.

                      And you’re confusing a UN tribunal defense team with hollywood’s (or the 1%’s) idea of defense lawyers. The defense people are part of putting people on trial and holding them to account by helping ensure the process is neutral and fair.

                      But you don’t have a truth to use as a bat, so you’ll just keep repeating your slur on her professional reputation.

                    • Hornet

                      ‘Where people’s descriptions of her background were identified as misleading and it was brought to her attention, she corrected them.”
                      Why did she have to wait until she had it ‘brought to her attention’? And by ‘brought to her attention’, do you mean exposed by the media?

                      “But even the reporters who ended up having ‘misleading’ bios of GG published were clear that in their interviews with her she was clear – and proud of – what her roles were in the different tribunals”
                      And the Green Party bio? James Shaw’s speech?

                      “And you’re confusing a UN tribunal defense team with hollywood’s (or the 1%’s) idea of defense lawyers. The defense people are part of putting people on trial and holding them to account by helping ensure the process is neutral and fair.”
                      Being a defence lawyer is not about “putting on trial world leaders for abusing their power…” . If it was, the comment would not have been removed.

              • McFlock

                Alf is his partner, nothing to do with Grant’s job. To this day Grant still gets shit for it from people like you.

                Bill lied about why he wasn’t doing his job.

                You are using the first to try to excuse the second.

                Because you are a lowlife.

                • Hornet

                  “Alf is his partner, nothing to do with Grant’s job.”
                  So why did he lie about Alf being there?

                  “Bill lied about why he wasn’t doing his job. You are using the first to try to excuse the second.”
                  No, I’m not. Although this continued communication is revealing your hypocrisy.

                  • McFlock

                    So why did he lie about Alf being there?

                    Maybe they were worried about some stalker little shit like you doxing him. Maybe Alf had a hangover or was a bit drunk. Who cares? It’s none of our businesss because it had nothing to do with Robertson’s job.

                    Bill English was lying about why he didn’t do his job. You brought up robertsons lie about his personal life for a reason: what was it?

                    • Hornet

                      “Maybe they were worried about some stalker little shit like you doxing him.”

                      By telling the truth that Alf was in the pub?

                      “Who cares? It’s none of our businesss because it had nothing to do with Robertson’s job.”

                      So what you’re saying is that it was ok for Robertson to lie, because you don’t think it had anything to do with his job. So any politician can lie, as long as it is totally unrelated to their job. Mmmm. Well that’s convenient for Metiria, not so much for Golriz.

                    • McFlock

                      Who knows what you lot get up to when you get one of these funny ideas in your head.

                      And GG didn’t lie about her work record. Not even by ommission.

                      Lying might not be entirely “ok”, but trivial lies about your personal life aren’t at all relevant to lies about why you didn’t do your job. By your understanding, it might even be a lie to raise a trivial lie when someone is being criticised for not doing their job…

                    • Hornet

                      “And GG didn’t lie about her work record. Not even by ommission.”
                      Yes, she did. When she allowed her profile to read that she was “putting on trial world leaders for abusing their power…” she conveniently forgot to mention she was defending those bastards!

                      “Lying might not be entirely “ok”, but trivial lies about your personal life aren’t at all relevant to lies about why you didn’t do your job.”
                      Why is such a lie trivial? By whose measure is it trivial?

                    • McFlock

                      Whether Alf goes to the pub on a particular night is as important as why National weren’t at the table to develop legislative requirements for the New Zealand government budget?

                      Jesus. I hope he doesn’t have a tendency towards egotism.

                    • Hornet

                      “Whether Alf goes to the pub on a particular night is as important as why National weren’t at the table to develop legislative requirements for the New Zealand government budget”

                      It is important in so far as Robertson lied about it.

                      It is a curious lie too. So unnecessary.

                    • McFlock

                      whatever, dude. I’ve spent enough time on your own lies.

                      You’re a disingenuous little shit who’s either stupid to the point of repugnance or repugnant to the point of stupidity. I don’t really care which.

                    • Hornet

                      “whatever, dude. I’ve spent enough time on your own lies. ”

                      Which I’ve asked you to name and you can’t.

                      So you support suppression of free speech, and defend liars.

          • Ed 12.1.1.2.2

            Du Plessis-Allan.
            Your source….

    • Craig H 12.2

      Basically, yes, lots of money works as a way to reduce poverty, especially material hardship.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 12.3

      Hi Tanz.

      Bill is thrashing around in the water. Read Soper in The Herald. That’s blood you can taste. Have a lovely day 😈

  13. Venezia 13

    Watching re run of QT. Jacinda is outstanding in speaking to the proposed bill on reducing child poverty. Bill English is pathetic. Paula Bennet is running same old lines.

    • McFlock 13.1

      that bit about people not caring if they don’t have his arbitrary targets was cringeworthy.

      They spent half their fucking term in office denying it exists, now they try to get the moral high ground.

      • Incognito 13.1.1

        They only care about the targets; nice clean ledger numbers, not people.

        • McFlock 13.1.1.1

          nice, clean, riggable ledger numbers.

          That’s the real reason the nats are pissed at losing their “targets” – targets are achievable if the counting is rigged.

  14. patricia bremner 14

    Tanz, that is unmitigated rubbish. Bill English flat out lied, then fudged.

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  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
    Health Minister David Clark is encouraging Whanganui residents to take up the opportunity for free bowel screening, which can detect cancer early when it’s easier to treat.   Over the next two years 12,000 Whanganui locals, aged 60 to 74 will be invited to participate in the National Bowel Screening ...
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  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
    Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio, heads to Oslo today to represent New Zealand at the sixth Our Ocean Conference, which is being hosted by the Norwegian Government from the 23-24 October. “The Our Ocean Conference mobilises real action on issues like marine plastic pollution and the impacts of ...
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  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
    Session 4: Pacific Connectivity – Youth, Media and New Opportunities   Kia ora tatou katoa and Warm Pacific greetings to one and all. Representatives of Tainui, the local people of the land, or manawhenua – the indigenous peoples of this area – have welcomed you this morning in accordance with ...
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  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
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  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
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  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
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  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
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  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
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  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
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  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
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  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
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  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
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  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
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  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
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  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
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  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
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  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
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  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
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  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
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  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
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  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
    Justice Minister Andrew Little has today introduced a new Bill to prevent terrorism and support the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill gives the New Zealand Police the ability to apply to the High Court to impose control orders on New Zealanders who ...
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  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
    A Bill that proposes targeted changes to simplify the processes for Māori land owners when engaging with the Māori Land Court has had its First Reading today. “The approach taken by the Government is to ensure that the protection of Māori land remains a priority as we seek to improve ...
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
    Let me first thank all the new unionists and members in the room. There is nothing more important to improving people’s working lives than people making the decision to care, to get on board and help, to take up the reins and get involved. Congratulations to you. You bring the ...
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  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
    Minister of Defence Ron Mark has signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase from the Resource Management Act 1991. The Act gives the Minister of Defence the power to exempt activities for the purposes of national security.  The certificate will mean the recent Environment Court ...
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  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
    Finance Minister Grant Robertson has announced New Zealand will join the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action while attending APEC meetings in Chile. The objective of the 39 member Coalition is to share information and promote action to tackle climate change. It was formed in April this year, in ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
    Feedback sought– Lyttelton commercial zone parking  The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal to remove on-site car parking requirements for new developments in the Lyttelton commercial zone.  The proposal, by Christchurch City Council, asks that powers under section 71 of the Greater ...
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
    Hon Minister Poto Williams Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration   MEDIA STATEMENT       Tuesday 15 October 2019 Feedback sought – Hagley Oval The Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Poto Williams, is seeking feedback on a proposal about Hagley Oval. The proposal was developed by Regenerate Christchurch ...
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  • CTU speech – DPM
    Ladies and gentlemen, NZCTU President Richard Wagstaff, members of respective unions – thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. This might be preaching to the choir, but the importance of trade unions in New Zealand’s historical arch is difficult to understate. And it is my belief that ...
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  • Police Association Annual Conference
    "Let’s start by acknowledging that it has been a huge year. " Police Association Annual Conference James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel Wellington Nau mai, haere mai. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, ka nui te mihi, ki a koutou katoa. President of the Police Association, Chris Cahill; Members of the Association and ...
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