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“VRWC” exposes rift at top of National

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, August 30th, 2014 - 18 comments
Categories: David Farrar, Deep stuff, election 2014, john key, Judith Collins, national, paula bennett, Steven Joyce - Tags:

There is a self-appointed “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” in New Zealand. Odgers and Slater are key members. Search VRWC on Slater’s website and you’ll find their activities. You can’t search Odgers’ website as she has taken it down. One very interesting inside account is a Whaleoil post dated November 12, 2010 after Pansy Wong’s forced resignation from Cabinet for misuse of her travel perk. The VRWC thought the National Cabinet needed “some serious steel going forward.” You can read the minutes of their virtual white-board session on post-it cards below.

The VRWC favourites are Key, Joyce to replace English as Deputy, and “Crusher.’ Crusher gets the gunslinger portfolios and Women’s Affairs so she can disestablish it.

English, Smith and Guy are told to “Fuck off” – the Farrz annotation would seem to be a reference to a note in the post “we note also that ex-member David P. Farrar has been busily pushing those who are on his payroll.” FIGJAM links in the post to Simon Power, and the post concludes with some unsavoury references to him from Cathy Odgers, aka Cactus Kate.

Brownlee, Tolley and Bennett are allowed to stay but need to harden up. Slater is to counsel the hapless Tolley, as well as Tony Ryall.

I think this explains a few things. Key has been reluctant to sack Collins as she is in the same faction. It is interesting to contrast her treatment after Oravida with that meted out to Pansy Wong – Key would have demanded Pansy’s resignation if she hadn’t offered it. Now that Collins is dog-tucker Bennett is getting the next-in-line treatment – Slater’s mate Duncan Garner is promoting her in today’s DomPost (not on-line yet). She must have HTFU’d – certainly there are more beggars on the streets in Wellington.

It also explains why Power resigned unexpectedly in 2010 – he didn’t like what was going on under the surface in the National Party, and who could blame him. Also English has finally started to distance himself from Key over tax cuts and treatment of Collins.

National is the real divided party and it’s not just split – it’s a chasm that divides them.

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18 comments on ““VRWC” exposes rift at top of National ”

  1. Tigger 1

    Mincing poof? This really is vile stuff.

    • Disraeli Gladstone 1.1

      I have a lot of time for Finlayson. Don’t agree with him on everything, but he’s been a great Minister for Treaty Negotiation. Along with Simon Power (and Bill English to a lesser extent) it seems like Slater and Odgers wanted to just remove any reasonably decent human being from the National Party.

      • adam 1.1.1

        And anyone who has any sense of morality.

        • Colonial Viper

          Or the life experience/seniority to question what is happening and why. Another reason why National’s list this year is stuffed full of young 25 year old corporate careerists – easy to control and manipulate.

  2. Adrian 2

    If a fraction of this division was even a murmur in Labour the MSM would be in an uproar. Why are there no questions being asked or 2and2s being put together.
    We can but hope that little unfelt quakes are building up to a biggie.
    How about that Winston and his timing,eh?

  3. disturbed 3

    Winston always has bullets, so Collins gone has shown this.

    This morning Winston carefully said it is now in the legal court, over Collins approaching him.

    He may be placing a formal complaint.

    Key was saying there will be changes and has dealt to the Collins affair now through a press announcement at 12 30 today.

    She stepped aside and obviously given the word to go quietly so they can get back in and she can come back. She has strongly denied any wrong doing. Ha-ha.

    All these charges against Collins were pivotal to her stepping aside?

  4. Blue 4

    Seems they’re no fans of Wayne Mapp. Anyone seen Wayne around here recently?

    And the reference to ‘brown envelope’ – paying people off?

  5. disturbed 5

    Good stuff Mike,
    The “dirty dozen”, now minus Collins.

  6. Heatley – ‘sell state houses or go’. Successful electorate MP booted out of cabinet and resigns seat.

    Wilkinson – ’90 days, what was wrong with 365 ‘- ties in with the WO remark ‘far too cosy with unions’ – takes the fall for Pike River and resigns 2013.

    ‘Brown envelope him’ – interesting in light of the rumours about the cash payouts/bribes.

    Fascinating stuff.

    After witnessing the abysmal performance of the National candidate in Hurunui – Stuart SMITH – last night, Collins’ resignation today and Trotter’s exposure of the crackpot ‘red scare’ tactics of the Coalition of the Silly or whatever they call themselves, I’m a very happy little leftie.

    Smith has been in the National Party for 2 years – speedy ascent or what? His election brochure says: “I want to support a John Key, National-led government which manages our finances responsibly so future generations are not led to repay a mountain of debt.’

    You what Stuart?

  7. nadis 7

    “Mincing poof” – yes vile. Almost as bad as mallard and others from labour calling him tinker belle repeatedly in the house. Now that is socially progressive.

    • Calling Finlayson a ‘mincing poof’ is extremely unpleasant and I’d say a step up from a crudely coded reference to that person being a ‘fairy’.

      Neither matches the viciousness of John Banks’ comment that “six inches of barbed wire shoved up gay mens’ arses” was “a waste of barbed wire”. (As reported on Stuff)

  8. yeshe 8

    What am I missing ? How do these dark and unelected people seem to believe they have the right to reorganise cabinet, and patently have done so ? Who is empowering and paying them ?

    (And fwiw, I will never forget Michele Boag’s front row presence at Winebox hearings. Madame Defarge keeping her knitting together at the foot of the guillotine.)

  9. NZ Groover 9

    You do realise that Whaleoils VRWC club is satirical humour?

  10. felix 10

    @nzgroover yeah, it’s all satire. It’s just that as it turns out, it isn’t.

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