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What Government crisis?

Written By: - Date published: 5:06 pm, September 19th, 2018 - 35 comments
Categories: labour, Media, nz first, winston peters, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: ,

News of the Coalition’s bad health appears to be something of a beat up.

Exhibit A is this tweet.

Four contentious items out of 1,0595 in total is not many.

And they appear to be resolved as time goes by.

For instance today it was announced that the number of refugees that would be accepted into the country would increase to 1,500 by 2020. Good decision.

Yesterday the new Crown Agency for treaty settlements was formally announced.

The Labour Relations reforms are still being worked through.

And the three strikes repeal is still a possibility although it seems clear the NZ First MPs, or some of them, want to appear to be tough on crime.

But this means that in only two out of 1,0595 decisions the parties have not been able at this stage to reach agreement.

This is not unusual in an MMP environment. Remember last Government when National’s RMA changes were thwarted by the Maori Party and Peter Dunne and it was forced to enact a watered down version?

News of this Government being in turmoil are greatly exaggerated.

35 comments on “What Government crisis? ”

  1. Brian Tregaskin 1

    Its the classic “dead cat” trick
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/97215740
    We have seen this movie before.

    • Dukeofurl 1.1

      That one was interesting as it was ‘a political opinion piece’ by non gallery general reporter, indicates that no one else would touch it.
      Doesnt seem to have written much this year for Stuff- back room boy for National ?

  2. Dennis Frank 2

    It certainly felt like a crisis looming but I do agree they have nipped it in the bud. Good to see agreement reached on some of the problem areas finally.

  3. Muttonbird 3

    I bet the press gallery are fuming.

  4. mosa 4

    Toba o’Brian is certainly not flavour of the month.
    Jacinda gave her a ” Helen Clark death stare ” at the post cabinet press conference an a swift rebuttal.
    Its time this government put on its boxing gloves and deal some real blows.

    • Brian Tregaskin 4.1

      “Tova o’Brian is certainly not flavour of the month.
      Jacinda gave her a ” Helen Clark death stare ” at the post cabinet press conference an a swift rebuttal.
      Its time this government put on its boxing gloves and deal some real blows.”

      I think o’Brian is impartial and does not favour either the left or right. I really rate her.

      • Ffloyd 4.1.1

        Brian. You’re kidding RIGHT!!!

        • SpaceMonkey 4.1.1.1

          I think it’s difficult to say. As someone else on here pointed out a while ago Tova’s a student of Patrick Gower’s gotcha school of political reporting. So she may more interested in looking for the headline oppotunities wherever they come from, rather than being placed anywhere on the political spectrum. That said, it still doesn’t produce a high quality level of journalism, and I still have a clear image in my mind of her harassing Laila Harre re Internet Party/Mana Party on election night in 2014. It was totally over the top in yer face stuff… sad!

  5. SPC 5

    By July 2020, or from July 2020 to June 2021? There is a significant difference, as the later would require the next government to continue with the policy. That is, it would be part of the next coalition talks.

  6. Exkiwiforces 6

    What the NZ Government is crisis WTF, only because two bits of policy still being haggle over, it’s more like running over a couple possums after a few ales at the Tapawera pub after a days fishing and hunting the upper reaches of the Mot.

    You want a Government in crisis try the muppets in Oz. Talk about a bloody rock show over here atm.

    • Dennis Frank 6.1

      Yeah, I found this: “Prime Minister Scott Morrison has cancelled an upcoming meeting with the states and territories, as he deals with a growing chorus of complaints about bullying and intimidation within the Liberal Party as well as a significant rethink of government policy.” http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-18/coag-cancelled-by-scott-morrison-to-address-bullying-policy/10268486?section=politics

      “The leaks this week have been prolific, distracting and damaging… the former Liberal deputy condemned unacceptable behaviour in Canberra, flatly rejected the `nothing to see here, move on’ line, and delivered a tough message on women. “I say to my party … it is not acceptable for us to have in 2018 less than 25 per cent of our parliamentarians as female. It is not acceptable for our party to contribute to the fall in Australia’s ratings from 15th in the world in terms of female parliamentarian representation in 1999, to 50th today,” Ms Bishop said.
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-07/michelle-grattan-scott-morrison-ticks-the-boxes-but-dysfunction/10212090?section=politics

      • Exkiwiforces 6.1.1

        The way things are going here atm SCO MO is going to have a minority government after the Wentworth by- election with an independent wining and she is paying good odds atm according to my bookie, as she has hired a Oz Labor numbers man which has upset some in the Labor Party and royally piss off the Libs big time including the Rainbow branch of the Lib Party in she and Christine Abbott (the mad monk sister) are good mates.

    • Prickles 6.2

      Agreed – I keep getting messages from friends and former colleagues in Oz asking if they can please have Jacinda – or at least share her.

      • Exkiwiforces 6.2.1

        75% of the General pop of Oz are still immature to have either a women pm or a real coalition government and half of them can’t understand why we have MMP or understand it.

        • greywarshark 6.2.1.1

          Exkiwi
          We both have some with this problem. More in Oz than NZ but we still have people here who can’t see how MMP enriches the dialogue around politics and forces some things to the surface that show up as scum that the powerful would like to be in the shadows.

          Because of the unwillingness to learn, take notice, daily watch and think about how politics works, how society works, how political and government and administration and cultural systems work together or fragmented, we have ended up with the steaming pile of machine-follower and efficiency merchants following private sector interests that we have now.

          The latest here is that the city areas are pushing for on-line voting despite the knowledge that it opens wide the door to manipulation by powerful interests, and now the knowledge that it can be hacked and the warning given today about this very reality in the USA. Don’t want to know is the theme for today wherever it is convenient to take that position.

          20/9/18 – https://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018663331/online-voting-for-local-council-elections-crazy-expert

          May 2018-https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/104203408/auckland-council-pushes-for-online-voting-trial

          • Exkiwiforces 6.2.1.1.1

            Sorry for my late reply is was Vet day for our two dogs.

            I have a awful lot of issues IRT to online elections IRT that your vote democratic vote should be private fullstop. That down the track that certain groups could be bared from exercise their democratic right to vote, I notice this is has or is already happening in some places in the states (I must apologise as I’ve lost the link), which is on top what is going on in China atm which is very scary and very 1984.

            I’ve been exposed to some of this technology in the Gan and else while trying to locate of people interest, with a few lads (not my one’s btw) clowning around with this technology who suddenly find themselves in the poo especially one is stateside etc.

            Your paragraph also sums up my view as well and we only to look at what was going on with Cambridge what’s its name which very scary indeed.

  7. Ankerrawshark 7

    1055 + needs to be the new mantra when these arseholes bring up crap like coalition is crumbling etc. what a crock that is. Feeling angry about the bull shit spin

  8. In Vino 8

    Chuck chucks pure chunder. He is a long-standing troll, probably working under several different names as well. The language patterns suggest to me that a number of these right-wing trolls are a few different people using a good number of different names. Ignore Chuck.

    • Kat 8.1

      Gets hard to ignore when he “chucks” up all over our screens and then for the other cling-on’s BM, James et al to roll around in it.

    • Chuck 8.2

      In Vino, you are over thinking things. I am only Chuck or Chucky or Chunk (or any other variation of Chuck the good folk here can dream up).

      “The language patterns suggest to me that a number of these…”

      Man, I thought you had retired from the CIA…

  9. AB 9

    National and their media supporters always wanted to believe that the Coalition would disintegrate in acrimony.
    It was the self-consoling myth they constructed to get over the grief of losing the election. So it’s no surprise that it took only the slightest scent of friction in the Coalition to have them ecstatic and shouting “told you so”.
    They are wrong – and they’re also pathetic and childish.

    What’s good though, is that they’ve just cried wolf – and it’s been shown to be complete bollocks. They can’t do it again without becoming a laughing stock. As a certain loony, far-right, narcissistic broadcaster used to say “happy days”.

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