TRP Adviser 4 August 2017

This week we learned many things.

Andrew Little is a gent, Bill English is going to be the first National Party leader to lose two elections and Mark Richardson is possibly the stupidest man in the media.

Andrew Little was always going to do it tough as leader of the Labour Party. He took over a caucus that was still a seething pit of factional infighting and a party that was organisationally down in the dumps. To his eternal credit, he whipped caucus into shape and retuned the party organisation.

What he couldn’t do was convince the public that he could offer something distinctly different from the Nats. So he did the honourable thing and stepped aside. That’s a mark of the man. Honest, self-effacing and loyal. Strangely, exactly the qualities that would make a good Prime Minister.

Bill English is – how can I put this nicely? – shitting himself. No National party leader has ever lost two elections. None have ever been given the chance.

In their world, success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. After leading the party to a 22% drubbing 15 years ago, English should never, ever have been re-adopted. And if the Nat’s brains trust (Joyce, S) wasn’t so full of himself, thinking the party could sleep walk to victory, he would have spotted the danger.

Too late now, Tories. Unless, of course, Bill swiftly does an Andrew Little and takes a long walk in the tundra so that Bennett or Bridges can take the reins.

Only seven weeks to go, Bill. If you’re gonna go, better make it quick.

So, it turns out Mark Richardson is numpty and a Neanderthal. Who’d have thunk it?

Richardson was notoriously slow running between the wickets. Turns out he’s equally slow between the ears.

He’s probably going to have to live with this half witted hetero hari kiri for the rest of his life. But hey, he’ll soon be making jokes about it and the men that run our sports media will happily slap him on the back for being a good bugger.

Apparently in NZ media management circles breaking your girlfriend’s back is entirely forgivable, so Richardson publicly wanting to send all women of child bearing age back to the 1950’s is probably grounds for a pay rise.

Sometimes I really do despair. But then I just look at a picture of Jacinda Ardern and break out into a beaming smile. As I’m sure all of you do.

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51 Comments

  1. chrism56

     /  August 4, 2017

    Somewhere out there, there is a village missing one of its less intelligent citizens. Don’t worry he is safe and well on TRP..

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    • Feel free Chrism56 to debate the points made. Personal attacks add nothing to the debate.

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      • Duncan – as a political commentator, TRP is an idiot. Look down post for some of his previous predictions. His success rate is comparable to Mr Bradbury. He doesn’t even beat a stopped watch which is at least right twice a day. Can you name any of his predictions that were right?
        With regards to headline post – Andrew Little made a dignified exit, but before that he was not a gentleman. Remember all his slagging off that ended up either in court or with out of settlements. And did his tuning of the organisation include Matt? Where is the proof that National has been dented by JA, despite her 36 hour media honeymoon? With regards Mr Richardson, JA put her child bearing in the public arena by the glossy mag puff pieces and statements made when she became deputy. She was also given the same softball question by her friend Mr Mulligan but without the odium to the questioner.

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  2. Missy

     /  August 4, 2017

    I think TRP that one thing we learned, which is more important than the fluff you mention, is that the Greens and Labour are no different to any other political party, they lack any moral courage – or morality in general, not to mention principles.

    When faced with a self-confessed fraudster, instead of sacking her – as they would call for National to do – they take the low road, support her and excuse her illegal behaviour. They abandon their self-proclaimed principles and lack the moral courage to do what is right, and what they would demand of their opponents, and sack Turei.

    I learned that Turei as a person is untrustworthy, she is a lawbreaker who has no remorse for her fraud, and believes that she is entitled to break the law. I learned that Turei is a liar who covered up her real situation to screw WINZ for more money – also making her greedy, and entitled. I learned that Turei signed numerous statutory declarations knowing they were false, (the declaration to WINZ is a statutory declaration, as is the electoral roll information), compounding the benefit fraud and electoral fraud she committed.

    I learned that (to my shame) a good proportion of NZers will cheer on, support, and endorse fraud – including a number of MPs.

    This week reinforced the view that the left are hypocrites, preaching morality from their self-built high road whilst happily committing crimes that they would use to try and bring down a centre-right Government MP.

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    • PDB

       /  August 4, 2017

      “I learned that (to my shame) a good proportion of NZers will cheer on, support, and endorse fraud – including a number of MPs.”

      That’s the real eye opener. ‘Fraud’ is OK if you are on a benefit (in fact the Greens want to make such rorting legal) but anybody else committing fraud (espeically ‘rich p***ks*) is ‘bad’. The fact that it is obvious that Turei hasn’t been totally truthful regarding the full extent of her fraud will also be overlooked by many.

      The other thing to come from all this is that many people have no appreciation as to where govt money comes from. Somehow ripping off the govt is good and the fact that it’s taxpayers that are funding the govt coffers is totally forgotten – hence the failures of socialism.

      A reporter only has to add up all the money she had coming in/list all the family support that Turei had and it would clearly show that she is no poster child for a struggling beneficiary. Instead it would show someone gaming the system & living more than comfortably on tax payer money & undeclared cash income, living with the father of her child/her mother at different times, and choosing not to work whilst in her abundant free time completing a taxpayer-funded law degree.

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  3. Missy

     /  August 4, 2017

    It looks like we also learned that Jesse Mulligan is numpty and a Neanderthal. Who’d have thunk it?

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/02/unacceptable-new-zealands-labour-leader-asked-about-baby-plans-six-hours-into-job

    Or is it that Jacinda Ardern gave her mate a free pass to ask about her child bearing plans whilst getting upset that someone else does?

    She can’t let it slide from one interviewer and then get angry when another sees the line of questioning as fair game.

    And remember, Jacinda hasn’t always been so precious about discussing having children and how it will impact her career choices. She opened this door, she can’t expect to close it now when she has in the past discussed the issue, and with her mate let the line of questioning slide.

    From the Guardian article:
    “In the past Ardern, only the second woman to lead New Zealand Labour, has spoken candidly about being wary of taking on senior leadership roles, including the prime ministership, because of the strain it can place on family and home life.”

    I am sorry, I reject your criticism of Mark Richardson, Jacinda’s past behaviour has made that a fair line of questioning.

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    • Missy

       /  August 4, 2017

      And in Jacinda’s own words to Jesse Mulligan:

      “Ardern responded politely: “I have no problem with you asking me that question because I have been very open about discussing that dilemma because I think probably lots of women face it.” Ardern added that she did not regard her “dilemma” as any different from other New Zealand women juggling multiple priorities and responsibilities.”

      It makes it look personal that she got angry with Mark Richardson, not a good look for someone who wants to be PM.

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      • Missy

         /  August 4, 2017

        Forgot to say, that bit I quoted came from the Guardian Article linked to above.

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      • PDB

         /  August 4, 2017

        All carefully stage managed in order to gain maximum public sympathy & avoids the real question of why a few months back Ardern ruled out being PM for family reasons and now has done a complete U-turn.

        Richardson is being labelled a typical ‘boof-head’ and will now be used by the left as an example of male, white privilege in this country no doubt also represented by such people as Bill English and Steven Joyce.

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        • Gezza

           /  August 4, 2017

          Garn, cut her some slack – looks to me like she’s got gonads as well as a few clues!
          Predecessor had the gonads but not the smarts – & the dude before him even apologised for being a bloody bloke 🙄‼️
          How dim was that 😡❓

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    • Kevin

       /  August 4, 2017

      Cindy does appear to be a precious and sensitive wee thing doesn’t she? Pity the media has picked her as their chosen one. The meltdowns would be hilarious.

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    • Blazer

       /  August 4, 2017

      B/S no woman should be expected to have to explain what she may or may not decide to do in the future. People’s lives are subject to different influences that cannot be predicted and in this case. ..don’t need to be.

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  4. Gezza

     /  August 4, 2017

    And if the Nat’s brains trust (Joyce, S) wasn’t so full of himself, thinking the party could sleep walk to victory, he would have spotted the danger.

    Big ups for that one, dude. 👍🏼 😀

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    • PDB

       /  August 4, 2017

      National only have to play the ‘Turei fraudster’ card to get the bulk of the country on their side. Labour won’t rule Turei out of being a govt minister and as more details come out as to the extent of her dishonesty the more chance National will put pressure on Ardern to do so.

      Through the MoU Labour and the Greens were keen to be seen as ‘one block’ therefore tolerance of benefit fraud in the Greens can be equally applied to Labour.

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      • Gezza

         /  August 4, 2017

        Well, I’m ever hopeful there that there might yet be a change in the wind tbh PDB.
        Metz is right in the grotney pudding I reckon. Balls up of the year, I’d say.

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      • Blazer

         /  August 4, 2017

        Hope you’re not forgetting Nationals ‘honest ‘Imelda ‘….better bottle that. ..story.

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  August 4, 2017

      I think the whole “National is arrogant” thing has been overdone. It seems to be what is expected after 2 – 3 terms so it is stated as a truism.
      Joyce has a way about him that rubs some up the wrong way, but has made a very good fist of the Finance portfolio and hasn’t let his corporate welfare tendencies creep into the budget too much.
      The media like to paint a narrative whether it is true or not and see if people accept it. Even PG throws in talk of arrogance and complacency in his posts without any evidence of it.

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      • Gezza

         /  August 4, 2017

        He just annoys me HFD. He’s such a smarmy bugger. All you ever get is that car salesman patter as he says some embarrassing mess is “pretty legal”, or some total shambles of a computerised pay system just a needs a wee tweak, or whatever.

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        • High Flying Duck

           /  August 4, 2017

          Geez Gezza, give the man some credit – he knows how to header a dildo!
          I don’t mind him too much, but I see what you mean. I think he tries to pull off the John Key easy going nature and it comes across a little off. However he also doesn’t take himself too seriously (like Peter Dunne for instance) and from listening to him butt heads with Annette King over the years he has a brain and is good for a reasoned debate.
          As an aside, I think the loss of Annette King is being felt in Labour. I don’t think the current omni-shambles would have happened with her at 2 IC.

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      • PDB

         /  August 4, 2017

        You are right – apparently it’s a given that by a third term a govt has to be ‘arrogant’ and ‘complacent’ regardless of any proof to the contrary.

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        • Gezza

           /  August 4, 2017

          I think that’s a fair point – they’ve worked hard to put out tons of OS Policy Patches to address issues that have started to arise, so they’re definitely not slacking & they kept trumping old Andy with those.

          Steveo just gets up my nose is all. Always has done. Doesn’t mean anything more than that.

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      • Blazer

         /  August 4, 2017

        The evidence has been apparant for years to those not wearing. ..blinkers.

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        • PDB

           /  August 4, 2017

          You clearly ignore the arrogance within the left that says they know better and continues to peddle the false belief that we all live in a capitalist hell-hole even though we don’t.

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          • Blazer

             /  August 4, 2017

            Every political party. ..knows better. …that’s what its all about.

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            • High Flying Duck

               /  August 4, 2017

              I disagree – Labour “knows best” and it’s actions tell the public constantly that they are fools for not realising it.
              National is more pragmatic and when the polls show they are wrong they are quite comfortable stealing someone else’s policy to correct their position to what they believed the whole time.

  5. Kevin

     /  August 4, 2017

    “But then I just look at a picture of Jacinda Ardern and break out into a beaming smile”

    Sexist! How dare you judge a woman on her looks! /sarc

    Great post by the way – easy to read and entertaining. Didn’t agree with a word of it though but still a great post. Definitely The Standard’s lost and YourNZ’s gain.

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    • PDB

       /  August 4, 2017

      “But then I just look at a picture of Jacinda Ardern and break out into a beaming smile”

      Funny, I get the same feeling looking at a picture of Metiria Turei?

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    • Cheers, Kevin and very funny bit of sarc there! I’m thoroughly enjoying engaging with Your NZ readers (as I have done on occasions in the past). Kudos to Pete for allowing me the platform.

      I’m also writing regularly on Bomber’s Daily blog, but that’s really a different audience and my posts there are kind of preaching to the converted. Not much I can say about the Standard; I still support it via twitter and I do hope it has a future, but at present it’s a pale shadow of its former self.

      To return to your comment, one thing I’ve picked up already is that those scared of the Jacinda affect are going to be reduced to using sexism to belittle her (no pun intended!). Calling her Cindy, as one person here at Your NZ does, is pretty sad.

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      • Corky

         /  August 4, 2017

        Come now, Tereoputake. You may not know this but I’m on record as having no problem with Labour winning the election. If fact I welcome it. A Labour win may even upstage Trumpy’s Travelling Circus Revue.

        As for Cindy…give me a break. I didn’t expect such sensitivity from a road worker.( Roadie?)

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      • Gezza

         /  August 4, 2017

        Don’t pay any attention to that guy TRP mate.
        He reckons he’s not even gonna vote.
        You wouldn’t believe the reason!. 🙄

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      • PDB

         /  August 4, 2017

        “I’m also writing regularly on Bomber’s Daily blog” – with your ‘political ‘nouse’ you and Bradbury would be like twins I’d imagine…..

        TRP on Matt McCarten: “Matt has an almost unique ability to add value to whatever political project he takes on.”

        TRP on Little’s Labour which breaks a Bradbury record for most wrong political predictions in one paragraph: “Yet again, we are seeing the Labour party making organisational gains under the leadership of Andrew Little. The parliamentary caucus is united and most of the tainted old guard MP’s are going or gone. Party membership is on the improve, the activist base is growing and the MoU with the Greens has given some solidity to the opposition not seen in recent years.If Labour can take Auckland, they’ll be forming the next government.
        Nice work, Andrew, nice work Matt.
        I’m looking forward to 2017.”

        You didn’t also do cartoons on Whaleoil until recently under the name ‘Roger’ did you?

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        • PDB, there are no “wrong political predictions” in that paragraph. They’re mostly not even predictions, they’re actual fact. Little actually did turn the party around, get caucus working again, lift membership etc. I think what you meant to say was that you don’t like reading it and it makes you feel funny.

          The sentence on Matt, on the other hand, was definitely a bit OTT so yeah, fair cop.

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          • PDB

             /  August 4, 2017

            To be fair the caucus was ‘united’ when they gave poor Andrew the ass card this week……aside from that the MoU was/is a disaster for Labour (especially now with Turei’s lies), the ‘solidity’ of the opposition has seen the Greens & New Zealand First fighting and the Greens trying to steal Labour’s beneficiary vote, and your ‘organisational gains’ obviously didn’t extend to looking after 80 odd overseas interns in Auckland which according to Labour head office is essentially run by a completely different organisation called ‘Auckland Labour’.

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          • Corky

             /  August 4, 2017

            The Left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, eh ,Tereoputake

            https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2017/08/exclusive-real-reason-jacinda-labours-leader-right-now/

            Just imagine what they’d be like in government. I know Lefties have a limited sense of imagination but give it a go.

            ps- Lol.

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          • chrism56

             /  August 4, 2017

            What about the old guard like Mallard or Dyson? And how is the MoU going with the Greens voting with National? Or wanting beneficiaries to given a free rein?

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  6. Corky

     /  August 4, 2017

    ”Too late now, Tories. Unless, of course, Bill swiftly does an Andrew Little and takes a long walk in the tundra so that Bennett or Bridges can take the reins.”

    You may be right given donations and support are still flowing in for Labour and Cindy.
    Whether that is a rejection of Andy, or a realisation this is it, our only chance to topple the Tories, so let go for broke, I don’t know.

    All I know is be careful what you wish for. What follows a defeated National government will be a country that goes into free fall, starting with a a wobbly one legged government to a loss of International business confidence in our ability to sustain business growth.

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    • Gezza

       /  August 4, 2017

      Bennett taking the reins would be an extraordinarily bad idea, it’s never going to happen.
      They’re committed to William so it’s just damn the torpedoes & full steam ahead there.
      If he stays cool but not complacent he’s still in with a good chance. When the post-election dust settles he might even be better off trying to form a coalition with Labour than with The Wineboxer.

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    • PDB

       /  August 4, 2017

      This election the likely ‘winner’ will be the ‘loser’ if having to form a govt with Winston.

      3 years of left-wing led pain might be worth it in the long term if the centre-right then regain control of the govt in 2020.

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  7. sorethumb

     /  August 4, 2017

    Mark Richardson is possibly the stupidest man in the media.
    ………
    I don’t like him; he is the brake man on the conversation. Whenever the topic strays to immigration he comes out with “you have to have a bigger population because…..”

    Having said that he has a point about employing women in the workforce. Jacinda Adern is another matter as that is her and Labour’s problem.

    As far as the workforce goes it is tough luck if you have a chronic disease (for instance), and it is fair for an employer to sum up the odds off a woman wanting to leave of needing maternity leave.

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  8. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 4, 2017

    Richardson was spot on. Nobody wants to answer his question, do they?

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    • Nobody wants to answer Richardson’s question, Alan, because a) they’re too busy laughing at him, and b) because it’s 2017 and the adults all know it’s nobody’s business.

      I would be absolutely thrilled if NZ’s next PM announces sometime during the 3 year term that she’s having a baby and will not be resigning, but will be taking maternity leave for a few months instead. It’s about time we led the world again. We did it with votes for women, nukes, transsexual MP’s. Why shouldn’t we have the first preggers PM?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 4, 2017

        Don’t be ridiculous, TRP. A PM cannot disappear on maternity leave for six months and leave the country wondering if she is coming back or not. You might be thrilled but sensible folk will not be.

        As for it being nobody’s business, yes it is. It is the voter’s job to make sure the country is being run properly and judging whether that can be done while a PM is on maternity leave is absolutely part of that.

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        • duperez

           /  August 4, 2017

          If we think the country is going to go down the tubes because the PM is going to be ‘away’ for 6 months, the country is already down the tubes. If we think one person not being there means we’re stuffed, then we’re stuffed.

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          • Gezza

             /  August 4, 2017

            Good point. I can think of one person in politics today, for example, who could totally disappear & things would be much better.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  August 4, 2017

            Do you think NZF supporters feel like that about their leader? Ok, Labour changes leaders so often they obviously don’t matter but serious outfits don’t.

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