Politics

It’s the Keyhive (with the ACT 5)

Clark gone. Peters gone. ACT more than doubling its share in a week (as we predicted). Rodney romps in in Epsom (as predicted). Not a bad night at all.

The two most corrupt politicians in New Zealand history have left the building.

And two selfless patriots – Roger Douglas and John Boscawen – have entered.

(I’ve only spoken to ACT’s fifth MP David Garrett once by phone. But his standing in the Sensible Sentencing Trust suggests he’ll be a strong MP.)

The sad thing for me was seeing my friend Stephen Franks not only miss Wellington Central, but also miss getting in on National’s list.

By one lousy place. 

What a waste of a thoughtful and talented man to rank him 60th.

I am inspired to see John Key realise his 35 year goal to be PM. If he looked  euphoric, it’s because he’s been planning for this day since we was 12.  

John is the nice guy he seems. It’s incredible what he’s achieved, both in business and in politics.

If he can run the country the way he’s run his life so far, we’ll be in good shape. 

Let’s hope, with ACT’s support, he can.

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15 thoughts on “It’s the Keyhive (with the ACT 5)

  1. What a brilliant outcome. Will be interesting to see what ACT manages to negotiate with National for the coalition agreement.

    Such along action list of policies that National initially appears not very keen to implement.
    i.e. 39c tax rate gone by Christmas.

    New Zealand needs Roger Douglas’s contribution inside cabinet.

  2. John,

    Excellent posters for ACT. I hope the current mood of inclusiveness with ACT and the Maori Party is carried right through.

    You need to put a search function up . I was trying to find out more about the “Green spoof”?

    Vince

  3. OECD rank 22: Key won’t have Roger if he can have Tariana etc.

    But Roger will at least have more access to National, and will be able to argue why his policies are far from far right.

    Key believes it’s all about tone, so let’s hope he’s amenable to delivering hardworking policies with a more human face.

    In the end, right-wing policies are often enacted by left wingers (which Key pretty much is).

    Clinton reformed welfare in the States, and the Maori Party could do the same here.

    Will they have the guts to educate people, rather than just give them what they think they want?

  4. Yes, it is a great shame that Steven Franks has just missed out. And he wasn’t that far off winning his electorate seat either. I am hoping that the sepcial votes increase National’s party vote just enough to get him in. Given the number of recent emigres to Australia due to the previous Govenment this is a possibility.

    And if this doesn’t happen, at least if one of National’s 59 MP’s should happen to resign, fall ill, or decide to join the Worker’s Socialist Party then Franks is next in line 🙂

    David Garrett will indeed be a strong MP, I have had some dealings with him in the course of my work for the Trust, and I am very happy to see him in Parliament. He is why I voted Act.

    On the down side Ron Marks is no longer in Parliament, which is a shame because he was an outstanding MP, by far the best one in NZ First, worth 100 Winstones, and more than some National MP’s. I have had dealings with him, and have been deeply impressed by him. He has considerable integrity. It is a pity such a good MP was in such a crap party 😦 I do hope National make a bid for him on the quiet.

  5. Well done, John. A splendid result, my main goal of no more Winston achieved. And we have an instant government without weeks of petty posturing and backroom dealing. Key is looking good, lets hope the Act5 makes him better.

  6. Yes, it is a great shame that Steven Franks has just missed out. And he wasn’t that far off winning his electorate seat either.

    It was a close race indeed, though I don’t share your dispair at the result. Grant is a good friend and, I believe, an exceptional addition to Labour’s team. Franks ran a good campaign however and is a strong candidate. What surprises me is that National placed him so low. The only sensible interpretation is that Key wants a more moderate policy focus than he believe’s Franks shares. This is at least consistent with his approach to building a coalition government.

  7. Welcome Paul Williams.

    Your friend Grant looked good on TV tonight.

    I particularly liked the way he was straightforward about his relationship, thus making it a non-issue.

    (You’ll be aware that I’ve made myself more than a little unpopular on Poneke for alluding to another Labour politician’s persistent unwillingness to be so upfront. The author and I have now reached an understanding, and I’ve agreed not to raise such issues in future 🙂 )

    I did think Grant played into the hands of those who say Labour have their priorities upside down when he said (or was reported to have said) that one of his main priorities was the compulsory teaching of Te Reo in schools.

    Now I happen to think we should teach more Maori – possibly at the expense of one or two of the endlessly repeated sermons on the Treaty that kids have to endure year after year in Social Studies.

    But at a time when the world is on the brink of depression, I don’t think you need to be a racist bigot to consider this an odd priority.

    While more Maori vocabulary would be useful, we’ve already reached a stage where Kiwi children’s Maori pronunciation is way ahead of their ability to make the right sounds in English.

    This extends right up to and including broadcasters.

    Anyway I wish Grant well in his efforts to serve my fellow Wellington Centrists and me.

    As for Stephen, he paid the ultimate price for being a middle-aged, white, married male.

    Maybe one day, the National Party (to say nothing of Labour and the Greens) will summon up the boldness to rank their candidates in a way that most people would surely regard as fair.

    On merit.

  8. Don’t forget the fact that he (stephen) is also a homophobic bigot. Nope, he’s just a nice man. Let him wallow.

  9. Do you know Stephen?

    If not, you’re swallowing the left’s bile (as Poneke would say).

    He’s anything but a homophobic bigot actually.

    It’s not nice to think that Grant Robertson might have won Wellington Central in part because of a smear campaign based on a comment taken right out of context.

    It’s a shame the Labour Party were so determined to campaign on lies, but that seems to be all they know.

  10. I don’t know what’s happening in the negotiations. But I do know that Rodney and Heather will be no poodles like Winston’s lot.

    (Ankle-biting fox terriers more like.)

    ACT wasn’t founded during a National government because it agreed with National’s conservative philosophy.

    Its role is to do its best to give National a spine, and enact policies that work for New Zealand, not just sound good.

    It’s not to meekly go along with ruinous laws that will be bad for New Zealand, like the ETS.

    ACT supporters would rather see Rodney sacrifice the baubles of office than be part of a blue Labour government of no real change.

    Rodney is a big ideas man. If negotiations prove impossible, he may consider going with Phil Goff and persuading the Maori to do likewise.

    (After all, Goff is probably further to the right than Key, and might be prepared to give up more to be PM.)

    With Clark and Cullen gone, so too are the two biggest reasons for rejecting Labour.

    ACT should only be part of a centre-right government if it is actually centre-right.

  11. The calibre of some of National’s MPs and their business experience are actually incredible, which makes it easy to see why Franks wouldn’t be given priority simply because of his previous experience in Parliament. Take for example Brian Nicolle – everyone hated him but if you knew him in the commercial world you would see a very different person – a very successful person. To suddenly have to take orders from people who he was arguably on par with in terms of real world experience made him not want to present a media friendly image simply because he didn’t give a shit about “the party interest”. Everyone thought John Ormond would obviously win the ACT party presidency and that Garry Mallet was just a nobody, until you see ACT’s declared donation returns.

    Unfortunately because of the general ignorance of the general public National has to resort to putting people that the average $30,000 per annum Kiwi can respect, like Allan Peachy – a completely useless MP but a ex-principal of the largest high school in the electorate, or people like Nikki Kaye who won simply perhaps because of her appearance.

  12. First Reb, surely you don’t mean Brian Nicolle?

    I think perhaps you mean that long-haired git from Rakaia who sabotaged Brash – can’t even remember his name. I’m with the haters on that one, regardless of his business acumen.

    Being a good MP is not just about business acumen, but as chairman of Chapman Tripp Stephen was not exactly without commercial experience.

    Several more highly-placed Nats that spring to mind are nowhere near as highly qualified to be an MP, yet are because of their gender, race and age.

    I liked Alan Peachey’s book, but can’t comment on his effectiveness as an MP.

    I know he’s a very passionate educator. As principal of Rangitoto Collenge, his first, second and third priorities were hiring teachers who could make children learn. His results suggested he was good at that.

    I imagine Alan would bomb the PPTA back to the Stone Age given half a chance, and a bloody good thing that would be too – seeing as they’re all about the entrenchment of useless teachers.

    (This union’s insistence that useless teachers must be protected at the cost of our kids’ education is perhaps the single biggest impediment to New Zealand’s progress.)

    I also don’t know Nikki Kaye, but imagine she’d be a bit put out by that assessment from a fellow female!

    The MPs she beat for both the party nomination and the seat were both female. By winning such a strong Labour seat, I’d have thought she must have earned her stripes as a tough campaigner.

  13. Oh and John Ormond, as I understand it, used to get many more votes for himself in Tukituki than for ACT.

    I imagine members would have punished him heavily for that, as they will now surely punish Kenneth Wang.

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