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Cartoon for Today – 28/02/2017

February 28, 2017

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The Ardern challenge

February 28, 2017

What challenge you ask?

The one being mounted by Jacinda at the present to Angry Andrew. Through surrogates, primarily in the media, Ms Ardern is mounting a very strong challenge to Little and Annette King on the back of her win in Mt Albert. She is leveraging her uncontested win in a safe electorate Labour seat into a strong challenge to Little, all the while simperingly saying she will do only what the party asks; whilst manipulating all concerned to ask for fillet of Ardern and two portions of fries with that.

So far Adam has seen Ardern pushed by:-

  • Duncan Garner and the commentators on TV3
  • Tracy Watkins at Fairfax
  • Chris Trotter

He has read other bloggers who have also noted other media pushing Ardern.

The advantage of this Ardern challenge to Ardern is that she disclaims all involvement, but is the only beneficiary win or lose. If Little does not dump King, Ardrn has lost nothing and gained more profile. If he does dump King, Ardern ascends to the role of Deputy and is positioned to succeed Little when he falls.

Quotation for Today – 27/02/2017

February 27, 2017

“I didn’t think he would come in blazing like he has,” said Godat, 39, who has three kids and works at the same aluminum rolling plant where his father worked. “It seems almost like a dictatorship at times. He’s got a lot of controversial stuff going on and rather than thinking it through, I’m afraid that he’s jumping into the frying pan with both feet.”

An Iowa voter quoted in Washington Post article on Iowa voters disillusionment with Trump.

Doppelganger or alternative fact

February 27, 2017

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Sir,
Is there some family relationship between a topical alternative reality spin-doctor and Eddie, the Iron Maiden mascot? I think we deserve to know, y’know…. before it’s too late and stuff?
G.WILLICKERS
California

From the UK’s Private Eye

Seems familiar

February 27, 2017

SIR – Labour suffered electoral catastrophe at Copeland. A once great party has became totally disconnected from its core voters.

The Labour leader has previously shown support for the IRA and Hamas, opposes the British military, is anti-American and seemingly republican. His party is obsessed with race, diversity, human rights, LGBT and feminism, in the manner of a students’ union. Its leadership, rooted in the past, lacks the intellectual firepower to take on the really big issues of the NHS, Brexit, social care and a post-industrial economy.

The capture of many local parties by Momentum will mean a drift towards extreme views. This is combined with a hostility to anyone not supporting such views. To question them is to be called racist, homophobic Tory scum.

The average voter is disgusted and quietly angered by all this and has come to the view that Labour has lost the plot. There’s no sign of a way back.

Martyn Thomas

London SE27

The above is a letter written to the UK Telegraph, but in many ways it sets out the problems faced Labour in NZ> Simply swapping Annette King for Jacinda Ardern will not solve the problem. Like Corbyn, Little is a deeply uninsoiring man whose solutions are a return to the tired nostrums of the past.

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February 27, 2017

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Quotation for Today – 26/02/2017

February 26, 2017
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“I don’t have any issues with the press myself.”

US Defence Secretary – James Mattis

Clearly Mattis did not receive the Trump talking points.

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