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    This is a joke, right? Newshub: Winston Peters’ ‘moribund’ comment ‘very hurtful’ – Simon Bridges Mr Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and leader of NZ First, made the comments at his party’s 25th anniversary celebrations on Sunday. “National is leaderless,” he said. “It’s moribund and it’s vacuous and it’s got bitter and jealous.” Simon Bridges says […]

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    National front bench MP Jami-Lee Ross has announced that he will be stepping down from his duties as MP for a few months for health and family reasons. While privacy has been asked for the lack of detail has inevitably got the media speculating, especially over a possible link (denied) to the National leak inquiry. […]

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    I think that the National caucus should be seriously reconsidering having Simon Bridges as their leader. Choosing a new leader for a political party is always a risk. It is impossible to know how they will step up and measure up. Labour had four failed attempts to find a successor to Helen Clark before having […]

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  • 10/04/18--09:47: Simon Bridges tries comedy
  • Simon Bridges has failed to impress as National’s leader. Now he is trying comedy. Does this come off as successful ordinary blokeness, or does it look lame and desperate? A must-watch 3-minute video of Simon Bridges doing comedy – will viewing voters laugh with him, or at him? https://t.co/U70kABppNq — Bryce Edwards (@bryce_edwards) October 4, […]

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    When journalists openly ask if a political leader is a ‘dead man walking’ there should be cause for concern. That is what is happening after a bad week for Simon Bridges, who is still encumbered by an ongoing inquiry (which was self inflicted) into the leak of his expenses. Tracey Watkins:  Is Simon Bridges a […]

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    Following rising petrol prices and rising rhetoric from Simon Bridges and others, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that she thinks consumers are being fleeced by petrol companies. She says that the Government is ‘prioritising’ an urgent amendment of the Commerce Amendment Bill – to do market studies that might eventually say something like petrol […]

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    A lack of evidence connecting Trevor Mallard or Parliamentary Services to the leak of Simon Bridges’ expenses makes more of a mountain out of what looks increasingly like a mole in the National Party. RNZ:  Bridges’ expenses inquiry narrows down possible leakers Mr Mallard initially called a Parliamentary inquiry into the leak but that was […]

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    Earlier this week, when Jacinda Ardern said she thought motorists were being ‘fleeced’ by fuel companies, she left two taxes out of her calculations. Stuff:  Auckland fuel tax and new excise tax left out of PM’s petrol tax calculations Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s calculation of how much extra tax Kiwis are paying at the petrol […]

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    A recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that warned of the possible effects of climate change largely focussed on what might be a less bad scenario than what some say is possible. Temperature rise predictions are scientifically backed but are still just predictions. Some say things won’t be as bad (based on what apart […]

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    Simon Bridges was already struggling with the leak issue. This morning Duncan Garner confronted him with another leak, this time over incorrectly filed donations. Bridges set up a press conference for 1 pm and Jami-Lee Ross pre-empted that with a series of tweets, claiming he had an incriminating secret recording with of Bridges. In reverse […]

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  • 10/15/18--10:14: A big day for Simon Bridges
  • Yesterday was an awful day for Simon Bridges, and for the National Opposition, but I actually think Bridges handled the mess reasonably well, stepping up in difficult circumstances, showing he may have some leadership abilities after all. To me he came across ok at his media conference, speaking better than normal – having to speak […]

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    Jami-lee Ross is political history, just about. He may resign from the National Party before he is dumped. He may do the honourable thing and resign from the Botany electorate, or he might hang on in disgrace until the next election. There is no way he will be nominated to stand for National again. No […]

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    Saying that the battle for power and utu between Simon Bridges and Jami-Lee Ross has escalated is an understatement. Ross has been kicked out of the National caucus, but he resigned from the National Party and from Parliament, saying he will contest the by-election he has precipitated as an Independent candidate (his only option if […]

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    There is a huge amount of material around after yesterday’s unprecedented developments, where Ross was dumped from the National caucus but resigned anyway and also resigned from Parliament. This will trigger a by-election in Botany that Ross says he will contest as an independent, saying it will be a vote on the leadership of Bridges. […]

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    This post from June 2017 has had a lot of search hits over the last couple of days in relation to the Jami-Lee Ross recording and threats of releasing more recordings, so worth a re-post: The Todd Barclay saga, in which the Police decided not to prosecute Barclay for making audio recordings of an employee […]

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    Are we witnessing a planned strategy to get Simon Bridges dumped, disrupt and split National, Trash National’s healthy polling, drive a wedge between National and Chinese and Asian voters to open the way for a Jami-Lee Ross win in the Botany by-election (an electorate with a lot of Asian constituents)? After two days of all […]

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    This (longish) piece by David Fisher does a good job of dissecting (and critically analysing) JLR’s various claims of electoral law wrongdoing against SiBri. TL;DR is that they don’t amount to much (just yet, anyway).https://t.co/97PVBaxFXu — Andrew Geddis (@acgeddis) October 17, 2018 If there is an end game, it won’t come this week. And if […]

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    It appears that most people assume that Jami-Lee Ross is lying when he denies the leak of Simon Bridges’ expenses that set off the spiralling saga that resulted in chaos this week. What if Ross is right about this (he has misled and lied about other things)? It would be hard to imagine that there […]

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    Two publications from NZ Herald yesterday have unfairly applied extra pressure on the National Party and National MPS and employees over the Jami-Lee Ross issue. They also add to the stress faced by one complainant, Katrina Bungard, who issued a statement yesterday which says she was appalled a meeting between herself and the rogue MP […]

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    A hope that Cameroon Slater gets a chance to step back and reflect on what has been a tumultuous week for Jami-Lee Ross, whose attacks on Simon Bridges and National led to him being sectioned into mental health care. In the heat of the moment yesterday Slater threatened to continue attacks on National this week. […]

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