Archive for November, 2003

Well that didn’t last long

November 11th, 2003 at 10:06 pm by David Farrar

Okay being a teetotaller only lasted five days, but I do have a good excuse to have had too many rum and cokes tonight to keep count of.

Today was the day when my friends and colleagues found out which ones of them will keep their jobs in the National Leader’s Office, and sadly many of them are going, as reported in the online Herald.

It has been a truly gut wrenching day. Despite now being onto my 4th Leader, 5th Deputy Leader and 6th Chief of Staff, it gets harder every time. I’ve rarely felt so miserable.

Life sometimes is just really shitty. Today was one of those times.

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Awatere-Huata one step closer to expulsion from Parliament

November 10th, 2003 at 4:09 pm by David Farrar

Donna Awatere-Huata is on the verge of being expelled from Parliament. Acting ACT Leader Ken Shirley has written to Speaker Jonathan Hunt informing him that Mrs Awatere-Huata’s actions in not renewing her party membership means she has left the ACT Caucus and distorted the proportonality of Parliament.

This triggers paragraph (b) of Section 55A(3) of the Electoral Act 1993 which allows an MPs seat to be declared vacant.

Under Section 55D Awatere-Huata has 21 days to respond to the notice, and then as long as two thirds of her former Caucus ratify the statement, she will be expelled from Parliament.

As previously detailed Kenneth Wang would become the new ACT MP.

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I am now a teetotaller!

November 9th, 2003 at 1:21 pm by David Farrar

Up until Thursday, in the last fortnight I have been drinking every night except one as politics and recent changes have been debated into the wee hours of the morning.

Thursday night taught me three things:

1) It is not a good sign when you get home after the morning newspaper has been delivered.
2) It is a very very bad idea to drink Chartreuse and Whiskey in the same session.
3) It is a very bad idea to drink Chartreuse ever!

I am now on day three of abstinence (from alcohol, not other things :-) and despite my friends trying to tempt me with port, I remain a teetotaller. Updates will be provided.

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State Funded Political Parties

November 9th, 2003 at 1:03 pm by David Farrar

The Labour Party President has called for direct taxpayer funding of political parties.

I am very much against this, even though as a party activist I know how much time and energy it takes up to fund-raise. I have organised dozens of fund raisers ranging in profitability from $150 to $7,000 and they are all hard work.

But it would be very unfair to have taxpayer funding of political parties, because it would entrench in the existing parties more. It is a good thing that because Jim Anderton tried to make himself dictator for life of the Alliance that the party fell apart, lost all its supporters and hence its funding base. The same applies to Social Credit in the past.

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A bisexual King of New Zealand?

November 9th, 2003 at 11:04 am by David Farrar

The Internet really does pose problems for supression orders as most netizens by now would have read about the allegations that Prince Charles is bisexual – either at the Drudge Report or by searching on the name “Prince Charles” at Google Groups.

As a member of the Republican Movement, I suppose the scandal will hasten our move to a Republic as people appreciate the benefits of not having heads of states for life.

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Score one for the Gipper

November 6th, 2003 at 1:46 pm by David Farrar

CBS, the US Broadcaster, has basically ditched its controversial plans to air a miniseries abour former US president Reagan and wife Nancy.

Russell Brown locally and Democrat power player Barbra Streisand are outraged over what they call censorship, but I heartily disagree.

The leaked script made it very clear this was a partisan unbalanced untruthful smear programme on a man who is in his dying days and can’t answer back. I regard it as a good thing that community outrage can knock this off the air, just as outrage forced Holmes to apologise and helped get Pam Corkery sacked.

Censorship is when the Government does it. Democracy is about people having their say and publicly complaining about things they don’t like. Issuing a press release is not book burning.

Frankly the US media has a huge left wing bias which has been well documented. The only way ordinary citizens can get a more balanced news media is to fight back with the power of the Internet. No longer can the media operate as their own judges. The Internet has given us the power to document their mistakes and biases and assert pressure for higher standards. I for one intend to use it.

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Oh for God’s sake

November 5th, 2003 at 8:25 am by David Farrar

“Oh for God’s sake” was my reaction upon hearing that Labour’s Social Services Minister blames the dysfunctionality of CYF not only on the Government which left office in 1999 but on Jenny Shipley who was Welfare Minister from 1991 to 1993 – 10 to 12 years ago.

Maharey has been Minister for four years, or 48 months, or 208 weeks or a total of 1,456 days and somehow it is not his fault but the fault of a predeccesor from over a decade ago.

Maharey seems to care more about ducking responsibility than fixing the problems. Could you imagine in a private company a balls up on the scale of the CYF dysfunctionality and the Manager in charge saying “Oh it is all the fault of Bob who was here 10 to 12 years ago”. They would be fired in a second.

I also find distasteful Maharey’s description of CYF as abused and neglected. Using the tragedy of child abuse to try and score political points with inane analogies just confirms superficiality. All fits in with what we heard in the Rankin trial about obsession with how he is perceived.

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A new MP?

November 4th, 2003 at 1:42 pm by David Farrar

As detailed in previous post Donna Awatere-Huata has been charged with using a document for pecuniary advantage. This would appear to be under Section 259 of the Crimes Act 1961 and has a maximum prison term of 10 years. There may be further charges laid also.

The Electoral Act 1993 states in paragraph (d) of Sections 55(1) that a conviction “of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term of 2 years or upwards” will create a vacancy for that MP’s seat.

So if convicted, the 10th ranked ACT candidate Kenneth Wang from Auckland will become an MP. It is possible she will resign her seat prior to trial, but I would be surprised.

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MP Awatere-Huata charged with fraud!

November 4th, 2003 at 1:16 pm by David Farrar

The news is just breaking that MP Donna Awatere Huata (currently suspended from ACT) and her husband Wi Huata have been charged with using a document for percunery advantage and appeared in court in Napier.

The SFO have said “Charges were brought in the District Court at Napier this morning against Donna Awatere Huata and her husband Wi Huata alleging the misuse of monies belonging to the Pipi Foundation and the attempted cover-up of that misuse.”

If found guilty this will automatically expel her from Parliament under the Electoral Act

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National Portfolios Announced

November 2nd, 2003 at 3:05 pm by David Farrar

Thew new National lineup was announced at 2.30 p.m. and is now online. Front bench is Brash, Smith N, Brownlee, Rich, English, Power and Carter D.

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