Gower’s Politician of the Year

December 20th, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

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English has had his hands on the purse-strings for five years now, and as expected, he signed off the year with the National Government on track to a sliver of a $86 million surplus in 2014/15 but growing to billions in the years after that.

In layman’s terms that means English is going to balance the country’s books – as National has promised.

By way of comparison, English’s Australian counterpart Joe Hockey opened his books too, and it was a shocker – $133 billion worth of deficits.

What a comparison.

English is an excellent economic communicator – his ability to talk “kitchen table economics” will be a real weapon for National in election year.

Key is 52, English is 51 – the prime of their lives in some senses. They are not going to hand over power lightly.

So English is “Bitter Bill” no more – it’s been “Raging Bill” this year.

Much is made of the fact that John Key is the totem pole that holds up the centre-right. The theory goes: take Key out – and take down National.

But that now applies to English too.

The political reality is that to take down National, the Opposition will have to knock out English too.

And that’s what makes Politician of the Year.

English vs Parker. I know who my money is on.

Patrick also rounds up the year in politics here.

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32 Responses to “Gower’s Politician of the Year”

  1. iMP (2,149 comments) says:

    Bill, a great come back since 2002.

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  2. freemark (324 comments) says:

    What a great couple of kiwi blokes. No bullshit ideology, no grandstanding, just getting on with business. With the shit they cop from the haters & wreckers, and their ability to be earning more outside Politics, only fools would think we aren’t bloody lucky to have them. What a difference between them and the PC, power crazy, troughing opposition party leaders hell bent on destroying as great country. I’ll be raising my glass at Xmas to the Nats.

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  3. flipper (3,268 comments) says:

    I never thought I would agree with Gower on anything. But he nails this.

    That simple analysis, taken together with the Herald poll this morning, indicates that the socialist/red melon left are going to be searching for a miracle come November next. All those scribes, choking in their laps tops. Bad luck.

    It has been said before – It is the economy, stupid. :-)

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  4. berend (1,599 comments) says:

    Please tell me again: how much was Bill English allowed to borrow to “balance” the books? 133 billion or so?

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  5. Positan (377 comments) says:

    Labour and the Greens not only have no sense of economic management – they don’t even knows what it is. Each party would blow whatever it felt like on whatever stupidity it dreamed up.

    Then there is NZ First and the enduring question as to why mature adults cannot or won’t discern the most obvious political chicanery.

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  6. Pete George (21,798 comments) says:

    And National have ended the year up in the Herald Digipoll:

    Party vote
    • National 46.8% (+3.1%)
    • Labour 35.4% (-2.3%)
    • Greens 10.8% (-0.5%)
    • NZ First 3.9% (-0.5%)
    • Maori Party 1.3% (+0.5%)
    • Mana 0.9% (+0.2%)
    • Act 0% (-0.1%)
    • United Future 0%
    • Conservatives 0.7% (-0.3%)
    • Legalise Cannabis 0.1%

    Despite Gower naming Cunliffe opposition politician of the year Labour has slumped back to same old.

    And despite all the media attention given to Colin Craig his Conservative Party has failed to reflect this in support levels,

    Act and UF continue to look hopeless cases beyond single electorate possibilities.

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  7. Camryn (549 comments) says:

    I’d love to see a Finance spokespersons debate… at least for the parties in double digits… English v Parker v Norman. Bill would tear them apart.

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  8. Monty (944 comments) says:

    Always keep in mind that Labour with their outrageous spending fucked over NZ. In addition Cullen the nasty prick spent everything to make life as difficult as possible for the incoming National Government.

    Labour together with the Green Taliban will once again fuck over the economy to ensure that their support base are rewarded, and the rich pricks will be made to pay.

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  9. nasska (9,489 comments) says:

    Oh dear! The CCCP has made another great leap backwards.

    Never mind Colin…..you tried & at least you beat “Legalise Cannabis”. :)

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  10. Left Right and Centre (2,388 comments) says:

    Oh dear! The CCCP has made another great leap backwards.

    Never mind Colin…..you tried & at least you beat “Legalise Cannabis”. :)

    Anyone with money who shops at Pak N Save should get no votes and swept off to the stockroom where ‘everything we do, we do leaving no visible evidence’ :)

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  11. duggledog (1,103 comments) says:

    Gower wrote a good article. However I won’t be putting him at the top of my ‘Journalist Of The Year’ list.

    Well done to English and Key but let’s not forget the others with nerves of steel and the patience of the saints; Joyce, Bridges with his slapping of Campbell over deep sea oil drilling, Collins and all the many others. When Bill English writes his autobiography I’ll be the first to buy it, if I’m still alive!

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  12. bringbackdemocracy (350 comments) says:

    Re polls
    One swallow does not a summer make.
    Average of polls shows Conservatives continue to be NZ’s 5th most popular party.

    http://pundit.co.nz/content/poll-of-polls/

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  13. Harriet (4,010 comments) says:

    “…..Oh dear! The CCCP has made another great leap backwards…..”

    Of course Mao would be on your mind……commie prog! :cool:

    “……Never mind Colin…..you tried & at least you beat “Legalise Cannabis”….”

    Mr Craig and his conservatives will beat lots of dopes over the next 11 months. :cool:

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  14. Nostalgia-NZ (4,685 comments) says:

    In some ways this is the tip of the iceberg. Although it is a reflection on a single year Bill English was brilliant when in charge of releasing steps that were being taken following the Christchurch earthquake, he spoke without notes and revealed a comprehensive picture for the public that was reassuring and sound. Last year, or sometime recently, he touched upon the inefficient fiscal drain that is the prison system – clearly displaying economic and social sense in an area of comment that is most often driven by emotion. However it is evident that he has delivered on his economic forecast, no mean feat. Some will say that he has had luck on his side, but that isn’t the case at all. He has made his ‘luck’ with fine tuning and by being conservative, always ready to look afresh at changing conditions to ‘re-tune’ the fiscal machine accordingly. He has the fine and safe hands of a watch maker, along with vision and extreme cool under pressure. I seem to remember he even jumped in the boxing ring revealing ‘difficult’ co-ordination and athleticism along with self deprecating humour and no lack of courage. He’s a ‘long hauler’ not just for a year but for a decade.

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  15. nasska (9,489 comments) says:

    ….”Conservatives continue to be NZ’s 5th most popular party”….

    Okay…..they’ve got the Godwhacks, the lizard people, the conspiratists & the time travellers on board & they add up to point seven of one percent of the electorate. The other 99.3% of the voters seem pretty happy where they are.

    Where to from here?

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  16. nasska (9,489 comments) says:

    ….”Mr Craig and his conservatives will beat lots of dopes over the next 11 months.”…..

    He’s already got a full muster of the mentally deranged Harriet. :)

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  17. dime (8,746 comments) says:

    “English vs Parker. I know who my money is on.”

    Right now Parker is undertaking intensive vocal training. He is learning how to project with power.

    Whenever Bill opens his mouth, Parker will scream “loss of jobs” “your rich mates” “what about ordinary kiwis” “you sell assets”

    Worked for Helen..

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  18. tvb (3,938 comments) says:

    Go back 6 years and the incoming national government inherited a mess from an outgoing Labour Government and an incoming Labor Government in Australia inherited no debt and a strong surplus. They blew that within 3 years. A similar position in UK. In NZ over the last 50 years each outgoing Labour Government has left a mess.

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  19. Pete George (21,798 comments) says:

    All Bill needs to do is sing a song:

    To everything – spend, spend, spend
    There is a season – spend, spend, spend
    And a time for every purpose under Labour

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  20. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    One swallow does not a summer make.

    But it can make for a good Saturday night

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  21. Left Right and Centre (2,388 comments) says:

    If you didn’t know they were a tinny little bunch of no-ones – the cheap rubbish looking basic website is the giveaway.

    Stimulate the economy through growth in agriculture, fisheries, mining & manufacturing

    Colin is going to somehow magically replenish all the sea’s fish stocks so they can be raped clean again by ocean net scrapers.

    Fisherman are going to party like it’s 1799.

    Fish farming you say ? Get out of here…..

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  22. Left Right and Centre (2,388 comments) says:

    One swallow does not a summer make.

    But it can make for a good Saturday night

    Or two Indian…errrr…. Asian summers for Len.

    Isn’t Bevan a bloke’s name ? Asians are weird man.

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  23. mandk (684 comments) says:

    @ Berend,
    Please tell me again.
    What was happening to the World economy as Bill English was taking the reins?
    And what happened down in Christchurch?
    Just imagine what deep shit we would have been in now, if the Reds and Greens had taken power at the end of 2008!
    It doesn’t bear thinking about.

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  24. Scott (1,614 comments) says:

    Definitely agree – good work Bill English and John Key on the economic front. After Labour frittered away on welfare distribution (free student loans, working for families etc) 9 years of beautiful economic conditions National has brought some sanity back into New Zealand’s economic management. Under very difficult conditions no less.

    I would like to see them go further and address as soon as possible the tax burden of the average New Zealander. With GST at 15% and our top marginal tax rate of 33% then a lot of income goes back into the government coffers. I would like to see GST rates reduced and also the top marginal tax rate to come down so that the New Zealand workers get to keep more of their wages and salaries.

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  25. Nigel Kearney (747 comments) says:

    Labour together with the Green Taliban will once again fuck over the economy to ensure that their support base are rewarded, and the rich pricks will be made to pay.

    Yes, they will, and the only question is whether this will start in one year or four years. National’s management of the detail stuff will just increase the amount Labour/Green/Winston can squander later on. National’s great failing is that they have done nothing to restore an attitude of self-reliance rather than reliance on the government. Changing this attitude among voters is the only thing that will save us from the slow but steady march to economic ruin.

    Key is not interested because his view of politics is that it is a game to be played and won, not an ongoing mission in which he is just playing a bit part.

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  26. OTGO (457 comments) says:

    Look I know National and English in particular have done a great job with the economy but what pisses me off with National is that they have continued with the petty law making and meddling with things such as the blood alcohol level, the 4k over the speed limit, the paddling pool ban etc. Just leave us alone will you.

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  27. Manolo (12,617 comments) says:

    I would like to see GST rates reduced and also the top marginal tax rate to come down so that the New Zealand workers get to keep more of their wages and salaries.

    Nobody could disagree with you.

    It means Labour Lite must cut wasteful expenditure, shut down useless quangos such as Families Commission, and dismantle Working for Families. Hell will freeze over first, unfortunately.

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  28. Left Right and Centre (2,388 comments) says:

    Let’s close down the IRD and switch to voluntary donations Scotty.

    Red and blue are figments of your imagination. All that exists are polls and voter approval and asking important questions like how many inches up my canal is most comfortable for your Big Lenny Mr Joe Moron ?

    The Green folks don’t bend so much. Don’t got no majority either.

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  29. burt (7,085 comments) says:

    Parker… What a joke … I filed incorrect company returns but didn’t mean to – move on….

    And … don’t mention the air-con unit that was sold from a Dunedin development in receivership – That never happened right !!!!!

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  30. freethinker (648 comments) says:

    Bill English has done a spectacular job having inherited a total financial mess from Liarbour on top of which he has dealt with the effects of the GFC skilfully and together with John Key has steered the good ship NZ safely through the most dangerous waters since WW11. Despite whatever we may not agree with overall National has done an excellent job and hopefully voters will reward National with another term in office.

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  31. Andronicus (185 comments) says:

    Labour is the party of change and reform, National of the status quo. One costs $s, the other doesn’t.

    English’s clumsy attempt to rort the taxpayer over his Dipton property should not be forgotten. The man is no saint.

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  32. Manolo (12,617 comments) says:

    Labour is the party of change and reform overtaxing and bankrupting the country, National of the status quo. One costs wastes $s, the other doesn’t.

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