Some 2013 posts

January 14th, 2014 at 4:30 pm by David Farrar

As I did for 2012, I thought it would be useful to highlight some of the posts in the last year where I have disagreed with the Government, or said things unhelpful to it. While I obviously support and want National’s re-election, I have and will continue to say what I think on issues on their merits.

I recall the quote of Keith Holoyoake who said he only agreed with around 80% of what National did, even when he was Prime Minister! I suspect with Muldoon, he agreed with 100% of what his Government did!

12 Responses to “Some 2013 posts”

  1. Cato (1,095 comments) says:

    Hmmm – adds up quite quickly, doesn’t it?

    Pete George should do a similar list for when he’s disagreed with Peter Dunne.

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  2. Pete George (24,828 comments) says:

    Sounds like a realistic percentage for Holyoake And close to reality for Muldoon.

    Degrees of agreement is an interesting concept, especially in a blogosphere that seems dominated by binary political activists, where if you’re not 100% in agreement with them you’re 100% enemy.

    My current party inclinations based on performance, policies:
    65% National doing ok generally
    45% UF I agree with many policies and principles but have doubts about their ability to put it into practice.
    35% Labour have had too many hiccups and dubious and dumb policies to have confidence
    25% Maori Party admire some of their pragmatic successes and electorate engagement
    25% Green agree with many environmental aims and some of their party principles and practice in Parliament but too much anti and banning and worrying economics and extreme social policies
    20% Conservatives some reasonable ideas but also some dopey ones, could learn but yeah, nah
    10% Mana MIA and on a different planet with most things
    15% Act agree with some policies and principles but dire outlook unless major recovery
    15% NZ First I guess they have policies but far too dominated by a fading Peters whose attack politics I never liked much

    Prospects for those – National could do a bit better, UF could do quite a bit better but unlikely, Labour could do a lot better but not in the foreseeable future, Act could do a lot better but will take massive turnaround. Don’t see much scope for change for the others. Greens seem too set on fairly extreme approaches.

    Overall I’d like to see a significant improvement in politics across the board but it will take a major change in mindset (politicians and public). Politics has too much trouble attracting appropriate talent.

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  3. tvb (5,510 comments) says:

    A number of your criticisms I do not support I would be about 80% in favour of the Government and about 15% Labour and about 5% Greens.

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  4. AG (1,949 comments) says:

    Kudos for straying from the party line (aka showing independent thought). But, with respect, some of these are a bit of a stretch … not every case of agreeing with a political opponent is an example of standing in opposition to “your” team!

    I support Grant Robertson’s call to give the Electoral Commission power to penalise electoral law breaches

    Something that the multi-party Justice and Electoral Committee also suggests may be warranted, and Judith Collins has indicated will be looked at post-2014.

    I criticise Parliamentary Service for releasing Andrea Vance’s swipe card details

    As did Parliament’s Privileges Committee, which was chaired by Chris Finlayson and included several National cabinet ministers.

    I blogged several times in support of Louisa Wall’s Same Sex Marriage Bill

    The same Bill that John Key and 26 other National MPs voted for – including those who gave the most memorable speeches during the parliamentary debates (take a bow Paul Hutchison, Chris Auchinvole and Maurice Williamson).

    I agree with Russel Norman that waka jumping laws are bad.

    Didn’t National vote against the original Electoral Integrity Act in 2001, and also an attempt to extend its life in 2005? Here’s Bill English in Hansard: “It is so disappointing that the Parliament finds itself again debating the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill. When Parliament passed the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Act back in the first term of the current Government, I was relieved it had an expiry clause so this abomination on the Parliament would come to an end.”

    I endorse David Cunliffe for the Labour leadership

    Fomenting happy mischief!

    [DPF: Oh not in all cases are the views above a serious irritant to the Government. In some they later have had a similiar view to me such as Vance swipe cards but when I blogged I had no idea what their view would be.]

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  5. lolitasbrother (1,331 comments) says:

    maybe you join the Green party Mr Farrar,

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  6. Johnboy (20,823 comments) says:

    You’re stuffed as far as a National list seat is concerned then DPF! 🙂

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  7. duggledog (2,357 comments) says:

    That’s one of the things I like about this blog. It is noticeable. If DPF toed the party line without question like some we could name, the site would not have the same currency (for me anyway).

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  8. Harriet (7,523 comments) says:

    “….Politics has too much trouble attracting appropriate talent….’

    The talent always resides behind some of those who stand Pete. Most are inappropriate as you suggest.

    There’s a lot of talent currently in Australia who are standing firmly behind Senator Cory Bernardi. Very powerful individuals, organisations and Institutions.

    And the left has signaled Total War.

    “……Quiz time – who said this: “We know the statistics – that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime, nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioural problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.”

    So, was it Bernardi? Fred Nile? Jerry Falwell? Nope, it was President Barack Obama in a Father’s Day speech in 2008. Did this same Christian critic and all the others jump all over Obama at the time and chew him out, mounting an organised campaign of hate and vilification against him? Um, no…..”

    The Crucifixion of Senator Cory Bernardi:

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  9. Daniel (248 comments) says:

    Oh come on, it is quite clear any left wing blog is just as balanced and could rattle off 50+ posts per author where they commend the government. I mean, it’s not like the left are full of vitriol and malice…. right?

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  10. smttc (826 comments) says:

    “I endorse David Cunliffe for the Labour leadership.”

    Since when did the current National government give a shit about whether Silent T was Labour leader?

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  11. Liberty (618 comments) says:

    Lets face it David you are a bit of Pinko

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  12. Mobile Michael (980 comments) says:

    Muldoon would say, “Those in favour say ‘aye’, those against say ‘aye…. resign’.”

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