Trans-Tasman has the draft manifestos

June 30th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Trans-Tasman has been leaked copies of the draft 2014 manifestos.

TransTasman has obtained draft manifestos of most of the country’s political parties for Election 2014

National’s is all glossy photos o f John Key, with his most common comment at media briefings, “I wouldn’t want to go into details” emblazoned in Royal Blue.

Labour’s is much larger: “All Our Yesterdays” is a reproduction of Norman Kirk’s much thumbed “little red book” and an even more frequently thumbed copy of Nicky Hager’s “The Hollow Men,” with an inspirational photo of David Cunliffe wearing a miner’s helmet and a sugarbag, gazing into the future and holding a glass of pinot noir.

The Greens have some very serious stuff about eradicating child poverty for Maui dolphins and an intergalactic committee of experts for the eradication of climate change. The Greens have decided the way to stop people thinking they are wacky is to be very boring. They may have over corrected a bit.

We haven’t got anything yet on Peter Dunne, but early intelligence suggests a sort of reverse version of the Greens’ strategy.

Hailing a return to the days of Dick Seddon, NZ First leader Winston Peters is to announce a poll tax for Chinese immigrants.

ACT’s is Jamie Whyte’s written sequel to John Locke’s ‘Two Treatises on Government.’ In keeping with ACT’s philosophy, it is called Half a Treatise on Government.

Not a lot from the Mana-Internet Party yet: policy work thus far consists of a hurried email suggesting grabbing Kim Dotcom’s copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf; getting hold of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital, and “stick the best bits together.”

Heh, not bad,

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23 Responses to “Trans-Tasman has the draft manifestos”

  1. Redbaiter (8,822 comments) says:

    On the Nation TV program yesterday John Key said his main motivation for winning a third term was his ambition to change NZ’s traditional flag.

    Know who you are voting for people.

    There are a lot of things in these manifesto’s, but Key has made it plain where his main ambition lies.

    AFAIK, the Conservatives are against a flag change. If not they should be. It will win them a massive amount of support.

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  2. Pete George (23,559 comments) says:

    You left out the Conservative Party – pray to Key for a Hail Mary electorate.

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  3. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    ‘the Conservatives are against a flag change. If not they should be. It will win them a massive amount of support.’
    Yes, it could double their present support, getting them up to over 2%. Whoopeee!

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  4. Pete George (23,559 comments) says:

    RB: “On the Nation TV program yesterday John Key said his main motivation for winning a third term was his ambition to change NZ’s traditional flag.

    “Know who you are voting for people.

    “There are a lot of things in these manifesto’s, but Key has made it plain where his main ambition lies.”

    What Key actually said on The Nation (on Saturday):

    Final question, what’s the unfinished business if you get another go, what’s the unfinished business?

    Ah, there are lots of things. I think firstly I think locking in that growth, locking in that international engagement. I think New Zealand is doing well with being a multi cultural fully engaged country. I think education reform is critically important. There’s more infrastructure that we need to build. The last thing I suppose is in the end, 2015 onwards I want to run the campaign of changing the flag.

    RB 15 minures earlier on GD: “That most of all, and also used in all kinds of other cowardly ways.

    Namely false allegations to silence critcs.”

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  5. wikiriwhis business (3,998 comments) says:

    “locking in that international engagement. I think New Zealand is doing well with being a multi cultural fully engaged country.”

    It’s all globalism talk. New World Order. He’s talking in the jargon of his Wall St cabalists. He will definitely win this year and sign our sovereignty away via TPP.

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  6. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Redbaiter (7,325 comments) says:
    June 30th, 2014 at 11:01 am
    On the Nation TV program yesterday John Key said his main motivation for winning a third term was his ambition to change NZ’s traditional flag.

    Yeah, and he’ll do it regardless of what the majority think, because a vote for National is a vote for everything John Key wants out of life, and bugger everyone else. Remember, a vote for John gives him the ‘referendum’ to do what he damn well pleases.
    A decent Prime Minister would want was was best for the country – changing the flag is a very low point on the list of what this country needs.

    God he’s Muppet!

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  7. flipper (4,060 comments) says:

    Aaaahhhhh…

    Political satire at its best.

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  8. hmmokrightitis (1,590 comments) says:

    Thanks Pete, I must admit, was wondering if weddy’s statement would hold water. Appears its likes his aging bladder, and not up to even the gentlest of scrutiny. Is your political philosophy so feeble that it takes lies weddy – I thought thats what you vilified the left for?

    And as for “massive support” – oh dear god, really, thats what you think will happen? That kiwis invest THAT much in their voting habits on a flag? Oh my, thats borderline delusional.

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  9. Redbaiter (8,822 comments) says:

    I’m surprised they haven’t got anything on Peter Dunne.

    A quick call to Andrea and they could have got anything they wanted.

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  10. hmmokrightitis (1,590 comments) says:

    Judith, can you show me where John Key has done anything in the last two terms that he didnt flag as part of the national party policy platform?

    Or is your comment as bad as weddy’s, baseless rhetoric?

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  11. Pete George (23,559 comments) says:

    Lies followed by diversionary attack. How politically mature of you RB.

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  12. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    hmmokrightitis (1,501 comments) says:
    June 30th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I don’t know of one single national voter that agrees with everything John Key claims.

    A vote for him does not give him the right to disregard what the majority want on something like this. Changing the flag is not a decision that should be made simply by a general election vote. There needs to be a referendum, but old #REAMKEY will do it anyway – and use the excuse the general election was the ‘referendum’ Like I said, he’s a Muppet.

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  13. Manolo (13,765 comments) says:

    Does anyone doubt John Key and “his” National Party are to the left of centre?
    It does not change the fact that the hapless and hopeless Labour Party has drifted even further left.

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  14. Redbaiter (8,822 comments) says:

    A recent survey put interest in changing the flag at 2%.

    Yet when Key was asked what his unfinished business would be, he replied that “in the end”, 2015 onwards he wants “to run the campaign of changing the flag”.

    What a disgrace we have for a PM when of all the campaigns he could choose to lead, he picks this one,

    What about the disestablishment of the Maori seats? What about the truth on global warming? What about Working For Families being “communism by stealth”? All things Key said were important to him before he was elected, but now he’s PM, what’s he want to do? Change the flag. Pathetic and weak.

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  15. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Manolo (13,126 comments) says:
    June 30th, 2014 at 11:35 am
    Does anyone doubt John Key and “his” National Party are to the left of centre?

    I do. The more I read Kiwiblog, the more I think their position is best found below the outhouse.

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  16. Redbaiter (8,822 comments) says:

    Said John Key-

    “I think New Zealand is doing well with being a multi cultural fully engaged country.”

    Yeah, to hell with the culture that built this country.

    And their flag.

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  17. Pete George (23,559 comments) says:

    RB: “A recent survey put interest in changing the flag at 2%.”

    What survey?

    It’s not what a Herald-DigiPoll survey revealed.

    Asked if they felt the time had come for New Zealand to design a new flag for itself, 52.6 per cent of those surveyed said “No” and 40.6 per cent said “Yes”.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11222086

    That was in March. One News/Colmar Brunton in February:

    When asked if New Zealand should stick with the status quo or design a new flag, 72% of people said keep the current flag, while only 28% wanted a new one.

    http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/three-quarters-kiwis-against-changing-flag-poll-5850358

    Are there any other surveys on this?

    Key played a significant part in swinging MP opinion in behind marriage equality. While the public would get to choose if we change our flag he could do similar with that.

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  18. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    Judith (and others) I recommend you READ Pete George’s post above (#4 in thread). The flag was last of a list of more important issues, he wanted to lead the campaign, not just do it, and he has previously made it perfectly clear that changing the flag would be a matter for a referendum.

    ON the topic: Big ups to Trans-Tasman for some nice satire!

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  19. flipper (4,060 comments) says:

    Heh Judith…

    If John Key (born 1961) is a Muppet (born to Jim Henson in 1955), who was J Key’s “Jim Henson”?

    You are very good on some things, and good on many things Judith, but on matters political a D minus. :-)

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  20. Redbaiter (8,822 comments) says:

    Colmar Brunton Poll 21st -25th June 2014

    Thinking now about the next general election, … which of the following are the most important election issues for you.

    Top- Education 40%

    Bottom- NZ flag 2%

    http://www.colmarbrunton.co.nz/index.php/polls-and-surveys/political-polls/one-news-colmar-brunton-poll

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  21. Pete George (23,559 comments) says:

    RB: “A recent survey put interest in changing the flag at 2%.”

    As you show that’s not what the question asked. It’s not surprising that changing the flag is not an important election issue to most people. Key isn’t promoting it as election issue, something that will be decided by referendum would be silly to campaign on when party vote is all important.

    Key said “I think education reform is critically important.” That’s in line with the survey result.

    I see that the One News survey didn’t include:
    – revisiting smacking
    – binding referenda
    – scrapping the Treaty of Waitangi and Maori seats

    Why would a party campaign on seemingly unimportant issues like that?

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  22. seanmaitland (500 comments) says:

    @RedBaiter – how old are you? I’m picking about 15?

    You can’t even play a fair game, so have to quote out of context and use strawman arguments. Hopefully when you get to university you will learn some better arguing techniques.

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  23. Wayne Mapp (67 comments) says:

    Judith,

    The PM has actually said many times there would be a referendum on the flag.

    Now, I know you are a partisan but that does not excuse you from making up complete fabrications about your opponents. And I am sure there are plenty of others who would be rather more direct in characterizing your attack.

    And Red, well as I have said many times, I will put my trust in the PM’s judgement, well ahead of yours.

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