Case of the IHC voter highlights why Labour and the Greens can count on getting some votes

September 16, 2014
"And when you've answered this one, we will want you to explain Labour's capital gains tax."

“And when you’ve answered this one, we will want you to explain Labour’s capital gains tax.”

Alf shares the alarm of the family of an intellectually disabled woman whose carers are supporting her to vote in this year’s election.

The woman in question has the mental age of a two-year-old.

This means she is likely to cast her vote for Labour or the Greens.

In a sane world, she would not be allowed to vote at all.

But there are lots of daft people out there and, sure enough, her voting rights are being championed by disability advocates.

These advocates are supporting the woman’s caregivers’ actions, saying the voting rights of people with intellectual disabilities should be protected.

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Child abuse should have taken a beating under anti-smacking law – but it has flourished

September 15, 2014


Alf is bound to say he is not surprised at the findings of a ONE News Vote Compass survey showing only 23% support the anti-smacking law.

Family First NZ has seized on the survey to say it confirms it’s time the politicians listened to New Zealand families.

Alf, of course, has always been listening to New Zealand families, and especially to families in Eketahuna North where they clamour every three years to re-elect him

Part of his appeal is his disinclination to be namby-pamby when it comes to giving wayward brats a bloody good walloping.

Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ, did not mention Alf in a media statement today.

No matter. Alf does not need his endorsement.

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You shouldn’t be able to steal cake and eat it too – but maybe the Treaty says otherwise

September 13, 2014
"But you haven't given enough weight to my Treaty rights?"

“But you haven’t given enough weight to my Treaty rights?”

Someone by name of Narelle Henson can’t yet celebrate. Nor can Alf’s mates, who share her opposition to the notion that jailbirds should be able to vote in general elections.

Narelle Henson expressed her views in an article in the Waikato Times under the heading You can’t have your cake and eat it too.

She was unsympathetic with the case brought by Arthur Taylor, a bloke she reckoned had broken the law 150 times who was appealing to the law for the opportunity to choose the lawmakers.

Taylor and six other inmates hope to stop the general election, on the grounds the banning of their voting went against the Bill of Rights and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Narelle thinks this is preposterous.

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Let’s start with a sobriety test in the Emergency Department – those who flunk must pick up the tab

September 12, 2014


Alf’s party colleague Tony Ryall is retiring from politics at this election, to take up employment in the private sector he said at the time he made his announcement.

His retirement opens the way for a new Minister of Health to be appointed and – ahem – this post is intended to remind The Boss of the talents of the Member for Eketahuna North.

Ryall said he was proud of his work as Health Minister, especially in the areas of elective surgery, faster cancer treatment, and preventive health care.

Fair enough. But Alf is focused on the emergency wards of our hospitals and their workloads.

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And then there were the two gays – sorry, guys – who showed NZ what equality is all about

September 11, 2014


Alf and his mates have been chuckling at news of a Dunedin couple’s wedding plans and the hostile reaction from gays.

Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick, a couple of Dunedin blokes, will marry tomorrow.

These nuptials are just what gay groups should be welcoming, you might think. Out with the champagne – pink, of course – to celebrate.

After all, they campaigned bloody hard to have our law changed to enable same-sex marriages (which required them to overcome the staunch resistance of true-blue conservatives like Alf).

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Don’t tell Hekia, but it takes gall to regard September as an early month of the year

September 10, 2014
Enderby Island ... and the end of an education problem if ratbag kids were shipped here.

Enderby Island … and the end of an education problem if ratbag kids were shipped here.

Alf is very fond of Hekia Parata and an admirer of her unwavering optimism.

The media have been banging on about three out of five charter schools failing to meet minimum enrolment targets.

But our indomitable Education Minister is unruffled.

The NZ Herald reports on what she had told Radio NZ:

(a) there is still demand for these schools and (b) it is still early in the year and figures might improve.

September? Early in the year?

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Steve Gibson’s handicap: he’s too fricking honest for the good of the Labour Party

September 9, 2014
Drink up ... it's a truth drug.

Drink up … it’s a truth drug.

The remarkably stormy political career of a leftie by name of Steve Gibson was entirely predictable.

By his own account, the Labour Party’s Rangitata candidate is “too fricking honest”.

This clearly disqualifies him from standing for any party run by lefties or greenies and Alf is astonished that he ever signed up with any party with those leanings.

It was inevitable that David Cunliffe would soon be saying Gibson has no future as a Labour candidate.

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