The sorry thing about Nick and the Pullar woman is that he won’t be sacked

March 21, 2012

"What else should I be saying sorry for?"

Just quietly, Alf has been struggling to suppress his urge to join the Labour tossers in demanding Nick Smith’s head.

They reckon he is not fit to lead the Government’s local government reforms and must be sacked.

This follows Nick doing something Alf would never do: he apologised.

The advice never to apologise was drummed into Alf by his dad.

Nick, obviously, was not blessed with such sound parental guidance.

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How to save money on MPs’ salaries – just leave seats vacant when no-one can muster solid support

November 22, 2010

Can't find the missing Labour voters down here - what about down your hole?

Alf is delighted to see Labour leaders with their bums up and heads in the sand. This seriously improves National’s prospects of increasing its numbers in Parliament at the next election.

He says this after learning Labour’s leadership (according to the Herald) has been “putting on a brave face over the party’s sharply reduced majority in the weekend’s Mana byelection…”

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As the movie moguls fly in, Phil Goff flies out – but will he confront Simon Whipp?

October 25, 2010

The good news: Phil Goff is off to Australia.

The bad news: he has a return ticket.

But he won’t be back in time to help or hamper desperate effort to repair the damage done by threats of an international actors’ boycott of The Hobbit.

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David Garrett shows the way for unwanted MPs but Chris Carter seems unlikely to follow

September 24, 2010

Chris Carter has been given 500 good reasons for wanting to leave the Labour Party without being kicked out for trying to undermine leader Phil Goff.

If he were to stay with the cash-strapped party, they would tap him for $500 for a war-chest to fight the Mana by-election campaign.

Whether or not the party kicks him out, the sad bugger lacks David Garrett’s sense of what is the decent thing to do, although this might be explained by his having nothing much else to do except politics.

Garrett has resigned from Parliament.

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In Labour’s topsy-turvey world, the bloke who sees reality is packed off on stress leave

August 3, 2010

Alf was drawn this morning to developments in the troubled political career of Chris Carter.

It seems a lawyer is acting for the dissident Labour MP.

And the Herald tells us Carter is to take two months off work for stress-related issues.

The leave means any decisions about Mr Carter’s future in the party may have to wait for weeks as Labour Party rules mean Mr Carter needs an opportunity to put his case before action is taken against him.

Carter, of course, was given the old heave-ho from Labour’s caucus last Thursday within hours of being identified as the writer of an anonymous letter to the media saying the party couldn’t win next year’s election with Phil Goff as leader.

If he had a fair quota of common sense, of course, he would have sent his opinions in a way that could not be traced back to him.
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A little bit of confusion about the Goff speech

December 7, 2009

Whoa there. It seems there has been a crumbling of the foundations on which Alf constructed his grumblings about the Labour Party president’s response to a speech by Phil Goff.

This afternoon he is advised by party president Andrew Little

Following a report in today’s edition of the New Zealand Herald, some may have gained the impression that I was not supportive of the views expressed in Phil Goff’s recent speech.

Well, actually, most people with the wit to (a) read and (b) think would have gained that impression. Alf was one of them.

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Labour goes soft when Goff hits a nerve

December 7, 2009

If you want to see why Alf could never join the hand-wringing Labour Party, check out the report that Phil Goff faces discontent within his party over his controversial nationhood speech.

Actually, Alf will confide to his mates that the speech at issue was the best one Goff has made in months.

But they are a touchy-feely bunch, your basic Labourites, and party president Andrew Little has revealed he has “personal concerns” about the speech.

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