It looks like Standard fare – you celebrate because the Nats’ poll support has fallen to 50%

September 3, 2014
"If you ask me about a capital gains tax today, I think I know the answer."

“If you ask me about a capital gains tax today, I think I know the answers.”

It looks awfully as if a writer at The Standard has been puffing much too much of the stuff that the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party would like to legalise.

Or imbibing too much in Alf’s favourite tipple.

Scribbling his observations under the name mickysavage, he is admitting that a month ago he was very pessimistic about the left’s chances in this election.

And well he might.

The media narrative was very negative and was having its effect. Morale was low. And the Beehive inspired and Slater directed attacks on David Cunliffe were relentless.

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The Labour Party caucus looks likely to remind Cunliffe that ski poles aren’t the ones that matter

July 20, 2014


Alf has observed with huge delight the latest issue to divide the benighted Labour Party.

It’s whether David Cunliffe should have taken a holiday.

Cunliffe was in Queenstown last week for a skiing holiday with his family

The Sunday Star-Times today reports that the decision to take a break – or was it the decision to take a too-brief holiday in Queenstown? – has been questioned by Labour MPs according to a party source.

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Ha ! The republicans have been poll-axed by Kiwis charmed by the royals

April 20, 2014

Gotta say it has been mighty cheering to read that the royal visit “appears to have rekindled interest in the British monarchy”, with almost three quarters of respondents in a Waikato Times poll in favour of retaining the Queen as head of state.

The results have been rubbished by some tosser described as a leading republican, who says Will and Kate’s celebrity status should not be confused with genuine interest in constitutional change.

But a bloody republican would say that, wouldn’t he? Or she?

Alf never doubted it for a moment, but for the record:

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Now that red phone booths are long gone, where can United Future pack in its supporters?

August 22, 2011

Are they waiting for Dr Who - or Peter Dunne?

Alf is mystified this morning.

First, he reads that after National and Labour, the Greens were the only party to register above the 5 percent threshold, up 0.2 per cent on 9.3 per cent.

The ACT Party and New Zealand First each claimed 2.2 per cent, the Maori Party 1.5 per cent, and Mana 0.9 per cent. United Future had no support.

Second, the Herald reported The Boss has committed himself to seek agreements again with all three of his support partners – United Future, Act and the Maori Party – irrespective of whether National needs their votes to govern after the election.

“If we are in a position, come November 26, to get around the table irrelevant of how large our party vote is, we are definitely going to make the phone call to these support parties and sit down and have a discussion with them,” he said after the United Future conference in Wellington.

Does “conference” mean he and Dunne sat down for a chat?

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It’s the stuff of nightmares – Winston and his mob have risen from the dead

December 6, 2010

Or rather, that's where we thought they were - but the awful truth is we were wrong.

Alf was sure we had buried Winston Peters and the NZ First mob at the last election.

Alas, not so. A media release from an outfit called Horizonpolls is headlined New Zealand First May Decide Which Main Party Governs

The online polling firm has found that New Zealand First now has enough support to decide which of the main two parties will govern after next year’s general election.

The Winston Peters-led party now has 6% support among people who say they will vote, according to the latest nationwide HorizonPoll, covering 1,833 intending voters.

What’s wrong with Kiwi voters?

Do they not forget all that stuff about the funding of NZ First and the obstinate Peters’ belligerent responses whenever he was asked for a bit of good old accountability?

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