Where even the PM gets a bargain

It’s official: the National Party caucus has voted for Bill English to succeed John Key as leader and Paula Bennett to be his deputy:

Today I have been elected Leader of the National Party and will become New Zealand’s 39th Prime Minister. I am both excited and humbled by this opportunity.

I’m also proud to have Paula Bennett as Deputy Leader. She’s a smart, accomplished and energetic woman and is National’s first ever female deputy leader.

Later today, we will head up to Government House to be sworn into our new roles by the Governor-General.

As Prime Minister, I will be committed to building a New Zealand which rewards hard work and enterprise and which cares for our most vulnerable. I recognise the aspiration of all New Zealanders to flourish and this Government will continue working hard to help them do so.

I would like to thank the outgoing Prime Minister for his dedicated and outstanding service to this country. His intelligence, optimism and integrity as Leader of the National Party and Prime Minister means he will be judged by history as one of New Zealand’s greatest leaders.

It’s fantastic to lead a strong unified team of MPs bursting with ideas about how we can make New Zealand an even better place to live, work and bring up families and we will work hard to do just that.

The new PM and deputy will be sworn in this afternoon.

Jamie Mackay was one of the first to interview him. On The Country today Jamie asked Bill to give a recent example of being a man of the people.

Bill said that he was on the way to Saturday’s night boxing match with his father-in-law and son when he realised he’d forgotten to bring black shoes.

There are very few options for shoe-buying on Saturday evening so Bill called in to a Warehouse to buy new footwear.

Its advertising does say where everyone gets a bargain, it can now boast that it’s where even  the PM gets a bargain.

The interview will be here later.

8 Responses to Where even the PM gets a bargain

  1. Andrei says:

    Oh wow – he bought cheap shoes at the warehouse

    But he now believes the abomination of gay “marriage” is OK and he is not going to stop the “Death with Dignity” Bill if it comes before Parliament though he says he will vote against it

    Well I will not be voting National next year – there was an opportunity for National to put forward a leader with substance but that opportunity has been squandered and the place given to a man who has already failed to win a General Election – and deservedly so

    Do you remember why he lost the leadership the first time?

    It was because he did not stand up for the position he took on Nuclear Ships visits but turned to jelly when confronted by a hostile press and that interview shows him pandering to the press rather than standing firm in his supposed beliefs

    Donald Trump is not the President elect of the USA because he talks out of both sides of his mouth

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  2. Mr E says:

    I thought to myself, ‘Andrei, your opposition to Gay Marriage is an increasingly unpopular view’.

    Then I remembered Colin Craig. Then I remembered Brian Tamaki.

    Perhaps Andrei, you could throw your support behind one of them?

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  3. homepaddock says:

    Andrei – how do you reconcile Christian values of loving your neighbour, doing unto others and forgiveness with your view?

    He can’t stop any Bill if if comes as a members’ one.

    Bill’s loss of the leadership had many causes, he’s accepted his responsibility and learned from it.

    Do you know any successful people who haven’t made mistakes?

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  4. Andrei says:

    Andrei – how do you reconcile Christian values of loving your neighbour, doing unto others and forgiveness with your view?

    That is a narrative Ele that has been successfully promulgated that suggests that if you oppose “gay marriage” you are a bigot and a homophobe

    And like all narratives of this nature they are designed to prevent the opposition from putting forward their arguments and these arguments being heard and debated on their merits

    It is pure Saul Alinsky

    He can’t stop any Bill if if comes as a members’ one.

    Yes he can, he can signal his opposition and “whip it” and if he is a true leader he will convincingly articulate why he opposes it and bring the Nation with him – it is the ability to have the people rally around your positions that is the mark of a Leader.

    Winston Churchill spent a decade in the political wilderness because he would not resile from his positions that were unpopular at the time

    Charles de Gaulle’s military career was put on hold because he thought the military policies of the thirties in France were planning for the wrong war, which they were. He was vindicated when the war came because he had been preparing for the right one and was the only general, French or English, who was able to successfully counter the Blitzkrieg and after that his star began to rise

    These men were leaders, prepared to pay the price for unpopular positions rather than compromise them for short term personal advantage

    I’ll tell you this – there is something in the air in the West, people are seeking plain speaking and honesty and are kicking back at technocrats and their PC double talk

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  5. homepaddock says:

    Andrei the vehemence of your opposition and your calling gay marriage an abomination led me to think you were homophobic.

    I would have preferred, as then MP Eric Roy proposed, to move to a system like that in Argentina, Spain, Germany (and I think several other countries) where the legal aspects of all marriage are a matter for the state and any religious solemnisation couples want is left to the church.

    A leader has only so much leeway with caucus, whipping MPs on a matter which is so obviously a conscience one is rare for good reason.

    How would you feel if a pro-euthanasia leader whipped her/his caucus to vote for it?

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  6. Andrei says:

    Andrei the vehemence of your opposition and your calling gay marriage an abomination led me to think you were homophobic.

    No – the reason for my opposition is that I believe marriage is about providing the optimum environment for raising children in a place of safety where they know their own and that is why we have it as an institution and why it is sacred in a religious sense

    In fact the most important thing we do is raise our children, something we in the West have lost sight of and something that will result in the fall of Western civilization in the fullness of time

    I believe the only reason why the Government has a stake in this particular human relationship is that it produces children and that producing and raising children well is vitally important for our future

    How would you feel if a pro-euthanasia leader whipped her/his caucus to vote for it?

    The Greens were whipped on the “Marriage Equality” Act – not that there were any dissenters in their caucus but they were whipped because it was part of their policy and reason #3437 why I didn’t tick their box or vote for their candidate 🙂

    That’s the theory about democracy isn’t it. Parties put forth policies and if you don’t like the policies you don’t vote for them and if you like the policies you do

    These “private members bills” are a con whereby contentious legislation can be passed without any Party having to take ownership or even debating them in the context of an electoral campaign

    In regards to the legislation we are discussing here the Greens were the only party honest enough to have a policy position for it in their manifesto.

    I actually questioned my National Candidate on it in 2011 and got an evasive answer suggesting that it wasn’t on the agenda and the time to worry about it was when it did come on the agenda

    Thus is the theory of democracy subverted

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  7. homepaddock says:

    Andrei, I agree with you about the importance of raising children and the place marriage has in that.

    I have a similar view to you on euthanasia.

    But one of National’s values is individual freedom and choice, another is personal responsibility. That’s one of the reasons the party doesn’t usually take positions on conscience issues.

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  8. Andrei says:

    But one of National’s values is individual freedom and choice, another is personal responsibility. That’s one of the reasons the party doesn’t usually take positions on conscience issues.

    But most ” conscience issues” shape the very society we live in and its future – determine who we are and will be as a people and are thus far more important than the day to day stuff

    And yet they can be driven by a bunch of noisy activists who have the bullhorns and control the propaganda machinery and almost invariably are foist upon us by private members bills precluding frank and open discussion in the context of election campaigns

    Of course both “marriage equality” and “death with dignity” extend the reach of Government into peoples lives and should theoretically on that basis be an anathema to National

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