September 18, 2014
Conservative leader Colin Craig has just lost his press secretary of two years:
Rachel MacGregor has told Newstalk ZB she’s left the party as of this morning.
Our political editor Barry Soper says she is very upset and has taken public relations advice.
“Colin Craig does campaign on being this wholesome, out there sort of a bloke, that’s all encompassing, that really is the sort of person we should be looking up to.
“Now if he can’t get his own house in order in terms of staff in the Conservative Party then you’ve got to ask questions.”
Barry Soper says this will damage the Conservative Party brand.
Soper just told Leighton Smith he’d talked to her and she was in tears.
Whatever the truth of this is, it will do the party no good.
It is on 4% in Colin James’ poll of polls.
If it doesn’t make the 5% threshold those votes will be distributed to parties which do.
A friend was talking to a woman about this yesterday. When she realised her vote for the Conservatives might end up helping Labour and the Green Party get an extra MP she was horrified.
July 13, 2013
Colin Espiner explains the anatomy of a coup and says of Labour leader David Shearer:
. . . Most people have no idea who he is, and those who do know think he’s a shambolic, equivocal, spineless ditherer with the political nous of a first-term MP.
Shearer is a lovely man. I’d let him babysit my kids without hesitation. But to date he has revealed neither the fortitude nor the authority to lead a political party – let alone be a prime minister. . . .
Barry Soper is equally derisive:
Every time the hapless, Dithering David Shearer stood up in Parliament’s bear pit . . .
Is that fair? Is it true?
March 18, 2013
It’s only Monday but it would be difficult to beat this from Dr Raymond Miller on Q+A yesterday for the stupidest comment of the week:
Admittedly, the drought kind of snuck up on us, to a certain extent, and I think the fact that the minister responsible for agriculture happened to be in Latin America for nearly two weeks when farmers were crying out for help suggests that the government may not have anticipated what was happening.
Droughts don’t sneak up.
Farmers, their advocacy groups, weather watchers, local, central government politicians and all the people who’ve noticed just how good summer has been for recreation and those with even a passing interest in current events are only too aware that there hasn’t been nearly enough rain for months.
As for the comment about the government and the Minister.
The government will be getting constant updates on the weather and will be in no doubt about its impacts on farmers and the people who service and supply them directly; provincial towns and cities and the economy as a whole.
He knew how dry it was before he went and that it was likely to get worse while he was away. He would have been only too well aware of what was happening – or when it comes to rain – not happening back in New Zealand and ensuring anything the Ministry of Primary Industries could have been doing was being done.
Jamie Mackay asked Barry Soper on the Farming Show whether the Minister should have stayed home.
He said he was far better occupied opening doors and making the most of opportunities in South America, that he was on top of what was happening in New Zealand bud didn’t need to be here.
June 28, 2011
Genuine question: with a bit over 5000 votes in total, is Hone the electorate MP with the least number of votes in modern NZ history? Seriously, I cant think of any electorate MP with fewer votes.
From Simon Bridges on Facebook.
Update: Not just the MP with the fewest votes but probably the one with the most expensive votes.
Keeping Stock quotes Newstalk ZB political editor Barry Soper saying it cost about $600 a vote.
November 1, 2008
Barry Soper told Larry Williams on Newstalk ZB yesterday that the police were waiting for legal advice before releasing a report on their investigations into New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. But Soper wasn’t expecting charges to be laid.
The report still hasn’t been released but if it does clear Peters it will be overshadowed by yet another report on his hypocricy.
Phil Kitchen reports on evidence that NZ First and its leader took donations from the Velas who were also paying party staffer Ross Meurant who was helping develop racing, fishing and tax policies.
A related story tells of Peters demanding a helicopter from the Velas.
If nothing else this is further proof of hypocrisy in the man who scrambled up the polticial ladder on rungs created by his repeated railings against the influence of big business.
It will only take one in five 20 voters to get Peters and his party into parliament. Once he’s there a Labour led government, supported by the Greens and Jim Anderton would allow him back in government, almost certainly as a minister.
Jeanette Fitzsimons said during the wee party leaders’ debate she’d find it difficult working with him, but neither she nor her party have said they won’t work with him.
So a vote for any of the parties on the left is a vote for Peters to be a Minister because they are all prepared to put politics before principle.
Only John Key has put principle first by ruling Peters and his party out of cabinet and government he leads.
We can choose not to vote for Peters and his party, but that might not keep them out of parliament.
We can choose to vote for a National led government and be certain it will keep them out of government.
October 21, 2008
Bill Ralston has discovered the secret to better election TV:
I have found the answer to all those boring political debates and interview programmes (including my own) that litter the election campaign.
Don’t have any politicians on them.
They become so much more fun if you simply have the journalists nattering to each other and then head off for a beer afterwards.
He made the discovery because Winston Peters refused to take part in a Sky TV interview with the leaders and one of his staff, Frank Perry made this suggestion to Ralston who hosts the show:
Another email from Perry: “Mr Peters will not be there. We suggest that you interview yourself – you have had plenty of practice!”
So Frank gave me the idea. If Winston didn’t front then I would have to interview, if not myself, four of Peters’ favourite meerkats. Barry Soper, who Winston had a verbal brawl with in John McCain’s office in Washington, Dom Post investigative journalist Phil Kitchin who broke a series of stories regarding NZ First’s finances that led to Peters angrily calling him a “gripper”, TV3’s Duncan Garner who’s been under fairly constant attack by Peters, and Dom Post gallery journalist Vernon Small who will never be on Winston’s Christmas card list.
It was a pity I couldn’t have rounded the panel off with one of the Espiner brothers who Peters loathes with venom.
. . . I regret he didn’t show up but the show went on anyway and everyone had a great time without him.
Maybe it was an allegory of the coming election, Winston won’t show up in Parliament because New Zealand First won’t trigger the 5% barrier. Some people might regret his disappearance from the political scene but the show will go on without him and we will all have a great time anyway.
We can but hope.