Ackshully: While sounding similar to 'actually', it means 'alternatively'.
Also, from the HoS's own reporting:
"All decisions relating to what facilities were included as part of the move were made by Auckland Council, not the mayoral office, and all costs were part of that Auckland Council budget.
"Anonymous briefings to the press and other attempts at destabilisation are not at all helpful"
Well no, they are actively and purposefully damaging to the party. They are 'not at all helpful' as a deliberate strategy. But Cunliffe made them do it, by being popular with the membership and the unions, the bastard.
There's a side of this story that isn't really getting any attention. Yes, Cunliffe bears the repsonsibility he bears. But the LP is a party and it's not acting like one.
Cunliffe doesn;t make his caucus opponents do what they do. he isn't responsible for them talking to Watkins off the record etc.
Everyone knows that he isn't popular with many of his play mates. but it's not a glee club, it's a political party. Not all the 'refreshed' Nat mps were happy with how they were treated. Did we hear a peep? No, we did not.
Look at this from last early in the year:
'And they're a bit unhappy so they've reformed again and are just having a bit of a chat about how poorly performing Mr Cunliffe has been this year. They're not going to roll him. They're just concerned he's not delivering on his promises. I'm told that there's a bit of a go slow. Some of the MPs and the staff have decided well he can lose the election and we'll roll him straight after the election.
A go slow, that's what I'm told, they won't roll him but they're not working hard for him'.
Pretty short odds on that anon commenter being the same anon commenter who told Watkins that Cunliffe gave up a few weeks ago and was just positioning for the leadership squabble.
Not having the friendship of your caucus is a problem. having a caucus that won;t accept the expressed will of the party though, is a much bigger problem. I don't know how Cunliffe is supposed to fix that.
That's amazing Joe. Love the discussion that follows on from it regarding pedantry and tense too.
Also worth bearing in mind that Odgers and her employers parted ways 'by mutual agreement' earlier this week.
Possibly unrelated. Everything is possible.
hacking into Helmut Kohl’s IT
What does that mean?
Well, she said some coasters can be a bit feral, which still wasn't her finest moment, but the 'inbred' part seems to be a right wing blog based fabrication.
I like to hear their position on torture, and what NZ can or should do regarding the US's complete failure to abide by the treaties we are both signatories to.
Is it shocking that a political party that has expressly stated that it is seeking the votes of the youth who are disengaged with what politics has offerred them, does something that upsets the sensibilities of the precious swing voting centre?
Is a party only serious if it speaks to the centre?