The tale of two Facebook fan clubs

If the Facebook community is anything to go by then Helen Clark is goneburgers.

In the head to head between the fan clubs;

Helen Clark – 1100 supporters
John Key – 3009 supporters


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Diddums is so going to haunt Clark

Bugs Bunny vs. Daffy Duck – Why Bugs wins with voters

Why voters pick Bugs Bunny over Daffy Duck. – By Jeff Greenfield – Slate Magazine

Slate has a brilliant article about the Bugs Bunny vs. Daffy Duck principle in politics. It is largely about US politics but as I read it I thought that it echoed remarkably the situation we have right now in New Zealand Politics. But first what is the principle all about.

And here’s another explanation for this remarkable reversal of fortune, one that represents for me one of the few really reliable rules of presidential political warfare: Bugs Bunny always beats Daffy Duck.

As shaped by genius animator Chuck Jones?he didn’t create the Warner Bros. icons, but he gave them their later looks and personalities?Bugs and Daffy represent polar opposites in how to deal with the world. Bugs is at ease, laid back, secure, confident. His lidded eyes and sly smile suggest a sense that he knows the way things work. He’s onto the cons of his adversaries. Sometimes he is glimpsed with his elbow on the fireplace mantel of his remarkably well-appointed lair, clad in a smoking jacket. (Jones once said Cary Grant was his inspiration for Bugs. Today it would be George Clooney.) Bugs never raises his voice, never flails at his opponents or at the world. He is rarely an aggressor. When he is pushed too far and must respond, he borrows a quip from Groucho Marx: “Of course, you realize this means war.” And then, whether his foe is hapless hunter Elmer Fudd, varmint-shooting Yosemite Sam, or a raging bull, Bugs always prevails.

Daffy Duck, by contrast, is ever at war with a hostile world. He fumes, he clenches his fists, his eyes bulge, and his entire body tenses with fury. His response to bad news is a sibilant sneer (“Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin!”). Daffy is constantly frustrated, sometimes by outside forces, sometimes by his own overwrought response to them. In one classic duel with Bugs, the two try to persuade Elmer Fudd to shoot the other?until Daffy, tricked by Bugs’ wordplay, screams, “Shoot me now!”

“Hmmm,” he adds a moment later in a rare bit of self-scrutiny. “Pronoun trouble.”

Do you recognise those descriptions? I sure do. Right now in NZ Politics Bugs Bunny is John Key, at ease, laid back, secure, confident. His lidded eyes and sly smile suggest a sense that he knows the way things work. He’s onto the cons of his adversaries. Helen Clark displays all the traits of Daffy Duck, ever at war with a hostile world. She fumes, she clenches her fists, her eyes bulge, and her entire body tenses with fury. Her response to bad news is almost always a sibilant sneer. Helen is constantly frustrated, sometimes by outside forces, sometimes by her own overwrought response to them.

Waitangi is a classic Bugs vs. Daffy moment. John Key was relaxed and comfortable on the lower marae, he was so laid back he even thought nothing of a hongi with an alleged terrorist who has been alleged to have plotted to assassinate him. Clark in contrast was cosseted away surrounded by lackeys and lickspittles railing about slights of the past, fuming and sneering as though she was more important than the even and the commemorations.

According to the principle though it is possible to change, usually from Bugs into Daffy. Clinton (Bill) used to be Bugs but is now Daffy “as Hillary’s surrogate, with his red-faced battling, his assaults on the electoral process in Nevada and now in Texas, his warning of “Don’t let them take it away in the dark!”

So is John Keys Bugs Bunny and Clark Daffy Duck? I think so.

Did anyone mention Shroud waving?

Time to pay our respects – News on the death of Sir Edmund Hillary on

Photo from the Herald.

Sheesh I wondered how long it would be before Clark took advantage of the death of a great Kiwi.

[quote]Clark returned from her European holiday yesterday and immediately visited Lady June, 76, at her Remuera home. The pair embraced tearfully when Lady June, met Clark in the driveway.
Clark stayed for two hours and the funeral details were discussed with the Anglican Dean of Auckland, The Very Reverend Ross Bay, and staff from the distinguished visitors branch of Internal Affairs.[/quote]

Smacks of the Muliaga saga all over again.

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Helen's lies on YouTube

Here are Helen's lies recorded for all eternity.


Helen is a liar

( Uncorrected transcript?subject to correction and further editing)

Helen Clark is a liar and here is the transcript from parliament to prove it. She has told the parliament that Labour has delivered tax cuts not once , not twice but multiple times in this interchange. She should be held to account. Welfare is not and will not ever be a tax cut no matter how much she would like to spin it.

[quote]Tim Barnett: What progress has been made so far on reducing taxes?

Madam SPEAKER: We will be having the answer in silence.

Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: I know this is an answer the National Party will not like, because the Labour-led Government has reduced taxes on families, it has reduced taxes on business, and it has reduced taxes on savers. Those reductions will amount, by 1 April next year, to $4 billion per annum. The National Party voted against every single cent of every cut.[/quote]

National voted against every one of those measures because not one of them was a tax cut. Not even the so called tax cuts to business were a cut when you factor in the compulsory requirement to fund their own employees retirement savings, effectively a tax.

She lied to the nation at her conference when she blamed Treasury and she lied to the parliament again today when she lied about the first time her government recieved advice from Treasury that tax cuts were possible. Helen Clark's first position to any questions seems to be a lie. Remember she told the conference that they had never, ever, ever had advice from Treasury that tax cuts were possible. The real answer is below, note also her continuing lies about tax cuts;

[quote]John Key: Is it the case, therefore, that the Prime Minster should have sought advice from her own Minister of Finance, because in May 2003 Treasury advised the Minister of Finance that the surplus was so big the Government could cut taxes without sacrificing the rest of its fiscal objectives, and it went on to say: "This healthy fiscal financial position presents the Government with scope to cut taxes, increase expenditure, and build up financial assets."?

Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: The member will recall that in the 2004 Budget this Labour-led Government delivered substantial tax cuts to families, which the member voted against.

Tim Barnett: What feedback has the Prime Minister received about the tax cuts already available through Working for Families?

Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: I have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from families about those Working for Families tax cuts, but I have seen reports that suggest the National Party now cannot work out whether it supports them. I have seen a report that Mr Key said at the time of Budget ?05 that middle-income New Zealanders eligible for Working for Families would probably get less under National. By Morning Report yesterday he had changed his tune, but then we do find he has difficulty singing in the same key for long.[/quote]

More lying in the same interchange;

[quote]Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: I have already pointed out today that the National Party has voted against the whole package of tax cuts delivered by the Labour Government. Because the Labour Government has run a strong economy and surpluses, it has been able to cut taxes for families, taxes for business, and taxes for savers. It has cut taxes on the racing industry, as well. The National Party has consistently voted against tax cuts.

Hon Member: Oh, they're in trouble!

Hon Dr Michael Cullen: The Prime Minister is never in trouble when answering Mr Key-that much is clear. I am interested in the answer to the next question: has the Prime Minister received any reports that Mr Key continues to oppose Working for Families as too generous to people, and can she confirm that Working for Families delivered $100 a week to the average Kiwi family, which could not have been delivered by changes to tax rates?

Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: It is absolutely true that when the Labour Government made its choices about where to cut taxes it decided to cut them first for families rather than spreading the amount of money available thinly across every other taxpayer. That was our judgment and we stand by it because families carry out arguably the most important job in our society. My understanding is that the National Party's position-articulated, it is true by Mr English, not Mr Key-is that our Government invests too much in Working for Families and, indeed, too much in superannuation and savings.[/quote]

The best hit of the day goes to John Key with this;

[quote]John Key: In preparing her conference speech this year, which praised tax cuts, did the Prime Minister get any advice from the Labour Party leader, who announced at Labour's 2000 conference that "Tax cuts are a path to inequality. They are the promises of a visionless and intellectually bankrupt people."?[/quote]

Helen Clark has described herself as "visionless and intellectually bankrupt"……nothing like your own words coming back to haunt you.

Fun Police headed by Clark

Fireworks sales facing total ban as PM talks tough – 05 Nov 2007 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news

Warning: the Fun Police are out, and they are headed up by Helen Clark who is upset at the horrendous noise of the fireworks that were disturbing her chardonnay sipping at home on Saturday night.
[quote]”Last night in my suburb, I felt as if I was in downtown Kandahar [/quote]
She goes further and decided what is best for us all;
[quote]”We are going to have to look at the reports from this one. I think the best use of fireworks is in the beautiful public displays.”[/quote]
Meanwhile at one of those “beautiful public displays” that Clark is so fond of but has never attended, remember she was at home on Saturday night, three people were injured when a “rogue firework” shot 150m into the crowd and injured three girls.

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News cartoons – NZ Herald

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Has there been any good press for Helen's reshuffle?

New Zealand cartoons by Garrick Tremain, Tom Scott and Murray Webb on

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