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Aug 9, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

“ a succession of young, entitled, error-prone, tone deaf, shifty and arrogant candidates “

Says it all, these are the type that National attracts unfortunately!

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Aug 9, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

It indicates to me that National has a systemic problem and not just a selection process problem.

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Aug 9, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

True, Also a culture problem? The party seems to attract more white dickheads than the others from my observations

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Why is their race important?

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Aug 9, 2022·edited Aug 9, 2022

Well look at Bernard’s comments and picture of the 4 white guys! White is a colour not a race! Ask him also please?

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Because what white people in NZ can get away with certainly isn't what POCs can get away with.

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Absolutely

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Once upon a time I remember society being exhorted to judge people by the content of their character rather than the colour of their skin. If Sam Uffindell is unfit as a nearly 40 year old to be an MP for Tauranga so be it. His actions as a 16/18 year old are irrelevant. The National party is not the Labour Party. Their ability to ignore and override the local selection committee is limited ( see Arena Williams). Tania Tapsell didn’t want the gig and wanted to run for Mayor of Rotorua.

Goodfellow’s failure is evident in failing to discern who is in fact a good fellow and needs to be gone by lunchtime.

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Aug 10, 2022·edited Aug 10, 2022

I agree about character, from my experience living near a country town and attending it’s high school and living in the rural community for 58 years I stand by my observations of the National party type.

The situation with Sam Uffindell is that if it was truly a one off surly it’s forgivable. But when you declare yourself to be a bully (as he did) there’s likely more to it

Also the fact he waited 20+ years to apologise says a lot!

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Thanks Julian. Do you know Tapsell didn't want it? Or did she decide to go for Rotorua Mayor after being given the word she would not get it? I understand there were some very unhappy people in National that she was not offered or encouraged into that seat.

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Get away with? Being expelled from school.

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He wasn't expelled. He was asked to leave for the exact reason the being expelled will go on record.

Oh, I don't know. My kids at 16 did irrelevant things like standing up to the bully and defending a struggling mate. The fact that Uffindell thought aggravated assault is what 16 years old do should have disqualified him immediately. That's his character.

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Aug 9, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

I was a Green Party candidate in 2011 & 2014, and can tell you that the Party leadership very much asked about any skeletons in our closet before every selection (the fact that they thought that “dancing around a fire naked” would actually be a boon for the membership is another matter entirely 😜)

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Aug 9, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

But jokes aside, this is a SHOCKER. It better costs them & Luxon some polling points!

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Aug 9, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

Brilliant Bernard. Please release to general audience asap. I went to a private school ,not Kings , in the 60’s. There were no incidents like that at all. Once a bully always a bully one would suggest. Typical of the moneyed land owning classes who are so privileged.

Currency traders are the “bottom feeders” of Capitalism in my humble opinion. They contribute nothing.

Patrick Medlicott

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Aug 9, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

Luxon intimated on Breakfast tv 1 today that a violent offender like Sam wouldn’t fit the 3 strikes bill( deleted now). Apparently violent offending isn’t serious enough. When questioned further Matte got a close down on whether more should have been done at the time. He wasn’t there. One hopes Luxon keeps all comments in future to events that he was actually there at the time. Cop out big time. Asked to leave one school 3 day suspension from another- says he led a student lifestyle at University- did he actually get a degree? Luxon rabbits on about our failing education system. He has a perfect example of it failing holding down a seat in Tauranga.

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It should come as no surprise since this sort of bullying behaviour was common at Kings College for many decades into the 20th century; modelling the 1840 traditions in Britain’s Rugby School during Tom Brown's School Days when 13year old Tom was brutalised by 16 year old Flashman (before the latter was also kicked out for much the same sort of crimes). According to George McDonald Fraser’s speculation in “The Flashman’s Papers”, his antihero didn’t change his behaviour and continued to be cad and a bounder as he progressed up the social ladder of British military aristocracy. Questions need to be asked about when Uffindell’s might have reformed after left high school given it took him 20 years before he owned up and apologised to his accuser (without explaining his political aspirations); and why didn’t he admit to being a reformed bully when offered a chance during the National Party’s candidate diversity selection process. With this morning revelations, Rugby's Flashman would have been proud. Not only has his Kings College successor been cited for bullying and assault, but he can now add lying, hypocrisy and misogyny to his CV. I wonder how many of these attributes would qualify for permanent ostracization under National's Three Strikes rules?

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Aug 10, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

While I would take the point of National still looking in a position to govern, I think there has been a decline in National /ACT support over the past few months. Earlier in the year, National and ACT were at almost 50 percent on Roy Morgan polling. It has since declined by four percent, largely from National falling away. Christopher Luxon is also falling in preferred PM ratings.

I'm not trying to disagree that there will be a potential change in government, but it seems like there could be a steady decline for National (probably not ACT) from here. Best thing Labour (and the Greens) can do is be quiet.

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Aug 10, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

Guyon Espiner summed it up nicely this morning - "Looks like you're selecting arrogant and entitled men with no sense of public duty".

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That was a very good Guyon interview.

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Aug 10, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

There is an old Jesuit maxim that states “give me a child until he is seven and I’ll show you the man”.

If this saying is more true than not then we can see that the behavior of Sam Uffindell is set. Two events, so far, show what sort of person he is underneath.

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Aug 10, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

Please New Zealand, do not let these people back into power. We do not need narcissist bully boys running the country. We have serious problems that need fixing, for which genuinely diverse backgrounds are needed. We need people who empathize with others, are genuinely involved in their communities and want to reduce inequality and address climate change. Sorry rich white banker dudes but your skill sets aren't required for running Aotearoa. Keep climbing the corporate ladder for all our sakes!

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Aug 10, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

The old “what did they know and when did they know it?” (To paraphrase a famous line).

What’s the count on National party scandals stemming from failures of selection committee due diligence? More than half a dozen?

The fact that it is possible to speak of such a trend clearly signifies a systemic issue. What other stories still lie in the minefield, waiting to be stumbled upon?

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Hi Liam

If the polls stay much as they are at present then how many newbies will National bring into parliament?

If they can't get a one-off bye election selection right, then ...

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You only need to read the history of NZFirsts first batch of MPs to see how improperly vetted candidates turn out. Parties which suddenly see large batches of new MPs can find weak background checks return with a vengeance. The fact that one of the largest parties has suffered multiple consecutive scandals of this nature is fairly damning. Suggests something about the nature of the party leadership.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see these stories coming out of ACT if they grow their parliamentary numbers.

My instincts tell me we haven’t heard the last candidate scandal, probably not from Uffindells past and probably not from the National candidate list. I have no doubt political reporters are sniffing around to find new allegations.

If Luxon is a fast learner he’ll be demanding to what else he hasn’t been told, and not just by Uffindell.

The stories will be cast as “media attacks” and “politically motivated” as a defense, but fundamentally they are about personal character. They are things about which real questions deserve to be asked.

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Aug 10, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

Why do you say that National is ahead of Labour in the polls? They are ahead because Act has scored so highly. This is a scary thought. People have forgotten the harm that Neo Liberal policies have done to New Zealand and if Act gets into Parliament on National's coat tails all the good that Labour and the Greens have done will be erased.

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Aug 10, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

Hi Julie

At the 2020 election unhappy National voters had four choices: - hold their nose and vote for Judith; not vote at all; vote Jacinda because Labour had done well at that point with Covid; or vote ACT.

Most of ACT's vote is National refugees who will flock (as in sheeple) back once they see National is worth returning to which won't be until after 2023.

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Aug 10, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

While National might be marginally ahead of Labour in the polls it is the support of Act that makes it soar ahead. A National win in the next election with Act on its coattails is a very scary prospect.

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If Luxon thinks that's what 'really well educated' looks like, let's hope he gets nowhere near our education system.

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Try being the emaciated white kid at Papatoetoe East Primary School. Bernard here is a call out for you: Whose worse, Ardern’s continual support for Mallard or Luxon and his management of Uffindell?

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Aug 10, 2022Liked by Bernard Hickey

Going to have to call you out on calling Uffindell attractive, he looks like a melted candle that’s been beaten by a bed post

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Bernard, what's your basis for concluding that Luxon was a successful leader in corporate life? That sort of claim is being made by various media seemingly always without evidence or argument. Key was never chair of Air NZ. He was an independent director.

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You are correct Mike. I will correct this in the article. I mixed up Key chairing ANZ with Air NZ. I will fix this now. Many thanks for pointing it out.

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