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Audrey Young on Greens v. Labour

Labour is not happy that the party they like to shaft actually got to bend Labour over a table for once and give them one in the chook.

The Green Party demonstrated two things this week: on Tuesday it showed it is working closely with Labour and on Wednesday it showed it will act independently of Labour if need be.

One was more successful than the other but it needs to continue doing both.

The attempts on Tuesday for Labour and the Greens to join forces against John Key did not work well.

They were trounced by one-liners.

The Greens’ decision to do a deal with National to get the Red Peak flag on the referendum ballot paper worked, at least for the Greens.

What was more interesting was the tone of Labour’s response by MPs on the floor of the House.

The Greens had done the deal with National that Labour had refused and Labour was very, very disappointed in the Greens.

Nothing about the decision was unprincipled, yet Labour’s tone was that the Greens should feel guilty, but that Labour would forgive them because the Greens had been motivated by perhaps youthful exuberance and naivety.

The Greens were definitely guilty of making Labour look out-manoeuvred, but that was a consequence, not a motivation.

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Winston is dead right

Winston Peters says that the politicians, far from congratulating themselves for the Red Peak law change, fast tracked under urgency, they should instead be hanging their heads with shame.

And for once Winston Peters is right.

Mr Peters arrived back yesterday after a trip to England for the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup, and expressed his contempt for developments.

“If you think the Government is being smart here or the Greens are being smart, you have no idea what is going on outside the beltway,” Mr Peters told reporters.    Read more »

Latest 3News poll shows Little still lacks cut through


The latest 3News-Reid Research poll shows that Andrew little still has a ways to go despite the best efforts of the Media party to play opposition.

It is a year to the day of the last general election and National is polling the same as polling day, despite being off the boil and facing an onslaught of mini-scandals and manipulations, mainly from the Media party.

The Media party push for Jacinda Ardern seems to be working, she has about a third of the support of Andrew Little, while John Key maintains his massive lead in the preferred PM stakes.

Winston Peters remains in the box seat as potential king maker.

Party standings:

National: 47.3 percent (up 0.3 percent)
Labour: 33 percent (up 1.9 percent)
Greens: 10 percent (down 1.4 percent)
NZ First: 7.9 percent(down 0.5 percent)
ACT: 0.6 percent (up 0.1 percent)
Maori Party: 0.5 percent (down 0.1 percent)
Conservative: 0.5 percent (down 0.2 percent)
United Future 0 percent (down 0.1 percent)   Read more »

Rob Salmond attempts to polish a turd


Rob Salmond has a go at Phil Quin for saying Labour is dead set useless and has gone nowhere under Andrew Little.

Is the Labour Party pessimistic, or optimistic? Does it oppose change or embrace it? Is the movement marching forward or standing still? Answering these questions is important, because it helps us understand the engine room of the next government.

Or are they just dreamin’. As arts, lifestyle, fitness and travel blogger and noted cat lover David Farrar points out,

Nine years ago in September 2006, National as opposition were at 44% and Labour at 39%. And that wasn’t Key – that was Brash.

So in Labour’s third term they trailed the major opposition party by 5%, while in National’s third term the Government leads by 22%.

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Winston proving he isn’t an Asian basher by bashing Euros

Winston Peters has had a lash at all foreign land owners, not just ones with chinky sounding names like Labour’s attacks.

European interests extending their dairy holdings in New Zealand are among the latest land sale approvals for foreign buyers, says New Zealand First.

“As the Prime Minister pulls percentages out of nowhere to claim there is little foreign ownership, the sales are ticked off month by month,” says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Last year the PM said it was 2% foreign ownership, now he’s saying 5%. He’ll say anything to neutralise those who know sales are climbing rapidly. More than a million hectares have been lost of New Zealand ownership under this National government.    Read more »

Winston Peters takes the China bashing card back from Labour

All I can suggest is that we find a Canadian, American, UK or Australian investor then.  

After all, Labour and NZ First don’t mind if things are owned by foreigners, as long it isn’t anyone from Asia.

New Zealand First is vowing to fight for the continued New Zealand ownership of New Zealand’s second largest meat cooperative as it faces sale to the Chinese.

“Silver Fern Farms is a Kiwi farmer-owned business accounting for over $2.2 billion in sales,” says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Their farmers have done the hard yards and debt is tracking down Just when it is, the Chinese want at least a $100 million interest in it.

“That will just be the start, as we all know. Why has the co-op not reached out to people who own it? Instead, the board is putting a financial gun to its farmer-owners and effectively saying, ‘sign or else’.     Read more »

Winston is over National’s Maori pandering

Winston Peters speaks at a Maori Affairs select committee

In the process of not wanting to rock the boat, we now have an increasing divide between Maori and non-Maori.  

National’s indulgence for Maori separatism is leading to ever more ludicrous claims, this time Tainui for Auckland, which was announced by the Prime Minister himself, says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Imagine how much taxpayer cash Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson will need to stump up the costs for a Crown negotiator for a settlement like this.

“In all seriousness National is keen to put iwi before Kiwi and that’s not something people voted for.

“Only last month Environment Minister Nick Smith confirmed National was negotiating with many iwi over demands for water ownership. This hitherto had been denied by National.   Read more »

Winston sets the whingers off, just like he planned

Winston Peters showed yesterday why he is the real leader of the opposition by nutting off about Mike Hosking and his bias. Andrew Little and the Greens followed his lead like dutiful little puppets.

In Newstalk ZB’s television advert, Mike Hosking breathlessly exclaims, “we keep pushing, asking the hard questions seeking clarity and ultimately resolution. We never sleep because your conversations never do, so if you want to be in the know, join us in the now”. How then does he reconcile such highfalutin claims with a disgraceful piece of writing he penned in the Herald on August 13: Misery peddlers are milking a crisis?

It is the clearest sign yet that Mr Hosking is a National Party stooge. So much so, his show should be counted against National’s electoral advertising.

Mr Hosking has the temerity to believe that he knows more about what’s happening down on the farm than the elected Member of Parliament of a dairy farming electorate, who comes off a dairy farm and knows the difference between a cow and a bull? What is Mr Hosking’s farming experience, his local organic supermarket?

Unlike this well-paid mouthpiece farmers know our dairy industry is going through the floor. These are not my words but a Farmers Weekly commentator who further adds, “timber is having major issues, lamb and wool are suffering and Auckland house prices are going ballistic”.

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John Armstrong writes off Peters as being old an irrelevant; doesn’t see the irony

John Armstrong’s columns are all over the place like a mad woman’s poo and are turning ever more curmudgeonly without the wit or courage needed to carry it off.

If anything, he should know that Winston is actually positioning himself for his best result yet.  Armstrong, not so much.

Unfashionable – and deliberately so.

New Zealand First’s relative popularity resides in its offering the politically dazed and confused a vision of the future based on nostalgia for the relatively recent past.

The party is marooned in a time bubble of the economic boom of the 1950s along with the suffocating social conformity of that era.

Its unwillingness to confront that myth of a better past will ultimately be the death of it as those who lived through those times and who gain comforting reassurance from Winston Peters’ pronouncements pass away.   Read more »

Why are we surprised that Winston resorts to racism?

Winston Peters always plays the race card. It’s also obvious that he is miffed that it is Labour who has playing his cards lately.

What is a racist old bigot to do?

Well, ramp it up of course.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has defended embattled Corrections Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, saying he is partly qualified for the job because he is Samoan.

Mr Peters made the comments after his keynote speech at the NZ First conference in Rotorua, in which he returned to well-trodden ground by taking aim at current levels of immigration.

In an off-script comment, he attacked Social Development Minister Anne Tolley as entirely unqualified for her previous role of Education Minister.

He was asked by reporters afterwards why he did not criticise the qualifications of other ministers such as Mr Lotu-Iiga, under the gun after incidents of violence at Mt Eden prison, which is run by British company Serco.    Read more »