Winston Peters

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 »

What will Winston and Andy say about this media bias?

Winston Peters, the real opposition leader and Andrew Little, playing follow the leader both attacked Mike Hosking for political bias.

I wonder what they will say about the latest finding of the Broadcasting Standards Authority that shows clear bias by Red Radio.

BSA upholds complaint about unbalanced coverage of Gaza conflict

The BSA has upheld four complaints that a segment on Radio New Zealand National’s Sunday Morning programme discussing the July/August 2014 Gaza conflict was unbalanced.

The segment contained two items. One discussed the relationship between Israel and South Africa and Israel’s arms industry. The other was an interview with an anti-apartheid activist, who discussed these things as well as modern-day Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

The activist interviewed by Radio New Zealand described Israel’s actions in Gaza as ‘genocidal’ and said that Zionism and apartheid were the ‘spiritual twins of Nazism’. The Authority acknowledged that as this was a live interview the programme host was likely ‘caught off-guard by the path the interview took’.   Read more »

My good friend Brian Edwards defends Mike Hosking

My good friend Brian Edwards defends Mike Hosking:

I find myself in the improbable position of coming to the defence of broadcaster Mike Hosking.

Winston Peters has called Hosking “a National Party stooge whose jowls are up the Prime Minister’s cheeks”. I take this as some bizarre rephrasing of the common term “cheek by jowl” intended, I presume, to mean that the broadcaster and the PM are close buddies. Winnie will no doubt correct me if I’m wrong.

Meanwhile the Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Little, has accused Hosking of “making no attempt at objectivity”.  One might have expected a more robust critique. I’m told the words “right wing little prick” have been simply flying down the corridors of the Opposition Wing to describe Mr Hosking.

I think this critique rather misses the point. While I’d be surprised to discover that Hosking is a closet member of the Parnell, Remuera or Epsom branches of the Labour Party  – total membership five! – I’d also risk my bottom dollar that he isn’t a member of any political party. This is, or should be the default position for any broadcaster working in the field of news or current affairs.

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Dimpost: “very few of our MPs actually understand politics”

We're winning I tell you, we're winning

We’re winning I tell you, we’re winning

Danyl McLauchlan nails it in his post about the woeful left.

A core problem we have on the left, I think, is that very few of our MPs actually understand politics. Of course it depends on how you define the term – if you expand it to include policy and ideology and political history and hating neoliberalism then yes, sure, they know about that stuff. But on the actual core challenge of influencing the public to achieve power they are mostly demonstrably clueless. Worse, they’re blind to their cluelessness. ‘Bad at politics?’ They would snort. ‘Aren’t they MPs? Haven’t they risen to that height through their own political genius? Doesn’t that, by definition, make them awesome at politics?’

Are New Zealand First backbenchers ‘awesome at politics’? They are not. The leader of their party is and he needs people to fill out the rest of his caucus and his backbenchers are really just a bunch of nobodies who’ve lucked into that slot. And an awful lot of Labour and Green MPs have done pretty much the same thing. They’ve used parties founded by or led by people with political acumen as vehicles for entry into Parliament, stayed there, some of them for decades, while evidently learning nothing. How many left-wing MPs have won a seat off National recently? How many have taken down a Minister? Won cross-party support for a bill? How many have even increased the party vote in their own electorate?   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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Audrey Young exposes Labour and the Greens on their flag opposition

Audrey Young lashes Labour and the Greens for their flag hypocrisy.

With the list of the final 40 just published, the debate has barely begun, apart from the objections by Opposition parties – two of which appear to be opposing the review for opposition’s sake.

Quite what Labour and the Greens will do when the debate gains momentum will present a conundrum for them. They cannot continue to attack the referendum process without indirectly attacking New Zealanders who are interested in it and want to be part of it.

They have ignored a basic principle in politics as in life: to thine own self be true, or the voters will see right through you.

It was understandable for the parties to rail against the Government asset sales programme last term – even though National won a mandate for it – because it was against Labour and Green policy.

But to rail against a review of the New Zealand flag – which National also promised at the last election – when it echoes your own party’s policy is simply dishonest and erodes trust in a party.

How can you trust a party that objects to its own policy?

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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 »

Looks like Winston has a couple of turds in the punch bowl

It looks like Winston Peters has a couple of turds in his punch bowl.

NZ First MP Denis O’Rourke has vowed to resign if the party adopted a policy that would see “new settlers” forced to take out medical insurance for a decade.

The idea was proposed at the party’s annual conference in Rotorua on Sunday and a heated debate followed.

O’Rourke immediately stood up to declare the policy was discriminatory, illegal under the Bill of Rights and would open up NZ First to ridicule.

If the “disgraceful” remit was adopted, the list MP said he would considered withdrawing his membership.

His colleague Mahesh Bindra, who was born in India, also argued against the idea.    Read more »