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Quotable Antipodeans

James and I have been assembling a book of populist quotations for distribution to subscribers of Connor Post and for sale at large. So it was kismet when Whale Oil blog provided us with the names of David Lange, Robert Muldoon and Winston Peters as New Zealand sources.

Lange, Muldoon and Peters are populists we might not have come across, due to the routine inattention given to Australasian thinkers in the northern hemisphere. But if the New Zealand school system is anything like the U.S.’s (alt-Marx-filtered pablum spoon-fed—but force-fed!—to history naifs pasteurised into PC multiculti drone bees), then even New Zealanders may need reminding of their proud past with these pols. (That’s the correct use of “pride,” btw.) × 349Search by image
David Lange in front of the Beehive a month before he became prime minister…

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Mike Williams on the politician of the year

Mike ‘Fat Tony’ Williams writes about his politician of the year in the HB Today.

After reviewing the impact of Trump and Brexit he concludes:

When we ask if any of these trends and political movements have resonance in New Zealand, the answer is not too clear.

Certainly we used to have a large and reasonably well paid industrial working class which now seems a lot smaller than it used to be.

The jobs that sustained my father and our family simply no longer exist, but others have popped up and looking around our big cities, it’s impossible to spot the kinds of “rust belts” of abandoned factories that blight once industrial power houses like Detroit and many towns in the North of England.

With the TPPA off the table courtesy of Mr Trump, free trade is unlikely to become an issue but immigration might.

The flow of immigrants reached an all-time high of more than seventy thousand in the year to November 2016.   Read more »

Winston on Labour and the Greens

Winston Peters has given an interview to Jo Moir from Fairfax and it is very interesting indeed.

He has started signalling where his preferences lie…and they aren’t where the left-wing thinks they are:

According to Peters, Labour were on the right track last year with their controversial Chinese-sounding surnames story, which revealed Chinese buyers accounted for 39.5 per cent of buyers compared to the 9 per cent of Auckland’s population recorded as being ethnically Chinese in the last census.

Where they went wrong is that “they lost their nerve”.

That was NZ First’s “missed opportunity”, if Peters had to name one.   Read more »

It may not be as bad as Winston says it is, but he does have a point

Winston Peters is banging on about immigration again…he does have a point though, even if it isn’t as bad as he makes out.

Seven thousand nurses have been given working visas in the past seven years under the National government – while Kiwi-trained nurses can’t get jobs, says New Zealand First.

“The number of New Zealand educated, trained and qualified nurses not getting jobs shows how sinister this government’s immigration policy is,” says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“This appalling state of affairs and today’s announcement of a new record for annual migrant arrivals of 126,700 confirms open door immigration is a disaster for young New Zealanders wanting to get into the workforce.

“The government has settled on migrant labour as a cheaper option and migrants as a more compliant workforce, stifling fair wages and driving down New Zealand workplace conditions.  Read more »

Comment of the Day and Bill’s only saving grace

Monty comments on recent political developments:

Have never voted Labour, but I have followed politics for more than two decades. Over the past week, I have been asking myself if I was a middle of the road voter “do I have any reason today to vote for Labour that didn’t exist a week ago”?

Andrew Little is the same angry man, Labour still have Grant Robertson as the spokesman for finance, and the rest of Labour are still the same bunch of haters they were a week ago. In reality, nothing has changed. And the Greens still scare the hell out of the middle classes.

In some ways the situation has gotten worse for the left. Winston is most likely to go with the largest party (National) and with John Key gone he doesn’t lose face by sitting at the table with his enemy. Winston no longer has Key to extract his revenge upon.

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What sort of an arsehole would shoot at power lines

Some wankers have been shooting at power lines and Winston Peters isn’t at all happy.

If Northland power lines have been damaged intentionally the perpetrators should face a tough penalty, says Northland MP and Leader of New Zealand First Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“We want them to do hard labour, in the community. They need to be putting their backs into doing something useful for the many people they have hurt through such deliberate and spiteful acts.

“By causing the power outage today many people have been affected, some through the loss of business.   Read more »

Questions for Labour

Roy Morgan? Our polls are way better

Colmar Brunton? Our polls are way better

The recent polls show National on 50% and Labour on 28%, yet the left-wing are saying because NZ First and the Greens together reach National the centre-left is ahead.

This makes the assumption that Winston Peters is centre-left, and will work with the Greens and Labour to bring down National.

If this is the case then it would be worth having Andrew Little prove it with some sensible answers to the following questions:  Read more »

ACT and NZ First condemn Islamic hate-preacher

ACT and NZ First have joined the chorus of people condemning the Islamic hate-speech preacher busted by this blog on Saturday.

The story has gone to every media outlet now, save one….the NZ Herald.

The politicians are lining up, now just Peter Dunne, the Greens and Labour remain on the fence.

ACT and NZ First have joined the government in condemning anti-Semitic speeches and online posts by an Auckland Muslim cleric.

Ethnic Communities Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga said on Monday he was disgusted by the views of Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib.

“There’s no place in New Zealand for such intolerance, and hate speech is prohibited under the Human Rights Act,” he said.

ACT leader David Seymour says New Zealand was built on a foundation of tolerance and respect.   Read more »

Willie Jackson on Trumping Key

Willie Jackson is making the same mistake many other media have or still are making. Thinking that the result in the US will somehow translate to New Zealand.

The polls continue to tell us that our Prime Minister is more popular than ever, and that it will be no contest for National to win a fourth term next year.

But after the failure of polls to predict Brexit and Trump, and the underlying disconnect I see between Government and citizens every day, I am not so sure we won’t see a tight election next year.

The question is, will there be a political figure that those opposed to the Government can rally around?

Some Labour Party MPs are suffering from the same problem the US election exposed with the Democrats: they are obsessed with the politics of culture and identity rather than the real politics of jobs, income and security.

And not just jobs making coffee for tourists – real jobs so people can raise a family. Grant Robertson could not help wading into Brian Tamaki’s gay quake-causing sideshow last week. You are supposed to be Labour’s finance spokesperson Grant… shut up! You have a wealth of material to work with on inequality. There was no value in getting involved with that, you should have left it alone.

Have you noticed people living in cars in your area? Forget the rock-star economy nonsense. It might be better than ever for Key’s mates but for the rest of us we are a low-wage economy.   Read more »

Hooton wonders who NZ’s Trump is

Matthew Hooton wonders who NZ’s Donald Trump is:

“Who is our Donald Trump?”

It’s a question with which political pundits will bore voters over the 10 months to New Zealand’s election.

Top of the list will be Winston Peters, who, at 71, is just a year older than Mr Trump and is planning his last and most audacious attempt to become prime minister. There are of course parallels. On immigration, globalisation and using hyperbole to make a point, it may even be more accurate to describe Mr Trump as the US’ Mr Peters. Both run shambolic yet somehow effective political machines.

However, having first entered Parliament in 1978 when Jimmy Carter was in the White House, and having served as deputy prime minister, treasurer and foreign minister, Mr Peters is not even close to being Mr Trump’s anti-politician. Besides, he ultimately lacks the necessary malevolence. The Peters grin is no Trump scowl.

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