Winston Peters

Winston on cloud nine that democracy isn’t in the hands of the media, the experts or politicians

Winston Peters is in grave danger of having a permanent grin affixed to his face, especially if the wind changes.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters hailed the Brexit referendum result as “a stunning 24 hours in world politics.”

“There has never been a national referendum in any country where so many outsiders, foreign power brokers, and financial market manipulators have intruded,” Peters during a speech at the Copthorne Hotel in Rotorua on Saturday.

Peters said “expert after expert” had told voters that Doomsday for the British was soon to come if they voted to leave.

“Anyone watching the BBC yesterday saw all these people giving their views and no one went to the working people and asked for their commentary, but suit after suit was talking about working people’s situation,” he said.

The power class are so up themselves they can’t even see the obvious irony of what they are doing. And that phenomena exists in New Zealand as well.

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Key dampens down Winston’s rallying cry for the people to take back power

Winston Peters was the only NZ politician to predict Brexit occurring.

Understandably, he is crowing about it and telling voters that they too can take back their country…by voting for him of course.

John Key has other ideas:

Prime Minister John Key is not buying the line from NZ First leader Winston Peters that the UK vote to leave the European Union is a wake-up call for democracies everywhere, including New Zealand.

“I don’t think you can really compare and contrast something that’s happening half a world away with very different circumstances,” Mr Key told reporters on Saturday.

If anything, New Zealanders may appreciate the stability they have.

On Friday (NZT) the UK voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, causing turmoil in world financial markets and triggering the exit of UK Prime Minister David Cameron by October.

New Zealand is in a vastly different position to the UK, Mr Key says.

“We can control our migration, they can’t,” he says.

The New Zealand economy is also in a much stronger position than the UK’s, he says.

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I guess Winston won’t be calling on Sky TV for a donation next year

Winston Peters is on to another winner, free-to air-sports. 

Winston really is having a blinder at the moment, tapping accurately into middle New Zealand.

New Zealand should copy Australia and make “sport of national significance” available on TV for free, New Zealand First’s Winston Peters says. Is it an idea whose time has come – or an idea that’s now out of time across the ditch?

Most rugby fans would have been happy enough with the All Blacks’ win against Wales in last weekend’s first test, but New Zealand First leader Winston Peters wasn’t happy with the playing field for fans.

On Radio Live‘s website that day, he said the All Blacks could only be seen live these days by “the more cashed-up members of our society”.

Test tickets were too expensive and fewer than half of New Zealand households now subscribed to Sky Sport, which has had exclusive rights to broadcast live All Blacks games for nearly 25 years, he said.    Read more »

Winston on Paula Bennett

Perennial opportunist Winston Peters comments on Paula Bennett.

If Prime Minister John Key had any political sense he would shift his Cabinet “powder keg” – Minister Paula Bennett – to the back benches with haste.

She’s prone to outbursts.

And doing dumb shit.

At Budget time she plucked a figure out of the air and decided to solve the Auckland housing crisis with a $5000 “leave Auckland” bribe. Finance Minister Bill English tried to hide his surprise and shock, but you can bet there were some words behind those ministerial walls.

Let’s face it, Bill takes some persuading to use taxpayers’ money for the greater good, even if their issues are not their fault, or they are deserving, or it might make us a better nation.

This week he pulled a rare trick to stop parents getting 26 weeks parental leave.

Not something he will look back on and be proud of – surely.

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Minor parties

It is the time of the electoral cycle when the smallest of Parliament’s parties start to have existential crises. These are real crises for Act and United Future, given they look into the abyss of extinction every three years.

There is precious little oxygen in the rarefied atmosphere inhabited by Government support parties. If evidence was needed it came this week when Dunne tried to remind people of his existence by issuing a press statement setting out the three policy themes he would be focusing on in the lead-up to the 2017 election. The themes were: an economy that provides fairness, choice and opportunity; establishing core environmental bottom lines; and embracing and celebrating a modern, multi-cultural New ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.

It was effectively a campaign launch. It fell with the impact of a feather.

It is a tricky time for the leaders of the two parties. Act and United Future are dependent on either wooing 5 per cent of voters to get into Parliament or on keeping a grip on an electorate seat.

Neither has come close to the 5 per cent mark for some time and nor are they likely to. In both cases, the electorate seat deal is the only option.

Both Dunne and Seymour are all but guaranteed to be back in the next parliament, and their existential crisis is but a media mirage. It is clear that neither is likely to get 5% for United Future or ACT. So, the only risky thing is that their sugar daddy, National, is going to drop support.  Read more »

Greens go wobbly at the knees at Winston’s speech

Winston Peters’ speech has caused the Greens to get a bunch in their Y-fronts.

Winston Peters has defended using a solemn occasion in Parliament to attack the Government’s immigration policies.

The NZ First leader was taking part in a series of speeches by party leaders who were expressing their condolences over the Orlando shooting that left 49 dead.

But while the other party leaders confined themselves to sorrow and sympathy, Mr Peters warned New Zealanders didn’t know who was coming into their country.

He said border control was lax and vast numbers of immigrants were being allowed in.

“We are inviting that problem by the looseness and the cavalier attitude we’re taking,” he said.   Read more »

Winston Peters is 100% right over Orlando, shame on all the other leaders

Winston Peters delivered a speech in Parliament yesterday. He was 100% right in his speech when talking about the blame game over Islamic terrorism, and calls it as such.

He scotches claims about gun control, and the refusal to discuss what the real problem is…and that is Islam.

John Key wussed out. He refused to, or couldn’t, utter the word Islam. Not a mutter, not a murmur. On NewstalkZB on Monday morning he spoke to Mike Hosking and blamed it on a lack of gun control. He didn’t mention that in his speech but failed to even utter the word terrorism.   Read more »

Winston for PM

Speaking to a government motion to condemn the Orlando terrorist attack, Winston Peters delivered a powerful speech.

Revolutionary new ACT refugee policy claimed by Winston

Winston Peters is a bit upset…he says Act has stolen his immigration policy:

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but not for New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, who has accused ACT of stealing its policy on refugees.

The Government on Monday announced it would increase the refugee quota from 750 to 1000 from 2018.

It’s been labelled “miserly”, “disappointing” and “less than the bare minimum” by all sides of the political spectrum to address the refugee crisis, which is the worst since World War II.

It also lead ACT Party leader David Seymour to suggest those refugees should sign a statement of commitment to New Zealand’s values, much like Australia and Belgium do.

But hold on, Mr Peters says. That’s been New Zealand First’s policy for years.   Read more »

Growing economy means we must accept misogynist immigrants, suggests Woodhouse

Michael Woodhouse (by Simon Wong)

Don’t like immigration?  Then get off your arse, move to where the work is, and take the jobs on offer… or risk having people come live next to you that will not appreciate your wife and daughter running around in shorts and a T-shirt.

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says despite record immigration, there are fewer people gaining permanent residency than when Winston Peters was Foreign Minister a decade ago.

Mr Peters, a longtime critic of immigration, wants immigration cut to between 7,000 and 15,000. The past 12 months has seen a net migration gain of 68,100 — the highest on record, with 124,700 arrivals and 56,000 departures.

Labour leader Andrew Little has called for a reduction in the number of work visas, which accounted for just under a third of all arrivals, saying they’re taking jobs away from Kiwis.

Mr Woodhouse says it’s not as simple as Mr Little makes out. Read more »