Hey NZ First board, caucus and Winston, can I have your attention for a moment?

Hi Winston.  Hi Team.  Just want to remind you about the wonderful things regarding socialism.  You know, in case this may figure in your deliberations.

Venezuelans have been told expired passports are valid for another two years because they have run out of paper and ink to print new ones.

Let that sink in.  The socialist paradise doesn’t even have money to issue new passports anymore.

President Maduro has signed an emergency decree to extend their validity because of chronic shortages at the national passport agency.

At least a million Venezuelans have been waiting months for new documents and cannot travel in the interim, according to Daily Mail.

The passport agency said in March that a lack of “materials” was to blame.

Demand for travel documents is at a record high as Venezuelans seek to escape from political crisis and deep recession.
So here’s the thing.   If you do go with Labour and the Greens, can you first check if we have enough paper and ink for passports?   We may have a similar run on people trying to leave the country.
What else can we look forward to under President Ardern:

Adding to the overall misery are a drastic rise in violent crime – especially in the capital city of Caracas – rolling blackouts and widespread and often times bloody protests against the government.

There have been casualties and deaths on both sides of the protests and accusations from the international community of human rights abuses and political oppression.

Sceptics have previously said they think delays replacing passports is because the Maduro government is trying to keep people from leaving the beleaguered nation.

– Daily Mail, via NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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