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What’s Winston up to now?

Winston Peters, Kingmaker.

Politicians can be hard to read and Winston is particularly tricky because he holds his cards close to his chest. So close that Ardern was clueless until the very end. She should have paid much closer attention if she wanted to get the jump on this wily old dog.

It was not a good day for the CoL when the CGT fell at the final hurdle. After she delivered the bad news and left the podium, Ardern’s shoulders slumped. It was either bad posture or dejection, but inwardly she must be fuming at Winston for abandoning her at the 11th hour.

Publicly both claim the CGT failed due to lack of public support.Quote.

Peters this afternoon downplayed NZ First’s role in the Government back-down, saying it was the lack of public support throughout the country that led to it.

The NZ First leader said the decision was not made until the “last few hours”. End of quote.

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First they came for Israel Folau…

Photoshopped image credit: Boondecker

Too often, people seem to think an issue is simply ‘too big to tackle’. If William Wilberforce had thought like that, he would never have declared war on slavery. Our freedom of speech is under attack and we need to stand up for it. One by one, people are being attacked and any one of us could become a target in the future.

Damian Wyld who is the Director of the Australian Family Coalition has this to say about it. quote.

[…] rugby player Israel Folau has been widely castigated for sharing a social media post calling for the repentance of a whole list of sinners: drunks, idolaters, atheists and more. None of those categories of sinner seemed particularly upset at Folau’s post, but the inclusion of homosexuality in the list of sins has caused his employers to move to sack him.

Never mind his rights as a private citizen. Never mind that the words weren’t even his own, but rather a paraphrasing of the Bible (1 Corinthians 6 if you’re interested). Never mind that his contract doesn’t seem to constrain his social media actions as many first thought.

Regardless of what we might think of Folau’s post – or even its prudence – that’s completely beside the point. It manifests some of Folau’s personal beliefs – and it may well cost him his job.

Right now it’s Israel Folau who’s being attacked but, really, it could be any of us were we to fall foul of the politically correct orthodoxy.

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Why did Jacinda walk away from CGT?

Photoshopped image credit: Boondecker

All is not well in the camps of the left, as they try to fathom why Jacinda walked away from CGT. Most left-leaning people wanted the tax badly, believing it would have been a great way to sock it to the rich. They also claim that it is the only way to solve child poverty and climate change and put a man on Jupiter. Again I say this, but as the promise was that any revenue from CGT would be redistributed, probably in the form of tax cuts, it would have done nothing to solve child poverty or climate change. But there you have it. There are none so blind as a leftie on a crusade. Oops… not allowed to use that word any more.

Barry Soper has a different angle on this, however. He believes that, had Jacinda not axed the tax as she did, she would have faced a mutiny in her government. quote.

There was a very real chance of mutiny on the Beehive barque which forced the captain for the second time to make a contradictory call.

But it was essential to keep all hands on deck, without them she knew they’d all sink without lifebuoys.

One of the deckhands though has been left clinging to a lifeline that has become perilously frayed. end quote.

Let’s face it. Jacinda wanted the tax. She said so right from the day she became Labour leader. Pragmatism, or listening to the people, just never entered her head. CGT was going to happen.

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A pragmatic idealist

ABIGAIL DOUGHERTY/STUFF Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

In the media question time following Ardern’s humiliating back-down over her favourite campaign plank, Capital Gains Tax, Ardern explained it away by claiming that she was a “pragmatic idealist”.

One would expect that someone with a communications degree would understand that such a statement is an oxymoron, but no, that is what Ardern said.

Pragmatic. adjective: – dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.

Idealist. noun: – a visionary or impractical person.

So we have a self-confessed impractical person who claims to deal with things in a practical way. So glad that the country is in such capable hands.

Audrey Young picked up on Ardern’s pragmatic idealist statement. (As did Soper.) Quote.

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Read the top five posts from yesterday

Most read

This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the most comments is not always the most popular post.

Our What’s Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments.

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1News fails to moderate ‘hate speech’

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While vigilante groups are monitoring Whaleoil posts for anything that they could possibly use to deplatform us, mainstream media like 1News are allowing speech that they would call “hate speech” if it was on our platform to be published on their facebook pages.

On 1News facebook page last night was an article about the burning of Notre Dame in Paris. It is headed “Notre Dame’s age, soaring open spaces…” In the comments, there were repeated posts from a man living in Baghdad (!) whose hate speech included such gems as “I’m happy and all muslims are happy for that”, and “our true enemy is Christ” and “we must be happy when our enemies are harmed”.
Wrote to 1News to ask them if they were happy with that vileness. No reply of course and the hate speech is still there.
If 1News is happy to leave that there, then we have an acid test of what is acceptable and what is not.

Terence Hodgson
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What Ardern’s ‘year of delivery’ has delivered so far

excited new year GIF

An almost dead Capital Gains Tax.

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We won, you lost, eat that!

It is delicious to be able to rub Michael Cullen’s nose in the failure of his proposed Capital Gains Tax, (CGT). It is a massive black mark against him, of course, not being able to get the proposed tax across the line. So what does he do? He blames Winston. Such is the arrogance of the man. Really, he is a despicable individual. quote.

Sir Michael Cullen, who chaired the Tax Working Group, said he was disappointed but “not in the least surprised” there would be no capital gains tax. 

A capital gains tax had been vetoed by Winston Peters, leader of Labour’s coalition partner NZ First, Cullen said.

“I always thought there was a high priority that NZ First would veto any legislation.”

end quote.

As is their right, Sir Michael, seeing that they are in government, and you are not. quote.

Cullen had said in November that he believed it might be “last chance saloon” for a major change to broaden the tax base.

“The problem we have is New Zealanders seem not to want an inheritance tax, or a wealth tax, or a land tax or a capital gains tax but they still want to complain about growing inequality of wealth.

Stuff. end quote.
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The backdown on a CGT is bad for National

Those who understand politics have realised that that the National party needed the government to go ahead with capital gains tax in order to give voters a strong reason to switch their vote to National.

Simon Bridges is now beside himself because he knows that he has lost his ace in the hole. Our sources tell us that Bridges is telling anyone who will listen that the messaging on CGT was wrong, that Amy Adams is useless and that he mostly blames Paul Goldsmith “for the hole they find themselves in”.

However, it is not all bad news, as, long term, this is bad for Labour and good for National. CGT isn’t completely dead yet. Jacinda chose her words very carefully saying it would not happen while she is the leader. That leaves the door open for a capital gains tax from Labour when she decides to step down.

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