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Bill English lends Winston a helping hand by rejecting Maori seats referendum

Bill English lends Winston a helping hand by rejecting Maori seats referendum.

The Prime Minister’s brushing off bottom line demands being made by a potential post-election partner.

Abolition of the seats has been National Party policy in the past, and New Zealand First and its leader Winston Peters have drawn a line in the sand and are wanting a referendum on the abolition of the Maori seats.

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The hypocrisy of Metiria Turei

When John Banks was stitched up by Kim Dotcom, Metiria Turei had much to say about it in parliament:

How can this Minister have genuinely run successful businesses? And, you know, John Banks did. He spent two terms as the mayor of New Zealand’s biggest city, he has been a Minister of the Crown, and he has been an MP in this Parliament for many years, but how could he have done all of those things credibly—and this is the important issue—knowing that his career and his credibility depended on his honesty? He has signed off on documents that have now led him to be in court on a charge of criminal fraud. There is an issue here of honesty, an issue of credibility, and that has had a very significant and very negative effect on this Government.

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Some questions for Metiria

Guest post

“Meteria Turei represents herself as a champion of the underdog and an example of someone who has climbed from a difficult beginning to success.

But at the same time she has pursued another person with an even more challenging background (John Banks) and hounded him with a pursuit that could only be called vindictive in Parliament over his own lesser misdemeanour for which he has since been found innocent.

Now she wants to impose her views as policy on all of us, supported by a sketchy self-serving account of her thin and vague admission of fraud.

It deserves examination.

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Vox populi, Vox Dei: On Winston being Prime Minister

Yesterday we had an extensive discussion about Winston Peters and the current state of politics.  I managed to debate my points to my satisfaction, and I believe we took a two-dimensional view of Winston and Whaleoil’s current approach and managed to provide a broader understanding for our readers.

Things were going well, I thought.   Until I got to this one.   Read more »

Winston as PM means something has gone horribly wrong, muses Mike Hosking

If Peters ends up being Prime Minister it will be because someone caved, someone was so desperate for power (apart from Peters) that they acquiesced in a way most New Zealanders could not,should not and would not stomach.

You don’t get 10% of the vote and get the top job.

The fact he asked to be Prime Minister when he was dealing with Helen Clark should not warrant suggesting it could ever actually come to pass.

The request is all you really need to know about Winston and his motives. For the bloke who laughs off the baubles of office, the Prime Minister’s job as a result of being a minor partner in any potential coalition is not just a bauble but a gangster-size prize, demanded only by those associated with standover tactics.

And yet, Mike, thinking about this scenario.  Andrew Little isn’t returned because Labour don’t get a large enough party vote.  That leaves the competition between Metiria Turei, Winston Peters and Jacinda Ardern.   Get the picture?

Mike then thinks he’s found a rare mistake in NZ First’s campaign   Read more »

John Armstrong lashes self confessed benefit fraudster Metiria Turei

Haha, still laughing about ripping off the taxpayer

John Armstrong uses some pretty tough words for Metiria Turei:

Don’t be hoodwinked by the humbug being uttered by those fool enough to be making excuses for Metiria Turei, the long-time Green MP and now it turns out an even longer-time-ago benefit cheat.

Those heaping praise on her for what they deem to be exceptional courage in confessing that she deliberately indulged in welfare fraud back in the 1990s are bestowing accolades she simply does not deserve.

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Guest Post: Act Deputy leader Beth Houlbrooke

Act Deputy leader Beth Houlbrooke

Like many of my era who joined ACT, it started in 1984, the first time I was eligible to vote, aged 20.  I took my vote seriously and read the party manifestos.  I settled on Bob Jones’ New Zealand Party, attracted by talk of flat taxes, individual liberty, and economic freedom.  I was working on one of Muldoon’s Thing Big projects – the Marsden Point Oil Refinery Expansion – and saw first-hand what union disruption, high national debt, high inflation, and high interest rates, were doing to the country and our future.

You all know what happened after that.

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Slippery meet slope: Woman forcibly euthanised in Holland

Whether or not you support Euthanasia I am sure that we are united in our horror at the thought that a doctor could forcibly euthanise someone without their consent. Unfortunately, that exact situation has already happened in The Netherlands and with Act’s Euthanasia bill currently before Parliament, it is a terrible reminder of the truth of the slippery slope argument.

The long-term consequences of a policy must always be considered because society has a long history of pushing the boundaries. Abortion is a good example. The abortion boundaries that were created at the time that it was legalised have pretty much disappeared and every decade the boundaries get pushed out a little further. Even though the reality is that women in New Zealand now have abortion on demand activists are still pushing to make it overt rather than covert as our system likes to pretend ( at least) that it isn’t abortion on demand.

Euthanasia will not avoid the same slippery slope as abortion. Once you remove the ethical boundaries that prevent a human life being taken by a doctor who is sworn to protect human life the gloves are off just like with abortion. In the Netherlands, they passed laws allowing doctors to lethally-inject the sick and the elderly with the patient’s consent.  Opponents of euthanasia worried that it wouldn’t be long before people would be euthanized without their consent and horrifyingly their fears were well grounded.

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Unlawful Police case against gun owner shot to pieces

by Jock Anderson

A damning court judgment has left discredited police suffering a crushing and comprehensive defeat after conducting a series of unlawful attacks on a licensed gun owner who knows more about gun law than they do.

All charges against 56-year old licensed firearms owner Richard Lincoln – a man whose 2015 “comfort stop” in Ashburton triggered an armed police swoop involving no fewer than 12 officers – were thrown out after District Court judge Joanna Maze found police evidence was not credible or reliable and that unlawfully obtained evidence was inadmissible.

The case against Mr Lincoln – orchestrated by Ashburton and Timaru police – was riddled with impropriety, inadmissibility, suspicion, hearsay, innuendo, uncertainty, inconsistency, conflict, forgetfulness and an underlying denial by police of Mr Lincoln’s rights as a citizen and licenced gun owner.

The case highlighted how police deliberately and wrongfully tried to justify their actions by claiming Mr Lincoln was somehow mentally unstable or nuts – a flawed “catch-all” excuse which was completely discredited and shot down in Court.   Read more »

Winner, winner, chicken dinner. NZ First promises binding referenda on Māori seats, reducing Parliament to 100 seats

Winston Peters is onto a winner here.

He is proposing two binding referenda on Maori seats and reducing parliament to 100 seats.

New Zealand First has announced a new policy at what leader Winston Peters called a “rally” in Auckland on Sunday afternoon.

Mr Peters would hold two binding referendums on the same day. They would be on two issues:

  • Whether to retain or abolish Māori seats,
  • Whether to maintain or reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs.   Read more »