Politics

Hooton on Labour’s patronising attitude towards Maori

Matthew Hooton shills on behalf of his Big Maori Money mates against the Labour party:

Labour and their friends in the likes of the teacher unions would prefer Maori to simply go along with this, docilely putting their mark next to the red emblem on the ballot every three years. To some extent that is what happened when Maori were more greatly subjugated politically and commercially prior to the 1990s, and Labour continues to pine for those much less complicated times, as do some on the conservative right.

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By reaffirming support for the NZ sponsored resolution English has deepened the insult to Israel

Both Prime Minister Bill English and new Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee have said they want to repair the relationship with Israel in the wake of New Zealand co-sponsoring anti-Israel UNSC Resolution 2334. However, they seem to disagree on what that relationship might look like and how to go about it.

Brownlee, in his first days as Foreign Minister, called Resolution 2334 “premature” and said that New Zealand should not “pronounce” how either party involved in Middle Eastern policy should behave, beyond condemning terrorism. It was clearly a priority for him to start getting the relationship with Israel back on track without further delay.

Brownlee’s statements could be seen as recognition that New Zealand was out of step with liberal Western values and other democracies and a genuine effort to return to the longstanding, more balanced, foreign policy of supporting a two-state solution based on negotiations between the two parties and condemning terror.

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Grant Robertson is right, we must not be scared to debate immigration

(Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Robertson…after speaking at Labour’s election year Congress in Wellington – a speech in which he defended Labour’s policy to cut immigrant numbers, saying it was a matter of policy not race and anyone who tried to make it about race should be “called out.”

Of course, the debate about Immigration should not be about race. The debate needs to be about values. Apart from the obvious requirement that the immigrants we let in should be benefiting our country in some way ( we are not here just to meet their needs), we need to focus on whether or not they are capable of integrating into our society. We need new immigration policies to reflect this.

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Political Song competition

The National Party allegedly used Eminem’s Lose Yourself as an election song and last night it hit me that while a good song can really enhance an election campaign message it could also be used as a negative campaigning tool. We have had Dirty Politics so now I would like to introduce Murky Music. Your challenge should you choose to accept it is to choose a theme song for one or more political parties that draws attention to them in a bad way (A Musical “hit job” in other words)

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Political Poetry Roundup

French democracy is broken

Reports from France about the disgraceful conduct of the officials behind the ballot mail outs are shocking. These kinds of machinations are to be expected from a tin pot dictatorship but not from a democratic country (albeit a very socialist one.)

In France, if a ballot is damaged, it cannot be cast. So the political establishment, who are desperate to prevent Le Pen from taking office, arranged for the destruction of millions of Le Pen ballots.

Up to one third of all ballots sent out to voters, an estimated 60% of Le Pen ballots, were destroyed at the time of mailing.

Only Le Pen ballots arrived destroyed, there is not one report of a single ballot for Macron arriving destroyed.

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Day Two of Craig v Slater was very interesting

Day Two:

Colin Craig spent almost the whole day being cross-examined by Cameron Slater’s Barrister Brian Henry. Here is a brief summary of just a few of the questions that were asked and some of the answers that were given. If the responses are not in direct quotes then I am summarising what was said.

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When a picture is worth a thousand words

French Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron sits at the feet of German President Angela Merkel

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Winston on shared PM role

NBR reports:

Winston Peters has dodged a question on whether his team would again push for a “shared prime ministership” scenario as part of MMP negotiation.

His non-response (see below) came after the latest installment of RNZ’s The 9th floor, during which Helen Clark said a member of Mr Peters’ team floated the dual PM concept during the extended MMP negotiations of 1996 – during which the NZ First leader played off Labour and National, ultimately opting to go with National as treasurer.

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Australia’s first female Muslim MP wants to ban criticism of Islam

Anne Aly, Australia’s first female Muslim member of parliament, is pushing for a crackdown on free speech in hopes of expanding race-based discrimination laws to cover insults against those who follow the religion of Islam.

“Restrictive speech laws Down Under have banned people from saying anything which could ‘offend or insult, people because of their race,” reports Heat Street.

Offending people should not be illegal. Lying or inciting harm is already illegal so there is no need to legislate to protect people’s hurtie feelings. I have been called White Trash amongst various other insults on other blogs but I do not think that I should be able to drag the blog’s authors through the court system because they said something mean about me. Our court system is already full up with serious crimes. We should not clog up the courts with people bleating about being called names.

Now, Aly wants to add “religion” to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act …

That comment is a very clever misdirection because her real agenda is not to stop people calling other races or religions dirty, ugly, stupid or fat but to change legislation to prevent people criticising her religion in any way shape or form. What she is trying to create using a Western legal system is an anti-blasphemy law just like what already exists under Islamic law.

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