My United Future

I have decided to unite with a party that shares many of my ideas and approach to politics, strong family values and sensible practical policies and a positive approach to politics.

UnitedFuture had seen ideas I was floating on the Internet, suggested it was very similar to aims they had to represent regional New Zealand, and asked me to consider uniting with them. I had a good look at what they stood for, what they offered and what their aims and ambitions were and I found significant compatibility.

Peter Dunne gets some stick, but  he’s widely respected by those who know him and have worked with him. At the party conference in the weekend John Key openly talked of his trust in Peter, and his willingness to continue to utilise him should he be in a position to form the next Government. Helen Clark also worked in Government with Peter and trusted him for six years.

Thanks to Peter and previous MPs United Future has had more influence and success at implementing party policies than any other small party. They have been an integral part of both Labour and National Governments for twelve of the last fifteen years.

UnitedFuture are actively seeking wider representation, and I’m very pleased to join and be a part of that. The party provides a solid foundation of expertise, organisation and policies. I believe that I and other candidates and initiatives will add an extra  dimension to that, and we can appeal to a significant middle New Zealand vote that is otherwise lacking in reliable options.

I’m excited about what UnitedFuture can give me and what I can add to the party. I’m looking forward to promoting our united personal and party ideals to work for the future of Dunedin and the country.

United is a great choice for the  Future.

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9 Comments

  1. hilarious..!

    i always thought you were him…

    ..you are so made for each other..

    ..fighting for primacy up there on the fence…

    ..and thanks for the belly-laugh..!

    ..eh..?

    phil@whoar.co.nz)

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    • Hey Phil, haven’t heard from you in a while.

      You, like many others, mistake fences for building something solid in the centre. Most people are more centrist than left or right on most things, it’s only the fringes on both sides that don’t seem to see that and try to paint extremes – and if they can’t label someone the opposite extreme the resort to the fence retort.

      If I sat on the fence deciding nothing I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing. It’s ironic, most of the moans come from the sides, and most of the calls for drastic action, and that’s also where most of the inaction is.

      Most of the action is in the centre. As are most of the actors. And most of the voters.

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  2. are you a prohibitionist on pot…?

    ..and a booster/supporter/protector of the alcohol/tobacco-drugs-industries…?

    ..as is yr illustrious leader..?

    ..and you aren’t centre..

    ..scratch/push-you and you revert to form..and you are rightwing…

    ..as is dunne…

    phil@whoar.co.nz)

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    • I’m not a prohibitionist on pot, neither is the party: “Oppose the decriminalisation of cannabis for recreational use.”

      Personally I’m uncertain about how pot should be dealt with, in some ways it’s harmless, in other ways it’s harmful. I’d be interested in running a referendum in Dunedin North and see what the electorate thinks.

      Party policy: “It is often overlooked but must be remembered that the two most harmful substances in New Zealand are alcohol and tobacco.” So that is not supporting them.

      I’m quite anti tobacco, that’s influenced by by father dying of emphysema and my mother dying of esophageal cancer.

      I don’t see moderate alcohol use as a problem but overuse and abuse is. The party has policies on being tougher on underage drinking and treatment for alcohol abuse.

      According to the political polarity test I’m a bit left and liberal, but I have a variety of views that can’t be pinned to a specific left or right slant (like most people). I guess I’m more right than you, more left than Redbaiter, mostly quite moderate views.

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  3. I think the real question is would you accept the party whip on any matter that wasn’t what was popular in Dunedin North? Also have you given up on the principle of just doing whatever’s popular or does UF embody this principle as some cynics would say it does?

    I also have to say that the only difference between opposing decriminalastion and being a prohibitionist is the wording. I’d be interested to hear how it’s more than semantics though.

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    • I think the real question is would you accept the party whip on any matter that wasn’t what was popular in Dunedin North?

      It depends. Anything with a potential conflict would be discussed and negotiated with party and electorate. Sometimes there can be a conflict between electorate and country interests. Ultimately each MP makes their own decision – if I made a decision contrary to the interests of the electorate I would front up to the electorate and explain why.

      Also have you given up on the principle of just doing whatever’s popular

      I’ve never claimed that principle. I have proposed better communication and better evaluation of what the electorate’s view is.

      I also have to say that the only difference between opposing decriminalastion and being a prohibitionist is the wording.

      It’s not the only difference, and to see that you should use all of the wording.
      “Oppose the decriminalisation of cannabis for recreational use.” (UF policy)
      – Authorised by Hon Peter Dunne MP, leader UnitedFuture NZ, Parliament Buildings

      There are potential non-recreational uses being investigated.

      This is an interesting issue in a student rich electorate. I have no idea what the overall electorate view would be on recreational cannabis use. I have considered doing a debate and poll on it. If I did that I’d then discuss results with the party.

      One of the many things I like about UnitedFuture is that everything is open for discussion.
      No policy (in any party) is set in stone.

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  4. just to put the record straight here…

    “..I’m not a prohibitionist on pot, neither is the party: ..”

    um..!..as well as being the major promoter in parliament of the booze/tobacco-pushers…

    ..dunne has also been the flag-bearer for the pot-prohibitionists…

    ..where on earth do you get yr ‘neither is the party’-claim from…?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  5. It’s not the only difference, and to see that you should use all of the wording.
    “Oppose the decriminalisation of cannabis for recreational use.” (UF policy)
    – Authorised by Hon Peter Dunne MP, leader UnitedFuture NZ, Parliament Buildings

    So your not prohibitionists you just want recreational use prohibited. You don’t want prohibition just want to maintain the same cannabis as there was to alcohol during prohibition period in the USA. I think you’re ready for parliament Pete.

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