How right wing am I?

It has been implied that I’m a right wing blogger going by this The Daily Blog headline:

Pete George – an example of right wing blogging falsehoods

That’s a post by Lynn Prentice but he may not have written the headline, as he reveals in a comment at Public Address:

The Daily Blog? So I sent it to them since they were starting the next day.  Looks like they toned down my title, corrected some grammar and typos and put it up.

It would be interesting to see what his choice of title was.

I have often been called right wing  – on left wing blogs.

And I have been called left wing on right wing blogs.

Accusing someone of being of the other wing is a common attempt at abuse, but can also just be through ignorance, as I suspect could be the case here.

It’s common to see people at leftie blogs like The Standard labeling everything they don’t agree with as right wing. David Shearer is accused of being right wing, as is the Labour caucus.

It’s also common to see people at rightie blogs like Kiwiblog labeling everything they don’t agree with as left wing. John Key and National are sometimes described as left wing. Some extreme commenters accuse everyone else at Kiwiblog of being socialists.

How right wing am I?

I don’t do wings.

I have a left arm and a right arm, a left leg and a right leg, a left eye and a right eye, a left hemisphere and a right hemisphere.

I speak from the centre. My heart is slightly to the left.

More seriously, I don’t buy into this political polarity painting, I don’t see things as a left/right divide. Most things are degrees in between.

I look at each issue and judge it on it’s merits. Like most people I see a need for some state assistance and regulation, but see the benefits in private enterprise.

I see the need for both personal responsibility and community responsibilities.

A right wing blogger?

Many participants in the blogosphere find a left orientated or right orientated favourite place. The seem to view other blog places as enemy territory.

But I’ve been a cross-blogger, participating in a wide variety of online forums. The reason why I am more active on right wing blogs is because I’ve been banned or blocked from some of the most prominent left wing blogs – they seem to have less tolerance for alternative views and approaches to blogging.

Here I look to sources from both the left and the right, attempting to get a variety and balance of views.

If I appear to be harder on Labour that’s because I think they deserve it, I have serious concerns about the lack of quality in alternatives to National.

If I appear to be harder on The Standard that’s becasue I think they deserve it – and also because I can challenge people at Kiwiblog and Whale Oil directly and on an even playing field, including Cam and DPF, but I’m banned from The Standard so can’t address general issues and personal attacks there.

I seek and publish views from MPs from across the spectrum.

I’m not left or right, I have cross-party interests.

I’m not a right wing blogger, or a left wing blogger. My niche is as a cross-blogger  – but I don’t very often get cross!

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  1. Kiaora Well put.

    I am neither left or right and I’d rather wait to ascend to utopia to receive my 2 wings (though I’d have to earn them first), knowing me, my wings will be clipped quick smart.

    Labour has a penchant for airing its internal dirty laundry in public and clearly show how divided they are – “A house divided against itself cannot stand”, a statement by Jesus recorded in all three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke).

    So what is first and should be foremost, in the best interests of New Zealand voters is definitely NOT a divided house (party).

    As for National, I cannot find anything positive to say about them, period!

    I guess I am sick and tired of reading and listening to parliamentary question and answer time to the backwards and forwards bantering, allegations under House Privilege, the same stale questions that get the same stale replies, all of which amounts to a lot of hot air, and that brasses me off because my tax dollars pay these people (not all) who in my opinion, are inept imbeciles.

    I myself, do not like those 2 right-wing bloggers, I am part-Maori and I am very proud of my cultural heritage and am fortunate to be conversant in my native tongue. When both Whaleoil and Kiwiblog make ignorant comments about Maoridom, they are transgressing on my turangawaewae. I have never done any wrong to them, I pay rates and insurance, I work diligently at university and try to be a good citizen, I love participating in sports and I have a great bunch of friends from many nationalities, plus I love Football (Manchester United), pray tell, I wager that those 2 right-wing bloggers do not even venture out into the real world, if they did, they’d be in for many a surprise.

    Neither of the 2 major parties will be getting my electorate vote or candidate vote at the next election thats for sure, but I shall be biding my time in watching certain minor parties and how they perform both in parliament and out in our communities, the latter,engagement with New Zealander’s, across the board is important to me as are the issues that affect us all.

    I shall conclude with a Ngati Porou Maori adage…

    Ka waiho iho e au kia koutou te moemoea,
    he mea piripoho ki a au me ōku hoa tokomaha i roto i nga tau,
    ko nga tikanga whai hua o to tātau Māoritanga,
    ko nga taonga no konei ake nei no tēnei whenua kura,
    kia whakatapua hai koha ki Aotearoa.
    – Sir Apirana Turupa Ngata

    I leave you to dream the dream,
    that my many friends and I have treasured through the years,
    that the potent elements of our culture,
    those things which belong to this beautiful land,
    should be preserved as a heritage for New Zealand.

    A Tā Apirana Ngata, ko aia, he toku koroua tipuna,
    Ko au, he mokopuna ki aia.

    The Late Sir Apirana Ngata is a forebear and I am one of his many mokopuna.

    Hei kona ra (Have a nice Sunday (Te RaTapu).

    • Thanks.

      “…how they perform both in parliament and out in our communities, the latter,engagement with New Zealander’s, across the board is important to me as are the issues that affect us all.”

      That’s important to me too, and something I try to contribute positively to.

      Something I should have also mentioned in the post – I am also looking at ways of working better cross-culture as well.

      Very nice quote from Sir Apirana Turupa Ngata, that’s worth a post of it’s own.

  2. millsy

     /  3rd March 2013

    I have no idea why I am posting on your blog, Peter, but I just want to let you know that you have articulated some very right wing economic policies online.

    • I’d be interested to know what “very right wing economic policies” you think I’ve articulated online.

      I frequently debate with people who I think are far more right wing than I will ever be on Kiwiblog and Whale Oil.

      • millsy

         /  4th March 2013

        You only need to go to The Standard and punch in “Pete George” into the search window.

      • That does nothing to prove your point. If yuo do that you will mostly find people whining about me and making accusations knowing I have no right of reply. That’s not referring to you BTW, at least you have the guts to make your case here.


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