Same old Winston, same old NZ First

One of the few new aims reported from the New Zealand First conference is to rustle up more members and more money. Otherwise it seems to be same old Winston and same old Party.

Stuff summarises in Winston Peters jumps into race debate at NZ First party conference.

Winston Peters flung himself into a race row yesterday, suggesting Samoan-born Sam Lotu-Iiga was qualified to run prisons because he is Polynesian.

As usual, Peters was impatient with detailed questions from the media.

Same old Winston.

The “New Kiwi Deal” was repackaged existing policy, to pay the unemployed a “community wage” to work on tree-planting and river clean-ups.

Even MP Tracey Martin recognised the idea, tweeting:  “Been policy of NZ First for over a decade.”

“New Zealand First does not need to change its policies … All the rest might try now, to parrot what New Zealand First has been saying but they don’t mean it,” he bellowed in a 30-minute speech.

“A policy that is right for this country is never going to be old. The new part about it is we are going to make it becomes a reality. That’s what new,” he deflected.

Same old aim to make policies “become a reality” – isn’t that one of the main aims of all parties since forever?

Peters had already axed a proposal to revise the party’s 15 founding principles.

He won’t allow a rethink.

A plan to look at establishing a youth wing was unanimously agreed to – but Peters immediately indicated it would be vetoed.

Can’t have young upstarts having a say in the party.

From Peters bigger than democracy?:

Mr Peters also vowed to grow the party membership by more than 10,000 members, or he’ll resign. Moments later, he did a dramatic U-turn, claiming he didn’t say that.

He also took a swipe at one of his favourite old topics, immigration (from NZ Herald):

He differentiated NZ First by focussing on its two decades’ old call for low levels of immigration – and said there was no need for the party to unveil new policy.

And he went back a lot further than two decades:

Referencing the dire economic conditions that led to US President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s The New Deal, Mr Peters called for a “New Kiwi Deal” and a turn away from “free market dogma and neo-liberal dictum”.

The New Deal dates back to the 1930s – that’s even before Peters was born.

Same old Winston. That means same old New Zealand First.

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26 Comments

  1. Howick Boy

     /  3rd August 2015

    Thank you people of Northland for voting Winston as your MP.
    He’s the only MP who puts NZ first as opposed to Nats & Lab

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  3rd August 2015

      He gets the support he deserves and the intellectual quality is certainly no threat to his reign. If you think he puts anything ahead of Winston first you are probably far beyond medical help.

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      • Howick Boy

         /  3rd August 2015

        At which University did you get your PhD in name calling?

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  3rd August 2015

          I’ve honed my diagnostic abilities over many years. However, diagnosing Winston requires remarkably little effort or perception.

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          • Howick Boy

             /  4th August 2015

            I guess that calling people names makes you feel good. Why don’t you just put forward your view & leave it at that. I’ve noticed that you do the same in NZ Herald posts as well & I’ve commented on this before. Calm down before you have a heart attack.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  3rd August 2015

        Oh, and if you think Winston actually believes the nonsense he spouts you grossly under-estimate him. He is far, far smarter than his supporters.

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  2. kittycatkin

     /  3rd August 2015

    He seems to imagine that the press are only entitled to report his views, not examine or question them.

    His sychophantically braying supporters who laugh like hyenas every time he signals that he’s made a joke seem to be lacking in discrimination. Feeble racist twaddle like the meaningless ‘two Wongs don’t make a white’, which was gibberish when it was first said by an Australian politician many years ago is greeted as if it was the most original witticism since Oscar Wilde. The oldies fell off their seats laughing-the leader had said it and laughed, ergo it was hilariously witty. It wasn’t, and even had it not been racist, it didn’t make any sense. One might as well say that two cats don’t make a tomato.

    WP ‘Two cats don’t make a tomato !’ (laughs)

    Winston groupies ‘HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !’

    WP Boopaloop, bean tin. tickety tock, matchbox, brrrrrrrr !’ (laughs)

    WGs ‘HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !

    The Gold Card is a nice idea, but people forget that it’s paid for by everyone else, so every time a cardholder goes on the Waiheke Island ferry it’s at taxpayers’ expense. It was a very clever idea on Winston’s part, of course, as he has managed to make it seem as if HE has given all these people free transport out of the goodness of his heart. He hasn’t, of course, he has simply shifted the cost onto other people.

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  3. kittycatkin

     /  3rd August 2015

    There’sa saying about getting the government you deserve, and anyone who votes for Winston Peters deserves him.

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  4. jaspa

     /  3rd August 2015

    Has Winston done anything for Northland yet? I wonder how the people there are feeling about their choice now.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  3rd August 2015

      Nothing visible. But who other than the cargo cultists expected anything. Oh, yes. They thought he would send a message and he has: Same old Winston, same old messages.

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    • Howick Boy

       /  4th August 2015

      What has National done for Northland ?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  4th August 2015

        Started to build decent roads up here and to here. By far the best thing we need. And the Left moan and politic like the drainpipes they are about a “holiday highway”. Moronic idiots with no clue about anything.

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        • kittycatkin

           /  4th August 2015

          That description could apply to anywhere. People don’t just have holidays in Northland; do these people think that there shouldn’t be good roads anywhere but in industrial zones that can’t possibly be seen as holiday areas ? It would be the logical conclusion.

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        • Howick Boy

           /  5th August 2015

          Well Winston wants to build you guys a container port & upgrade the rail network. Now I know that you’ll vote for him. BTW, I notice that you still call people names – watch out for the heart attack. Does anyone (not me of course) call you “grumpy” at all?

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  5th August 2015

            We’ve got a rail network so under-utilized it is being turned into cycle tracks. The port is owned by bureaucrats so nothing useful will happen to it. Winston is posturing – when did he ever do anything else?

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  5. kittycatkin

     /  3rd August 2015

    His making policies reality is original, though. Nobody else wants to do that, do they ?

    Maybe he vetoed the youth wing not because he’s a bossyboots ‘I’m in charge !’ control freak (ahem) but because he had the sense to see that no young person in their right mind would join NZ First.

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  6. kittycatkin

     /  3rd August 2015

    As Alan Duff said ‘all hui and no do-ey’

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  7. In fact I could count on less than one hand the number of journo’s opinions I respect and that stooge ain’t one of ’em

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