Little: Backing the Kiwi dream

Andrew Little on defying the TPPA, and on changing the Government, and on Labour Party priorities, in a regional conference speech in Rotorua:

This weekend in #Waihi, Labour’s ‘Region 2’ gathered with other electorates of the Bay, greater Waikato and Hauraki to plan and debate the best ways in which we can ensure kiwis like YOU have access to opportunity – not just the 1%.

Here are a few sharp punches from Andrew’s speech, highlighting how the #TPPA won’t stand in the way of Labour doing right by New Zealanders in 2017.

Video on Facebook.

Transcript:

We don’t have to defy the TPPA. But we will. Labour will defy the TPPA…if that is what we have to do.

So these things are achievable if you’ve got a political will to do it.

We can fix those problems if we’ve got a mind to do it. And we do, because the truth is that some of these things are getting urgent now.

The idea that night after night we see families struggling, putting their kids to bed in cars, living in garages, that’s not acceptable any more.

And we should put a line under it and say “If you haven’t got a solution to that problem, if you’re not prepared to give it urgency,   if you’re not prepared to be serious about it and fix it, you don’t deserve to be in Government. You shouldn’t be in Government.”

“If you’re not going to fix the health system, and make sure the elderly can get the care that they need, you can’t be in Government, because you’re not looking after Kiwis.”

“And if you’re not going to look after the education system, and make it the basis on which our children can thrive and prosper and succeed in life,  you can’t be in Government, because you’re not lookin’ after the future generation of Kiwis who need it.”

Those are the questions we face. Those are the challenges we’ve got, and I can tell you with the Labour Party, those things are our priority. They have been for the last hundred years.

They have been since we formed a government eighteen years ago, and they are right now, because they are the things about strengthening the communities, and building a nation.

And we need more of that, so I’m saying to you now, for the next eighteen months, cast around.  Have a look closely at what you’re being told.

Push back when you’re being told we can’t do that.

Don’t accept the excuse that it’s someone else’s fault. I’m going to have to say the National Party, they’ve spent the last eight years blaming the Labour Government. It’s eight years on, for heaven’s sake.

It’s time to take responsibility.

The reality is, they’ve got no answer. They’ve got no vision. They are not about building our nation and building the people in it, and giving chance, and opportunity, and a sense of the future, and a sense of hope.

We are, and we’re going to go storming around New Zealand telling everybody that.

And next year, 2017, we’ll have the chance to put in power a party that is about building New Zealand and restoring that Kiwi dream.

 

 

 

 

25 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 30, 2016

    You wonder how bad a Little/Turei government could be. Could they match this socialist nirvana with an all out effort?:

    Probably not. Even Winston would draw the line at tacit support for that catastrophe and pull the plug on them.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 30, 2016

      That’s the Venezuelan Bolivar black market $US exchange rate.

      • Blazer

         /  May 30, 2016

        and whats that got to do with the price of apples?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 30, 2016

          Nothing, of course, that’s not what’s being discussed here.

          • Blazer

             /  May 30, 2016

            precisely ,the topic is ‘Little-backing the Kiwi dream’!

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 30, 2016

              Why ask abour apples, then ? Unless that’s Labour’s idea of the Kiwi dream ?

  2. Klik Bate

     /  May 30, 2016

    ‘If things are so bad, why don’t we do something about it?’

    http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/is_socialism_compatible_with_human_nature_20160518

  3. lurcher1948

     /  May 30, 2016

    Thank god Key never forced any of my extended family into a car or garage, but then we could have asked Max for the use of his black ferrari to sleep in. At 21 i had a old ford anglia

    • Gezza

       /  May 30, 2016

      You think you had it tough lurch? My first car was a Hillman Imp! A mate gave it to me and then I found out why.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 30, 2016

        100 ears is 50 people. Labour’s support has really shrunk. Or is it sloppy film editing ?

        The speech is just same old blah-blah-blah.

        When I was a trainee nurse, a friend was given her grandmother’s car when granny replaced it. It still had a crank handle for emergencies, although it was nothing like a vintage car !. Another friend bought a little old Prefect and had it painted bright orange-it went like a dream and only ever needed one small repair. It really was a vintage car, I loved it.

        What is the most that you ever had in the car-hoping like mad that the boys in blue wouldn’t come along and charge the ones sitting on knees for not wearing seatbelts ? I remember going around Wellington with 9 in a car-the only one without someone on their knee was the driver.My late elderly neighbour’s brother had an even then old car with running boards and when as many as possible had been squeezed in, anyone who couldn’t fit inside would go on the running boards, holding onto the roof or windows as they went to dances in the next town. They were never caught by the cops and never had a prang. I suppose that the car was so loaded that it couldn’t go fast.

        • Blazer

           /  May 30, 2016

          did they even have seatbelts then…Kitty!

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  May 30, 2016

            Yes, of course, or it wouldn’t have been an offence not to wear them-if you mean when we went 9 in a car. Seatbelts had been in for many years. How could the boys in blue charge people for not using something that cars didn’t have yet ?

            • Blazer

               /  May 30, 2016

              I only asked about ‘apples’ so we could compare like for like…not apples and…pears!

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 30, 2016

          It did sound fun, the way she described it, the girls in their 50s dresses and everyone off to the dance with the ones on the runningboard like something from a film about the 1920s. The car would be worth a bit now !

          When my stepfather was young, he once had to go in the boot because he was the youngest and smallest. Every time that the car stopped, he’d open the boot to let a good bit ot air in, hoping that a cop car wasn’t the one behind.

      • lurcher1948

         /  May 30, 2016

        A nice alloy motor not,

  4. Dougal

     /  May 30, 2016

    The only reason Andrew Little opens his mouth is to change feet. Seems to be learned behaviour, at least 3 of his predecessors suffered the same affliction.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 30, 2016

      1% ? I won’t ask who these are, as the answer would be meaningless.

      This speech has been made untold times before, there’s nothing even remotely original in it.

      • Gezza

         /  May 30, 2016

        This is why I have never bothered with Shakespeare Kitty.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 30, 2016

          Go and wash your mouth out with soap. Shakespeare’s words are timeless masterpieces that never lose their appeal, this is a collection of whiskery old chestnuts. And leave the bathroom door open so that I can see you-none of this wetting the facecloth and rubbing a bit of soap on it, then saying that you’ve done it.

          • Gezza

             /  May 30, 2016

            Frankly, after your telling us you had a good ogle at some male sportsplayer who came out of the shower on tv when you were in England, I’m a bit dubious about leaving the bathroom door open when you’re around Kitty.

  5. Wow, what an impassioned call. They forgot the punch line which was “For God and New Zealand’s sake return John Key and National!!”

    • Blazer

       /  May 30, 2016

      are you going to hum it..or sing it…solo?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 30, 2016

        If those are the sharp punches, I’d hate to read the blunt ones.

        • Gezza

           /  May 30, 2016

          There’s still a chance for Andy to pull it off before the next election.

          • Gezza

             /  May 30, 2016

            No, he’s probably not going to be elected PM now. Email from Susana Cox in my Spam folder tells me the crisis has finished and invites me to work with them.