A wilful, wanton, weak, wobbly, and woeful Winston

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Leader—NZ First): [Interruption] No, these are not for you, Gerry. These are “tins”—t-i-n-s. There is no surplus. Any fool can see that. What we had today was a wilful, wanton, weak, wobbly, woeful Minister with a wilful, wanton, weak, wobbly, and woeful Budget, and they are going to lose the next election, big time.

The most worried people watching me right now are those good, hard-working, loyal National Party voters who know this will not cut it. Out there, in their homeland, and in the provinces and in the regions, there is nothing for them at all. Here was the claim by Mr Joyce—200,000 more jobs in the last 3 years. To get on that list you just have to work 1 hour a week. Who can possibly believe in that sort of hypocrisy? Then they talked about their growth rate. It is actually 2.8 percent, and if you take out the 2 percent of population growth, that is 0.8 percent, and that is down the bottom of the OECD. You cannot believe these people. I know those National Party supporters out there who remember the likes of Holyoake and Holland and all those other people, when they were a worthy party. These people and the whole show are just a bunch of useless, hopeless, lazy, idle, and, in the main, old, use-by-date, well-gone members of Parliament. And they have got something to do with tins; they have got a tin ear. They do not listen. They do not care, and this Budget showed it.

Budgets are meant to be about philosophy. They are meant to be want demarcates a party against all the others. They are meant to be about a plan—a vision—that every sporting and cultural and business enterprise knows you must have, except National came in today with no plan, no vision, no idea. It is just trying to hang on for 3 years so Gerry does not have to do any work and so that some of them do not have to go back to their tawdry, hopeless, former life, where they never had a real job in the first place. Those members do not know what is like to make a lot of money in business at all. They came here because they are political and business failures.

Hon Member: Ha!

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: Oh, do not laugh at me. I do. I have got a record of making some serious money when I had a practice in a law firm. Ha! More than anybody over there made, and I can prove that with the greatest of ease. But I gave up that life for the people and cause of this country, and I have never regretted it—never regretted it.

Did you like the way Steven Joyce reeled out billions and billions and billions of dollars all over 4 years? He never gave a comparison against 2008. He never gave a comparison against what they do in Australia, Canada, Scandinavia, and all the first world countries. No, he thought he could confuse people with big figures, and then the cacophony of clowns got up and what did they do? They clapped him. Unbelievable. I have never seen so many sheep going to the slaughter clapping their way to it—not one Judas goat; about 25 of them. All of the backbench—and they will not be here after the next election. They believe—and they said it again today—in globalisation. They believe in mass immigration.

The UK target is 65 million people. The UK target is net 100,000. New Zealand today has 4.7 million people. Our target? 72,000 as we speak, all cramming into Auckland, spilling over, and every social service is under massive stress with a housing criss that says today to a young student at university “When you leave, it is going to be three times as hard as your parents to get a house.” That is the legacy of this party. Oh, the Government members are not smiling now, are they? Oh, no. I can tell you at home they are all looking down at their noses. They are all fascinated by their correspondence. Some of them are reading the Budget again, trying to make head or tail of it because they can see it might have been the longest suicide note in history for them. That is what is going on here.

Let me tell you how bad these globalists are, because, you know, they do not pay attention to the rest of the world—whether it be Brexit, whether it be the United States, whether it be Australia. The Chinese Government recently is changing regulations to put capital gains taxes on properties held overseas and, guess what, just the other day Chinese investors were rushing to buy land in New Zealand. Two examples: Massey University sold land to Whyburn, which then onsold to a Chinese investor at a massive profit. They did not care what the profit was; they wanted to get that land in New Zealand and they got it. An Auckland golf course sold land to Mansons, which onsold to a Chinese investor at twice the market value. Just two examples. And we sold more land offshore last year—five times more than the previous year. These people are land agents for a foreign culture and for foreign economies, and the very last thing they will ever do is stand up for you.

When we sought to have a register of land and homes in this country so we might know what is going on, these people over here opposed it because they want you to be like their caucus. They want the mushroom principle. They want you in the dark permanently, and our job here is to shine some light on what is going on in this country.

That was a hopeless Budget speech—appalling—and then, to top it off, usually they go from the sublime to ridiculous, but it was ridiculous to pathetic. Up gets Bill English. When you see people standing in a certain way, you know, psychologically, how they are. When somebody goes like that, that means he is open to all sorts of attack because he knows he has got something to hide, and he did most of that.

Hon Simon Bridges: Well, you’re doing it now.

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: Yes, I am just showing—oh, for the benefit of “Simple Simon”—

Mr SPEAKER: Order!

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: —for the benefit of “Simple Simon” of Tauranga, I am showing those people there the way Bill English was standing. And do you know what he said? Do you know what he said? “You’re doing that now.” I mean, do these guys become Ministers in a raffle? It is unbelievable.

He claimed a surplus of $1.7 billion. He claimed a surplus of $1.7 billion. If I am looking at roading, that is $1.7 billion short already. If I am looking at railways, that is $1.7 billion short already. If I look at that Cullen fund, which the Government is not contributing to, that is $2 billion already. If I look at our hospital system, that is $1.7 billion to $2 billion already. And the Government claims a surplus whilst out there. When the struggle is real, it does nothing whatsoever, and that is the reason why it should lose.

It has forgotten what it stands for. That party used to be called the National Party with a capital “N”. Now it is the “International Party”—the puppets of every other society and all other people but ours. That is how bad those members are, and if they think they are going to win the next election—as Muhammad Ali would say, if they even dream they are going to win the next election, they should wake up and apologise. Unbelievable—unbelievable.

There is family poverty, mental health services are in disarray, the conservation estate and services are in dismay because the only work that is going in is if it can help tourists and to hell with New Zealanders and their legacy, social housing and motels—100,000 a night now—and science research and technology in is disarray. Were there any figures today about what it is going to be put into science technology as against GDP so we can have a comparison with Singapore and all the smart countries? No—no comparison at all. There is run away immigration, house price inflation going through the roof, infrastructure deficits in every town and city, and over the regions and provinces there is utter neglect—utter neglect. And the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, as I say, if we were contributing $2 billion a year, then there would be no surplus. We would be down $300 million today.

Hon Gerry Brownlee: So you borrow to save. Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! Borrow to save.

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: That is the truth. That is the truth. Unbelievable.

And here we go. Oh, here we go. The person shouting out here is a man called Gerry Brownlee. If you are down in Christchurch, you will know who he is, because down there they call him “Mr Useless”, “Mr Do Nothing”, “Mr Slow as You Go”, and National made him a foreign Minister. The most amazing thing about that is he does not even know where Canada is. The first thing he did was insult one of our old friends—unbelievable. And then he goes over to Australia, and I bet the Aussies thought “Good God! What’s coming here? What have we got here?”. And then he calls the foreign Minister the Prime Minister. Unbelievable. Not trained—been here for years. He has been here for years. Unbelievable.

The real figure New Zealanders wanted to know today was what our GDP growth per person is. When you know that, you will know whether we are going that way or that way. And why would anybody, with all those economists and all those high-paid people in Treasury, not tell you what the GDP per person growth rate is so you will know against the rest of the world how you are doing? Not a word, not a syllable, not a sound, not a mutter, not a murmur in this Budget because the Government believes in the Budget of mushrooms as a principle. Do not tell the New Zealanders anything!

Do not tell them, for example, that in most trades and most professions, if you are in Australia—

Hon Gerry Brownlee: Funded on mushrooms.

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: Look, do not try to shout me down; I am having a conversation with real people. I am having a conversation with the people of New Zealand. I am not talking about people who spend all their time thinking about their next meal; I am talking about the people who are thinking about the next bill they have got to pay, because out there the struggle, Mr Brownlee, is real, and one party knows it and understands it and has answers for it.

Did the Government tell you how it is going to grow the economy? Did it tell you, for example, that manufacturing against GDP in this country is declining? Did it tell you that exporting as opposed to GDP is declining? Did it tell you, for example, some of the most amazing things in this Budget—and I will get around to it very shortly. But then it got on and said it is doing things for the Māori people. As though the Maori people are not like the rest of us. In this country we have got more red tape. Under the National Government we have got brown tape. That is what we have got: racism, separatism. But let me tell the Māori people out there—and there will be a lot watching right now, up there in Hokianga, in Kaitāia, because they would love to vote on our roll. They are not going to be voting for the National Party, but let me tell you this: after all the work that the Government said that it had given, and money that it has given to the Māori Housing Network—$14.4 million in 2015-16, $17.6 million in 2016-17, and more in this Budget—I want to ask those two members from the Māori Party here, who are here for the next 3 months, how many houses have they built?

Marama Fox: Hundreds.

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: See what Marama Fox says? She opens her mouth, lets the wind blow her tongue around. But the answer out there, Marama, if you are concerned about this: they have built 11—11 houses. That is at $2.8 million a house, and they are not in Paritai Drive or Remuera. No, they are around the country. And they have consented 63 houses. That is, they have given them the consent. Now let me ask you: can you live in a consent? How many people do you know living in consents? This is a sham. It is separatism, racism, an endless campaign.

The people of this country in Māoridom—the followers would be legion, because the mass majority of Māori do not want your policies. The mass majority of Māori want a safe affordable house. They want a decent health system should they fall ill. They want an education system to give their children an escalator for progress in life. They want First World wages and First World jobs. Those four things are what Māoridom wants, and, come to think of it, that is what everyone wants, all around the world and in this country. One party alone understands that, and that is why the Māori will be lining up in their tens and tens of thousands in this campaign to back a party called New Zealand First.

But, of course, we are not separatist. We do not look at our race. We are not gender-biased. We do not look at people’s religion. We take on people because they have a thing called talent, and it starts at the top.

Let me just say, Mr Joyce got up and he said that all these people—1.3 million families—are going to be $26 better off. You know that famous line from The Shawshank Redemption, the movie? “The colossal”—I cannot say the next word. “The colossal [so-and-so] even managed to sound magnanimous.” Twenty-six dollars.

Ladies and gentlemen, in 2006, 2007, and 2008 we gave the minimum wage people $3 extra. We took it from $9 to $12 in 3 years flat. Multiply that by 40—how many extra dollars is that a week? Even Gerry should be able to work that out—even Gerry should be able to work that out. That is $26; we gave them over $120—if they are working Saturday as well, much more than that—per week. We did that 10 years ago. If you give us a chance, we will do it again. But we will make sure that business, because of sound tax policy, is able to pay for it. That is the difference.

You know, Mr Joyce talked about economic growth. He said the economy today—and I am glad he said it—is 14 percent larger than it was 5 years ago. We have looked behind the figures. Take out inflation, then that means it is 9 percent growth in 5 years—that means 1.8 percent per year. Now take out the population growth of 2 percent, and we are not even growing at 1 percent per year. Now more and more economists are beginning to understand that.

But we have got people like—somebody in the New Zealand Herald today, you know the kind who wrote this. He said the Government was swimming in money. Tell that to the people in mental health institutions or who are looking for a home, who are looking for a job—a decent job; some of them have got three jobs—who want to get rid of secondary tax and have a decent life. But here is the real rub, for the benefit of the Māori Party, and it is this—

Marama Fox: We’ll take it—$354 million.

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: —only yesterday—no, no, I saw you get up and clap. But only yesterday the overseas merchandise trade statistics came out, and they revealed the stunning success of National’s much-vaunted tiringly boastful export agenda. guess what has happened? In the 12 months to April this year the New Zealand merchandise exports grew by a staggering—listen to this—0.2 percent. Multiply that by 10—that is 2 percent growth for a decade. And the Government members get up here and say that they have got a plan. They are a joke. Underneath the hype and misinformation it is a fake Budget that delivers nothing meaningful for ordinary New Zealanders, and nothing to make our economy go faster. It does not tell New Zealanders how they compare with the rest of the country.

Ladies and gentlemen, there is an election on 27 September.

Carmel Sepuloni: 23rd.

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: On 23 September, sorry. On 23 September.

Hon Member: Get it right.

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: Ha, ha! That is how I know that they are listening. I was thinking about the day we are all going to be down here as a huge caucus, and I got a bit ahead of myself. I got a bit ahead of myself.

But there is an election on 23 September, and in that campaign, on that day, in that vote, in the 2 weeks beforehand, people are going to have a chance—whether they are going to vote for their province, their families, their communities, or for their politics. Right now all the signs are showing that New Zealanders realise that they better put their hands up for their provinces, for their regions, and for their communities. If they do not do that then nothing will help them now.

I have never seen such a disparity between the rich and the poor, now creeping into the middle-class, in all my life. The great dream of people like Holyoake and others, when that party was a proud party, was a property-owning democracy with the greatest level of egalitarian equality of any society on earth. Look at it now: divisions everywhere. Even now, in wealthy families, people who are poor because they are students—with no chance of ever buying a home unless mum and dad can give them $300,000 or $400,000 to get a start. How many families who thought they were comfortable can afford that? But National has no plan for housing. It is going to bring in the population of Rotorua every year for the next 10 years, but it will not build the infrastructure. If you look at the motorways in Auckland now on a Saturday morning, you will know what a catastrophe this all is.

This has been a day of bad and sad news. The people in this Parliament, watching on that TV station, and listening out there in New Zealand have had to put up with 45 minutes of sad, bad news. But I have got one piece of great news for everybody watching and listening today. I have got one piece of great news for everybody out there who is watching, and it is this: that was Steven Joyce’s first and last Budget.

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  1. Blazer

     /  May 25, 2017

    love it….serving it to Gerry ‘Craig’…’not talking about people who spend all their time thinking about their next meal’.

    • That’s a dirty cheap political shot, all Peters has is repeats of what he has been dishing out for decades.

      • Blazer

         /  May 26, 2017

        anyone in this admin deserves ‘cheap shots’.They have plumbed new depths in dirty politics and puerile behaviour.Brownlee is arrogant and a bully,-look at his barging airport behaviour.As foreign Affairs minister,he is already….making McCully…look good…ffs.

  2. PDB

     /  May 25, 2017

    Winston: “These people and the whole show are just a bunch of useless, hopeless, lazy, idle, and, in the main, old, use-by-date, well-gone members of Parliament.”

    Pot – kettle – black.

    • Corky

       /  May 25, 2017

      He didn’t realize he was doing a parody of himself. The charisma that would have given him gravitas previously was missing….maybe gone forever. National must hope they can get by without him.

      • PDB

         /  May 25, 2017

        Unless people wake up it wont matter who gets in govt if Winston is needed to prop them up – they will be doomed to being a one-term wonder.

        • He’s a silly, seedy,smallminded,squat,sodden, slack,senile, sloppy, smart-arse show-off who is severely past his sell-by date….

          • Blazer

             /  May 27, 2017

            Winston deserves respect if only for his longevity and persistence….his expose of the Winebox and BNZ frauds will endear him to me…forever.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  May 27, 2017

            Not to mention smirking and scandalmongering….and no, I didn’t look in the s’s in the dictionary….I have a very varied & voluminous vocabulary 😀

            • Blazer

               /  May 28, 2017

              your imollient,immodesty hides a vituperative,vapid….vernacular.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 28, 2017

              That doesn’t make sense. Vapid and vituperative contradict each other, and imollient (sic) doesn’t make sense either in this sentence.

  3. He’s a nasty, hateful man. All he has ever had was words. He doesn’t care a fig about the “people”, the person looking to ” pay their next bill”. He does nothing. Honestly, showing off about his days in law and saying how successful he was, then denouncing everyone in govt as beneath him. What is he thinking. That bluster might appeal to some, but he’s nothing but a negative Norman and bitter bully as I see it.

    • PDB

       /  May 25, 2017

      From that performance it appears even his words are failing him along with his memory – sounded like some drunken rant.

      • He so often sounds like he’s been in a bar all day.

        • Blazer

           /  May 26, 2017

          a trait very common with…lawyers.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  May 27, 2017

            Not that kind of bar, he hasn’t been near a courtroom for decades.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 27, 2017

              Lawyers are AT the bar, not in it.

            • Blazer

               /  May 27, 2017

              whiskey at the ..Olde Bailey…or the Backbenchers.

  4. Patu

     /  May 25, 2017

    Weak & wobbly? We will see, when this months poll results arrive…

  5. Bill Brown

     /  May 26, 2017

    Winston has stopped smoking – anyone else noticed? So he is either sick, which many say he is, or he’s really grumpy as he’s not wearing his nicotine patches

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 27, 2017

      Or both,

      I was astounded to read that Bill Ralston is not 65 yet, he looks at least 75. What an Awful Warning to smokers. This is what it does to you.

      • Blazer

         /  May 27, 2017

        Ralston has always had a bad head…his complexion gave Noriega a run for the..money.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 28, 2017

          He can’t help his complexion. I meant his generally old look, the look that smokers tend to have-it’s a very aging habit. He looks years older than he is.

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