Q+A – Winston Peters

Winston Peters today on Q+A:

Will he be informative or cantankerous?

Is his aim to change the Government or change the economic system.

He says he wants economics that works for the majority, as opposed to what he says has happened over the last 33 years – the ‘neo-liberal experiment’. Sounds like he is targeting Labour votes.

Buy back assets? Sort of, vaguely answered.

Subsidies dairy farms? Sort of, vaguely answered, “we will clean up this country”.

Noticeable in the procession of members entering the NZ First congress is the number of walking sticks and zimmer frames.

He says he will give farmers tax breaks.

Managing the currency? “Never mentioned it at all”. “We’re going to stop this mass information and mismanagement of our currency”.

Capital controls? Back to the failed 33 year experiment. He prefers the marvels of Singapore economics.

It’s completely different? “You’re talking balderdash”.

He wants to see the country independent of a reliance on foreign investment. No indication how.

Linking the “neo-liberal experiment” to National, Labour and Greens again.

What NZ First intends to do is take public spending towards productivity and exports.

Would you run deficits? He won’t be constrained by other party’s spending limits.

“It’s the battle for new Zealand and we intend to win it”.

Changing economic performance  with “incentivisation”.

Talk of a new ‘gold card’ for disable people.

“Fake news is what I see on the 6 o’clock news”.

Peters is trying to push every populist button he can think of.

But there’s one glaring contradiction. He is promoting himself as the anti-establishment option, but wants to become the new establishment by going back to Muldoon-era interventionist over-management.



  1. sorethumb

     /  July 16, 2017

    Winston sounds terrible: he wants to nationalise everything (having listened with one ear. This is a problem of parties with a limited pool of talent, all getting together in a cave somewhere.
    The man with the answers is Kerry McDonald – Executive of the Year
    The serious consequences of having no clear and sound strategic framework for policy are evident and New Zealand as we know and value it is being fatally damaged. Think about it:


  2. artcroft

     /  July 16, 2017

    Fantastic I really enjoyed Muldoon’s price freeze, and not being able to drive on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. Can I still be 8 years old like I was back then.

  3. Get used to it… Winston is going to decide in September post polls who rules…. actually make that he will decide in October or November or maybe December…..wasn’t it 6-7 weeks of negotiations back in the Bolger era?

  4. sorethumb

     /  July 16, 2017

    I have to say i get sick of TVZN etc and their focus on “Ching, chong china man”” (host society racism). There is a powerful group behind migration policy – an army of academics on the taxpayer teat and the public servants they have spawned – all spouting white privilege and other nonsense.

    EG this specimen (who “works with racism every day”) – HRC?

    Guerilla Surgeon said…
    Indeed, white “middle class” – as Americans tend to call the working class – males have certainly been ignored. And they have lost ground. But they are basically resentful of minorities who seem to be jumping ahead of them in the queue for goodies. Particularly those who they considered to be “lazy” – which is dog whistle for black. When you lived a life of privilege for so long, equality begins to look like discrimination.
    17 November 2016 at 16:03

    • sorethumb

       /  July 16, 2017

      Jordan Petersen rails against extreme academics who while paid by taxpayers are diametrically opposed to Western values.

  5. Jack P

     /  July 16, 2017

    I’m voting for Winston. He answered the questions head on and I like his policies. Much better than the rest who keep forgetting about average hard working kiwis.

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 16, 2017

    There is a glorious symmetry here.

    Winston appeals to the ordinary folk who think beltway politics is full of duplicitous scheming rogues.

    Everyone in beltway politics thinks Winston is a duplicitous scheming rogue.

    • Gezza

       /  July 16, 2017

      Please give yourself an uptick for that one as well Alan. It deserves two from me.

      • patupaiarehe

         /  July 16, 2017

        As much as I like Winston, Alan gets a tick from me too… 😀

    • Jack P

       /  July 17, 2017

      Who cares what the beltway politicians think. They screwed up this country in a fierce way.