Peters blames ‘alt-right’ and NZ First member bewilderment for criticism of UN compact on migration

Winston Peters goes into irony overdrive in a grumpy interview blaming others of dog whistle politics over the UN migration accord.

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister has blamed “a campaign strategy by the alt-right” to discredit his and the Government’s support of the accord – see Government to sign controversial UN Migration Compact – and agrees (or doesn’t disagree) that NZ First party members are bewildered.

And he criticises anyone who doesn’t align with his views on the accord – including taking swipes at interviewer Mike Yardley and Australia.

Newstalk ZB: Peters blames ‘alt-right’ for UN migration pact criticism

Winston Peters says the UN Migration Compact has been misrepresented by people spouting nonsense who want to lie to the public.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister says uninformed people and the “alt-right” are intentionally misleading about the true nature of the agreement.

He says the legal advice is very clear that it’s not legally binding, and won’t override our immigration laws and he is entirely comfortable with adopting it.

Peters told Mike Yardley it’s an agreement in principle about how we reduce harmful, illegal migration and how to stop trafficking.

“We have decided as a matter of principal it wouldn’t be a bad idea to sign up to the agreement. Just because there have been people dog whistling false information on this, that doesn’t mean we will sway.”

Winston Peters says he is comfortable with the compact, despite the outcry from many people, especially NZ First members, who believe the agreement will sign away the country’s sovereignty.

He says the compact doesn’t blur the lines between legal and illegal migration, and they are not legally bound to the document.

“We are trying to stop the awful human trafficking of people, and the corruption of people. These are dreadful things which are happening around the world.

You have a campaign strategy by the alt-right to try and spread misinformation on this, it is just not true.”

There is audio of the interview at the Newstalk ZB link. It concludes:

Mike Yardley: Are you receiving lot’s of congratulatory messages from your party faithful?

Winston Peters: No.

Mike Yardley: Are you surprised?

Winston Peters: No.

Mike Yardley: Are they bewildered?

Winston Peters: (I think he says or meant to say) Well guess why? Because you’ve had a group of, a campaign strategy by the alt-right in particular, and it is the alt-right in this case…

Mike Yardley: Is Paul Spoonley alt-right Winston?

Winston Peters: Oh well actually Mr Spoonley is a sociologist from Massey University, and doesn’t understand the law, so he can opine all he likes…

Mike Yardley: Is Chris Trotter alt-right?

Winston Peters: No he’s not alt-right, and if Chris Trotter is talking about the political consequences of sometimes having to do something called principle.

There is a lot of criticism of Winston’s support of the accord on the NZ First Facebook page: Response to Winston Peters support of UN Migration Compact

He is also being slammed at Kiwiblog (in General Debate comments), and Whale Oil, in the absence of pro Winston activist Cameron Slater, has gone into anti-Winston overdrive:

That may be the closest thing to the alt-right in New Zealand.

Peters really doesn’t sound comfortable being on the receiving end of criticism from the demographic that in the past he has often appealed to for support.

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45 Comments

  1. David

     /  21st December 2018

    I wonder if this is the quid pro quo for the total neutering of Labours employment law changes, there is absolutely no way that Ardern couldnt sign this agreement it would have smoked her reputation, instead its smoked Peters or what was left of it.

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    • Duker

       /  21st December 2018

      probably the same reason Nationals UN delegation supported the UN Migrant/Refugee declarations last time they came up around 2016 or so.

      “On 19 September 2016, the nations of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. The Declaration recognized a need for more cooperation between nations to manage migration effectively.[6] The declaration set off a process leading to the negotiation of the Global Compact for Migration.”
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Compact_for_Migration
      Not only did NZ vote for it then but spoke glowingly
      https://www.un.org/press/en/2016/ga11820.doc.htm

      Flip Flop from national now they are in opposition ….who would have guessed

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      • David

         /  21st December 2018

        Whats National got to do with it, the xenophobic racist anti immigrant party NZ First has endorsed it which is noteworthy.

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        • Duker

           /  21st December 2018

          National were for it before they were against it …sound familiar

          Anyway the party election policy was :
          Attract highly skilled migrants by reducing numbers to around 10,000 per annum. Increase, the Permanent Residency qualification period from the current two-years.
          Ensure immigration under ‘family reunion’ is strictly controlled.
          Make sure effective measures are put in place to stop the exploitation of migrant workers with respect to wages, safety and work conditions. In Christchurch and elsewhere there is evidence of exploitation of migrant workers.
          Develop strategies to encourage the regional dispersion of immigration to places other than Auckland and the main centres.
          Substantially increase the minimum English requirement.
          https://www.interest.co.nz/news/87357/election-2017-party-policies-immigration
          Mostly harmless stuff , maybe the reducing the numbers to 10K ie the permanent residency category hasnt got through the coalition agreement ? SAD

          Where did you get your ‘xenophobic racist anti immigrant ‘ rant from ?
          Did peters Tweet it ! hahahahaha

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        • lurcher1948

           /  21st December 2018

          Do you have a Jacinda voodoo doll David,just,asking for a friend

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    • kluelis

       /  21st December 2018

      Alt right? Winston’s entire career has been based on ” make promise then deflect criticism of said failed promise”. To be fair he has been damn good at it or at least there have always been enough gullibles out there to Keep Win… err winning. Alt right, Alt left it’s all the same to Winstonio Houdinio he just presses Alt Control Delete- terminate reboot waka jump start again 🙂

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  2. Gezza

     /  21st December 2018

    What can one say? Winston’s correct, & his critics are correct that he’s a hypocrite & a bullshitter, that he conned them, & that they should never vote for him again because he can’t be trusted. God knows we’ve told them often enuf. Everything else is just pure comedy.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  21st December 2018

      Why hasn’t anyone else made the obvious remark about it being no surprise about NZF voters having always been ‘bewildered’ ?

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    • Gezza

       /  21st December 2018

      This is why I now like Hosking. He’s absolutely correct here. He might go off like a wonky firecracker on the odd occasion with something completely idiotic but he often gets straight to the real facts & the real issues & talks simple common sense. And says all that needs to said in about one minute.

      How were you able to post that clip, PG?

      Reply
    • Blazer

       /  21st December 2018

      looks old…and pretty tired.Needs a shave,and a good kicking.

      Reply
      • Gezza

         /  21st December 2018

        At least he seems to be wearing one of his own jackets today, not one of his Mrs’s. I assume all his shirts are in the wash. Needs to learn to do his own washing. She’s busy too.

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        • Duker

           /  21st December 2018

          Busy , his wife does a 30 min radio show , while Hosking ‘works’ for 2 1/2 hrs a day, plus has 8-10 weeks leave per year. ‘Loves his job’ apparently

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          • Gezza

             /  21st December 2018

            You’re forgetting all the thinking time they have to put into their work, surely? 😉

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            • Duker

               /  21st December 2018

              Thinking ? They have off air producers who do all the donkey work.
              but thinking while waiting for the washing machine to finish is possible …so Im told.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  21st December 2018

              Yes, we all know that broadcasters just walk in, do the broadcast and then do nothing until the next time. It’s like teachers who only work 9 – 3 and have all the holidays off.

  3. lurcher1948

     /  21st December 2018

    Winstons the man,checked out his Facebook page and there were kiwiblog posters posting,and any thought that hes finished is a laugh.The poor right are struggling for a hit,Bridges with Jacinda,Chris with Wally,Nation are like the NZ cricket team,just when they think they are winning they shoot themselves in the foot.
    PS
    Merry Christmas Winston and thanks for keeping us in step with rest of the world
    PPS
    Raise our pension

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  4. artcroft

     /  21st December 2018

    In the pic Jacinda’s clearly enjoying the irony that her lot ran attack adds against the yellow menace buying up all our housing but it just Peter’s who takes it in the rear over their combined hypocrisy.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  21st December 2018

      They did make fools of themselves with the Chinese people having names like Patel and Robinson. The attack ads bit them on the bum well and truly.

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  5. lurcher1948

     /  21st December 2018

    All forgotten after the holidays

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    • kluelis

       /  21st December 2018

      Probably forgotten by boxing day

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      • Duker

         /  21st December 2018

        National party has ‘forgotten’ they voted for the Migration pact when they were in government… but they remember they can can still dupe their dumb supporters

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      • The Consultant

         /  21st December 2018

        Yes. I see a lot of people excitedly talking about all these NZ First voters who are angry and betrayed and turning their back on the party and will never vote for them again and blah, blah, blah……

        One thing that’s being forgotten. They’re New Zealand First voters.

        FFS, this is not the first time they’ve been sucked in over the last thirty years by the old fraud, so there’s no reason to think he won’t be able to get their votes again in 2020 with the usual mixture of bribery (improved Gold Card), plus growling about something else that’s wrong with “New” Zealand as he wanders the retirement homes.

        Sure, there’s always the chance that this time it won’t happen – Black Swans and all that – but he was turfed out of Parliament in the 2008 election because of the whole Owen Glenn thing, and still managed to get back three years later.

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        • Duker

           /  21st December 2018

          They arent NZ first voters… they are jigged up by national partys emails to go out and ‘do this’

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          • The Consultant

             /  21st December 2018

            Yes, the messages come straight from the grassy knoll outside National Party HQ.
            /sarc

            (normally I would not need to put that last bit in, but I sense I’m dealing with a “special” person in Duker.)

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            • Duker

               /  21st December 2018

              You need to be more alert. Its well known national party activists play the same game on talkback and social media

            • Duker

               /  21st December 2018

              The Con-sultant seems to believe that ‘because its online’ it must be true.
              The give away was all the comments had a similar wording , while in reality Peters voters support the man and not the policy details so much and have over time forgiven every transgression. Trump has same effect and Key was very similar

            • phantom snowflake

               /  21st December 2018

              “…on talkback and social media.” Likewise, the Kiwiblog Clone Army appears to have a division stationed here permanently.

            • The Consultant

               /  21st December 2018

            • alloytoo

               /  21st December 2018

              @Duker
              “You need to be more alert. Its well known national party activists play the same game on talkback and social media.”

              While we realize that you’re a newly imported intern (better check your visa work requirements BTW), don’t presume that a similar apparatus exists in National, after all most National supporters are too busy working to troll Winston First’s facebook. (or anybody’s for that matter)

            • Duker

               /  21st December 2018

              All those national mps have up to 4 electorate staff each, as we found out party work is part of the duties. Look at the numbers ‘hard at work’ who found the time to defend Snapchat man. Pure as the driven snow they claimed …. The outrage of a mum going public but staying anonymous. She knows how Nationals troll army works if you want to protect your pre teen daughter from ‘politics’….yes yes we know they were only talking about Uganda

            • alloytoo

               /  21st December 2018

              @Duker

              Stop projecting.

              The rest of the us won’t stoop to Labour’s level.

          • Tell me why any NZFirst supporter who subscribed to Peters’ hardline on migrants ( all of them) would support this initiative?

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            • Blazer

               /  23rd December 2018

              as you know the ‘man’ is more important than the message..we only need to look at ‘Honky Tonks’ to validate this.
              As Kim DC said even if HT..was caught on camera shooting kittens the faithfull would …forgive..

  6. kluelis

     /  21st December 2018

    Shane Warne could spin out the Pommie cricket team
    but our Winston has been spinning
    NZ Politics for 40 years.

    Pop group Simple Image knew it all along back in 1968.

    “A fallen angel taught me how to fly
    and a prisoner taught me to be free

    And Winston went Spinning, spinning, spinning
    through this magic land
    Heading back to the beginning of the end
    The master’s hand
    I’ve seen the world tomorrow
    A sparkling grain of sand
    being washed by years of laughter guided by the master’s hand

    Spinning, spinning, spinning
    Spinning, spinning, spinning
    Spinning, spinning, spinning
    Spinning, spinning, ………

    I’m dancing now I’ve got no feet
    My eyes are gone the light shines bright
    My wings are clipped and as I soar
    our love runs free forever more.
    And now Winston’s* spinning spinning spinning”

    1978-2018
    Winston the King of spin.
    40 years on still spinning
    all his opponents into a tizz.

    *Change of lyric.

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  7. lurcher1948

     /  21st December 2018

    For the grumpy party of losers, National voters as a courtesy here is the National party petition to sign
    The link to the petition:

    https://www.national.org.nz/say_no_to_un_migration_pact?utm_campaign=migration_pact&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nationalparty
    Good luck

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    • Duker

       /  21st December 2018

      Just another email/Facebook harvesting scheme…maybe so they can hit them up for money as well. Well it’s either that or another Chinese mp to raise the money

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      • The Consultant

         /  21st December 2018

        Well it’s either that or another Chinese mp to raise the money
        Meet Raymond Huo
        His big deal in 2017 was producing a slogan for Labour that was a straight copy of Xi’s slogan for the Chinese Communist Party.

        “Duker” – 200% brainless Labour partisan.

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        • Blazer

           /  23rd December 2018

          Dr Jiang..’I was told not to mention it’…residency application..what a wonderful….excuse.

          Do behave.

          Reply
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