Political posturing and petulance at Waitangi

In the past it was common at Waitangi for protesters to target politicians with posturing and petulance, but yesterday it was political leaders doing the dick waving.

Simon Bridges walked onto the lower marae with an expression that appeared to attempt an air of gravitas, but was closer to ass. he seemed to think that a four lane highway was a priority for Northland Maori.

Winston Peters manouvered James Shaw and smirked, then pulled rank on Shane Jones to take over his speaking slot, characteristically laughing at his own humour, but claiming he was incensed at Bridges (and the media) politicising the day, as he further politicised the day.

And Shane Jones took politics further, saying he intended to ‘take down National in Northland’.

One News:

Newshub:  New Zealand First’s Shane Jones reveals plan to take down National in Northland

Relations between Simon Bridges and Winston Peters have gone from frosty to arctic at Waitangi, and this might make things worse: Shane Jones has exclusively revealed to Newshub there’s a plan afoot to take down National in Northland, with him at the centre of it.

Jones, the self-proclaimed champion of the regions and boy from the north, has put in a bid with his party to run in Northland, the seat his boss Winston Peters – leader of New Zealand First – seized from National in 2015 but lost to them again in 2017.

The rift between New Zealand First and National escalated to all-out war at Waitangi on Tuesday when politicians were welcomed onto the upper marae.

Peters didn’t pretend to hide his disdain, laughing and ridiculing National leader Simon Bridges right through his speech. Even Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern got caught in the act, sharing a giggle with veteran Maori activist Titewhai Harawira.

And when Bridges’ speech wrapped, Peters refused to stand.

This confirms that Bridges had no choice but to rule doing any sort of post election deal with NZ First, but Peters seems to think that isn’t a solid commitment.

RNZ: Winston Peters convinced National Party would be open to coalition

Winston Peters says he knows for a fact the National Party will still be open to coalition talks with New Zealand First after the election, despite the party’s leader Simon Bridges ruling it out.

Bridges says he can’t trust Peters and his caucus is united behind his decision to rule out working with New Zealand First.

Any credibility Bridges may have by the election would be annihilated if he changed his mind after the election.

The BFD (Whale Oil renamed to avoid legal and financial issues) is still pimping for Peters and NZ First. They seem to think that Bridges could be rolled and he and Paula Bennett (and everyone else who Lusk and Slater don’t like) dumped after the election and a new leadership would join force with Peters. That’s as likely as Slater shedding his political toxicity.

And Jacinda Ardern has indicated that Labour won’t help Jones and NZ First in Northland.

RNZ: No NZ First -Labour electoral pact in Northland – Ardern

Ardern said Labour would not be stepping aside for New Zealand First in Northland.

“I didn’t do deals last election, I have no plans to do deals this election,” she said.

When asked if Prime will be campaigning at full capacity Ardern said “you can bet on that”.

So National has ruled out NZ First, and Ardern has ruled out helping NZ First. I think that Labour has to play hardball in their own interests, cosying up to Peters and Jones would damage their chances of retaining power.

Talking of power, Ardern would have much more of it as Prime Minister if she didn’t have Peters dictating to her as virtual co-leader (who thinks he deserves to be the boss).

And with Bridges trying to look serious and instead looking silly as he jousts with Peters and Jones, The antics at Waitangi may be a signal that the day of the dick waver is over.

Ardern usually does well at big events, and after yesterday without doing anything but be there her re-election chances look quite a lot better.

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24 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  5th February 2020

    Waitangi Day = nastiness, still.

    NZ is over it.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  5th February 2020

      I didn’t see Jacinda giggling but did see Winston behaving like an oafish schoolboy.

      The PM is a fool if she trusts old Titewhai, she must know what a vicious old bat she is.

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  2. Duker

     /  5th February 2020

    We know that one of the reasons Key quite the leadership of National was because he could read the entrails and would have to kiss Peters’ ring to stay PM after the election.
    After ruling Winston out for 3 previous elections , with no noticeable effect on NZF vote ( it was up and down for other reasons) its likely that some in Nationals caucus will be happy to take the proffered hand AND prostrate themselves 3 times saying Repent

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  3. lurcher1948

     /  5th February 2020

    All i can say it must be scary for the nasty, rightwing posters on Kiwi blog, and YSB, and HERE who hate the Maori (murri ) in their eyes who are all raping thieving,dole bludging druggy scum), National…Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett are MAORI,ACT David Seymour is a Maori hence his love of AR15s, its all about Maoris and guns, IT GETS WORSE the Greens are run by Maori, and finally Winston Peters whos into UTU.SO FOLKS VOTE PM Jacinda Ardern for a white New Zealand Prime Minister, and a female to boot, NOT an aggressive Maori leader worrier………………….Vote for a WHITE LEADER, Jacinda Ardern

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    • Corky

       /  5th February 2020

      Well, Lurchy, I like to say you and concrete wall have much in common. But I think your post is spot on. Now you know why I don’t vote. Pretty cool, huh? BTW… who are you voting for?
      I reckon you will be voting for King Ansell’s White Knight Party.😂

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  5th February 2020

        Colin King-Ansell is a Nazi who is a white supremacist. He doesn’t have a party called the White Knight Party.

        I often disagree with Lurch, but I know that he isn’t a Nazi and would never call him one. Nor is he likely to vote for any white supremacist party run by Colin King-Ansell who is a great admirer of Hitler and his policies.

        This is a gross insult to Lurch. I hope that Pete will delete the slur.

        No, not voting is not cool, people who don’t vote can’t logically complain about a government that they did nothing to change.

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  4. David

     /  5th February 2020

    I think it needs to be noted that politicians who are bold while the commentariat gasp and hand wring are doing exceptionally well in elections, both to the left and the right, and Bridges will be rewarded for his call and his succinct explanation of why he is doing it.

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    • Blazer

       /  5th February 2020

      what policies do you like from National going forward David?

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      • Corky

         /  5th February 2020

        Raptor Squad.

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      • David

         /  5th February 2020

        I dont think the policies vary much between the two parties to be honest but I think National are on the whole better operators of the state.
        I dislike the distributionist nature of Labour in a general sense like the fees free university that is available to the upper middle classes and the same with the power payment to pensioners, I have a relative who,s trust I look after who is worth north of 3 million and gets help with her power bill…dumb spending by weak minded people who wont put in the effort to help those who actually could use it and deliver it to them in a thought out manner. I say this as someone who paid 6 figures in tax and gst last year, just be thoughtful with my money.

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        • Blazer

           /  5th February 2020

          well National introduced the Super scheme that includes payment to millionaires too–no means testing.

          Not sure that Nationals policy of borrowing bigtime to fund tax cuts is..prudent to say the…least.

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          • David

             /  6th February 2020

            Current policies not ones from 50 years ago. I havent seen any policies that are for borrowing for tax cuts either, perhaps I missed it.

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  5. David

     /  5th February 2020

    And further I think it makes Ardern look a little weak and totally overshadowed by Peters again with his behaviour, she regained a little credibility by not standing aside in Northland. She has a bit of a problem now to her left and is likely to bleed votes to the Greens, Peters and NZ First are hardly popular amongst the woke middle class urban voters.
    Bridges move will probably see NZFirst under 5% and the Greens closer to 10% at Labours expense.

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    • Duker

       /  5th February 2020

      And the way he gets 47% of the vote and a side deal with ACT to get him over the line?
      The SFO case will have Bridges fingerprints all over their case , but as per normal he wouldn’t have made any statement to the investigator’s …like Trump answering questions face to face is ‘too compromising’ . JLR would have kept the best till last …all the better to catch some people in ‘contradictions’

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      • David

         /  5th February 2020

        I think 47ish% is doable and Act picks up a couple of seats with their profile lifted by the euthanasia referendum. NZ First waste 3 odd % and Labour is 38% and the Greens 9ish%.

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        • Duker

           /  5th February 2020

          Euthanasia referendum was NZ first idea

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          • David

             /  6th February 2020

            Its widely seen as an Act driven policy and one that fits with their core values. Dont know anyone that associates it with NZ First except perhaps with their ageing leader.

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  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  5th February 2020

    The dear PM was floundering and waffling over the Labour Party allegations; making weak excuses about how human beings make mistakes, rambling on and on and digging herself in deeper and deeper. Qui s’excuse, s’accuse.

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    • Blazer

       /  5th February 2020

      ‘allegations’….hilarious the stench around National atm is ….telling…isn’t your olefactory sense working?

      Reply

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