Posts Tagged ‘ Winston Peters ’

Side Show Pete Fatigue

The Winston Peters saga now seems to have developed a life of it’s own, and as such has gone from being a revelation to being a bit of a yawn. I suspect that shortly it will have reached proportions that will allow the MSM to dedicate the subject it’s own header button – you’ll have ‘National News’ ‘Regional News’ ‘Politics’ and ‘Winston Peters’.

This is not to say none of this is important, it is, because it demonstrates just how rotten politicians can become over time, especially if they end up having nothing else in their lives except their ‘jobs’. Peters has been there so long now he’s a permanent fixture but as Bob Jones points out in his article on stuff.co.nz he stopped being principled long ago and driven by personal ambition and hatred of the media.

Politicians do live in a rarefied atmosphere and insulated from the ‘real world’, the degree to which they become separated from reality is dependant on what they did before they got voted in, and the quality of their family life seems to play a factor.

If Peters lived in the real world he would have bowed out and turned his skills to something in the private sector – fund raising for example – but he is too deep in to see that he could have bowed out and done so in a positive way. It’s too late for that and even if the latest revelations don’t sink him, it clearly going to be a death by a thousand cuts and there is no way he can come out of it with a shred of dignity or credibility.

I’m surprised Peter Williams has allowed himself to be involved and dragged into such a messy event. While I don’t agree with everything he says, he is clearly someone with principals, whereas Peters seems to have abandoned his years ago. What on earth possessed him to think that Peters was a victim here is beyond me.

My prediction is that this will drag on so long that the voters will lose interest and it will descend into legal arguments that will go on well past the election. This means that Clark won’t need to reinstate him, getting her off the hook. I also think Peters will scrap 5% and be back into parliament. If NZ First was a real political party rather than what is so clearly a cash cow for Winston, then it’s membership base would have got together and ditched him. 

The one good thing to come out of this is National’s principled stand of not doing business with NZ First after the election, even if it means they dont go into government. That was a big call to make and maybe it shows that overall, there are some politicians out there with bottom lines after all, because the last month has tested that theory to the limits!

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A vote for NZ First a vote for Labour

I blogged about this last month, my personal feeling being that Key had a lot to gain by ruling out a coalition with NZ First (read Winston First), and nothing much to lose.

Now Key has come out and effectively ruled out any coalition with NZ First – unless National get a proper explanation from Winston about what the hell’s been going on. The chance of this are nil, Winston is living in his own fantasy world where he is the most stunningly intelligent gifted politician in the universe, and the rest of us a thick, naive, brain dead morons who believe everything he says.

Winston has become so deluded that I think he actually believes himself, which is not surprising really, you would need to suspend belief to believe him, so for him to sound so convincing he has had to do the same thing.

The whole Winston saga, way back before any of the latest rubbish came to light, has always had a strong whiff of hypocrisy about it. Anyone who has taken more than a passing interest in his political career would know that most of his positions were untenable, and that as a populist he just pressed whatever buttons got a surge in his rating and to hell with principals or logic.

Sooner of later this was all going to bite him in the arse.

Well, finally, this may be happening.

If Key sticks to his word, he will go down as the first party leader to show some principals and guts when it came to NZ First. Oh, and sticking to your word doesn’t mean performing the same gymnastics that Clark pulls, it means you’ll not have anything to do with NZ First until we’re all completely clear about what’s going on, not you having some quiet meeting and being ‘personally’ satisfied with his explanation. All NZders deserve to know what has been going on because we foot the bill for this crap, and clearly some pretty fast and loose stuff has been going on that some might think looked a lot like corruption.

This position from Key has put him way up in my estimation. Politically it is a big call and possibly this indicates that in fact Key is someone who can make such decisions and will prove to be an effective and decisive leader.

Here’s a photo of Winston not attending the Bloodstock Auctions at Karaka in 2006… glad we got that cleared up!

Lawyer Speak – Winston First

There is a fascinating transcript of an interview NBR did with Brian Henry about how Winston financed, or did not finance, his legal bill, well actually it’s not a bill (yet) for the Electoral Petition last election (That Winston lost,).

It’s well worth reading because it shows you just the level of moral chicanery that these guy’s are up too.

I’ve seen this sort of thing before. It’s the same convoluted arguments and justifications and legalese, it’s something people in countries like China, Tonga, Pakistan, Russia would be used to hearing. Coincidentally all these countries are right down bottom of Transparceny International’s list rating corruption in countries internationally.

Fortunately we are still number one, but this sort of thing makes you wonder how long we can hold that spot, because I think it’s a slippery slope we are on!

Here’s the link to NBR’s interview... ‘enjoy’!

Winston & Helen, racing off with your money.

Nestled in an article on stuff.co.nz this morning was this paragraph that made me choke on my flat white!

Mr Peters is the darling of the racing industry after announcing in May that the Government would put up $9 million over three years in prizes for some of New Zealand’s premier races, as part of a co-sponsorship deal with the industry.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4654847a11.html

This is the hypocrite who has been caught well and truly with his pants down with the completely shonky set up of NZ First in order to avoid spending caps and to disguise donations from the ‘big money’ entities Winston likes to rail against.

You’d think there was an election in a few months, oh, wait, there is!

That would explain the $9 million of your hard earned wages that Auntie Helen has taken from you, given to Winston, and he is using to shore up support in the racing industry in an attempt to get re elected.

$9 million folks…

…for the racing industry. Think about that for a minute.

That’s not for more hip-replacements, a 12 month Herceptin program, 100 extra police or a couple more teachers at little Jonny’s school. No, it’s for a bunch of horses running around a track… wow, I feel better already, what a wise sensible use of taxes. NOT.

When you go home tonight consider this, 20 – 39% of your wages that you worked today to earn, was taken by the IRD, filtered through a whole bunch of high cost bureaucracy (public sector workers are now paid higher than their private sector counterparts) and Winston and Helen just wrote a cheque out to the frigging racing industry on your behalf in some “co-sponsorship deal”.

I have no idea what the co-sponsorship deal was, because the “meerkat’ at The Press didn’t bother to find out, he was more interested in Winston’s bloody hair. 

As I have no way of knowing what the sponsorship was for I can only guess it was along the lines of, “here’s some cash, you sponsor (i.e. vote) us back into Parliament this year”. I am at a loss to think what other practical purpose it could have, or what the hell you and I would want to “sponsor” in the racing industry.

If the racing industry needs $9 million of our taxes to survive then maybe it’s time to call in the vet and have it put down. I have no interest in racing, and if they can’t survive as a commercial entity that’s because the market says “not enough people are prepared to pay for this”.

If, on the other hand the racing industry doesn’t need $9 million from us, then WTF are Winston & Helen giving it to them for???

I’ve seen all the flash houses out at Karaka with sleek million dollar horses lounging around the perfectly manicured countryside. It doesn’t strike me as an industry in dire trouble, like, say sheep farming.

So if you’re wondering why Michael Cullen couldn’t give your cash back in a tax cut, it’s because they were busy doing sponsorship deals with anyone who would take the cash, anyone but you or I. Helen and Mike both know how to spend your money more productively than you do, this being a shining example.

This alone should be a reason not to vote for either party in the upcoming election. This high-lights the unhealthy relationship between Labour (transpose National if you like), NZ First and whatever ‘baubles of office’ Winston Peters requires in order to give the government his parties vote of confidence… that’s unhealthy enough, the racing industry, whose been making donations to NZ First is another matter all together!

Winston First

Listening to the kiddies at play in their sandpit Parliament yesterday I noticed that National spent most of their time going for Clark. Winston even made some comment after his ‘speech’ to the effect of “is that all” when there was only mild murmuring from the opposition benches.

I dawned on me ( a bit slow ) why Key and National were leaving Winston alone… they need his vote after the election if they are to form a Government.

I see a lot of ‘right’ and ‘left’ wing bloggers have been railing against Winston, but now I believe this is miss guided, actually they should be getting stuck into Labour and National, they are the ones who give NZ First and Winston life blood. So what if he gets five percent, if he wasn’t there with the profile and baubles of office, he would be polling down where ACT is (sorry guy’s but it’s true).

Winston is like a habitually spoilt child, stamping his feet and demanding the shiny toys, then strutting around the playground grandstanding and showing off, his parents (pick Labour or National, they’ve both been there) stand on the side lines like blushing parents willing to excuse their off springs every little fault.

And so was Clark today, who cares if he was legally right, he is morally wrong and an epic hypocrite, and she knows it but she’ll say whatever it takes to keep her government together. This unedifying spectacle will be repeated again and again probably with National next time.

There is a way out, but Clark didn’t have the balls, so it’s unlikely Key will either.

National needs to come out and state that it will not form a coalition with NZ First or any party involving Winston, his politics is not the sort of thing National thinks is good for NZ and if people want to vote for him that’s their right, but his options lie with Labour not with National and voters will need to consider that at the polling booth.

This would cut of the life support (it surely must be good for 2 – 3%) that these two parties have given Winston, and so voters that National is serious about making a break from the sleazy politics that become stock in trade of the Labour government.

The chances of National and Key doing this are low, and that’s why I think National represents ‘Labour Lite’, a kind of light purple in shade of Labour. Disappointing, but political reality as this is not the team that will make any changes and move NZ forward, they could, they have the talent, but I suspect that the prospect of being the Government will be too much for them and they will give in to Winston an the circus will repeat itself.

In six years time, maybe sooner we will be seeing the same spectacle, just with different prime ministers.

C’mon National show some spine!

Sideshow Pete

Sideshow Pete (apologies to Simpsons)

Joining dog owners and Vodafone on my list of groups I’m totally over, NZ First and Sideshow Pete(rs).

I think Winston represents in one neat package everything that is wrong with politics and it’s hardly surprising politicians are way down the list on people the public trust.

This morning on Morning Report he managed to skillfully not answer any of the questions put to him, answering every question (which just required a yes or a no) with another question. At the end of the interview we knew nothing more, apart from that he was going to sue everyone for “outrageous allegations”. You were left with the impression that either he did know something and wasn’t going to be tricked into admitting it, or if he didn’t then he is exceedingly naive – I know which option I would take.

It would be really good if the party retired him because he’s just a huge joke now. I don’t even thinks he takes himself seriously.

In what must have been a 5 minute interview Sideshow Pete managed to avoid saying anything about the donation from the prominent racing family, apart from the bleeding obvious fact that as Minister of Racing (what the hell do we have a Minister of racing for anyway) he knew “of them”. The fact that he didn’t admit anything either way really means you could draw the conclusion that he did know, because if he didn’t he would have just come out and said so. It’s all rather too neat that the donations were all allegedly under $10,000, and so because they were anonymous they didn’t have to be declared.

It seems that the man who spent many years chasing tax evaders has learnt a few tricks of his own. Sure nothing is strictly illegal, but it stinks all the same.

I honestly believe that unless the major parties start to take a stand and clean up politics in ten years we are going to see corruption. This chicanery and use of grey areas has led some people to think this is all OK. It’s not and it has to stop.

National needs to stand up now and show some spine. They need to state now that even if it means they won’t become government, they will not deal with NZ First if Winston Peters is leader.

Key tried to have a buck each way and claimed that it was the voters who decided who was in government. This is showing the same flexibility that Sideshow Pete shows, and I’m pretty confident that most voting citizens are sick and tired of this sort of shit. Show some leadership and balls John, don’t deal with Peter’s.

We need a government that shows some commitment to moving past the growing sleaze of the last few years and who will clean things up, not wallow further in the trough. National need to demonstrate that they will makes some tough calls and they can start by sending a message to voters, “A vote for NZ First will not get you a National Government”. I for one will be seriously considering my votes if it looks like Winston will be getting anywhere near the ‘baubles of office’ in the next National Government.

Winston Peters miss-speak?

As delicious as it would be to see Winston caught out ‘miss-speaking’ over political donations to NZ First, anyone who thinks that this will damage him politically should think again.

NZ Firsts constituency consists of the largest group of conspiracy theorists in New Zealand, and they will see any attack on Winston as an attempt to silence him by big business, the media and his political opponents. Really it wouldn’t matter if Winston said the earth was flat, as long as everyone else rubbished him that would be confirmation enough for his supporters that he was right and that actually the whole thing was a conspiracy.

Any publicity for Winston is good publicity and all the media does by high lighting this latest incident is confirm what the other 95% of us who didn’t vote for him already knew – that he’s a bit of a joke. The 4.75% who did note NZ First represent those who like the fact that Winston makes it ‘ok’ to openly denigrate Asian immigrants and would vote for him if he ate babies for breakfast.

NZ First will probably be there again after the next election because of the combined efforts of the Winston Circus and the hard work of some of NZ First MP’s like Ron Mark. The only thing Winston could do to widen his voter base of conspiracy theorists would be to win support from ‘Hollow Man Hager’ and have him stand as an MP, thus forming the ultimate in conspiracy theorist coalition – they’d be unstoppable!

My prediction is that if this is all found to be true Winston will be able to get out of it by blaming the printers of the sign he held up at the press conference – there was a missunderstanding with the printers and they ‘miss printed’ it.