Hosking on Winston’s clever strike against Little

Mike Hosking must have been choking back a bit of sick in praising Winston Peters in his NZ Herald column. Quote:

It’s on days like yesterday I honestly believe that under different circumstances, and with a different temperament, New Zealand First could actually have been a significant political force for good.

What they did in killing Labour’s three strikes law repeal is being the party that MMP cries out for.

A sensible, middle of the road, ballast against the madness and extremities that some parties are capable of, even if that party in this case was a mainstream so-called middle of the road operation.

Repealing three strikes was pure madness, it misread the problem, it completely misread the public view and it was hopelessly wanting in terms of an answer.

People would have died because of it.

Having fewer people in prison, having a more lenient approach to people being punished for crime, giving bad people the benefit of the doubt more often would have, as sure as night follows day, have led in some way shape or form to carnage among innocents who never deserved it.

We could see it, thank the good lord New Zealand First could see it, and they were able to do something about it.

The real danger of the Labour Party was on show in this thinking – they are obsessed, if not blinded, by hand-wringing ideology. It’s applicable to KiwiBuild, which will never see the light of day.?End quote.

Labour trotted out tired, old, and irrelevant attacks on ‘three strikes’, even reducing themselves to anti-American verbiage that would have made Helen Clark proud. Our ‘three strikes’ legislation is nothing like the US version, but it doesn’t stop so-called experts trotting out lies against the legislation. The people on two strikes are scumbags, all of them are violent thugs with a multitude of convictions. I doubt there are many with fewer than 30 convictions. For some reason Labour wants them released early. The voters don’t think that is a good idea and NZ First seems to be more in touch with the community than Labour is.

Labour won’t let this rest though. Andrew Little will be seeking utu and will now find some way to sneak through his criminal friendly changes.? Quote:

This is a Labour Party that’s a mixture of out of its depth, delusional and inexperienced.

Three strikes had all of those attributes, and I think back to the interview with Justice Minister Andrew Little a couple of weeks back when I suggested people would die as a result of the nutters being out on bail. And Little said as long as authorities could get to the offender quickly it would be OK.

As though that made any sense at all. So you stab someone, the coppers round you up within half an hour. That’s OK is it Andrew??End quote.

Shows how out of touch the former union lawyer is with society. You can’t hope for much, sadly; he was a unionist.? Quote:

That was the thinking going into the law that, short of Winston and his mob, would have been our reality. So between this and the regional fund, which as I have said I like, this is the New Zealand First that could gain traction.

That’s a message next election for their campaign. If it wasn’t for us three strikes would be gone, every small town they visit they can point to the money and ideas that have flowed in from that fund. These are tangible real examples of progress and action.


But for this week the three strikes call is a win – and a large one at that. In my mind he gets to do three nutty things before he unbalances the ledger. End quote.

Well said Hosking. What many people haven’t realised yet is that NZ First isn’t just Winston Peters anymore. He’s actually got some clever people working for him now. I imagine he will shortly do a good clean out of some of the passengers in the organisation. Watch this space.