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Transcript: Winston Peters Condemns Colmar Brunton

Duncan:

The latest political poll has NZ First below the threshold to stay in parliament, the party dropping from 5% to 3.3% in this latest poll.  The same poll has National ahead of Labour by 2% points and joining us now is NZ First leader, Deputy Prime Minister, Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters. He loves polls, which I think means that he hates polls, especially polls which happen at this level which probably mean nothing, actually, to be honest. But anyway, Winston – good morning.

Winston:

Good morning.

Duncan:

Nice to have you on the programme. Good to see you. Does it hold much store to you – this Colmar Brunton poll? Does it have any credibility?

Winston:

They should be in front of the court – under the Sales of Goods Act for the fraud that they are perpetrating on you and the public.

Duncan:

In what way?

Winston:

These polls are just a sham. I’ve got a set of polls, just the other day, which are the reverse of that. And they’ve done that where NZ First is concerned for decades. Why am I still here if they’re right? Let me tell you…

Duncan:

Why is yours not a sham, but theirs is?

Winston:

They don’t even… no, let me tell you, let me tell you. Do you want a video of it?

Duncan:

Of course.

Winston:

Well, if you’re going to ask a question about political parties, and you say, “If there’s an election tomorrow, would we vote for Labour, National or the Greens”, and leave out NZ First – what’s the likely consequence?

Duncan:

Who asked that?

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Transcript: Simon Bridges Shows Some Spine

audio from 9:00 onwards

Mike:

So over a good couple of days, as we were saying earlier in the show, for Simon Bridges’ political party – the cancer care announcement I think went reasonably well over the weekend and you’ve got to argue that it was an extraordinary thing for an opposition party to be able to do – to usurp the government who should have been onto this earlier of course. We are still waiting. And then last night we got the One News Poll – latest in the polls – do we believe polls anymore? Currently, they are polling at 45% in the latest Colmar Brunton, which is above Labour on 43%, Simon Bridges is with us – good morning.

Simon:

Gidday, Mike.

Mike:

Do you believe the polls?

Simon:

Yeah, I do. I mean it sounds self-serving from me but it’s similar to what we see so I think it’s about right.

Mike:

So, your internal polling’s got you at 45ish?

Simon:

Yeah, it’s got us around the mid-40s and it has for a wee while and the reason is pretty simple.  It’s… it’s… it’s a piling on of costs and tax. People can feel that – and they see the money wasted… I think it’s a real sense – whether it’s the cancer stuff, whether it’s just a failure to build anything, a failure to deliver anything on promises. And I think the other thing that people are picking up – it’s just a lack of competence and focus.

I mean, I know none of us are really out to be mean to the Prime Minister, but goodness, gracious – what on earth is she doing in Tokelau when she’s got the first Maori land protest um… ah… occupation in living memory when… when we’ve got an economy that’s tanking – it’s… when we’ve… see we’ve just had a, from my perspective, three week recess and we’ve got parliament’s sitting today. She’s not going to be there. I’m not even sure if Winston Peters is, frankly. It’s feels a bit like a part-time government.

Mike:

He is… I think Peters is leaving for Thailand today, though I think you’ll have Kelvin Davis which I would assume you would relish, wouldn’t you?

Simon:

Yeah, look that’d be fun. Although you know, in all seriousness on that, I kind of want answers from the Prime Minister. You know, getting incoherence from Winston or Kelvin doesn’t really cut it. I won’t get anywhere on um… ah… where she thinks the economy is going or what they’re doing with cancer and Ihumatao and ah… why on earth she’s owned this problem instead of getting on and building 480 houses.

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Another Lame Excuse from a Government that Can’t Deliver

David Clark, the Minister of Health, has come under fire this week for his poor performance.

“Association of Salaried Medical Specialists executive director Ian Powell accused Health Minister Dr David Clark of a “rambling, confused or nonsensical” leadership.

Powell, a veteran of the senior doctors’ union of 30 years who is retiring at the end of this year, slated Clark over missed opportunities, district health board deficits, “union-busting” and specialist doctor workforce shortages.

On the severe public hospital shortages, he said about 50 per cent of specialists were suffering high levels of burnout.

“… it is a political crime that the Government and Minister of Health have turned a blind eye to this travesty, displaying a callous disregard to the rights of patients and their whanau and to the wellbeing of the workforce.”

The shortages meant specialists were unable to undertake duties such as quality assurance, supervision and mentoring, education and training, and their own professional development.

It also meant inadequate time for patient-centred care.”

Otago Daily Times

And Clark’s response?

“[…] the Government “inherited a series of workforce issues that will take time to address “.

Not enough time aye? Add this lame excuse to the other lame excuses of not chucking enough money or ministers at a problem.

The government’s most spectacular failure to date is their promised affordable housing. 

Twyford’s excuse over a year ago for the building delay was “a lack of liquidity in the housing market”. So why did the government promise affordable housing without first putting funding in place? Promise first and worry about it later seems to be their careless modus operandi.

A year later Ardern offered up her own excuses for the ongoing lack of affordable housing:

We’ve been very open that we’re not on track at the moment. We’ve completed over 200 if I recall correctly, the last numbers I’ve seen.

[…] “This is why we’re doing a reset, it hasn’t met our expectations.”

TVNZ

Ardern’s reset was to demote Twyford and bring four more ministers into the housing portfolio headed by Megan Woods, who is clearly uncomfortable facing tough questions in the house from Judith Collins. Good luck with the strategy of chucking more money and ministers at this seemingly insurmountable problem.

Ardern’s attempts to wallpaper over the cracks between her promises and what is actually delivered have failed. No one is convinced. On her promise to reduce child poverty she rolled out this excuse. 

“In our first 100 days we put in place a more than $5 billion package to try and lift people out of poverty in New Zealand, that included a universal child payment that focused on children in the early critical years.”

“Increases to the family tax credit, the winter energy payment and in the last budget we also indexed benefits to wage increases.

“All I can say is we are holding ourselves to account by not only putting in place the goals to say what difference to children it will make,” Ms Ardern says.

TVNZ

Ardern’s explanation doesn’t make sense and her promise of self-accountability came after saying the public should hold the government accountable. Was this double-speak meaning that ‘the public won’t have to hold them accountable because they will do that themselves’?

Putting goals in place is meaningless if you cannot achieve them.

The number of children living in poverty has been decreasing steadily since 2015, but rose in the year 2017 to June 2018, according to Stats NZ data.

The data shows that after New Zealand families pay rent, mortgage and bills, 254,000 children are left living in poverty – an increase of 0.4 percent in the last year.

In addition, 183,000 of children are living in poverty before household bills are deducted – an increase of 2.3 percent – while 148,000 children live in a household experiencing “material hardship”.

Newshub

Unsurprisingly business confidence has dropped and until the government addresses the disparity between promising and delivering we can expect it to worsen.

This Socialist Government Is Responsible for Class-based Healthcare

A close friend was diagnosed some years ago with HER2 positive breast cancer which has a high risk of recurrence. At the time, Herceptin was not government-funded, but without it, her probability of survival dropped dramatically.  Unsurprisingly, she added a mortgage and fundraised most of the $130K for the Herceptin treatment to improve her chances. It worked. Pharmac now supplies the drug to all socio-economic groups – thanks to a National government.

The same argument applies to newer breast cancer drugs available overseas but not in our public health system. 

I doubt National will get many votes from the left on the strength of their $200M commitment to fund cancer treatment drugs within the first 100 days of office if it gets elected – but why isn’t this socialist government working on removing the class distinction in healthcare?

New Zealand women with advanced breast cancer die faster than in any other country. Given our lengthy hospital waiting lists, there is a good argument for improving the diagnostic process, and it is not known whether our appalling statistics are due to delays in diagnosis or the non-funding of new cancer drugs.

What is known is that the current government could have allocated $200M a year ago into either additional cancer drugs or speeding up hospital processes. Instead, they chucked money at countless working groups and a gun buyback with a dubious life-saving result.

“In Budget 2018 the Government decided not to reinvest the $200m of savings made by Pharmac taking over the purchase of hospital-based medicines into new medicines. This was a huge lost opportunity.

National Party Press Statement

Health Minister David Clarke argued that Pharmac should not be subject to political pressure in its drug purchasing and blocked a Health Select Committee Inquiry into Pharmac last April.

“National members voted in favour and the Labour and NZ First members voted against the motion, which resulted in the motion being lost.

“Malcolm Mulholland raised the possibility of an inquiry with the Select Committee last year and Labour members were supportive, but when he spoke to the Committee Chair Louisa Wall again in February she alluded to the inquiry being blocked by Health Minister David Clark.

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Where Do We Stand on the Iran Missile Launch?

Our PM slunk off for five days’ R&R despite having just enjoyed a three week parliamentary break, so she isn’t around to comment. However, she was highly critical of Trump’s decision in May to withdraw from the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord which he said was “defective at its core”.

“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she wants some kind of deal with Iran to continue, even though the US has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear accord.

[…] During a Tuesday morning news conference, Ardern said the deal made for “a more stable, predictable Middle East”. 

Stuff


In Ardern’s imaginary world of fairy dust and unicorns, she is quite correct, but in the real world, Iran’s missile test was also a test on the responsiveness of international powers to their missile muscle-flexing.

Ardern is not alone. Both Winston Peters and Simon Bridges are paralysed by the same Kool-Aid of inertia.

Foreign Minister Winston Peters told 1 News Trump’s decision was a worry, “but I don’t think it’s impossible to get a better deal out of the Iranians”. 

“I hope that’s the case, because it’s a very, very concerning development.”

Opposition leader Simon Bridges said that although the deal may not have been perfect, “it seemed to be making progress” and now “we’ve got uncertainty”. 

“With an agreement like this, that’s been hard fought for, that is complex, that’s come together with Iran – to see their [Iran’s] nuclear capability decrease, to see them stock less uranium – we would want to see that endure across administrations.

“The real issue with what Trump has done here, is he has pulled back from that. There’s lurch, if you like, in the policy settings. 

“On balance, while he’s got his arguments and says he’s got very clear evidence for where he’s at, that does make the world just somewhat less safe today than it was.”

Stuff


In other words, all New Zealand’s political leaders are singing from the same song sheet, that “Trump should stop rocking the boat or something terrible will happen” or “don’t poke the bear – if you leave it alone it will leave you alone”.

What gutless wonders we are saddled with! 

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It’s Okay to Be Racist If You’re Coloured

It’s okay to be racist if you’re coloured because people are victimised by aggressors who are apparently usually white people. Representative for Minnesota, Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar, should be regretting a 2018 interview that recently resurfaced.

“She said: ‘I would say our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country.

‘And so if fear was the driving force of policies to keep America safe — Americans safe inside of this country — we should be profiling, monitoring, and creating policies to fight the radicalization of white men.

Daily Mail


Hmm. Did white men cause most of the deaths in the US in 2018? Racial profiling is frowned upon and although some records are kept on the victim’s race, I could find no statistics on the race of US perpetrators.

Omar sits on her little political perch of privilege stirring the pot of racial discord with this blatantly racist comment.

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UN Redistribution of Western Wealth to Third World Countries

The United Nations has outlived any usefulness it ever promised but could not deliver. It is now chock full of delegates who are anti-USA and anti-Israel who want to pillage the economic resources of the west through migration and climate change funding. 

1. Through migration.

Whaleoil posted a video interview by Mark Steyn with previous American presidential candidate Michele Bachmann about the American experience. Bachman estimates 25% of the GDP of some Latin and South American countries comes from the United States.

The United Nations use illegal migration as a tool to fulfil their agenda to redistribute western wealth. The notion of using migrants to pillage western welfare was a new concept to me.

The United Nations believes migration is beneficial and are moving forward with legislation to promote legal migration, but Bachman talks about the economic benefits illegal migrants also receive from the United States.

“They [the UN] encourage people to come into the west – into the United States – because they know there will be immediate access to the welfare states.“

“Damn what our laws say. There will be immediate access to the welfare state and I’ve asked the presidents of Latin American countries, South American countries – what percentage of your GDP is from, ah remittances – money that is earned in the United States and sent back home.”

“And for many of them a fourth of the entire GDP comes from remittances from the United States. So, whether that’s from earnings – legal or illegal – or whether that’s from welfare state remittances, it’s coming from the US and it’s streaming out of our country.”

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Let’s Not Follow the Canadian Model to Address Child Abuse

Our esteemed prime minister is beating the child poverdy drum and mistakenly relying on Iwi in the process. 

The Canadian model indicates that this is a grave mistake, but Ardern reacts with emotion rather than logic, preferring to merely scratch the surface of a problem, as she did with the lack of affordable housing, rather than looking for a rational solution.

“While the problem of young children being taken from their families appears to be on the rise in New Zealand, the government does seem to acknowledge that this recognition of whanau, and iwi might go some way toward addressing Maori rights and interests in child welfare

Legislation set to take effect on July 1 intends to emphasise the obligation of the Ministry for Children to involve these groups in decision-making, and to recognise a child’s wider family—rather than just the parents—in care arrangements.”

Vice


That unfortunate child’s wider family are, in many instances, Iwi.

Brian Giesbrecht was a Provincial Court Judge in Manitoba, Canada, from 1976 to 2007 and he warns us about Canada’s disastrous indigenous experience.

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A Preschooler Version of Animal Farm without the Lesson

What young children are reading will infuriate you.

Liberal diversity advocates have chucked away all common sense in a children’s storybook aimed at pre-schoolers, entitled “We are all equal.” It is an irritating political tale borrowed from Orwell’s Animal Farm, where “All animals are equal” is a farmyard lie used by the elite to subjugate the other animals. Perhaps the authors of this latest book never finished reading Animal Farm?

Is a small field mouse equal to the eagle chicks as he is about to be served up to them for lunch? Or the male calf sent off to slaughter because he will never produce milk? Perhaps these authors consider, in the current clime, the male calf gender can self identify as a heifer to escape an early death?

This synopsis of such blatant jumbo-jumbo guarantees a rush of righteous indignation.

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California dreaming

The history of the California coast is synonymous with alternative culture, redolent of hippies, drugs and surf culture but that was then – now it reeks of liberal politics and hypocrisy.

California led the way by being the first state to legalise medicinal cannabis in 1996, setting a trend that spread to the majority of states by 2016. It was thought that legalising cannabis would reduce crime. 

“The theory was simple: As cannabis buyers beat a path to the nearest dispensary, the black market would dry up, and with it the industry’s criminal element. Indeed, a study recently published in The Economic Journal found that after medical marijuana was legalized in California, violent crime fell 15 percent.  

Talk to authorities in California’s Emerald Triangle, though, and a different story emerges. This 10,000-square-mile area (which includes Humboldt, Mendocino, and Trinity Counties) by some estimates grows 60 percent of the country’s marijuana. 

Ben Filippini, a deputy sheriff in Humboldt, told me that ever since California’s 1996 medical-marijuana initiative, violent crime in his jurisdiction has increased: “People are getting shot over this plant. All legalization did here was create a safe haven for criminals.”

When I asked Trinity County’s undersheriff, Christopher Compton, what’s happened since a 2016 initiative legalized pot in the state, he said: “We haven’t seen any drop in crime whatsoever. In fact, we’ve seen a pretty steady increase.”

Compton’s counterpart in Mendocino, Matthew Kendall, agreed: “We’re seeing more robberies and more gun violence.”

The Atlantic
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