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'Deju-Vu' All Over Again! (For The Greens)

Oh, how depressing - just when it seemed that we have a reasonable chance of a change of the nine-year old dynasty of National, along comes sweet-face Metiria Turei on Saturday/Sunday morning to accuse Peters and NZ First of being "racist." It was like night follows day, and must have caused huge dismay amongst her colleagues - James Shaw in particular. 

When pressed, she could not define her characterisation other that in immigration terms, and so left the door wide open for Winston to spring the trap that he knew would open up immediately following what otherwise appeared a very cheerful conference in Nelson. The one other widely publicised issue concerning a levy on water probably won't cost them any votes, at least until voters contemplate the rider that 50% of the resultant revenue be passed to iwi with its resultant 'ownership' implications. Labour won't accept that I suspect under any circumstances, and nor will voters.

All in all, the Greens have done themselves no favours, and mores the pity since they alone have policies in the climate change, and water quality alone that are beyond debate, but on which  Labour continue to fudge, and National continues with its 'blind man's bluff.'

James Shaw must be wondering just how he can possibly present a united front when faced with the blundering of his co-leader. I had been under the impression that he was to be the spokes-person on all things economic - and surely that includes immigration, but clearly this is not the case.

There is absolutely no way now that an accommodation is possible with Labour and NZF - just imagine for a moment the atmosphere within the first combined caucus. And in any case, it appears that Peters will have sufficient seats to once again deny the Greens any possible access to the levers of power.

Now all that remains is just how much leverage he has over the Nats, and the 'baubles' he manages to extract. It is a 'pound to packet of peanuts' that he will extract the maximum in the face of what  increasingly appears bland and pragmatic leadership. And we can look forward to weeks of uncertainty as Winston applies the screws - remember the last occasion this happened? - I do, and shudder.




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Reader Comments (4)

"The Herald's Kirsty Johnston spent months infiltrating the online discussions of New Zealand's "alt-right" Nazis. And unsurprisingly, they love Winston Peters:

They talked about getting involved in Young NZFirst in order to have a greater influence on the party. So, they're not just directly supporting him, but his party is rotten with them

And then Winston gets all high and mighty when called on his racism? Please. Nazis know a racist when they see one, and that's why they support Winston.
(Not that this is any great surprise: the National Front - actual, open Nazis - publicly endorsed Winston in 2005, and in 2011, and in 2014 reminded him that "We have had NF supporters working hard for NZ first from its beginning".

for more see --

For numerous examples of Winston Peters and his MPs making racist statements check this out --

Personally I don’t have a problem with the Greens calling out Winston and his Party for being racist. - the cap fits.

As to whether this will effect coalition arrangements? Probably not. Just last week Peters called on Bill English to resign over the Todd Barclay scandal but no one is seriously suggesting that would stop Peters going into coalition with National

July 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDenis Tegg

Neither do I Denis - it is simply a question of what is more important to you - scoring 'hits' like this, or being able to work alongside them in a coalition. Metiria has sabotaged that ambition, so the Greens retain their precious integrity but sacrifice any chance of implementing policies that both you and I care about. I don't see the sense of that, sorry! As for the description itself - it is rapidly becoming meaningless with over-use, and regardless of how appropriate you may consider it, it remains a term of personal abuse, so I would ask that you tone it down.

July 12, 2017 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

New Zealand Human Rights Commission - When you see racism fight it, shut it down by replying with this: 😐 Give it nothing.

July 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDenis Tegg

Oh well - good luck with that!

July 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill

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