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Metiria Pokes The Bear!

Metiria must be feeling chipper, and above the law. Her 'confession' at the weekend Greens Conference may by a great 'instant gratification' rallying cry for the troops, but it will certainly dismay, along with her earlier outburst (see post) the many disaffected Nats, and Labour supporters looking for a new way to modify existing Government policies by bringing the Greens into the fold.

What is it about Matiria that gives her the inspiration to make these outlandish accusations and revelations seemingly with impunity - surely not the polls. To be honest, I think that along with other pollies, she is easily carried away by the hubris that accrues from excitement generated by a enthusiastic audience - it is often overpowering of common sense.

I think Metiria is one is who fits this category, and it appears indicative of a recklessness brought on by a feeling that her own experiences are more relevant to those in the room than those of her co-leader. It is anyone's guess as to just how he feels about her recent statements, both private and public, that seem to have boosted her confidence to an even greater degree, but will certainly not have improved her party's chances of being able to reach an accommodation with Labour post-Election, should that opportunity even arise.

I for one am extremely disappointed at this turn of events, and I am sure that many others feel the same way, regardless of our political leanings. And yes, I do believe that that Metiria should be investigated and if appropriate, prosecuted. At the very least she should be required to repay the amount obtained by her admitted fraud, together with interest.  Regardless of her feelings of justification, the law is the law, and should remain so for everyone, regardless of position - a stance that she has recently advocated in regard to the prosecution of both Todd Barclay, and John Banks.

On the other hand, there is no doubting the attraction to certain elements in our society who have hankered for more radical social policies. Whether the estimated $2.5b cost is affordable will no doubt be explored at length by National's back-room operators, and she may have some very difficult questions to answer over some of the other measures that were proposed in her speech to the general delirium of her audience.

Regardless, she should possibly hesitate before she 'reveals her sins' in the future, regardless of the few votes she is likely to garner from gleefully poking her finger at the law we are all required to respect in a civil society, parliamentarians in particular. Even the Greens' 'hoi poloi' understand that, I hope!


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Bill you have obviously not kept up to date with politicians and their past. Are you not aware of the allegations that a senior national party politician has been accused of a similar but possibly worse fraud when on the DPB? It is not the crime but the cover up as young Todd found out that causes the problem. You really need to look to a wider world for accessing information. Imagine for a minute that Metriria decided to go public so that the other party, senior government person, was then asked to confirm or deny similar fraud and they publically denied such actions, might just create a problem in the future ? I say investigate Metiria and the other person as well and see how your blue team start looking.
No worse I suppose than Double Dipton who was being paid $1000 a week to live in his own house at the taxpayer before shonkey changed the rules.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered Commenteraircolledguy

A few things:
1 I don't know who you are talking about, but if you do - perhaps you could name him or her?
2. If such were the case, has that person 'confessed' in the manner of Matiria, or is it simply an allegation?
3. Thank you for your advice about the "wider world" - I will keep that in mind.
4 It is certainly not "my blue team" - you are under a sad, and very mistaken misapprehension if you believe that to be the case.
5. Please enlighten me - was "Double Dipton" as you call him breaking any rules?
6 Most interested in your comments - please keep them up.

July 17, 2017 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

Let me attempt to help you work it out Bill. Try not to get sidetracked by the personality "identity politics" distractions and concentrate on policy.

On the first day of the Greens conference there was a commitment to make New Zealand carbon neutral by 2050 and to make climate change mitigation and adaption the prime focus. Also the the announcement of a policy to establish an infrastructure bank so that rather than paying other countries to reduce their emissions that money is invested within New Zealand on renewable energy and other climate friendly projects.

On the second day the Greens conference announced probably the most radical change to our welfare system in decades with some really strong policies to tackle poverty – especially child poverty and inequality.

It's these types of clear consistent policies which propelled Jeremy Corbyn from 22 points behind to within a whisker Labour becoming the government in the UK, and Bernie Sanders almost toppling Hillary Clinton from her Democratic establishment perch. Okay neither of them won but it does show there is real electoral enthusiasm for the type of policies the Greens have just announced especially among young voters and those who are struggling on or below the poverty line – exactly the target audience.

Very few really care enough to change their vote because Bill English ripped off the taxpayer by claiming an MPs housing allowance to which he was not entitled, and very few are going to change their vote because of Metiria Turei's revelation. But the Greens may well attract a whole heap of new voters because of these impressive progressive policies – if their ground game and social media savvy is as good as they say it is

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDenis Tegg

Thank you again Denis - you have the unfortunate habit of reverting into your 'lecturing' mode. I am perfectly able to read what the Greens put out, and decide what I thought was practical and likely to appeal to voters of all stripes. Unfortunately, I don't see their social policies as fitting into this category regardless of the favourable comparison with Jeremy Corbyn. I say that because I do not consider that they are affordable, or attractive to the voters she needs to attract - you obviously think otherwise. I am however totally in favour of their environmental policy. I happen to think that much of the good done at the weekend was negated by what I think was Meteria's ridiculous and self-indulgent 'confession', and I am not about to change my view on that - she will have lost a huge amount of respect and support as a result, for no good reason other than those which I alluded to. I do endeavor to interpret 'personality politics' because I happen to believe that it is an integral part of the political process, and it is the way I write my blog - your blog is a different kettle of fish - that is just fine by me, and I still enjoy reading it. Perhaps you should extend mine the same courtesy, and avoid the pontificating.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Having a different point of view is neither lecturing or pontificating or discourteous. It's just a different perspective. An exchange of ideas and opinions. Nothing personal.

If you don't want comments then turn them off.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDenis Tegg

"Let me help you to work it out Bill" - constitutes lecturing, or not pontificating in my books, but perhaps 'patronising' woulds have been a better characterisation. I enjoy comments, both for and against, but the wording is important.
Perhaps we should re-set and start again - okay?

July 18, 2017 | Registered CommenterBill Barclay

Totally agree Bill...she needs to pay all the illegally acquired money back ASAP. This is nothing less than theft from other hard working taxpayers. If she wants to save any face at all she should pay it back now...not wait until she is asked/forced to. It's not asif she's living on the breadline now and can't afford it!

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCoromandel 49

Re your update and Bryce Edwards..its all about policy and positioning

"The Greens have got their mojo back. After years of watering down policies and desperately trying to make themselves more respectable to the mainstream, they have made an abrupt shift to the left. This puts the party more in sync with those voters who want genuine change - perhaps picking up on a greater mood of radicalism in parts of the electorate." (Include me -- the last thing I want is more pallid insipid "BlueGreen" ineffective nothingness)

"the Greens amiable but sometimes over-cautious co-leaders, have established trustworthy and likeable, but bold has eluded them" - .."arresting policy" has also "been missing", but in the weekend the party finally put forward "policy materially different to anything their opponents are selling." It was as if Metiria Turei was channelling Jeremy Corbyn or Bernie Sanders. and

"Citing the campaign successes of Bernie Sanders in the US Democratic primaries and the Dutch Green Party, she said the party knew it wouldn't grow the Green vote and change the government if it didn't have "a more ambitious policy platform than ever before'."

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDenis Tegg

This debate is not about policy, or the revelation - it is about honesty, integrity and the place of law in our society; our leaders as role models who garner our respect and trust. Our political leaders are no less subject to the law of our land than you or I - or is there some new policy as yet unannounced.

"Very few really care enough to change their vote because Bill English ripped off the taxpayer by claiming an MPs housing allowance to which he was not entitled, and very few are going to change their vote because of Metiria Turei's revelation."

Have we really come to this? Look out, here comes the mob....

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

17 July Comment " But the Greens may well attract a whole heap of new voters because of these impressive progressive policies" 30 July - Greens up 4% in latest Colmar Brunton poll. It's only one poll but still an impressive boost in support. Labour still have a chance to be as bold as the G
reens but most likely will play it safe with "National-lite" policies?

July 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDenis Tegg

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