Saturday, April 16, 2011

Lazarus walks - well, Lazarus or a zombie, it's hard to tell

Right-wing bloggers, including those at No Minister, have been enjoying Labour's catastrophic performance lately. They shouldn't laugh - the consequences of Labour's poor performance were highlighted on Stuff today:

NZ First leader Winston Peters held an audience of more than 300 of over-50s enthralled with jokes and passionate swipes at the Government as he hit the comeback trail in Horowhenua.

It seems there is an Opposition after all, it's just outside Parliament. Peters had this to say:

The Government's true colours were shown last week when Finance Minister Bill English boasted about the low wages in this country being an attraction for overseas investors, he said.

"The only people this Government looks after are those on the top of the pile – they are creaming it ... [while] taxpayer dollars get siphoned off in billions to save failing businesses.

"This Government gives huge tax cuts to the rich and increases taxes on food and the necessaries of life for families..."


That's a very accurate description of the govt - exactly the kind of thing the Opposition should be putting out there. Perhaps Goff could get around to something similar if his colleagues didn't kick off a voter-repelling media circus every time he gets up to speak. But they do, so expect NZ First to be back in Parliament this year.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, and something many on Kiwiblog have been predicting for two years and laying the blame squarely (and correctly) at the feet of Neville Key. First there were the oldies; then Peters will go after the rednecks, and Neville Key is the problem.

Psycho Milt said...

Absolutely. The venality and incompetence of this govt puts the previous one in the shade. The worst part is they hold us in such contempt they have no qualms about telling us there's no recession because we managed 0.1% growth last quarter, that the increase in hardship grants by WINZ is evidence WINZ staff are doing a great job, and that the wage gap with Aus getting even bigger is great news because it makes us more competitive - kind of like Vietnam or something. You would think the Opposition would be wiping the floor with such obvious idiots, but no.

Anonymous said...

Rodney Hide would be slaughtering this government if in opposition. It's disgraceful how many bills they have passed under urgency. Farrar calls this "disappointing".

It's Farrar who is diapppointing.

Anonymous said...

Exactly PM. The government should listen to Helen Kelly who says they could borrow lots more money to pay for people who dont produce anything.
Thats the answer.
Why oh why dont they listen?

kehua said...

PM your memory loss must be quite frustrating for you.

Matthew Hooton said...

I doubt Peters will be back. My bet is he will be polling about 2% in tonight's TV3 poll.

Redbaiter said...

"Right-wing bloggers, including those at No Minister"

Thanks for the laff Milt.

National Party supporters are right wing? In leftist la la land maybe.

There are as many "right wing" bloggers in NZ as there is rocking horse shit in Queen Street.

The irony is if there was a true right wing force in NZ politics, Peters wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting a political foothold. He makes hay from the sameness of Labour and National.

Anonymous said...

Your Mum must be really annoyed at the way you've repeatedly wet your pants over Donald Trump, Russell. What about those social security numbers eh? Keep it up crazy man.

Judge Holden

Psycho Milt said...

I doubt Peters will be back. My bet is he will be polling about 2% in tonight's TV3 poll.

Maybe, but I wouldn't count on that continuing through to polling day. Have a squizz at this thread on the Dim Post - the country's full of people looking for an opposition party other than Labour to vote for. Sure, at the Dim Post that translates into a bunch of people wondering whether to vote Green, but it seems likely some of it's going to end up with Winston.

The irony is if there was a true right wing force in NZ politics, Peters wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell of getting a political foothold.

If there was what you'd regard as a true right wing force in NZ, it would be making ACT's poll numbers look good - which is, of course, why there isn't one worth mentioning.

Redbaiter said...

"If there was what you'd regard as a true right wing force in NZ, it would be making ACT's poll numbers look good"

Milt, you've got no idea- ACT is a bunch of lefties and liberals. Look at the origins of their founders Prebble and Douglas.

National should be flying the flag for the right/ Conservatism. Instead they're directed and populated by left wing liberals and chameleons (like Hooton for a pertinent example), who could flit ideologically from Labour to National to ACT with only minimal compromises on their position.

I say again, the National Party's utter failure to draw a line in the sand on their principles is the root cause of all of NZ's problems, not least the massive onslaught of Marxist cultural totalitarianism that we are all having to endure everyday and wherever we look.

NZ is a commie basket case and its the Nat's cowardly failure to stand by their founding principles that is the cause.

Naturally Winston Peters and others will take advantage of this rank political negligence. To expect otherwise is to be extremely politically naive, but that's John Key for you. A contemptible political neophyte leading National further from their roots and opening the door for frauds like Winston. What the hell else do they expect??

Heine said...

Sad that democracy means I have to endure the rantings of Redbaiter but that's life eh? Your knowledge of ACT is as poor as your ability to have a normal conversation.

Labour were awful last time and National are no better. Rodney should have kept ACT out of the Govt and refused a ministerial role. Key was smart to keep him involved with Auckland while Heather tried to burn down the house.

I hate Peters but PM has a point. I see Winston getting very close this time. He just has to work on those affected (and grumpy) with the cuts - which there is a growing number of - and exploit that all the way to November.

WAKE UP said...

The current Labour party is exactly like National was immediately post-Muldoon - they've all sold their souls to a "glorious leader", lived through a bunch of lies and deceits, and none of them know who they are any more (if they ever did).