Why am I not amazed at the abject hypocrisy of the Winston First Party's position on the partial sale of Mighty River Power shares?
When we are in Government we will move to compulsory reacquire the shares at no greater price paid for them by the first purchaser ... Rt Dis Hon Winston Peters 4 March 2013 (conveniently failing to state where the money is coming from, has to be borrowing ... but I digress).
I one stroke Winston has positioned his Party as wedded to the hard left socialist dogma of 'state control of the means of production, distribution and exchange' .... welcome to the Club comrade Peters.
But hold on ... didn't Peters as Treasurer in 1998 hail 'popular capitalism' when he flogged off the Government share holding in Auckland Airport in a $4m ad campaign fronted by Sean Fitzpatrick which attracted 68.000 investors.
Is Peters going to buy those shares back too? Answer ... no way hosay, and that's why he is a hypocrite par excellence and that's why he's viewed as the New Zealand equivalent of Pauline Hanson and/or Bob Katter.
p.s. It would help if Labour were to articulate a policy on this. A bob each way just doesn't cut the mustard.