Sunday, October 18, 2015

PETERS ... LOSING IT! ... LOST IT!


Not been a good few days for the OAP from St Marys Bay, Auckland.   First his outing here that his very public stance opposing the changing of the flag was totally hypocritical given that just a few years earlier he is on record as saying that he wanted to see the flag upgraded to something more appropriate for the 21st century.

Peters has more positions on free trade than the Kama Sutra.     After first siding with the likes of Kelsey, Little and Shaw that the TPPA was a crock he goes quiet and then comes up with the extraordinary position that we should be pursuing a free trade deal with Russia in defiance of the EU sanctions imposed over Putin's 'frolic' with the Ukrainian separatist movement.    Yes, there is nothing to stop us seeking to expand our trade with Russia (currently worth $300m) but the risk is that we alienate the EU where our trade is worth $19.5b and with whom we are about to engage in with talks about a free trade agreement.    Talk about a magnificent 'own goal'.

But it gets worse.   Peters made his call against the backdrop of the release of the Dutch report into the shooting down of MH17 with the loss of all 298 passengers and crew.    The report has it that the Boeing 777 was bought down about 40 km from the Ukraine-Russia border in the Donetsk Oblast (region) controlled by the Donbass Peoples Militia (pro-Russian insurgents) using a SA-11 Buk surface-to-air missile.    Peters' call is a lap in the face for the grieving families.

And now I am told from very reliable sources that the MP for Northland was a no-show at the Northland Youth Development Trust where he was supposed to be the guest speaker.   This is becoming his all-too-frequent trademark.   Three possible reasons for his MIA (there may be others):

  • He genuinely forgot.
  • He was sulking after a rough week in the House where no-one paid him any attention.
  • He was 'recovering' after an emotional meeting at the Green Parrot.
People who know me recognize that I am a forgiving soul.   I'll be charitable and go with the first excuse ... it happens a lot to the elderly.


6 comments:

Andrei said...

The report has it that the Boeing 777 was bought down about 40 km from the Ukraine-Russia border in the Donetsk Oblast (region) controlled by the Donbass Peoples Militia (pro-Russian insurgents) using a SA-11 Buk surface-to-air missile

It does not say this Veteran - you haven't read it clearly

That claim is in an annex to the report written by the Ukrainian Quisling Government who have a dog in this fight and is not in the report itself

The Veteran said...

Andrei ... your description of the duly elected Ukrainian Government as 'Quisling' might suggest a certain bias by your good-self.

Try this for size then ... Immediately after the crash, a post appeared on the VKontakte social media profile attributed to Russian Colonel Igor Girkin, leader of the Donbass separatists, claiming responsibility for shooting down an AN-26, but after it became clear that a civilian aircraft had been shot down, the separatists denied any involvement, and the post was taken down.

But whatever ... the clumsy attempt by Peters to go where angels fear to tread in suggesting we snuggle up to Putin and, in doing so, thumb our noses at the EU, would suggest he is headline grabbing in an attempt to appear relevant.

Flag ... Russia ... MIA in his constituency ... and let's not even go down the track of the misappropriated $158k.

Tinman said...

Veteran, I disagree.

I'm no fan of Peters, nor Putin, but NZ owes the EU absolutely nothing.

Last time I looked NZ was an independent country, able to trade with anyone it wanted and, quite honestly, Russia may present a bloody good opportunity for NZ manufacturers and traders.

The Veteran said...

Hi Tinman ... did you actually read my post or do I take it you are prepared to have put at risk a free trade deal with the EU (where our current trade is worth close to $20b) in favour of Russia where it stands at $300m? Doesn't stack up to my way of thinking.

Anyway, Peters is just grandstanding. He ain't in Government and doesn't influence it.

Tinman said...

Anyway, Peters is just grandstanding. He ain't in Government and doesn't influence it.

Correct. Peters is simply the leader of an irrelevant group (party would be pushing it) in the current parliament but that does not mean we should not at least discuss the point he makes.

NZ trade with the EU is entirely at their whim - as they have shown in the past.

An opportunity to trade with the major (as in really, really big) country that is Russia should at least be explored.

Anonymous said...

Explore away, perfectly good pastime, fun for all the family but when you get to the bit about economic sanctions and a collapsed currency just skip it and move onto the interesting bits about the beauty of Russian prostitutes, always a good sign of a countries economic well being.

Lord Egbut Nobacon