Tuesday, September 10, 2019

"A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices"

Our Part-Time Opposition Leader is currently in China, having taken some more time off so he can get in some high-quality fundraising for the next election. He's joined in China by the Chinese government's representative in National's caucus, Jian Yang, who'll no doubt come in handy for those fund-raising negotiations - especially about how to make the donations more opaque now that the Mongolian Rider Horse Laundry has been uncovered.

The trip also includes India, but Bridges is accompanied only by Gerry Brownlee there, the lack of an Indian MP rep presumably due to the "one Chinese is worth two Indians" approach to fundraising that Bridges is known for.

While in China, Bridges has taken the opportunity to praise the great work of the Communist Party of China:

He praised the Communist Party of China (CPC) for taking the country from mass poverty to economic prosperity, calling it an "amazing story".
"The transformation has been so dramatic," he said. "We have felt the privilege of being able to have many firsts with your party and with your country." 
Those 'firsts' included the countries' first free trade agreement and New Zealand joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).  
"These things have been very good between our countries, and of course have been driven by the CPC," Bridges added.

That muffled shrieking you can hear is just Sid Holland howling from his grave, ignore it.

They also took the time to have a chat with the head of China's spy agency, to talk about... yeah, I'm wondering about that too. Yang was there, so maybe it was him who had something to discuss with the spy chief. Anne-Marie Brady tweeted about it - the resulting thread is also worth a look:


Anonymous said...

Oh dear princess is in trouble for sheltering a sexual deviant who prays on young Labour staffers , so chief useful idiot rushes to the defence.

EH of D

Tom Hunter said...

It's true that this is a suspiciously well-timed piece from my fellow author here at NoMinister.

But everything he's written here about National and Bridges is also happening. And it's not like this is anything new.

And in it's own way it's as disgusting as what's happening in the PM's offices.

Psycho Milt said...

There are already at least two posts on that subject on this blog, one of them featuring a lot of comment from me. I've said what I want to say on it and there are other subjects in existence. Unless you have a comment on the OP, don't bother replying.

Lord Egbut Nobacon said...

Good god Tommy...are you saying that Milt is OC of Bridges schedule..who would of thought it?

Quite right to to put hanky panky and outraged sensibilities over national security.

Tom Hunter said...

And just to drop in a couple of quotes from my Op-Ed, to keep this front and centre:

National MP Jian Yang lied about his Chinese Communist Party past when entering the country, admitting that he did so on instructions from Beijing, and worked for the PLA's Military Intelligence unit. Yet he is apparently a valued member who raises tons of money for National, speaks only to the Chinese media in NZ and has never said a word against the PRC.

Mind you, before anybody in Labour gets high-and-mighty about such things I also pointed out that...

The Labour MP, Raymond Huo, follows a similar path. Chairing Parliament's Justice Committee hearings on foreign interference, he initially opposed any public submissions, claiming government departments could say all there was to be said. How very Xi of him. He's recused himself now, but, exactly like Yang, has solid ties to the PRC Embassy here, to various regime-affiliated United Front bodies, is on record about the opportunity being an MP gave him to champion PRC perspectives on issues like Tibet, and - again exactly like Yang - has never once in his years in Parliament been heard to utter a word critical of the PRC.

Psycho Milt said...

Yes, Labour has its own "United Front" problem, although Huo's hardly in Yang's league. On the plus side, Labour is dependent on the Greens and NZF to govern, and those parties have no praise at all to offer the CPC - National faces no such restrictions, and it shows.

Tom Hunter said...

The Greens, sure.

But WInston..... You really want to place that bet in light of the racing industry's connection with him and the resulting good looking horses tax legilsation farce?

Damned thin reed. All very depressing.

Andrei said...

Common sense tells us Milt that this century witll be when East Asia rises to be dominant economic powerhouse of the world - the bulk of the worlds population live there, they are better becoming educated than the Anglos and there is every reason to believe that East Asians are intrinsically more intelligent than Anglos

Already China's econonmy has taken over the USAs though this is debated

It makes sense to build bridges there

It also makes sense to consider ourslves as an outpost of East Asia rather than Europe and it wouldn;t at all surprise me if 100 years hence New Zealand's population is genetically and culturally more East Asian than European.

The Veteran said...

Milt ... I can understand completely you need to deflect given that St Jacinda has effectively thrown her Party President under a bus and left you and yours high and dry with all protestations that this was all a National Party smear in tatters ... I digress.

Bridges was on an official visit to India/China. As Leader of the Opposition he is entitled to one ‘leaders’ visit each year. Criticise that and it might come back to bite. But you do need to get your facts right. In India he was accompanied by his fellow National MP Bakshi Singh. His visit to China reflects its importance as a valued trading partner. Better that than the flying visit made by Ardern. That would have been seen by China as a studied insult.

We can however agree to agree that New Zealand’s two Chinese MPs have issues ... but they are at least known issues ... but then again the PM also has issues around her protection of a sexual predator in her office.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

"Already China's economy has taken over the USA's though this is debated..."

In your dreams!

Psycho Milt said...

...you need to deflect...

I read the linked article this morning and posted on it. If you'd prefer to instead see posts about Labour's current clusterfuck, feel free to post on it yourself.

As Leader of the Opposition he is entitled to one ‘leaders’ visit each year. Criticise that and it might come back to bite.

The Prime Minister of New Zealand is entitled to overseas trips too. Just be glad I'm not showing the same level of restraint you guys do over those trips, or there'd be a half dozen posts wailing about silly little boys wasting taxpayers' money by now.

His visit to China reflects its importance as a valued trading partner.

Is that what we're calling it now? "Trade." I sincerely hope National's trading nothing in return for its Mongolian Rider Horse Laundry money. Also: what trade does NZ have with the Chinese Communist Party's secret police? I'd like to hear National tell us what was on Yang's, I mean Bridges', agenda at that meeting.

...the PM also has issues around her protection of a sexual predator in her office.

We've stopped caring about defamation law now? Sure you want to go there?

pdm said...

Milt one thing you overlook is this:

National has historically shown the capacity to raise funds for electioneering from a wide range of sources, including it would seem regularly from overseas sources who are usually business people who see National as being a party which will be business friendly. It is pertinent that despite its fund raising ability when electoral expenses are declared National is not the party that spends the most money on electioneering.

On the other hand Labour seems to have only one source of funds for election purposes. This is by way of donations from various Unions who divert hard working members union fees to the Labour Party whether or not the workers want them to do so. Business and overseas investors tend to avoid Labour because of their anti business persona and the past experience of people like Owen Glenn. Plus their main fund raiser Mike Williams from the Clark years appears to no longer be active in this sphere of the party.

I recall hearing back in the late 1980's early 1990's that a major Insurance company donated $60,000 to both National and Labour for their election campaigns. I suspect (but do not know) that that practice has stopped for both parties.

The Veteran said...

Milt... honest opinion is a defence against defamation. Clearly the PM accepts there are issues to be resolved including the apparent withholding of information from her.

In all of this the open letter to the PM from concerned Labour Party members is a beacon of hope that some in that once proud Party understand what this is all about ... even if you don’t.

Psycho Milt said...

pdm: receiving political party funding from foreigners in significant quantities is illegal, which is why the donation we know about was channeled through the Mongolian Rider Horse Laundry.

It would also be illegal for unions to donate to the Labour Party if their members didn't want them to do so - fortunately for Labour, union members have mostly shown no inclination to stop their unions donating.

Veteran: good to know. Simon Bridges has issues around his concealing of large donations from a foreign government.

Psycho Milt said...

I should also put this out there:

In all of this the open letter to the PM from concerned Labour Party members is a beacon of hope...

The Google doc posted by anonymous people claiming to be Labour Party members isn't an online petition, it's a form for submitting information about you to unknown people for an unknown purpose. My advice is not to touch it with a barge-pole. If you want to make your feelings about this known to Jacinda Ardern, email her at jacinda.ardern@parliament.govt.nz or contact the party via its contacts page.

The Veteran said...

Milt ... js that the Party line from the Beehive that you’re pushing ... next step I suspect is to claim the letter is a National Party dirty.trick ... sheesh, go down that road and Labour is in bigger stuk than they are right now.

Still, with their bosom palls in the Greens to defend them what could possibly go wrong.

Tom Hunter said...

One of the interesting things here is that none of this will stop Psycho from voting Green next year and hoping they go into coalition with Labour - because The Bigger Picture is getting all those Left-wing ideas in social welfare, education and the environment implemented.

And of course, despite Mr Yang's highly dubious connections and the rest, I shall likely vote for National (or perhaps ACT) to get what I want ideologically - even if it's highly watered down.

Thus does politics roll.

Psycho Milt said...

... js that the Party line from the Beehive that you’re pushing ...

It's the party line from anyone who knows anything about the Web. Like I said, if people want to make their feelings about this known, they should contact Labour directly - putting their personal info into a dodgy anonymous form is not the way to do it.

Psycho Milt said...

Thus does politics roll.

Yep. Voting is a matter of picking your least-worst option - there is no "best."

Tom Hunter said...

It certainly pays to have a sense of humour about it all.

I'm not sure if I said this before on this forum but over the last ten years, as my kids have got old enough to understand, I've established a "tradition" after every NZ and US election, of watching the famous Blackadder episode Dish and Dishonesty, because I swear that episode becomes more accurate every year when it comes to politics.

For example:

E: Right. Now all we have to do is fill in this MP application form. Name:
`Baldrick'. First name...?

B: Er, I'm not sure.

E: Well, you must have some idea...

B: Well, it might be `Sod off'.

E: What?

B: Well, when I used to play in the gutter, I used to say to the other
snipes, "Hello, my name's Baldrick," and they'd say, "Yes, we know.
Sod off, Baldrick."

E: All right, right right right right, `Mr. S. Baldrick'. Now; distinguishing
features... `None'.

B: Well, I've got this big growth in the middle of my face.

E: That's your nose, Baldrick. Now; any history of insanity in the family?
Tell you what, I'll cross out the `in'. Any history of *sanity* in the
family? `None whatsoever'. Now then; criminal record...

B: Absolutely not.

E: Oh, come on, Baldrick, you're going to be an MP, for God's sake! I'll just
put `fraud and sexual deviancy'. Now; minimum bribe level...

B: One turnip.

Oh, hang on, I don't want to price myself out of the market.