What has NZ politics descended to?

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Politics has long fascinated me — the cut and thrust of it, the twists and turns of it, and the sheer influence it has on our everyday lives. Well this past couple of weeks has taken the whole thing to a very sad new low.

A political party co-leader, Metiria Turei, who publicly admitted benefit fraud and then electoral fraud, and to add insult to injury started all this as a political stunt, has left me and all the people I talk to absolutely gobsmacked.

I wonder what else she has lied about. Bet you dollars to donuts there is more there if we scratch at the scab — people who are economical with the truth generally do it on a regular basis.

I was personally incensed to see Ms Turei’s partner in crime on national television this week, Green Party co-leader James Shaw (as he has publicly supported her fall from grace, it makes him just as bad in my eyes) defending her as a person of honesty and integrity — and then in the next breath berate his two Green Party colleagues who resigned as a matter of principle over it.

Well Mr Shaw, when people with principles are slammed in favour of your then co-leader who had shown she lacks principles, the time has come to speak up.

Trying to defend the indefensible by saying she was a young Maori single mum from a disadvantaged background was another insult. Give me a break, I bet that patronising mumbo-jumbo will go down like a cup of cold sick with all the young Maori out there doing their bit for this country in all sorts of fields, no matter what background they come from.

Lots of so-called disadvantaged people get off their backsides and carve exemplary lives for themselves without resorting to theft and lies sunshine.

At least she has done the right thing now and resigned. I think you have to go with her, and the two Green Party faithful should be reinstated forthwith — preferably as co-leaders, as clearly they have what it takes.

I guess I may as well chuck my quid’s worth in on Jacinda Ardern’s weak argument on the same breakfast interview that, “what the Greens do has nothing to do with me or Labour”. Excuse me, but I understood you have a memorandum of understanding that should you get to govern this wonderful country, you could snuggle up together all matey and get the job done.

I have news for the new Labour leader — some of your recent very excited supporters also tell me you have cascaded from grace in their eyes, mainly because they saw you as a breath of fresh air and now they see you as a flip-flop merchant just like your predecessor.

Roll on September 23, I have the utmost faith in Kiwis to make the right decision. They have done for a long time now, and you and the Greens have given them every reason to do it again.

On a local level we have all sorts of stuff that seems to defy belief. Political hoardings all over the place in spaces I have personally been told to remove ours from, like roundabouts, state highway grass berms, street frontages and to cap it all off, a caravan with a registration that has been expired since March this year.

So maybe it is a new era in politics — do what you like and to hell with the consequences. Well, all I can say is God help us and may common sense prevail in September.

Politics has long fascinated me — the cut and thrust of it, the twists and turns of it, and the sheer influence it has on our everyday lives. Well this past couple of weeks has taken the whole thing to a very sad new low.

A political party co-leader, Metiria Turei, who publicly admitted benefit fraud and then electoral fraud, and to add insult to injury started all this as a political stunt, has left me and all the people I talk to absolutely gobsmacked.

I wonder what else she has lied about. Bet you dollars to donuts there is more there if we scratch at the scab — people who are economical with the truth generally do it on a regular basis.

I was personally incensed to see Ms Turei’s partner in crime on national television this week, Green Party co-leader James Shaw (as he has publicly supported her fall from grace, it makes him just as bad in my eyes) defending her as a person of honesty and integrity — and then in the next breath berate his two Green Party colleagues who resigned as a matter of principle over it.

Well Mr Shaw, when people with principles are slammed in favour of your then co-leader who had shown she lacks principles, the time has come to speak up.

Trying to defend the indefensible by saying she was a young Maori single mum from a disadvantaged background was another insult. Give me a break, I bet that patronising mumbo-jumbo will go down like a cup of cold sick with all the young Maori out there doing their bit for this country in all sorts of fields, no matter what background they come from.

Lots of so-called disadvantaged people get off their backsides and carve exemplary lives for themselves without resorting to theft and lies sunshine.

At least she has done the right thing now and resigned. I think you have to go with her, and the two Green Party faithful should be reinstated forthwith — preferably as co-leaders, as clearly they have what it takes.

I guess I may as well chuck my quid’s worth in on Jacinda Ardern’s weak argument on the same breakfast interview that, “what the Greens do has nothing to do with me or Labour”. Excuse me, but I understood you have a memorandum of understanding that should you get to govern this wonderful country, you could snuggle up together all matey and get the job done.

I have news for the new Labour leader — some of your recent very excited supporters also tell me you have cascaded from grace in their eyes, mainly because they saw you as a breath of fresh air and now they see you as a flip-flop merchant just like your predecessor.

Roll on September 23, I have the utmost faith in Kiwis to make the right decision. They have done for a long time now, and you and the Greens have given them every reason to do it again.

On a local level we have all sorts of stuff that seems to defy belief. Political hoardings all over the place in spaces I have personally been told to remove ours from, like roundabouts, state highway grass berms, street frontages and to cap it all off, a caravan with a registration that has been expired since March this year.

So maybe it is a new era in politics — do what you like and to hell with the consequences. Well, all I can say is God help us and may common sense prevail in September.

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Margaret Takoko - 4 months ago
Kia Ora Murray,
As always a one-eyed view!
Though when going public with this level of righteousness, one should always check the facts . . . the caravan is ours and has a current registration to April 2018 and Warrant of Fitness!
We note that we had to replace the sticker recently - do you know anything about that?
One does wonder what NZ politics has descended into with this type of column!
Perhaps a visit to the local optician may be in order!

Gordon Webb - 4 months ago
Oh Margaret - focus on the small stuff won't you and completely ignore the rest - but for the record, when was the sticker replaced and how long did the van not have one displayed? When you've worked that out, think how Jacinda and her team are ever going to be able to trust the political competency of the Greens after their recent series of meltdowns. Voters need to realise that a tick for Labour is one for its coalition with a bunch of misfits.

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