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MICHAEL BASSETT: BEWARE OF THE MEDIA IN THE HOME-STRETCH

The election campaign is in its final, frenzied stage. I suspect most people have already made up their minds. Many have already voted. But our left-leaning media are increasingly frantic. The result looks like it is moving out of their reach and they are determined to make one last effort to get Chris Hipkins’ lamentable government back into office. Trouble is, the opinion polls aren’t fully cooperating. When they confirmed a couple of weeks back that Labour seemed on the way out, the media started boosting Winston Peters. Lo and behold, Winston looks as if for the fourth time he might decide who leads the next government. We, the humble voters, won’t decide: Winston will. This seems to be what MMP has reduced our democratic process to. Four times out of the last ten elections it looks as if an ancient throwback to former times, with ideas no more substantial than can be committed to the back of a postage stamp, is likely to decide the future of our country. Not you or me, but Winston! The media are playing this up big time for a variety of reasons. Winston can be relied upon for a sleazy, reportable comment. His presence in the mix covers for the fact that the media want to ignore David Seymour and ACT. Any sane person watching the minor leaders’ debate the other night could see that Seymour was brighter than the Greens’ James Shaw, and a whole league above the other two. The commentators afterwards had been carefully selected. The billed spokesperson for the right, Janet Wilson, first picked Shaw as the winner, then changed her mind and pronounced to viewers’ total astonishment that it was the Maori Party’s Waititi! No matter which TV channel you watch, no matter whether you listen to Radio NZ or read the New Zealand Herald, Winston is flavour of the month. David Seymour and ACT scarcely exist.

If the media were even-handed they would be looking at the question of how Hipkins could possibly cobble together a ministry in alliance with the Greens and the Maori Party. Chippy tells us a Capital Gains Tax and a wealth tax are off the table. For both James Shaw and Rawiri Waititi they should be right in the centre of the table. Hipkins claims he is strong on crime. But Waititi wants to close the prisons and be soft on Maori who commit nearly half of all crimes in the country. Just imagine the discussions behind closed doors as efforts were made to sort out some kind of modus vivendi amongst that lot. And since Hipkins would need to have a four-way coalition that also involved Winston Peters, the air within the negotiating room would be foul.

Why is no journalist writing about this, preferring instead to erect straw men to knock down as they work up unlikely tales about Chris Luxon’s problems with David Seymour and Winston Peters? Partly it’s because TVONE, TV3, RadioNZ, Newshub, Stuff and the New Zealand Herald are all in the hands of lefties. But, there are also potentially more headlines in harassing the most likely coalition of winners this Saturday. Journalists lust after “gotcha” moments where a seeming inconsistency in answers on even the smallest of issues can be prised out of the right’s leaders

For my part, I’ve already voted. With confidence in the future, I ticked ACT for my party vote. David Seymour is a young, well-read, university graduate in engineering with nearly a decade of political experience. He knows what works and what doesn’t. He’s streets better informed than either Chris Hipkins or Chris Luxon, and has as his deputy Brooke Van Velden, the only current MP with advanced qualifications in Economics. Together with their close-knit team they’ll apply basic principles to working out our future direction and tackling the growing welfare dependency that is blighting the futures of so many younger people. If only we could get a new government led by ACT and National we would have a good chance of restoring New Zealand’s reputation as a country of achievers. Let’s all do our best in the days that remain before the polls close.

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winder44
winder44
Oct 12, 2023

This comment by Aaron Shanahan as stuck by me, and it is so true.

Right now, Winston is out there bathed in glory by the MSM, smiling from ear to ear, talking by saying nothing. A method he has had much practice of over the years.


(Aaron Shanahan)

"Peters is an aged well matured liar and a master of manipulative behavior. Principled my arse.

If he's so principled and mature then why isn't the man prime minister?

Every 3 years, after hibernation he pops up.and promises the same old shit.

I like what he says, I like and admire his enthusiasm for the job, but for Christ's sake, you may as well believe in a vegetarian shark over his endles…

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Tina
Tina
Oct 11, 2023

What I meant to say was I also voted Act. After the 2017 electoral debacle I could never trust Peters again (after forcing an absolute, obvious Marxist onto the nation, against the strong voice of the majority), that was the ultimate cruelty to the decent and very capable Sir Bill English. So wrong, and shows what a ridiculous dog MMP really is. Also, Act have been impressive in the past year, they are not as soft left as National. I don't trust any of the recent polls. Think the night will produce a Nat/Act govt, with Winston outside their tent, but inside Parliament. Lots of overseas polls have been proven to be wrong too, and our vile media have been…

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Sonya
Sonya
Oct 11, 2023

I'm amazed that my elderly neighbour doesn't want to vote - She told me that the TV keeps saying that Labour are going to win - Why bother voting she said 😳 It's obvious that the MSM are full of lies......Labour is running with dirty tactics - This has become nasty.

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While I was working in the UK in the late seventies I read an article which claimed that NZ was second on a list of the most censored countries in the Western world. Ireland came first.

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Opps, hyperlink broken. Apologies.

National appears to be close to "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory". Chris Bishop may have let the cat out of the bag recently, urging voters to party vote National. There certainly is provincial interest in voting for NZ First. A small Southern town had 200 at a meeting of Winston Peters. Much as they want to change, people are not keen on Mr Luxon nor National's plans should they lead a new government. Internal polling by Labour 30.3 %. Up from 26.9% . NZ First 8.2% ACT 7.9%. Only one poll, NZ First may have 11 seats in parliament..The by-election in November might help - another seat in Parliament for National?


The 3…



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The profiling that goes on with these polls put together by left leaning twats is astounding.

The results are bullshit.

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Len Lind
Len Lind
Oct 10, 2023

Can you people not all see what has happened to this country over the last 40 or so years. DIVIDE AND CONQUER. NZ Loyal has 32 honest, hard working kiwi candidates. Not one of them want to be there! Dame Jacinda has just given a speech from Harvard Uni USA to the great unwashed kiwi tax payers who are still paying her wages to vote labour??? A couple of months earlier from the same dias , she stated that social media would be the end of democracy in the world??? We have not heard or seen ONE word on mainstream media about NZ LOYAL Don't you have to wonder why ? The status quo, establishment are running SHIT scar…

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Len Lind
Len Lind
Oct 11, 2023
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TWEET TWEET, BIRD BRAIN.

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