A speech by Peter Dunne

May 11th, 2011 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

An amusing and at times apt speech by Peter Dunne to his electorate AGM. Some extracts:

One reason I am very confident National will lead the next government is that Labour, at this point in the political cycle, is not a viable, functioning alternative.

 Actually, I am being polite here.

 Events of recent times bring the term ‘cot case’ to mind.

 With no new faces on their front bench, they are essentially going into this election with the re-heated caucus that New Zealanders threw out three years ago, and as one would expect, they seem bereft of new ideas.

 It is not really possible to generate new ideas when you have yet to accept that your old ideas have been rejected.

All too true.

When I first turned my head to this speech, Rodney Hide was still leader of ACT and Osama bin Laden was still in ensconced in his Pakistani fortress.

 They have both since met merciless fates, one at the hands of the US Navy Seals, and the other at the hands of a force considerably more scary.

 One is now a bloodied corpse; the other at the bottom of the sea.

Heh.

There is another thing that Middle New Zealand does not want.

 And I am going to speak his name: Winston Peters.

 His obfuscations, half-truths, dancing on the head of a pin and, ultimately, his destructiveness, finally caught up with him in 2008.

 My only concern about Winston Peters in 2011 is a very simple one: that people will have short memories.

 Actually, he relies on that.

 He counts on it.

 One can only hope that his recently auctioned ‘No’ sign goes on a national tour later this year, stopping in every town hall and Grey Power meeting five minutes after Winston Peters darkens its doorstep.

It may not be the original, but you can bet NO signs will be appearing most places Winston does.

People need reminding in one simple word of the destructiveness and duplicity that Winston brought to New Zealand politics.

 There is no more apt reminder of why New Zealanders should not have Winston Peters back – ever – than that sign.

 That sign said it all, but in a way that he never intended. It should be his political epitaph. ‘No.’

 I salute John Key for ruling him out yet again as a potential coalition partner.

 It was bold and it was principled, just as it was in 2008.

 Running a country is hard enough; you need to do it with people whose word today means what it meant yesterday, and will mean the same tomorrow.

 The wink, the grin and a good deal of opportunistic fact-free scare-mongering should never again be enough for Winston Peters to re-enter a House that has been more honourable for his absence.

Absolutely.

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15 Responses to “A speech by Peter Dunne”

  1. Shazzadude (529 comments) says:

    It’s smart from Peter Dunne. His margin in Ohariu has diminished to the point that he simply cannot afford to be ambiguous about which of the major parties he’d side with.

    Dunne to return with an increased margin, Shanks won’t get 10,000 votes this time.

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  2. magic bullet (776 comments) says:

    At this point it looks like Goff, Key and Brash are all working together to secure another NACT term. This is a sure sign that Labour needs to start its inevitable pruning of 1980s dead-wood from the party. Only then will we see the new and vital growth that is required for them to become a viable option. The sooner the better.

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  3. reversespin (69 comments) says:

    Shazzadude – I agree, there is no ambiguity in Ohariu this time around. John Key has been as clear as he can be – he wants Peter Dunne back in.

    Voting for the list-dross that is Katrina Shanks would only risk splitting the centre-right vote and letting Charles “Champagne” Chauvel – member for Oriental Bay, slip through the middle.

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  4. Nick R (507 comments) says:

    It’s bit rich for Peter Dunne to accuse Labour of having no new faces & no new policies.

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  5. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    At least Filk Off has got some new hair. Why does he keep carrying around that dead possum on his head?

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  6. BlairM (2,339 comments) says:

    I would be delighted if Charlie Shovel defeated Peter Dunne in November. We’d get rid of this pompousity and give National the opportunity to take back what is rightfully a safe National seat in 2014.

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  7. Lee01 (2,171 comments) says:

    “working together to secure another NACT term”

    Dont you mean NACTMPUF term?

    In fact what we have had is a National led government, with various parties providing support.

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  8. Positan (390 comments) says:

    As a member of Grey Power, I’m baffled why some of the membership still maintain a soft spot for Peters. For a bunch of mature adults who presumably in their time have been there, seen it, as well as done most things, it’s completely inexplicable that such a demonstrable shyster could command any sort of following whatsoever among my contemporaries.

    I can only put it down to deteriorated intellects – the onset of senility and feeble outlooks – as is evidenced by a childish susceptibility to a winks and grins.

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  9. Shazzadude (529 comments) says:

    “As a member of Grey Power, I’m baffled why some of the membership still maintain a soft spot for Peters ”

    It’s very simple, the majority of people vote for reasons of self-interest (whether that be tax cuts, WFF, increased pensions), and it’s in the interests of a lot of elderly to vote for increased pensions and additional concessions on the gold card.

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  10. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    The wink, the grin and a good deal of opportunistic fact-free scare-mongering should never again be enough for Winston Peters to re-enter a House that has been more honourable for his absence.

    Well, said that man!

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  11. Positan (390 comments) says:

    re Shazzadude

    I agree with your synopsis, although snake oil and bogus bonds are mostly sold by personable, well-presented types possessed of little moral substance. Irrespective of the self-interest, wouldn’t you think Peters’ past performance would by now have become a nullifying force to anyone, especially Grey Power members, who were actually able to think?

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  12. reversespin (69 comments) says:

    Also interesting comments on Brash and ACT, especially for his electorate.

    By the way……………..what happened to Don’s market research that he was talking about during the coup? He seemed pretty confident that his involvement would get them above 5%…………has anyone seen it?

    DPF?

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  13. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    Also interesting comments on Brash and ACT, especially for his electorate.

    By the way……………..what happened to Don’s market research that he was talking about during the coup? He seemed pretty confident that his involvement would get them above 5%…………has anyone seen it?

    DPF?

    Very good question. The silence from Brash would tend to indicate he may not be as popular as he would like to think he is.

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  14. publicwatchdog (2,593 comments) says:

    I salute John Key for ruling him out yet again as a potential coalition partner.

    It was bold and it was principled, just as it was in 2008.”
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    yeah ……….. whatever… Peter ‘I will use my political commonsense and ingratiate myself with whoever I think will win the next election so that my position is safe’ Dunne.

    err… remind us all about how ‘bold and principled’ John Key was when he failed to disclose his Tranz Rail shareholding, at a time he was trying to flush out commercially sensitive information from which he personally benefit?

    err… remind us all about how ‘bold and principled’ John Key was when ON HIS WATCH the Local Government (Tamaki Makarau) Reorganisation Act 2009 (which set up the framework for the Auckland $upercity corporate takeover) was railroaded through Parliament?

    err… remind us all about how ‘bold and principled’ John Key was in keeping to National’s 2008 pre-election promise about the Auckland $upercity :

    ‘..to consult with Aucklanders once the findings of the Royal Commission were known’.

    http://www.national.org.nz/files/2008/local_government_policy.pdf

    Penny Bright
    http:waterpressure.wordpress.com

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  15. RRM (9,917 comments) says:

    He is right in much of what he says.

    But ROFL at Peter Dunne talking about bold and principled stances from anyone else. Mister I’ll work with the centre right or the centre left, I don’t really care which as long as I’m there. He is about as much an authority on bold and principled as the Queen is on motor racing.

    FFS even the Right Wing Resistance is Bold and Principled compared to Peter Dunne :-P

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