Stratford on lunch with Winston:

May 17th, 2012 at 12:20 pm by David Farrar

blogs on lunch with Winston:

NBR has posted online the official text of the speech here. It was the usual stuff, a mixture of charm, bluster, fudging the historical record and blaming the media – especially two social-media operatives, Whale Oil and “a mischievious [that’s how he pronounced it] blogger known as Kiwiblog” who apparently are responsible for NZ First’s dismal result in the last election.

Heh. Again, if this is true I want a knighthood.

When in government Peters was notorious for not reading Cabinet papers. He seemed not to have read his speech either – we were all discovering it together. We were on the same journey. At one point he extemporised then went back to the speech notes – and repeated a couple of paragraphs. He didn’t notice but we all did.

Oh dear, senior moments.

On Kim Dotcom: “Tim Dotcom”.
On Jacinda Ardern: “Jacinda Ahearn”.
I never knew Jacinda was Irish.
More blather followed about finance and speculation, all of it about John Key and all of it economically illiterate, as I said to Joshua later. He replied, “But he’s very politically literate.” Yes. I suppose that’s why he is still with us.
I just recall that Winston for 20 years has blathered on about NZ needs more exports, yet as foreign minister ran a newspaper ad campaign against the FTA with China which saw a multi-billion increase in exports.
Among the audience eyebrows had been raised and eyeballs had rolled throughout. But not as much as when – after some shameless pandering to the audience about how wonderful “TV7” is – he got onto immigration and Asians, as we all knew he would eventually
And what did he say:
Drive down Dominion Road, there’s 150 restaurants. Now there can’t be that many people eating.
Oh my God, due to all those Asian immigrants, we now have too many restaurants on Dominion Road!!!!
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14 Responses to “Stratford on lunch with Winston:”

  1. lastmanstanding (1,279 comments) says:

    Luigi is to politicans what Ron Brierley is to company directors.

    Both long pass their used by dates. In Luigis case his voters are dying off the old the grumpy the losers.

    But alas as ipredict has it he may be the king maker come 2014. At 69yrs he could hold the balance of power. God defend NZ

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  2. Rob Hosking (77 comments) says:

    There were just as many restaurants on Dominion Road 20 years ago as there are now,. its just that back then they were Italian or Middle Eastern.

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  3. mavxp (479 comments) says:

    Someone, (perhaps Colin Craig) needs to do the rounds of the old folks homes, greypower meetings, and RSA’s in NZ and pick up the NZF voters from Winston. It’s a growing demographic, and someone has to try.

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  4. david (2,552 comments) says:

    Of course they aren’t eating. The restaurants are just fronts for Asian Triads’ vice operations.

    They are full of people fornicating and gambling and smoking opium. What you think are patrons in the window are just cardboard cutouts cleverly hinged to look like they are wielding chopsticks and talking and being normal. That is why they don’t want you to read the signs, you might just want to go in and then the cover would be blown.

    Only Winston knows and he (the great messiah) is bringing the truth to the people.

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  5. Stephen Stratford (45 comments) says:

    Rob@12:33, to be fair to Peters – OMG what am I saying? – I lived off Dominion Road in the early Seventies and again in the Noughties, and there are a lot more restaurants now than then, which is a huge improvement. But you’re right – to him they are the wrong sort of restaurant, owned by and appealing to the wrong sort of people. I wonder if he has ever been a few blocks west to Sandringham Road – he’d have a fit.

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  6. DJP6-25 (1,362 comments) says:

    maxvp 12:50 pm. Let’s hope he does just that.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  7. Bob R (1,362 comments) says:

    For all his faults Winston is invaluable for being prepared to call out rorts occuring with things like Whanau Ora. White politicians are too gutless to do this.

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  8. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Give him a break…

    Id rather read about this than most of the crap in the media – who gives a rats arse about John Banks – hes dog tucker so move on. Its just tireing hearing stories about banks day after day. Same goes for the trial of the girl killed in the UK – every day the news thinks we all want to know about the state of the bloody trial – I dont give a shit about it.
    Same goes for Bernie Monk he needs to move on – I get tired of hearing him wailing on almost daily about some great wrong that he thinks is able to be fixed.

    At least Winston is entertaining and has a different story each time. It might be made up but its worth listening to.

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  9. Nookin (3,273 comments) says:

    “At least Winston is entertaining and has a different story each time.”

    Usually on the same issue!

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  10. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Colin Craig has very limited appeal to older women.

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  11. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Joana – So – youve got the hots for Winston….????

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  12. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    I am not quite in the category yet but I am familiar with their tastes..ex choir boys don’t cut it. Older women are very frank when speaking amongst themselves.

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  13. hj (6,855 comments) says:

    One thing Winston was right about:

    “Among policy and analytical circles in New Zealand there is a pretty high degree of enthusiasm for high levels of immigration. Some of that stems from the insights of literature on increasing returns to scale. Whatever the general global story, the actual productivity track record here in the wake of very strong inward migration is poor. In an Australian context, the Productivity Commission – hardly a hot-bed of xenophobia or populism – concluded that any benefits from migration to Australia were captured by migrants and there were few or no discernible economic benefits to Australians. And that was in a country already rich and successful and with materially higher national saving and domestic investment rates than those in NZ.”
    http://www.treasury.govt.nz/downloads/pdfs/mi-jarrett-comm.pdf
    Government policies blamed for house prices
    “Immigration and tax breaks for investment in residential property are being cited as the underlying causes of steep increases in the cost of housing over the past decade.
    New Zealand now boasts one of the highest rates of home unaffordability in the world as a result of prices rising far faster than incomes, and the government’s Savings Working Group blames that squarely on the policies of successive governments.
    Although “the favourable tax treatment of property investment” accounted for about 50% of house price increases between 2001 and 2007, the working group said, there was also strong evidence that rapid swings in immigration brought about price-rise “shocks”.
    There was a sharp spike in immigration in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and, said working group committee member Dr Andrew Coleman, it appeared that property prices did not fall anywhere near as greatly when immigration fell again.
    The report added that there was little evidence that immigration boosted local incomes. In fact, the need to build roads and schools meant that net migration contributed to the national deficit. ”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/4622459/Government-policies-blamed-for-house-prices

    Winston won’t get much help from the progressive left who have their heads up their proverbials and the Jenny Shipleys etc will be pigging out (God bless them)

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  14. hj (6,855 comments) says:

    And God bless you David Farrar (you’re gonna need it where ur going).

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