Backbenches 28 May 2014

May 26th, 2014 at 4:30 pm by David Farrar

Prime TV announces:

THIS WEEK ON PRIME TV’s “BACK BENCHES”: Watch Wallace Chapman, Damian Christie, the Back Benches Panel and special guests discuss the week’s hottest topics!

ASIAN INVASION?:  A survey from the Asian NZ Foundation highlights the growing resentment from Maori towards Asian immigrants. Competition is at the heart of the matter-competition for jobs and cultural funding but also to blame, the survey says, is a lack of understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi. Is this a fair observation or a skewed perception of reality? Are Maori more important than other kiwis? While some political parties are looking to restrict immigration and immigrants from buying NZ houses-there is a call for NZ to become more multi-cultural & multi-lingual. Do these policies mesh well?

YUP-WE’RE STILL REALLY FAT: New Zealand is STILL the 3rd fattest nation (behind Mexico & USA) in the OECD. That is 1.2 million fat kiwis. So, what are we to do about it? National announced $40million in the budget for anti-obesity initiatives. But how will that money be spent? Is it about teaching communities how to eat better? Or get more exercise? Is it just a drop in the bucket considering we spend $700m on obesity through diabetes and heart disease? Is it now a bigger health concern than smoking?

GENERATION “Y I DON’T VOTE”:  Our under 30s are as likely to vote in the next election as they are to win the lotto. An exaggeration, perhaps, but more than 800,000 kiwis didn’t vote in 2011 and that is expected to be worse come the 20th of September. How do the political parties get the youth of today to get involved? Many say their vote won’t matter but with just under a million non-voters that is a very influential group, after all.

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First, you can join the live audience in Wellington’s iconic Backbencher Pub on Wednesday, 28th of May at 6pm. Filming begins around 6:15pm.

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Our Panel: Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei, Labour MP Grant Robertson, National MP Tim Macindoe.

A co-leader, an aspiring leader and a whip!

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15 Responses to “Backbenches 28 May 2014”

  1. duggledog (1,557 comments) says:

    ‘Growing resentment from Maori towards Asian immigrants. Competition is at the heart of the matter-competition for jobs and cultural funding’

    Pull up, pull up, tangata whenua. It’s almost too late.

    Asians are here and will continue to arrive to do the jobs you and others won’t do, or won’t be considered for, as you (I say ‘you’ as you have defined yourselves as ‘your people’) are being seen more and more as a liability and a risk. Jobs are only one part of the picture. Your new landlords already don’t like you as tenants.

    Chinese especially give even less of a shit about anything to do with the Treaty than many European New Zealanders.

    Maori are right to be worried about immigration. These are the good old days now guys. Things going to get tough in future.

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  2. Crusader (314 comments) says:

    “Our under 30s are as likely to vote in the next election as they are to win the lotto. An exaggeration, perhaps, but more than 800,000 kiwis didn’t vote in 2011 and that is expected to be worse come the 20th of September. How do the political parties get the youth of today to get involved? Many say their vote won’t matter but with just under a million non-voters that is a very influential group, after all.”

    The lefties think that’s a big problem, and wasted votes for them. They consider that the stereotypical ‘youf’ would vote for handouts for himself, and no interest on his student loan, i.e. leftie handout politics. But that’s just a stereotype. Lots of youth are smarter than that and do have a grasp of reality, i.e. there is no free lunch, all policies must be costed and sustainable. And it would tend to be the smarter ones who do the voting.

    I know there is a whole generation who have grown up consistently being fed a lie from their kindergarten days i.e. catastrophic climate change. Despite the fact that there has been NO WARMING at all of the atmosphere during their entire school lives, a few of this year’s more politically-minded school leavers would still consider this to be the “issue of their generation” and a good reason to vote for a Government which would regulate the entire economy (even though this would have zero impact on global CO2 levels).

    Shame nobody has the balls these days to point out that the Emperor (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming) has no clothes. One gets called all sorts of names by those without evidence on their side.

    Overall, we are fortunate to live in a system where it really does not matter whether one votes or not. It’s a luxury not common on the planet. Even if the lefties are forming the next government it would not be the end of life as we know it. Just a few more stupid rules. John Key is hardly right wing after all. We might not even know the difference.

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  3. duggledog (1,557 comments) says:

    Crusader

    You are right on the money. I know a lot of kids from the ages of 10 to late teens, just because we have a wide social circle ourselves and our kids do too.

    I hear them laugh about global warming. They think it’s a f***ing big joke. I also hear them being far more casually racist than anybody was when I was that age and believe me they don’t get it from me! Nobody I know has kids at boarding schools. These are average state school kids who have supposedly been brainwashed in a socialist education hothouse.

    I think it’s the internet. They are generally retarded when it comes to basic economics though and have no idea of the punishing debt they are inheriting!

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  4. flash2846 (284 comments) says:

    BACK BENCHES is just another left leaning propaganda programme. Even the left leaning audience challenge anything of actual substance raised by the few decent politicians included in the show.
    Wallace Chapman needs to grow up! Don’t waste your time watching it, I certainly wont be.

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  5. hj (7,021 comments) says:

    So duggledog thinks it is ok for Asians to out compete Maori because they are harder working and better employees. So which party represents foreigners more than it’s own citizens? Ans = National Realestate (the property investors party).

    Funny how Maori elite shit: Mutu, Marama Davidson, Ranginui Walker, Meteria Turie(?) are pro immigration. They are too removed from it all to percieve that we aren’t all padling one big waka but rather competing for kumuta fields.

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  6. hj (7,021 comments) says:

    PI’s being left behind- an underclass? Now who got pilloried by Joris deBries and spittle pouring HRC (not to mention being called NZ’s most racist academic ” by THe Standard)?

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  7. Manolo (13,774 comments) says:

    flah2846 is right on the money. The left-wing hack Wallace Chapman deserves to be avoided.

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  8. Odakyu-sen (653 comments) says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how the Maori elite and the Maori radicals have done nothing in the last 20-odd years to oppose the massive immigration of extremely competitive, highly intelligent and guilt-free ethnic Chinese, Koreans and Indians.

    What movie did this line come from again?
    “The _____ feels no pain, no fear, no mercy, no remorse…”

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  9. I Say Look Here (57 comments) says:

    Three politicians on the panel. The Opposition get two, the Government gets one.

    So straightaway the Opposition are going to get two thirds of the airtime, and last time I watched it they were getting a fair bit more than that.

    I don’t know, maybe they’re deliberately setting up the symbolism of the sole righty being big enough to take on a couple of leftos. But I doubt it.

    Until they get the hang of the balance thing, I’m not going near it again.

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  10. duggledog (1,557 comments) says:

    hj

    I never said it was OK. I said it was happening. Your two posts are garbled and read like they were written by someone befuddled by drink and/or drugs.

    Get back to me when you have composed yourself.

    Odakyu-sen – the movie I believe you are thinking of is Alien?

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  11. martinh (1,257 comments) says:

    If the Greens got rid of Tureii they would get rid of the biggest dead weight there, ive talked to her and she is really incapable.
    Wallace, what a try hard

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  12. axeman (252 comments) says:

    Expect to hear the corpulent larping frog screeching her bullshit at the end. Last time it included the outrageous lie that 250,000 kids go to school hungry EVERY DAY

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  13. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    Easy to avoid left wing dribbling and drooling – don’t watch Backbenchers.
    I am certainly not considering listening but I never have.

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  14. G152 (341 comments) says:

    There are 24 hours where BackBenchers could be screened.
    The 3.00 – 4.00 AM slot for example

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  15. ste3e (118 comments) says:

    The problem with teaching civics is that we would have to tell kids that they live in a tyranny.

    A democracy is defined by the fact that people vote for legislators that implement the laws under which those voting people live. The point being that the vote ensures the will of the people gets implemented as law or else the legislative body is voted out.

    Now days all national legislative bodies implement laws and policy with an eye to pleasing the international economy. This international economy is held in place by legislation, but we do not get to vote for the legislators that implement the laws that hold it there. Furthermore, it is largely the issues that confront multi-nationals that sway international legislation because these are the bodies that can afford to change or question the current settings; are we doing enough deep sea oil drilling for instance. And even the well meaning measures implemented by the UN or America are nonetheless implemented by people we have never voted for; even dictators can be benign, they just can’t be democratic.

    While it is true that we choose to conform to the international economy, it is a Hobson’s choice. So our votes count for establishing a veneer of democracy run by a tyranny; the un-elected legislative body that holds and maintains the international economy.

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