“One thing New Zealanders have learnt about the Key Government is the need for constant vigilance – in this case, against a toxic cocktail of blind ideology and naivety,” says Rt Hon Winston Peters.
“National Ministers Bill English and Nick Smith have been holding negotiations behind closed doors with the powerful Iwi Leaders Group to carve up fresh water resources.
“Once again, National is doing a deal to disadvantage New Zealanders as a whole. The idea is to give iwi preferential rights – in perpetuity – to fresh-water resources.
“The Government’s agenda is clear. What is now in the public domain – a collective asset that we hold in common– our freshwater resources – are to handed to the favoured few.
“We say New Zealand’s fresh water resources are the birthright of all New Zealanders. We strongly oppose National’s deceptive, divisive, ideological and now race based policy in relation to New Zealand’s fresh water resources.
“None of this will help the majority of New Zealanders or Maori. But it should be a serious wake up call to National Party voters everywhere.”
That all sounds good but I’ve left out the parts where he rails against privatisation, of power companies and other govt entities. Its always the same with Winston, in that he only seems to see half the problem or half the solution. These are the parts against privatisation-
“These discussions were forced on the Government once the Prime Minister, against the majority view, began privatising power companies whose only real asset is New Zealand’s water. Maori quickly demanded that if private interests could own our water why couldn’t they?”
“This is just like those rights given to private interests. These rights could then be sold to those needing water for irrigation, hydropower and other commercial uses.
“National has a long track record when it comes to selling out the New Zealand public and transferring New Zealand’s assets to foreign ownership.
“When fresh water resources have been allocated to iwi, and other groups, the road will be clear for yet more of New Zealand’s sovereignty to be lost to foreigners.”
If he’d just gone with the statements in the top half I would be fine with it, but he has to go off on a tangent and mix other stuff in there that is almost communistic in nature. I support privatisation. I have no great beef with foreign investment as long as its not from countries bent on communist colonisation. Winston would have to make that kind of distinction before I’d ever consider voting for him.