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Another great piece, Nick. I agree with much of what you say (the comparison with D Cameron over Brexit is apposite - wish I'd thought of it). My abiding view is that Luxon is well out of his depth. We saw that before the campaign started, because he was absolutely not on top of his policy brief and sounded like an amateur. He thinks politics is like business - and he is wrong about that, too. He doesn't know how to handle his coalition partners, who are far more experienced than he is. He is obviously a crap negotiator, as the impossible coalition agreement demonstrates. (Why did he not just hang tough over the Act Treaty bill idea, if it's a 'long-held' position?) I believe he is a liar (we've seen examples already) and a hypocrite (yes, that too). My principal hope is that the coalition will not be able to survive its internal contradictions, and we will be going to the polls inside the year. The alternative is that we all take to the streets to protest - and Luxon should watch out for that. I lived through Muldoon as a teenager and I'm an experienced protester and organiser. The Springbok Tour in 1981 nearly did for Muldoon (he got fewer votes than Labour with just enough seats - which is why we subsequently went for proportional representation, because the left was outraged). Under MMP, angry street protests will do for Luxon and the whole government will fall. If he wants to know what happens to a party when the leader comprehensively fails, he should look to the UK. The Tories look to be out of power for a generation. The failed leaders are a national joke.

Anyway, see you at the Treaty marches, Nick. I'll be there, carrying a banner saying 'It's our Treaty too!' Or perhaps 'Ka whawhai tonu matou - ake, ake ake!' Although I'm not sure he would take the point (we don't know how many of those state-funded lessons in te reo rangatira he took).

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Feb 8Liked by Nick Rockel

Obviously Seymour is evil and can run rings around the man who used to run an airline. But, he too is just a pawn (albeit an effective one) in the big game - the survival of super capitalism. The Atlas Network and their operatives/enablers are on a bit of a roll internationally…

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Feb 8Liked by Nick Rockel

Totally agree Nick. Luxton has been well played by Seymour who is the local puppet for the Atlas Network and they wish to take Maori out of the consultation process in regard to environmental matters around mining, oil exploration etc. Tobacco tax, Auckland Petrol Tax, Tiriti, plummeting numbers of ev's sold, non use of the Reo, not enough recruits to fill promised extra police, and the others I have missed. What a wonderfully managed start for this Govt. How the blazes did the great CEO keep the planes flying???

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Knowing Parliament processes quite well, I still can't get my head around how Luxon could promise to support a Bill at first reading, sight unseen, when nobody, that's nobody, has even seen a Bill yet. It could have all kinds of other hooks in it. We know what Seymour said would be in it, but until the bill is public and all MPs can see it on the order paper, it is just a fig leaf - though I guess he will have to get Cabinet sign off before introducing it. It seems such an abuse of parliamentary process ; all of those people who will submit, the costs of parliamentary time, select committee, clerks, advisers, and MPs sitting hours through a process that the government has no intention of progressing, or taking any notice of is bewildering. Luxon says it will allow the issues to be "aerated". Oh yes, it will. It will be on the news night after night. Seymour has embarked on an expensive campaign to convince us all, funded no doubt by those Atlas donors. It really is the most peculiar arrangement.

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Feb 8Liked by Nick Rockel

Luxon made that bed, let him lie in those dirty sheets. It's about time the light reached the hideous connections of all the coalition members. Willis has her own links to Atlas via the NZ Initiative. Lobbyists abound, and the left have their own, but I don't believe the public really appreciate just what outcomes organisations like Atlas want. They wil shout "conspiracy", we have to shout and show "evidence" even more clearly. I am sick of arseholes like Hoskins determining the narrative

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Feb 8Liked by Nick Rockel

Have to agree with the Brexit example, what a dogs breakfast that turned out to be.

And the Australian referendum, badly worded deliberately, so people who didn’t have the whole story, voted No.

This running a country might be a bit harder than the current guy imagined.

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Feb 8Liked by Nick Rockel

The lies that were told to the UK public about the benefits of Brexit were quite breath taking, yet they beleived it and fell for the con. personally I think that boris johnson and nigel farrage need flogging.

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Feb 8Liked by Nick Rockel

As for putting matters to referenda there are matters that deserve that and peoples referendums are necessary. Brexit and the Voice in Australia are instances of the government should have been giving leadership from their convictions and wisdom. Water and co-governance thankfully went to no formal referendum. However again the Government knowing better than the rest of us the dire state of water which needs urgent attention. Is something which we should borrow billions for.

But I put on Facebook today my own lamentation. I have not received one like yet: “ Is there one thing of merit that has been initiated or actioned by the current “collision” Government? Every lever that costs society, community, environment, climate, tennants, house purchasers, the under-privileged and tangater whenua seems to be pulled madly - without tought of the damaging consequences. Is there anything there, apart from ideology and rush to obliterate the previous government’s policies, any rationale. All their declarations or explanations seem to be from their electioneering last year.

At least Robertson got us out of recession, and inflation going steadily down with cost of living pressures trending down too. Will they benefit from that work or mess that up too?

May be my tears cloud my vision.”

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Just because ACT have 8.64% of the vote they want to make NZ into a White privilege society, and the main PM, has to go along with whatever ACT want! Is that supposed to be democracy?

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I was in the UK during the Brexit vote and I did my homework and voted against it, there was a lot of emotive bs went on in the lead up and follow on. My idiot partner voted for, now he is not dumb so I just cannot fathom what went on in his tiny little mind to make him do it. As you can imagine it was a bone of contention in our household for quite sometime. I would hate to see the same thing happen here because the ramifications will echo around the world for years.

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Feb 8Liked by Nick Rockel

still waiting for Luxon to throw seymour and the bill under the bus and call another election for NZ to support him to rule alone. of course he will lose and we can get back to living our lives although with increased public awareness of the racism and well funded right wing propaganda. If Luxon waits too long then imagine if Maori respond by trying to reclaim their tino rangatiratanga. lots of things would need to be renegotiated. or maybe we would have Takaparawhau bastion point type conflicts everywhere. lets not go there. come on luxon you can do it, call it.

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Feb 8Liked by Nick Rockel

Has anyone investigated Luxon's links to Atlas Gibbs and c/o?

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I think David forgot his dentures! (Re no personal comments - he's earned them and I couldn't resist either, Nick)

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It's all SO INEPT as well as vicious. But sadly, like you Nick I think the smirking, smug wanker [if only rhe seed merely got sprayed around lol] Seymour knows he's onto something with Atlas backing. I wish media would follow THAT thread. He outright lied on The Hui, too easy to check, but noone seems to have 😪

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I don't think there's any hope of putting the genie back in the bottle now. Luxon has fully proven his incompetence as a leader and a negotiator. The Atlas Network will have the scent of a pushover, and they know how to capitalise on it.

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“It’s hard not to draw the conclusion from this that Seymour has played Luxon, and that he has won. “ - says it all.

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