This week has seen an astonishing turn of events.

On Sunday last week the Prime Minister launched her election campaign at the Auckland Town Hall  with a policy free speech.

She declared that she was essentially going to use the election campaign as a referendum on her response to the Chinese plague.

She was banking on the high polling to continue, that there would be continued positive international media coverage of her obvious brilliance at standing alone in the world and beating the plague.

On Monday she announced we had passed 100 days with no community spread.

And on Tuesday it all came crashing down as she had to announce that she was locking a third of the population down because we now had community transmission in Auckland.

Think about that for a minute...we were told we were still virus free on Monday, and by Tuesday, because four people tested positive we now had to lock down a third of the population. By Saturday in just five days the number of active infections has reached 69 people.

This can only be because of failure at the border, because if it isn’t it means that we actually hadn’t eliminated the virus like claimed and the folly of only testing symptomatic people is exposed.

The Prime Minister wanted an election fought on her response to the Chinese plague, and now she’s got it.

And she is drowning in failure, which is why poor old hapless Chris Hipkins is busy fronting all the failure. 

There is no way Labour are going to let their Covid Queen deliver bad news.

And so we are now lurching towards an election where only the government is allowed to campaign, which is what they do every day with the 1pm briefings.

The election must be delayed, but Labour won’t want that because every day that goes by records more failure and then the subsidised chickens are going to come home to roost.

Labour are gambling with our democracy but I think they’ve under-estimated the palpable anger on the streets.

We did out part and complied with their illegal lock downs, but it turns out the government hasn’t been doing their part.

I’m Cam Slater, and this is Insight: Politic

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Insight: Politics - Episode 18 - 10 August 2020

August 10, 2020

It looks like we are going to have a policy free election campaign from the Labour party, and that just isn’t good enough.

It’s lazy and it’s arrogant.

Perhaps they’ve decided that policy runs the risk of actually having to do something.

The Prime Minister has said that they are going to fight the election on the basis that they did a good job during the Chinese Plague.

She also made a bizarre reference to a Netflix show in launching her campaign.

But did they?

That’s why they are scare-mongering on community transmission and masks.

Their poor performance on past promises is also why they don’t want to campaign on their achievements. 

There are precious few of those.

Sadly, the media are letting Jacinda Ardern get away with it all.

And with her army of Covid Karens telling off anyone who dares criticise we are fast losing any semblance of robust political debate.

That’s why we ask the hard questions and draw your attention to the mawing gap between Labour’s slogans and promises and their actual delivery.

I’m Cam Slater and this is Insight politics.

 

Insight: Politics - Episode 17 - 3 August 2020

August 3, 2020

Can politics get any more exciting?

 

After two polls, one rogue, one not so bad we are now into the election campaign proper.

 

National has had a tumultuous few weeks but is now settling down.

 

Judith Collins has brought clear air to National’s sails and it is starting to show.

 

This week will see the last show downs in the house and Jacinda Ardern isn’t looking happy.

 

In the parliament Ardern’s mantra of kindness is replaced with baleful stares and barbed words. Her body language shows fear not strength.

 

Ardern is feeling pressure, and not all of that is from the opposition.

 

There is disquiet on the back bench at her willingness to knife Iain Lees-Galloway and there is talk of a knifing of another minister.

 

One wonders what Ardern is trying to distract from by chucking ministers under the bus.

 

As we lurch towards the election the wheels are starting to come off the economy, breaches in quarantine and strange infections of people leaving New Zealand all stand to under the sloganeering of the government.

 

And what exactly are their election policies going to be at this election. So far it is the sound of silence.

 

From today onwards we are going to see the biff and wallop of a true election campaign where for once the result is vitally important for our economy.

 

Are we going to elect a government built on borrow and hope, or are we going to elect one who will right the ship.

 

Labour used to mock John Key’s borrowing in the wake of the GFC and Christchurch earthquakes.

 

Labour’s debt monster is much greater than that.

 

This election is more important than any in the past twenty years.

 

Game on.

Insight: Politics - Episode 16 - 27 July 2020

July 27, 2020

We’ve had another brutal week in politics, this time with the demise of Iain Lees-Galloway who has let an office affair destroy his political career.

 

Some are blaming Judith Collins for his demise, but he has only himself to blame for putting himself in the predicament he faced.

 

Collins acted quickly and decisively in dealing with Andrew Falloon and thereby snookered Ardern into coming down hard on one of her ministers.

 

Some departing MPs have rather hypocritically had a whine about how mean parliament is. I’ll dish some dirt on their hypocrisy.

 

And how about that poll last night?

 

I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Stuff’s survey is far more accurate and Newshub are going to look very embarrassed for even publishing that rogue poll.

But we will also have a quick look at what’s ahead for the cannabis referendum.

 

Finally, who would have thought the Green party was so bereft of ideas that they had to steal their slogan and promote another party.

Interesting times.

 

I’m Cam Slater and this is Insight: Politics.

 

Taylor Swift  - Mean

Gipsy Kings - La Cucharaca

Sesame Street - Hard Being Green

Insight: Politics - Episode 15 - 20 July 2020

July 20, 2020

We’ve had a massive week.

So much has happened.

This podcast covers what it all means for the big players and I will also share some personal moments that i’ve had with Judith Collins.

I’m Cam Slater and this is Insight: Politics.

 

Music:

The Byrds - Paths to Victory (Bob Dylan)

Dave Dobbyn - Loyal

Pharrel Williams - Happy

 

Insight: Politics - Episode 14 - 13 July 2020

July 13, 2020

They say revenge is a dish best served cold.

This week we were finally able to eat a good healthy helping of revenge as Michelle Boag finally poisoned herself off and resigned from National.

They say revenge is unhealthy, and that may be so, but I’ve just received from Amazon, a fresh pot of gloating cream, and now I’m going to rub it in

Not before time and certainly not before poo-fingering National’s election chances.

We will look at her demise and what it now means for the National party.

Calls are now coming from the left for an Epsom-style deal in Auckland Central.

What will this mean for Boag acolyte Nikki Kaye, and what will it mean for the Greens.

Finally I will highlight what scientific fraud busting expert  Dr John Ioannidisis saying in the US about the over-blown and erroneous data models for the Chinese plague.

Given the reliance on phony models here in New Zealand what he has to say will be critical in being able to hold the government to account for the economic destruction we are witnessing to date.

Was it all for nothing?

I’m Cam Slater and this is Insight: Politics.

Insight: Politics - Episode 13 - 6 July 2020

July 6, 2020

Welcome to Insight: Politics - Episode 13 

This week I’m going to help Clare Curran remember some of her past history.

The sort of things she seems to have forgotten as she attempts to rewrite her past.

Then I’ll share with you the uncanny coincidence of the appearance of a baby whenever the government finds itself in hot water.

Lastly I will delve into what appears to be a very deep puddle of wetness inside National as they try to out-woke Labour in this election.

I’m Cam Slater and this is Insight: Politics.

Insight: Politics - Episode 12 - 29 June 2020

June 29, 2020

This week is going to be very exciting, with the launch of Judith Collins’ book ‘No Punches Pulled’.

I await my personal signed copy with interest.

I’m in the book, of course, and I talk about one instance that has already been published as an excerpt.

With the campaign season underway we are getting a lot of political commentary about what is happening and what polls are showing.

I’ll help you identify the wheat from the chaff.

We will also look at the state of media in New Zealand and wonder about the lack of conservative voices.

There are solutions, so I’ll explore that with you.

And speaking media you’ll laugh at the Washington Post’s latest failed hit job on Donald Trump, that actually proves what he’s been saying about the worst cities in the US for crime. 

Turns out he’s right, they are held by Democrats.

I’m Cam Slater and this is Insight: Politics

Insight: Politics - Episode 11 - 22 June 2020

June 22, 2020

Wow, what a week.

Gun owners were thrown under the bus by NZ First in a craven act of betrayal. 

What will be the electoral consequences of that?

And is the situation recoverable?

Then the government’s Chinese plague recovery efforts  had the wheels fall off the trolley in many different ways. 

Lapses at the border, inept management of quarantines, reports proving the government lied about PPE stocks and reversals of previous policies over testing, masks and recovery.

Now the Army is in charge of the borders.

It all sounds like the government is no longer in control of the narrative and on the back foot.

Is it possible that we will see a deal in Auckland Central as a way to shore up Green support and destroy Nikki Kaye's moral right to claim a leadership role.

Never say never in politics.

Finally I’ll delve into what increased support from members will or could make available as we strive for our goal of ten thousand members.

I’m Cam Slater and this is Insight: Politics

 

Insight: Politics - Episode 10 - 15 June 2020

June 15, 2020

With Parliament in recess it is tempting for politicians to take a break, but we are only 3 months out from an election so there should be no breaks whatsoever.

The National party however has taken a break and you may be surprised to learn that they are now into their fourth week of a new leadership team, not so that you’d notice.

The gaffes and mis-steps continue, except this past week they have all been from Nikki Kaye.

National is showing themselves to be very wet and urban focused.

I’ll look at why they are struggling and why we are still looking like a 2002 scale disaster.

International events have caused the rowdies to agitate here in New Zealand and we now have a wonky jihad underway against all the symbols of colonialism, with some commentators unable to find a single positive feature of colonialism. 

We’ve had a great response to our challenge to support conservative media. I’ll go into a bit more detail on that.