Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson is refusing to relinquish his role as the country’s number one cheer-leader, even as economists see dark clouds gathering, inflation hits levels not seen for 30 years, and consumer confidence slumps.
As Finance Minister, he sees his role as being the leader of the band in singing the praises of New Zealand’s “hard workers”, thriving businesses, and general economic well-being. Not for him the dirges of some of his predecessors about falling productivity, the need to tighten our belts, roll up our sleeves, create new jobs and raise living standards.
Here he was yesterday answering another patsy from who else but Dr Duncan Webb (was he elected expressly for this job?):
Hansard records the exchange: Continue reading “Finance cheer-leader is looking after us – keeping Govt pressure on Russia to bring down oil prices is among his assurances”
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Poto Williams – a few months ago – was telling us who had influenced her refusal to support the general arming of police.
At that time, a man who admitted murdering Constable Matthew Hunt during a routine traffic stop was on trial. He was denying the attempted murder of a second officer.
A Hamilton officer had been injured by a firearm during a routine traffic check earlier that month, police in Hamilton and Auckland had been confronted by armed offenders, and Police Association president Chris Cahill was calling for more frontline police to be armed because of a growing number of criminals carrying guns.
Poto Williams’ reason for sticking to her guns (so to speak) and for resisting any clamour for the general arming of the police?
The Māori and Pacific Island communities she represents did not want it, she insisted.
Williams told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Yardley she supported police officers being armed when they needed to be, but did not think it should extend to the permanent arming of the force.
This was because she had listened to overwhelming feedback from the Māori, Pacific Island and South Auckland communities who didn’t want it.
The communities she represented – Māori and Pacific – who were telling her “loud and clear” that the general arming of police and the Armed Response Teams (ARTs) were a real concern to them and had been distressed to learn armed police were routinely patrolling their streets, she said. Continue reading “The people represented by Poto Williams loom large in consultations on Police’s Tactical Response Model”