UNLOCKED: Morgan says voters must avoid Peters' 'regressive' politics

Gareth Morgan has advice for the electorate: Use your two votes wisely and don’t let Winston Peters “anywhere near government.”

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Gareth Morgan has advice for the electorate: Use your two votes wisely and don’t let Winston Peters “anywhere near government.”

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Mr Morgan outlined his “Stop Peters” strategy, 10 days out from the election.

The core of the idea is that of the 13 electorates in which The Opportunities Party (TOP) is standing a candidate, the competing Labour and National candidates are guaranteed to enter Parliament.

“Here’s a set of facts for rational voters who support Labour or National with a party vote: The second competition in this election is the one in which the minor parties can have an influence on the government of the day.

“What we’re saying is that people who vote for Labour and National can get huge use out of their electorate vote, in a way perhaps you hadn’t thought of.

“What sort of influence do you want on the next government? Do you want a regressive, old-fashioned conservative influence of Winston Peters? Or do you want a progressive influence from TOP? That is the choice,” he says.

Mr Morgan says NZ First leader Winston Peters politics are of “the worst kind.”

“The most offensive to me is his self-centeredness. It’s all about Winston and never about New Zealand as a group … He’s racist, xenophobic and homophobic and appeals to the worst side of our human nature.

“I don’t want him anywhere near Parliament and any self-respecting New Zealander shouldn’t either. That’s what the Stop Peters campaign is about. Do you want progress or don’t you?”

NZ First’s budget proposals also were targeted by Mr Morgan at the press conference.

“If [Mr] Peters, by some miracle, happened to be in the government, his pledges are running a deficit of something like $14 billion per year, plus $18 billion on one-off costs.

“Barely any questions come from the media about where Peters' funding is coming from. And of course, he won’t face me in any debate because he knows I’ll shred him on that stuff. He’s a pork-barreler. That’s the type of politician he is. He deserves to be called out on that.”

Mr Morgan still expects his party to secure 5-10% in the coming election.

“The town hall gigs every night are full of enthusiasm and positivity. The age of the attendees has been dropping markedly. We’re getting fewer silvertops and a lot more youth. They hadn’t been to an event before and found out about it through viral social networking,” he says.

“So we’re pretty positive that we’re reaching the people who have the most at stake from the direction of the government,” he says.

“I don’t want to be a politician. There’s nothing I can learn from them. I’m not looking for a job, I’m trying to move policy forward.”

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Gareth Morgan, the man who will tax absolutely anything that breathes, moves, and merely has a pulse, calling Peters regressive.

Pot, meet kettle!

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Does this guy want to get elected?

National cant work with him. Labour will need Winston... if Gareth wants in on the left he got to stop bagging the likely coalition member.

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I can't see why National couldn't work with him - some small tweak somewhere would satify him. He doesn't want as much new spending as any of the other parties - apart from Act who rightly want to cut corporate welfare and reduce tax!

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The small tweak would require abandoning his UBI policy, his tax policies and his positive discrimination policies. His call for a written constitution might be acceptable to National, but implementing that is another matter. It was hard enough trying to change the flag.

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Can't Gareth see that there is nothing more "Regressive" than TOP's policy of imposing death taxes on those still living?

Before getting too excited about "Progressive" politics, it is well worth remembering that Progressivism generally traces back to the 18th century period leading up to the French Revolution, in which "progressives" eliminated some 50,000 opponents.

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Are these the same "opponents" that wanted the other 5 million Frenchmen to eat cake.??

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Our stats are appalling on every level. TOP has made a fantastic contribution to policy debate. A safe and prosperous NZ now needs some courageous politicians to be evidence-based leaders. Hopefully one or two emerge after the election, thanks to TOP.

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Yes, they've added to the debate, but good lord, the medicine they offer up is much worse than the disease!

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Morgan and Peters deserve each other --- arrogance and economic gibberish in equal measure.

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Garth I like some of your ideas; especially the UBI which would streamline social welfare.

Unfortunately, I don''t like all your policies and feel you are likely to require another election cycle term to gain enough support to get over the 5% threshold. The problem is the wider populus dont have an understanding of how bad NZ inc unsustainable debt levels are. This has been masked by creative accounting and demographic manipulation this and selective governments have engineers. Its looking like poor mother hubbards cupboard.

National have become to arrogance, and havent been telling us the truth. They need time on the backbench to refresh their policies, to ensure no one gets left behind, rather than kicking the can down the road further.

Nationals flawed economic management, as you know, will be laid to bear shortly. At this stage, a vote for you will be wasted and unlikely to be helpful to changing the government. While the present Labour party are unproved, one couldnt have done much worst than National. We need a change to clean out the National party of arrogance. If Labour do a poor job of economic management and governance over the next 3 year period, this will be the opportunity for your party to make a difference.

You're possibly right about Winston, some of what he says makes sense and NZ First will get at least 5% to make a difference; and by god we need one.

I encourage you to keep building momentum through media sources between times. Who knows the incoming government may eventually listen to some of your ideas.

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Politics is something a dalliance to Gareth, something to while away the hours.

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