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Sincerest Form Of Flattery, But This Is Ridiculous

4 September 2001

Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery--But This Is Ridiculous!

“The more things supposedly change the more they stay the same under Labour and National,” says New Zealand First Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters in response to the Government’s announcement to appoint former Prime Minister Jim Bolger to head NZ Post and the People’s Bank.

“It appears things have come full circle and the results are plainly ridiculous. All the Labour party is doing is imitating the National party, who imitated them in the first place.

“First; the last people’s bank was part sold by the Labour government (33% on 6th June 1989), and then National under Jim Bolger sold the rest (15th October 1992), a decision supported by the then Labour party.

“Second; back in 1990 Jim Bolger promised an inquiry into the BNZ and then did everything possible to shut down my demands for the National Government to hold one.

“Thirdly; it was only New Zealand First that stopped the sale of New Zealand Post, TVNZ and other state assets, when in coalition between 1996 and August 1998.

“The public will be bewildered by just how just how cheap New Zealand politics and politicians have become, and they will now know why National’s Bill English was so vitriolic in his attacks on current New Zealand Post Chairman Ross Armstrong.

“ It all points to the twinning of the two old parties, where today the biggest problem with National and Labour is spotting the difference.

ENDS

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