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Topic # 222628 21-Aug-2017 12:53
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Peter Dunne announced his decision to leave the Parliament/politics this election. Interesting because National have been campaigning around here (Ohariu/Johnsonville) to vote for Dunne and give the party vote to them.

 

It seems Labour is in the lead in this region now.





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  Reply # 1849784 21-Aug-2017 13:03
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End of a very long career. He deserves retirement after serving the house for so long.





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  Reply # 1849822 21-Aug-2017 13:23
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A pity he didn't get the polls a few days earlier. He deserved the opportunity for a valedictory speech.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1849830 21-Aug-2017 13:35
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I don't believe in putting the knife in but I'm glad he is gone and I wish he had done it sooner. Having said that, I wish him a pleasant retirement on all those ministerial perks he has accumulated. 

 

The great thing about elections is that while almost no-one gets everything they want, almost everyone gets something. Now that one of my wishes has come true, I will be able to live with anything else that happens.

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1849843 21-Aug-2017 14:20
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Rikkitic:

 

I don't believe in putting the knife in but I'm glad he is gone and I wish he had done it sooner. Having said that, I wish him a pleasant retirement on all those ministerial perks he has accumulated. 

 

The great thing about elections is that while almost no-one gets everything they want, almost everyone gets something. Now that one of my wishes has come true, I will be able to live with anything else that happens.

 

 

As I mentioned on another thread, the best aspect of Dunne's more recent career has been his road to Damascus turn-around in relation to drug reform. Given the otherwise inevitably backwards approach to this topic by National, should they remain in office I can't see much happening in drug reform, therefore his absence from parliament may indeed have a negative consequence.

 

Given the opinions you've espoused on drug reform in the long thread that I think you initiated, surely this should have some impact on your highly negative view of Dunne? This is the only reason I am disappointed he's going, given both main political parties appear to refuse to approach drug policy with a semblance of sense - proof that English's oft-quoted obsession with "evidence-based" policy is just a meaningless phrase...


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  Reply # 1849882 21-Aug-2017 15:43
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I advocate drug reform and I agree it is an important issue. However, I believe Peter Dunne is an opportunistic self-server who would do anything to get elected. That is one reason I don't like him. I think his late enlightenment regarding drug policy was just another attempt to jump on a bandwaggon that might win him popular approval and that as soon as the election was over, he would carry on doing whatever he was told in order to keep whatever second-rate ministry he was granted. The other reason I don't like him is because he played the system for years with his phony political party in order to maximise his perks. I think he has fed off the public teat for long enough.

 

 





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  Reply # 1849911 21-Aug-2017 16:47
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I lived in his electorate for some time but never voted for him. To quit 4 weeks before an election is selfish imo, when anyone with a few grains of intelligence would have predicted this from his poor polling last election. He should have quit before the election like a gentleman. He is now letting down his supporters and his partners.

 

He was far too slow on many of the issues he dealt with eg synthetic cannabis sales, and especially having to personally approve medications for individual patients is just absurd. 

 

But I agree he did have a stellar career with many highlights that does deserve recognition.


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  Reply # 1849915 21-Aug-2017 17:09
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He sat in the seat but what did he actually stand for? He seemed to sway with the political winds - far too convenient and not at all principled.

 

I'm glad to see him go.

 

 


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Reply # 1849996 21-Aug-2017 20:15
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Rikkitic:

 

I advocate drug reform and I agree it is an important issue. However, I believe Peter Dunne is an opportunistic self-server who would do anything to get elected. That is one reason I don't like him. I think his late enlightenment regarding drug policy was just another attempt to jump on a bandwaggon that might win him popular approval and that as soon as the election was over, he would carry on doing whatever he was told in order to keep whatever second-rate ministry he was granted. The other reason I don't like him is because he played the system for years with his phony political party in order to maximise his perks. I think he has fed off the public teat for long enough.

 

 

 

 

You rant like this, about this guy on and on, yet you never mention specifics. You also fail to note the hard work he has done to represent the people of his electorate and I wonder if you know what these people do day to day? 

 

He earned his place in Parliment and until recently he had the strong support of the people of his area for the way he represented them. It's strange you'd begrudge him perks (These are automatically assigned to all eligible parties) when you don't complain about anyone else. 

 

Has he reached his used by date? Probably, we all do eventually, however, this doesn't mean he was undeserving of his position and I've yet to see you provide evidence specifically of the claims you make against him. 

 

A little balance might be appropriate to go with all that hate.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1850000 21-Aug-2017 20:22
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Well said. He served his electorate well.


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  Reply # 1850008 21-Aug-2017 20:35
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You have your view, I have mine. I still don't see why he needed a pretend political party that no-one supported in order to do the job MPs are already paid for.

 

 





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  Reply # 1850011 21-Aug-2017 20:39
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Rikkitic:

 

You have your view, I have mine. I still don't see why he needed a pretend political party that no-one supported in order to do the job MPs are already paid for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretend? More unsubstantiated claims.  


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  Reply # 1850014 21-Aug-2017 20:40
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Hardly pretend United Future at one point had eight MPs. Peter Dunne was a hard working Minister.




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  Reply # 1850019 21-Aug-2017 20:50
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MikeB4: Hardly pretend United Future at one point had eight MPs. Peter Dunne was a hard working Minister.

 

That may have been true 30 years ago but that isn't what he was being paid for more recently.

 

 





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  Reply # 1850021 21-Aug-2017 20:54
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It wasn't 30 years ago in 2002 United Future won 8 seats also he is still a Cabinet Minister and has been so for nearly a decade. You may not agree with what he has done that does not mean he is not hard working in his Ministerial duties and electorate responsibilities.





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  Reply # 1850028 21-Aug-2017 21:14
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Whatever he was it is done and dusted. His party wasn't even registering in the polls. I am happy to let it go and look forward instead of back.

 

 





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