Since Dear Leader today reiterated her commitment to the United Nations General Assembly , declaring that the UN’s work on climate change was NZ’s highest priority- here’s a few snippets over the decades from UN leaders, past & present.

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“We’ve got to ride this global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic and environmental policy.” Timothy Wirth, (President of the UN Foundation)

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“No matter if the science of global warming is all phony…climate change provides the greatest opportunity to bring about justice and equality in the world.”- Christine Stewart, former Canadian Minister of the Environment

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“Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?” – Maurice Strong, founder of the UN Environment Programme “I envisage the principles of the Earth Charter to be a new form of the ten commandments. They lay the foundation for a sustainable global earth community.” – Mikhail Gorbachev, co-author of The Earth Charter

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My favourite?? UN Climate Chief (2014) – Christiana Figueres has suggested that only communism is capable of successfully fighting global warming and “climate change”. Figueres added that the deep partisan divide in the U.S. Congress is “very detrimental” to passing any sort of legislation to fight global warming. The Chinese Communist Party, on the other hand, can push key policies and reforms all on its own.

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Imagine if governments had performance reviews for each 12 month period, with a big one before the election. Which was publicly shared and only needed to focus on the reality of the top 5 policies they campaigned on the previous election. It would be simple. To have an open system of accountability. The only valid reason I can see for governments to not want to be open and honest about realities, both for achievements and failures is that they have something to hide.

This in business is fraud, evasion and ultimately tends to end up in business failure, bankruptcy etc. The fact that our government officials who are supposedly public servants can act with such impunity makes an absolute mockery of our so called democratic system.

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Have I Mentioned How Much I Love Science?

And how I adore transparency?

Well, you can imagine how ecstatic I am when I find science & transparency working in tandem.

Face coverings – the Government overruled Dr. Bloomfield , while following “the science”.

Seems face coverings as a “constant reminder of the pandemic” and “to prompt desirable behaviors” is reason enough.

Section 22 of the Cabinet papers say reasons to maintain use of face coverings are outlined in paras 42-46. Somehow, its those very paras which are redacted.

#bekindbeblind

Entire 70 pages of cabinet briefings, released under OIA here: https://dpmc.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2021-06/proactive-release-package-dpmc-202021-597.pdf?fbclid=IwAR13_u90SUl4kjA2nbGb-LWyDg4peIz-O35rxmsmH0IcHSUerxoJoLY9bFk

(pages 21-26 extracted in post): https://www.newsroom.co.nz/bloomfield-opposed-nationwide-masks-mandate?fbclid=IwAR2G4AnCR_14KUGhlwtEwZcfIRg4fEEQBB9OABuyY57CsbZ2zhQPcI-3FWI

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Leighton Smith Podcast: Muriel Newman Discusses Democracy, Three Waters and He Puapua

We ask whether you think democracy is under threat.

Are Three Waters and He Puapua compatible with democracy?

We don’t think so. But how much do you care?

Muriel Newman takes a dive into the subject with us.

POD CAST:

https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/podcasts/the-leighton-smith-podcast/leighton-smith-podcast-episode-127-september-9th-2021/?utm_source=edm&utm_campaign=CE-RS-NL-EDM&utm_medium=email&fbclid=IwAR1lscfSCh-aRG2SqztZImncEpb_5x4S8ohZwcFxBfvcb86Jm1xKYmmjY7Y