Otago Daily Times

Peters a big loss but Swar­brick un­con­vinc­ing

- Dunedin · Winston Peters · New Zealand Government · New Zealand · Palmerston North

ELSPETH McLean writes (Opin­ion, 21.10.20) that Chloe Swar­brick is young, bright, thought­ful and ca­pa­ble of ra­tio­nal ar­gu­ment.

I'll con­cede that she's young but what I pick up is some­what dif­fer­ent in that she seems to be no fan of democ­racy, lacks sub­stance, is keen to di­vide peo­ple on ba­sis of age and is her own big­gest fan (well, maybe with the ex­cep­tion of Dunedin Mayor Aaron Hawkins).

In con­trast, Elspeth dismisses the loss of Win­ston Peters from Par­lia­ment as of no con­se­quence, but no mat­ter what your pol­i­tics are, one should be able to note that Peters is a big loss to the New Zealand Gov­ern­ment.

Who­ever is go­ing to re­place him as New Zealand's for­eign min­is­ter has some big shoes to step into.

So, I rather hope that, in the next few days, He­len White wins Auck­land Cen­tral from the spe­cial votes to rein in the anointed reign of Swar­brick.

White is ev­ery­thing that Swar­brick is not and a much bet­ter can­di­date for Auck­land Cen­tral than Swar­brick, who re­cently dis­mis­sively re­ferred to women such as Elspeth and 50% of NZ's vot­ers as ‘‘peo­ple with uteruses’’.

One as­sumes that she doesn't re­fer to the women around her in such terms.

Richard Sea­ger


Bus ser­vice

ON Wed­nes­day, I took the 8.40am early bus to Palmer­ston from the bus hub unit E, and as a gold card holder it cost me noth­ing both ways, ar­riv­ing about 9.50am, and leav­ing again at 11am.

I spoke to another cou­ple who also came at the same time as me, and the cost for some­one younger than a gold card was $2 with a Bee Card or $3 with­out a Bee Card each way.

I have de­cided to take the trip on a Wed­nes­day on pay week. It feels like an overseas trip, a chance to get out of town for a morn­ing.

This week, I had a hot choco­late and cheese roll, fol­lowed by an ice­cream at the cafe in the main street, and there are sev­eral in­ter­est­ing shops next to the cafe to browse in the time avail­able.

In­ter­est­ing peo­ple to meet and chat, too, and as I used to go to the den­tist there when I was liv­ing in the Man­iototo, a fa­mil­iar place to me.

A very clean toi­let very close to the bus stop, so ev­ery­thing I could ask for.

The buses only run through the work­ing days, Mon­day to Fri­day, and with three trips each way, one can stay longer if one has the urge to.

We were asked to sup­port busi­nesses be­cause of Covid­19 where we can, so I am sure a few ex­tra dol­lars from each of us will be wel­comed. Get a group to­gether for a fun trip. I usu­ally ask a friend to join me.

Anne Marie Par­sons


 ?? THE NEW ZEALAND HER­ALD ?? Chloe Swar­brick

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