Only Businessman Robin Grieve, an orchardist and health and safety consultant, is the only Northland by-election candidate who’s supporting himself in the private sector. “A council bureaucrat, a career politician, a district councillor, and a self-employed businessman walk into a bar…”
"It's great that Winston Peters is finally taking an interest in Northland. But frankly we don’t need yesterday’s ideas from yesterday’s men in our region," ACT Northland candidate Robin Grieve said today.
"Peters has been rejected by Hunua and ousted from Tauranga - why would Northland now offer him a seat? His interest in the region has only just cropped up - New Zealand First did not even bother to stand a candidate in the general election just five months ago."
Labour MP Stuart Nash recently called for a parliamentary enquiry into petrol prices. National MPs in the finance and expenditure select committee voted against such an enquiry. They were right to do so.
Inquiries can be expensive and often politically motivated. Inquiries should only be initiated on solid evidence, not on a politician’s hunch. Too often they are motivated by opportunistic grandstanding.