The Leighton Smith Podcast

The Leighton Smith Podcast

After 33 years behind the Newstalk ZB microphone, Leighton can’t give it up completely. There were so many requests to continue his opinionated commentary that the prospect of podcasting was born. So, without restriction, Leighton will continue to serve up on everything you want to hear about and some things you don’t. Stand by to be enlightened, educated and enraged!... Show More

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On the podcast this week - Jeffrey Epstein is everywhere in the media, we take a closer look. We also talk gun laws, climate change (of course) and one or two other matters. We also talk to Jacob Shapiro from Geopolitical futures about China, and the connection with Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. And Carolyn with feedback as always. Get in touch: Leighton@newstalkzb.co.nz Haven't listened to a podcast before? Check o... Read more

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On this weeks podcast:Apologies for this week's podcast arriving a little later than you maybe expected it to be.I wanted to hear the Reserve Bank’s OCR and pass comment. You may disagree but you can always email me why.Two mass murders in the United States within a short space of time has elevated the gun debate yet again. That discussion in all its rawness will prevail until the next election.Ihumatao is the focus of discussion w... Read more

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On this weeks podcast:Apologies for this week's podcast arriving a little later than you maybe expected it to be.I wanted to hear the Reserve Bank’s OCR and pass comment. You may disagree but you can always email me why.Two mass murders in the United States within a short space of time has elevated the gun debate yet again. That discussion in all its rawness will prevail until the next election.Ihumatao is the focus of discussion w... Read more

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On the podcast this week - Ihumatao, what’s it all about? Winston Peters says it’s not another Bastion Point, some say it’s a 'family’ squabble, or is it a legal matter? Cometh the hour, cometh the man: Will Boris match my expectations? So far it’s happy trails! ‘Portia Faces Life’. Or Not? So who’s Portia? Find out. I’ve had a number of requests to bring back Jonathan Urlich. So – he’s back. A semi-retired investment banker with o... Read more

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On the podcast this week — Crazy suggestions from Treasury regarding how to deal with a tragic economy, if and when. Helicopter money! As in print more and give it away. If we reach that point then we’ll all be reaching for the bottle. Or Panadol, AND lots of it. The Middle East is sparking yet again. One day it will boil over. Let’s hope that day is not yet here but nerves are starting to stretch. And the quote I employed a couple... Read more

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On the podcast this week — There is plenty of discussion globally about the state of the world. Politics, economy, housing, migration legal and especially otherwise, and of course climate. I say it’s a MAD world and explain why. And in explaining why it’s only scratching the surface. Auckland has been poorly governed for some years and the Council election is upon us. For those living in the zone it is good news that  there will be... Read more

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On the podcast this week, you can applaud or hiss as we have commentary on: - Electric Vehicle subsidies vs real cars punishment. Assistant Transport Minister, Julie Ann Genter, who announced the Government policy on restricting freedom ever further - Trump’s lack of decorum for which he is constantly criticised - why that maybe is a good thing. - We pay tribute to a great journalist And we also hold discussion with  journalist/wri... Read more

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I’ve always liked Alan Duff. Well, as close to always as I remember. He’s got guts, courage and determination. He doesn’t pull punches. And it’s been a while since I talked to him. Alan’s new book, A Conversation With My Country, gave us the chance. The discussion runs for forty minutes but I wasn’t watching the clock.  For those who are unfamiliar with Duff, let me introduce you. There was so many other matters that I ended up pas... Read more

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This week’s podcast sees the return of George Friedman. Much to discuss, especially the geopolitics of Donald Trump. Israel Folau - the subject will not go away. In fact, it has taken on a whole new and bigger perspective. Boris Johnson; is Max Hastings right in his criticism? Uh, no; make that attempted total demolition. And a little more climate. Get in touch: Leighton@newstalkzb.co.nz Haven't listened to a podcast before? Check ... Read more

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This week's podcast is a special edition. Some weeks ago I promised a climate devoted program. Many have let me know how much they have been anticipating it. Some with how frustrated they are in the waiting.This podcast is not what I first had in mind. Canadian climatologist Dr Tim Ball was most generous with his time and you can now hear the result. Tim has devoted many years to exposing the fraud that the science is settled. Any ... Read more

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It’s not often we will play music but with the death of Mac Rebennack, aka Dr John, it would have been unthinkable not to. Thank you to those of you who emailed comments. Saturday’s NZ Herald column is a tribute to a man who was very special to me. Also – a comment on the ‘inch by inch’ encroachment of E matters into our lives. California sets the Progressive pace in yet another first. And coffee, good or bad for you? Conversation ... Read more

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On the podcast this week, we talk China, Trump in London, and a little on the economy. Australian P.M. Scott Morrison is countering China’s advances in the Pacific. It’s time someone did. Steve Bannon, former Trump chief strategist suggests Australia is the canary in China’s coal mine. Joining me this week is Sarah Bearne, is a science and maths teacher and it’s a conversation about many aspects of education and teaching. She’s goo... Read more

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This week on the podcast: Grover Norquist, the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform. He was a speechwriter in the Reagan Administration, is a contributing editor to American Spectator magazine, and has written four books. He was described as “the dark wizard of the Right’s anti-tax cult” - a not necessarily flattering remark from Ariana Huffington. He is fascinating. Before and after Mr Norquist, my thoughts on the Eur... Read more

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On the podcast this week, the Government plans a $320 million spend over four years on a wellness campaign. The money will be dedicated to changing the countries statistics on domestic violence and sexual assault. Will it work? Will it have any real effect? I’m not so sure. Also, the Australian election was unreal. We talk with Nick Cater, Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre. Nick set the pre-election stage on an earl... Read more

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This week, the great teachers' strike - 50,000 of them. Primary and secondary, apparently an historic occasion...coming to all the schools near you. Reportedly, two-thirds of the 50,000 are union members. Students reactions range from “terrific” to “what are they? A bunch of wimps? Take the whole week off!”. Changes to the governance of the Reserve Bank means a committee now makes decisions. Committees tend to be political. Dr Greg... Read more

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This week the continuing debate on free speech versus hate speech rolls on. Across the Tasman, the Green Party leader wants to codify hate speech and ban some very popular conservative media voices. Meanwhile back in NZ, the Justice Minister is heading in the same, wrong direction. Both display ignorance and arrogance. Auckland’s City Rail Link has been exposed as a scam on ratepayers. Along with Auckland Transport and the hapless ... Read more

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This week's podcast centres around the Australian Federal election on May 18. The first Prime Ministerial debate has been held and the campaign is off and running. Please don’t let it be boring. Nick Cater is a journalist and columnist who we utilised extensively for the 2013 election coverage. He is now Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre. Nick joins Leighton to discuss the election issues and the big players. The co... Read more

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In this week's podcast, Leighton focuses on the Sri Lankan attack, Anzac Day and the state of New Zealand's media. The Sri Lankan bombings on Easter Sunday murdered almost 300 people, Many more were injured and the death toll will probably rise. The country has grown and developed since the civil war ended in 2009. Leighton comments on the tragedy. Anzac Day has a personal touch this year. The interview this week centres around ’th... Read more

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Israel Folau, like it or not, was a big story the past few days because it contained almost everything that’s running hot at the moment. Freedom and diversity of religion, freedom of speech, employment contract law and New Zealand’s number one game, rugby. Leighton analyses the arguments. The tragedy of Notre Dame coincided with increasing reports of attacks on Christian churches in Europe, particularly France and Germany. Hopefull... Read more

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This week in podcast 11, Leighton opines on Brexit and why remain is not an option - If Brexit fails, so does Britain. On the Crusaders, he says there’s every argument for the team to retain their name. The problem, if there is one, is with the misunderstanding by the do-gooders. Intentionally or otherwise. And there are two separate guests this podcast but with a common link. Olivia Pierson, the author of ‘Western Values Defended’... Read more

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