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 continues to serve up on everything you want to hear about and some things you don’t. Stand by to be enlightened, educated and enraged!

Episodes

February 1, 2023 56 min

Leighton is on summer break, so we are highlighting some of his favourite guests from 2022.

"One of the most damaging statements of a world leader was from Jacinda Ardern, that there will only be a single source of truth. We need to rediscover the virtues that brought about the effloresces of scientific discoveries which have made the world infinitely wealthier, healthier, better educated and better fed."

So says Emeritus P...

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Leighton is on summer break, so we are highlighting some of his favourite guests from 2022.

He Puapua, the report commissioned by the Ardern government, was completed in 2019 and secreted from the public.

Its existence was revealed after the 2021 election. There is belief that Labour would have suffered badly if it had been made public.

Constitutional Law Professor James Allan has written an analysis of He Puapua, and the reading of ...

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Leighton is on summer break, so we are highlighting some of his favourite guests from 2022.

New Zealand scientist Dr Kelvin Duncan dismembers the predictions of the IPCC.

His new book ,“Global Warming, a Counter-blaste to the Man-made Global Warming Hypothesis”, provides counter-arguments to the many areas of official misinformation.

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Leighton is on summer break, so we are highlighting some of his favourite guests from 2022.

Marxism could not happen here... could it?

After decades on the bench, covering four different courts, retired Judge Anthony Willy expresses his concern for the future of democracy in NZ.

The most recent developments since that interview indicate he’s on target.

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Leighton is on summer break, so we are highlighting some of his favourite guests from 2022.

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"The New York Times is reputed to be the world’s most powerful news outlet.

Powerful enough to influence wars, foment revolutions, shape economies and change cultures.

It doesn’t just cover the news, it creates it."

Ashley Rindsberg, author of “The Gray Lady Winked”, talks about what happens when truth is abandoned in ...

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Leighton is on summer break, so we are highlighting some of his favourite guests from 2022.

Professor Elizabeth Rata has been much requested.

She is worth the wait.

Overall it’s a ‘Defence of Democracy’ discussion.

That’s if it is not already too late...

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Leighton is on summer break, so we are highlighting some of his favourite guests from 2022.

Every day the media utilises the term “experts”. Experts say, experts warn, experts criticise...

Dr Michael Tomlinson is a Higher Education Governance and Quality consultant. He suggests that the age of deference to experts is over. He adds a much needed perspective to scientific ponderance.

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Leighton is on summer break, so we are highlighting some of his favourite guests from 2022.

In this unfiltered insider account, Dr Scott Atlas (author of A PLAGUE UPON OUR HOUSE: MY FIGHT AT THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE TO STOP COVID FROM DESTROYING AMERICA) gives us a full account of the key COVID-19 players in the White House during the pandemic.

We cover the lies, distortions, and the truth about science, politicised academia, Big Busi...

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Six months ago Bruce Cotterill talked about what is wrong with NZ, and how we might fix it.

At years end he returns to discuss what has changed; for better or worse.

We talk politics and the current mood of the electorate with Barry Soper. He is full and frank in commenting on the Prime Minister.

“Government Maladministration and Stupidity” is the title of an essay from a retired lawyer.

And we visit The Mai...

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Three Waters… many lies.

Frank Newman says Three Waters is too good to be true, and democracy is the loser.

New Zealand’s Supreme Court is playing a foolish game of politics, according to a British law professor.

And we visit The Mailroom with Mrs Producer.

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Things are changing in the world of climate alarmism.

On the basis of recent science, the U.N. has halved to only 2.5C its prediction of global temperatures for year 2100.

Dr Judith Curry says so, as does The Wall Street Journal, and David Wallace-Wells of the New York Times. Noted climate scientist Dr Judith Curry says “the policy implications of all this is enormous”.

Former NZ Under-Secretary of Scien...

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We speak to Muriel Newman, from the NZ Centre for Political Research, on why New Zealanders need to make their voices heard.

We talk separatist government, the water debate (that shouldn’t even be happening), He Puapua (whatever that means), farming, and other damage the Arden government is inflicting on New Zealand.

And Patrick Basham, from the Democracy Institute, explains how the American midterm electi...

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A champion of free speech guests on this week's podcast.

Jacob Mchangama, Danish lawyer and founder of Copenhagen think tank Justitia, talks hate speech, free speech and freedom.

Coincidentally, we have been paying some attention to Twitter these past couple of weeks.

The reason is obvious, free speech is the bedrock of democracy.

We report on Patrick Basham’s final research for the mid-term U.S. ele...

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"The Dictatorship of Woke Capital” is the story of how political correctness captured Big Business. Steve Soukup details the connection of European Marxism/Socialism to American progressivism and the development of the Administrative State.

We comment on the moves to derail democracy in New Zealand and how that is leading to the increase in independent journalism critiques and opposition groups.

And we...

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Two weeks out from the all important mid-term elections, we discuss the likely outcome and its repercussions with Patrick Basham from Democracy Institute.

In these exciting times, Democracy Institute, in conjunction with the London Express, has been doing noticeably good research on American politics.

And following the success of his novel "Agenda 2060”, author A.I. Fabler is back with “The Seed of C...

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Michael Every is a Global Strategist at Rabobank. He analyses major developments, contributes to the bank’s publications and is very active in the media.

We hit on the future of money, the meta crisis we’re living with, and all that it means.

Michael is not a conformist economist and his take on crypto, geopolitics, and missing leadership is compulsive listening.

Tony Grey is an author and businessman wh...

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The Social Compact is an implicit understanding between the government and the people.

Statistician and author Guy Hatchard suggests that the Social Compact has been broken.

We discuss the distortion of public information, increasing control or influence over the media, the age of social engineering, and the lessons to be absorbed from poorly-scienced public health ideas.

And is the next pandemic “Anxiety ...

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For years, New Zealand productivity has been shortchanging the economy and therefore the country.

Why is New Zealand outstripped by the rest of the first world countries, in particular Australia?

The New Zealand Initiative’s Chief Economist, Dr Eric Crampton gives reasons and suggests solutions.

Then, who is Alexander Dugin? And what is Eurasianism? A brilliant analysis from Associate Professor Salvatore Ba...

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Semi-retired Investment Banker Jonathan Urlich discusses his thoughts on the financial world, both in NZ and globally.

Jonathan first rang my radio program in 2007, commenting on what was developing. His analysis proved correct during the GFC.

We look at George Friedman’s commentary on the Italian election, and high profile Law Professor Jonathan Turley on Jacinda’s call for a global attack on free speech...

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This week we see the return of Michael Rectenwald PhD, Professor of Liberal Studies and Global Liberal Studies at New York University 2008 to 2019.

We recount again his departure from NYU and his transition from a Marxist/Communist to Libertarian.

Michael is the author of numerous books, and co-founder of American Scholars.

Much of our discussion is about NZ. But we also cover Totalitarianism, Ukraine, Bid...

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