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

November 30, 2022 52 min

On this week's podcast:

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.

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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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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.

We revisit the Rolf Harris case (podcast 171) with some additional information.

We comment on the changes at Buckingham Palace, and we visit The Mailroom with Mrs Producer.

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Leighton is off this week with COVID.

This week's podcast is a "Best Of" edition featuring David Round from Podcast 149 on March 20th 2022.

Forty five years a law lecturer, David Round is renowned for his frankness. His unrestrained discussion covers many contentious matters confronting New Zealand today. From moral and political corruption to activist judges and the "meaningless piece of pious liberal posturing of t...

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In 2014 Australian entertainer Rolf Harris was found guilty, on all counts, of charges brought by four women. Harris was but one of a number of public figures to be charged with sexual charges.

But that is just the beginning.

After the convictions ex-Auckland policeman William Merritt, now a specialist investigator, spent two years doing what Scotland Yard failed to achieve. In 171 Merritt relates a story of incompetence, lies, and...

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Joel Kotkin, described according to THE NEW YORK TIMES, is America's uber-geographer. an internationally recognised authority on global, economic, political and social trends.

We talk to him about what is now brewing in Silicon Valley, proposed in Toronto and implemented in China, that could be the role model for our future urban civilisation.

The book, THE COMING OF NEO FEUDALISM, is a warning to the glob...

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First, they came for CO2, then they came for methane.

Because apparently methane makes an outsized contribution to global warming.

Atmospheric physicists William Happer and William van Wijngaarden say otherwise.

Together they published the results of their highly technical research. In podcast 169, van Wijngaarden explains, in understandable language, why there is no need for panic over methane.

We have a follow up from last weeks int...

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"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 Professor Ramesh Thakur, guesting on Podcast 168. Outstanding com...

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From the Democracy Institute in Washington DC, Patrick Basham explains his blacklisting by the Ukrainian Centre for Countering Disinformation. He is one of approximately 79 targeted by the Ukraine Government.

Let’s ensure that sort of thing doesn’t happen here.

We extensively cover a wide range of concerns; China, Trudeau, Ardern and Hunter Biden’s laptop.

We also make  comparison with Australia over the d...

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We talk again with Professor Aynsley Kellow, author of essay “The Madness of Net Zero” .

He says he has become more sceptical with time of the worst reports of climate change.

And that scepticism was exacerbated by his experience as an Expert Reviewer for the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.

He is also the author of "Negotiating Climate Change: A Forensic Analysis."

We make commentary on Elizabeth Rat...

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Democracy was invented in Ancient Greece. What would the great minds of Athens think of democracy in New Zealand today? Do we actually live in a democracy?James Kierstead, lecturer in Classics at Victoria University, is a specialist in Greek history and political philosophy.We talk democracy and government... then and now. We take a look at Sri Lanka, and the suffering the Tories will endure now that Bori...
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