“I would like people to look back and be glad about the kind of New Zealand we have created together.” “I know people will say these social issues you’re conservative on but I don’t think I necessarily regret the decisions I made by assessing the evidence at the time. “Take gay marriage, now I understand the depth of feeling around those issues, would I change it (the current law)? “No I wouldn’t ‘If I think about it I’ve had a few’ – Simon Bridges talks political regrets and gay marriage stanceTVNZ One News 28 February 2018Family First Comment: One day (hopefully), a political leader will stand up and say “I voted against same-sex marriage. I still would. Parliament chose to reject the obvious cultural and natural character of marriage and the subsequent creation and care of children, and made marriage just about partnership. The equality cause is not advanced by destroying institutions. Equality should respect difference, not destroy it. There was no discrimination in the law as it stood. We are now using the word ‘marriage’ to describe something else – not commonly or traditionally conceived, but conceived by politics and political correctness. As Metiria Turei rightly said in 2004 “Marriage as understood in our society, and as formalised in law, is a specific culturally and historically bound institution.”One day……www.ProtectMarriage.nzShortly after his appointment as the new National Party leader, Simon Bridges sat down with 1 NEWS political reporter Katie Bradford where he was asked about political regrets and some of his more conservative stances on issues of the day.Mr Bridges wasn’t given much time to reflect on his new role before answering some tough questions on his political views.“Regrets? Probably if I think about it I’ve had a few,” he said when asked if he had any in politics. “Would I go back and change my vote, yes I probably would,” Mr Bridges said. Being voted in as National leader yesterday means he is one step closer to achieving his dream.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/if-think-ive-had-few-simon-bridges-talks-political-regrets-and-gay-marriage-stanceKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. When asked for an earlier 1 NEWS NOW article what he would like his legacy to be if he manages to become Prime Minister, Mr Bridges said: “I want to ensure New Zealand is a growing, dynamic, exciting place in the 2020s where people have opportunities.
RONALD Koeman will be the new manager of Barcelona, says club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.The 57-year-old, who is currently in charge of the Netherlands, is set to join the La Liga runners-up this week.Speaking on Tuesday night, Bartomeu said: “Koeman is the one we’ve chosen. If nothing goes wrong he will be the head coach next season.”Former Netherlands and Barca defender Koeman flew to Barcelona on Tuesday to finalise a deal with the club.There have been rumours that the team’s star Lionel Messi could leave but Bartomeu said: “Messi wants to end his career at Barca, he has said that many times.“I have spoken with Koeman and the pillar of our project is Messi.“He has a contract until 2021, I speak a lot with Leo and more regularly with his father.“He is number one in the world. There is no doubt that in Koeman’s new project you can count on Messi.”But the president added that the club would have to sell players.“There is money but Covid-19 has reduced income so we have to reduce payroll to be able to bring in new footballers,” he said.Koeman, who played for the Catalan giants between 1989 and 1995 and helped them to four league titles and the European Cup, has a contract with the Dutch FA which runs until the 2022 World Cup.Earlier on Tuesday, when the former Barca player was asked if he wanted to return as manager, he said: “I’d like to, but it’ll only be confirmed once I’ve signed the deal.“Until then, I cannot say any more about it – even though I’d like to.”Barcelona parted company with sporting director Eric Abidal on Tuesday, one day after relieving head coach Quique Setien of his duties.The dismissals come after the club’s humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last eight on Friday.Meanwhile, Barca’s German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 28, will be sidelined for 10 weeks after an operation on his right knee.(BBC Sport.