How long will the National Party put up with Key as its leader, and the strategy of sacrificing principle to popularity? What good is a leader if he can win you elections but not lead? What good is a leader if he has no ideas. John Key won the support of a majority of New Zealanders wanting a change from Labour, but he has not followed through on that mandate. To the contrary, he has actually disappointed many of his supporters by apparently altering his views on key issues (like Climate Change) after the election, and acting pretty much in accord with how the Labour party might have acted had it won re-election.
To me, the biggest disappointment was Key’s instant alliance with the race based Maori Party. Its hard to imagine Don Brash doing such a thing, for his speeches calling for racial unity were the reason for his popularity. I still cannot believe that the National Party fully knew what they were getting when the elected Key to replace Brash. Key’s embrace of the Maori Party must have been a surprise to many of his supporters, in the party and out.
Key did not need to do it, other than for the reason of keeping ACT under control. However, while it may have afforded the National Party a parliamentary advantage, it has been irredeemably destructive to NZ’s long term social cohesion. By making the Maori Party part of his government Key endowed that fledgling group with the legitimacy it may otherwise have never received. He provided them with Ministerial positions, and the trappings of government, including staffing and allowances and increased salaries and offices above what they would have received in opposition. He breathed life into a monster. He offered them a myraid of political concessions that will have serious long term affects on the country.
None of this needed to happen. If Key had left them to fritter away their time in opposition, the political landscape in NZ today would be completely different. The Maori Party may even have eventually faded from the political landscape. Now, the racist party is firmly established, has the legitimacy of a real party, has a track record in government and thanks to John Key, has had a far better start to its mission than they ever deserved.
And their mission of course is the real problem. Despite what they pretend, the real intent of the Maori Party is a country divided along racial grounds, with so called Maori holding a position in society superior to every other New Zealander. As stark a reversal of Don Brash’s ‘one law for all’ concept as you could ever observe. Now, with the impetus provided by the Key government, these country splitting separatists and racists will move onwards and upwards on their destructive course.
Race relations are going to get considerably worse. The country will sink into a mire of racism and separatism. And much of it is down to John Key. The socially destructive impact of the Maori Party’s agenda will become evident, and then, when whites are fleeing en masse to Australia, and NZ sinks into a swamp of violence and savagery and economic collapse, they will remember that at the root of these outcomes was John Key’s ill fated, weak and disgraceful alliance in 2008. Key’s embrace of the Maori Party was the tipping point that started the slide, and the destruction of what was once a wonderful little country will be this foolish visionless man’s legacy.