Whale is reporting on the drama unfolding in Rodney as different political factions struggle for power within the National Party. The seat is up for grabs after Speaker Lockwood Smith decided to go list. Matthew Hooton wanted to put his name forward as a candidate, but Whale reports that upon hearing of this, the whole Rodney electoral committee (evidently politically Conservative) threatened to resign en masse. Hooton was dissuaded.
It bears noting here that Hooton is described frequently in the media as a “right wing commentator”. I don’t see Hooton this way at all. I see Hooton as a very weak social and economic liberal with very few credentials that would qualify him as “right wing”. He to my mind typifies the political faction that supports the soft left policies of John Key, and has taken the National Party far from its original ideological roots into a socially liberal big spending high taxing socialist party that panders to racists and does nothing to stand by its founding principles.
I can’t join in with the moral outrage being expressed over what is happening in Rodney. If anyone could provide examples of where written protocols have been breached, I would be pleased to receive that information so that I am able to make an objective judgment on the matter. At the moment, all of the information seems to be coming from the anti-Peinaar faction, and I reckon it is always dangerous forming an opinion when only one side of the argument is known. I am particularly disturbed by anti-Christian sentiments expressed by “a senior National Party source”- (Matthew Hooton?)
members are particularly concerned about the party being hijacked by the Christian-right”
“…conservatives are viewed as not in touch with middle New Zealand and not in line with John Key’s broader image.”
“…the politics of the Christian-right does not fit in with the party’s broader appeal.”
This sounds extremely prejudicial and anti Christian to me, and I would question the wisdom of any National Party spokesperson who makes such statements. The principles the National Party claims as its own are rooted in Conservative principles. John Key and his atrocious collection of Progressive flunkies have taken the Nationals far from those principles. In view of the very plain and unfriendly statements above, Christians and Conservatives need to seriously review their support for the party.
If you are a Christian or a Conservative, John Key and too many of the party clearly have no political sympathies with you, and therefore no loyalty to the party’s principles. Worse, they show, by allowing the above statement, an arrogant disregard for your position. You’re wasting your time supporting these charlatans and fakes and cowards and fifth columnists who put popularity before principle. They cannot articulate a position because they have no position. They have no position because they believe in nothing. They cannot lead, because they don’t know where they are going themselves. Stop voting for them, and look for an alternative.
Update- Assertions that need substantiation-
1) “Cehill Peinaar intimidates four candidates out of the race”. Not only does this need substantiation, it needs clarification. If they can be “intimidated” into removing themselves from the selection process, were they the kind of strong willed and determined people we need in parliament anyway? The verb “intimidated” needs clarification and there needs to be some supporting information.
2) “the word is most of the new members are from a fundamentalist church that Brent belongs to” Needs verification.
3) “Cehill Peinaar is outed as an extreme right wing former South African politician” He has been the electorate chair for some time. Apparently he has done the job well. If he has committed no transgressions of late what is the problem?
4) “The fundamentalist Maxim Institute have been pointed to as behind this selection jack up, as the first stage for the takeover of the National Party by fundies.” Verification needed.
5) “Backroom sources are suggesting that PM’s office is now being forced to get involved. Cehill Peinaar is going to be scrutinised carefully, and Brent Robinson may be told to gracefully withdraw so he can run again in East Coast Bays in 2014.” So unless there has been some breach of National Party internal regulations, aren’t the PM’s office the one’s acting like “bully boys”?
Once again, I state I am not taking a position one way or the other. I merely seek further information. I will though say this. It would seem a bit uncharitable to raise issues from Mr. Peinaar’s past in respect of what is occurring in Rodney today. He has been the chair for sometime, there have been (AFAIK) no complaints about his chairmanship. To raise such issues only at this time would indicate that the case against him here is perhaps not that strong. I would really like an answer to this question- What rules has Peinaar breached?
Without satisfactory responses to these issues, it would appear that this is merely a desperate attempt by the Key faction to prevent the election of candidates who do not support their own liberal political views. I am hoping this is not the case.