I have such contempt for these people really. They have no business calling themselves journalists. They are partisan propagandists for the Progressive side of politics. In the Herald we have John Armstrong suggesting Dr. Brash’s views are just a rehash of his 2004 speech.
Armstrong overlooks the fact that the every problems Brash highlighted in that speech are now more prevalent than ever, and even if his progressive media fellowship calling themselves journalists may want to downplay the issue, there are plenty of ordinary NZers who are as concerned as Don Brash about John Key and National’s promotion of separatist ideas, and their far too cosy alliance with the Maori Party.
Over at Stuff we have Andrea Vance, another well known indoctrinated Progressive posing as a journalist and doing her best to write ACT off by presenting part of Brash’s speech completely out of context. Vance has taken the a harmless remark concerning the shooting of natives in Australia and made it the focus of a hit piece on Brash and ACT wherein objectivity is cast to the wind in the very first sentence.
Brash’s willingness to talk about a subject the spineless Key would prefer to run a mile from accentuates how different the party would be if Brash had been able to stay on as leader. And if Brash had won the election Key won, how different NZ would be today. That is the real story, and for Armstrong and Vance to try and sweep this under the carpet with distractions about shootings in Australia and what was said in 2004 shows just how pathetically hopeless journalism is in NZ.
I wish Brash had had the guts to stay on, and face down the hostile and partisan mainstream media. The speech he gave yesterday shows the stark difference between Key and Brash. Whereas Key seems content to shamble aimlessly along grinning like a village idiot, Brash has a vision, and the means to coherently explain that vision, and the courage to speak plainly and forcefully on issues Key continuously scuttles away from. Brash is ready to lead. Key, now that he’s achieved his boyhood ambition of making PM, doesn’t even have a clue where he is going himself, let alone where to take the National Party and the country.
Brash’s speech was right on target. Key’s sucking up to the racists and separatists calling themselves the Maori Party is nothing but a damn disgrace and a rank betrayal of National’s founding principles. If Brash was leader it would not be happening and NZ would be so much better off and the country so much more unified as a result.
Messrs Armstrong and Vance played down the real story (the stark difference between Key and Brash) and shifted the focus on to trifles or issues that have the potential to damage ACT and Brash. Did they do this deliberately to shield John Key? I don’t know for sure. I know what I suspect. The alternative I guess is that it could have been just hopeless journalistic incompetence.