When Sid Holland started the National Party off way back in 1936, he and his mates conceived these basic principles to underpin the party’s political and philosophical endeavours-
“To promote good citizenship and self-reliance; to combat communism and socialism; to maintain freedom of contract; to encourage private enterprise; to safeguard individual rights and the privilege of ownership; to oppose interference by the State in business, and State control of industry”.
It occurred to me while participating in a recent internet debate that if only the National Party had adhered strictly to these principles, NZ today would be a totally different place.
It would be a thriving and prosperous country, rather than an inwardly collapsing socialist sewer. An outcome that has eventuated because so many have been seduced by the false prophets of socialism.
Then it further occurred to me that if only the whole of the Western world had stuck to these principles, we would all be better off. The UK, the US and so many other countries would not be facing the same kind of financial collapse evident in Greece and Spain and other parts of Europe.
In fact the principles that Sid Holland came up with are Conservative principles.
If only National had stuck to them.
If only the world had stuck to them.
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Good comment, Red, and of course you’re right. The fact is that since Holland, the leaders who follow genuine Conservative principles are few & far between, and that’s the main reason western economies are on the verge of collapsing. Apart from Thatcher and Reagan, I’m not sure of any leader who followed a genuine Conservative philosophy.
Certainly in New Zealand, the PMs who have come closest to demonstrating Conservative economic principles (Lange and Shipley) had to be dragged kicking & screaming by both circumstance and brave Finance Ministers, and both were out & out socialists in other areas.
Actually, Holland himself was forced to introduce socialist policies but mainly because they were first put into the vote market by the Labour government, who have always used the voter’s own money to buy their way into power.
Holland should have said no, and refused to compete on those grounds.
He didn’t though and the rot set in and eventually we ended up with the outright disaster we have now.
In the end its the voter’s fault, but the root cause is the left’s deliberate and incremental destruction of the education system.
Mind numbed socialist robots are always easier to bribe with their own money than any thinking person.
Careful with the ‘National as anti-Statists’ concept.
Maybe, in theory, by pronouncement, for 5 minutes in 1936.
These were the original agrarian socialist ‘businessmen’ who still pine for those days of yore when socialising their losses and privatising their profits was what politics was about..
These are the same risible mob who sought to protect butterfat domestically by mandating margarine use on a doctor’s prescription only.
Did Holland get his inspiration out of Mein Kampf?
Your nick says all that needs to be said about you, ‘Che’. And it’s all bad.
Yep, KG is correct- get back to Kiwiblog you worthless witless brain damaged clown.
(..and they expect me to give them blog space for this kind of infantile crap..)
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