It’s Winston’s fault. No wait, it’s John Key’s fault. No, no no, Bill English is to blame. Wrong again, it was the media..!! No, it was MMP..! The recriminations have only just started, but of course the one place the voters of New Zealand will not point their finger is where it should be pointed, right at themselves. Or at least a sizeable proportion of them.
Labour occupies the government benches because Winston put them there and he was given this power by means of the Mixed Member Proportional voting system. National Leader Jim Bolger, one of a long list of ineffectual Nat leaders, held a referendum on the issue in 1992. For no good reason other than the left were agitating for it, which incidentally, is what motivated Jim Bolger in most of his decisions, and pressure from the left still shapes his opinions today. A hopelessly lost left wing puppet.
In a complicated two-part poll, voters were asked whether they wanted to change the existing voting system and then to indicate support for one of four reform options: mixed member proportional representation (MMP), the single transferable vote (STV), supplementary member (SM) or preferential vote (PV). If there was majority support for change, the government promised to hold a binding referendum (with a choice between the first past the post (FPP) system and the most popular reform option) the following year.
Only 55% took part in the referendum. They chose change, and the change they said they wanted was MMP. This change was ratified in a second referendum held simultaneously with the 1993 general election, where voters supported MMP over First Past the Post by 54% to 46%. This time, 85% voted.
The 1996 election was the first MMP election. It resulted in a National New Zealand First coalition. The period was one of party jumping and infighting and the govt eventually collapsed.
In 2011 the National Party responded to voter dissatisfaction with MMP and held a third referendum coincident with the election. The results showed 57.8 percent of valid votes were in favour of keeping the MMP system, with 42.2 percent in favour of change. Incredibly, 33% of votes were classed as invalid.
So it’s pretty much a closed case. NZers brought MMP on themselves in the first place, and failed to reject it in 2011 when given the chance. Most notable about that lost opportunity was the National Party’s reluctance to take any kind of firm position.
So what about now? Now, we’re done. As a country, its over. The stupid reign in NZ, and its not as if it’s an unexpected event. We’ve turned a blind eye to so much.
Such as an education system that produces ignorant of history socialist robots, (see video below) who now control our bureaucracy, our corporations, and in the end our government, local and central.
We’ve turned a blind eye as investment levels (outside of real estate) have gradually tapered off. (see chart) No country can grow or be a success without investment. Investment in housing boosted by out of control immigration is not the real thing, and with Labour in govt, NZers might just learn that painful truth.
We’ve turned a blind eye to Cultural Marxism, or Critical Theory, that insidious disease that strengthens its grip on society every time a television set is switched on, a paper is read or a radio is listened to. Or when a deeply brainwashed kid graduates university or high school.
We’ve turned a blind eye as the Marxist left have infiltrated every one of our cultural institutions. Every so called comedian is a left wing propagandist. Every show on TV is presented by some vapid progressive collectivist. (Only in a country as far left as NZ could some of them be farcically classed as right wing)
New Zealand’s primary “right wing” blog is a disappointing ode to Progressivism. As this is being written, the lead article on Kiwiblog is a critique of the new govt for not having enough women in its Ministry. Commenters there call each other right wing bastards, and left wing bastards, but really, they’re almost all the same, and don’t have the political perspective to discern otherwise. We’ve turned a blind eye as the political spectrum has shrunk to the far left quarter of the available space.
The political confusion is so rabid in NZ that the newly elected govt, with a closet communist as PM, is bound by its electoral promises, and the promises of its electoral partners, to reduce immigration. While the National Party, perceived as right wing, wants to continue with massive levels of cultural invasion. Its upside down, arse about face, and both parties are completely clueless in terms of political direction.
In fact NZ politics is such a quagmire, I have personally given up on trying to understand it. NZ voters and politicians make Venezuela look good.
Notes re video. The show is The Bolt Report. The speaker is Bella d’Abrera, who is the Director, Foundations of Western Civilisation Program, at the Institute of Public Affairs, Sydney Australia. She is a professional historian with a BA in History and Spanish from Monash University, an MA in Spanish from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge. The triology she refers to is the work of the Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm.
Back to MMP. Winston Peters enabled a party of communists, subversives and delusional empty headed children to become the NZ govt. This is the end of New Zealand First. Whether Winston went with Labour/Greens out of malice to National, or because of his earnest desire for immigration reform, it matters not. He’s finished and so is his party. A large percentage of NZF voters would have supported him hoping he would be a brake in a coalition with the Nats. Winston going with Labour/ Greens has betrayed those voters deeply and they won’t forget it.
But wait. The very first thing on Labour’s to do list will be lowering the MMP threshold to 3% or 4%. if they succeed in this, who is to say who is finished and who will prosper? More confusion. More unproductive flailing as we sink deeper into the quicksand.
Winston doesn’t much care, which might explain his strange reluctance in taking up the offer of Deputy PM. He’s old, he’s tired, possibly quite ill, and he’s done. He will be lacklustre in govt, and strangely, this may be a factor in allowing it to run its course, and not collapse soon as so many predict.
The Nats in opposition have the best chance ever to fix NZ, but they won’t take it. They’re too dumbed down, too infiltrated by the left to even see the opportunity. If they weren’t this way, if they were bright, alert and conscious of the opportunity, here’s what they would do-
Firstly they need to recognise they are directionless, and therefore firm up their ideology and go out and sell it. They should fire the strategists who told them to do anything as long as it kept the left out of power. This was a tactic that was always eventually going to fail disastrously and now it has. In terms of electoral action, they need to do a Donald Trump.
Secondly, they should send Progressives like David Farrar and his ilk (most of the Young Nationals too) to the back of the room. Or maybe just tell them to go join the Labour Party. Stop listening to their confused Marxist rot and turn away from social progressivism and all of the damage it does.
They should recommit to their original brilliant founding principles, and ask every member to pledge a commitment to those principles, and the actioning of those principles. Before any prospective or current member can be admitted or readmitted to the party, they must sign off on this pledge.
Then they need to go out and sell these principles to the NZ public. Bring some order and direction back to NZ’s political scene. Stop turning a blind eye to all of the factors that have brought us to where we are today.
Will the National Party do these things? Not a hope of course, and that’s why I called this post “Out of the quagmire into the quicksand”. NZ is failing, and that failure is about to accelerate. Apparently, there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it. We’ll thrash our arms and legs about and sink deeper and deeper until we’re submerged. And that’s such a damn tragedy and a shame. NZ was once my favourite country. If it keeps going the way it is going, in ten to twenty years it will be a dystopian wasteland.