It is a sad fact, but it has to be acknowledged. The NZ Labour Party actually outplayed the National Party when it surprisingly won last year’s election. They were smarter. More devious. More adept at political maneuvering. The Nats were naive, frightened, and devoid of a message.
I wrote some weeks before the election accurately predicting National’s loss, and eight months later, it is even clearer just how the Nats managed to be so incompetent as to hand the country to a bunch of classless communists.
The most easily recognised mistake they made was angering Winston Peters. NZFirst were always a backup option and the Nats should never have guillotined this option by releasing details on Peter’s pension over payments. Once this had been done, the Nats were committed to winning the election in their own right. Outnumbering the combined opposition which would, after this act, naturally include NZFirst.
This was a bridge too far, and thankfully, the bad gamblers who authored such a risky strategy have gone. No consolation to the people now suffering under the unbelievably incompetent rule of Cindy’s Commies.
However there were other mistakes, not so easily recognised but important to the Labour win. The biggest one, in the writers humble opinion, was allowing Labour to gain political traction on ideas the Nats themselves should have been promoting.
What were these ideas and why didn’t the Nats promote them themselves? The Nats didn’t promote them because the party is too left wing. too weak, infiltrated, indecisive, message-less, divided, and incompetent. So although the ideas were out there, and in their appeal, ready to draw the votes of New Zealanders, the confused and impotent Nats let Labour step into the void.
NZ’s biggest political problem is the basic one party state that has arisen because of the Nat’s inept and willing surrender to Cultural Marxism. So we get massive overlap on the policy stage, with the Nats running what Labour should be running with, and Labour running with what the Nats should be running with. Today, 8 months after the election, it is clear that it is this confusion that won it for Labour and lost if for National.
Of all of the issues that added to the confusion, immigration was probably the most important. Then as a subset of this we had housing. Other issues that the Nats failed on and left open to Labour were relations with Communist China, Policing numbers, the TPP, (or CPTPP) foreign ownership, and overstayers to name just a few. On all of these issues, National took what should have been the Labour Party approach and made it their own.
This gave Labour the chance to step into the void, and with votes so acquired, and the back up of NZFirst, (who also benefited vote wise from Nationals lack of direction), they defeated National.
There’s more, and this is where Labour’s real duplicity and cunning comes to the fore. This is how and why they really outsmarted the Nats.
Since they were sworn in as NZ’s govt, the Labour Party has been backing away from all of these policies. The slow witted Nats are accusing Labour of “backflipping”, but of course, Labour was always going to do this. They never intended to implement the policies that won them the election, because they were National’s policies. Or at least they should have been if the Nats weren’t so disunited, weak, off message and politically confused.
So now Labour are in govt, they will implement the same old left wing policies they always do. They’re not really back tracking. They duped NZ voters and they duped the National Party. In the second case it was so easy it was ridiculous. Now they have govt, Labour will just go back to being Labour.
Let’s hope the Nats can salvage something positive from this absolute cock up. Before the next election they need to fix a few obvious problems. Firm up their message. Unite. Send all the lefties to the back of the room. (Bluegreens, pfft.. hopeless.) Promote policy positions that are right wing, not left wing. Don’t give Labour the chance to do it again.
Will they do this? Sadly its unlikely. The party is far too infiltrated by left wingers, unwitting Cultural Marxists, and a bunch of crossover politically confused loons who could easily stand for Labour.
Voters will be watching keenly for meaningful change. If it doesn’t happen, then forget the Nats as they are right now. Its time for a split along ideological grounds, and a new party. Or even a completely new party. TINA. Things cannot go on the way they are.