There’s a new guy on the NZ political scene. David Moffett has joined the board of the re-invigorated Conservative Party (now the New Conservatives) and its a move that already has the progressive propagandists who pose as NZ’s mainstream media furiously biting their nails.
Mr. Moffett has an extraordinary record of real success in the business and sporting world.
For example he took on the troublesome role of Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union in 2002. Under his command the WRU went from making a loss of £3.7 million in the year he joined, to making a profit of £3.6 million in the year he left. (2005)
Prior to his job at the WRU, he worked as executive director of the NSW Rugby Union, was CEO at the NZ Rugby Union and CEO at Australia’s National Rugby League. He also spent time as the CEO of Sport England.
Before his time as a sports executive, Mr. Moffett had a long period in waste management, both with major companies in Australia and his own businesses, which were involved in contract cleaning, clinical waste and landfill.
He’s been around and he knows his stuff. He’s no lotto playing banker who struck it rich during a few lucky foreign exchange deals, and only wanted to be PM because of a childhood ambition. David Moffett is the real deal, and he is on a real mission.
However he’s new to politics, and while this is a positive in so many ways, it can lead to a few mistakes. Not that this matters too much. Hillary Clinton was a lifelong political animal, but she lost badly to Donald Trump, another businessman who entered politics and made a few mistakes during his run, but ultimately prevailed.
Trump’s strength is his unembellished candor, a trait that convinced so many voters that like them, he was sick of the political establishment, and he would do something to break the sclerotic grip of career politicians and their media lackies. So his mistakes are quickly forgiven by his supporters, if not the jaundiced media, and he moves on.
Anyone wanting to “do a Trump” in NZ is going to find it much harder than Trump did in the US. The NZ media is a powerful political force that is almost wall to wall left wing political activists. Fake journalists, who should be standing or working for political parties like Labour & the Greens, rather than reporting and commenting in newspapers radio and TV.
Mr Moffett has already fallen foul of this politically corrupt apparatus, after coming to the their attention due to his prolific tweeting, with a series of comments that show he’s no lame limp compromiser like most NZ politicians who claim to oppose the left.
Headlines have screeched- “Former New Zealand Rugby boss David Moffett calls Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a ‘traitor'” and “Former NZ Rugby boss David Moffett now tackling populist politics”.
The latter the headline for a typical one sided evisceration by an extremist leftist who revels in the title “senior journalist”. An epithet that is frequently applied in the case of ageing childless females who have trapped themselves in a pitiable collapsing industry and who are even more embittered by the fact that they have never made any real money from it.
Mr Moffett is at the moment a bit like a boat adrift in a windy sea, and unsure of which wind to catch in his sails. Its great that he has joined the brave and talented people working to rejuvenate the Conservative Party (like Leighton Baker and Eliot Ikilei). However, the New Conservatives have a long hard road to hoe to restore the party and they will never receive a skerrick of help from the progressive status quo that is NZ’s present media/ political class.
This status quo have already started their campaign which is predictably focused on framing Mr Moffett as an eccentric and even crazy outlier with little chance of success in politics. Remember this is almost exactly how they framed Donald Trump, even right up to his success on election night.
Mr. Moffett needs to develop a counter image to that which the corrupt media will attempt to smear him with. His own acumen and obvious abilities will give him a head start in his mission but he needs to be wary of advice from the same old same old quarters, who don’t really understand that what he is selling is Conservatism, and Conservatism’s most important message is that it is the most effective force against tyranny, particularly socialist tyranny.
The political recipe that sent Venezuela down the socialist toilet is now being applied in New Zealand. Its a mix of corrupt academia, corrupt media and corrupt bureaucracy. With a bucket of cronyism tossed in via a compromised corporate sector to hasten the cooking process.
Not to mention a growing Orwellian legislative effort to stifle freedom of political expression, and the manufacturing of a “charismatic” leader to oversee the whole stinking duplicitous process.
Its a pretty much overwhelming force but Mr. Moffett and the New Conservatives should still, if they play their cards right, be able to improve upon the old party’s high point of 3.9% of the vote, and hopefully win a few seats in parliament. They can then carry on from this beach head.
Brazil’s new leader Jair Bolsonaro spent a long time as a minor opposition politician before becoming President, but he stuck to his message and eventually prevailed. The New Conservatives will go well with Mr. Moffett on board but both David and the party need to be wary of seeking advice from people who do not understand the product they are selling.
This should prevent them from listening to most of NZ’s current clique of “advisors”, and especially those who were seen hanging around John Key during his time as PM. He won’t find any understanding of Conservatism there.
Mr. Moffett’s main appeal lies in his candor and his courage, qualities in short supply among the current political class. Here’s hoping he goes well. Right now, on the precipice of a Venezuelan style disaster, NZ desperately needs men like David Moffett.