Why is the National Party so disconnected from those who vote for it?

The previous post refers to the National Party’s recent about turn on fighting the culture war, and they’re to be congratulated for their sudden courage in facing down the UN separatists and their Labour disciples.

It hasn’t always been so. For decades the Nats have steadfastly refused to fight the culture war, and this refusal has driven a mighty wedge between the party and its supporters.

All over the web, on social media, blog comments and articles, you can read the messages of their supporters begging them to take a stand. To do something that firmly differentiates them from Labour. The pleas have usually fallen on deaf ears. Why?

Tucker Carlson has been excellent this year, and yesterday his opening monologue addressed this very same problem, in respect of the Republican Party in the US. He reckons he has the answer, and his words are pretty convincing.

Tucker says the disconnect exists because the party listens to and takes advice from the wrong people. Namely its donors, lobbyists, the commentariat and the media, who are fewer in number and mostly have an entirely different political perspective to the great majority of men and women in the street.

The people who vote for National are made up to a large degree of working people, (employees) small business owners and the self employed. Positive taxpayers. They have very little in political common with millionaire lobbyists, fat cat donors and govt grant chasing corporate cronyists, and least of all the media.

Tucker’s monologue is embedded below. Watch it and replace Republican with National. IMHO he nails the issues perfectly. Especially when it comes to taking advice from the fake rightist Frank Luntz. The NZ political commentariat is overloaded with like pretenders.


  • The New Zealander

    Except National was too weak to get rid of Goodfellow. I don’t trust them.


  • The funding drives politics. China has the funny money that National (especially Key) and Labour (especially crusty thick glassed fellow-travelling back room lefties) love. It’s easy to “steal” countries these days, just bribe the politicians. I mean, donate to the politicians.