Wrong again Mr Hooton
In a paywalled article in Saturday’s NZ Herald, left liberal political commenter Matthew Hooton calls for Christopher Luxon to act now in securing the leadership of the National Party. Thankfully, the tepid reaction to Mr Hooton’s article suggests no one is reading news and opinion from that source.
That the far left groupthink NZ media has been telling us for two years or more that Christopher Luxon should lead the National party is perhaps the best reason why he should not. Especially when Mr Hooton is one of the cheerleaders.
Matthew played a major part in the coup that replaced Simon Bridges with Todd Muller, perhaps the worst move ever made by the party in its near 85 year history. Muller resigned from the job after only 50 days, thereby gifting the election to Jacinda Ardern.
In 2004 the National party was led by Dr Don Brash whose prescient Orewa speech warning against Maori radicalism gave the party its biggest boost in support ever. Mr Hooton had strongly advised Dr Brash not to make that speech.
The prime issue with National is not the leadership, but its management and party structure. The task is to raze what exists to the ground and start all over again.
National’s founding principles stress a firm opposition to socialism/ communism, but for the last fifty years it has enabled the Labour party in drifting New Zealand far to the left.
National’s ineptness allowed the election of Prime Ministers Helen Clark and Jacinda Ardern, who were both heavily involved in the crypto-communist group Socialist International. Clark worked as the group’s Information Officer for some years, and Ardern led its youth group in 2008-2010.
Consequently and for some decades now, the welfare of NZers has taken second place to the global good, and today NZ is enmeshed in soft socialist tyranny.
National have enabled this tyranny largely by refusing to fight the culture war. In most cases legislation that has helped the left gain a death grip on NZ politics has been supported by the misguided Nats or even worse promoted by them, and it is still happening today.
For a current stark example, see the Nat’s support for the euphemistically entitled “Carbon Trading Scheme” on the absurd grounds that it represents a “free market” solution to the perceived problem of global warming. The scheme is a classic example of the totally destructive cronyism/ socialism (or rent-seeking) that Ayn Rand warned us of in her novel Atlas Shrugged.
National have completely failed to recognise that at the heart of every issue for the left (Labour) is their insatiable and relentless greed for political power.
Labour does not really care about all the issues it professes to. Social equality. Racial equality. Global warming. Education. Treaty of Waitangi. Feminism. Covid19 especially. They merely manipulate every such issue so that it brings the party heirarchy greater political power, and in most cases, the National party has assisted them willingly in this mission.
Mr Hooton sees the promotion of woke members of the Nats as their path back to government. Its why he cheers for Mr Luxon, Nicola Willis, Chris Bishop and Erica Stanford, the people behind the disaster of Todd Muller. He is completely wrong. Again. These people are good at managing socialism, but they have no respect for or belief in Mr Holland’s fine founding principles. They are primarily socialist enablers.
As the election in Virginia (USA) last week showed, the people are crying out for conviction politicians who will stand against wokeness. They don’t need more of the same old Marxist bs from a National Party that has completely turned from its mission because its management structure and party have been fully infiltrated by the left.
The best thing for NZ’s political future that Messrs Luxon, Willis, Bishop and Stanford can do right now is FO and join the Labour party. Mr Hooton should go with them. Its far better they all drag Labour back to the right than that National is dragged further down into the insane bottomless mire of Marxist wokeness.