Would the real Christopher Luxon please stand up
Maybe its too early to say, but National’s “new” leader is so far looking very much like a Todd Muller retread.
If you were anxious to discover what Chris Luxon wants to do with the party he now leads, you might have spent time over the Christmas New Year break studying the dozens of long form interviews he has done with various NZ media. You would have drawn a blank, for in every case, the would-be PM has been extremely guarded in revealing his plans for the National party and the country.
Why? Why would a new leader find it necessary to hide who he really is from a curious public? Perhaps because he senses that if Nat party supporters become aware of the real Christopher Luxon, they might not vote for him.
In the video above a Nelson voter asks Luxon his views on Maori language being forced upon citizens by media and govt agencies. Luxon’s answer is typical of his obfuscating style
Luxon’s vocabulary seems to be curiously limited and mired in corporate jargon. Its hard to find an interview where the words “fundamentally” or “challenge” (or some derivation) are not used over and over again. In most cases he does not answer or deflects from the question asked. His answers are almost invariably long, but are seldom clear in their meaning.
The most stark example is from a day or so ago when a voter in Nelson asked Luxon about Maori language being pushed upon citizens by means of govt depts and a compliant “news media”. Luxon gave a long convoluted reply (with “challenges” and “fundamentally” included of course) but in the end did not give the curious voter any real idea of where he stood on the matter.
Last year Luxon was asked about the mythical issue of the Treaty of Waitangi granting Maori partnership in government. His reply was that he “interprets tino rangatiratanga within Te Tiriti as partnership, not co-governance” which is really a bet each way and typical of Luxon’s lack of clarity in answering important questions.
Luxon has said he wants a “new culture” in National, but once again, we don’t know exactly what this might mean. Given Luxon is supported by the party’s left liberals (the same group who supported Muller) we can take a guess.
His choice of deputy is the ultra progressive Nicola Willis, who recently proudly joined up with Labour’s Megan Woods in pushing for building law changes. Suburban houses will be replaced by multi-storied apartments and will thereby create a radical change in voting demographics to the advantage of the left.
Other ultra-liberal backers include Chris “get vaccinated” Bishop and Erica Stanford, who told Newshub she sees the culture war as unimportant and therefore does not intend to fight it. (video link)
During Luxon’s time at Air NZ he ushered in radical cultural change. As well as pushing Maori language courses on workers, he collaborated with the Māori Language Commission to create the Waha Tohu; a pin initially developed as a means of identifying Te Reo speaking Air New Zealand employees. The Tohu Reo is now available to be worn by all fluent Te Reo speakers in New Zealand.
Luxon advocates for vaccination for children even when recent non-politicised medical opinion does not recommend it. The courageous pastor Brian Tamaki has put both National and ACT to shame on this extremely important issue.
In a particularly noteworthy act, Luxon changed employment policy so that women with a moko kauae, (chin tattoo) could be hired as cabin attendants.
When first joining the National Party, Luxon became spokesman for “Iwi Development” and said he intended to draw on his business experience for the role, stating “as head of Air New Zealand he probably developed better connections with Māori than any other New Zealand chief executive, including increasing the amount of te reo Māori used in the organisation and getting Māori business thinkers to work with middle management”.
Luxon was also keen on pushing global environmental culture while at Air NZ, stating “sustainability for me is really about mission and purpose”. Throughout his seven-years at the helm, he encouraged the airline’s 12,500 staff to see sustainability as “the way we do things around here.”
He was an influential member of the Chief Executive of the Climate Leaders Coalition and arranged annual Sustainability Breakfasts to discuss green issues with NZ business leaders.
Luxon established a partnership with Antarctica New Zealand to support climate research. He took prawns off the cabin meal menu because he suspected they may have been caught by boat crews working for slave wages.
Promotional video of Luxon at Air NZ gives voters a hint about the cultural changes he may be planning to make in the National Party
There’s more, but space precludes it. The bottom line is that the truthful answer Luxon should have given the man who asked him the question on the Ardern govt’s policy of forcing Maori language on NZers was that he agreed with it.
As Nicola Willis agreed with Labour’s housing bill. As Christopher Bishop agrees with Labour’s authoritarian vaccination measures that are exposed as more and more unwarranted as each day passes.
When is someone in NZ’s largely fake media going to ask Luxon if he intends continuing Ardern’s policy of bribing them with taxpayer money? Most likely he agrees with that too.
The Nats, in yet another display of spineless subjugation to NZ’s corrupt mainstream media appointed Chris Luxon as leader without having any idea as to who the man really is. Now, they are locked into a conflicting strategy of hiding who he is from Nat party supporters while attempting to increase his appeal to the voters who last election supported Labour.
Its a strategy that anyone capable of even a skerrick of reason must see as futile. Ardern’s media collaborators are already flat out exploiting this obvious weakness while Nat party supporters on Twitter flail hopelessly trying to defend the indefensible.
Luxon says he wants to change the culture within the National Party. When you couple this with his statement that in politics he wants to “draw on his experience at Air NZ” then its pretty obvious what he wants to do with the party, and why he is so secretive about it.
He wants to take National even further from its founding principles, and rather than offer voters a real alternative to Labour, instead chooses to continue NZ’s descent into a one party state, and compete with Labour for votes on the left.
This blog warned long ago about Boris Johnson being a deceitful left-liberal-green turncoat. It is now issuing the same warning in respect of Christopher Luxon.