Christopher Luxon- 12 questions the media has not asked
“The Fourth Estate” is a term that acknowledges the big part media plays in democratic govt. NZ media of course plays that part fully, however its not helpful to democracy when the greater majority of so called journalists or reporters are welded to neo-Marxist or progressive political ideas.
Almost every question they ask of our politicians can be paraphrased as “why don’t you want to make govt more powerful and reduce the rights of citizens? or “why don’t you want to spend more taxpayer money on this crazy left wing scheme?”
They seldom if ever ask questions based on the ideas that taxes should be lowered, govt power should be reduced, and that individual liberty, increasingly under threat, should be preserved or even expanded.
Jack Tame, John Campbell, Tova O’Brien, no matter who, just do not ask questions that relate to Conservative political ideas. A stark example of how this deficiency impacts upon our democracy is the somewhat surprising rise of Christopher Luxon.
Mr Luxon has joined the National party and become its leader in a remarkably short time, and all this without ever being asked a question that Conservatives want asked. Media questions have only ever been predicated on established neo-Marxist positions.
In the faint hope that some media people (seeking self improvement) might read this article, here are twelve questions Conservatives would like asked of Mr Luxon. Ideally they should be answered in as few words as possible, as long as those words do provide an answer.
1. Given your management of Air NZ displayed a clear preference for progressive politics, why did you join the National party and not the Labour party?
2. Given mixing progressive ideology with conservative ideas is a bit like mixing oil and water, do you think the National Party should be progressive or conservative?
3. You say your favourite politician is Barack Obama. That you disliked some of his political ideas but admired his communication skills. What Obama policies did you disagree with?
4. What Obama policies did you approve of?
5. When Obama visited NZ in 2018, you were one of the few NZers he invited to an exclusive dinner in the Bay of Islands. Why did such a far left politician want to speak with you when you weren’t even in politics at the time?
6. What did you talk about at the dinner?
7. Given that you sent Air NZ executives to participate in a number of global economic and technical conferences, some organised for example by Jeffery Epstein’s good friend Bill Gates, and that you also participated in these meets yourself, do you have any regard for the global political plan advanced by Klaus Schwab and his World Economic Forum?
8. It is said the head of Virgin Australia was very critical of your management during the troubled Air NZ merger phase. Is this true and if so, what was his main criticism?
9. What is your view on the founding principles of the National Party as set down in 1936. Given good principles should not change over time, do you think they still matter today?
10. You have said you have “little time” for Donald Trump, so who is your favourite global politician right now?
11. Do you have any concerns about Chinese Communist Party influence in NZ politics, in both Labour and National?
12. National recently combined with Labour in passing a housing bill that many commentators have said will have significant long term impact on voter demographics, to the disadvantage of the National party. Why then were you and your Deputy Nicola Willis so enthusiastic about this bill?
A keen observer of Luxon interviews would know his primary skill, and one that has obviously helped him well in his corporate career, is circumlocution*. Amazingly, the media seem quite content with this, and stand like transfixed rabbits while he waffles on, and in 95% of the cases he avoids a real answer to the question.
German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said-
“To use many words to communicate few thoughts is everywhere the unmistakable sign of mediocrity.”
Luxon is a skilled practitioner in the art of flim flam*. The challenge for any reporter/ journalist who actually does ask any of the questions above will be getting a comprehensible and definitive answer.
*circumlocution- the use of many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive.
*flim flam- deceptive nonsense