The strength of democracy is twofold. Firstly, one man one vote means Jack is as good as his master. Secondly, Jack can use his vote to put politicians in power, and more importantly, remove them. One of the saddest aspects of New Zealand in the PC era has been the trashing of democracy by political elites in the National Party.
Once some are more equal than others it is the slippery slope to separatism and tribal rule.
Here is Frank Newman on National’s amendments to the RMA
So politics 2016 should serve as a warning - if the political establishment continues to appease loud mouth special interest groups, ignoring the views of the ‘forgotten’ majority, then they too will be punished at the ballot box … and they won't even see it coming in their own polling.
John Key has the most to lose. As a sitting Prime Minister, who most people feel is doing a good job in most areas of governance, his Achilles heel is his pandering to Iwi Leaders.
By endorsing their agenda to co-govern New Zealand, he is creating a growing but largely silent backlash. New Zealanders do not want to be defined by race. They do not want an opportunistic racist group, motivated by self-interest and greed, anywhere near the levers of power. They expect their government to protect them from this threat to our democracy and the Rule of Law, not condone it.
Just this week National’s Environment Minister Nick Smith announced to the House that the highly controversial Mana Whakahono a Rohe Agreements - designed by Iwi Leaders to give Maori tribes exclusive control over all natural resources (including fresh water) in their areas - are being included in the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill.
In response, Winston Peters said, “How can he possibly reconcile his dire warnings about being ‘brownmailed’ on the RMA… with his divisive, separatist, and race-based bill, which stands before the House today and will do nothing for New Zealanders and, for that matter, 99 percent of Maori apart from Marama Fox's elite mates?”
At present there are no provisions for any public consultation over the last minute inclusion of these radical provisions in the Bill - whether that changes when the Select Committee meets again to discuss the matter, remains to be seen.
What John Key, Nick Smith and others don’t seem to get, is that proud Kiwis have had enough of them using the power of government to pander to the naked ambition of Iwi Leaders. This country belongs to us all, together, as one people - not divided by race. The sooner our Prime Minister realises that, the sooner he will stop the inevitability of a backlash at the ballot box.
National doesn’t give a toss about local government, yet it is at the local level that people feel their sense of identity most closely. It is the disdain for the little people of America that lost Hillary Clinton the US election. It was Nigel Farage who spoke for the little people of Britain so they had the opportunity to say they did not want to be ruled by the arrogant unelected demagogues of Brussels.
Middle New Zealand has had a gutsful of condescending political elites who want to destroy democracy. Key sided with the losers in the USA and the UK because he is out of touch with grass roots sentiment. He might well discover, like David Cameron, that while the people are happy to reward their leaders for their fiscal prudence, they will crucify them if they hand power to unelected elites
Winston Peters is already being likened to Trump in America and Nigel Farage in the United Kingdom, the architects of a new world order. It is Peters who stands up against globalisation. It is Peters who stands up for democracy. It is Peters who, with the help of the little people of New Zealand, will hold the balance of power at the next election. If the people of New Zealand want to retain their sovereignty over unelected political elites National is giving them no choice but to vote for Winston Peters.