The ‘How to Overthrow a Government’ plan can be downloaded from the internet by, well, anyone. It is a blueprint for getting rid of local as well as national governments.
This is the blueprint that was used by members of Waiheke’s local Green Party to roll the sitting Waiheke Local Board in last year’s local body election. It was equally successful in promoting Green Party candidates nationwide and resulting in some local government election night surprises at both community board and council level. Here’s how they did it …
How to overthrow a Government
1. Find some opposition...ANY opposition.
Mobilise the Green Party membership (and supporters). Seek out the ‘youth vote’ - their political naivety will ensure their adherence to ‘the cause’ – rebellion in any form. On Waiheke, this opposition was led by their ambitious Waiheke based, hard left, Green Party list MP Denise Roche.
2. Come up with some reasons that the current government must go. The reasons could be true or not, that is irrelevant.
Some popular ones are: they’re not Green enough; they don’t listen to the people; they get on too well with the bureaucrats; they didn’t support me over my crack-pot scheme; they’re not OUR candidates …
3. Buy and/or infiltrate significant media outlets. Use these outlets to whip up a broader backlash against the leaders.
Easy – especially with the smaller community newspapers. Waiheke’s local Gulf (aka Green Party) News is owned by a long time hard left and Green Party sympathiser. It’s well-known for publishing one side of the story and shamelessly neglecting the other; printing letters that support its view and turning away the others. The other paper - Waiheke Marketplace (owned by left wing international media group Fairfax) conveniently hired the former PR writer for hard left, Green Party list MP Denise Roche as their so-called independent ‘journalist’, just in time for the elections. The local community Green Party dominated radio station – Waiheke Radio, conducted its own smear campaign on the sitting politicians and shamelessly promoted their own Green candidates. Sound familiar?
4. Meanwhile, use overt and covert means to destabilize the ruling group.
So easy these days with the predominance of social media. Set up multiple Facebook pages with the sole intent on overthrowing the sitting government members. A campaign of lies and deliberate misinterpretation was orchestrated on Waiheke social media by a group of Green Party activists, intent on getting their own mates into power. Activate local and national lobby groups with election promises - Cycle Action is always ready to hop on board. Identify sympathetic Council officers who can work for you inside the system. They can say they’ll lose their jobs if the current lot get back in. Create a ‘movement’ based on imagined slights. Waiheke Greens bragged they had 100 members working for a year to topple the Local Board. Sound familiar …
5. Infiltrate some community groups. You'll need some protesters in the streets. You can pay protesters to come. That's fine.
Picket the sitting government. Make up billboards. Constantly plant your people at community board/council meetings to look as though there’s opposition – it doesn’t matter what the issue is, just get them to mutter and shout. Get your supporters to join all manner of local community groups – from environmental watch dogs to school Boards of Trustees. The Green influence on Boards of Trustees has been escalating for years. On Waiheke, the partner of hard left, Green Party list MP Denise Roche, John Stansfield became chair of the High School Board of Trustees. Their daughter became the Youth Spokesperson. It’s a small Green world.
6. Stage some opposition rallies.
Get those placards out. Call up the perennial ‘rent a crowd’. Get yourself arrested. Take photos – big glossy metre square photos and cart them around to community events for maximum exposure. Latch on to an ‘issue’ – there’s always an issue in government. In Waiheke’s case – The Esplanade, Wharetana Bay, Love Matiatia. Forget the facts – this is about PR and promotion. Use well known left-wing media personalities to front the demonstrations and ensure national media attention.
7. Ramp up the anti-government rhetoric from the media outlets you control. Be completely outrageous. Call for demonstrations. Slander government officials. Do whatever it takes. The goal is now not just to spread negative information about the government but to force a response, such as having one of your outlets shut down. Then, violation of free speech gets added to the list of grievances. You can then have some "moderates" come along and say, "Well, I wasn't really that sympathetic to the opposition, but when the government began shutting down opposition media, I realized (insert name of leader here) had to go."
As per usual, local Waiheke community paper Gulf News ramped up the rhetoric. The Waiheke Marketplace’s tactic was to sin by omission. They conveniently forgot there was an election on. Roll out a moderate Mr or Mrs Nice Guy or Gal to say the quote above, and then have them announce their candidacy.
8. Begin reporting on the opposition movement in ways that make it look legitimate. Be sure these media outlets blame all violence on the current government. Don't worry that some other media will find out the truth and report it. Just make sure your headlines are bigger and get out first. Plant some stories called "The Truth about (insert name of leader here)" and make a lot of shit up.
Newsletters started appearing in the schools that contained petitions against projects undertaken by the sitting politicians. School, Council and other ‘community’ outlets were used to spread the word. In Waiheke’s case – Waiheke Library, Waiheke Cinema, and Waiheke Radio obliged by holding copies of petitions, ramping up the rhetoric. Political rallies were staged that featured, wait for it - hard left, Green Party list MP Denise Roche and her Green Party backed candidates ….
9. Keep your own involvement to a minimum, but make sure there is a lot of chaos. Usually, the best approach is to wait until the leader is deposed and then send in "peacekeeping forces."
Be careful. It works. Waiheke now has a Green Party dominated Local Board. Irrespective of experience or ability, the objective is to populate local and central government with their own ‘green’ voices. To set candidates up at local level ready for list seats at the national level. All opposition voices have been silenced – except this blog of course.
These same dirty politics, strategies and tactics are now being used against the National Government in the central government election, led naturally by the watermelons of the Green Party (green on the outside but red on the inside). Sadly, Labour are playing along, oblivious to the fact that their hard left members have already fled to the Greens, or Mana/Internet, where they are happy rolling in the muck.
Dirty Politics? – You bet.