It was manna from heaven to National when the Maori Party came along, splitting the Maori vote and supporting National. It helped them achieve their policy objective of returning Labour to the dustbin of history. All should have been well.
But the price National has paid for the support of the Maori Party has been dear. It has come at the price of democracy itself. This has alienated National’s middle NZ voters and, worse still it has given rise to a more formidable opposition. Winston Peters is slowly but surely stepping into the void left by Labour and the void created by National’s capitulation to demands for race-based privilege.
Whaleoil spoke for middle NZ in a recent blog when he wrote:
Middle New Zealand is sick of people having to come and do a song and dance, sometimes literally, before anything can be done. They are sick of having to get approval from up to 20 odd Iwi before they can erect a statue on private land. They are sick of the constant hand-outs, the constant victim industry, and the liberal guilt pandering that enables these professional children.
Additionally, it makes a mockery of any Maori that has achieved anything without the help, money and privilege Maori have come to expect as a birthright.
It is increasingly likely Mr Peters will hold the balance of power after next year’s vote, and inevitably there is already speculation about what he wants.
The prime ministership, some say. Whether anyone would be desperate enough to give it to him it is dubious: National’s Jim Bolger faced a slow and eventually successful revolt when he made Mr Peters deputy prime minister and treasurer in 1996. Imagine the fury at giving him the top job.
On the other side: Such a decision would be not only fatal for any Labour leader who offered it but it would be also be calamitous for Labour’s status as one of New Zealand’s two main parties.
But, as noted here before, Labour is aping Mr Peters more and more – and not only because Mr Peters is the country’s most effective opposition politician.
Meanwhile a letter has been sent to all National MPs warning of the dangers to National of its continual alienation of its core voters.
One person, one vote is a fundamental tenet of New Zealand’s democratic system. Yet, your Party is setting up 50:50 co-governance arrangements with Maori separatists, giving them equal power to everyone else, even though they represent no more than 15 percent of the population. This is a very dangerous move for a nation built on the notion of equal rights for all. Especially - as Tuku Morgan has indicated – Iwi Leaders now have their sights set on Local Authorities and Parliament itself.
For many of your supporters, in spite of your Party’s achievements in other areas of governance, these are defining issues.
They may not say much, for fear of being labelled a ‘racist’ – and these days it seems that anyone who disagrees with separatist thinking is subjected to abuse. But a steady erosion of your Party’s support and a steady gain for New Zealand First – which has stated publicly that they want to see an end to racial separatism - is indicative of this growing concern.
The reality is that a growing number of your voters believe that your Party’s support for racial privilege has gone too far. Many are now looking for a Party committed to the abolition of the Maori seats, the winding up of the Waitangi Tribunal, and an end to separate rights based on race – policies your Party once stood for.
Surely it’s time for National to re-asses its current direction – especially on fresh water - before it pays the price.
The whole left wing ‘social’ or ‘liberal’ consensus that has dominated politics in the West has given rise to a ‘protected’ elite whether it be politicians, bureaucrats, university lecturers or tribal barons.
Politicians steal money in the form of taxes from the hard working ‘unprotected’ and redistribute it to themselves and those they protect. For their pains the ‘unprotected’ are called racists, rednecks, and reactionaries by mainstream media, although they are none of these things.
It is National that is undermining property rights, universal sufferage, and democratic freedoms. They have only themselves to blame if voters turn to Winnie to achieve representation.