I should declare my hand right from the outset. I am an environmentalist at heart. I have worked with, and admired, many of the great leaders of sustainability. I believe passionately that we should collaborate to minimise our irredeemable footprint on planet Earth. So naturally come September, you can expect me to be ticking the box to party vote Green? Not bloody likely.
And why's that, I hear you ask? Well, it's simple really. The modern Greens, and especially that ragtag collection of rejected Australians and thinly disguised socialists who masquerade under the title of the Green Party of Aotearoa are about as green as coal.
Because Green is fashionable right now, the hard left, disenfranchised from the modern Labour movement, saw it as an ideal umbrella under which to congregate, and allow it's veneer of topical acceptability to disguise their true agendas. They're not called watermelons, green on the outside red on the inside, for nothing.
Then again, the Green movement is about the environment. Not about social governance. Not about economics, not about healthcare. Not about international relations and foreign policy. Not about trade and industry.
So why all of a sudden should I help hand power to a bunch of people who are ill qualified and ignorant on so many key areas of this county's future? They really do not understand the vast majority of issues any government faces. All they would do is overlay a so called Green agenda on top of these things. The result? Nothing would work. And we would all pay for it, both financially and in terms of consequences.
In short, they haven't a clue. Even their policies on environmental matters are based on guesswork, vague projections and emotionally driven concerns. On those others issues required to make a country run smoothly? Hopeless. It's no surprise that the management of Tui have never invited Russel Norman to organise a piss-up at Mangatainkoa - they know it would be a disaster.
You see, as far as the Greens are concerned, humans are a second rate species. They think we need to suffer for the sake of the planet, and what's more, they are going to try and impose their will on us so that happens. That means disregarding such matters as prosperity, wealth generation and reward for endeavor.
When you or I look at a successful business person, we see someone enjoying the rewards of their labour, and the resultant benefits to local or national economy. When the Greens look at that same person, they see a cash cow to pay for their folly. The Greens are about control, and dictating, and about inflicting their views upon everyone, without choice, at everyone’s expense.
I agree we should minimise the use of plastic bags. But I really do not understand why Russell Norman feels this can only happen if he becomes deputy PM? Truth is they want power so they can force us to do whatever they say. It's rather scary really. Especially when you examine their own lifestyles. Not since Nandor Tancos have we had a truly green Green MP. And as for some of their lower list members, well, they are about as green as Formula One. Luckily their attempts to indoctrinate adults have been less successful than their attempts to infiltrate the education system.
Our children are being taught that we must all work together to save the world. Whether the world needs saving, and why we are arrogant enough to believe we can do it is conveniently glossed over. But luckily most grown ups, and especially those who work for a living, have seen through it. Even hardened Labour voters are deserting the party in droves at the prospect of a Labour Green coalition. David Cunliffe himself has expressed enormous concern at the possibility of having to entrust a ministerial position to Norman or any of his cohorts.
I am told he has asked advisors to draw up plans which would give Greens an environmental watchdog role in all ministries, but no actual ministerial positions, as a basis for coalition. I don't agree with most of Cunliffe has to say, but he is clearly no fool. Even he recognises how NZ would suffer if we had Green policies thrust upon us.
Look, don't get me wrong, we need environmental police. We need constant reminders that there is a balance between progress and regress, that some resources are finite, that some practices are no longer suitable and that we should aim to ensure, such as we are capable of so doing, that this planet is suitably habitable for future generations. But what we don't need is a group of misguided or hypocritical zealots telling us how we MUST live our lives, not just in the workplace, but in our homes too.
I would say that place is in opposition, but to be honest, look at the last 6 years. All they have done is slag off the government and generally wasted everyone's time and resources, as well as pontificating to empty chambers on issues well beyond their remit. The way to change business and people is from within, not by protest or sulking. But that they will never understand.
I conclude there is no place for them in parliament, certainly not for this current incarnation of the Green Party anyway. So when the election happens, I will be casting my party vote for ANYBODY BUT the Green Party, and should you have any interest in living your life as you choose, in a prosperous and beautiful country, then I urge you to do the same.
By Jerry Flay
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