When Don Brash strode the country seeking to be its next Prime Minister he divided, abused minority groups, got caught trying to hop into
When John Key strode the country seeking to be its next Prime Minister he did the opposite, he brokered a deal to get the anti smacking legislation through, he took Aroha Hudson to Waitangi and he talked about dealing with the causes of poverty. He was surprisingly for National a positive future looking leader, at least that is the impression that he created.
It is interesting to see who Chris Luxon models himself on. And it is clearly Brash.
Yesterday’s incident where he was filmed describing New Zealand as a negative, wet, whiny, inward looking country that’s lost the plot displays a level of negativity about the country and its people that will present a real problem.
And he should be thinking about the attitude shown by his own MPs.
After all complaining bitterly about road signs in Te Reo suggests a fixation with stoking culture wars at a time when climate change should be dominating political discourse.
Not only are they negative, whiny and inward looking but they have recently displayed a remarkable ability for magical thinking.
In the midst of a global crisis they have decided to appease the farming lobby by delaying agriculture’s entry into the Emissions Trading Scheme.
And Luxon has accused the Government of blowing up the He Waka Eke Noa arrangement. Think of Luxon saying that in a whiny voice for full effect.
Luxon’s statement is actually quite accurate. As long as you replace “New Zealand” with “National”.