I was wondering whether to write a post on the very odd things that outrage the tight little circle of right wing bloggers we have in this country. Here for example is DPFs rant on the big issue of the week. But MikeG in a comment at Dim Post made the point far far better than I could have. If our tighty righties are outraged not at their failure to scam free plonk, but (as they claim) at being lied to and used, well then they are wasting their righteousness on trivia, because there are much worse liars and users afoot. Over to MikeG’s brilliant comment (read DPFs post first). — r0b
I am annoyed with the National Party. In fact more than annoyed I am angry.
Readers will know of their winning of the last General Election. People had the chance to win their government of choice and the competition was promoted on the basis of democracy.
After the election date had passed, National announced that democracy would not be maintained, but that legislation would be rushed through under urgency and in some cases Councils disbanded and the National Cabinet would then select their favourite top councillors.
National has the legal right to use urgency. This is not a debate about legality. They said they would be democratic. They changed this after winning the election, disallowing the voters to have their say at Select Committees.
I deplore what National has done. They have acted unethically. If they had made clear at the very beginning that democratic process would not count for anything, and all you had to do was be in the top ten list of friends of the National Caucus then I (and others) would have acted very differently. They basically conned voters and other media users into voting for them under false pretences.
Quite a few people are upset about this. Some are calling for boycotts of National, cancelled subscriptions etc. I’m not going to go down that path. I doubt National cares too much about losing my potential subscription (especially as they kindly provide me with a complimentary pamphets anyway.
My message to the National is that you have lost something infinitely more valuable than my subscription. You have lost both my respect and my trust. That is hard to do, and even harder to undo.