Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, January 6th, 2019 - 63 comments
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In the MMP environment friends are all important. John Key knew this. That is why he put so much effort into supporting ACT and the Maori Party.
ACT gave and gives the right an extra seat in Parliament. It is now that unpopular it seriously distorts proportionality with National getting an extra seat with minimal outlay of party votes.
ACT’s status as a puppet party was confirmed many years ago when then leader Rodney Hide initially sounded off at the threat to his leadership, but then meekly stood aside as Don Brash and John Banks moved in. Thankfully ACT’s polling in 2011 was that bad that Brash was not returned to Parliament.
But Brash was elected as leader of the party even though he was not even a member of. What more proof do you need that ACT is National’s puppet?
ACT is on its last legs. Its only role is to distort proportionality by giving an extra right wing member of parliament for little outlay. The voters of Epsom tend to do what they are told.
And the Maori party is no more. In some respects this is a shame. I actually had a lot of sympathy for what the party stood for and Pita Sharples and Te Ururoa Flavell were decent representatives.
If National wants to gain power again it will need friends. New friends.
The ultra conservative climate change denying the UN is a conspiracy for a socialist takeover of the world sector is one they are clearly looking at.
But the various stands of conservative politics in Aotearoa New Zealand has always struggled. An older version, the Christian Coalition Party nearly made it into parliament in 1996 but then went backwards at successive elections. It did not help when former leader Graham Capill was sent to jail for multiple counts of sexual abuse of children. Such activity is not viewed in a positive light by committed christians.
Then the Conservative Party emerged. Bankrolled by huge amounts of cash from Colin Craig it suffered one fatal flaw, it was led by Colin Craig and he was a bit weird. He has spent the past few years hounding his former press secretary through court just because he can. His judgment seems to me to be somewhat impaired. And the old Conservative Party clearly was trash in the view of the public.
So what are conservatives to do?
The think tank behind the Conservative movement needed to come up with a fresh entity, something that put behind it the weirdness and hypocrisy of its old leadership, something shiny and new. And so they came up with a name that is a contradiction of terms, the New Conservatives.
Here is their site. It is quite polished and professionally put together. And the language is not too scary. Like the party’s position on climate change:
New Conservative believes that our focus should be on the real issues in our own environment, being concerned for, and driven by our own desire for, a clean green New Zealand, knowing that by doing that we are already contributing to a cleaner world. We do not need convoluted international agreements to achieve this.
Or its position on immigration:
The key New Conservative immigration policy is “Net Zero Immigration”. This would be for a period determined by the time taken to ease housing demand, which could be as little as 12 months (student visas and returning New Zealanders excluded). Long term immigration policy must be based on which occupations will be available/necessary in the future.
Prioritising immigrants who can add to our economy and not depend on it.
Working with NZ based non-governmental organisations operating in troubled zones to identify genuine refugees who are more closely aligned with our nation’s values, and fill our refugee quota with these people, rather than accepting the United Nations allotment.
Its current leader, Leighton Baker, has been fairly quiet lately.
But a newcomer, former Rugby Union bigwig David Moffett has become very prominent. And he has taken to twitter:
Although this did not last long …
And there was this:
And such is his intellectual grasp of the issues that he nearly brought down the collective learnings about climate change single handedly:
So it appears the Newcons are getting ready for an energetic year and Moffett may have plans to occupy a leadership role, twitter protestations to the contrary.
What does National do? This could explain their beat up on the UN Global Migration Pact. And all eyes will be on their response to the Government’s desire to build a bipartisan consensus on climate change.
Of course they could let the Newcons be the home for every UN World Government takeover Black Helicopter Pizzagate conspiracy theorist. And hope that they get to the 5% mark.
Throughout the world it seems that the far right is getting organised or gaining power. Yesterday’s events in Melbourne are the latest example and the local Neocons with their more muscular language seem to want to head in a similar direction. It will be interesting to see how National’s relationship with them develops.