Guest Post by Dave Rhodes
Given that the past 3 years have been probably the most traumatic in New
Zealand’s political history that I can remember, it’s not surprising so many
people feel completely disillusioned with politics and especially politicians.
It all started perhaps when Winston Peters decide to back the election loser
Jacinda Ardern and help form a minority extreme left-wing Government – much to
the derision of NZ First supporters who had sided with the party given their
many election promises – most completely unfulfilled. NZ First polling at
present represents the backlash of people feeling so betrayed.
We then saw an Australian Terrorist freely and easily obtain firearms that
in no way he should have been entitled to. Changes to legislation overseen by
our own Jacinda saw a relaxation of the rules surrounding the issuing of
firearms permits, but even so, the police failed the New Zealand public by
failing in all aspects in vetting Tarrant. His sponsors were online folks he’d
only met through chat rooms for Christ sake – and even then they weren’t
So rather than place blame where it belonged, fairly and squarely with the
police and their lackadaisical processes, no, we blame law-abiding citizens who
have done nothing other than legally own firearms. Just watch what will happen
if Jacinda holds influence after this election? Guaranteed purges, bit by bit,
inch by inch, turning the screws on the law-abiding gun-owners and perhaps
creating a far larger black market.
Then of course we have the huge impact of Covid-19.
It matters not your opinion of the management of the spread, and the success
of our lockdown policies, the simple fact is that New Zealand now has a massive
debt that will have to be serviced by generations to come. Plus of course the
borders remain closed – but for how long can that remain in place?
Sooner or later, Covid will return to GodZone and can we afford to
continually lockdown the economy and call a halt to New Zealand production,
social, medical and international interactions.
But I do want to thank CORANZ with their analysis of the political parties
in their post at CORANZ Election Charter 2020 – Results Are In Sad that the major parties hold such disdain for the outdoor recreation enthusiasts, and even less for the Clean Green 100% Pure Rivers, Streams and Lakes that they cannot be bothered to
Yes, I’ve voted, have you?
And whilst it remains something between me and the ballot box, I can tell
the major parties you’ve lost my Party Vote that’s for sure!