I did not participate in the recent May Day Marches. I went down to participate, but upon seeing a phlethora of political parties were using the march to ‘wave their flags’, I would not allow myself to participate. And I know many others who felt the same. And I had ‘more important’ things on my mind, which we shall get too.
It is not that I believe Labour are doing a useless job as the nominal opposistion party. I do not ‘believe’ this, I know this for a fact. And the longer David Shearer is allowed to stay as the leader, the less chance Labour have of ever leading the country again. because Shearer is NOT a leader and will not be able to win the election. Everytime at any debate when he tries to trip John Key up, all Key needs do is mention the ‘forgotten bank account’ and Shearer shuts down. We have seen this already and Shearer is hardly going to suddenly change. But the leader is the least of Labour’s problems to win the next election. But the leader must change.
MANA party flags were everywhere at the march. Have you seen their policies? What a total laugh riot. They seem even more impractical than the Green Party’s ‘A Unicorn In Every Childs Bed’ fanatsy policies. But The MANA Party take it to a ridiculous extreme, as if the notes from their first ever meeting have become what they actually believe is obtainable. NZ needs parties with practical policies, not bizarre wish lists that have no costings or, god forbid, stating how their policies would actually be paid for. The nominal leader of the party announced last year during the by-election in his electorate that if he did not win he would not care and just go fishing……I believe NZ needs a leader who is desperate to affect change and help this country out of the danger it is in. It is also well overdue for the ngapuhi people to reach a treaty settlement. STAT.
Many years ago I interviewed Ken Douglas and really wanted to know why protest marches had died in NZ. Anyone from the 70’s and 80’s in NZ knows damn well there were protests every other weekend on a variety of issues, but especially against Government austerity and changes to basic NZ law. Ken’s view, and I do agree, is that people were just too busy surviving to be able to raise the anger and energy needed to protest. This resonates with me now as I am desperatly looking for a new place to live and it is consuming my every waking moment. When I see the awful laws being rushed through and the lack of care this government is showing Kiwis I am appalled and angry, until I remember I have nowhere to live and that takes over my though process.
So, finally I get to my bloody point, Gods, that was a round about journey. New Zealanders are angry and scared, but we are also having to survive and live. Opposistion leaders and M.P.’s have GOT to do the fighting for us. They have GOT to take the fight to National and not letting them get away with the endless shit laws being passed and legislation being slipped through unexposed. This is what Labour, MANA, The Greens and every real opposistion party needs to start doing. And until they do, I cannot march under their flags. EFFECTIVE OPPOSISTION TO NATIONAL NOW. And they also need to all practice working together as hopefully, they will all be in a coalition after the next election. After they also elect better leaders.
Our anger is being directed at surviving.