Greens do not ‘punch down’.
- It seems to me that Jacinda Ardern is threatened by other strong and charismatic women, especially, Metiria Turei.
- Shutting out Meteria Turei is punching down (another hit at Welfare Beneficiaries). I certainly cannot understand the voting uproar. In the scheme of cruelty to others, it does not even register. Her so-called ‘crimes’ are not those of Judith Collins. Why are Kelvin and Jacinda not punching up and keeping their focus on real dirt?
- Kelvin Davis (the blue Labourite) and Jacinda Ardern are clearly in politics for themselves and their own ambitions. If they were not, they would surely be standing solid with Metiria Turei to make a united front against the ‘baying hounds’ of the privileged.
- Yet again, Labour abandons a solid front ‘Left’ (as Cunliffe did in the last election by conniving against Mana in Te Tai Tokerau and distancing Labour from the Greens) and so Labour reveals itself for what it is, a centrist party. It does not represent a ‘Left’.
- Yet again Labour let down a Māori, in this case, Metiria Turei with vision for a better society, just as it has mostly let down Māori – the ignoring of Māori in ‘Labour’ held Māori seats, the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed legislation, the 2007 invasion of Tuhoe. But Kelvin is Māori, you say? Ah, yes he is. Well spotted! But that fact does not change the history of Labour, and he certainly does not seem to be helping.
- Labour and National are centrist. Does it really make any difference whether you vote for one or the other? Are you sure?
- If you really want a better Aotearoa, it is long-term vision you need to be voting for, not how many extra dollars you get in your pocket, today, gone tomorrow. Long-term vision for all New Zealanders is only currently being provided by Greens, Māori Party and Mana – except that Hone upset Mana prospects with his rather odd death penalty approach to ‘Asian’ drug crime.
Voting Ardern Labour is personality politics no different to voting John Key (because he looked like a nice man). What are the policies? What party has policies that are going to advance Aotearoa and New Zealanders as a whole?
Lizzie Cook is descended from White English, Irish and Welsh Settlers to Aotearoa in the time of Queen Victoria and the British Empire. She is a PhD candidate at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha/University of Canterbury. Her thesis has the working title: Pākehā Bliss of Cruelty.