I will not vote Labour, not even strategically to keep the National candidate out in my electorate. Why?
- Just because you are sick of National is not a good reason to vote in ‘National Lite’ (Labour – for those of you who do not ‘get it’). Neither National nor Labour offer structural change that will really address poverty, mental health and environmental degradation, so why is everybody under the illusion that a Labour government will be any better than a National government?
- National and Labour are using rhetoric about poverty, mental health, Māori and the environment, only because Metiria Turei and the Greens voiced her/their concerns and reached 13% in the polls.
- However, Labour continually abandons the Greens again and again and again…
- The Green Party along with Māori Party and Mana are the only parties who will ensure that structural changes are made to benefit people and the environment so for example, instead of relying on corporations and NGOs to feed hungry children at school, the children will not turn up to school hungry! Spot the difference!
- To help poor people, to put money into mental health (huge structural changes required here) and to recognise Māori sovereignty as part of a bicultural nation is to help society as a whole and so the benefits are for all people, for all of us!
- If Jacinda Adern and Labour think it is ok to work with NZ First, they clearly do not serve the interests of Māori (yet again), mental health and the poor (but we already know that).
- Labour’s record with their Rogernomics, Foreshore and Seabed ‘land grab’ and the 2nd invasion of Tuhoe shows that.
- Labour shows no interest in alignment with Parties who promote real changes for Māori, mental health, the poor and the environment.
- Labour (especially Jacinda and Kelvin) betrayed Metiria Turei by not standing beside her to support a magnificent Māori woman. They clearly did not want competition from another woman or another Māori with such strong charisma and fearlessness. Metiria fought for a vision, not her own political ambition. This vision was for structural change to end poverty, poor statistics for Māori and address mental health.
- Jacinda Adern is not a politician with a vision for New Zealand. She is a politician with her own personal political ambition, as is Kelvin Davies.
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 working title is: White Settler Bliss of Cruelty.