Look Chippy, all I’m saying is that you can’t count and Grant here can’t count, and Jacinda over there doesn’t seem like she can count so you either trust us that you don’t have the numbers or you go get Paddles the Cat to do your counting. Either way, you can’t count.
The concessions that National managed to con Labour into giving them based on the lie that they could out vote the new Government on the first day of Parliament will be used to their most wicked effect.
Most NZers have no idea what a Select Committee is or does. They are the filters put upon our legislative process so that there is external input to the law.
When a law gets drafted, it gets its first reading in Parliament and then is sent off to Select Committee for everyone to debate and discuss the law.
Over the 9 years of National, they paid lip service to the Select Committee process and would host fake consultations that were just window dressing. When they couldn’t get things through that dumbed down process, National just rammed through law under urgency to bypass the entire facade.
So what will happen now?
National will use the gains they have on Select Committees to stop and slow down the entire legislative agenda of the new Government.
National will call on massive public engagement from their voters and their financial backers to slow down the Select Committee process and scream about democracy being under attack if they aren’t allowed to have every Farmer and rich property owner in front of the Select Committee to complain about any new law.
National will have the audacity to paint themselves as the true champions of democracy despite doing more to erode democracy over the last 10 years than Nazi Germany ever managed against us in World War 2.
The mainstream media will of course pick up this new narrative of National being Democracy’s white knight and rather than highlighting their hypocrisy will unquestioningly spread this view of National.
Expect that relative you don’t like much who you are forced to see at Christmas each year to start declaring National are the true defenders of democracy, just try not to choke on the Christmas Lunch when they do this.
That will be their tactics inside Parliament, outside Parliament they will be searching for attacks that can symbolically represent all the fictitious complaints they have against Labour so expect well resourced smears against Unions. Watch how septic the repeal of the Hobbit law will become, look for stories that claim life is getting too easy for prisoners and watch how new attacks against Teachers who offend against students will become the next news craze.
Winning against National is one thing, governing over them while the mainstream media is totally hostile towards you is another and at this stage it doesn’t seem the Labour Party, Greens or NZ First have the behind the scenes think tank who can game play these scenarios out well enough to not get tripped up.
I don’t think anyone inside the new Government yet understands how National will turn the Select Committees into public witch hunts.