Watching Identity Politics eat itself over the appointment of two Māori to Leadership & Deputy of the National Party would be funny if it weren’t so sad.
How Simon and Paula wish to identify is their own business, as it is for anyone of us. If you wish to identify as a Feminist, as a gender, as an orientation, as a religion, as a race, as a culture, as an individual, as a tribe – that’s your business and utterly up to you to decide. That’s the point of agency in a world of human rights. It is the purpose of the human condition, BUT the ultimate reality that hasn’t been spoken is that the Issue isn’t identity, the issue (as it’s always been) is CLASS!
Bridges & Bennett own 3 houses each!
Both have benefited from the State subsidising their lives and they have repaid that by pulling up that ladder behind them.
How many NZers own multiple properties? We know home ownership has slumped to its lowest level since 1951 and the number of multiple property owners is far less than that. Statistics NZ puts the level of those in debt to multiple property ownership at less than 10% for those aged 25 and above, so both Simon and Paula are in the top 10% of those able to afford 3 properties each.
For Māori, Pacific Islanders and student loan crippled students, the chances of home ownership have declined steadily since neoliberalism while land owning and speculating Politicians have climbed and climbed in terms of representation.
In an age of selfie narcissism, Identity Politics is the only politics, but the real division is the top 10% – the 1% mega rich and the remaining 9% who aspire to be mega rich – and the remaining 90%.
Class is the unifying movement while neoliberal Identity Politics erodes that solidarity into factions at constant war with each other.
How Simon and Paula identity is their own business, attempting to quantify their blood percentage is ugly and insensitive thinking. Identity is a personal story but class is a unifying experience. Watching Identity Politic activists paint themselves into intellectual corners they can’t get out of is fun but ultimately a waste of fucking time because that’s not where the debate should have been in the first place.
MEANWHILE the God damned planet is melting!!!!!
This event is a seismic shift in climate and is unprecedented. It is the last canary in the bloody coal mine and the country should be urgently discussing how we as a society, economy and as communities adapt and survive the radical environmental challenges we are now confronted by.
What percentage Māori blood Simon or Paula have is so far away from any semblance of contextualised importance it is insanity that we’e had to waste breath upon it.