Oh for the love of Christ. Really Fran?
Jacinda Ardern’s use of prime ministerial fiat to ban new offshore oil and gas exploration is disturbingly Orwellian.
Official papers released by her hapless Energy Minister confirm what was already blindingly obvious to anyone who has observed closeup the process of Governmental decision-making — the ban was purely political.
A decision that was kicked upstairs and made by Ardern, NZ First Leader Winston Peters and Greens Leader James Shaw. And rushed through — without being contested through appropriate Cabinet consideration — so it could be announced on April 12 just before the Prime Minister headed to Europe.
What it also confirms — as I wrote in April — is Ardern put her debut as a global climate change warrior ahead of making credible plans to transition New Zealand away from a reliance on fossil fuels towards clean energy.
Oh come on.
1 – Yes it was political.
2 – Climate Change demands a level of adaptation we are already behind on and banning future exploration of a fuel source that is dangerously superheating our biosphere is a simple truth and reality.
3 – Orwellian? Are you fucking kidding!
Let’s cast our eye over the last 9 years shall we?
Was it Orwellian when the National Party rammed through under urgency mass surveillance powers that Edward Snowden warned us would lead to the NSA having access to all our communications?
Was it Orwellian when the National Party signed off on a SAS raid that led to war crime allegation and lied about it?
Was it Orwellian when the National Party signed us up to a possible $7billion damages clause in their fraudulent prosecution of Kim Dotcom?
Was it Orwellian when the SIS colluded with the PMs Office to lie about Phil Goff months before the 2011 election?
Was it Orwellian when the PM was running a black ops counter intel team inside the PMs Office to stifle criticism?
According to Fran, it’s this new Government closing a gate that should gave already been shut that is suddenly Orwellian.
The right don’t know which narrative to run with, Jacinda is either a powderpuff lightweight full of meaningless star dust or she is the lipsticked face of grim totalitarianism.
We should not allow this redefinition of what an abuse of power looks like when those definitions seemed to have been meaningless while Key was in office.