February the 2nd will be the first real political test of NZ in 2019.
Quietly, behind the scenes, the New Conservative Party has changed from being the bumbling oddness of Colin Craig’s friendly conservatism into the weaponised hate of Alt-right spite.
Under Colin Craig’s bumbling oddness, the Conservative Party almost crossed the 5% threshold for political representation, under this new highly weaponised culture war version, could they cross that threshold and do far more damage?
We’ve seen the language of violence deployed by New Conservative candidate David Moffett and the same use of social media campaign like the Clarke Gayford smear and the anti-1080 hysteria now being deployed by alt right high vis vest trolls on social media pushing for an anti-UN protest on February 2nd.
My fear about identity politics wokedom has always been the political backlash by those trying to pay the bills hearing alienating cultural engineering rather than their economic well being articulated.
This could well be that moment.
The NZ Sovereignty twitter account that is organising these Alt-right protests around the country…
…is poorly followed , as is their Facebook Page.
Watching so many NZ alt right trolls using the high vis vest as their symbol when it’s actually a Left French movement is almost as funny as watching Republicans claim Obama was socialism. They are trying to ferment a faux rebellion using the very symbolism of a movement they supposedly detest!
This could just be a tiny group of clowns pretending to have more support than they really do, or this could be the seeds of something far darker.
We will know if woke backlash has found a new political vehicle on February 2nd.