Now is the hour for us all to briefly look at the facts before us concerning our choices as a democracy when it comes to leadership and even the intentions behind policy.
On one hand we have Jacinda Ardern, the incumbent Prime Minister, scorned and ridiculed constantly by local partisan conservative media but hailed all around the world as the kind of leader other nations would dearly love to have.
A virtual spiritual new wave breathes over Planet Earth because of her demonstrative actions to lead us all to a better place.
It’s unheard of.
This is like bigger than anything since decades ago…when famous names like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior walked the earth.
The same spirit.
The spirit of Te Whiti.
This is the class Jacinda has stepped into.
A whole new stratosphere.
And then there is the alternative.
Equally astounding but at the other end of the spectrum.
One of the most unpopular leaders ever, embroiled in a Serious Fraud Office investigation, only recently discovered he was Maori, covered in fossil fuels, dripping with self praise and determined to wind the clock back on progress to take us all back to the dark ages.
A man who constantly distorts the truth, stuffs cucumbers in his mouth for attention and had a bash at a two day old baby to gain traction.
Yes it’s a tough choice.
Definitely 41% of New Zealand’s voting population choose the latter because their minds have been made up long ago when they cast themselves in stone and ignored every other fact before them.
Left wingers were all the same as far as these already decided voters go.
There’s nothing better than being Tory to them.
So much for merit or performance, let alone ambition.
These are the citizens of well heeled suburbs who pay no attention to left wing radicals or anyone else who may write such garbage like I do – about their predetermined righteous political fixations.
Right now they are stewing about Jacinda’s rise to acclaim.
It’s not something she has sought, planned and grasped for – unlike their own leader.
No – but still they will never vote for her.
They know Simon is the winner they want and admire.
They will vote for him in 2020.
They are quick to tell me its the party really – you know, the one with hardly any new policies after a year and a half – apart from undoing anything done.
The party of unified robots who rally around cameras when the heat is on and everyone speaks the same lines.
Yes it’s admirable stuff.
Supported constantly by conservative media – it could be a near run thing….an even contest…and we’ll actually all line up in 2020 for a leaders debate and listen to the staged act.
Now is indeed the hour to clearly witness this stunning impervious anti reality conditioning of so many New Zealanders – who cannot change their minds and have no intention of doing so.
The next polls will also coincide with decisions about capital gains taxes and right now nobody cares about that….we are all looking at who’s face is on the world’s tallest building.
Gerard Otto is an activist and a writer.