I really do.
When he first created this Government with Labour in 2017, it was in the shadow of a looming financial collapse that had everyone believing the correction that had been building since 2008 was upon us.
Back then, Winston was waxing lyrical about the need to change the neoliberal economic hegemonic structure, it was a song he knew well having experienced the neoliberal revolution under Lange’s Labour and creating NZ First as a nationalistic response to the excesses of free market capitalism.
NZ First’s billion dollar provincial growth fund was supposed to be an essential counter weight to direct Government investment into regions but the neoliberal public service who are utterly against intervention into the market have stymied any real ability for that to succeed and NZF haven’t really gone beyond that so hoping for Winston to suddenly fulfil his rhetoric seems vacant rather than probable.
That doesn’t mean that what Winston is talking about isn’t essential to what we do next as a country attempting to get out of this pandemic mess, because it is.
New Zealand’s reliance on China is dangerous economically, culturally and politically. They have bought National who are less a political party and more a business front for Chinese business now and they can leverage our economic addiction to them for their geopolitical interests, not ours.
We have placed all our cows in one Beijing paddock and are now suffering for that. Dairy intensification not only damages our environment and pollutes our water, it makes us dependent on the largest authoritarian regime on the planet who has an appalling human rights record and who is currently under enormous scrutiny for their role in the spread of this pandemic…
Just one day after the U.S. surpassed China to become the country with the highest number of Covid-19 cases, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency updated its assessment of the origin of the novel coronavirus to reflect that it may have been accidentally released from an infectious diseases lab, Newsweek has learned.
…if it turns out that their plague was accidentally released because of incompetence, Trump will unleash hell.
China is already lashing out at Australia for suggesting this and it makes Winston’s assurances that we can freely criticise China look naive in the extreme.
“Our democracy no longer represents middle of the road average Kiwis – there are two blocs of parties with a handful of minor parties subservient to their big brother and sister.”
He said none of the established political parties have been prepared to speak out against the new risks the country is facing from the Chinese Communist Party.
“We are about to feel the economic effects of aligning ourselves so closely to China.”
…the NZ woke scream any criticism of China is xenophobic and racist while National are bought and paid for by China so politically the building anger towards China and our economic addiction to them has no where to go.
If tensions between America and China cause conflict in the South China Sea, NZ will need to make hard choices and amputating the corporate Dairy industry might be a sacrifice we are faced to make.
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