Dirty Politics or Dirty Ambition? What is driving Todd Muller & National?

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Todd Muller has shot himself so many times in the foot over the last week I feel we should nickname him stumpy.

I’ve seen nuclear melt downs less self mutilating than the Muller leadership coup.

If the National Party top 12 were all men, would their timid justifications of meritocracy still stand? Of course it wouldn’t.

This isn’t about meritocracy, this is a privileged blindspot that sees ambition as white.

National aren’t racist, they’re just garden variety ignorant!

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So what on earth is driving this cavalcade of incoherent incompetence?

This coup was driven by self interest and the fear of unemployment – as such it has no real political depth or value other than self preservation and with their very white decisions, National have said more about the true nature of their selfishness and narrow view of the world they inhabit than anything the Left can paint them out as.

This is being driven by Dirty Ambition, but it’s attracting Dirty Politics.

If the Head of Slytherin House, the Architect of the Death Star, the Dark Lord of the Sith and Dirty Politics aficionado Matthew Hooton gets an official position in Muller’s new team, then journalists have to ask some hard questions, like who have been Matthew’s recent lunch dates?

News that Gerry Brownshirt is setting up an intelligence stasi unit for the election isn’t surprising or ominous, but is Cameron Slater playing any part in that, because if he was then this starts looking like another Dirty Politics chapter doesn’t it?

I hand on heart don’t think that Todd Muller has enough imagination to be malicious, his incoherent incompetence to date robs him of being a Machievallian Savant, but into the void of Muller’s hollow political value can creep something we’ve seen before and don’t want again.

Dirty Ambition has driven this coup, Dirty Politics could direct it.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Yup, Yknow know your market, know you audience, yknow do market research and get to know the people and all these metaphorical white incelled young men who are attracted to MAGA hats have to be shown a version of the left that isn’t scolding them over every little thing and is much more open and inviting and appealing, which is a little different than going through Mullers interview and dissecting them one by one because Muller just asserts things.

    Very often lefties will oh you haven’t read this or that Yknow you need to read every line of the woke Green manifesto to be expert enough to have an opinion Yknow you haven’t watched this or read that and unless you devote the next 3 years of your life to becoming a left wing scholar then you are a white racist Nazi terrorist and so on and so on then you can’t criticise these obviously asinine woke lefties trying to curate the Internet.

    And by the way if you’re not reading The Daily Blog right now no one claims that Chris Trotter or Martyn Bradbury is a right wing ninja so clearly the greatest space for doing left wing philosophy right now. No one doubts that they haven’t read every single word you could hope to read of left wing output and every Blogger on the Daily Blog can explain what’s wrong with the whole system. So if anyone knows anyone who claims to love the National Party or MAGA hats then send them a link to The Daily Blog, equally if you know a woke social justice worrier who absolutely loves making paper cut outs of nazi’s on the Internet then send them a link to The Daily Blog we love explaining what is wrong with that as well. So yeah, maybe we lack something or maybe we learn something.

  2. Don’t think Muller is a white supremist, just a rich white man who has no idea of what being inclusive means.
    RIch must be protected
    Poor take the scraps and be grateful.

  3. This is looking more and more like a sacrifice bunt.. If this plays out like a lot of the commentators are predicting, then Christopher Luxons path to the leadership is going to be a cakewalk.. Farmer boy is not going to suddenly start looking prime ministerial, and the vultures around him know it.. If you think the corporate raiding party has sunk as low as possible on the moral scale, then you ain’t seen nothin’ yet boys and girls..

  4. But isn’t the national party selling their list MP seat access for a mere $100k – and our local government officials are also keen to join in the freebies.

    Chinese businessman Yikun Zhang’s donations go beyond Simon Bridges
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/107902444/auckland-and-southland-mayors-receive-handouts-from-chinese-businessman-yikun-zhang

    Southland mayor in China with ‘$100k donor’
    https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/southland/southland-mayor-china-100k-donor

    Natz seem more than happy to be inclusive if the donors are ‘more valuable’.

    Apparently 2 Chinese is worth more than 2 Indians and Pakeha are fucking useless. https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/17-10-2018/the-jami-lee-tapes-a-transcript-of-the-ross-and-bridges-donation-chat/

    I’m still mystified where
    “a privileged blindspot that sees ambition as white.”

    The current sales of NZ assets and our justice sentencing show a different picture about NZ justice and asset sales based on ethnic lines….

    Queen St money remitter discharged after laundering Polish and Russian crime syndicate’s cash
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12260326

    William Yan AKA Bill Liu to keep NZ citizenship despite money laundering conviction

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11905478

    Appeals against Chinese water bottling plant dismissed
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/118255435/appeals-against-chinese-water-bottling-plant-dismissed

    Dairy firm wants ocean wastewater outfall
    https://www.odt.co.nz/rural-life/dairy/dairy-firm-wants-ocean-wastewater-outfall

    No plan to tackle environmental degradation by increased tourism – Commissioner
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/405767/no-plan-to-tackle-environmental-degradation-by-increased-tourism-commissioner

    John Key assures the public he is not linked to the Panama Papers scandal
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/78892068/john-key-assures-the-public-he-is-not-linked-to-the-panama-papers-scandal

    BNZ struggled to abide by anti-money laundering laws
    “But the leaked documents show that BNZ was confident it would not be pinged by New Zealand authorities and rated the risk of fines as “minor”, though it worried about the public finding out, and its reputation being damaged.”
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/114664719/bnz-struggled-to-abide-by-antimoney-laundering-laws

    Saudi sheep deal: Govt accused of cover-up
    https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/election/2017/09/saudi-sheep-deal-govt-accused-of-cover-up.html

    Green Rush: Foreign forestry companies NZ’s biggest landowners
    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/in-depth/400417/green-rush-foreign-forestry-companies-nz-s-biggest-landowners

    I don’t see an ‘ethnic’ preferences in this picture, it is all about who donates and gains influence on the party (both Natz and COL) and NZ social policy that has zero interest in looking after NZ sovereign interests.

    In fact as the Jami-Lee tapes show the natz are against ethnicities that don’t donate enough…. so the western ‘white’ ideas of justice are no longer relevant to their aspirations of fawning to individuals that have bribes as a normal way of doing business.

  5. I smell a rat here.
    The media is being uncharacteristically harsh with a National party leader , it just is not done when this is reserved for the left only.
    Muller will not survive long after September when a depleted desperate caucus turns too Chris Luxon.
    Tick tock tick tock.

    • I’ve always thought there is a new divide amongst National.

      The dirty politics John Key types who embrace neoliberalism full frontal, selling off everything to anybody who gives them a cut…. they don’t care who they are, where they come from, what happens to NZ, as long as they make money off the process. Life is about gathering as much material goods and power as possible.

      Then there are the ‘old Natz’ like Jim Bolger types who just come from that provinces, farming background and are probably more allied to NZ first types…more nationalistic… more traditional types..

      Muller is in the ‘old Natz’ camp or perhaps a ‘third way’ type with a foot in two camps. Simon Bridges and Chris Luxon are the solid dirty politics, neoliberal types…

      What are they to do?

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