Maybe National are just too malicious to be in power? Consider the following…

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Beyond their own dirty politics incompetence imploding upon them and voters turning away in disgust, is National simply too malicious to be in power?

I’m serious.

Consider the deeply questionable relationships senior National MPs have with Chinese businessmen and you have a Party more focused on listening to Beijing than Wellington.

Under Key, his anti-intellectualism put the sleepy hobbits of Muddle Nuzilind at ease culturally but most importantly he added more untaxed capital gains on their property portfolios each year under his Prime Ministership than they earned annually from their actual jobs.

You can turn your eyes from abuses of political power, mass surveillance lies and draconian social policy if the cause of those things is making you feel richer with every passing month.

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Todd Muller doesn’t have the luxury of being in power while increasing middle class property speculation to gloss over his sins.

We are in the middle of a global pandemic that has created an unforeseen solidarity amongst voters so getting caught with MPs releasing private information for political gain and then actively misleading the media when challenged on that dirty politics means National are seen as nakedly corrupt, not simply oppositional.

Normally this corruption is ignored for political favours, but seeing as National can only bribe the electorate with roads, it’s a hard ask to ignore the true character of these people for asphalt and gravel when you are feeling vulnerable during a pandemic.

 

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12 COMMENTS

  1. They badly need a rebrand for sure.
    The Chinese spy guy retiring to “spend time with family” might be the start of a new chapter but who knows.
    We suffer a bunch of complete wankers in both major parties (I’m trying hard not to mention the greens) it’s difficult for individual good people to shine.
    Plus, when will Judith Oravida Collins just fuck off?

  2. Yes Martyn, “Normally this corruption is ignored for political favours, but seeing as National can only bribe the electorate with roads, it’s a hard ask to ignore the true character of these people for asphalt and gravel when you are feeling vulnerable during a pandemic.”

    Correct; – and we now ask ‘why is National deliberately loading roads with freight trucks, that will cause massive amounts of emissions of carbon into our air, while our ‘climate change’ is about to cause massive increased disruption according to the BBC article here.

    “The World Meteorological Organisation says there’s a growing chance that global temperatures will break the 1.5C threshold over the next five years, compared to pre-industrial levels”.

    See full article (Below) released two days ago on the BBC news.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53342806

    The World Meteorological Organisation says there’s a growing chance that global temperatures will break the 1.5C threshold over the next five years, compared to pre-industrial levels.
    It says there’s a 20% possibility the critical mark will be broken in any one year before 2024.
    But the assessment says there’s a 70% chance it will be broken in one or more months in those five years.
    Scientists say that keeping below 1.5C will avoid the worst climate impacts.

    The target was agreed by world leaders in the 2015 Paris climate accord accord.
    They committed to pursue efforts to try to keep the world from warming by more than 1.5C this century.
    This new assessment, carried out by the UK’s Met Office for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), says there’s a growing chance that this level will be breached.
    Researchers say that the Earth’s average annual temperature is already more than 1C higher than it was in the 1850s – and will probably stay around this level over the next five years.

    Some parts of the world will feel this rising heat more than others, with the scientists saying that the Arctic will probably warm by twice the global average this year.
    They also predict that over the coming five years there will be more storms over western Europe thanks to rising sea levels.
    “The WMO has repeatedly stressed that the industrial and economic slowdown from Covid-19 is not a substitute for sustained and co-ordinated climate action,” said Prof Petteri Taalas, the WMO’s secretary general.
    “Due to the very long lifetime of CO2 in the atmosphere, the impact of the drop in emissions this year is not expected to lead to a reduction of CO2 atmospheric concentrations which are driving global temperature increases.

    “Whilst Covid-19 has caused a severe international health and economic crisis, failure to tackle climate change may threaten human well-being, ecosystems and economies for centuries. Governments should use the opportunity to embrace climate action as part of recovery programmes and ensure that we grow back better,” he said.
    If the 1.5C threshold is broken in one of the coming years, the experts stress it won’t mean the targets are invalid.
    However it will, once again, underline the urgency of significant emissions cuts to prevent a long-term move to this more dangerous, warmer world.

    Edited;
    See full article (Below) released two days ago on the BBC news.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53342806

    • Too true, up to a point. But not this: ‘If the 1.5C threshold is broken in one of the coming years, the experts stress it won’t mean the targets are invalid’.

      In world economic system predicated on converting fossil fuels into atmospheric and oceanic CO2 the targets are meaningless and irrelevant because they can never be reached.

      That’s why I now always refer to the predicament as rapid overheating or planetary meltdown.

      But don’t forget that National are scientifically illiterate as a matter of policy, and couldn’t give a fuck about the future beyond how much they can stuff into their ‘back pockets’ over the next year or two.

  3. ‘but seeing as National can only bribe the electorate with roads,’

    I disagree, Martyn. Every election cycle they attempt to bribe the voters with the carrot of prospective tax cuts.

    Once in power, they either renege, or arrange matters so it’s only the extremely wealthy that get tax cuts, and they raise household costs via other forms of government-orchestrated theft.

  4. Checked out a comedy gig last night. ” National Party policy announcements have all the warmth of an ISIS recruitment video” and “people called Woodhouse shouldn’t light fires”. Classic Kiwi humour that we all need right now.

  5. National have in the past been only too eager to sleep with the dragon(China)in return for say political donations.

    What National have become is something no-one can trust. They are a shambolic mess but they are too arrogant to see it that way.

    Right now Muller is claiming no other National MPs received the emailed information from Michelle Boag but I am finding that truly hard to believe and accept. Boag comes across as a volatile person and I am sure she would have emailed more than two National MPs that supposedly ‘volatile’ information.

    It’s highly likely anything National says or discloses from now on will not be taken seriously by most NZ voters. We, I think, have figured out there is no such thing as an honest National Party MP. Their credibility, honesty, integrity and expectation of expecting to be believed has hit into minus Zero degrees.

    Since Lockdown we have found National to be a bunch of incompetents who just cannot figure out how stupid they are coming across whilst proclaiming how holier than thou they are.

    National are like Zombies now. They shamble along in a shambolic manner towards their own deservedly so self-destruction. Now it has been a long time in coming but National have only themselves to blame. Not that they will because they deem themselves as being perfection upon the planet. Much like their beloved Donald Trump.

  6. A person’s integrity is intrinsically linked with them being trustworthy….or otherwise.

    We judge integrity by a person’s deeds and words.

    National Party MP’s have shown by their deeds they are capable and comfortable to routinely scrape the bottom of the barrel in the manner they conduct themselves. Destroying careers for example is a hobby for them.

    From top to bottom they are routinely very creative with the truth. It’s either bare-faced lies, deflect, ambiguity, or I can’t recall. Anything but the truth.

    It’s imperative we trust our Government. We don’t have to like or agree with their policies, but we must be able to believe and trust them. That is just not possible with the National Party. Their donation charade and not so well hidden from view CCP connections / influence etc are just the tip of the iceberg.

    If the above is not enough, National is also well known for being divisive, selfish, and for their high level of arrogance.

    Nationals time is well and truly up. Ardern has shown NZ a kind, inclusive, forward-thinking style of Government and we will no longer accept the vomit and excrement National routinely brings to the table.

    National will rightfully we wiped out in September. They have nobody to blame for that but themselves. Unfortunately, their own arrogance will prevent that. They will be pointing fingers everywhere but at themselves. They will however have to own it and do some serious rebranding. Cosmetic bullshit changes will soon be exposed and they will continue on in opposition for many years to come.

    Happy days.

  7. Woodhouse has to be one of the most loathsome people ever to enter NZ parliament. His actions are truly repulsive.

    I’m referring to that toilet seat photo. I’ve seen it several times now, but some part of my consciousness keeps saying, “That has to be photoshopped. No one could stoop (literally) so low.”

    But apparently it is not doctored? It actually happened?

    That photo is an expression of sexual abuse and of the ritual humiliation of a woman.
    Why is that an Okay thing to do?
    (It is NOT okay!)

    Why is that repulsive Woodhouse creature still there in parliament?
    Why is no-one in our present parliament strong enough to call for his resignation, for that act alone?
    Such actions will continue until someone somewhere finds the cojones to kick the bastard out.

    Dr Gordon’s recent article throws more light on this: Treat Her Bad Election Strategy

  8. Meh – National just needs a circuit breaker. Remember we were talking about the death of Labour under Andrew Little. They’ll hit 30-35% just because of their rump.

    Slowly but surely we are seeing the people of no talent that coat tailed on Key and Joyce realize their time is up and leave center right. The exit of the Boagywoman will breathe new life into the party post election. It will take time however they will be back just in time when the recession is in full bloom.

    • I think Bill English established that the National rump was closer to 20%. Time will tell – but the journos are ready to pounce on Toddy and his mob for any more bullshit – something they have not been poised to do for decades – and not likely to improve his chances.

  9. This is a correction to an earlier comment I posted (I think?).

    “Woodhouse and the Toilet Seat”
    I should have written, “that was a powerful dogwhistle for sexual abuse”
    (and it is NOT OK)

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