Right now, Labour are going to win a majority Government out of a unique political loyalty generated by gratitude towards the way Jacinda’s leadership protected us during the lockdown.
For many NZers, that lockdown was the first time in their lives they felt genuinely vulnerable and Jacinda’s 1pm daily briefings made them feel safe.
This has birthed a new sense of solidarity that cuts beyond ideological or political divides. This sense of solidarity is deep, powerful and will be the overwhelming driver of votes in September.
When you think about it, there rarely are universal events that touch everyone. Our lockdown was one such event, and pundits inability to understand the tectonic shift that this pandemic has generated is why they aren’t comprehending the magnitude of what’s coming.
Combine this huge support for Jacinda with a National Party in absolute self-mutilating meltdown and the election is rapidly becoming a foregone conclusion.
The negative is that we have some of the most crucial and pressing issues to deal with and because of the gratitude tsunami coming Labour’s way, none of those issues will get debated before September 19th.
So here are the issues that are most pressing and will demand answers from September 20th.
The fundamental problem is that the advertising market has been bled dry by Google and Facebook. Here is a blueprint.
1 – Public Funded Media in the nations interest
The RNZ-TVNZ merger should be occurring immediately with the following inclusions.
- TV1 commercial free (so existing advertising can go to Mediaworks).
- RNZ launch a commercial free youth radio station.
- RNZ/TVNZ launch a 24 hour news station on one of their existing Freeview+ channels.
2 – Tax Google & Facebook and ring fence that for direct funding of corporate journalism
Google & Facebook charged a percentage on all revenue from NZ, that money is specifically ring fenced to a contestable fund available to established Media to specifically provide Fourth Estate Journalism.
3 – NZ on Air ‘Read between the Flags’ Kiwi journalism
In a world of disinformation, we need journalism we can trust. We all get the ‘swim between the flag’ model of surf life saving, NZ on Air should be given extra funding for ‘Read between the flags’ Kiwi Journalism. This money is to break the current elite opinion NZ on Air circle jerk and provide revenue for smaller blogs and citizen journalism who become eligible if they agree to a set of Journalistic Principles. If you do agree and sign up, you are entitled to funding and must have a Kiwi Journalism flag on your site to show you are obliged to the Journalistic Principles Code of conduct. You would have an awareness campaign to urge NZers to ‘read between the flags’ for trusted information.
New Zealand has some of the biggest issues ever confronting us to debate and I fear they simply won’t gain much air time because Labour’s stratospheric rise will eclipse all other narratives as confused pundits struggle to explain a majority result under an MMP structure.
Unfortunately these issues are so pressing they will be felt the day after the election regardless of whether or not we’ve debated them.
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