Jacinda is gone!
The anger, disappointment, delusion, despair and fear – is tangible.
International media which twelve months ago lauded her as a princess, now ridicule and lampoon her – internet links validating this claim, abound.
As a former National MP and before that as a cop and a hard-core believer in National aka Muldoon and whatever he stood for (before my conversion to Sir Roger Douglas), but who voted for Jacinda 2020 because in my view National was a pathetic option and Judy Collins (as events have confirmed) was not in my view the person to lead the party, I now question what sort of pills my vet was prescribing for my anxiety.
Facts are however: I was one of thousands of National voters who abandoned the Blue Machine.
For example, when my former seat of Hobson (now Northland) where I once had a 4000 majority, went RED as did many other former safe Tory strongholds, clearly, I was not alone in my disappointment with National.
Problem NOW is; with Labour performing so dismally dealing with the Delta Virus, which not only threatens but is wrecking massive economic damage and psychological grief midst the masses, National is still a walking disaster.
The latest exposures is but the least example of the internecine warfare which in my view ravages National and (having been on the Electorate Board of Mz Collins), is beyond the ability of Crusher to crush.
This side show does little to help NEW ZEALAND (not Aotearoa) (1) to recover from: (a) COVID and (b) the economic damage it has caused and (c) the ongoing psychological disaster which we as a nation all experience.
No one is immune. Even Jacinda has postponed a junket to America.
So! What happens next? David Seymour the saviour?
In my view, it is a sobering reflection on the selection processes within political parties, if New Zealand has to endorse this fellow as the next Leader
Which brings me to a matter which I have some difficulty to articulate.
As National fails to make a stand against the relentless momentum of Labour’s hidden agenda to transfer the wealth of New Zealand to Maori (representing ten per cent of the population at max) (1); fails to make clear its position on Labour’s thrust to change the name of New Zealand and on legislation which jeopardises the status of, “Mum and Dad”, where does the traditional conservative voter look for salvation?
For whom does the conservative majority of New Zealand, vote?
Winston and I went to school together.
Winston went on to gain a teacher’s certificate and graduate from Auckland University with an Llb; I went on to get a policeman’s certificate and graduate Bachelor’s Auckland university and Master’s at Victoria.
And, in 1987 we found ourselves in the National party caucus.
Winston went on to exalted heights and I was out of Parliament after 9 years (and the Muldoon handshake). By 2000 I was back in a parliament as the primary industries (dairy, meat, wool, horticulture, forestry and fisheries) adviser to Rt Hon Winston Peters.
This appointment precipitated quite a bit of drama, including false allegations of political corruption, culminating in the Scampi Affair.
However, more recently persons associated with NZ First were arraigned before the courts on charges pertaining to political donations and I was interviewed by media apropos:
These skeletons lurk latent but passage of time and new challenges which demand attention, tend to ameliorate the damage skeletons possess.
Once upon a time, Winston and I were very close. I still like the bloke. But irrespective of what Mathew Hooton or Barry Soper may think: the Scampi Affair stuffed that relationship completely.
Vicissitudes of Politics.
Which is why it is difficult for me to promote as the solution for the conservative voter and thereby the key to the next government of New Zealand; NZ First.
BRING BACK WINSTON.
Ross Meurant resigned from the police at inspector rank in 1987 to enter parliament as a National MP. Today he is Honorary Consul for Morocco and trustee and CEO of commercial assets owned by absentee Russian investors.
- Must I be a racist because I don’t agree with elevating Maori culture above The Rest? Problem is; I have Maori pedigree from paternal and maternal great great grandparents. For the evidence of this, read: A Step Too Far para 23.