If Key’s Government had overseen the Parliament Lawns violence this week, the old left would be on the streets next week screaming at the heavy handed Police response – but because they are protestors we loath on the Left, the middle class marxists cheer!
The damage to the reputation to the political Left is immeasurable.
Jacinda ignored the feral lumpenproletariat and Trev goaded them.
In the end there were no adults left in the room and instead of de-escalation, we allowed the worst angels of our nature to win.
Listening to the Left praise the Police abusing protestors IN THE SAME WAY the Right do after a protest shows how far we have drifted
There are of course perverse winners and broken losers.
Trevor Mallard – Out of this entire disgusting debacle, Trev is one of the biggest winners. He managed to enflame and provoke protestors into the spastic rage it became and he gets NO BLAME AT ALL! On Thursday February 10th, the protest movement was fading. Their attempt to gain entrance into Parliament had failed the day before, the factions had splintered into disagreement and the leader of the biggest faction had left Thursday morning. Instead of allowing this to implode because of its own philosophical instability, Trev threw a tantrum on the morning of the 10th and stupidly demanded Police clear the lawn. That created a common enemy and ended up being a 10 hour live streamed recruitment video. He added to this strategic blunder with petty psyop tactics that were childish and beneath the mana of Parliament. Trev then pressured the Press Gallery into filming from the balcony automatically creating an us and them mentality and threatened journalists if they attempted to interview the protestors there would be consequences. The need for the Government to paint every protestor out as a Nazi to justify the heavy handed tactics means Trev will never be held to account for provoking this violence. Everything that happens from this point on traces back to his manchild tantrum. Disgustingly the Press Gallery & Jacinda will not hold him to account.
NZ Far Right – The other big winner in all of this is the NZ Far Right. They can not believe the propaganda coup we have handed them by provoking the Police into heavy handed over reaction. They leave empowered and plotting the next attack. We helped them recruit 10 000 new stormtroopers. Well done everyone.
David Seymour – Is the only MP who tried to de-escalate this and has stood for the right to protest. ACT do best when they are a right wing values party, this will give ACT ammunition.
Winston – By wandering through the protest, Winnie hopes to harness those former rural Labour voters for his 2023 campaign.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster – By resisting the middle class marxists and not sending the tanks in, Coster walked a fine line between giving into Woke vengeance fantasies and starting a civil war. His Police were professional right up until they took over a firehose from Firefighters (The FireFighters Association have now lodged a formal complaint about Police doing this) to attack protestors with and opened fire on protestors with rubber bullets.
Dr Bryce Edwards – Not so much a winner but a hero. Ever since he disagreed with Woke Queen Morgan Godfery on Radio NZ, the woke have tried to cancel him and have him sacked from his University job for daring to challenge their narrative that everyone at the protest was a Nazi. His reporting that undermined their narrative was some of the best at this protest.
Public Broadcasting – Why did so many people fall down the rabbit hole of social media hate lies? How has CounterSpin been so successful? Why is Nz On Air public broadcasting elitist echo chamber opinion and faux journalism like ‘Furries work in your IT department‘ held up as investigative reporting when it has lost the trust of so many citizens? Our Public Broadcasting Minister is a joke and the Government refuse to do something meaningful other than hand more money out to editorially compliant media that people don’t trust.
Press Gallery – NEVER doubt the power of middle class Wellington or the Press Gallery to get the order their privilege demands. Their coverage was utterly compromised in all of this and they are less believed than when it started.
Jacinda – By ignoring the protestors she only enflamed it. By refusing to hold Mallard to account she enflamed it. By refusing to acknowledge the pain of the poor she professes kindness towards, she damaged her reputation. This was Jacinda at her worst: aloof, haughty and as disapproving as a head girl while people her supporters despise suffered.
Labour – Labour WILL get a Poll bump out of this because the right love bashing up brown protestors as much as middle class marxists do. After the sugar high from angry National voters who love to bash poor brown people passes however, Labour will see the damage they’ve caused their rural and provincial electorates as protestors return home with toxic anger and an oath to never vote for Jacinda again. This has permanently lost Labour 5%.
Greens – Where was the great political party of protest in all of this? Hiding like cowards.
Political Left – Watching middle class Wellington Marxists cheer the filth for smashing smelly lumpenproletariat reminds us how far the NZ Left have drifted intellectually and philosophically. The arguments I’m hearing from the Left about how underserving these protestors were are exact same arguments the Right have used previously.
CTU/PSA/ETU – Gutless middle class Wellington bureaucracies who have sold their self interest as the pillars of NZ egalitarianism. A revolution came to Parliament & it was middle class woke activists who were revolted! The Middle Class Marxists want a revolution that knows its pronouns! It doesn’t want the smelly lumpenproletariat spoiling the aesthetics of their dinner party activism. Fuck them and their sanctimonious preaching, this was the week we saw what their true values were. Themselves.
NZ Democracy – This was a dark week for NZ Democracy. Instead of de-escalate, we wanted a fight with these feral lunatics. Instead of compassion, we reacted with hate. Instead of any attempt to understand their pain, we called them all Nazis. These scars from Parliament’s lawns won’t heal because both sides refuse to admit they were wrong.
1 – 53% of these protestors voted Green/Labour, they were the bastard sons and daughters of rogernomics drawn from the provincial and rural electorates that Labour dominated in 2020…
The picture painted by Curia Research is of a protest crowd drawn overwhelmingly from rural and provincial New Zealand: Fully 67.6 percent of the persons questioned came from somewhere other than Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Rural dwellers made up 7.7 percent of the crowd; those living in provincial towns 18.9 percent; and provincial city-dwellers the remaining 41 percent. This latter figure is almost double the actual number of New Zealanders living in provincial cities.
This skewed provincial representation is significant. What it tells us is that the people participating in this protest have a great deal in common with the Americans who supported Donald Trump. They, too, hailed from places seldom visited by the metropolitan elites. Cities and towns that once boasted thriving industries and buoyant economies, but which, over the past 35 years, have seen far too many factories – along with the small businesses that serviced them – shut down and fail. Communities that once boasted public hospitals, polytechnics, post-offices and banks – not to mention their own proudly independent newspapers – have been stripped of key infrastructure and left to rot.
For many years, however, the primary victims of this neglect continued to vote for the parties of change: Labour, the Alliance, the Greens and NZ First; in hopes that their lives would be made better. Curia Research reveals that very close to 50 percent of the protesters occupying Parliament Grounds voted for one of Labour, the Greens and NZ First in 2020. This finding is powerfully reminiscent of the significant number of 2016 Trump voters who had backed Barack Obama in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. Hell hath no fury, it would seem, like a voter scorned, disappointed and betrayed.
That nearly 30 percent of the protesters voted for Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party in 2020 also suggests that at some point the Prime Minister said or did something that shattered their allegiance to her and the Team of Five Million she purported to lead. Given that the dominant reason/s for their presence outside Parliament was their strong opposition to Vaccine Mandates, one might reasonably speculate that it was Ardern’s reneging on her promise not to introduce vaccination mandates and passes that provoked these protesters to desert the Labour Party.
That the consequences of refusing to be vaccinated appear to have fallen most heavily on occupations dominated by women: retail, hospitality, teaching, nursing, aged-care, midwifery; would also explain why Curia Research reports women making up 55 percent of the protest crowd.
Another factor relevant to the number of women participating in the protest could well be that in the rural and provincial communities ravaged by the economic impacts of neoliberalism it has, overwhelmingly, been women who have held together the threads of community and mutuality. Mothers, daughters and wives who had once been encouraged to look upon the State as their friend, have – decade after decade – been given every cause to see “the government” as their enemy.
The explanation for 27.2 percent of the protest crowd identifying as Māori is, almost certainly, much the same.
Throughout the 1980s and 90s, in Māori communities scattered across the provincial landscapes of the North Island, jobs, and the social cohesion that came with them, were laid waste by the neoliberal revolution. Without the industries that paid for them, key infrastructure similarly decayed and disappeared.
…those 53% who voted Labour/Green return home broken and angry to their rural and provincial electorates with a toxic version of Jacinda’s kindness and they will never vote for the Left again.
I believe this will ultimately see a 5% amputation of Labour vote over all come 2023.
The question is where will that vote go to?
In 2020 we saw conspiracy parties like Advance NZ, the NZ Public Party, the New Conservatives, the Outdoor Party and Vision NZ run and gain 2.73% of the vote.
Add to that the 5% lumpenproletariat who will never vote Labour again, and the far right conspiracy vote could win 8% in the 2023 election.
2 – Watch the middle class marxists and woke argue that we now need far reaching Hate Speech laws so that they can start the purge of people who trigger them and can use the Police to silence and censor opinions they disagree with.
This protest didn’t happen in a vacuum.
Last month the Salvation Army released its report on dire poverty while house affordability rose to another obscene level while Covid assistance has mostly gone to the rich…
An economic and political commentator says since the Covid-19 pandemic reached Aotearoa, the rich have become richer and the poor have become poorer – in part due to the Government’s policies.
…this protest may not be working class politics, but it is working class misery that is being manipulated by the far right on the lawns of Parliament!
This is the Left’s fault!
Imagine if Labour and the Greens had done something meaningful over the last 4 years for the lumpenproletariat so that there wasn’t this rage to exploit by the far right in the first place?
What did Labour do? Pour billions into the pockets of property speculators and is now trying to pour billions more into an unemployment insurance scam that empowers white collar union workers the most!
We have allowed Jacinda and Labour and the Greens off the hook for transformative change for too long, and yet act surprised when those most punished by the mandates rebel.
Let me be as clear as I can be – I support Jacinda and Labour for their magnificent Covid response! I salute the courage and skill to have navigated us through this most horrific of tempests and believe the mandates are the best way forward.
I believe NZ having some of the lowest death and hospitalisation rates is a public health victory of extraordinary magnitude.
Yes as a post-marxist anarchist environmental socialist I detest the State up in my grills as much as the next free individual, but I agree with this curtailing of my civil liberties for the public good.
B-U-T we on the Left have failed to challenge the neoliberal economic hegemony that continues to devour so many lonely lives and fills them with such hopelessness that they are bait for Facebook hate algorithms.
I have zero truck with these feral lunatic’s arguments, hell I was attempting to goad them into voting me in their Nuremberg hanging list a fortnight ago, but they have a right to protest and their rage has been manufactured by the Left’s lack of transformative change.
I have yet to see one interview with a protestor that after a terrible & painful personal mandate experience – that truly pulls at your heart strings – that then doesn’t veer off into some crazy demented conspiracy theory – there is no doubt this misery is being manipulated by far right propagandists with malicious intent.
If we don’t want so many angry, frightened and hurt working class people turning to the Nazi’s, maybe do something meaningful about their anger, hurt and fear first?
Instead of de-escalate this, the Speaker of the House and the Government provoked it.
This will stain us.
The woke have had their vengeance, Trevor Mallard has fiddled while Parliament’s lawns burned and the Government have shown the lumpenproletariat their pain will never be acknowledged.
At any other time, the violence police used today against protestors would be rightfully decried up and down this country by the old left – todays middle class marxists however cheer State force because we hate the protestors.
We have lost our moral compass on the Left.
I passionately disagree with these protestors on every argument, but I defend their right to protest in a liberal progressive democracy.
Using State violence to crush this when Omicron & end of mandates would have de-escalated it is a political choice.
We lost something this week.
All Parliament have succeeded in doing is recruit for the far right.
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