How close is Luxon’s ‘Get NZ back on track’ to Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’


The need to go back to some mythical time in the past when things were perfect is a great theme for the Right, particularly when culture war madness gives them such enormous cultural ammunition and I thought it was interesting that Luxon is calling his current tour the ‘Get NZ back on track’ Tour…

…this message reverberates with an older demographic who see the past as better than the future but GeNZBOT doesn’t have the same ring to it as MAGA does.

Seeing as the issues we face currently have their roots in the underfunding of Key, I’m not sure where National now want to go back to. All their policy platform is slash and burn rhetoric with a promise to put kids in ankle bracelets at a younger age than ACT want to.

Strategically the danger here for National is that they are pigeonholing their message to a demographic they already own and isn’t enough to win them the election.

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Gen X and Millennials are a bigger voting block than the Boomers this election, so any Make NZ Great Again type romanticising for Gen Xers amounts to a Rage Against The Machine album with 3/4 shorts and Blue’s Clues for Millennials.

National already have older voters, they need something to gain younger voters and playing to some rose coloured glasses nostalgia seems misplaced.

Since when the hell was NZ ever on track past the neoliberal revolution anyway?


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  1. Not only is it the worst acronym possible, but it’s a transparent con-job that most conservatives won’t fall for.

    A Never Trumper like him can’t let go of Reaganomics, globalism or neo-con foreign policy. In other words, he rejects the moderate conservatism of Macmillan and Eisenhower, putting him in opposition to the basic Trumpist agenda — and as such the M.A.G.A. base will (correctly) denounce him as just another R.I.N.O.

    • Lols.
      Trumpism hasn’t any agenda beyond its leader. The same can be said for its leader.
      It’s a personality cult.

  2. Yes indeed.
    You need to lie with a straight face if you want to reach all voters.
    100,000 houses in ten years.
    Public transport for every community……..

    The developed world has been decarbonising industry successfully for over a century and the process is accelerating. (Roger Pielke)

    Those who argue this are called “climate change deniers”.

    To limit access to energy and clean drinking water for the developing world is to do lip-service to the ideals of Fairness and Equity. Climate alarmism is a death cult.

  3. Old right wingers will vote National younger ones will vote ACT. I am happy for that to happen if it means Green and TPM do not get the reigns of power.

  4. “100,000 houses in ten years.
    Public transport for every “…

    John Key was an expert at lying with a straight face…

    John Key’s 10 Broken Promises
    1. GST
    The promise: “National is not going to be raising GST. National wants to cut taxes, not raise taxes … what I am saying is if we do a half-decent job as a government at growing our economy I am confident that won’t be happening”. (Source: Stuff, 10 February 2010)
    The reality: GST was increased to 15 per cent.
    2. Wage Gap with Australia
    The promise: “That would be a fundamental purpose of our Government, to narrow the wage gap between ourselves and Australia, and to grow local wages in New Zealand.” (Nexus, Waikato University, Issue 13, 3 Jul 2007)
    The reality: The wage gap with Australia has increased by $32 a week.
    3. New Zealanders leaving for Australia
    The promise: We’re here today at Westpac Stadium. It holds nearly 35,000 people. And believe it or not, the equivalent of this entire stadium – and more – leaves every year to permanently live in Australia … I’m convinced we can give them a reason, and a purpose, to stay in New Zealand. And that’s why I want to be New Zealand’s next Prime Minister. (Source: John Key, Ambitious for New Zealand – Meet John Key DVD, 27 November 2007)
    The promise: “We’ve got an agenda which is about the economy, it’s about building opportunities, it’s about stopping 80,000 people leaving a year to other parts of the world”. (Source: TV3 Sunrise, 27 August 2008).
    The reality: 100,000 New Zealanders have left for Australia under John Key.
    4. Working for Families
    The promise: “I personally guarantee that we will give families financial certainty by continuing all Working for Families payments at current levels”. (Source: John Key’s Commitment Card 2008)
    The reality: Budget 2011 cut over $400 million from Working for Families by reducing payments through changing abatement rates and thresholds.
    5. Asset Sales
    The promise: “I’m not interested in selling assets – I’m all about building assets”. (John Key Speech, My Key Commitments to You, 12 October 2008)
    The promise: “I personally guarantee that we will maintain and build New Zealand’s asset base by … not selling Kiwibank or any other state-owned company”. (Source: John Key’s Commitment Card 2008)
    The reality: National is already spending the money from the asset sales and Treasury has already hired Australian investment banking firm Lazard Pty as an adviser on the asset sales.
    6. Underclass
    The promise: “I have no intention of being a Prime Minister who tackles only the easy and convenient issues .. But I can tell you that dealing with the problems of our growing underclass is a priority for National, both in opposition and in government”. (Source: John Key Speech, The Kiwi Way: A Fair Go For All, 30 January 2007)
    The reality: The underclass has grown with 32,000 more children living in benefit dependent households over the past 3 years.
    7. KiwiSaver
    The promise: “Under National, KiwiSaver members will keep their current KiwiSaver entitlements”. (Source: 2008 KiwiSaver – Economic plan: Enduring, affordable KiwiSaver, Bill English). and
    The reality: National passed legislation that halved the member tax credit in year starting 1 July 2011.
    8. Cycleway
    The promise: The cycleway would create 4,000 jobs. (Source: Radio New Zealand, 24 March 2009)
    The reality: Only a fraction of that were created – 511 (Source: Question for Written Answer 6075 (2011), John Key, 3 August 2011).
    9. ECE
    The promise: “We will retain all the existing subsidies and fee controls”. (Source: National Party Media Statement, ECE Policy: Your family – your choice, 11 July 2008, Anne Tolley and Paula Bennett)
    The reality: Budget 2010 cut ECE subsidies by removing subsidy funding rates for ECE services with 80-99% and 100% registered teachers.
    10. Tax Cuts
    The promise: “The Government would not embark on a policy of increasing GST unless it would benefit the New Zealand economy in the long term and unless it saw the vast bulk of New Zealanders better off”. (Source: John Key, Stuff, Key confirms GST increase being considered, 9 February 2010)
    The promise: “The bulk of New Zealanders should be either be no worse off or better off”. (Source: John Key, TV1, Breakfast, 26 January 2010)
    The reality: NZIER released a report that found 60% of households are worse off after National’s tax switch. (Source: Stuff, Higher GST, prices eat tax-cut gains for most, 1 December 2010)
    The promise: “This Government introduced a balanced package of tax cuts that were fiscally neutral”. (Source: John Key, Hansard, Question Time, 11 May 2011)
    The reality: Budget said the package would cost $465 million in the first year and over $1 billion over four years. In fact, it has cost $1.1 billion in just the first nine months. National is borrowing for tax cuts. (Source: Treasury, Financial Statement of the Government of New Zealand for the year ended 30 June 2011).
    Authorised by Grant Robertson, MP, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

    • OK you’ve convinced me, I promise I will not be voting for John Key this election.
      But then as my time machine is at the mechanics for a lube it does make that decision considerably easier.

    • John Key,Sir John Key,has left a lifetime impression on MHK/NSC/Bert/Gus and I find that wonderful.

  5. Oh Martyn, you are trying so so so so so hard to stretch things in order to taint Luxon. Keep it up old friend. It’ll make the election result so much more fun for us. BTW, how’s your Labour stooge mate Meng Foon doing?

    • We are not going to lay the red carpet out and send a white flag up. What on earth are you on about.

    • And where did you get the information that Meng Foon was a Labour stooge frau krautet? Kiwiblog?

    • Another Labour person displaying the same behaviour as Michael Woods,so when is Woods resigning?

    • You must joking. Luxon taints himself. How is it possible that National have probably got worse. They get rid of Collins and this happens. Sure Labour are full of muppets but you lot that are blue to the core can’t seem to admit National don’t look like much chop either. I guess if you’re into race baiting gits with no vision then you are well satisfied.

  6. We did do things in the past that could inspire us for now.
    A list of historic years has this:
    1971 The Polynesian Panther Party formed in Auckland by six young Pasifika. (I think we were trying to do better for the disaffected Pasifika before 1984 affected our brains.)

    1976 South African police fired on black school children in Soweto who were protesting against being taught in Afrikaans (In 1981 a big group of NZs protested the rugby games planned with South Africa – soft diplomacy but those who don’t see others as worthy humans felt the pinch. May have been soft diplomacy but some got fractured skulls from police batons). National shouldn’t be nostalgic about that as few of their Party would have protested on the ground.

    In the UK in 2016 a British Labour MP, ‘a woman’ Jo Cox was shot at and killed outside her constituency surgery in Yorkshire. Post 1984 – I don’t know if we in NZ have a counter-measure protest to this kind of happening.

    What I am nostalgic about is how we gave people the chance to make a life for themselves; to borrow on low interest and build or buy a simple house and had week-ends available to be with family, take care of repairs and maintenance or work weekends at will for extra income not for basic survival wages. Also earlier no politician would have been so mesmerised by lobby group ranting as to promise 10,000 houses in ? years knowing that we did not have enough trained builders and had lost control of our building resource providers.

    Labour’s flagship policy: Where did KiwiBuild go wrong?
    Newshub › home › politics › 2019/09
    4/09/2019 — The plan was to build 1000 homes in the first year, 5000 in the second, and 10,000 the year after. The promise was to have 100,000 houses .(in ten years?)

  7. What hasn’t changed about the good times that those sixty and over want to go back to, is the prosperity that comes with a fizzing economy and the income that comes with it. The lower paid have always had to fight for fair rewards. The young workers of today (even from the left) are bright enough to understand the need for a good economy. . It seems to me that the older leftists are the ones stuck in a time warp thinking that the economy will take care of itself and believing you do everything you can to alleviate climate change now and worry about the economy later. The reality is you need that fizzing economy first to make the changes needed to help with climate change. Especially in NZ. The politicians of the day make the decisions of whether to build a hospital, build houses or replace pipes. They get judged on that regardless. What doesn’t change is the need for a healthy economy to pay for it. This government is guilty of both in my opinion. Ignoring small businesses and our need for them, and wasting money on poor decisions and bureaucracy. They will be judged accordingly whether or not they remain in government.

  8. The question is irrelevant, as Luxon’s politics have very little in common with Trump’s. Luxon is a woke corporate globalist neoliberal with apparently sincere (if questionable) religious beliefs. Trump was a nationalist populist and a fake Christian.

  9. ” Oh Martyn, you are trying so so so so so hard to stretch things in order to taint Luxon ”

    He doesn’t he just provides feedback on how inept he is. Luxon taints himself every day as leader of the Nasty Natz.

    Just as Chipkins does as the leader of LINO which is worse because Chipkins doesn’t stand for, implements or has any idea what real Labour policy is unlike Luxon and his donors you know that they represent actual
    National party policy.

  10. Trump and Ardern had the same strategy.
    Me, me it’s all about me.
    Difference Trump had some policy Ardern aspirations only.

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