When even ZB Troll Heather du Plessis-Allan doesn’t buy National’s anti-Māori race baiting…
It’s hard to shake the feeling that some in the coalition Government are playing silly b***ers over Act’s Treaty Principles Bill.
There is now a growing suspicion that the plan is to introduce the bill but then kill it.
The suspicion first arose on November 24 last year, the day the coalition agreementswere released.
That afternoon Chris Luxon said on NewstalkZB Drive he would kill the bill after the Select Committee phase.
I asked him: “Chris, let’s get this straight, you are not going to support it beyond the Select Committee stage come hell or high water? It’s not happening?”
He replied: “That’s very much the position of our Government, yup.”
Within half an hour I was fielding texts on my personal phone asking if Luxon had really said what people had heard. One person close to Act messaged to say he’d had four people call him since the interview.
I assumed Luxon had made a mistake. He must have. Why would a Government waste Parliament’s time and resources introducing a bill they knew would never become law? Why would a Government start such a controversial debate for no outcome?
After the show I called to check that I was right, that it was just a mistake. It wasn’t. Luxon had meant what he said. The bill would go no further.
This week, he’s changed his tune. Now he’s not ruling it out.
That seems to be what David Seymour also believes. He has been adamant this week the Nats are keeping an open mind.
But in a twist, NZ First on Tuesday said the same thing Luxon had said in November. Shane Jones told Newshub that after Select Committee “we won’t be voting for it”.
When the Herald called Jones to confirm the comments later that day, he walked them back.
So how should we decipher the mixed messages?
Most likely, the bill is dead but the Nats and NZ First are pretending it isn’t to placate either Act or Act’s supporters who voted for a referendum. On the occasions Luxon and Jones admitted they would kill it, they were probably accidentally telling the truth.
In which case, someone’s being messed around.
It could be Seymour, if he really believes his bill has a chance. If that’s the case he will be relying on private assurances by NZ First and National they are open to supporting his bill beyond Select Committee when they have no intention to.
If it’s not him, it’s voters. Because in that case, Seymour is in on the charade, playing along knowing his bill will be killed but already confident he will get some sort of win to replace it. Perhaps, the rewrite of the Treaty principles that he wants but without the referendum that everyone has fixated on. In this case, all voters are being messed around – not just Act’s – because we are all being dragged through this upsetting debate for potentially no outcome at all.
…when Heather is criticising National, you know shit gone cray.
ZB fuels Settler NZs race war fantasies and when a defender of that crusade is asking questions about National’s ridiculous stance on allowing a little bit of a race baiting flirtation with no intention of delivering, Heather feels Settler voters are being cock teased and redneck voters are left with blue balls.
And not in a good National Party kinda way.
Heather’s derision hints at Luxon’s real problem here.
Luxon is part of the modern urbane CEO culture where wokeness is the new religion, being accused of racism at a cosmopolitan Dinner Party is almost as much a sin as misgendering someone or lighting a cigarette during the 3rd course.
A solid 40% of National voters are appalled at this culture war race baiting policy agenda, they only wanted their house value to jump 10%, they weren’t buying a fucking race war!
However, as much as that group is where Luxon plants his heart, his pollsters will be telling him the other 60% are banjo twanging cross burning rednecks who want to give da Māori’s da bash.
This naked racism is dressed up as intellectual posturing on sovereignty and one person one vote sacrosanct democratic values that give them the righteousness of the Lynch mob.
That baying redneck anti-Māori mob is who Luxon has to keep in mind as he tries to tell Māori audiences that he isn’t racist while promising his own reactionary base that he is.
Heather isn’t disgusted that Luxon is race baiting NZ, she’s disgusted he’s only paying lip service to race baiting NZ!
Because Luxon is such a weak Prime Minister, he is being railroaded by a far smarter David Seymour and out played by a far more cunning Winston.
This Government is bonded together by a shared hatred of whom their voters despise, it has culture war revenge fantasies and anti-Māori race baiting as policy, it is a Government of spite.
When your policy platform is toxic, you attract toxic people.
Former National Party Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson warned this type off race politics in NZ would spark something terrible into our debate…
Christopher Finlayson, who was Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations under the last National-led Government, says whilst he doesn’t think there is any problem with ACT raising questions on what the Treaty principles are, he doesn’t agree with a referendum on the matter.
“There is a danger that the crazies could crawl out of the woodwork and use inflammatory language that is not the New Zealand way of doing things and I don’t want to see us becoming utterly polarised like places like the United States,” Finlayson says.
A referendum would only provide a platform for extremists.
“Some of those people who have been going around the country moaning about co-governance: One, they don’t know what they are talking about; and two, they are people that I’ve always described as the sour right.
“They don’t like change, they dream of a world that never was and never could be, they ignore the facts unless it suits them, they are utterly miserable.”
…the Crazies are here.
REMEMBER according to The Democracy Project and Ben Thomas and Liam Hehir, this is a moderate Government, not a hard right racist climate denying Government!
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