I love this…
ACT leader David Seymour is refusing to back down on his controversial Treaty Principles Bill, saying he believes the Prime Minister’s opinion can be changed.
Seymour believes Prime Minister Christopher Luxon was “nervous” after Waitangi and could still back his Treaty Principles Bill despite ruling out doing so.
But questions remain about why the Bill is even getting to the Select Committee stage if National won’t support it beyond its first reading.
…the realisation to everyone at how weak Luxon is has started to sink in.
Verity Johnson’s column this week is merciless on this point…
You know I almost, almost feel sorry for Luxon, our resident sugar free John Key.
Now, part of that is the same sympathy I always feel for Elvis impersonators. Because why would you want to build your whole personality on being almost-but-not-quite someone else?
But the feeling I’ve been getting lately is sadder, stickier, far more uncomfortable. It’s the same one you get at the wedding when the Maid of Honour completely upstages the Bride.
Maybe she’s hotter, louder, nastier, crazier, or punches the groom in the face before spewing everywhere and stealing the table decorations. Whatever it is, she’s the only thing anyone remembers. And that’s exactly how this coalition government feels like right now.
Luxon could be the most beautiful bride in the world, floating out the Beehive like Venus emerging from her clamshell. And yet all anyone notices is the Maid of Honour David Seymour. (And occasionally the Best Man Winston Peters.)
…it’s not the quick yellow ACT jumps over the lazy blue dog, it’s the quick yellow ACT AND the Silver NZ First Fox jumps over the lazy blue dog.
TDB warned how Seymour and Winston would manipulate a woefully inadequate Luxon, they both signed into being a Government after they realised how easily whipped Luxon was.
For the next Deputy Prime Minister to highlight how nervous and weak Luxon was at Waitangi is nothing less than a slap in the face and only manages to prove the power dynamic at play.
Here’s how David gets his Treaty Principles amputation through.
He cuts a deal to support NZ First’s desire to damage the Waitangi Tribunal in return for voting David’s Treaty Referendum Bill as a conscience vote as opposed to a referendum.
David dumps the referendum element of his Bill making it a different Bill that Luxon can hand on heart claim isn’t the same Bill.
Luxon will know that while 35% of his National cosmopolitan vote are horrified at the racism this will all throw up, he’ll also know 65% will love it.
This will be happening at the same time Trans National Mining Interests are attempting to have laws watered down so they can start mining immediately and killing off requirements to listen to Māori concerns will be central to the strategy for that exploitation.
David will argue that such an important decision requires leadership and political courage via a conscience vote because the Left have made the referendum so toxic it could start violence (I know, the fucking audacity right?)
That will spark an enormous petition writing campaign pushed by the right wing think tanks to target National electorate MPs to vote for the Bill complete with roadshows.
What Luxon is claiming to promise is that National will only allow the cross to be erected, lit and some people in pointy white costumes to dance around the flames, but then Luxon will pull it all back from the brink???
Metaphorically he’s allowing a cross burning but is drawing the line under an actual Klan rally.
Does anyone believe Luxon has the power to stop Winston and David?
This is why this Government is so dangerous, because Luxon is the weakest National Party Prime Minister ever and the extremes of the Free Market Right and the Conspiracy Theory alt-right are gaining policy wins while the challenges most Kiwis face are left unaddressed.
In a power vacuum, the craziest parts of NZ First and ACT culture war revenge fantasies are the only policy platforms advanced.
Commentators pretending this is a moderate Government are only pretending.
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