What choice is there?


Chris Bishop is my local MP. He is young, hard-working and likes to maintain a high profile in Hutt South. You see him at cafe chocolate competitions, pushing for a new Melling Bridge and campaigning (successfully) for cheaper travel for students. He’s good for the Hutt, and he is well aware of what is needed to become a long-term sitting MP. I will probably vote for him in 2020.

The party vote, however, is a little more problematic.

This is because approximately 50% of voters now have no home to go to. Much as we dislike Jacinda and her mob, these days a vote for National is more or less just a change of face. The policies, the political correctness and the fawning to Muslims is just about as bad on either side of the political divide. Chris Bishop proved it this week when he claimed that Winston’s attitude towards multiculturalism was wrong and that we should “try and build the world’s best little tolerant, cosmopolitan and diverse country on the planet.“? End of quote.

This attitude was debated at length on this blog, and well… let us just say that no one agreed with him. In fact, a number of comments reflected the view that they simply could not vote National any more. There was a time when I would have said that there was no choice: that it is always a case of voting for the party that disgusts you the least. But, these days, even I am thinking that National need to understand that it no longer represents its voters, and if they can’t see that for themselves, then maybe we really should all stop voting for them.

But then, a lot of people on this blog said they would not vote National in 2017 because they wanted to “send a message” and here we are. We now have a government that the majority did not vote for. Is that what we wanted?

I am finding myself in unchartered territory here, and I know I am not alone. But I have two questions. First, how can National fail to see the abyss between themselves and their support base? And secondly, what the hell do I do now?

Surprisingly, I don’t dislike them over their attitude towards climate change. I disagree with National’s position on this, but I think that the whole issue has become too mainstream, and to deny that climate change exists would be to alienate a lot of voters. We could hope that National would soften their attitude to climate change, so as not to wreck our economy in trying to save 0.02% of global emissions, but that issue has got lost somewhere within the bigger fictitious picture. I don’t agree with their position, but I understand that, in the end,? I may have to live with it.

But, that is where my sympathy ends.

I disagreed with the previous government increasing welfare. Many of us voted for National in the belief that they would roll back Helen Clark’s welfare reforms, but it didn’t happen. Instead, John Key’s government entrenched them, making it harder for any future government to remove them as it would put people into poverty. Nobody votes for poverty and most conservatives don’t want to see families in real hardship, even if we would like to see the end of welfare as a way of life.

I considered voting for New Zealand First at the last election because it was likely that Winston would hold the balance of power yet again (we all knew that) and he campaigned on getting rid of the Maori seats and reducing immigration. I wanted to see both. I didn’t vote for them in the end, sticking with the status quo of two ticks National and, of course, Winston has not honoured either promise.

But in 2020 I don’t think I can vote two ticks National because National does not represent me any more. It should, but it doesn’t.

I don’t want to waste a small fortune on climate-change policies that will make no difference to global warming.

  • I want to control immigration, particularly Muslim immigration.
  • I want to end welfare as a lifestyle choice.
  • I want to end political correctness and all the garbage that goes with it.
  • I don’t want hate speech laws.
  • I want to retain our unique culture.
  • I don’t want to drown in Maorification. (If you live in Wellington, you will understand what I mean.)
  • I want to be able to continue to lead my way of life without feeling, as I do now, that it is under threat.

I don’t want to live in Chris Bishop’s utopian world where we: Quote.

[?] try and build the world’s best little tolerant, cosmopolitan and diverse country on the planet.” One that encourages migrants to move here; a country that that welcomes the investments, ideas, and vibrancy migrants bring; a nation that learns about and celebrates cultures unfamiliar to our own; a land that creates new stories by blending old and new; tradition and change; and where migrants aren’t scapegoated as the source of any problems in society. End quote.

Because, as we see in Europe, it won’t work, and all that happens is that the people who were there first are at risk, displaced or much worse. Do you realise that Sweden is now the rape capital of the world, Chris? Or that there are Pakistani grooming gangs in Britain raping children? And somehow, you think it will all be rainbows here? You are so wrong, but you don’t see it and you don’t see that your voters don’t support your ideas either.

So, where do we go? Who do I vote for? The next election is just over two years away. I hope with a fervent heart that Jacinda’s bunch of clowns only lasts one term. They never deserved to be where they are in the first place. But. if they are voted out, who replaces them? I will never vote for Labour, New Zealand First or the Greens. But, who do I vote for?

Who else is there?