An interesting proposition from Chris Trotter


Chris Trotter theorises about the political landscape, how the free speech debate has ignited passions and how they might change that landscape inside two years: Quote:

What the free speech controversy of the past four weeks revealed to New Zealanders was that too forthright an expression of cultural nationalism can result in the persons advocating such notions being branded xenophobic or racist ? and even to accusations of being a white supremacist, fascist or Nazi.

The battle for free speech cannot, therefore, be prevented from extending out into a broader discussion over whether or not New Zealanders have the right to reject the downsides of neoliberalism, globalisation and multiculturalism. Is it any longer possible to advance the radically nationalistic idea that the nature and future of New Zealand is a matter which New Zealanders alone must decide, without finding oneself pilloried on Twitter or banned from the nation?s universities?? ?

Returning to our chess analogy, it is possible to foresee that in the months ahead NZ First will find itself feeling more and more alienated from the radical multiculturalists in Labour and the Greens. The sharper the free speech debate becomes, the more likely it is that Winston Peters and his fellow ?fetishizers of New Zealandness? will find themselves branded purveyors of ?hate speech? by the Red and Green pieces on the political chessboard.

If National refuses to take the lead role in upholding free speech, then the chances are high that a new political party dedicated to defending New Zealanders? rights and freedoms will start placing additional pieces on the chessboard. The sheer venom (and violent protests) such a party would be bound to attract from the Ctrl-Left would very soon lift its support above the 5 percent MMP threshold.

Checkmate in two years. End quote.

This is possible, it would require quite a few chess moves to enact, but it is possible.

A new party is always difficult and Chris Trotter knows that, having dabbled with New Labour back in the day. Then you have to avoid attracting the single issue nutters who seem to gravitate towards small parties where they get a bigger voice than they deserve. Lastly there is the money.

Still, it might be worth a crack if National fails to stand up.

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