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Colin James has spoofed all over the page in Octobers Management Magazine.
Typical of the tired old man of New Zealand political writing is the following drivel. Whilst I tend to agree with him it is meandering to his inevitable long winded conclusion. That conclusion is usually “Gee, I sound good on paper, aren’t I wonderfully erudite”. No Colin, you aren’t, you are certifiably past it.
In the 1970s and 1980s the Labour party was colonised by groups — most prominently Maori, women and homosexuals — hoping Labour would do the same for them as it once had for the working class: even up their life chances. Labour responded, thinking it was thereby uniting society. But others saw it as “political correctness”. So the initiatives may actually have sharpened divisions between the newly de-stigmatised groups and many among those who see themselves as the majority. That leaves this and future governments and Parliaments the delicate task of finding a new durable balance.
So there we have it Colin James thinks Labour is a party of Maori, Dykes, Fags and bolshy feminists, and on the surface he would be right. Then he gets stuck into Mrs Peter Davis with a wet bus ticket.
Clark’s challenge over the past six years was to contain the Maori push for control over government-funded social services to Maori, a larger place in the power structure and special status as indigenous people while at the same time building Maori capacity to use tribal structures to improve management of assets and deliver social services.
In essence she failed in near-impossible conditions. After the Appeal Court decision on the foreshore and seabed, Don Brash’s Orewa I speech in January 2004 drove a wedge between a puzzled or angry white majority and the Maori minority continuing the rights push.
Puzzled or Angry white majority???? We were not puzzled, angry maybe, but certainly not puzzled.
This “race” issue was Brash’s most effective weapon in the election campaign. It restored party membership, morale and money in 2004 and sharply boosted poll ratings after he returned to the theme on 29 August. He claimed to be fighting against “racial separatism” by insisting on “one law for all”. But the result was to heighten tensions and, if anything, to drive people into corners. That included moderate Maori.
Of course it was effective. How can anyone seriously argue with “one law for all”. Oh yeah, Labour and it’s apologists and hangers on. Seriously though, New Zealand will not and cannot progress until we have “one law for all”.
But the real Colin James waited unitl the final paragraph to finally show his typical left leaning media bias by perpertrating myths as fact yet again. Yes, Yes I know that Colin James hasn’t voted since the 70’s but so what, whatever he writes does, can and will influence people, so the least he can do is get it right.
This was not just between Labour and National, sparked by National’s attack billboards. National turned the blowtorch on Winston Peters in Tauranga; ACT went for Richard Worth in Epsom; a pamphleteer who chose National-blue for his trademark spread a pack of lies about the Greens; Labour scarified Maori voters leaning towards the Maori party with an improbable line that a vote for that party would bring about a Brash government; the Greens and United Future went at it hammer and tongs.
Well Colin, a brief analysis by even a semi-competent hack would have established that only one of the accusations was remotely false and all of the others were proven to be demonstrably true. While New Zealand possesses a partisan hackery for what passes as independent media we will get the governement we deserve.