Does the National Party represent all New Zealand?

Much will be made of the ethnic MPs at the National Party conference, and how diverse the party is becoming. This is all very nice but if the party were actually diverse there would be members who aren’t white and grey.

If National were truly representative it would have more than the current two Maori in cabinet. One of the ethnic candidates would have made the step up.

National’s never been into affirmative action beyond having a few token MPs, and is probably justified in doing so. Our cabinet should be picked on merit, not to please liberal elite wankers who reckon we need “diversity”.

The problem for National is that it doesn’t have the balls to say “we pick people on merit not skin colour or gender, and we don’t do quotas”.  That would shut down the discussion.

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