Why is National’s conference so boring?

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National’s very boring conference is on in Nelson this weekend. As usual there will be nothing interesting, just hectoring from ministers with some canned questions available.

The ninth floor have spiked anything controversial, so the Young Nats remit about repealing section 97 has been shunted from the main floor into a breakout session. Union bashing used to be front and centre on the main floor of conference in the good old days. Now the nervous nellies in the Beehive want to appear to be cuddling up to unions. The board has meddled with the wishes of the party. The original remit list ranking from the policy committee had this remit as 1st priority and then the amended board amended the list and it has magically slipped from 1st priority to 5th. This year the party hierarchy is going try to silence the Young Nats, then next year they will be expecting thousands of volunteer hours from them.  

Lack of interaction means conference is so boring that most delegates will spend the main sessions looking at their cellphones reading the news and finding out what is actually going on. I imagine I will see a massive spike in traffic from Nelson over the weekend.

Conferences used to be fun, interesting and interactive. Now delegates are herded like sheep and told to listen, not speak. It is no longer an opportunity to exchange ideas with MPs, it is an opportunity for delegates to be spoken down to by MPs who no longer think they need to listen. By having teh conference in Nelson they have ensured that the last remaining conference entertainment…baiting protestors…has been taken away.

Maybe they could ask some impertinent questions…like why did the party spend $2 million on an old brick building in the heart of an earthquake prone city? or perhaps, Will the National party support White Ribbon Day this year?


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