Bob Jones normally votes Labour. Not this time



When I wrote recently that this election was done and dusted, a storm of protest erupted on the New Zealand Herald’s website from Labour’s deeply unattractive, rabid tribalists. Abuse aside, the common theme was that I’m a die-hard National supporter. That gave great amusement given that I last voted National in 1981.

Excepting twice Act and the New Zealand Party in 1984, I’ve voted Labour ever since. Policies, not parties are my guide. But while I’ve given financial support to Labour MP friends, I certainly don’t want to see a change of government.

Aside from other disturbing considerations, a Labour government is currently only possible by incorporating the most abysmal line-up of no-hopers ever to have presented themselves in our history.

The Nats’ rowing boat television advertisement is spot-on, consequently this time National will get my Party vote, although I’ll opt for the Labour seat incumbent.

Staunch Labour voter Bob Jones can’t stomach the idea of a Labour/Green/Mana/Internet/NZ First government either.  And who can blame him?  If he votes on policy, and he’s being truthful about that, then what on earth does anyone think they are voting for?   Nobody knows which policies will be left standing after coalition agreements are signed.

He then gets stuck into Colin Craig  

Why then has Colin Craig spent so much personal money, forcing him, in his own words, to have to live frugally, to pursue propositions one could hardly be impassioned about, moreso given the ridicule he’s copped for some of his nuttier observations? My supposition as to his motives can be best explained by reverting to the early 1970s when Brian Edwards was our kingpin current affairs television broadcaster. When a nondescript sadsack, Colin King-Ansell, announced the formation of a Nazi Party, Brian couldn’t help himself and instead of ignoring him, brought him to Avalon to do a pre-recorded programme. Brian subsequently said it was the worst moment of his television career. Why? Because to get King-Ansell there, he needed to charm him. But once the cameras rolled he proceeded to massacre him for 30 minutes. Deeply embarrassed, given how he’d first wooed then butchered King-Ansell, Brian then fled, only to be called back. A technical fault had wrecked the film. “Colin’s happy to do it again,” Brian was told and so, aghast, he returned and proceeded to kick King-Ansell from wall to wall all over again. “I thought that went well,” King-Ansell said afterwards, plainly delighted at being the centre of attention with our then best known celebrity. Talking about this subsequently with Brian brought home the realisation of King-Ansell’s motives. He was a nobody and even if it meant ridicule, at least he was now nationally known.

This behaviour is often the motivation behind American political assassinations; that is to attain instant fame, albeit at the price of hatred. So too with notorious murders where publicity-seekers waste police time by “confessing”, a common occurrence.

…and bloggers?

I suspect something similar drives Colin Craig, an innocuous fellow, but now star-struck and nationally known with a band of admiring supporters and candidates to idolise him. He should realise one truth about elections. Start a party to prohibit eating peas, then call for candidates and they will appear in droves, all chasing a fleeting ray of public attention otherwise beyond them.

This also applies to the Internet Party ‘candidates’, who are actually paid PR consultants.   They really believe their own PR and think they are leading a true movement.

Not so.  They will be as significant as all the NZ Idol winners are to New Zealand right now.

If Colin Craig had put all the money he’s spent on his vanity project into a charitable trust, and worked as hard for that as he has trying to get the Conservative Party into parliament, he would undoubtedly be both more beneficial to society at large, and thought of better as well.


– Wanganui Chronicle

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