Taxpayer funded Ben Uffindel in the Herald on Sunday

Ben Uffindel writes a piece for the Herald on Sunday.

I do wonder though where the promotor statement is, he is after all running a political party this election and is being funded by taxpayer to do so.

Nevertheless he is quite funny when he tries.

As I watched Thursday night’s debate between a relaxed blue tie and a concerned red tie, I couldn’t help but feel our country needed a similar rebranding.

How you perceive this election really depends on your political allegiance.

If you’re a big National supporter, you’ve got nothing to worry about, and subsequently nothing to invest in.

If you hate National, there’s a high chance you think this is the most important election of our generation, that this is the most right-wing government in New Zealand history, and there’s a vague chance your house is bugged.

I envy you in your fantasy world, Martyn Bradbury, because if you’re absolutely anyone else, it’s boring.

Heh, if anyone thinks that the rather pink tinged party of John Key is hard right, when they have retained every single one of Labour’s big spending policies from the Clark era then you seriously unhinged.

And it’s not just boring because it isn’t truly competitive; it’s boring because the issues I heard discussed on Thursday night were the same four or five issues I’ve heard discussed for the entirety of my life, and the changes being proposed in those areas – while significant in the context of the status quo – are actually very minor in the scale of possible change. Sometimes I just wish John Key would come out and say: “We’re selling it. We’re selling it all. Everything. To Burger King.”

Sure, it might not be a good idea, but at least something would happen, and not just slowly through the cruel and gradual process of macroeconomics; but rather suddenly, violently and with visible consequence to those who aren’t poor.

If we want our young people engaged in politics, the least we can do is force it on them against their will by doing something so outrageous they have to react.

Perhaps I just wish our elections were more ambitious, less safe, bold, with no pale pastels.

This is what MMP has forced on us. Tinkering at the margins for no discernible benefit. Governments of all shades are too timid to really shake things up.

The last government to really shake things up was Labour, from 1984-1990. Those reforms would never happen under MMP. Instead we have ‘brown bread’ politics, not really tasty and rather bland, but supposedly nutritious.


– Herald on Sunday


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