Are the Greens even sane?

Photo Ross Giblin, Dominion Post, Fairfax.

Guest post

Looking at the Greens and the labour party and their current antics, you really do have to wonder.

Take the Greens for example. Me Tu was about to be outed by an external party (so it was claimed), so uses the Green party conference to announce that she has defrauded the taxpayers of NZ and not only does she have no regrets, she insists that she has done the right thing and encourages others to do likewise.

Now, OK – all parties have some questionable entities and occasionally a skeleton is unearthed (eg. Taito Philip Field). Like any cancer, the offending cell has to be isolated and excised with extreme prejudice. For the good of the living entity, the expulsion has to be immediate and remedial action to repair the damage must occur.

If the isolation and expulsion is not immediate, other body parts may fail – and ultimately the organism may die.

This is what has happened with the Greens. Instead of immediately isolating and expunging the cancer (Me Tu), Shaw and co embraced it, calling it both just and right! Kennedy et al, resigned, forcing Me Tu to leave as leader but the cancer remains and flourishes in the organism. To me the death of the Greens is now inevitable – no matter the result on the 23rd September.

Now to the question of sanity.

Anyone with a moral compass knows the difference between right and wrong. The vast majority of citizens are law abiding and are repulsed when they see anything underhand.

So why would the Greens take this position?

There are two sides to the Greens, the socialists, led by Me Tu and James Shaw – and the environmentalists led by the likes of Kennedy Graham.

The socialists applauded – they could see no wrong – the end justifies the means – rules only apply to others etc.

The environmentalists are now gone. They were appalled by Me Tu’s actions and due to their subsequent protests have been expelled (along with their voters!)

So the answer is – of course they are not insane! The remaining socialists (I’m being kind here!) can’t stop telling each other how well they have done and isn’t it great we have finally gotten rid of that pesky Green lot!

Now to labour.

What do people most hate about government and the bureaucracy?

In my humble opinion its all about Tax and how much money is taken from us.

Most of us are compassionate and do not want people to suffer – but – and its a big but – people are also selfish. Compassion comes a distant second when policy affects our back pocket.

In my opinion, the last labour government was kicked out for three distinct reasons –

1. The NZ population saw their incomes decreasing while the tax burden and interests rates kept increasing.
2. The bureaucracy had increased dramatically – yet services were failing (eg. the hospitals)
3. The government was overly interfering in peoples lives (light bulbs and shower heads anyone!)

So what does the labour party propose this election.

1. .To introduce new tax’s – but we are not allowed to know what or even how much? (affect on back pocket – major!)
2. To dramatically increase government spending by some $23B over three years (more bureaucracy anyone?)
3. Change our working environment by introducing “new” workplace legislation – from the labour website – Increase the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour, to take effect from 1 April 2018, and introduce legislation to improve fairness in the workplace.

We all know what “fairness” means – compulsory something!!

So the three things that got them kicked out, they blithely propose to re-introduce this term.

Definition of insanity – to do the same thing over and over again – expecting a different result.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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