What do the National party stand for?


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My thoughts:

I have some questions for the National party members of parliament. Can anyone of you tell me in clearly defined terms what the National party stand for today?

I ask because I sure as heck don’t know. Please don’t frame the answer in general platitudes such as Simon Bridges came out with, such as aspirations and opportunities. They are meaningless generalities. Do any of you know the founding principles of the party and, if you do, have you conveniently forgotten them?

Those of us whom you chose to shaft by voting as you did yesterday deserve an answer. Your actions were nothing short of a betrayal of those who put you there and those who pay your highly inflated salaries. If you can’t listen to those whom you serve then you don’t deserve to be in parliament.

We who support the National party are not fools. We do not wish to be treated like members of a union where you sign up, pay your dues and then have no say in what happens.

I saw a report in a Stuff article that you were getting annoyed at the barrage of emails you were getting in support of a particular candidate. So, instead of acting in accordance with the wishes of us, your voters, we got the Churchillian salute and were basically told to get lost.

Do you have any idea of your basic responsibilities and the reason you are there? Your responsibilities are to us, the people who put you there with the hope that you might do something worthwhile or at least adhere to the party principles.

Let me tell you, from our perspective, the National party are fast becoming a sad relic of their former self. It is not a centre party as Simon Bridges said on ZB; it is a party competing with the hopeless lot on the other side for the centre-left ground. Why do you think you got bombarded with emails imploring you to elect Judith Collins? I’ll tell you: it’s because she was the only one to come out and state that National needed to move back to being a centre-right party, where it belongs.

Those who emailed you want EXACTLY THAT. Until that message resonates with whatever it is you have between your ears then God help you because, as sure as night follows day, we won’t.

The sad outcome of this debacle is that the people whom I am talking about don’t know who to vote for now. My advice to you is to wake up from that incestuous little beltway bubble you inhabit and start listening to us, effectively your employer, the direction we want you to take the party and the policies we want to see enacted.

We want real points of difference. Unlike you, we are not happy to sit around and wait for Cindy’s crowd to self-destruct, highly likely though that may be.

You should be proud to stand as an MP for the principles of the party. Here’s an analogy if it will help. Think of yourself as an All Black pulling on a jersey before a game. Like the ABs, get on the same page as your supporters.

Otherwise… well, you work it out.

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