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What were National’s founding principles?

On a tiny, very niche political NZ blog yesterday I came across a post about National’s founding principles.

The writer said that he had seen a few calls from National voters for National to ‘return’ to their founding principles and he then used this quote to illustrate his point.

I don’t want National to move left or right. I want National to stand up for their founding principles. They display them on their website, after all. Wouldn’t it be nice if they actually followed them?

The quote seemed very familiar so I did a google search and low and behold the person the writer was quoting was none other than Whaleoil’s editor who is hardly a typical run of the mill National voter. In fact, he didn’t even vote National at the last election.

According to the tiny, niche blog’s editor (this is an inside joke by the way, as he regularly calls Whaleoil a small niche blog):

…founding principles may sound fine at the time, but the country and the world moves on. Founding principles of Christianity are not as relevant a couple of millennia later.[…]

The National party was created after a merging of the Reform and United parties in 1936.



Do any of you think that any of the items on that list are no longer relevant or are outdated?

Do any of you think that the founding principles of Christianity are not as relevant today as they were at the beginning?

Do Christian values and principles really go out of fashion?

The tiny, niche blog’s editor believes that:

A party campaigning on National’s 1936 principles would be lucky to make the 5% threshold.

Would you vote for those principles?

The National party’s rewritten principles since 2003 are:

Our Values

Less debt, more jobs, strong stable government

The National Party has always valued enterprise, hard work and the rewards that go with success. We will continue to aspire to a New Zealand where all New Zealanders can flourish.

We believe this will be achieved by building a society based on the following values:

  • Loyalty to our country, its democratic principles, and our Sovereign as Head of State
  • National and personal security
  • Equal citizenship and equal opportunity
  • Individual freedom and choice
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Competitive enterprise and reward for achievement
  • Limited government
  • Strong families and caring communities
  • Sustainable development of our environment

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