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Are you voting for the party that best represents your views?

I consider myself an Act supporter but was shocked by the results of the political quiz I took that revealed that the majority of policy positions that I support are not Act policies. In fact, Act was not even included in the 4 party possibilities given to me and NZ First came in second place. According to the quiz I side with the National Party on most political issues with NZ First a close second. Unless the quiz is seriously flawed and didn’t include all the New Zealand political parties, Act is either not as conservative as I thought it was or I am more liberal than I thought I was.

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Although Hitler was a Chancellor, he didn’t have as much power. The Communist party was still a threat. Then a key event happened. The Reichstag – German Parliament – was burned a few months after Hitler came to the power and the blame was assigned to the Communists. Following the burning, President Hindenburg clamped down the Communists and repressive measures were taken on all other political parties.

How Adolf Hitler Came to Power

The story of why Hitler came to power is about the reasons why the German people lost their senses and allowed a vicious madman to come to power.?Hitler was a brilliant speaker, and his eyes had a peculiar power over people.???He was a good organiser and politician. He was a driven, unstable man, who believed that he had been called by God to become dictator of Germany and rule the world. This kept him going when other people might have given up. His self-belief persuaded people to believe in him.

Hitler’s rise to power was based upon long-term factors – resentment in the German people, the weakness of the Weimar system – which he exploited through propaganda (paid for by his rich, Communist-fearing backers), the terror of his stormtroopers, and the brilliance of his speeches.

During the ‘roaring twenties’ Germans ignored this vicious little man with his programme of hatred.?? But when the Great Depression ruined their lives, they voted for him in increasing numbers.?? Needing support, and thinking he could control Hitler, President Hindenburg made the mistake in January 1933 of giving Hitler the post of Chancellor.

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From the passenger seat: It’s only just begun

by Pete

If you haven’t yet, read Cam’s 8:00am article first.

We have gone through a period where people have asked me how I can possibly be associated with “someone like” Cameron Slater. ?We’ve been quiet, taking the blows, day after day. ?Occasionally a post to warn people to choose which side of history they want to be on.

As with Kim Dotcom, when we told people to pick carefully, this particular story has had too many people pile on top of Cameron thinking that the guy who laughs at dead babies, calls people feral and is generally unpleasant (all extreme distortions floated by his enemies) was going down. ?As happens in cases like these, when people sense blood on the floor, they pile in.

Personally, I am bursting at the seams. ?I’ve been wanting to tell the story for months now. ?But being quiet and letting the investigations continue have paid off. ?We don’t care who rawshark is. ?We’ve known for months. ?We don’t care who paid him. ?We’ve known for months. ? The patience to stay quiet has taken some energy, and it is still not the right time to tell all. Read more »

The act of an ambitious weirdo

The Young Nats had a reasonable weekend pushing through a remit int he face of some backroom bullying to have it spiked. These young activists have more fight and heart than many of the old school. The older Young Nats are reasonably sensible but there area ?few loons.

Young Labour too has more than a few useful activists, though some slightly older ex-activists shake their heads in amazement at their antics, which may be contributing to them not participating.

This is not unusual. The same happens the world over.?

To those of my generation, it’s assumed that anyone who joins a political party is a brown-nosing careerist. They spout pompously like spokesmen, attach their party to their Twitter handles ? ToryMinx or LabourLad ? and backstab to gain the 15 votes they need to become president of their university club. You wouldn’t want to be stuck in a lift with these people. They’re more interested in manifestos than personal hygiene.? Read more »

National should take note

Party Conferences have become sterile show pieces for the major parties in New Zealand. None more so than National. This year they allowed a few remits…they were passed resoundingly with large majorities, one, a remit on removing payroll protection for union dues was passed unanimously. The parliamentary wing of the party, in particular the leadership have quietly shelved that remit…and any efforts to push that forward.

It then raises the valid question of why the conferences are even necessary when they are just show pieces and the members are ignored.

The same thing is happening in the UK and there are rumbles of discontent.

What we do know is that decades on the party machines are arm-locked, financially and culturally, to a model that closes down rather than opens up space. The passes, the stalls and the fundraising dinners ? rake in the cash. And the remotest sign of debate, let alone division, is viewed as toxic and squashed. So they are as stage managed as the Kremlin on May Day.? The conferences themselves are no longer held in cheaper seaside venues like Blackpool or Bournemouth ? only the more swanky city centers that have the hotels for the corporate hoards (of which I was one once) will now do. So any activist has to pay a small fortune to be bored to death, treated as wallpaper to a bleached and desiccated leader’s speech that everyone forgets by the next day.? They are glorified trade shows held in airless, lifeless exhibition centres that might as well be discussing paint as politics.

Fewer people will attend this year’s events than ever before. Fewer journalists because there is nothing to report, fewer activists because nothing really happens and even fewer lobbyists because most of the MPs have stopped going.? Is this the choice ? death by entryism or death by boredom? Surely the real danger is that no one caress, not that a few care too much.

Changes are required by politicians are both timid and ultimately cowards in the face of a strong party:

It means the security barriers need to come down, not just in the streets around the conference centers but in the minds of a political class who fear debate, difference and democracy, rather than cherish it. Let the people and the ideas in ? open up and out. Have votes. Why, for instance, isn?t the Labour conference being billed as the Forum for Responsible Capitalism? Give it a theme, let anyone come and discuss a skeleton paper and add their ideas and thoughts ? you could build a manifesto in a week with a few flip charts and post-it notes. Why not? Because the parties don?t trust their own members, let alone the public.

But every leader’s speech will call for a new politics and the public will spot the yawning gap between what they say and what they do ? that?s, of course, if they bother to pay any attention at all.

National would do well to listen to the party…ultimately they are the ones who get to decide whether or not the MP remains and I sense some challenges coming out of the woodwork unseating lazy and indifferent politicians before they even get to the ballot box.