(cartoon by phillip and lukas ure..)
ed: anyone surprised by how the national party has been exposed as a corrupt/favours (not to mention mp’s) for sale sad/pathetic excuse for a political party…should not be so..
this is the natural outcome for/from a party that embraced neoliberalism with even more fervour than the party that spawned that bastard ideology in nz…labour..
the party of douglas/prebble and all those other ‘labour’ politicians who fucked up/sold out new zealand/ers…now seem to pulled back from that precipice…and have turned back to doing what a political party should do..care for the people/citizens/country…(and not before bloody time…clark sure as hell missed that bus..)
but not so national..
i would suspect that the most successful national party mp ever..keith holyoake would not be a happy camper at how corrupt/uncaring his party has become..
‘cos for all his tory faults..holyoake believed in the soundness of the welfare-nets etc. put in place by labour mk one..
and this recent most vile example of how far the national party has sunk..how they hounded/persecuted the most weak/vulnerable with that meth-contamination moral-panic they fed/induced..and how they evicted state house tenants/families on testing outcomes that they knew were faulty/wrong..
(and i know they knew – ‘cos in mid-2016 paula bennett admitted to me (in front of a large audience.).that the tests were faulty..and were being re-evaluated.).
but that (admitted) knowledge didn’t stop bennett/the national govt. from continuing to evict tenants..based on these tests they knew were wrong…
(and has bennet shown a whit of remorse/regret over what she did..?..hell no..!..she would do it all again – and more – in a bloody heartbeat..)
what the fuck is wrong with these people..?…that they would do this to vulnerable families….they just have no fucken moral-compass….they just don’t fucken care…
so it really is no surprise that they are now revealed as being so so corrupt..so so for sale…
which brings us to jami-lee ross and simon bridges…and the current brouhaha..
now in the interests of fair disclosure – i must admit that both of these sorry specimans are two of the tory politicians i resile from the most..
i suggested on twitter that they could maybe nude-wrestle to settle their differences – but noted they would have to be sprinkled with sand – or something – as they are both so oily..
so seeing jami-lee ross falling in flames – and holding firmly onto simon bridges as he does – has caused me nothing but schadenfreude overdoses/relapses..
i care not a jot for both of them..nor their corrupt party..(that’s the disclaimers out of the way..)
which brings us to now….simon bridges is dead man walking…that much is a given..and we can all watch that happen in slow (or fast) motion..so no need to talk about him any more..
ross is promising to dish all the dirt he has on national – going back nine years….he engineered the downfall/cover-up of todd barclay affair…through the key years…
and even if the national party use the waka-jumping legislation (they voted against) to throw ross out of parliament – that will not stop him flinging the dirt…going back nine years…he just won’t be able to do it under parliamentary privilege…
so whichever way – it’s gonna be a lot of fun for political-junkies like me..
and it is hard to see this not hurting nationals’ poll-ratings……as the rot/corruption is bought to light..many (decent people) who have been national voters..will find it hard to stomach…
just how far they will fall out of favour is yet to be seen..
which brings us to the future…who will be the next leader of what remains of the national party…?
the obvious contenders are all as unpalatable as each other…..and each in their own way benchmarks/textbook examples of the neoliberal politician…
paula ‘meth-test’ bennett can be dismissed just because of that….she is the public face for national of that vile/uncaring policy/scam…that’s all you need to know about her..prime minister bennett..?..yeah..nah..eh..?
then there is collins..she is nationals’ trump-card….the one to turn to when fascism is seen as the only option..
it’s easy to imagine collins standing amongst the smoking craters of the self-immolated national party – exulting: ‘mine..!..all mine..!’
she really is the wild-card option…the choice of/from despair…when there is nowhere left to turn…
and speaking of nowhere left to turn also brings us to mark ‘the mercenary’ mitchell..
now i know that the national party is riddled/sodden with former tobacco-lobbyists – and other such pond-scum..
but i think mitchell is their first (former) killer for hire…which is what a mercenary soldier is..which is what mark mitchell is/was..
there was a telling interview when he stood for leader last time..where a fawning m.s.m. journalist (i forget which one) asked mitchell if during his time as a mercenary..if he had killed people…..mitchell answered with narrowing eyes..and a knowing smirk/half-smile….(the fucken journalist gave every sign he came in his pants at this killer-revelation..i swear..!..)
and this is what mark mitchell is..he is one who has killed for money…
and really…..what is a mercenary soldier but (military) neoliberalism writ large..?….that uncaring about consequences for real human beings..and all done just for money..?
so really…mitchell is kind of a good fit with national..if they are being honest about what they are/where they are at..
but once again..new zealanders are going to vote in as prime minister a former killer-for-hire..?…i don’t think so…
in the short-term national might have to go for an obvious caretaker leader..?..a brownlee..?…
and of the other younger national party mp’s..a lot will depend on who is still left standing after ross stops playing with that elon musk flamethrower he has on order..
and is about to deploy..
so put yer feet up – pace yrslves..this still has quite a way to run…
and must see the end of the national party as we now know it…
and the last rites for many of the current ‘faces’ in the party….