New Zealand right now seems to be bereft of political figures who will boldly state what needs to be said, and defend freedom.
The National Party in its current state reminds me of Ted Heath’s Conservatives in Britain. They are weak, wet, managers of Labour’s reforms, and the minute someone questions their convictions they either back down or pretend they are doing something else. There is a definite sense that in order to be popular, right wing views need to compromise and “be reasonable” to accommodate what is seen as a left-leaning electorate.
Case in point David Farrar’s blog. Occasionally he will say the right thing, but much of it is hand-wringing and compromise. One particular view that jumped out at me was on the Crafar Farms issue:
I should state my view on the Pengxin bid. It is:
Ministers should follow the recommendations of the Overseas Investment Office…
That was the first bit, and I didn’t read any further. In that sentence Farrar has already conceded the argument! But the correct view on this issue is that we should allow foreign capital to flow into our country to create jobs and wealth without any hindrance. There is no compromise view. The Overseas Investment Office serves no good purpose whatsoever and should be abolished. It costs New Zealand’s economy hugely.
What is so hard about standing up for this view? And why is it so hard for National politicians and bloggers to make such a simple argument?
New Zealand desperately needs a Thatcher who can stand up to the Left and stand firm on principles like these. Otherwise the slow drift to poverty will continue while the Nats continue to smile and wave.