New Zealand’s upcoming election is, without question, one of the most important the country has held in decades.
It isn’t just a matter of policies to manoeuvre the country through the churning waters of Covid-19. It’s more fundamental. The neo-liberal paradigm that has essentially been the governmental ‘operating system’ since the 1980s is well past its use-by date. Strains are clear in society; and the options are to either keep going and wait until something breaks – or to start changing to a new paradigm. To me the choices seem fairly clear:
Option A: “Let’s be kind and support each other to build a better future.”
Option B: “Contrary to our last promise, we’ll slash taxes and give the rich $52 a week. The poor get $8. BOW DOWN, MINIONS, BEFORE THE MIGHTY POWER OF THE ALL-DESTROYING CRUSHER! MUAHAHA! Oh, wait, we cocked up by $4 billion. Sorry. $8 billion. Ooh! Look over there! Bridge!”
Which way will the country go? I guess we’ll know after 17 October.
Meanwhile, here’s my list of the top five NZ politicians from history. They’re on it because their priority was organising – or supporting the organisation of – systems to support those whose misfortune was no fault of their own, uplifting those in need. Humanity has no higher cause. Here are their names:
- Michael Joseph Savage
- Peter Fraser
- Sir Walter Nash
- Robert Semple
- Norman Eric Kirk
I do hope New Zealand makes a sensible choice this election.
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