In the past, the political spectrum was much more clearly divided between left and right.
But over the years people have gravitated to that fat belly called "the centre". This has probably as much to do with it being a western world comfort zone than anything else. Our recent elections have been fought and won in this no man's land. Our governments have responded by passing laws and collecting taxes to entrench it. MMP thrives on it.
People can hang out in the centre, knowing that no real harm will come to them and their risks are minimised. The government will be there to hold their hand.
The fundamental problem with the centre is that it breeds mediocracy, laziness and risk adversion. The much vaunted saviour to our current woes, "higher productivity", becomes meaningless as people have forgotten how to really achieve it or, even worse, it is all too much like hard work.
People should choose to give their whole hearted support to either one side of the ledger or the other.
By hanging out in the soft belly they are living in a fool's paradise.
There isn't a more capable man on the planet than John Key to manage and even trim our fat belly, but he is ultimately doomed to failure unless we as a people harden up and give him a clear mandate to move things out of the comfort zone we can't afford.
Otherwise we will wake up one day to discover that all we hold dear has packed up and moved on.
December 21 in history
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