Monday, October 28, 2013

MEMO TO COLIN CRAIG

Calling your Party 'Conservative' doesn't give you the automatic right to that mantle.   Evidence of that is your announcement yesterday that the Conservatives would move to compulsorily acquire private land under the Public Works Act in order to expedite the building of residential housing.    While such an initiative would sit well with the Greens and the left wing of the Labour Party it certainly doesn't reflect genuine conservative values or thought.

It reinforces the view that 'your' Party is just that.   A pretend right wing answer to Winston First where dog whistle politics rule ok and rhetoric takes precedence over substance.    You will have to do a lot better to convince the electorate that you are a genuine player on the political right.

And it appears the electorate are starting to figure that out.   The latest Fairfax poll released this morning has National back over 50% while the Conservative numbers halved to just 0.7%.

Taking a break for the remainder of the week as I am in Christchurch.

4 comments:

gravedodger said...

The tag "Conservative" is as accurate as the socialists continued use of the "Tory" sobriquet, perhaps as you point out, more so with Craigs continuing attempt to create a space in the right of center political landscape.

Of more concern to me is the apparent softening of the Christian connection.

Nothing scares me more than someone employing their view of deity in support of their political policy. Education has either obscured or eliminated such basis for policy as many, far too many, have moved away from religion or should that be a personal belief system, in their daily lives.

Then of course there have been the spectacular falls from grace of so many religious leaders revealed as having feet of clay.
Didn't a certain under fire, as yet unsworn Mayor use family imagery and connection to the catholic church in what is now a rather tawdry exposed lack of personal morality?
Faith is best limited to a persons personal standards and not used as a prop on political advocacy.

That said much of what Craig proclaims will resonate with RoC voters until a clanger such as you highlight, reveals an inevitable "I know best", philosophy that seeems to permeate the thinking of so many political activists.

By all means have people such as Colin Craig proclaim personal beliefs, standards and traits in a profile but for all that is sacred, trust the people and the market to make decisions within the laws and concentrate on simplicity, constancy and freedoms within those laws.

Paulus said...

will have to consider next year giving my Party Vote to the Conservatives - anything to keep the Green led Labour, Winston, Mana from taking over New Zealand.

Drastic but MMP makes it so.

the conservative said...

"...to compulsorily acquire private land under the Public Works Act in order to expedite the building of residential housing. While such an initiative would sit well with the Greens and the left wing of the Labour Party it certainly doesn't reflect genuine conservative values or thought."

I think you have just answered it for yourself; it is merely a vote catching ploy to take votes off Labour/Greens. However, I think the mere dropping of the boundaries will eliminate the need for forced aquisition as that will automatically force competition.

paul scott said...

I must be missing something. Surely if the Conservatives get 5%, almost all of those votes would otherwise be Nat party. How does this help the centre right.