for helping to challenge what should never have happened in this country –
– government without consent –
First, and vitally important, thank you very much indeed you those who have so imaginatively and generously donated to our movement to claim back our country. Your support is essential to be able to fund advertising, posters – whatever we need to get our 100 Days – known the length and breadth of this country. Through each individual supporting us, we get the chance to become a real grass roots movement – and to give New Zealanders hope that there is indeed a much better way forward – and that it is achievable.
Thank you, too, those who have subscribed and supplied e-mail addresses for new postings. If each of you lets just one more person know about this website…so that they, too, can receive information about the directions ahead…and if you ask them to let just one more person know… who will know just one more person who would like to know…
This is the way ideas take wings –
– people reaching out to help –
If there’s one thing the tragedy of the Christchurch earthquake has reminded us of, it’s that overwhelmingly, New Zealanders are a fine and generous people who respond magnificently to challenges. All over the country hundreds of groups of individuals have organised themselves into action groups. They didn’t wait for the government to do it for him. The State’s role will be seen in the long term to have been supportive and secondary, with its responsibility to underpin recovery, for which, of course, all New Zealanders will pay – the State, as such has no income. Our political leaders have been the focus for media commentary, and understandably, finely pitched speeches. No one doubts their sincerity, or that they are any less genuinely caring than all other New Zealanders sharing the shock and grief of our country – the lost lives, the broken buildings, the hardship and sadness inflicted on so many.
And yet, I was reminded by a comment from the eastern, less favoured area of Christchurch where people have been much longer waiting for portable toilets, water and power – and where the leader of one political party ignored those nearby who would have welcomed an opportunity to put their case. He paused instead in favour of an invaluable photo opportunity with Army personnel. It is, after all, election year.
Meanwhile it has one been brought home to us how very competent New Zealanders are, given the chance. The generosity, inventiveness, initiative, courage and sheer heroism shown by so many has been a source of pride for all New Zealanders, here and overseas. Many have come home to help. Even more wish they could.
Why then are New Zealanders so persistently and shamefully excluded by government from making their own decisions about the directions in which they want their country to go? Why does this country no longer have a representative democracy where electorate MPs stand up in Parliament to respect their constituents’ wishes, even if, to do so, they must oppose the agenda of self-willed party leaders – and the usual behind-the-scenes deal-making?
It would be difficult to find one New Zealander who fails to realise that the country has got itself into a mess these recent decades. Or rather, political decisions by each of the major parties has got the country into this state of affairs. We have gradually become a poorly-performing economy according to OECD ratings, and particularly in relation our more politically astute Australian neighbours.
This hasn’t been the fault of so-called ordinary New Zealanders. And especially it has not been the fault of the committed and dedicated successive writers and thinkers, who, in many disparate groupings, or as individuals, have long been fighting to draw New Zealanders ‘attention to what has happened to the country. One such among many others such was Geoff McDonald, who wrote his prescient books drawing attention to the agenda behind what has been happening as in Shadows over New Zealand. We owe a considerable debt to this extraordinary individual who detailed the planning of those whose deliberate intent was to infiltrate and undermine this country – and who have succeeded extremely well in doing so.
I owe a particular debt to a former World War II pilot, Cliff Emeny, a New Zealander who was shot down in Japanese-occupied Burma, landed a crippled plane successfully to save his crew, and was imprisoned and constantly tortured to reveal what he knew of the Allies’ strategic positioning. Those who fought for freedom were, in those decades after the war, far more aware (than our 20s, 30s and 40s age group of New Zealanders, heavily indoctrinated through our highly politicised education system) that it can never be taken for granted. It was Cliff Emeny who, when I was a regular independent Dominion colomnist, subsequently producing my journal, The Best Underground Press – Critical Review drew my attention to the provision that made Switzerland the most democratic, and therefore the most successful country in the world. We cannot have one without the other.
And there is one particular provision that the Swiss insisted on when they realised that they did not yet have a genuine democracy – for all their constitutional safeguards. This was the 100 days – see our Welcome and Concept pages.
Isn’t it high time for New Zealanders to themselves have a far more relevant say for this to be a far better achieving country? Whoever would argue that politicians, often very much controlled by their entrenched bureaucracies, should have a monopoly on the directions that affect us all?
– Without our consent –
We are close to a tipping point in this country, where behind-the-scenes a draft constitution is being heavily influenced in its philosophy and with regard to our social directions by highly politicised individuals who can well be regarded as part of the reason for the fact that our economy has for too long performed poorly, our courts have become politicized, and control of much of our land and resources is passing – and is now poised to pass, possibly forever – out of the hands of New Zealanders as a whole.
Have we been consulted? No. As always the pretence of consultation will be foisted upon us. Remember those various referenda signed by hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders in recent years and completely ignored by our governments of the day? So much for democracy.
Nothing changes. Nothing will change, until New Zealanders realise that if they want a democracy – want to fight not to retain it, but to reclaim it – nobody can do it for them. Nothing replaces individual action. It will have to be the input of individuals themselves making a practical stance at last against the political oligarchy now overruling us which can, and will. Change our directions.
At present so many individuals from heartland New Zealand try to avoid thinking about politics at all. It depresses them, the knowledge that they are being manipulated, over-controlled, used – and that they largely simply don’t count, except around election time. It is not so much a question of apathy – but of deep anger. Very many haven’t a clue about who they will vote for at the next election – they don’t want to vote for any of the major parties. However, at the same time they are perturbed at the ongoing promotion of what is now essentially apartheid-type separatism in this country. They will fight with the only really effective weapon, they have, at the ballot box, if they begin to realise that the wise use of their vote vote can and will help to claim back this country.
Consider this report : “The government has signed the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.”
Who gave it permission to? Did the government consult New Zealanders? No. The National government has such a basic contempt for New Zealanders that Pita Sharples, Minister of Maori Affairs, and a good buddy of Prime Minister John Key, essentially sneaked off to New York, telling nobody (our media (the supposed watchdogs of democracy, were prevented from knowing) to sign this unnecessary and vexatious document – without our permission – but with John Key’s.
No international agreement is signed in Switzerland until the Swiss people have agreed to it. For some reason they are regarded as adult citizens who must be consulted – and to in fact, instruct their government what it should do. The Swiss people always make the decisions themselves.
And again. National thumbs its nose at the public over its broken promise to abolish the Maori seats. It ignores the views of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders, and proposes to sell us out to years of trouble ahead with activist and mercenary iwi conjuring up further highly inventive claims of foreshore and seabed ownership. The majority of Maori are just as concerned about the troubled future ahead for their children as is the rest of the country.
Politics by oligarchic rule? There have been so many examples in recent years of decision-making with no consultation with the people of this country! One particularly shocking example we should never forget was the “pacifist” Helen Clark’s decision to destroy the combat wing of the New Zealand air force. Highly debatable too, was the contradiction between Geoffrey Palmer’s trenchant criticism of the unbridled power of politicians matched, however, by his essentially exercising it, by pushing through a record number of laws without any consultation with New Zealanders who were going to be affected by these – and worse – doing so under urgency. While he has been consistently virtually fawned upon by the media, Palmer is held by many New Zealanders as responsible for his enthusiastic endorsement of power being transferred from Parliament (in theory at least accountable to the public) to a judicial oligarchy which not only is unaccountable to New Zealanders but has had made troubling rulings in recent years. This former Prime Minister enthused about the Court of Appeals judgment in relation to the State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986, hailing it as “constitutional litigation of a new and exciting type”. Others might well have regarded it as judicial activism, this court appropriating to itself powers which rightly belonged to Parliament.
We have travelled a long way indeed down a troubled path away from a genuine democracy, and few would dispute the fact that even if we discount the distortion of our political system by MMP, at the heart of things is the fact that we need an ordered and practical restoring of lost freedoms and initiatives to where they belong, to New Zealanders themselves.
As the eminent and brilliant Emeritus Professor David Flint, formerly head of the Australian Press Council, head of the Australian broadcasting Corporation, awarded World Outstanding Legal Scholar, World Jurists Association, Barcelona, in October 1991, a Member of the Order of Australia, has written with all the wisdom of a lifetime’s experience in the legal, academic, political and media milieu:
“Politicians can be disappointing, can’t they?
I have come to the conclusion that the only way to control them is through your proposal.” … His is a valuable and outstanding endorsement.
Our 100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand initiative is now here for the long term. It owes allegiance to no political party, group, or faction, nor may any other group or organisation speak for us. It quite simply stands for and with the help of individual New Zealanders themselves. As one commentator put it – It stands above politics
Our recommendation to New Zealanders is to keep watching this website, as we lay out strategic directions ahead.
Yes, we know that most politicians who are given power over others, are, because of the corrupting nature of that same power, going to be extremely reluctant to yield any of it. In other words, the political classes who now rule us will be almost invariably implacably opposed to the notion that New Zealanders should have a chance to themselves scrutinise the legislation being inflicted on them, and to judge for themselves whether or not they consent to be governed by it.
However, there is no higher wisdom with which politicians are endowed which gives them an intellectual or moral superiority over the country at large. On the contrary, deal-making, pragmatism, the monopoly of power and a lack of principle have become the invariable characteristics of the rule of political parties – and their leaders on both sides of the House.
Coming soon: How not to waste your vote in the next election – and how to make it count.
We have a precedent: the most successful country in the world, which, while we face a worldwide recession has a balance of trade surplus; a multilingual population living peacefully side-by-side with no separatist provisions for special funding; excellent public schools and world-renowned hospitals; a network of trams and buses to every village, and a government which takes its directions and makes its decisions only with the will of not in opposition to its people
The key to Swiss success? The 100 days provision which guarantees that the Swiss government acts only with the consent of the people.
Who would argue that we are a lesser people, who deserve less?
© Amy Brooke