Ah, the poor dear found it “hurtful”. But what does “rogue” mean?

The feeling of apparent entitlement Metiria Turei seemingly had when cheating the system to obtain extra advantages as a solo parent is not new. But it seems to have reached epidemic proportions. What individuals claim they are “entitled to” rarely if ever now comes with the recognition that their claim must cost others. Society willingly consents to this  when the common good is involved, as, for example, with access for all to quality heath care – an access now demonstrably lessened with this National Party government’s unrealistic and damaging squeeze on hospital funding and services.  But when that feeling of entitlement involves cheating, for self-advantage, most people take a dim view.

And so with all those illegal activities – or, worse, crimes individuals commit across all levels of society. Take theft or robbery – among the most contemptible of all crimes – whether  the all too prevalent “nicking”…or the more ambitious forms of theft committed by trusted civil servants and  financial high fliers …and now by  drug dependants and too many of our young. Is this a surprise, when too many  children  no longer have much needed standards of right and wrong taught them as essential for society’s stability, even survival?

Isn’t it time to question why subjects that required supplying rigorous thinking aids to all children were gradually removed from schools – putting so many disadvantaged children in particular at even greater risk? And how very convenient that the constant sniggering, or sniping, at those Christian values which so long underpinned the West, occurred at the same time. Coincidence or agenda? The Ministry of Education’s neo-Marxist infiltrators, long calling the shots, hold the answers here. 

No matter how contemptible the crime, the moral responsibility for owning up to a mean or violent deed too often now elicits the self-excusing “I made a mistake” – a clichéd understatement,  and a lack of acknowledgment of a moral culpability. 

In an extraordinary and ill-judged example of group-think, the Green Party has shot itself in the foot by treating one of its probably most financially privileged MPs, Metiria Turei, as some sort of heroine. Contrariwise, it has treated two of its most respected MPs, who are apparently not willing to abandon conscience and put a good face on her cheating the system, as “rogue” MPs.

This is Alice in Wonderland territory, where words mean only what they are chosen to mean – neither more nor less. This may be highly convenient for the self-deceiving Greens and any media cohorts – but parts company with reality – and public perception. A dictionary definition of “rogue” is “dishonest or unprincipled…”or “…a large animal living apart from the herd, having …destructive tendencies.”  For media to condemn as “rogue” the two honest individuals who acted according to conscience “seems extraordinarily ironic. Shouldn’t they be retargeting their thinking?

The country knows the story. The co-leader of the Green Party, until her now change of mind,  was  reported as saying she had  no intention of stepping down, even if it costs her party (much-needed) votes. Presumably her sense of self-entitlement, twinned with her sense of self-esteem, was more important to her than how her colleagues will now now fare in the coming election. Because, twist the facts as one may, many New Zealanders undoubtedly feel a lack of respect for someone who cheated the system to gain more financial advantage – particularly so if she also had family help.  Worse, she has apparently been encouraging others to do the same. At the Green Party’s annual conference, Ms Turei unveiled a totally unrealistic, socially damaging major new policy to overhaul the welfare system. Its aim? Reportedly, to remove all sanctions to beneficiaries if they don’t meet obligations when receiving a benefit.

Well, well, well…This extraordinary encouragement to seemingly cheat the system (regardless of the fact that our welfare benefits have undergone a number of studies showing their damaging consequences) seems to be saying – Do as I did.

What many regard as encouraging dishonest behaviour has become enormously divisive – with good reason – regardless of the fact that the Green Party appeared to be living in La la Land- with a kind of happy-ever-after perception that everything was just fine. However, it isn’t. Those who remained poor but honest, with little or no family help, have a right to feel that Turei threw honesty to the wind – and to challenge her lack of any past attempt to pay back what she contrived for herself through fiddling the system. After all, her subsequent work as a lawyer commanding a very healthy salary of an estimated $150,000, presumably left her plenty of leeway to start paying back what she could, as soon as possible – had she sincerely regretted her actions. It seems that in fact she has misjudged the situation – apparently attempting to elicit sympathy at the conference for her own previous situation – to justify removing all sanctions against others who may be encouraged to follow her example.  

Metiria Turei now runs the risk of being viewed by many New Zealanders as incomprehensibly egoistic. And it is too late for the Greens to fall into damage control mode, because they made quite the wrong decision to apparently regard the two individuals who made a principled stand as beyond the pale.

A topsy-turvy land indeed, and Labour is not likely to benefit for long as its new inexperienced leader refrains from making any comment on its virtual partner-party. Jacinta Ardern may now be the media’s new young darling, but her unprofessional look,  with that now all-too fashionable unkempt hair style, is off-putting to those who would prefer any future leader to look capable and mature – not simply good at soundbites or speeches.

This country doesn’t need any more media personalities. It needs those who have had the knowledge and sense of history which enables an individual to read the writing on the wall – to articulate what is happening to us as a people, and to target how we can reclaim our country.

Politicians are no more saints than the rest of us. But we expect them to have principles. And their proven intent to fight for this country has become more necessary than ever.  But it’s not happening.

Nor is Metiria Turei the only politician to feel especially entitled. To their shame, our politicians collectively have long contrived special, unacceptable perks and privileges from us…superannuation access greater than what is available to the public, required to keep paying for this – the inexcusable largesse of taxpayer-provided, ongoing airfares for these often very wealthy individuals and their partners, post-parliament. But why? The rationale provided for such self-serving “entitlements” is more than weak.

The world-wide mood is one of being fed up with the political classes. And the nearest we have in this country to a perk-buster is gaining growing support. In spite of NZFirst’s apparently inability to mount effective spokespersons from its List, and its poor internal party organisation, the country is more and more turning to Winston Peters. This highly experiences politician has long warned about the very real threats, both internal and external, facing New Zealand.  

Peter is now seen as the nearest we have to a genuine and knowledgeable statesman among a line-up of yes-sir,  rigidly party-politicians , apparently pledged to not stiffen their spines when dealing with past reruns of damaging, autocratic  leadership, such as the wide-eyed and wily Helen Clark, and the glib John Key.  

NZFirst has promised for the future a genuine binding referendum on issues where it does not have a mandate from the public for not previously stated policy directions.

 Not enough yet  but we are on the way to where we New Zealanders  – not mere politicians  – will be making, as we ourselves should – the important decisions that affect us all. We are on the way to the 100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand. 

© Amy Brooke

**http://www.investigatemagazine.co.nz/Investigate/17341/amy-brooke-downplaying-the-very-real-threats-to-nz/?mc_cid=e632cab3ff&mc_eid=2eadea2444

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Tired of our media’s witch-hunts, and their political favouritism?

Election year – and we’re ill-served by partisan media – like Fairfax. Given their love affair with the National Party, when do they ever comment, for example, on the fact that good old Bill English, following on from good old John Key, and so often the mouthpiece for his boss when it came to making unpopular statements, admitted that “the government may beef up the Overseas Investment Office to make it quicker for foreigners to get permission to buy New Zealand assets.” ** As for their hate affair with Donald Trump, when do we ever get analysis as good as this? https://thefederalist.com/2017/06/07/james-comeys-latest-statement-is-an-indictment-of-comey-not-trump/

and https://spectator.org/prosecute-comey/

Not from the talking heads of our second-rate media,  who for weeks now have been obsessed with peddling whatever anti-Trump venom they can gleefully get hold of. And their cartoonists defy convention by their sheer nastiness…rather than insightfulness.

When our journalist deify themselves as Seekers after Truth and Justice, it’s always rather amusing. As far back as November 2016, senior media individuals, editors, deputy editors, etc. of our dailies, particularly of Fairfax, signed a full-page advertisement in national newspapers. They were vigorously arguing that the Commerce Commission’s decision to refuse a merger of Fairfax media and NZME (New Zealand Media and Entertainment…although they didn’t bother to explain this) was wrong. Congratulating themselves on having 30 editors signing their names to this open letter, they castigated the Commerce Commission for not sticking to “the economic analysis” but straying “into intangibles such as the quality of journalism, and unquantified risks to editorial independence.” Hmm.

In appealing to the general public they would have been wiser not to boast too much about the quality of journalism in this country, pretty awful at best in daily newspapers (and this is even when ignoring gratuitous mistakes in grammar and syntax).  No suggestion of balance is evident in relation to issues such as the near hysteria over supposed man-made global warming (even though well-established science journals are now back-peddling on this extraordinary, politicised phenomenon, and some well-regarded scientists are saying we are on the brink of another mini-ice-age. http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/611111/Former-government-expert-disproves-climate-change-and-says-world-will-soon-cool-down

However, editorial bias – and gullibility – has become so flagrantly obvious, with these dissenting voices suppressed in our mainstream media.  Moreover, lack of any objectivity in most editorials (unsigned, of course, although this luxury is not given to correspondents) is matched by the widespread knowledge that many letters to the editor are now suppressed simply because they annoy the letters editor, who doesn’t agree…so doesn’t want them to see the light of day. So much for fair debate.

It’s not just the extraordinary venom of the anti-Trump phenomenon fanned by the virulent rhetoric of the Left, and financially supported by Clinton supporters. Shockingly the latter are attempting to overthrow a legitimate change of Government in the USA – the verdict of the American people at election time – by unconstitutional means – by the misinterpretation and fabrication of facts – and even by the not so covert encouragement of violence.

For weeks now my own local Fairfax daily has published quite appallingly slanted  editorials buying into every anti-Trump denouément  – without making any attempt to provide their  dismantling – readily available by first-class investigative journalists abroad – but not, of course, any in this country. The Washington Post  has long been infamous for its unacceptable bias and its peddling of leaked and quite wrong information, no doubt on the premise that if enough lies are told they’ll eventually achieve what the Post so badly wants – the indictment of a president, regardless of the fact that that thoroughly dreadful pair, the Clintons (read Nobody Left to Lie To, by Christopher Hitchens, himself a Democrat who simply couldn’t defend the  widespread corruption that surrounded Bill Clinton’s presidency – let along Hillary’s lies).

Top overseas commentators now argue with good reason that if truth and justice prevailed, Hillary Clinton would now be behind bars. She was an inferior candidate who deservedly lost an election – but the darling of The Beautiful People, the Hollywood actors – whoops – Stars! –  media sycophants  and pop music celebrities never slow to advance their superior opinions. Every socially and morally destabilising issue pushed by the bullies of the Left has found a listening in Hillary (as with Obama) – whether supporting the horror of “partial birth” abortions (removing the brain from a baby emerging into the world”… or whether the new fashion for identifying oneself as transgender on the basis of arguing that identity choice beats natural biology. In the name of “tolerance”, the bully boys and girls on the Left demand that those in conscience opposing these and other new and destructive social practices must be punished, silenced, or hauled before the courts for “discrimination”.

In its obsession with Trump, no doubt  making mistakes along the way, but apparently determined in principle to respect his reform programme of returning respect for the forgotten people of America, blue collar workers and families, our media let us down. Those targeted by the” liberal Left” even include Christians,  now demonised by the media (though it has been Christian values which  have underpinned and stabilized our democracy).  Their extreme partisanship shown towards our former PM – the glib and slippery John Key, for example – contrasts with the bile heaped upon New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, which has been quite blatant. Yet Peters speaks more than any other politician for backbone New Zealanders.

Returning to the signed letter to the Commerce Commission, we can only shake our heads when we read, “ensuring that a diversity of views, perspectives, experiences and issues are covered is an editor’s most fundamental task.”

There’s more:  “…we have never been swayed by political or commercial influence.’’ And, to the Commission, “You say that it is important that members of society – government, corporate and private citizens – are not able to influence one provider with the opportunities for differing views to be expressed.  We agree, and as gatekeepers as of many of the most august newsrooms and publications in the country would never let that happen.”

Oh no. Dearie me… August? And it reads as if they actually believe it.

 Let’s remember that they said this, that they actually put it this into writing. And it let’s insist that from now onwards they translate their flowery rhetoric into actual practice. Starting with examining the phenomenon of hate being deliberately fanned against Trump in the US, and in this country and sheeting it home to where it belongs,  would be a belated start. Just some effort, at least,  to provide objectivity on crucial issues would make a nice change.

**http://www.investigatemagazine.co.nz/Investigate/17341/amy-brooke-downplaying-the-very-real-threats-to-nz/?mc_cid=e632cab3ff&mc_eid=2eadea2444

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The slippery path to racial separatism

Hello everybody, helping to claim back New Zealand…

The growing push towards racial separatism in this country is deplored by most New Zealanders – including those with partial Maori ancestry who do not benefit in the slightest from what now corporatised iwi continually pressure government to contrive – advantages for themselves only.

The former principle of equal rights and protection for all – in a genuine democracy – regardless of colour, race, gender or creed, has never been bettered. But our vote-buying government is steadily selling us out – and damaging social relationships – as well as our economy.

The Maori economy is now worth over $40 billion – courtesy of taxpayers’ pockets – (very little of which has reached any but powerful iwi ) – as a result of treaty settlements which were intended to help those genuinely disadvantaged. Instead, pseudo-tribes which actually manage to avoid paying any tax at all are constantly chasing even more money and power – and flexing their muscles. Pressure is being put not only on local government organisations for undemocratic, special representation – but universities and other institutions are giving way to moneyed iwi pressure to demand that scholarships be directed preferentially towards supposed Maori benefit – or given only to Maori – and that students be required to demonstrate “cultural sensitivity” before they are allowed to graduate!

These are quite shocking examples of cultural bullying – with complete disregard for the “cultural sensitivity” of all others – those who want their own very real values – their wish for a genuine democracy – to be prioritised.

The petition below deserves all our support. And we need to recognise, as individuals, that it is up to each of us to help claim back this country – and to object to our government, our political parties, our own MPs – about this growing apartheid – which it basically is. Apart from signing below, we can text or call our own MPs, our local body councillors, Ministers, the PM or write to our local newspapers – to object to these damaging policies. Or we can do nothing…

https://www.change.org/p/prime-minister-abolish-auckland-council-s-maori-statutory-board

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Recycling Bill English? Or we, the people…?

Are our supposedly superior, wise politicians costing us too much?

Should we keep regarding them as born to be in charge of us all? Or, lest we forget… is it time we grew up, as a people?

New Zealanders have understandably lost confidence in our politicians – not only to actually listen to New Zealanders – which they demonstrably don’t – but to even be competent.  Too many government policies no longer favour the public good. So we are joining other Western countries no longer impressed by being governed by political classes paying far too little attention to putting the interests of their own citizens first, and with far too much unwarranted confidence in their own decision-making.  Something so often happens to very ordinary people once they become politicians – and the public here – as in England and elsewhere  –  heartened by  Brexit’s stunning win,  is now questioning how our political system works, and how we can rein in our born-to-rule politicians. And yes – we do have a practicable solution within reach – The 100 Days  – see www.100days.co.nz . Or are we happy to still be led by the nose…?

In a recent massive throw-out from my study, I came across an old reply to me from Bill English.  I can’t say I’m surprised at its evasiveness, though, to be fair, it was written in 2002 – 15 years ago  – and found again only now. And certainly, people do grow up intellectually. However it’s well said that anyone can become a Prime Minister – as John Key, a supremely ambitious money trader proved – arguably causing a great deal of damage to the country – damage that that would horrify our parents and grandparents who fought in more than two World Wars, so many servicemen and women giving their lives to preserve New Zealand – and a freedom and way of life now fast being lost to us.

So what of our present Prime Minister, whose reply to me came when I wrote, finding (as with others) it almost incredible what he said when comparing one of the  Lord of the Rings films to Tolkien’s masterpiece. What he stated was that his “preference” was for the film. But, hmm,  well no – he hadn’t actually read the books. 

So how could there be any preference there? It won’t be lost on the reader that one can’t compare one thing to another …unless one is familiar with both.

But then, when did the reality that facts don’t line up ever bother a politician?  When also queried about his use of the word “elitist” in apparently a pejorative sense, a comment which might well raise doubts about whether he thought Tolkien’s books too high-powered intellectually to be accessible to the ordinary reader (or to him?)  – and reminded that bright children down at intermediate school level were reading them) –  he pulled a metaphorical rabbit from a hat.  With the kind of double-speak in which politicians excel, he replied, “The film is now definitive of the book – people will see Jackson’s Ents, (sic) Helms Deep is now Jackson’s Deep”.

Well no – it isn’t and his “definitive” means basically nothing. Moreover, as an English graduate,  our now Prime Minister should have been well aware that the printed word can convey nuances and subtleties which the visual version of a story cannot match. The omission of Tom Bombadil, for example, who represented important things central to the story (as Tolkien himself noted) but was left out of the film, was a disappointment to many readers of the trilogy.  In fact, any criticisms of Jackson’s film centres on his lack of much-needed editing, as well as his somewhat ham-fisted approach in areas that required more understatement. Even Weta Workshop’s brilliance was not enough to excuse the tedious, repetitious close-ups of the ugliness of the Orcs – and the loveliness of the land of the Elves was not successfully conveyed. Jackson does a better job with horror, than its opposite.

We’re accustomed to say that people are entitled to their opinion. But what sort of opinion rests upon no foundation?  Our present PM’s preference for a film -compared to a book which he had never read – is of course no preference at all. Ah, but politicians can bluster – as in his reply, when he added that,  “- well there are lots of books more challenging than Lord of the Rings.” But then, again, if he hadn’t actually read The Rings trilogy…to what “more challenging” books would he be capable of comparing it?

Coming again upon this correspondence, it struck me how far what the Irish call “the gift of the gab” can carry a politician. Add it to an ability to exude charisma – and a country is in danger. It has happened right throughout history and we never seem to learn from it, and to question why we are so foolish as to keep paying lip service to the notion that “leadership” is more important than the knowledge that any real democracy depends upon the genuine participation of so-called ordinary men and women, conducting their own lives, prioritising their families – but with a close eye on what their politicians are up to.

Yet we are aware that  the cult of leadership which grows around determined individuals has led to the greatest bloodbaths of all  –  and the  siren call of  highly destructive individuals  – the Hitlers, Stalins, Pol Pots, today’s  Kim Jong–un and so on whose indifference to what happens to their own people, sacrificed to their  leader’s ambitions,  should be a lesson to us. Wars in which scores of millions die pointlessly and needlessly are a twisted tribute to the danger of that concept of the importance of leadership which we are always being asked to defer to. And as a well-respected British journalist, under the pseudonym of Alpha of the Plough pointed out, “There is a large part of the public …which will believe anything because it hasn’t the faculty of judging anything but the size of the crowd, and will always follow the ass with the longest ears and the loudest bray.”

If it strikes some readers that this is a very apt description not only of some of our recent leaders –  but also now of the mainstream media, playing follow-the leader not only in their admiration for our recently departed  and disastrously charismatic Prime Minister –  very few of us would disagree. The now predominantly left-wing media have their favourite politicians, and coat-tail one another’s thinking with regard to the mis-called” liberal” and “progressive” issues of the day. Our mainstream commentators’ over-confident pronouncements have become inimical to quality thinking. Editors now routinely suppress letters from correspondents with whom they disagree. Nor is it a healthy sign that comments in response to unsigned editorialists and opinion-writers in some major New Zealand newspapers on-line have now been discontinued. In this respect, the NBR (National Business Review) deserves readers’ support for its healthy promotion of vigorous debate and feedback.

However, that silent majority which the politicians still fear, anxious lest they begin to realise their real power, can take heart. An excellent new monthly, Your Voice, edited by Mykeljon Winkel, available online or as  a print subscription, is doing a brilliant job of tackling some of the quite blatant untruths now being peddled in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi…as well as examining other relevant issues of today. It can be found at www.newzealand voice.co.nz. And although an interview with Judith Collins contains a politician’s very typical equivocations and evasiveness in response to direct questions put to her, there are interesting and relevant pieces throughout.  An article by John Ansell, in particular, in the February issue – not Race, Not Gender, Just New Zealander… The Reason for the Existence of the Treaty presents admirably concisely the reason that the Maori chiefs at the time had every good reason to welcome the treaty – and well understood that they were yielding sovereignty to the British Queen.

Other excellent articles in relation to our nation’s history throw more light on the truth of Maori European interaction than today’s media bother to attempt. The March edition includes Bruce Moon’s We Have Just One True History (“And so we come to the Rangiowhia affray, about which probably more flagrant lies have been touted than any event in our history”. Moon’s rigorous research reminds me of Alan Everton’s former excellent dismantling of  Ngai Tahu’s prevarications and the utter distortions, let alone falsehoods which it so successfully employed to squeeze a  third “full and final” settlement for this corporatised pseudo-iwi – one which, on the actual evidence, Parliament should never have awarded.

 But today, as we all know, too bad about actual evidence: it doesn’t count. Today’s deliberate muddying of the waters around treaty issues has basically been for the purpose of allowing conniving iwi on the make, (by no means representing the majority of part-Maori)  to gain more and more economic and totally undemocratic political advantage. And of course of there is always the much loved-microphone – or the newspaper headline , those sops to vanity and hubris obediently supplied by our compliant media, always keen to stir the pot…but not so keen to allow that very necessary debate which helps to arrive at the truth of issues. Yet we are well aware that, in a democracy, exclusive rights proposed in law, intended to be bestowed on any racial group, are simply untenable…and basically unconstitutional. This hasn’t stopped National from ignoring the wishes of the majority of us. Such a party has become a danger to the country and for this reason, David Rankin’s petition, in Change Org, deserves all our support.  https://www.change.org/p/prime-minister-abolish-auckland-council-s-maori-statutory-board?recruiter=694585883&utm_source=share_for_starters&utm_medium=copyLink

In a country like New Zealand we have had democratic safeguards to protect us (to some extent only) from the supremely ambitious individuals always there in our political cliques, some with honourable motives – others convinced that we must be inveigled into subscribing to the ideology to which they are wedded – as with the socialist Helen Clarks’ One World Government – and John Key’s attempt to remove the Union Jack from our flag.

The latter of course was line with the wishes of wealthy Communist Chinese working behind-the-scenes to facilitate this, And what of Key’s neglect of so much that badly needs addressing in this country, denying even the unprecedented housing crisis which now has so many New Zealanders impoverished, living in cars, in garages, on the streets? Bill English also showed himself totally ineffectual here…The damage caused by virtually unrestricted immigration, used to create the illusion of economic buoyancy…the sell-out of this country, our productive farms and businesses to Communist Chinese interests  – and the flogging off of our high country sheep stations  to the super-wealthy Americans and others seeking a bolthole – all of whom can buy out New Zealanders’ rights to our own land, our remaining productive industries, our housing stock? These are the legacy of our recent leaders, and the yes-men and-women who surround them in parliament. Sycophancy rules.

In all these destructive policies, at least publicly, our present Prime Minister, Bill English, has been complicit. How much can we rely upon his ability – a consummate yes-man, as John Key’s lieutenant, to face up honestly to what has happened to this country?  Most of us wouldn’t bet on it.  So why ever would we vote for him to be our new Prime Minister? And when the media kept boasting about Key, with his 30% or thereabouts rating as Prime Minister being so very popular, they were guilty of the fact that, looking objectively at the figures, we know that two thirds of the country did not want him there.  60 to 70% did not rate him. But in the eyes of a largely infatuated commentariat, subject to his switched-on charm and smarm; given special interviews; beaming eye contact; flattered by his attention: recipients of bottles of wine, Key could do little wrong – just as Trump can do no right. The lesson from Brexit has apparently been totally lost on our own media circles.

Can we now be called the Stupid Country? What of the then Finance Minister Bill English’s failure in our supposedly representative democracy, to actually represent the wishes of the country when polling made plain New Zealanders opposition to the potentially damaging TPP deal? Where is the actual evidence that he ever stood up to the seemingly folksy but basically autocratic John Key? Compared to other countries – even Australia, for example the ruling National party’s failure to acknowledge this – let alone to acknowledge the housing market disgrace was because if John Key didn’t want to, neither did any of the Nats. No Sir…

Why then of the theory of the wisdom of the crowds – rather than the conclusions of a select few? The ruling National government has apparently been unable to acknowledge the pitfalls in the TPP which have been very plain to the reasonable onlooker. The determination of government to ignore public opinion has perhaps been a tipping point to us all. Perhaps we are beginning to grow up as a people- in the same way as the English have , at last, reclaimed their country from its  EU stranglehold.  And we in this small country have been equally guilty of allowing to be forced on us every failed doctrine that has already caused so much damage in the UK.

Nowhere has the damage caused by obdurate politicians, convinced of their superior thinking and leadership skills, been more evident than recently, across all Europe . What we can fairly call the sheer stupidity of politicians like Angela Merkel –   far too late rethinking her arrogant, authoritarian rulings which have plunged Germany into such disarray  – needs to be recognised for what it was. Europe is now overrun by far more refugees than can be successfully assimilated   –  and among these Isis terrorists have been successfully smuggled in.  Merkel’s virtual bullying of other countries, wherever a Muslim population has now established a considerable and divisive presence, has lead there also to growing social destabilisation, violence and crime, the ill-treatment and raping of women, and mounting welfare bills. Even England is in trouble. https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10190/islam-england-france

Diversity, multiculturalism – all the much-touted clichés have now been shown to be quite wrong directions for any country to move in.  The much maligned Enoch Powell’s warning in the 60s that mass immigration would preclude assimilation, and that such a large volume of foreign nationals inevitably concentrated in major cities would lead to ghettoisation, and Balkanisation, was genuinely prophetic, as Michael Davies points out in a recent Australian Spectator. It was the know-best politicians who pilloried him – aided by an always cooperative mass media. Again, it was so-called ordinary people who also warned against Britain yielding its independence and judicial separateness in important areas of national decision-making – such as allowing the judiciary to become subservient to the rulings of Brussels. So very few politicians,  with notable exceptions such as Powell and Margaret Thatcher, (who, loving their own country and its traditions “understood why immigrants would be reluctant to completely abandon theirs) foresaw what lay ahead.

And we in this country are now having to put up with the same sort of ill-thought nonsense emphasising “diversity” – i.e. the lack of assimilation, allowing in those large numbers of immigrants which too often lead to the clash of cultures, the attack on the stabilising values of the home country, the clamour for an undemocratic separateness, and the displacement, today, of our own people in the job market and housing. This, apart even from that fact we are losing our most productive farmland to the rapacious Communist Chinese’s self-serving interests – and the best of our high country sheep stations to those others plum-picking land now priced well beyond the reach of New Zealanders ourselves.

Every now and again we get trotted out Thomas Carlyle’s objection to democracy: as classicist Peter Jones recounts in the Spectator article Enemies of the People. “I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance”. In other words, infinitely wise politician should tell the ignorant mob what to think, not vice versa.

What when we can say, with very good reason, that we do not believe in the collective wisdom of ignorant or self-serving politicians, led by the nose too often by vested interest groups  – and/or letting us down by their simple inability to devote time to the thorough research needed to establish the truth of issues?

Athenians invented direct democracy in 508BC, lasting until 323 BC, which handed to the “demos”, citizens in the assembly, the power to decide on policy. Objections were raised from the beginning by those who thought their thinking was superior… Plato thought a state could be well governed only by Platonic philosophers. Aristotle thought that monarchy would be the best of all – Catch-22 – if only someone of the required standard could be found. On went the objections, until as Jones points out, it was Plutarch, “a prolific Greek writer of the second century A.D. with a great admiration for Roman stability “– (a stability which the reader will recall didn’t last for very long after all ) … “who really put the boot in, describing the public as “animals… unreasoning, unruly volatile and degenerate”. Interestingly this description will strike the reader as fairly closely summing up our own politicians’ behaviour in the debating chamber. However, as “Plutarch dominated discussions in the West about the best form of government from the 16th till the 19th century, his idea that rule by the demos could be nothing but mob rule became the knee-jerk position, and still is.  Animals, obviously.”

Make no mistake – our politicians love to think this.  (Remember Helen Clark’s “feral” and “inbreds”?  And Hilary Clinton’s “A basket of deplorables.”)

But they’ve been proved wrong by the most free, successful,  and democratic country in the world – Switzerland. And there is absolutely no reason why we New Zealanders can’t turn our own minds to insist that we follow a system which really works – in contrast to the mess our political parties have made to our own country – where the pace is accelerating to destroy of so much of what we have left.

Peter Jones concludes, “In the howls about mob rule,  however, Switzerland, virtually a direct democracy for some 600 years, somehow never features.” Switzerland did even better than this – not content with being virtually a direct democracy, the Swiss people themselves decided they had had enough of being over-ruled by damaging leaders. Their brilliant solution was to fight for the 100 Days provision. They won this right about 160 years ago. It ensures any legislation passed by Parliament, no matter by what political party or by whatever coalition is currently in power in the country… every piece of legislation must wait for 100 Days before it can come into force. The Swiss people can themselves then decide whether or not they agree,  or whether they want to challenge it.

If the latter, before the end of the 100 Days period, if as few as 50,000 people (in a country double our population, call for a vote  – in New Zealand it would be proportionately about 26,000 ) then that’s enough. A vote is held – it’s called the Facultative Referendum, and whatever the people say is binding on the government.

So successful has this been that Swiss politicians are merely part-time. Meeting one day  only a week, they can hold down other jobs… as lawyers, teachers, doctors, housewives, tradesmen… and their Parliament needs to meet only four times a year. No Helen Clark or Bill English or John Key can dig in, clinging to virtually supreme power and dominating the ruling party. The Swiss make sure of this by allowing the President to stay in office for one year only. Their seven-only member cabinet, simply take turns to be President. It works very well.

 Why can’t we now fight for the same? Well, we can, and should. It is the best possible system to secure a real democracy. And to all the Big Names anxious to tell us it wouldn’t work, we can say – This is nonsense – it does. In fact it is working better than any other political system today.

As the last thing that politicians want is to lose their power, and we can count on a now thoroughly dumbed-down, but highly opiniated media to rubbish any concept that doesn’t send power to their left-wing cohorts, it is up to us, the real New Zealanders, remembering the hard work and sacrifices our own people have made for four generations, to do our own bit.

How? Email your MP. Mail the Prime Minister, the leader and members of the Opposition, the leaders of all the political parties, and ask them whether or not they are willing to hand back the decision-making to the people of New Zealand. Call your MPs….They will be very polite to you in election year…

This is a real test of whether or not our politicians believe in a democracy. But we know they don’t want a democracy – they want to rule us – and are now busy making all those hasty promises routinely made in election-year,  promising the reforms so conveniently held until then.

There are so many ways you can help. Tell others…You can send on to as many as you can the fact of our 100 days campaign…both on Facebook, and on- site – See 100 Days – Claiming back New Zealand www.100days.co.nz  You can write letters to the paper. You can complain to the Press Council if the editor keeps rejecting them…You can talk about it on Talkback.  You can join us – support us, even a little financially, if you can.

 It means at least a little effort – not much time in busy people’s lives. But as we all have a moral responsibility, which reaches beyond us and our families towards the community, and towards our country, safeguarding what our parents and grandparents, uncles and aunts fought  and gave their lives for, it can be argued that we have no right at all to do nothing. We need to insist on the reshaping of our political and landscape. Will you help?

Help us fight for the 100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand movement!

© Amy Brooke, Convener. See my book “100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand …what has gone wrong, and how we can control our politicians.” Available through Kindle, www.copypress.co.nz or HATM Publishers.

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Transgender politics. Mad, bad or deluded? And we have no say? Okay with you?

Transgender politics. Mad, bad or deluded?  And we have no say?  Okay with you?

See below “A tale of tragic, preventable regret”.

Gay “rights”? Racial superiority and preference? Is our “tolerance” for the anti-democratic and socially (let alone morally)  destabilising issues now being forced on New Zealanders basically an intellectual cop-out? http://www.newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=57377

Or is one reason for the hesitancy or confusion many New Zealanders feel –  deluged by constant political propaganda from the now strident LGBT  (lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender) power groups –  because we personally know fine individuals who, while not indulging in the showmanship of “coming out”  would not define themselves as heterosexual? Whatever happened to them along the way to direct them towards a preference for those of their same-sex is not our business. What is our business is when promotion of gay “ rights” are promoted as in some way heroic, superior to the mother-father role in safeguarding of children – or when the glorification of sexual promiscuity in any form threatens the stability of our society. This is especially so, now the war upon the West has escalated to the recruiting of vulnerable children – which basically equates to corruption.

Moreover, very much to their credit, from some among those who regard themselves as homosexual or lesbian has also come strong condemnation of the escalating political activism bending the ear of weak, vote-seeking politicians. As with the absurdity of gay “marriage”,  it is resulting in ill-thought, radicalised laws being inflicted upon this country by those have now become our political rulers.

Too bad that in a democracy there should be no rulers – that government should be by the people and for the people – as the Swiss have so successfully achieved, making their country the most truly democratic  and successful of all. That we now need to claim the same provision for ourselves – (see www. 100days.co.nz) – the right to put a stop to political deal-making – to demand from our politicians just this – government by the people, including the observance of due process – is more than obvious. The three year election provision does not guarantee us democratic rights and practices – it simply gives us the usual, long overdue opportunity to throw out the political party which has caused so much damage in its term of office – and to exchange it for another which ends up doing the same thing – inflicting on the country legislation which has absolutely no mandate from New Zealanders.

As with all liberal issues of the day which are causing divisiveness right throughout New Zealand society – for example, the National Party’s promotion of racial separatism and preference, with the over-ruling of democratic rights in local government issues  – we can count on things getting worse.  It’s simply a fact that strong minority groups can always contrive a façade of majority acquiescence  –  with the tools of group-think  – and they will win the day, particularly with the help of our predominantly left-wing media  – if they don’t encounter sufficient opposition.

It’s also simply a fact that adult New Zealanders who could, but don’t speak up to be counted… who in fact do absolutely nothing to help turn back the tide of government creep – the targeting of our children; the attack on parents’ and individuals’ rights; the promotion of identity politics favouring ethnic minorities; the blatant intrusion of privacy – now deserve what’s happening.  How many are too lazy to keep themselves well informed, to contact individual MPs when parliament is being pressured on radical issues? How many ring up talkback radio – or write a letter to the paper – or insist in some way that the value of the society we live in is being constantly undermined – and ask why we’re having legislation forced on us without any genuine consultation?

How many realise, for example, under the copy-cat legislation originating in the US, you are now referred to the police for investigation if you deposit $10,000 in a bank account? Perhaps you have just sold your car? Ostensibly targeting target money-laundering has given our government – and the IRD – a wonderful increased opportunity to snoop on citizens – even when a $10,000 (no, not a $100,000 or even $1,000,000) sum is obviously hardly the sign of flagrant political corruption. And whatever happened to the principle that no law should ever be passed which is not absolutely necessary?

What about the growing proliferation of speed cameras once reluctantly accepted because of the publicising of where they were actually located –  to deter dangerous speeding? Now they are being erected without their location being revealed to the public – and with the capacity to more accurately identify a car’s occupants? Reasonable? Or ominous to think a citizen can now be tracked when travelling the length of New Zealand… We are fast having more and more government control forced on us.

Unthinking, over-burdened or mentally and morally lazy individuals are the ones governments count on when constantly increasing the burden of legislation, compliance issues, mounting stress – and in real terms – adding to the lack of hope so many now feel contemplating the kind of future which would have rightly shocked previous generations. No wonder our suicide rate is so high.

But it is the passivity in the face of the threats our children increasingly now encounter for which we are going to be most answerable. What we do, or don’t do, for the little ones… And one of the most destructive attacks now being mounted on them, particularly through the destabilising, biologically and morally perverse sex education programmes now being forced upon the schools (and aided by many now activist teachers – themselves lesbian or gay) is the transgender, choose your own sex “option” – achieving cult proportions. * From the excellent Australian News Weekly, essential reading in relation to what is actually happening in our part of the world (particularly given the fact that we now have in this country no in-depth, quality journal) comes this article, both timely and shocking in its revelations.

From our initial link- see “A tale of tragic, preventable regret”

“Recently I received an email that blows the lid off the idea of sex-change success and illustrates the truth about damaged lives. This man’s story of transition started in his teens.

“He explains: “I transitioned to female, beginning in my late teens and changed my name in my early 20s, over 10 years ago. But it wasn’t right for me; I feel only discontent now in the female role. I was told that my transgender feelings were permanent, immutable, physically deep-seated in my brain and could never change, and that the only way I would ever find peace was to become female.

“The problem is, I don’t have those feelings any more. When I began seeing a psychologist a few years ago to help overcome some childhood trauma issues, my depression and anxiety began to wane but so did my transgender feelings. So two years ago I began contemplating going back to my birth gender, and it feels right to do so. I have no doubts – I want to be male!”

And what about – “A staggering 41 per cent of people who identify as transgender reported in a national survey that they had attempted suicide. That’s over 25 times the rate of suicide attempts (1.6 per cent) among the general population. Clearly, this is a group at high risk for dangerous levels of depression – and, as the work of Dr Ihlenfeld attests, sex-change surgery is not the way to help keep them safe.”

The US is even further down the path of cultural bullying, of intimidating all opposition and of spreading the moral and intellectual confusion which now repudiates the reality of the truth of issues. Furthermore, so well has this generation of university students been thoroughly brainwashed on their way through our supposedly intellectual institutions, that the refusal to entertain any other point of view than their own has become a source for scandal, nationwide. #

“We now reject every constraint on our own so-called right to radical self-determination, even if those constraints are biology and reality. That is why a full-grown man can decide to leave his family and live as a six-year-old girl, and the media coverage of this is largely subdued and respectful. That is why there is a new group of human beings who identify as non-human beings—rather, they are “Otherkin,” people who identify as certain animals. This is treated with long-faced solemnity by our cultural elites, because truth is dead and people can be whatever they want, even if they are obviously not what or who they say they are.

*For those who are baffled by each new absurdity, there is an extensive arsenal of labels awaiting them. Homophobe. Transphobe…Otherkinphobe? And so it goes.

As far as our culture is concerned, God is dead, and so is truth. An institution no less respected than TIME Magazine announced their respective departures from the culture. But I can’t help but think of the origin of the phrase “God is dead.” It came from the nihilist philosopher Friedrich Nietszche, in his parable “The Madman,” where he wondered with appropriate panic, where morality would come from once God left.

#  https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/dear-time-if-truth-is-dead-its-because-you-killed-it-not-trump?–

In the media’s war against Trump, the ignoring  of  the safeguards he is implementing against the bullying of the “liberal” left, to roll back the climate of oppression and intimidation that is now weighing on the  US, is suppressed in our own shockingly  unobjective media. It is notable that apparently most of our well funded mainstream newspapers and national broadcasting have taken on board the fact that the majority of the public does not agree with their at times near-rabid editorials and notably biased columnists. The comments sections are disappearing. The media do not want to hear dissent – the anonymous editorialists and well-entrenched commentators want the field to themselves – hence the withholding of letters to the editor which challenge media bias – or the inadequacy of editorial thinking.

And those who think the sheer madness of the transgender movement now sweeping throughout the West is not happening in this country are themselves deluded. It’s well under way. The NZ government is now funding  problematic sex-change operations (have taxpayers okayed this?) and, given our government’s willingness to constantly cave into radical pressure, things are going to get worse. Already, without any opt-out option,  New Zealanders who object in conscience to their taxpayer dollars being used to put to death unborn children have no say whatever. So much for democracy and the rule of conscience – so fundamental to recognising the rights of every individual – both born and not yet born.

http://dailysignal.com/2017/02/02/mr-president-dont-cave-to-liberal-fearmongering-protect-religious-freedom/

As the brilliant G K Chesterton warned us,  “A tired democracy becomes a dictatorship.” We’re well on the way – and only enough New Zealanders now demanding our country back, challenging the unholy alliance of government with political and moneyed power groups, will save us.

The only movement with any real opportunity for achieving this challenge is ours – favouring no political party, no end of the political spectrum – simply emphasising the worth of every individual, irrespective of colour, gender race or creed – and insisting on the respect due to a genuine democracy… the right of the people of our country to control our politicians – not to be controlled by them.

Help us fight for the 100 Days – Claiming back New Zealand movement!

© Amy Brooke, Convener. See my book “100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand …what has gone wrong, and how we can control our politicians.” Available through Kindle, www.copypress.co.nz or HATM Publishers.

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The war against children now here-Barack Obama’s legacy ?

The war against children -Barack Obama’s real legacy now happening here.

https://billmuehlenberg.com/2016/05/18/trans-blitzkrieg-coming-soon-home-church-school-near/

The rot spread by the liberal left, the cultural war of those neo-Marxists entrenched within our own New Zealand Ministry of Education, laying down policy and forcing damaging compliance issues on our schools, has been very much helped by the twisted values espoused by Barack Obama, probably the most un-American of any president in history. Some of his appalling stances,  as in his administration’s attack  on the Little Sisters of the Poor, or his and Hillary’s enthusiasm for partial birth abortion (killing a full term baby by removing its brains as it emerges from the birth canal) hint at a individual  for whom the distinction between good and evil has been lost. And now, the attack on family values, on children, is gathering in force with the mounting wave of transgender issues. That we should even be allowing our school policies of sex education to be largely determined by the appalling Family Planning Association, with its now documented buying and selling of aborted babies’ parts for profits, is indicative of the Left’s footprint on our education policy. And now it is going to get worse for our children.

In spite of all the Beautiful People backing her – the Hollywood celebrities in whose eyes the dreadful Clintons could do no wrong – (certainly not the proven liar, Hillary, very much half of the corrupt pair about whom the disillusioned Democrat, Christopher Hitchens, wrote so tellingly in his scathing indictment of the Clinton partnership “Nobody Left to Lie To”) – the American people have spoken. Unthinkably, it has been Donald Trump, in spite of all his boasting, his formerly chauvinistic attitude to women, and all the other questions concerning his involvement in various undertakings during his career, whom the people elected as President.

Shock, horror? Hmm?

A now thoroughly partisan media, with apparently no more belief in democracy than many politicians, left-wing radical activists, hysterical women, and the equally hysterical “right thinkers” among their feminised men, has apparently now been joined by wealthy vested interests in their quite shocking attempt to destabilise the Trump administration. But the American people have spoken. And as the new era settles in, and Trump’s decisions are increasingly supported nationwide – in spite of the  quasi-elite from among the media, the Hollywood stars, the pop singers who always know so much better than the mere “ordinary people”… the Obama legacy is going to be seen as destructive as it has.

But the damage has been done – and the attack on normalcy – on free speech – on those Christian values which have basically been the ones long stabilising the West, will continue.  Moreover, our only chance of limiting the damage already taking place in this country is if individuals stop leaving it to others to speak out –and  realise the moral burden placed on each of us to stand up for what is right –  or else to be answerable for the consequences of not doing so.

The biggest lesson many of us need to take on board is that it is individuals who count… It is individuals who can successfully challenge the political Establishment – to join that worldwide movement of those determined to claim back their own country – as so successfully has happened in England, with Brexit.

New Zealand’s own movement  to stop the political abuse of power, is contained in  www.100days.co.nz – the 100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand, detailing what has gone wrong and how we can control our politicians. Will you join us?

©  Amy Brooke, Convener, The 100 Days.

 

 

Waitangi Day – Morgan, Peters – the real treaty.

 

 Waitangi Day – Morgan, Peters – the real treaty.

An e-mail sent this Waitangi to the editor of a provincial paper highlights a worldwide problem, the sheer bias, and even incompetence of too many journalists. On days like today, when “cultural cringe” is tediously invoked by so many commentators culpably misrepresenting our joint past, it is those fighting back who represent real New Zealanders. We should applaud them: For example :  Dear Editor,

“I suggest that your readers cannot take seriously Philip Mathews’ article (Times, 4/2/17), supposedly about Gareth Morgan, when he states that Winston Peters espouses “divisive Don Brash-like views about the Treaty of Waitangi.”  This grossly perverts Brash’s position and probably Peters’ too.  What Brash actually said at Orewa in 2004 was “The Treaty of Waitangi should not be used as the basis for giving greater civil, political or democratic rights to any [his italics] particular ethnic group.”  His current “Hobson’s Pledge” campaign is founded on Hobson’s words at Waitangi “He iwi Tahi tatou”- “We are one people now”.

 Divisive?  Mathews should get his facts right, and not claim their direct opposite before he rushes into print.” It’s signed by Bruce Moon, a highly respected historian on Treaty issues.

What has struck me over the years as disgraceful is that those editorialists who rant against the Orewa speech have apparently not even read it. No wonder that public respect for the mass media is pretty well much at an all-time low – as shown by the fact that journalists now figure pretty much at the bottom of all occupations surveyed.

A rational reader could not possibly take exception to this statement. “The Treaty of Waitangi should not be used as the basis for giving greater civil, political or democratic rights to any [his italics] particular ethnic group.”  Moreover, it is quite obvious that the original intent of the treaty was to achieve a genuine democracy – where all New Zealanders had equal rights under the law. The deliberate twisting of its intent has been by radical activists (hand in hand with the wet liberal Left)  making the ridiculous claim that the treaty is “a living document” – meaning that they want to claim it promised special rights, special privileges, exclusively to those of Maori descent.

We can expect this from those on the make, embarrassing even their own people by the extent to which greed and egoism – and the need to constantly  centre-stage for media attention – are driving factors in the way they peddle grievances as a result of non-existent victimhood.

However, those media commentators who willingly oblige them are equally culpable – and it is not just in this country. As a recent Spectator article has pointed out  … ‘We have witnessed the death of independent,  evidence-based journalism. Somewhere in the last 20 years, journalists stopped being  recorders of events and became cultural and moral arbiters. “ Determined to impose their own highly politicised view of the world upon others …”they became narcissistically unaware of life outside their occupational echo-chamber and obsessed with identity politics.” Objective reporting of events has been replaced by “ advocacy journalism,” which is code for brazen political barracking.

“The Trump phenomenon, for example, has not caused a crisis in global democracy.  Rather at home and abroad, its greatest impact has been to expose the crisis in the credibility of the political, media and foreign policy elites.”

And the media can be accused of complicity in the attack on democracy now taking place in the US where the American Left has refused to accept the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.   Determined to attack Donald Trump’s legitimacy, it’s called a series of mass demonstrations against the president – demonstrations well-funded – and with left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore calling on his followers to turn up in Washington to disrupt the inauguration. “The organisation came to block all the major roads into Washington DC promising to make traffic a nightmare, and also to stop trains heading into the city. They also intended to prevent people from attending by crowding around checkpoints leading to events.

“Naturally, fellow travellers in the media were delighted to accommodate them…. The whole campaign is not only unprecedented; it is profoundly undemocratic and in fact authoritarian. By trying to make the country ungovernable the Left is demonstrating its contempt for democracy and its determination to impose its will on the American people.” News Weekly, January 28, 2027.

The same thing is happening in New Zealand with the constant disparagement of New Zealand First’s policies and the contempt the media quite openly show for Winston Peters’ “largely grey-haired” audiences.

Labour has now shot itself in the foot by bringing a highly radicalised Willie Jackson on board and allying itself with the Greens. With their usual unfortunately extremist tactics, this party wants to compel all schoolchildren to have inflicted on them a thoroughly inauthentic, 90% reinvented “Maori” language – bearing minimal relationship to the language actually spoken by Maori – a striking case of cultural bullying.

It is only New Zealand First which, to the obvious annoyance of the mass media constantly demonising Peter’s prescient warnings about the quite wrong directions in which both major political parties have been taking us, represents the feeling of those who do not belong within the media’s self-serving echo chambers.

© Amy Brooke, Convener. See my book “100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand …what has gone wrong, and how we can control our politicians.” Available through Kindle, www.copypress.co.nz or HATM Publishers.

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