Our tired democracy teeters
When is enough? When Aucklanders recently heard the seemingly interminable lockdown which the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has imposed on them would not be reviewed until 29 November, many broke down in tears, losing hope of leading normal lives in future. Others are thinking of emigrating, while realising that the unprecedented grab for control of people and the restricting of our freedoms has been near-universal throughout Western democracies. But how has this occurred? Even those who understood the original rationale for lockdowns are rebelling – while Jacinda Ardern’s red-Green coalition is also mounting an unprecedented attack on our once-democracy.
The new idea to ostensibly remove the necessity for lockdowns is an extraordinary ‘traffic light’ system for various districts, not only confusing, but in some areas probably unachievable. Divisive in concept and outcome, it will rely upon vaccination certificates to offer freedom – i.e. when each DHB (District Health Board) reaches 90 per cent of full vaccination rates. All Auckland, for example, must remain in Level 3 until the slowest DHB can catch up, even given the considerable disparity between populations – including the reluctance of many to be vaccinated. In a typical meaningless statement, Ardern claims the reason the 90 per cent milestone was focused on each DHB is to allow for ‘more equitable outcomes’. With this traffic light concept, Auckland will move to red when/if a 90 per cent milestone is achieved. ‘Localised lockdowns will still be an option if we see a rapid growth in cases in areas with high levels of unvaccinated people’.
The rest of the country must wait for every DHB to hit 90 per cent, at which point it will move collectively to the orange setting, with businesses open, gathering limits lifted, because vaccine certificates will be in place. Businesses choosing not to use them will have to close, or operate with public health measures in place. Any eventual green light does not free us from government control. Basically we are faced with a dog’s breakfast of a solution to the problem of prolonged lockdowns which have already ruined so many enterprises, destroyed more lives than we know of, and been unjustifiably cruel to families faced with ill, lonely, or dying relatives. But with the bit between this government’s teeth, dominated by the most divisive Prime Minister this country has ever seen, few believe that a green light will indicate the way back to restoring individual freedoms – never again to be removed from a thoroughly subjugated population.
It has not been an overnight process, this gradual undermining of our democracy. With individuals – fathers and mothers, business owners, professionals and tradespeople – prioritising caring for their own families and earning a living, too few New Zealanders – removed until now from the threats of countries crowding their borders – have become aware of the gradual attack upon this country by the Marxist invasion of all our institutions. It is late to be waking up to what has been happening this half-century and more – communism in sheep’s clothing. However, there are signs Ardern’s naked power grab in so many areas may be the impetus that is needed.
New Zealand has been in shabby contrast to the most successful, prosperous and free democracy in the world, Switzerland, whose people control their own government through the 100-days provision they fought to have incorporated into their legislation. Through this, they obtained the right to scrutinise all laws passed by Parliament within 100 days. If a referendum is then called for, and the majority reject what is proposed, Parliament loses – as when the people banned the construction of more minarets on mosques. So successfully has Switzerland become a genuine democracy that most MPs hold down day jobs, meeting in Parliament only once a week.
Why are we waiting? New Zealand and the Australian states have been incomprehensibly slow in waking up to the possibilities of this single provision to claim back what should be our own democracies. As our elections roll around, we are regularly faced with Hobson’s choice – between bad or worse – as far as our political parties are concerned. We no longer even have a representative democracy. Our parties now contain non-elected, List MPs chosen by influential power-brokers – even individuals rejected by an electorate, but given ministerial positions from where they can wield extraordinary power and inflict disastrous outcomes on the country. Both National and Labour over recent decades have pushed utterly undemocratic, racist provisions through Parliament – as with former Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of Crown, i.e. public ownership of the foreshore and seabed – backed by List MP, Minister Chris Finlayson. The result? Taxpayers are now having to pay for claims by part-Maoris extending right around New Zealand – in some cases with more than one against a specific area, including exclusive mineral rights.
G.K. Chesterton warned us that, ‘A tired democracy becomes a dictatorship’ – close to what we now have in this country. New Zealanders who returned from World War II, such as the brave fighter pilot Cliff Emeny, were even then shocked by what they saw taking place in the country they had fought for. Campaigning for binding referenda, they were outwitted by determined politicians, anxious, as always, to retain power in their own hands. Other fine, committed individuals warned about the slide into divisiveness and racial separatism supported by all recent governments, promised the nebulous ‘Maori vote’. We were warned, too, by others, including the Australian Geoff McDonald, a former communist. His three prescient books such as the 1985 Shadows over New Zealand detailed Marxist moves to destroy our democracy, using issues such as the radicalisation of young Maoris, and the destroying of our defence capabilities, obligingly helped by former prime minister Helen Clark’s removal of the combat wing of our Air Force, and by David Lange’s refusal to allow nuclear-powered ships from the US, our once strongest ally, into New Zealand waters – which put paid to Anzus, our former defence alliance.
Given that our present Prime Minister’s allegiance is obviously not to the concept of democracy, the hour is very late to begin the fight to claim back this country. (For more info visit www.100days.co.nz)
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