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Sun 1st October 2006

On Our Knees Down Under.

Filed under: General,Law & Courts — Downunder @ 4:37 pm

The politics of our country is very much a men’s issue, as the political changes over recent years have impacted negatively, not only on the individual male, but also on the structure and direction of our society. Politically we are on our knees, and rather than presenting the image of descending into banana republicanism, we have actually arrived there.

Currently both our major political parties are positioning themselves not by virtue of their strengths, but by virtue of their ability to avoid the other party’s accusations of corruption, and their manipulation, avoidance, and disrespect for our law. Being delivered to the point where we need police investigations into our political system is one step short of military intervention or rebellion. The inherent promulgation of unprofessionalism is aberrance beyond corruption.

This, who is the most corrupt, jousting, is a disaster of our politicians own making, and while it is directly attributable to two specific issues it is borne of politicians inclination to avoid inconvenient issues.

There are two issues, but three catalysts to this downward political spiral.

First is our inability to settle the “Treaty” issue. If you take away the label it comes down to segregation by culture amongst the inhabitants of these Southern Islands. It is a State of intergenerational bickering. It constitutes a lack of State, rather than a constituted State.

Second is our inability to settle the “Family Court” issue. If you take away this label it comes down to gender governance. A selfish polarisation inspired by gender superiority at the expense of the political state of the family and social governance.

Third, we have the behaviour of minor parties. While minor parties form coalitions on the basis of what they might achieve, they are also vicariously responsible for the behaviour of their larger coalition partner. It is only by the power of coalition partners that governments remain. The question for small parties must always be – is the continuation of any government more detrimental to the country than what might be achieved by their vested interest in that Government?

Proportional representation should not be reflected by the convenience of proportional political attitude.

The fault and remedy however is not entirely in the hands of our politicians. It is clear that politics in New Zealand is not a matter of necessity for many people in our perceived secure society and that has a decisive impact on the standard of candidates and the level of understanding and intelligence of political parties and ultimately the standard of our parliament.

If there is to be a political will in New Zealand that delivers long term secure solutions, that isn’t going to be brought about by too many of us sitting in the audience of this political comedy. What we might find amusing now, may deteriorate to an outcome that history records as a tragedy.

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