National’s decision to support Labour’s left-wing policies (1) is tantamount to abandoning a long-standing core National Party philosophy: “Reap the Rewards of your Efforts and Enterprise”.
Judith Collins now emerges as a prime candidate to lead a new party which advocates equality, not of ethnicity (for maori are now being accorded special rights which Collins does not appear to dispute), but predicated on tangible assets.
Until now, tangible assets have invariably been a reflection of how hard an individual has applied themselves to study, work and prudent behaviour. The accumulation of asset wealth has been the, “reaped reward”.
This is a philosophical difference between National and Labour. Individual v communal.
Judith Collins justification for supporting policy which undermines this philosophy could see lower paid New Zealanders ended up living next to high achievers in example, Remuera.
The incentive for enterprising energetic young people to work hard to achieve, "class status", is threatened. The potential for property values to plummet, is axiomatic.
The fact that Judith Collins chooses to live in St Heliers and not her electorate of Papakura, suggests to me that she has either a penchant for neighbours with values to which she aspires or to own property where values are solid gold.
Condemn property values as many may; property nevertheless underpins borrowing which leads to spending which leads to creating employment which leads to more taxation paid to government which leads to better public health care and welfare payments which satiates the haemorrhaging humanists demand for better outcomes for the under achiever.
It's not only property values which create a distinction between categories of New Zealanders.
There is a difference between us. They who do want to climb the ladder and they who are content to languish - often on welfare payments funded by the taxation of they who work hard.
The Employment Contracts Act National introduced while I was an MP (and member of the government administration committee chaired by Hon Sir Bill Birch), specifically set about to recognise the difference between the work ethic of individuals.
Individual contracts replaced collective bargaining, which meant that the best workers were no longer paid the same as the worst workers.
Collective bargaining had also elevated Unions to position of such power that they stopped construction of the Mangare Bridge, ANZ building in Wellington, Marsden Point Oil refinery and central region forestry projects.
Adopting a philosophy of lowest common denominator rather
than the highest common dominator, is inconsistent with its core philosophy and
a massive mis-step by National – in my opinion.
Ross Meurant, graduate in politics both at university and as a Member of Parliament; formerly police inspector in charge of Auckland spies; currently Honorary Consul for an African state’ Trustee and CEO of Russian owned commercial assets in New Zealand and has international business interests.