A recent racially charged outburst from one of our local Maori councillors has provoked a reaction that l wouldn’t have thought possible given the support for the woke movements that have become entrenched in our society as well as in other leading democracies throughout the world.
I had almost given up hope that we would ever return to a
situation where people were elected based on merit rather than adherence to an
In the United States in particular we have seen a dramatic decline in opportunities for free speech and an increase in an environment that encourages division based on a distorted view of human rights. It has created a society where freedom of expression is controlled by those in government and supported by a main stream media that has given up any pretence of reporting the truth.
Governments have focused on demonising those who protest
this erosion of democracy and the nation literally burns as the historical
safeguards against this anarchy are nowhere to be seen. The “Black Lives
Matter” movement in the US operates undeterred whenever it feels the urge,
creating mayhem, destroying lives and property at will while the governing
party focuses on a partisan witch-hunt aimed at prosecuting those who attended
a largely peaceful rally on Parliament grounds to express their anger.
The similarities with the New Zealand protest against the
lockdowns and the reaction from the authorities could not have been more
revealing. The issues may have been different but the ordinary people are
demonstrating that they are keen to take their country back.
That is why l was so pleasantly surprised to see evidence
that the voting public of both countries
appear to be in revolt against those who are opposed to the tried and proven
process of reconciliation and compensation within the law that has stood the
test of time.
respecting the councillor concerned in our local skirmish, l would lay bets
that she too would be horrified to realise her misguided efforts on behalf of
those who identify with racial identity politics may have run its course. She
may be forced to resign which would reduce her effectiveness in a forum that
has provided her maximum media coverage in the past. Whatever, her authority is
clearly damaged, possibly beyond repair. I say that, because of the number of
who could be described as her traditional supporters who criticised her
Would it be too much to hope that the bulk of the voters
from all persuasions have finally realised that the pendulum is swinging back
towards the centre where it is more likely to reflect the opinions of a bulk of
society. If so, the radical left should look forward to a spell, licking their
wounds in opposition.
Their experiment appears to have failed.
Wouldn’t it be great if other countries in the free world
could look to New Zealand again for guidance in how they too can return their
endangered democracies to where it can operate effectively for all
In the event, my guess is that it will not be a
“showboating” PM on their “Late Night talk show” who provides the answers they
are seeking - more likely our heritage of electing governments of the people,
for the people.
We are simply reverting to type. Hurrah!
Clive Bibby is a commentator, consultant, farmer and community leader, who lives in Tolaga Bay.