Warning to National.
Being ahead in the polls and watching the Government commit suicide would normally be seen as a time for keeping the noses clean while waiting for the inevitable "takeover" of the treasury benches.However, it would be wrong to think that it will be that easy.
My assessment of this unfortunate scenario is not something that l enjoy promoting but, as a Centre Right voter, I am concerned that we must all do our bit to ensure the right outcome next year.
For me, living here in the provinces where the election will be won or lost, it is important to make sure our party leadership is in touch with grass roots feeling re what needs to happen in the months leading up to the general election I wish it were different but unfortunately, someone needs to ignite a response from those who can make it happen.
It would appear that Luxon is only responding to those advisors who are telling him what he likes to hear.
Here is my list of jobs to do:
Firstly, he needs to make a number of unequivocal commitments (promises) to the electorate and ensure they are reproduced in the party's manifesto well in advance of voting day.
He needs to promise to repeal any unmandated legislation that has been or is in the process of being introduced by the current government including the 3 Waters, guaranteed maori wards that are imposed on communities without a vote, separate health governance systems that are not already operating effectively and any laws that provide for revisionist school curriculums such as our National history texts being introduced without consultation. In other words, anything that had its gestation in the racist clandestine He Pua Pua report.
However, we do have examples of shared oversight of national entities that are working well without the divisive political structures imposed by government.
Luxon needs to put a line in the sand offering the citizens of this country a clear choice next election.
If he fails to do so, he runs the risk of enough voters deciding there is no incentive to vote for change and simply stay at home.
My hope is that the National leader, like Act’s David Seymour will begin to base his public comments on the issues that either identify with the hardship being suffered by common folk or the policies that are dividing us. He needs to be confident in his own opinions on issues that affect us all and be prepared to state his position without fear that a public stance may cost him votes.
For example, his opinion on the moral and social issues of the day, abortion, cannabis use and gender politics.
That shouldn't be too hard but, at the moment, it remains to be seen if this leopard can change its spots.
If he does, l am confident that Bob Jones's prediction of a landslide result will be proved correct.