It would seem that the election in October is there for the taking for a National party expecting to be fighting a government that has betrayed the trust of the people.While many within the opposition party will be heaving a huge sigh of relief that the PM has abandoned the sinking ship and, by doing so, presumably made things that much easier, they would be advised to reflect on the real reasons why Labour are in this position facing an inglorious defeat.
It is simply because they failed to deliver on their promises and instead became a mob of reckless clandestine operators treating even their own supporters with contempt.
Nobody, especially the voting public, expect to be betrayed in this manner - it is an affront resembling being treated like a piece of dog shit that you might have to scape off your shoe.
My guess is that the response to this outrageous contempt will be swift, emphatic and unequivocal.
However, there are lessons to be learned from this dramatic turnaround in fortunes for any incoming and exiting government - no matter which side of politics you are on. And those who are honoured with the renewed trust of the people need to be mindful of what happens when politicians abuse the trust that is always conditional.
I have personally always thought that there are some unanswered questions about Christopher Luxon’s ability to promise and deliver for those of us who have doubts about how we will fare under a new administration - even if it begins as one of the preferred options.
For my money, the National leader needs to recognise the issues that have enabled him and his party to be in a position of promising the repeal of any legislation that has contributing to the divided constituency we have become.
It doesn’t need to be this way and it should never have come to this.
But any change back to the way we were will have to be based on a determination to rid the nation of the contributing factors that lead to an environment that is not us.
Readers will forgive me if I once again list the offending bits of legislation that need to either go or be replaced within the first six months of a National /Act government regaining the Treasury benches.
1) repeal of the Three Waters bill
2) reinstatement of the law governing the introduction of Maori Wards at local government level
3) reinstatement of the local body b-law that limited the planting of exotic forests to classes 6 and 7 land.
3) the abandonment of any selectively imposed animal emissions tax on farmers
4) the scrapping of the distorted radical version of our early history taught in schools - to be replace by a factual account of what happened - warts and all.
5) the scrapping of any legislation that imposes co-governance on institutions that have traditionally relied on majority authority.
6) an end to the settlement process and associated relativity clause - this should happen ASAP with settlement of the few outstanding claims that have enabled this on- going undemocratic saga to continue.
So there you have it.
If the National party leadership aren’t prepared to acknowledge these elements of concern and take the necessary steps to eliminate the ones that are limiting our progress as a unified sovereign state - where equal opportunity is the basis for our peaceful coexistence as a multi cultural nation- then they should expect the same fate as their Labour forebears.
It’s over to them. I hope they understand where people like me are coming from.
We have had enough and are tired of being treated as irrelevant.