by Ross Meurant
A Pagan though I now be, I once upon a time grew up in rural NZ under the cloak of Christianity and I do recall a few lessons from Sunday School.
One was: Mathew 10.36: ‘A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
Lieutenant Breaker Murant reverted to this lament at his execution by firing squad for obeying Lord Kitchener’s commands – “Show no mercy”.
As I take a look at the National Party’s performance, I wonder how applicable might be this Script to the very concerning atrophy of this once great Political Party.
Jump back in time, I penned:
“The irony of the land grab however, by my assessment, falls squarely at the feet of former Prime Minister Rt Hon Sir John Key and his Attorney General Chris Finlayson.
It was the National government of 2011 which overturned the protection against Maori land grab which had been provided by Prime Minister Helen Clark’s Labour government in 2004 when parliament passed the Foreshore and Seabed Act which deemed the title to be held by the Crown.
Helen Clark made it clear to the then Chief Justice Sian Elias, following the latter’s speculative commentary about the sanctity of Maori Customary law, that the ultimate law-making body in New Zealand was its sovereign parliament.
Helen Clark’s protection was repealed and replaced by National’s John Key via the Marine and Coastal Area Act 2011. (1)
In my view, unquestionably, the ignition to the resurgence of Maori Separatism lies at the doorstop of John Key.
Now we have Christopher Luxon, who by many accounts, appears to have been ushered into a safe National constituency by John Key and also touted as the leader National was lacking under Hon Judith Collins (whom John Key had previously dismissed from Cabinet).
Chris Luxon’s failure to unequivocally rebuke the Labour government for its racially divisive policies and pledge National to a policy of:
“Equality for all before the law, irrespective of race creed, colour, religion or beliefs”,
has been very disappointing to me and every one of the politically astute in the cabal with whom I consort (and could name if challenged – to validate my claim).
His penchant to apologies causes me to wonder whether he might soon apologies for being a male?
In my view, Mr Luxon lacks the confidence to lead National during a point in time when the party needs bold unequivocal leadership.
His pitiful performance over Abortion Rights is a case in point. The simple answer to that issue was: “Abortion is a conscience vote. It always has been thus, in the National caucus.”
I gave Chris Luxon a fair hearing when he arrived (2).
Today I say: “In the best interests of National, Mr Luxon – it’s time to move aside and allow Nicola Willis to take the reins.
Meanwhile, I do ponder the applicability of Mathew 10.36 to the plight of my former fortress.
Ross Meurant, graduate in politics both at university and as a Member of Parliament; formerly police inspector in charge of Auckland spies & V.I.P. security; currently Honorary Consul for an African state, Trustee and CEO of Russian owned commercial assets in New Zealand and has international business interest.