There is a real right-wing bias on this thread, with an apparent corresponding need to portray the government, its decisions, and – of course – its mistakes in the worst possible light. Many Geekzone members are tech people, and many of those run their own small businesses. Governments on the right, such as those led by National, are generally perceived to pursue policies that favour business, while those on the left are not. I wonder if this has anything to do with the tone of this thread.
I do not have an issue with pointing out the failures of our leaders, who certainly should be held to account, and I am not particularly impressed with the performance of this government up to now. The problem I have is that there seems to be an implicit assumption in the criticisms that a National government would somehow be the better alternative. I do not see this. When National were in power for nine years, they pursued policies that damaged the country in my opinion. I think it is valid to point those past failures out when looking at the performance of the present government. Since National is not in power today, it cannot be compared as if it were. Its past performance is the only thing that can be looked at.
National governments, or those in which National is the dominant influence, have very different priorities to Labour ones. National wants to build roads. Labour wants to improve public transport. Overall I find the priorities of the left more appealing than those of the right. That is why I vote for them.
There is an element of hysteria in some of the criticisms levelled here. Maybe this will turn out to be the worst government in the history of the country. Maybe it won’t. But Labour-led governments have not flushed the country down the toilet in the past and I don’t believe this one will, either.
Is Jacinda Ardern a weak leader? Maybe she just has a different leadership style. Maybe it is a male macho unforgiving power thing to jump on a Minister who makes a mistake and insist they should resign. Maybe a better approach is to let people learn from their mistakes so they can contribute more value. Maybe the more conciliatory cooperative female approach is to say that people make mistakes, and are entitled to a second chance. Maybe.
I expect this post will be met with the usual foaming responses. Bring it on.
Left or right, male or female, young or old, I don't give a toss. It is the content and context of the discussion that is important.