Fresh from u-turning so much in one week that he’s lost political traction and is now endlessly spinning doughnuts over all National’s tax policy, Chis Luxon has struck a fairly lame note at this years conference.
The Party internally is riven by factions angry that the Auckland big money part of town now has total dominance over the internal processes of the Party.
This fight for power will emerge in the new appointment of the Party President.
The Blue Dragons (the Chinese faction of the National Party), are frustrated with the current Government’s siding with America and want more international policy but with the current donations scandal in Court, they can’t get any traction.
The rural faction and South Island factions are furious Big money Auckland has taken over while ignoring their culture issues.
The internal factions haven’t gone away because the hatchet was buried alongside Judith Collins lead lined coffin, Luxon won because Collins told her thralls to spite vote him to block Simon Bridges.
Luxon isn’t the best candidate, he was the compromise candidate, and what a compromise it’s turned out to be.
Look beyond the faction in fighting and Luxon’s tendency to blunder and U-turn every week, just look at the policy failure!
Not one of you can seriously believe that National’s economic ‘plan’ is anything other than total bullshit that won’t in any way shape or form solve the complex problems in front of us!
Let’s look at the above ‘plan’
‘Stop adding costs to business’ – You mean like the extended sick pay that we needed because of Covid? You mean like allowing workers who have been beaten during domestic violence time off work? You mean like Matariki? You mean like the minimum wage increases? If your business is on the verge of collapse because of sick days during a pandemic, allowing your workers to heal their domestic abuse bruises at home, basic pay rises and the only Māori public holiday, could I humbly suggest you shouldn’t be in fucking business! The low wage economy that National and ACT live for is the problem here, not extra days off that attempt to provide better work conditions.
‘Remove bottlenecks to the economy’ – Oh you mean mass immigration, the very mass immigration that crushed Auckland, sparked the housing crisis and forces domestic workers to compete against cheaper migrant labour? That’s not a solution, that’s the problem! It’s like National are the Dr and they’ve suggested amputating the body away from the Tumour so the Tumour can keep growing!
‘Disciplined Government Spending’ –National always tell us that will cut spending, but never actually explain where that spending cut will come from because you the voter will shit yourself when you see how much they want to slash and burn out of welfare, education and health.
‘Tax relief for hard working Kiwis’ – The average worker will get less than $1000 in National tax cuts, Luxon will take home $18 000 in tax cuts! Poor people aren’t stupid, they see through that!
‘Focus the Reserve Bank solely on inflation’ – So remove the welfare of the citizens and just focus on inflation? What a great step backwards!
NONE and I mean NONE of this is a solution! Cutting sick days, dumping public holidays, stopping minimum wage increases, mass immigration, tax cuts for the rich, vast slash and burn campaign on public services (but not telling you what those public services will be) and forcing the Gods of NZ Capitalism to focus solely on inflation are not solutions, they are a joke looking for a punchline.
You can be shitty with Labour, but don’t dare pretend Aloha Luxon has any answer!
The reason National pretended he was in Te Puke and not holidaying in Hawaii was because they knew how politically damaging it would be for him to manipulate everyones cost of living pain juxtapositioned with him sunning himself in Hawaii!
That juxtaposition would make his concerns look fake because My 7 Properties isn’t actually impacted by the cost of living crisis and National knew that kind of hypocrisy would indelibly stain his brand.
That he then had the audacity to bash beneficiaries and then double down and bash youth beneficiaries is the real Luxon and National Party at play, using their positions of privilege to shit on people less fortunate than them and mask that arrogance as ‘hand up not hand out’ charity.
This conference is coming across as desperate, because that’s what it is. Desperate!