The Power of National’s “Daddy Statism”
A constant theme of National’s criticism of the previous Labour government was that Helen Clark’s government was engaging in “Nanny State” politics. The constant refrain was that Labour was controlling more and more of our lives and the repeal of Section 59 (commonly referred to as the “anti smacking law”) was held up as the prime example of state interference in our lives.
Yet, National voted in favour of that same Bill, passing it through the House with near unanimity.
National’s own penchant for state interference in our lives – referred to as “Daddy State” by some – is actually more pronounced than Labour’s ever was.
The latest example of state interference in the lives of ordinary New Zealanders is this extraordinary story, which appeared in today’s NZ Herald,
Anne Tolley has stated explicity,
“The biggest influence on learning is the teaching, and we want to make sure we have world-class teachers across the board. Making changes to initial teacher training and setting ‘disposition to teach’ criteria is to make sure we get the right people going into teaching.” Source
‘Disposition to teach’ criteria?!
The government intends to determine who is/isn’t suited to teach?
- If National wants to alienate our teachers and inspire them sufficiently to move to Australia – they are doing a fabulous job at it. We will have lost our teachers in the next few years, if National is returned to power.
- What will be the next profession where government sets “disposition criteria”? Doctors? Architects? Airline pilots? Ambulance drivers? Firefighters? All Blacks?
- Will National set “disposition criteria” for aspiring political candidates “to make sure we get the right people going into politics”?
National’s plan to test individuals for “disposition criteria” is one of the more chilling policies I’ve heard in a long time.
God knows what sort of society National politicians are envisaging – but I want no part of it. This is downright quasi-fascism. With a huge dose of bizarro-creepiness thrown in for good measure.
If anyone votes for National after this, they need a “disposition criteria”-check carried out on them.