The Treaty of Waitingi – saving us from our own folly
Whilst 60% to 70% of New Zealanders opposed state asset sales, bizarrely 47.31% still voted for National.
This blogger knows two tradesmen who voted National last year despite being vehemently opposed to selling state assets.
It’s a quirk of our nature that some folk vote for things they don’t like or support. The assets sale issue is another example of New Zealanders demonstrating a form of political ‘schizophrenia’ and voting for something they dislike.
Luckily – despite not having a US-style Constitution to protect our interests from nutty, neo-liberal National Party ideology – our very own Treaty of Waitangi may have pulled our collective backsides out of the fire, and may be the one, single mechanism that puts a halt to National’s unpopular policy to hock off our property.
The irony of this should be abundantly obvious to all; the Treaty was orginally designed to protect tangata whenua from the excesses of colonial rule (which was not exactly a stirling success).
Now, 172 years after Te Tiriti was signed, our Founding Document may be the means by which Pakeha are saved from their own collective folly.
We should hang our heads in shame, and be thankful to Maori. Because of their efforts, our power companies, Solid Energy, and Air New Zealand will not end up being owned by investors from Beijing, Berlin, or Boston.
We may just have saved something of our treasures for our children to inherit.
Dominion Post: Hold off asset sales, Waitangi Tribunal says
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