Gender Definer Revealed Real Urban Mind Set in Oceania
It might have been coincidence but gender arbiter Posie Parker’s incendiary visit to New Zealand was followed by a series of political shifts that starkly revealed a realignment of loyalties that share one single characteristic which is that the institutions involved shy away from discussing them.
Miss Parker’s visit illuminated the intense urban focus on identity sensitivities centred on race and gender at the expense of mundane matters such as the cost of living.
New Zealand’s Labour-led government nearly six years ago inserted itself into Great Power scale moral movements by cancelling the issuance of oil and gas exploration permits thus effectively closing the nation’s only oil refinery and introducing an era of accelerated consumer energy costs.
In the event what sociologists know as situation ethics has captured the urban imagination replacing the quite recent Labour-Green recipe of global virtue known as being on the right side of history.
This shift to urban individual self- determination is the still unrecognised theme of the reaction to the Posie Parker visit.
People took out of it whatever suited their personal preference, whatever made them feel better about themselves.
The stronger they felt about their own reactions to Posie Parker the more the urban university cum public sector class believed themselves to be personally purified.
This is why the National and Labour political parties are now so inner-urban focussed.
This feel-good craving is largely missed by the legacy media both print and broadcasting.
These give pre-eminence to the old trans Atlantic refrain characterised by ETS readings and adding the word “crisis” to any report dealing with the weather.
It took the one year old start up The Platform radio station to spot the trend.
It rammed Posie Parker down the self-regarding throat of the prime ministerial press conference by asking the surprised premier the mild mannered Chris Hipkins to define a “woman.”
Post Posie Parker’s squirmy topic symbolises the new political configuration.
So did the announcement of the president of Federated Farmer Andrew Hoggard to resign and become a candidate for the more conservative ACT party in the pending general election.
In its determination to winkle out the professional class urban vote the National Party, once the farmers party, has abandoned its own constituency.
The twinning of the Covid 19 epidemic and the climate became a weird if curiously embedded duality syndrome in the upper reaches of the international bodies that codify levels of nation-state virtue.
It was said that the experience and the resources used in fighting the Covid virus would be re-deployed to even greater effect in fighting climatic fluctuations.
This giddy chorus was taken up in New Zealand which now officially supercharged its grip on these twin horsemen of the contemporary apocalypse.
The government now introduced the direct subsidy of approved print publications and broadcasters. The government already controlled the main television channel and also the main radio channel anyway.
If any questions did arise as to how New Zealand was to actually cope with this “crisis” when it arrived these questions became utterly submerged under the dogma of the nation’s contribution to this same crisis.
This devolved onto the nation’s modelled contribution to world atmospheric carbon dioxide of 0.15percent (recently boosted to 0.17percent.)
This barely calculable notional figure became weaponised when rendered in terms of gas-per-head of the population of five million.
Utterly pre-occupied with its global positioning “on the right side of history” the government was heedless to the arrival of the actual crisis.
Strategically its emergency services were focussed on eliminating things like homophobia or misogyny. It was blind to the southerly migration of the cyclone belt. Ironically due to the very “warming” that so alarmed the government and its media chorus.
Jacinda Ardern as premier held the institutional media spellbound with her wide-eyed proclamations of global recognition for the nation and its taking its place on Mt Olympus summit reserved for the virtuous.
Posie Parker in her brief appearance in an Auckland public park provided a revelation of the new and rather less glorious aspirations of an urban professional class which is now being so ardently courted by the political parties.