Steely Campaign Start Reveals shared National-Labour Constituency
New Zealand’s general election has taken on characteristics of a crusade and it was hardly surprising that its start can be traced to the fiery furnaces of an Australian steel works.
Here, government leaders (pictured) with hard hats and hard-line vote harvesting intentions gathered with the steelmakers to consecrate the government’s donation of at least $140 million to assist the works achieve zero goals.
This episode in which taxpayers subsidised a flourishing international steelmaker which records annual profits of several billion dollars might have been greeted with gasps of amazement, especially as it was a Labour government handing over the support.
In steelmaking terms the National Party is the sinter to Labour’s pellets.
Labour knew it had neutralised its opposition with the hand-out to BlueScope subsidiary New Zealand Steel.
The reason is that both parties know that in its donation the government slickly checkmated the Opposition.
Both know that the election is about the 413,000 “missing” National Party voters.
They know too where these errant voters live which is in the upscale city suburbs.
There is the understanding that the New Zealand general election will follow the example of the Australian federal election with its result predicted months before in this news site, see Australia Federal Election looks Weather Dependent.
Usual election considerations though more acute than ever have been brushed aside such as the more than 80 per cent of all homeless people turning up to community emergency housing providers and who are turned away.
The only figures that matter are the 0.15 percent that New Zealand is modelled as contributing to 0.04 percent of the world’s atmosphere in the form of Co2 which is critical to photosynthesis and thus the world’s food supply.
These fractions the main parties believe overwhelm electoral mainstays such as the cost of living which has been boosted by an artificially created energy shortage designed to capture the votes of this already favoured intelligentsia with its need to proclaim its planetary-size conscience.
Teals loom over the New Zealand general election like vultures or doves depending on who is contemplating them.
They were intentionally or unintentionally identified by Christopher Luxon upon his ascension to the leadership of the National Party, all 413,000 of them.
The Australian experience demonstrates that they are female or identify as such.
Their single issue preoccupation means that the government and the opposition share a focus and one which reveals some curious vistas.
One of these is the Let-Them-Eat-Cake one.
Here the government allocates a substantial budget to advertise to its subjects that if they are worried about feeling the pinch of advancing energy costs then they should turn down their heating, and spend less time in the shower.
This is a most revealing glimpse paradoxically magnified by the all-party silence with which it was received.
The political parties know that the blue-green teal bird nesting as it does in the more well-to-do suburbs is a wily bird requiring exquisite feeding and that if this is not forthcoming will fly away in any direction.
A spillway on Auckland’s Kaipara River which has flooded four times in recent months is relentlessly scheduled to be carpeted with a solar power station.
Worries about rare earth’s changing the composition forever of the soil of dairy districts are brushed aside in the rush to plant reactors on any low lying, cyclone-prone, river-girt pasture with ready access to a community sub station.