Democracy is broken
Far North conservatives can’t complain about not having a voice when they have the Northland Age. When, for instance, a report on the Labour-led government’s ‘commitment to Northland’ tour contains a central, attention-grabbing, bold-typeface insert for Opposition MP Matt King’s utterances.
Such bias is only eclipsed by space regularly yielded to Muriel Newman and her spuriously named NZ Centre for Political Research, mouthpiece of a small and quite extreme cohort of the population, whose voices are also heard on race-fear-and-hatred platforms like Hobson’s Pledge, Kiwi Frontline and One NZ Foundation — Don Brash, Mike Butler and Reuben Chapple on behalf of Allan Titford, to name a few.
These are folk, some claiming to be ‘historians’, who are incapable of progressing beyond inter-tribal warfare in the 1830s, nearly two centuries ago, the early-colonial Musket Wars (using British muskets), which they call Ma¯ ori genocide,