Democ­racy is bro­ken

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

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,

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