Chris Trotter’s column ‘‘Nats warrior knight seizes the day’’ (Waikato Times, November 10) is right on the button, especially with his comment that Chris Hipkins made the mistake of believing that National would not stoop to turning the opening of Parliament into an ugly display of aggressive partisanship. The realists among us are starting to see the mask of genial political sportsmanship slip off the faces of not only Bill English, but most of his shadow cabinet as well. Look well upon the face of he of the short-lived prime-ministership, of the last of the golden days of National dominance . . . see past the mask of angry determination and aggression
. . . and finally you will see the true face of fear. The whole political playpen of world politics is changing – it has to – and there are so many factors, such as climate change and global warfare, that augur for a more compassionate world social climate. We will now see if National will desperately cling to the old-world mantra, ‘‘ Make the rich, richer, and keep the poor under control’’, by throwing its own toys out of the playpen, and kicking the coalition’s Lego constructions to pieces – or will it finally see the need to work collectively for the benefit of our great little country, putting aside the desperate lunge for the baubles of ‘‘pure’’ power?