Op­po­si­tion des­per­ate

Waikato Times - - Comment & Opinion -

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?

Den­nis Pen­nefa­ther

Te Awa­mutu

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