Split­ting the vote

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

I’d nor­mally be pleased to see that a new Chris­tian po­lit­i­cal party has been launched, in­tend­ing to con­test the next gen­eral elec­tion, but I’m wor­ried that the Destiny Church’s Bishop Tamaki has an­nounced that he and his de­nom­i­na­tion are found­ing such a Chris­tian one for that pur­pose.

My nasty sus­pi­cious mind has been ex­er­cised by the no­tion that other par­ties (es­pe­cially Na­tional) are prob­a­bly wor­ried that the New Con­ser­va­tives are gain­ing sup­port in the opin­ion polls, and are at­tract­ing Chris­tian and/or con­ser­va­tive vot­ers dis­il­lu­sioned with how Na­tional, Labour and NZ First are now be­hav­ing with re­gard to the tra­di­tional Ju­daeo-Chris­tian moral­ity, which used to be the ba­sis for all of our laws, whether or not we are be­liev­ers in the Bi­ble faiths.

It is likely that a new Chris­tian party would take away a good deal of the sup­port that the New Con­ser­va­tives are get­ting. The vote would be split be­tween or among those par­ties (two or more), so that none of them would get enough votes to have a List MP, let alone a con­stituency MP, elected to Par­lia­ment.

It might be pos­si­ble for such par­ties to work to­gether, and agree on which elec­torates each of them would con­test, so as not to split the Chris­tian and/or con­ser­va­tive vote na­tion­wide, but will they do this? As all the main par­ties ap­pear to have sold out to god­less hu­man­ism, grow­ing Marx­ism, and some fea­tures of Hitler’s Nazis, there’s no hope of stop­ping them un­less par­ties and peo­ple with tra­di­tional values get into Par­lia­ment.

Those values are noth­ing but what all peo­ple in New Zealand and the whole West­ern world took for granted be­fore about 1975 — there’s noth­ing strange, new, and rad­i­cal about them. How­ever, the pro­gres­sive brain­wash­ing that has per­co­lated through the whole ed­u­ca­tion pyra­mid in re­cent decades, be­gin­ning with the uni­ver­si­ties, has now reached the kinder­gartens; so many young­sters

now treat all the evil no­tions as ax­iomatic.

De­con­tam­i­nat­ing the young is an up­hill fight, alas, and Satan’s ser­vants will stop at noth­ing to pre­vent it. H WESTFOLD

Mi­ra­mar

who have of­fices in the hospi­tal. They are not GPs; each spe­cialises in an area of medicine.

Hav­ing cho­sen, put your name on the doc­tor’s list for that day; you can’t make ap­point­ments in ad­vance. The doc­tor’s sec­re­tary/nurse will es­ti­mate my wait­ing time, which could be min­utes or hours. Be­fore I see the doc­tor my height, weight and blood pres­sure will be recorded, as well as the rea­son for the visit.

The doc­tors are pre­dom­i­nantly women, speak flu­ent English (though of­ten say­ing speak­ing English “gives me a nose bleed,” ie it’s stress­ful) and are very pro­fes­sional. The doc­tor will write a script, or­der blood tests, X-rays etc as nec­es­sary. My con­sul­ta­tion fee is about $NZ8.75 — same as for a lo­cal.

My pre­scrip­tion here is re­newed in­def­i­nitely with­out see­ing the doc­tor again. In fact the phar­macy will ac­cept a pre­vi­ous till re­ceipt, and sup­ply any num­ber of pills, only lim­ited by how much cash you have. One of my pills costs 80-plus NZ cents each, an­other 11 cents.

There isn’t the equiv­a­lent of the Switzer Home here. It’s ex­pected that fam­i­lies will care for their el­derly. Che’s ex­tended fam­ily have a fund; if there is, say, a fam­ily death, ev­ery­one con­trib­utes to cover the ex­penses. Our church will also have spe­cific col­lec­tions for con­gre­ga­tion mem­bers who are in hospi­tal to help pay their med­i­cal bills.

I have ex­pe­ri­enced one emer­gency hospi­tal visit, when I re­acted badly to some fish I ate for din­ner. I was taken to the Lianga Ru­ral Hospi­tal for treat­ment, and ad­mit­ted for ob­ser­va­tion overnight. All pro­ce­dures, like tak­ing blood sam­ples, in­sert­ing IV lines, are done in a pub­lic area. I think this is for ef­fi­ciency.

I was lucky be­cause a pri­vate room was avail­able. The pub­lic ward was over­crowded, so some pa­tients’ beds were in the cor­ri­dor. My room had its own bath­room and air con, but I had to sup­ply soap, toi­let pa­per etc my­self. You must bring ev­ery­thing needed your­self, even hot wa­ter for cof­fee.

Next day the doc­tor said I could be dis­charged. Then I ex­pe­ri­enced the long

pay­ment process. Every item was charged for, even a stick­ing plaster. Fi­nally, af­ter we paid, the nurse was per­mit­ted to re­move my IV line etc and we were able to go home — the to­tal cost $NZ53. GRAEME FAWCETT

Barobo, Philip­pines

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