Splitting the vote
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
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