If I was a current Opposition Party Leader, below are some of the policies I’d initially announce to get the ball rolling.
- Hold a referendum asking New Zealanders whether they want a name change for the nation. If more than half vote yes, a Commission will be established to receive public submissions on a new name and put the most popular three to a vote at the next election.
NOTE: I’m on record over the years pointing out the historic silliness of our country’s name.
But if it’s to be changed then it should be SOLELY FOR THE PUBLIC AND NOT ANONYMOUS PUBLIC SERVANTS AND THE MEDIA TO DECIDE.
2. Legislation will be introduced making all public offices subject to a democratic vote, namely one for each adult. It will be illegal for government to make appointments, provide services and rights on ethnicity grounds, thus abolish the maori seats which if initially desirable, are now unnecessary.
3. The previous laws against begging on our streets will be resurrected, just as they are being in many European nations, with others planning to do so.
It’s a degrading spectacle to see obese, circa 30 year old maori males lying on our streets, a paper cup in one hand and a cell-phone in the other. We have a generous welfare society, hand in hand with a massive labour shortage, notably in low-skilled work. These parasitical bums degrade themselves and our society by their presence.
4. There will be an immediate halt to the ludicrous cone situation clogging our roads in town and country. This is a recent years phenomenon, has never happened before and occurs no-where else in the world. Henceforth cones will be confined to 20 metres on each end of actual active work.
5. Re-introduce the 3 strikes law as part of a more punitive approach to criminal activity.
6. Open the doors wide to migrants. We’re an underpopulated nation with considerable labour shortages.
Target in particular Asian migrants as the evidence clearly shows they bring their cultures of industry, honesty and economic independence. The last three decades Asian migration to New Zealand has been the best single thing to happen to New Zealand in its history.
7. Ban working from home with public servants. The evidence from abroad from the private sector, overwhelmingly shows this to be nonsense.
8. In election years, make it compulsory for the public radio and television broadcasters to provide equal time for Oppositions to comment on issues with the same time provided for the government spokespersons. In the interest of sustaining freedom of thought, this would not apply to privately owned media. But neutrality must apply to the publicly owned media.
9. Introduce a 3 months lifetime limit on unemployment benefits for able-bodied healthy individuals.
10. Pay university fees for students in their years of study from their second years onward, subject to them receiving good results after their first year and thereafter.