I have voted for National all my working life. (I am now 67) Never again!
Why have I come to this decision?
1. They supported the COL and their stupid knee jerk reaction to the Christchurch shootings. (Someone did something) By supporting the gun buyback legislation, when it would have passed without their votes was the response of a weak opposition. Instead, they should have stood up for the rights of citizens to lawfully own these guns. In the process of agreeing to this draconian legislation, they have made criminals of all law abiding legal gun owners, who have elected to ignore the gun buyback.
2. Their stupid policy of supporting Climate change being taught in schools. What does this even mean? I bet they don’t know. They are so desperate to regain the treasury benches, they will say anything that looks like getting the woke and stupid to vote for them. From their education spokesman:
“National are supportive of climate change being taught in schools. However, the process around developing the curriculum and Ministry led curriculum resources needs to be balanced and communicated well. We have concerns that this decision combined with Ministers press release has caused confusion and angst with some parents because people have thought that this particular resource is now a change to the curriculum.
There has been no change to the curriculum so it is totally up to schools as to whether they use this particular resource or not. We are aware of genuine concerns raised by parents and groups about a lack of balance in this material and also striking the delicate balance of informing children about these issues while not causing unnecessary anxiety. While some material looks fine National has concerns about some of the document.”
What utter bullshit. Trying to have a bob each way. Typical wowsers who cannot be seen making the hard decisions.
3.They cannot reply to emails sent from concerned voters. I have sent emails to all National MP’s. Only two replied in detail. In this digital age, if they cannot engage with us, then they don’t deserve our votes.
4. The way they voted in the End of Life Choice bill. National decided to voting on this as a “conscience issue”. 17 National MPs voted in support, 38 against. They are put in that job as OUR representatives. For them to exercise such a vote without coming back to their electorates and asking OUR opinions is despicable and shows how they hold US, the voters in contempt.
I am sure you can think of more reasons why we should not give National our party vote next election. Feel free to add to my list.