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Engaging on TOP’s Discussion Boards

The rules for engagement on TOP’s various online channels are really easy. Be civil and your comment &/or query will be respected. Don’t and you will get whatever you served up, back with interest. And after 3 opportunities you’ll simply be banned. That has been made clear from Day One. Pity Rodney Hide still doesn’t get it – that what he, Don Brash, and ACT represent is repulsive to most New Zealanders and there’s no way their nutty extremism will not be met with fire on our channels.

Let there be no misunderstanding – our political enemies are NZ’s Far Right and its Regressive Conservatives. The former are just ghastly and don’t give a stuff about other people, have no idea what free markets are, praise oligarchs and other forms of concentrated market and political power. They gave free market economics (as economists define them) a terrible name in the 1980’s and the damage lingers – no trickle down, nowhere.

The ideological mantra of “I’m okay Jack, pull up the ladder” which ACTs various forms have tried to promote was repulsive not only to John Key’s National but every other New Zealander. Hide, Brash, Collins and Co just don’t accept that.

So it comes as no surprise to me that Hide is feeling a bit bruised now that The Opportunities Party stands for everything he doesn’t. So long as he and his fellow trolls think they can engage on our channels without an evidence base, without any justification but just by spewing an ideology, and most of the time without civility, they’ll be treated with contempt and in the end banned as lowlifes. Hide can always resurrect his own failed Far Right vehicle of course – good luck with that, bring it on.

Then we come to the Regressive Conservatives – those who have a number of apologists operating as shock jock media “stars”. It’s time their underlying agenda was exposed as well, which I won’t hesitate to do if confronted by the sort of bile that Paul Henry launched at me the other day. These twits just don’t seem to care that inequality has opened up dramatically in New Zealand, that the whole idea of a fair society has gone down the toilet because of tax and other privileges afforded their cohort, that their lives of privilege are not fully awarded on merit actually, that the deck is stacked their way so they can tread over others on their path to greatness.

Roger Douglas – before he lost the plot – declared back in the 1980’s that he was against privilege, and for equality of opportunity. So am I – I recognise that outcomes will be different simply because talent is not equally distributed, but what I can’t stand is people who have benefitted from privilege having the gall to say all they’ve got is due to their own “hard work”. As though others don’t work hard – who do these free loaders think they are?

It is for New Zealanders to stand up and assert our values – this should be the land of the fair go. By making New Zealand fair again, TOP will achieve a more prosperous society that far more New Zealanders have a chance to be part of.

Sorry Rodney, take your ACT philosophy and shove it.

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  • Seann Paurini
    commented 2016-12-20 17:13:41 +1300
    The thing with Paul Henry and the ACT guy is that – I think they’ll never get it. Probably never had to stand in line or do the hard yards, maybe Rodney has and maybe he’s just a sociopath/selfish. I think young David the leader of ACT is just a player. TOP will be appealing to ordinary folks and folks who have broad experience of life e.g. who have moved in and out of struggle – sometimes done well, sometimes had it tough. Really happy TOP has come along.
  • Alistair Newbould
    commented 2016-12-20 15:08:24 +1300
    Well done with the Paul Henry “interview” where you held your cool in face of ignorance and unprofessional journalism. He talked 10 x more than he allowed you and listened to nothing. But are those tweets quoted by Rodney Hide for real? One of the values I hold dear is to maintain calm in face of abuse. Responding in kind will only encourage trolling. You will never win the arguement with those types, but those watching from the sidelines will respect the person who knows their subject and answers concerns with facts. TOP policies are fair and overdue. Let them stand on their merits. Don’t lower yourself to the trolls level. And if the “quotes” are not quotes then Rodney needs to be told. Maybe a thirty second delay on the send key? ;-)
  • Alan Law
    followed this page 2016-12-20 13:39:39 +1300
  • Kate Tyson
    followed this page 2016-12-20 11:31:20 +1300
  • Alistair Newbould
    commented 2016-12-19 22:10:38 +1300
    Kathryn Ryan tried to raise the TOP tax policy with our new PM:
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201828245/what-will-english-do-differently
    Not so sure she understands it, but at least it got a little acknowledgement
  • Seann Paurini
    commented 2016-12-19 15:58:03 +1300
    Thanks Max, I have the same worries. As for TOP, I’m observing the moves at the moment & I like it so far. I’ve joined as well because I’m interested in education, health, justice & welfare & original approaches to these in the 21stC. I can’t see how we can’t get these almost perfect in our little country, I.e. serving everyone well, in an innovative & logical way.
  • Oliver Krollmann
    followed this page 2016-12-19 15:56:52 +1300
  • Seann Paurini
    commented 2016-12-18 17:06:49 +1300
    Refreshing, straight up. And I hope that most of our NZ people (us, whoever we are) can see through the obfuscation from the usual ideological blather that comes from the same crowd. Fear we’ve gone so deep into the psychology of “Rogernomics” that everything is infested by it, Left, Right & otherwise. The ideas/ideals of that whole era seems to have permeated everything in NZ, social, economic, cultural, ethnic, political, artistic. We definitely need an original, fearless, ethical group of voices to disrupt the system. Its a mess.
  • Harold Wereta
    commented 2016-12-18 16:27:44 +1300
    Well said and I do admire the fresh view being put forward by The Opportnities Party.