Why I can’t support the Conservatives…
The Conservatives, in my opinion, are rooted strongly in the past and are not able to embrace the changing world we live in. For them a better New Zealand would mean upholding the union between religion and state; reducing government control; limiting the powers of unions, reducing the rights of the labour movement; empowering the rich to become richer; pushing personal responsibility over social responsibility; limiting the rights of the indigenous Maori; and embracing the white culture as the culture of a better New Zealand. For them unity is found in uniformity and not in diversity. Under conservatism, a class system will develop between the privileged few and the working class majority.
I want a better New Zealand. I want a New Zealand where justice and equality prevails. I want a New Zealand that recognise the partnership Maori have with a multi-cultural Pakeha (non Maori). This will prevent one culture from being the culture of dominance in a better New Zealand. I want a New Zealand where the state looks after the health and well-being of its citizens and not see them as dispensable pawns for the rich and powerful to manipulate. I want a New Zealand that honours human rights, preserves the environment, and respects the diversity that is found in New Zealand. I want a New Zealand that embraces freedom. To me this is a better New Zealand.
I want a better New Zealand but not the one the Conservatives promise.