Since the election of New Zealand’s First Labour Government in 1935 led by Michael Joseph Savage, the Labour Party is considered by many to be the party that best represents the interests of the working class.
The Savage Government instituted a range of policy reforms that provided a safety net for workers and the unemployed. It was the birth of this country’s welfare State – the cradle to the grave policy. Coming to power during the height of the Great Depression, that First Labour Government remained in office until 1949 and the policies it implemented for the most part remained in place until the Fourth Labour Government was elected in July 1984. Then everything changed.
The restructuring that transformed the foundations of the New Zealand economy and the public service during the excessive 80s also began a time when New Zealand Labour Party abandoned its support base – the working class and Māori. University educated Labour MPs initiated Chicago School of Economics reforms that ultimately through the 80s and the 90s left behind many of its traditional supporters.
When the late Jim Anderton quit Labour to form the then New Labour Party which in turn became the Alliance, he was asked why he left. His response was simply put, “I never left the Labour Party, the Labour Party left me.”
That statement stands today for many workers and Māori, but they don’t know it. And if they do understand it, they can’t quite believe it.
Where do workers – our hospital and health staff, teachers, civil servants, and union members – turn to now that the Sixth Labour Government has turned its back on them? The unions, there to help their members, are so wedded to the Labour Party that workers can’t seek refuge there. Thrown into a hopeless pit of despair and anxiety, wondering if their livelihoods are going to be taken away.
It’s not the self-employed and business owners who suffer from the “No Jab, No Job” policy of this government – they’ll be fine, and will still have income. People who work for themselves and rely on their own skills and attributes don’t tend to vote for socialist governments.
No, it’s the livelihoods of thousands of Labour’s traditional voter base that will suffer the effects of this government, which has literally screwed Kiwi workers in favour of an American multi-national company and a vaccine that is deficient in its long-term effectiveness against coronavirus.
Māori, which make up a greater percentage of the working class, will suffer more. Once again the Crown is making decisions that will ensure Māori ongoing subjugation and State dependency – Colonisation Mark 2.
It is no wonder that Māori around the country are rebelling against this government by slowing down the vaccine rollout aimed at them!
RK is highly supportive of our Māori brethren and Labour traditional voters who are fighting back against this tyranny and the sell-out Māori Labour MPs – you know who they are. (And let’s not forget that other Northern sell-out, Hone Harawira, who must be suffering from an acute bout of Stockholm Syndrome.)