If you go here you'll learn that "the National Party seeks a safe, prosperous and successful New Zealand that creates opportunities for all New Zealanders to reach their personal goals and dreams".
We believe this will be achieved by building a society based on the following values (among others):
• Individual freedom and choice
• Personal responsibility
• Limited government
So the latest National announcement calling for party pills to be banned is another example of the gross inconsistency with these principles. No freedom and choice, no personal responsibility and anything but limited government. Jacqui Dean should not be in the National Party, she does not want a society based upon the values of that party (but then who would be left? seriously!). She says "'With party season approaching, Mr Anderton's inaction can only mean trouble." Trouble because people can't ingest something following the instructions on the packets, a bit like alcohol. Jacqui you are not the nation's mum - leave people who enjoy themselves alone.
but then why should I be surprised when this follows:
- National's support for retaining current pro-union industrial relations laws which Not PC has commented on appropriately (and Jordan Carter says justifies Labour moving further to the left);
-National's support for banning third party criticism of political parties (which was ultimately killed because Labour realised it couldn't work!);
- National's support for dismembering Telecom to benefit its competitors;
- National calling for the government to give Maori jobs "What we should be doing is putting more Maori into positions where they will receive training and have long term career opportunities";
- National calling for action on climate change, without saying what, why and the cost;
- John Key opposing allowing nuclear powered ships into New Zealand waters, without any objective reason why other than he basically can't be arsed arguing for it;
The Nats have never been good on personal freedom and if John Key could do something to redeem himself slightly, it would be to abandon the Nats conservative line on personal issues. After all Labour is sometimes more liberal and they have supported four Labour policies in the last few weeks. No wonder Jordan Carter is happy - the left have won half of the ideological battle, for now.