Having said goodbye to a whole bunch of MPs, we shouldn't forget that it isn't the end of the story. We're getting another lot, and one more! Don't blame me, I didn't vote for any of them!
Now David Farrar has kindly provided the list
, and while he is generous about most of them (he does love politics and politicians a lot he does), I thought I'd do my dash through the lot to see if there are libertarian reasons to like any of them (or any other random reasons that might make up for anything else). I did, after all, go through all the Labour candidates and didn't have enough time (or commitment, or willingness to sacrifice employment) to go through the Nats. So, because it's harder this way, let's look at the parties in reverse order of number of new MPs.
The rating I'll give an MP elect is tentative, after all what WILL he or she do? However it will be fairly simple: pro-freedom, status quo or anti-freedom with a mild or a strong. Note none are libertarian, being pro-freedom means compared to the status quo, it isn't necessarily consistent.Maori PartyRahui Katene
(new MP for Te Tai Tonga) Father was cousin of Eva Rickard, she's a lawyer who graduated from Victoria, career been in Maori Legal Services and contracting as a legal consultant to iwis. Nothing that indicates much one way or the other, except she IS in the Maori Party and does mention the Marxist Angeline Greensill. Verdict
: Anti-freedom given her party affiliation, but really too early to tell.ACTSir Roger Douglas we all know. Roger does believe in less government, privatisation and more consumer choice, but we also know he likes efficient taxation and maintaining the welfare state and universal health and education access funded by the state. He's pro freedom, but no libertarian.John Boscawen is significant for being behind the campaign against the EFA, that's enough to say Pro-freedom on this issue at least.David Garrett from the Sensible Sentencing Trust is more worrying. While I'm supportive of a tougher line on crime, SST wants everyone arrested to have to supply DNA. This is further than National's policy. I'd like David to clarify what he thinks should be done. Anti-freedom if he believes in a Police state to Police us, awaiting clarification.GreenKevin Hague. Former Health Board CEO. History of causes from opposing apartheid to promoting Treaty of Waitangi. Another gay MP. Clearly strongly socially liberal but also keen to use the state to compel being liberal. Odds are he wants more governmet. Anti-freedom.Catherine Delahunty Mad as can be Marxist who believes in overthrowing the capitalist system, is anti science (GE) and anti free trade. Strongly anti-freedom.LabourRajen Prasad Nice guy, but as I said before he is into a carefully constructed society that wipes every tear. Now that isn't that scary when you have met the guy, he is a very gentle man, but it doesn't bode well for less government. Mildly anti-freedomJacinda Ardern Member for London. Look if you joined Labour this recently you have to love Nanny State. Anti-freedom.Raymond Huo Nothing much to tell here, I'll give him benefit of the doubt. Status quo.Phil Twyford He's firmly on the left loves government. Mildly anti-freedom.Carol Beaumont Turned a safe Labour seat to National, is ex. CTU and believes in "activism". Wants to strengthen democracy so is deluded about the EFA. Anti-freedom.Kelvin Davis Actually not half bad, but he's Labour. Status quoCarmel Sepuloni Believes in participating in all levels of decision making, is involved in local government, believes in social justice and equity, so clearly approves of Nanny State. Mildly anti-freedom.Stuart Nash. Fairly empty profile, nothing exciting here though DPF says he has real charisma (maybe why he never mentions Labour on his profile). Status quo.Clare Curran - Dunedin South. Like I said before, vile little PR spinmistress. Promoted How to position National as the “enemies of the people”.
Cheerleader of Nanny State and truth stretching. Strongly anti-freedom.Grant Robertson - Wellington Central
Into redistribution, equality and affirmative action
. Strongly anti-freedom.Chris Hipkins - Rimutaka
Deluded into thinking NZ led the world on fighting apartheid and the Vietnam War, but he loves the state running health and roads. Strongly anti-freedomIain Lees-Galloway - Palmerston North He says
"Do we continue with positive, progressive, inclusive change that delivers for all New Zealanders or do we change back to the bad old days of individualism and division? Of the politics of the few at the expense of the community"
Strongly Anti-freedom.Brendon Burns - Christchurch Central
Well he's a PR hack for Labour
, and got passionate about stopping the privatisation of local power companies. ugh. Anti-freedom
shudder, now the Nats, surely there is some hope here? NationalSteven Joyce
. Founder of Energy FM New Plymouth, quite an entrepreneur. Managed the 2005 campaign for National. Mildly pro-freedom given backgroundPeseta Sam Lotu-Iiga
- Maungakiekie. Lawyer, city councillor, involved in the voluntary sector. Who knows?Hekia Parata
- Ex bureaucrat and runs a "business" selling Maori consultancy services primarily to the state sector. Doesn't tolerate dissenting views. Anti-freedom.Melissa Lee
- Korean born journalist, not many other signs of ideology. Who knows?Kanwal JS Bakshi
Businessman who works in the voluntary sector too, and a migrant. Who knows?Paul Quinn
Big on Treaty issues, businessman, successful in sports. Hard to tell this one. Suspicious of anyone who has been part of the Treaty industry who doesn't explain what's wrong with it. Status quo.Michael Woodhouse
. Private hospital manager, got to be some hope in that. Mildly pro-freedomSimon Bridges
- Tauranga. Calming down from him slaying Winston, he's a Crown Prosecutor, and struggle if I may, I can't figure out what he believes in.Amy Adams
- Selwyn. Lawyer, fought against Therapeutic Products and Medicines Bill, believes in personal responsibility. Mildly pro-freedom.Louise Upston
- Taupo. Business woman, project manager and something called a Business Excellence Evaluator (ugh). Who knows?Todd McClay
- Rotorua. A diplomat who believes "that healthcare is a fundamental right that should be affordable and available to all
". Mildly anti-freedom, given his father's credentials.Tim Macindoe
- Hamilton West. CEO of Arts Waikato, is a parishioner and appears to have sought local and central government funding for several causes. That's not good for freedom. Mildly anti-freedom.Aaron Gilmore
- Yeah he's ok. Mildly pro-freedom.Nikki Kaye
- Auckland Central - Scientist, training to be a lawyer, but is partly popular due to her looks and unseating Judith Tizard. However, nothing much to say she'll do anything about freedom. Who knows?Cam Calder
- A dentist, website
never mentions freedom or individuals, but talks about resourcing health and education. Status quo.Jonathan Young
- New Plymouth. Venn Young's son (As in Venn Young, Muldoon era). Teacher and preacher. Mildly Anti-freedom surely.
So, calmed down now?
Let's wait till the special votes are counted, and then the maiden speeches. Maybe they will tell us more. On balance though quite a few believers in big government and a whole bunch of people who didn't ever say what they thought the role of the state was, or mention freedom, or individuals, or what government shouldn't do.