ER Editor: The first impulse we had when we read about the accession of New Zealand’s Christopher Luxon to power was, is he associated with the World Economic Forum? And on cue, a video popped up on this topic (if a politician’s lips move … you know the rest). At least somebody in the voting population has the right idea to ask a very pertinent question:
This from May of this year on Luxon speaking to a crowd at a NZ bowling club —
In this article, Luxon is reported to have basically dodged a question on the UN and WEF, which the dull reporter behind this piece labels ‘conspiratorial’.
The Daily Sceptic below has picked up a piece by the Telegraph, which is NOT behind a paywall.
There is a good reason farmers are being given priority in New Zealand, according to the Telegraph piece —
Speaking to The Telegraph after securing his seat in the Rotorua electorate, Todd McClay, National’s spokesman for agriculture, said his party would go through Labour’s farming policies rule by rule.
“The ones that aren’t actually achieving anything, the ones that are just adding cost, we’ll either take them away or fix them to make them better,” he said.
“Morale in rural New Zealand is at an all-time low, and we need to fix that.
“We are an export nation, producing high-quality food and fibre that the world wants, and we need our farmers to be doing well because that’s how our economy does well.”
Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party Thrown Out of Office in New Zealand Election
New Zealanders resoundingly elected a new conservative Government on Saturday, as incumbent Prime Minister Chris Hipkins conceded that Labour’s six years in power were over.
The National Party’s Christopher Luxon said New Zealanders had “reached for hope and voted for change” after a campaign dominated by an increasingly difficult economic situation and a backlash against the Labour party’s environmental policies among farmers. (ER: NOT THE DISASTROUS, TYRANNICAL COVID AND VACCINATION POLICIES??? See below)
“It’s a weight off our shoulders,” said Joe Lloyd, a sheep and beef farmer watching election coverage on television from his living room in the Waikato region.
Mr. Lloyd had been hoping for a National-ACT coalition, and put his vote behind the minority party due to its staunch stance on standing up for rural communities.
Alastair Reeves, another Waikato-based sheep and beef farmer, said he was “thrilled” about the new government. “Labour pitted urban New Zealand against rural New Zealand, and undermined our businesses by painting us as the polluters of the planet. We’ve been bombarded by regulations. They did everything they could to knock farmers’ confidence,” he said.
Saturday’s result was a dramatic contrast to Labour’s landslide victory under Jacinda Ardern’s leadership in 2020.
Mr Hipkins bowed out of the contest with just 85% of the votes counted. The National Party and its coalition partner were projected to win 61 seats – enough to secure a majority in New Zealand’s 120-seat parliament.
Formerly the CEO of Air New Zealand, Mr. Luxon campaigned to “get our country back on track”.
The message resonated with a population suffering under a cost-of-living crisis and worried about unprecedented spates of violent crime. …
Many New Zealanders also hadn’t forgiven Ms. Ardern for how she handled the COVID-19 pandemic.
Policies like barring overseas New Zealanders from returning home, enforcing harsh lockdowns, mandating the vaccine and refusing to face up to mandate protestors camped outside parliament, all contributed to her declining popularity before her resignation.
While her policies helped New Zealand maintain its impressively low death rate, the country’s High Court went on to deem some of the government’s pandemic policies as “unjustifiable” in a functioning democracy.
The agriculture industry had it particularly tough under Labour’s six years in power. It weathered an onslaught of green initiatives that were criticised by farmers and opposition parties as unnecessary at best, harmful to the country at worst.
Had Labour remained in power, one of these would have been the world’s first tax on methane belched and farted by livestock – by 2026. A bitter pill to swallow, New Zealand farmers felt, given they are some of the most greenhouse gas-efficient food producers in the world.
Worth reading in full.
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