Rodney Hide points out a non-conservative Colin Craig in Hidesight: Soundbite gobbles up Conservative hopes.
I prefer doers to armchair critics. That’s why I admire all those standing for office.
There are more than enough sitting on the sidelines throwing rocks. There are precious few putting their hands up attempting to make a difference.
I am doubly impressed by anyone taking it on themselves to start a whole new party. That requires huge commitment and superhuman effort. It means having the courage to step outside the security of the two old parties to create something new and something different. It’s no easy task.
Colin Craig, leader of the new Conservative Party, has my admiration twice over. He’s established a new party and he’s standing. And more than that, he’s a conservative.
Having unloaded all that, I now must say I’m disappointed. I have never seen a party so quickly abandon its principles.
Not so good.
The Conservative Party stands apart from all that. Or so it should. And yet at the very first opportunity Mr Craig has jettisoned his party’s principles. He threw away his party’s unique selling point. He didn’t have to. The party could have stuck to its principles and produced the only policy that would have actually worked. But no. Mr Craig dumped the party’s principles in favour of an ill-conceived, nonsensical and counterproductive sound-bite.
“Use it or lose it” is Mr Craig’s message to landowners around Auckland. He told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that, “I’d be writing a letter to all those developers who have locked up all that land and be saying, ‘Look, you’ve got five years to build houses, otherwise we’ll be buying it from you under the Public Works Act.’”
Poof. That’s private property blown up with a bang. Private property! That’s the very heart soul of conservative parties around the world, down through the ages.
It’s not Craig’s only sign of non-conservatism – he also opposes asset sales – but it’s another significant aberration.
Conservative – yeah, nah.
There seems to be more ‘Colin Craig’ than ‘Conservative’.