Is anyone terrified by MANA?

Anger. Fury. Fear. Bomber talks up a terror campaign at The Daily Blog:

It’s MANA that the elites fear turning populist anger against them

Bryce Edwards covers off the anger that is simmering in the electorate and the fear by elites of where that anger will erupt, but I think he misses a very important part of the spectrum which is open to radicalism.

And that is MANA.

To date the fear is that angry hordes of the disaffected and under educated will elect some type of Trump-esk figure who will take the nation to hell in a hand basket.

Maybe.

But if you look at who is bleeding here, it is young, poor and brown. The middle classes are getting nervous about the inequality and the pundits are scrambling to understand a poverty that is beyond their suburbs.

The furious response at Hone announcing his re-entry into politics suggests the elites fear those who are being hurt most by the housing crisis and growing inequality will rejoin the debate and demand a welfare state that isn’t as cruel and draconian as the current one has become.

I don’t recall seeing any fury. Bemusement was more apparent.

Radically demanding a reorganisation of the neoliberal state is what makes the elites nervous, not some old warhorse like Winston making ‘two wongs don’t make a right’ styled 1970s retro-racist jokes.

Given their lack of anything close to success to date radicals demanding a revolution will not be threatening many nerves.

If the poor and those on benefits re-engaged under a radical MANA brand demanding dignity, that would scare the bejesus out of the elites.

In the last election MANA attempted to gain representation using Kim Dotcom’s cash. The electorate punished Hone for trying to be too clever and screamed sell out, the grim reality of poverty however now howels at the door and those being hurt most by Key’s elitist economy are scrambling for a radical solution to their ever decreasing living standards. If MANA provides that, the elites will be terrified.

I doubt that many people will be terrified by Bradbury or by MANA.

Combined with the Internet Party and Dotcom’s millions they got 1.42% of the vote last election, they have no MPs, they barely register in polls, and Labour and the Greens have moved on without them. Labour never wanted to be seen with them.

Voters are likely to see another Bradbury promoted campaign not with terror but as terrible.

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20 Comments

  1. Sponge

     /  8th July 2016

    As usual, Bradbury talks a load of complete and utter shit.

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    • Kevin

       /  8th July 2016

      Yes but he’s always entertaining. You have to give him that.

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      • Gezza

         /  8th July 2016

        I’m with you on that one Kevin. I don’t read TDB any more because, well, there’s occasionally interesting stuff there but a lot of it just doesn’t interest me. I’ve seen a few discussions on Waatea 5th estate though that were worth watching (actually I prefer to listen than to watch, Martyn bouncing around sometimes is too much for me). May not agree with it all, but gained a few insights I didn’t have before.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  8th July 2016

          He doesn’t realise that the word ending is -esque, not -esk, and when it’s attached to a word, it doesn’t take a comma.

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          • Nelly Smickers

             /  8th July 2016

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            • Gezza

               /  8th July 2016

              I know how this poor woman feels but I’ve got better at letting it go and getting some sleep,

            • Post of the month Nelly … Post of the month … if not the year !!!!!!!!!! 😉

  2. Dougal

     /  8th July 2016

    I rate Bryce Edwards about the same as Jane Kelsey, both state funded marxist wind bags that add nothing positive to NZ society. Both of them are hell bent on turning us into the Russia of the south pacific. Bradbury is an even lower life form, his fawning over Herr Flick and the lap dancer showed his true colours. Has anyone seen Pam Squakery after her little rant? Is she running as an MP for Mana? No doubt she will be slacking off somewhere in Ranui sucking down cancer sticks and foaming at the mouth about Slater and his bestie JK. Laila Harre has come back from the Russian front I see, shlepping her way around the media outlets hoping someone would take her seriously.

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    • Blazer

       /  8th July 2016

      so who do you like then,any academics,politicians….love to know.

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  3. I have had some online contact with some irrational Recreational cannabis users, turns out they feel vindicated by their successful campaigning for Mana in the past… #facepalm. Mana deserves a voice in Parliament, They took a ballsy gamble and lost. The fringe needs representation to channel their energies into, but they will never be more than the fringe

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  4. PDB

     /  8th July 2016

    Bradbury – the political genius who got almost everything wrong about the 2014 election (apart from the date it occurred)……..the Daily Bog is but a cesspool of hate & bitterness.

    After much analysis the main differences between the 3 most popular political blogs in NZ were;

    *Whaleoil: Nasty posts, polite commentators.
    *Kiwiblog: Polite posts, nasty commentators.
    *The Standard: Nasty posts, nasty commentators.

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    • Blazer

       /  8th July 2016

      so you a regular poster at the Standard then downtrou.

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    • Gezza

       /  8th July 2016

      Wonder what the analysis is of here.

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      • Iceberg

         /  8th July 2016

        Inciteful posts. Inciteful commenters.

        Except Blazer, he’s a goose.

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        • Blazer

           /  8th July 2016

          I hope you mean …’insightful’ Frosty…I told you,no drinking and…posting!

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      • PDB

         /  8th July 2016

        On here: People not named Blazer – good posts, good commentators.

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