The recent rift in diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the People's Republic of China presents a major challenge to New Zealand – but it also presents a perfect opportunity to question our nation's foreign policy and whether it works in our best interests.
And I'm not just talking about the latest poll. While Monday's poll does bolster my arguments it doesn't change anything. Even if National and Labour's fortunes were reversed, the right still wouldn't have a path to victory. Allow me to explain.
The One New Zealand Party continue challenging conventional political thinking in New Zealand. Andy Oakley explains why he thinks we should be thinking about how politicians actually do things rather than obsessing over policies.
It's not hard to find examples of how pathetic the so-called justice system is. Stuff reports that "a Burmese refugee has escaped punishment for shooting a man who racially abused him and his friends."
In the last week our media has reported on a lot of foreign fake news. One story was about Kentucky students who supposedly surrounded and intimidated a American Indian man beating on his drums. They even mocked the haka!
Imagine if you will gentle reader, the following twitter exchange: ‘"Maori Culture is basically crap." "Thank you! This is brave leadership, saying what many of us have long known." Do you think this leader would survive such a faux pa?
When the New Conservatives initially debuted, I was sceptical. Yet they've been working overtime to prove me wrong. Most recently they've received the attention of the DailyBlog who's been getting a bit worked up about them.