Democracy is precious and must be protected so future generations can enjoy the same rights and freedoms previous generations, at great cost, fought to protect.
Our elected representatives are under a clear obligation to speak for their constituents in Parliament, to represent the will of the people and make laws in the people’s best interest.
Today, we are seeing the ways in which New Zealand’s democracy has failed us. The Bill of Rights has been repeatedly trampled on, and laws are regularly passed under urgency without consultation. Extreme actions in decision-making that affects all our lives have been undertaken by a single leader without the participation of other elected representatives.
The dominance of today’s political parties continues to erode our democracy. Current politicians put the interests of their parties over those of their constituents so that when laws the public overwhelmingly opposes are passed, there is nothing they can do to redress the balance except wait three years and try to vote for better representation.
The COVID-19 virus has led nations around the world to take radical action to prevent its spread. In New Zealand, the Labour government has adopted an approach of eradication at any cost. That strategy has failed.
In the false hope of eradicating the virus, we now face Labour’s Second Wave of Lockdowns. There is no end in sight for the current lockdown or for ending COVID-19 restrictions at lower levels. Labour’s plan is for years of rolling lockdowns.
As new information is learned about COVID-19, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the fatality rate of the virus is considerably lower than first predicted. In the early stages of COVID-19 entering New Zealand, fear spread with many believing mass deaths would take place.