New Zealand is in desperate need of a political party that represents right-of-centre political views. The kind that promotes traditional marriage, a mum and a dad as parents, and a moral life.
We have had a number of politicians that have stood on those policy planks over the last several decades, and too many have failed to walk their talk.
As a result, the New Zealand voter is and will remain suspicious of anyone who stands up for conservative, traditional and family values.
I can’t even discuss one of the people in this list because court-ordered name suppression prevents me from disclosing anything about the person – including what the conviction was for, how the person was known to the voters, or how politics was involved. This was to protect the victim, ostensibly, but the victim has been to court to have suppression removed and failed. That aside, this individual heads a list of people that have contributed to the collective damage inflicted on New Zealaned political conservatism.
Some might say John Banks should have been omited from this list. He’s certainly not in the same category as the others on this page when it comes to the severity of his transgressions. But the damage to the conservative political interests comes in many forms. Mr Banks refused to acknowledge being the father of a child. He wanted the baby aborted. When his extra-marital girlfriend refused, he wanted another man to pretend to be the father. These are not values that we expect from conservative politicians, and Mr Banks firmly deserves a position in this list.
The absolute “winner” of this list of politicians that have destroyed New Zealand voters’ faith in conservative politics is, of course, Graham Capill. Mr Capill was convicted of multiple sexual offences against girls under 12 years old. The damage done by Mr Capill was just about wearing off in the public’s mind when the next character entered conservative politics.
Having successfully obtained confidentiality and suppression of the finer details of a number of trials involving Colin Craig, the facts eventually made it to the public. And against Mr Craig’s will and belief, New Zealand courts have decreed multiple times during multiple cases that he had sexually harassed a woman employee almost young enough to be his daughter. He was in fact besotted with her and has admitted to “inappropriate behaviour” while married. he has never accepted that part of his behaviour was unwanted and therefore tripped the legal barrier of sexual harassment. A jury and several judges disagreed with Mr Craig over a number of distinct trials during which Mr Craig sought a different decision. Even though other parts of those trials have been appealed or adjusted upon appeal or during other trials, the sexual harassment decision has remained the single constant throughout all of them.
The final New Zealand conservative that has indicated political involvement, directly or indirectly, over the years is Brian Tamaki. He presents his movement as a type of gang. He himself riding motorcycle and wearing gang-like patched leathers, his followers dress in black, are mostly male, and there is a strong link into New Zealand’s gang culture with reformed gang members being part of the church.
For a credible and effective New Zealand conservative party to have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting off the ground, the first thing it will need is time. Time for the voters to get the cumulative bad taste out of their mouths left there by those conservatives that put themselves up as examples and as leaders to be followed.
The damage they have done to our country is in fact immeasurable. The absence of a credible conservative voice in politics has aided a steady move to the left where even the reigning “centre-right” party is now solidly left-of-centre. There is no strong voice speaking for children that don’t want to be aborted, nor for the married couple that is being marginalised as today’s weirdoes because they don’t accept that “women can be men, and men can give birth”.
We need to “thank” Graham Capill, John Banks, Colin Craig, and Brian Tamaki for a job well done. The progressives and the left could not have had better champions.* Politics is currently moving to marginalise and demonise white men, no matter what their politics. The honour roll above will do nothing but serve as perfect examples for their cause, causing men, white men, and especially older white men to be legislated, administered and intimidated out of their equal and fair share of what they are due by natural law.
*There is another case that is under full suppression that involves children. It hasn’t damaged politics because suppression is there to protect the children. But it adds to the list of politicians on the right damaging the very causes they publicly say they support.