So, the National Party are "sex maniacs", according to Winston Peters. At least that is how his speech to his party conference recently was reported. Sorry, Winston, National is just not that interesting.
For one thing, he was trying to justify New Zealand First going with Labour after the 2017 election. Back in those old days, it was the party of Bill English and it was as straight as a die.
More recently, rather than libidinous behaviour, all we have seen from the Nats in Parliament is some extremely odd individuals committing political harakiri in a variety of peculiar ways. Well, apart from the chap who quit after he sent unsolicited dirty pictures to various women and a suggestion that two now-ex National MPs may have been shagging at some stage.
The Opposition wing of the House is hardly a bordello, perhaps a kind of psychiatric ward for some, but not the fleshpot of sinful copulation Winston implies.
He was more on his target of attracting votes when he slammed the proposed cycle bridge across Waitematā Harbour, Auckland's abortive light-rail fiasco, what seems to be the world's slowest vaccine rollout, and the feebate penalty tax on aspiring ute owners. He also bashed the Government over such issues as mental health, buying land at Ihumātao, the bright-line test, KiwiBuild and the He Puapua report. All good grist to the NZ First mill, as it is for most of the opposition parties.
More interesting was his ranting about "Māori separatism", the use of Aotearoa rather than New Zealand, and those he termed "Ngāti Woke". He claimed that someone who asked "legitimate questions is belittled as a colonialist, a racist, a bigot, a chauvinist or, worse still, not new wokage", whatever that may mean.
The problem here is Winston, like others of his generation, is one of those doing the belittling by labelling their mokopuna "woke". Oops, sorry, I've inserted a Māori word there. The inclusion of Māori words in our Pākehā vocabulary is what makes New Zealand different from other societies; it's a point of distinction in our favour.
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Most of us understand frequently used Māori words such as whānau, iwi and morēna. To deny them usage is to deny Māori culture as part of New Zealand. If you believe in that denial, then we should stop doing the haka before All Blacks matches. New Zealand society is a unique blend of European and Polynesian cultures and there is no reason that it should not continue to grow and develop.
By the way, the epithet "woke" means socially aware. There is a new generation coming through in our society who are very socially aware and strident about their views, much the same as Winston's generation were back in the day when they protested racist rugby tours, French nuclear testing and the Vietnam War.
His woke generation of the 60s met with similar cynicism, contempt and abuse from their elders, but in the end, their views won out, as those of Chlöe Swarbrick's peers will do, too.
He bemoaned what he saw as the Government "enabling a wave of rights-based activism in-and-outside of government".
Well, all but the most repressive governments in the world experience waves of rights-based activism, because people are often concerned about what they see as their rights. Their activism and protests are part of living in a free society.
In decrying this, Winston and his supporters are demanding the country stand still, stay as it is and not change or evolve in any way.
That is sad.