Why are so many journalists only now coming out from under the rocks? Or should that be getting out of the beds of politicians they’ve been sleeping with – metaphorically speaking. To explain . . .
When the PM jets off overseas at NZ taxpayers’ expense, an invitation-only media contingent gets to go along for the ride. At their own expense, of course.
Journalists who are frequent and severe critics of Shonkey or the gNational Party are not likely to make it on to the list of those invited. So not being ‘in bed’ with certain politicians means missing out on those overseas junkets, or good stories. I.e. There are dis- advantages to non-conformity. Big dis-advantages.
This phenomenon also applies within the cosy political clique, too – no matter the Party affiliations. A fair example is the variety of appointments that redundant politicians get, so long as they generally toe the unspoken political lore of conformity. E.g. A Treaty negotiator appointment. Good money to be made there for a politician who has lost his seat. And perhaps lost his moral and ethical compass, as well as his conscience.
Another example: when NZ Post was privatised out of the old Post Office, by a Labour government, previous National Party prime minister Bungler Bolger was appointed as chairman of the Board. When his tenure was up, it was time to return the favour, so National appointed comrade commissar Cullen, a previous Labour Party deputy prime minister.
What that should make clear is that if you kick the legs of any of the chairs, you will never be handed the parcel. I.e. When the music stops, there’s no benefit possible because you’re outside that special circle. ‘Rocking the boat’ means ejection from the circle of chairs. It matters not which Party affiliations are involved. It’s all a ‘closed shop’ for the benefit of present and past politicians.
Back to those escaping from under rocks.
Dynastic political establishments are quaking with fear. For some, it’s too late.
1) The shock election upset in the Philippines that cast into obscurity the families enmeshed in the previously in-then-out-then-back-in-again political elite.
2) No matter what anyone thinks he’d be like as a president, Trump’s ‘populist message’ has confounded the pundits.
3) Britain’s vote to quit the excessively expensive, burgeoning and unaccountable Brussel’s bureaucracy (the EU) was another stick poked in the eye of the self-appointed expert forecasters.
4) Something of an election surprise party, in Australia, including the rise-from-the-ashes of Pauline Hanson.
What the after-the-fact hack journos are now saying is: those at the bottom of the heap – and supporting it all – are sick and tired of that musical chairs, pass-the-parcel closed-shop circle at the top. Down-the-bottom Mac is speaking loudly to Yurtle the turtle.
How many of you folk could have told them about that trend, so long ago?
Will New Zealand be next?
Council elections are nigh.