It's time for new voices in our Parliament

It’s time to talk about the state of our democracy. It’s time for new voices in Parliament.

Election 2020 on the horizon

Very soon the country will also start thinking about the election in September. When MMP was first established, nearly a quarter-century ago, the vision was for a Parliament with many voices, representing different segments of society. The Labour vs National politics that existed for decades wasn’t working.

MMP served its purpose for a while, but now we have a problem – we are close to the old first past the post system, with two big parties swallowing up everyone around them. That’s not good for our democracy.

Here’s the reality for 2020 – only two MPs out of 120 currently sit in Parliament outside of the government and outside of the National Party. And then one of those, ACT, only survives through National gifting him a seat.

The previously independent voices of the Greens and NZ First are now subservient to Labour. The middle of the road parties like United Future, the Alliance, and the Maori Party, are gone. In National’s case, they may have 55 MPs, but no one is ever willing to stand up to the Leader and it has become a one man régime. A badly performing one at that.

It's time for new and independent voices to emerge

The most serious issue to emerge off the back of this pandemic is how our country deals with China. No one seems willing to address this.

Like it or not, we are in this mess because the Chinese Communist Party dealt with Coronavirus like a political problem. They have thrown western journalists out of the country, ramped up their propaganda machine, and hidden their real problems away so the World never sees.

Unfortunately for New Zealand, we have become so dependent on Chinese Communist Party-linked money that no political leader will ever stand up to China. The main parties are heavily funded by foreign influences, or they have signed agreements that they won’t depart from.

The once courageous political leaders of the past have disappeared. The current ones are quiet, hiding behind fear of a backlash from China. In the last year, I have been the only MP to properly vote for a ban on foreign donations. I’ve seen up close the damage it does.

Questions for New Zealand's democratic future

Here are some big questions for New Zealand's future:

  • How did we lose our independent voices in Parliament?
  • Why don’t we have people that stand up for democracy or freedom anymore?
  • Who champions the middle of the road hard working Kiwis?
  • Who stands up to power and gives voice to the voiceless?

I’m raising these questions with you because I think it’s time to put together a new political party, to champion the middle ground, to protect our New Zealand way, to speak out when no one else will.

I’m not suggesting this because Labour and National get everything wrong. They don’t, and we generally have stable government. But that doesn’t mean two big party blocs, with a tight grip on MPs too afraid to speak up, is good for democracy.

Freedom; Sovereignty; Independence

I want to see a democratic country that has brave voices in the middle that speak truth to power. People that stand up for freedom, sovereignty and independence. A new fresh group of MPs that will support fellow Kiwis, advance good policy, and will give a voice to the voiceless.

If we embark on this project, we will need to collect membership to a new party, and start the process of registration ahead of the election. We will also need smart minds to put together great ideas for policies for the future.

As someone who has supported our moves to protect New Zealand’s democracy before, I want to sound you out on this idea:

Will you join with me to help start a new political movement to put forward new ideas in this election?

Do you have great ideas that should be put forward for New Zealanders to vote on?

If you do, contact me at jami-lee.ross@advancenz.org.nz - we can only progress a new movement if there is enough support.

Kia Kaha, New Zealand

We live in a great country, and I’m proud to be a New Zealander. But we can be even better. We need to keep standing up for ourselves.

Complacency is the enemy of progress. Kia Kaha,

 

Jami-Lee Ross

Member of Parliament