There appears to be a contradiction right there, doesn't there; one that Jacky Blue is perhaps too naive to notice, but Lindsay Mitchell has spotted it: Included in National's core principles are such things as "Individual freedom and choice, personal responsibility, competitive enterprise and rewards for achievement, limited government..."
Reinstating a spokesperson role pushing for more resources for a particular group is the antithesis of limiting government. That is exactly how governments get so big. So already National is not "staying true" to their values...As Lindsay asks, "What exactly does National mean by 'limited government'?" Answer: Nothing at all.
When Jenny Shipley was Prime Minister she declared the Ministry of Ugly Women's Affairs would be abolished "over her dead body." It's a shame we missed our chance back then for such a magnificent two-for-one deal. We could have done to Jenny what she and her party have done to the ideas of individual freedom and choice, personal responsibility and limited government.
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