Ever feel like something that should have called for champagne and cigars just felt a little anticlimactic?
by Martin Harris
I remember the eighties like it was yesterday. Yeah, I know, I’m getting old. One of the great memorable moments for many of us living in New Zealand in this decade was when the charismatic and controversial PM and Labour Party leader, David Lange, and the “Nuclear Free” policy. A classic case of the Mouse That Roared. The Downunder-Underdog cocking a leg and pissing on the shoe of it’s ANZUS allies. Suddenly the world sat up and took notice and we all held our heads high and puffed out our chests with national pride.
At a time when nuclear testing in the Pacific was a hot topic and the Prime target of environmental organisation Greenpeace, Lange’s ‘nuke free announcement was a masterful manoeuvre, perfectly timed. And galvanising public support further, who could forget the French Frogmen lurking in Auckland Harbour and the bombing of Greenpeace flagship, the Rainbow Warrior?
So, here we are in the second decade of the Twenty First century, and all the ingredients are here for a case of history repeating. Greenpeace has a different focus: Oil and gas exploration and deep Sea drilling, and quite rightly so in the opinion of most truthseekers and environmentally conscious folk. Oil and Gas exploration is as hot a topic today as nuclear testing was in the Eighties, and so when a new charismatic and controversial Labour Party leader and PM pronounces an end to oil and gas prospecting permits in NZ waters, one would think Jacinda Ardern would be onto a surefire winner.
And yet, although the announcement has aroused controversy and discussion, it failed to have the world-shaking impact of Lange’s No Nuke policy.
Perhaps it’s because NZ jobs are at stake? Or perhaps it’s because in the age of the internet, we have become more informed and more distrustful of the motives and agendas behind such political manoeuvres? Perhaps it is the lack of a “Pearl Harbour” event such as the Rainbow Warrior sinking or the obvious deadly effects of atomic radiation from nuclear detonations?
For many truthseekers, there is in fact a “Pearl Harbour” element in the links between natural (or not-so-natural) disasters and the oil and gas industry’s links to the military and to exotic technologies. specifically HAARP: take the obvious case of the Christchurch Earthquakes and the mountain of “coincidences” and evidence (which has been well covered by Uncensored).
But here’s the issue: For most of the general population, the idea of the oil industry having access to clandestine military funded technology that manipulates the weather and triggers earthquakes using radio waves is just a little too hard to swallow, especially since such information has been tarred with the Conspiracy Theory brush.
As for those of us more accepting of the reality of the Military-Industrial complex and the power of HAARP technology, I suspect for many of us, Ardern’s announcement (with Greenpeace waving the Rainbow Flag in the background) comes with too many questions and suspicions regarding the real motives. As I’ve stressed before in other blogs, a move away from the Motor Vehicle and private transport is a big part of the UN 2030 Agenda and Labour’s push to make Light Rail the public transportation system of choice. And to reiterate: It’s ultimately about control and reduction of personal freedom and autonomy.
For myself, I see the “No Oil And Gas Permits” announcement as just another part of an emerging agenda disguised as environmental conscience, or possibly an attempt to repeat a successful political manoeuvre from the past, that simply fails to have the same impact in our modern information-overloaded world. Perhaps both?