Bryce Edwards asks, where are the protests over the government’s new submarine killers?
He might also ask where are the protests against the CTPPP?
The answer is that political blood is stronger than water.
Those who would protest against the new planes, and the CTPPP are more likely to be supporters of one or other of the parties in government.
While concern for sustainable fishing crosses political boundaries, people on the left tend to be more likely to protest and having their party in government is keeping Green supporters quiet.
Those opposing these policies might be moved to protest if they had been promoted by a National-led government but accept, or at least don’t protest against, actions of their own side.
This isn’t confined to any particular spot on the political spectrum.
I wasn’t enamoured of everything the government did from 2008 until last year, but I accepted the reality of politics, and life.
You can’t always get everything you want and my loyalty to National and support for most of what the government it led me did was sufficient for me to keep quiet about the rest.
The rank and file of the Green Party are the ones most likely to find tkeeping quiet difficult. Some members revolted when Environment Minister Eugenie Sage signed off the expansion of a Chinese-owned water bottling plant.
But just as parties need to swallow a few dead rats to get into government, their members have to put up with their MPs not doing everything they want, or doing some things they don’t, when they get there.
As long as the political blood stays thick, party unity will stay strong. It’s when it starts getting watered down, or spilt, that a party, and the government it’s part of, will be wounded.