The next generation of leaders

By: Steve Morris

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris

In this final part of a series on decisions, I turn to changes in New Zealand’s culture that future leaders will have to navigate.

We inherited our basic infrastructure, largely unencumbered by debt, from previous generations. However, current leaders in both local and central government are building today’s infrastructure with debt that must be paid off by future generations.

As well as paying off the debt of their parents, future leaders will have to make decisions within a culture that is turning toward ‘identity politics’. Traditionally, you’d expect people to be elected ‘on merit’, perhaps being successful in business then taking a pay cut to offer their services in leadership. Mayor Brownless fits this mould.

However, some of my generation are less inclined to vote ‘on merit’ but more concerned with a candidate’s gender, race, sexual preference or their perceived victimhood.

The virtues of determination and enterprise have been replaced by how many ‘victim points’ a candidate can score.

American presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is accused of pretending to be Native American to garner votes from liberals. Actor Jussie Smollett was arrested, accused of faking a hate-letter and allegedly hiring two men to wear Trump supporter hats and beat him to garner public sympathy and more pay.

Why would anyone do these things? Because our culture is starting to exalt perceived victimhood as a virtue.

It won’t be long before we see candidates using their gender, race or sexual preference as a qualification for office here. I don’t envy our next generation of right-minded leaders!