What Are The Backrooms:
This is part of an ongoing series of articles on the backroom deals that have shaped NZ politics.
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The backrooms are closed doors negotiations between power players – usually politicians but sometimes corporate lobbyists or even foreign actors – who aim to determine what happens next behind closed doors without public scrutiny. The current government has been particularly adept at using the backrooms to get what it wants.
The first example of this was the deal that saw Winston Peters become Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. In return for his support, Peters extracted many concessions from the National Party, including two ministerial portfolios, an increase in the superannuation payout, and a pledge to review New Zealand’s relationship with the United States.
More recently, the government has been accused of reaching a backroom deal with China over the sale of Auckland port company. The deal, which is said to have net benefits to both parties, has been shrouded in secrecy, with neither side willing to comment publicly on the matter.
Critics argue that such deals are undemocratic, as they occur without voters’ knowledge. In a democracy, they claim, decision-makers should always make their cases publicly and be willing to justify those decisions in the court of public opinion.
In response to this criticism, defenders of backroom deals often point out that different rules apply to politicians who would not be expected to function under the kind of scrutiny that other public officials regularly use.
Other critics say that secret negotiation are undesirable as they invite speculation about what is happening behind closed doors. The fact that such deals rarely appear to have been made public can lead people into imagining all kinds of hidden agendas and conspiracies. This issue has proven particularly problematic for Peters during his time as Foreign Minister. Some journalists and bloggers speculated that he was secretly plotting to overthrow the government from within.
Ultimately, the debate over backroom deals comes down to a question of trust. Do we trust our politicians and other power-brokers to do the right thing when nobody is watching? Or do we believe that they will only behave themselves when they know they are being protected?
What are some examples of backroom deals:
In NZ, there has been some recent talk about a ‘backroom deal’ involving the sale of Auckland port company to China. There is little information on what this deal entails, as both have remained silent.
Another example would be Winston Peters’ deal with the National Party to become Deputy PM in return for certain benefits.
There are likely many more examples, but these two provide a good starting point for discussion.
In New Zealand, there has been a recent political debate about a reported backroom deal involving the sale of Auckland port company to China. Neither side is willing to comment on what this deal entails, leading one party to claim that it concerns ‘net benefits for both parties.
With little information available, citizens are left wondering what this secret deal may contain and whether or not a full public disclosure would prove beneficial.
What are the backrooms creepypasta:
I want to present the first story about backrooms as” The Back Room ” Creepypasta.
It’s a fascinating and unique creepypasta story that caught my attention the first time I read it. At the same time, this creepypasta has some similarities with other creepypastas, such as Ben Drowned and Masky.
As we can read from its name, Backroom deals with Backrooms in schools, hospitals, etc. It deals with those rooms where we don’t know what happens inside of them or why they’re forbidden. As we all know, there are many kinds of secret rooms around us, but the main point of this story isn’t about those private rooms rather than something that happens inside of them.
The Backroom is a story about a boy who got lost in the school he was attending and found himself in the Backroom, a room forbidden to students. He was trying to find his way out, but he couldn’t, and he saw something that scared him so much that he decided to never talk about it again.
How to get to the backrooms:
The second story I want to share with you is called ” How To Get To The Back Rooms ” Creepypasta.
This creepypasta is about a boy who found a way to get to the backrooms in his school and what he found inside of them.
As we can read from its name, this creepypasta is about how to get to the backrooms, and it’s beneficial for those looking for a way to get in there.
The author of this creepypasta said that he found a way to get to the backrooms by going through the ventilation system, and he managed to enter them by breaking a window.
Once he got inside, he saw something that scared him so much that he never talked about it again.
Similarities with other creepypastas:
Both creepypastas (Backrooms and How To Get To The Back Rooms) have similarities with other creepypastas, such as Ben Drowned and Masky.
Backrooms have some similarities with Ben Drowned because both deal with secret rooms, and the main difference is that in Ben Drowned, the private room is a video game, while in Backrooms, the secret room is a real place.