The freedom protest: the dereliction of our parliamentary representatives – and the pity of it all…

https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/02/arderns-great-kiwi-reset/

Is what was once our New Zealand democracy being deliberately sabotaged?

One of the most telling aspects of the unprecedented freedom protest, largely  by ordinary New Zealanders from all across the political spectrum –  travelling the length of the country with a focus on  parliament –  has been the refusal of every single MP to meet with those who placed them where they are…and pay their salaries…

Equally as telling as the arrogance of our politicians has been the Ardern coalition’s basically bribed mainstream media obligingly demonizing the protesters – and so facilitating  our supposed political representatives turning their backs on those who elected them – by dismissing them as anti-vaxxers, a basically pejorative term.

And no, Matthew Hooton: dismissing them as rabble is not just inaccurate,  perjorative and condescending – it does not reflect at all well on you…

Any protest group will always attract fringe elements, and those with various emotional or mental issues  – which a pot-stirring  media, now owing allegiance to the government hand that feeds it – will immediately seize on to discredit what is basically an anti-government protest.

For by far the majority of these protesters this has been an issue about the gradual loss of so many of our freedoms under the Ardern government – including the attack on freedom of speech and  the deliberate intimidation of so many of  those genuinely concerned at the white-anting of our democracy by unfair accusations such as homophobic, or racist.

The protests include vital issues. New Zealanders are not fools. The Ardern government’s sabotaging of our democracy by aiming to establish neo-tribal domination – i.e. the power of wealthy corporations of part-Maori descent to take control of our national assets, such as the Three Waters,  of  our health system and education curricula…of what is taught in our universities… about who should receive research funding grants – (based on a now established requirement for priority to be given to those of part-Maori  descent – for no good reason whatever, etc.)  –   is foremost in the motivation of so many so-called ordinary New Zealanders .

These include probably the majority of part-Maori wanting no part  in the activities of these radicalized extremists –  just individuals – fathers, mothers, families – even  grandparents well remembering a far more democratic country and so  joining in this unprecedented protest.

Like most New Zealanders, having taken on board the evidence of the necessity for protection to at least some extent against the coronavirus, I’m vaccinated.  However,  I understand the right of others to refuse to be vaccinated. The really difficult issue is the protest against vaccine mandates. No sane person wants to see good,  dedicated people – doctors,  nurses, teachers, etc. lose their jobs because they have refused vaccination.

Nor is anybody in their right mind really happy about  NZers being turned into second-class citizens by having mandatory vaccinations imposed on conditions of employment – a complex legal, ethical, practical, and political issue.

However,  given the deadly nature of this virus, how many of us would be happy to see a vulnerable family member in hospital  – or an elderly parent in an aged care home – nursed by an individual refusing vaccination  – and therefore putting patients at risk by being far more likely to fall a victim to Covid in one of its deadly forms. And no, the Omicron version is apparently not less deadly. On the evidence, where its effect is less severe it is because where individuals are already vaccinated, they are receiving far better protection.

Moreover, where the vulnerable have been at risk,  vaccinations in some instances are already mandatory.

 For example,  it seems that the hepatitis B vaccination is mandatory in the UK for certain healthcare workers likely to potentially be involved with patients. Reportedly, in the US there are some states that mandate  hepatitis A and B vaccines for entry into day-care elementary and middle schools to help stop this silent infection.

In fact,  mandatory vaccination is not new.  For example, smallpox vaccination used to be mandatory in many countries – but are not any more because the disease has been eradicated. However, apparently there were no mandatory vaccinations in New Zealand before Covid,  which is why the issue is foreign to us.

What this protest has shown us in particular is the contempt in which New Zealanders are basically held – not only by Ardern’s hard-Left coalition, but by the Luxon- led National Party.

 How many MPs thought that it was fine that incidences of police brutality took place … and that Trevor Mallard actually ordered hoses to be turned on fellow  citizens?

It is basically a disgrace that the people elected to parliament to represent  the country hid away, whether through cowardice or arrogance – and made feeble excuses for refusing to meet those who had taken the truble to try to contact them.

Not one. Our MPs do not deserve our support.

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Amy Brooke

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