Immigration isn’t a racist thing, says Robbo

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Labour has moved to distance its promise to slash immigration from any racist overtones, saying it is about the number of people coming in, not the migrants or their race.

Refer to Whaleoil Rules of Politics Number One:  Explaining is losing.

This from the party that wanted to stop only Chinese investors.   

“And anyone who makes it about immigrants, or indeed about their race, must be called out for what they are doing as being wrong and against the values of Labour and of New Zealanders.”

But Robertson later told reporters that his comment was not aimed at any individual, including NZ First leader Winston Peters.

I’m NOT saying he’s a racist.  See?  I’m NOT saying it.

Labour leader Andrew Little, who is expected to release detailed immigration policy in the next few weeks, has said immigration should be cut by “tens of thousands”. Net migration is currently running at over 70,000 a year.

Work visas and student visas, particularly for those seen as offering low-quality qualifications and a pathway to residency, are expected to be Labour’s main target.

Robertson said immigration has been and would continue to be an important part of adding to the skill base “and to the rich cultural diversity that we have”.

“If we manage it well, it will improve all of our lives, and that is what we will do.”

Seems to me that Andy wants fewer immigrants as long as Grant still gets to continue National’s policy of letting lots of people with skills into the country.

Another superb united front from the NZ Labour party.


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