12 questions for Golriz

Green party list MP Golriz Ghahraman

Golriz Ghahraman was interviewed as part of the celebrations for 125 years of Women’s Suffrage. While it may seen appropriate to interview the country’s first female ‘refugee’ MP, quite frankly, I think those ladies who put themselves at great risk to enable women to vote would be turning in their graves to see women like Golriz coming to the fore. quote:

Lizzie Marvelly, in her book That F Word, reveals the abuse she gets from online trolls. I was shocked by the level of sexual violence directed at women online. Has it shocked you too?

Yes it’s very sexually explicit at times. You get called a c-word constantly. It’s like that part of our anatomy is the worst thing they can think of. That’s why Marama Davidson was trying to claim it back. Other women MPs have told me about their experiences; Marama mostly gets trolled when she talks about race; Louisa Wall gets it when she talks about transgender issues. I get it all the time but mostly when I seem to be confident. They hate it when you’ve achieved something. That’s when you’ve got to be knocked down. end quote.

So Golriz is happy that Marama has reclaimed the C-word. I’m not sure why I am surprised. I’m also not sure I believe some of her claims. Sure, politics can be a very hard place, but politicians get as much respect as they deserve. Golriz is not someone at the forefront of sexual issues, such as Louisa Wall, so why she should constantly be called by that name makes no sense.

And, don’t you love it? ‘They hate it when you’ve achieved something. That’s when you’ve got to be knocked down.’ As far as I’m concerned, Golriz has achieved precisely nothing so far, seeing that she wasn’t elected to parliament, but rather bumped up the Greens party list because they thought a ‘refugee’ MP would be a good look. quote.

 When did the trolling start and what do you know about these people?

The trolling began immediately after I announced my candidacy for Parliament. They tend to fall in two camps; one camp is the Dirty Politics commentators who are being paid to take a certain position. Their attacks are followed by a horde of their followers in a coordinated way. Then there are the people who are just really angry about where I’m from. end quote.

I wasn’t aware that Hicky Hagar was trolling Golriz? I must check that out.

Golriz implies in this that there is some (obviously) right-wing hate group actually paid to attack her. What her enormous ego fails to realise that, if these groups were being paid to run hit jobs at all,  which is most unlikely, they would concentrate on people with some power and influence, not some jumped up, first-term list MP with a potty mouth and no power or influence at all. quote:

Have you ever considered throwing in the towel?

I have to make the most of the fact I’ve got a voice when so many people don’t; they’re just trying to go under the radar and laugh at the jokes at the water cooler. It is actually heartbreaking. I don’t want to look back and know I had this precious platform but shied away from the hard things. I also get an incredible amount of support from strangers online which really helps. end quote.

You do have an opportunity and a platform, Golriz, but you are wasting that ‘precious’ opportunity. You are an activist at heart who wouldn’t know the truth if it hit you with a 10-foot pole. You also never learn from your mistakes, and simply keep spouting untruths even though you have been caught out many times. If people cannot take you seriously, you will get no traction at all. And no one can take you seriously.

I wish the interviewer had asked some of the hard questions of Golriz, instead of just writing yet another fluff piece. Here are some of the questions I would like Golriz to answer:

  • Why do you claim to be a refugee when you did not claim sanctuary in the first safe country you came to, which is part of the definition of refugees, according to U.N?
  • Why did you claim to have ‘prosecuted’ war criminals when in fact you were a junior researcher on the defence team of Simon Bikindi and Joseph Nzirorera in Rwanda?
  • Why did you protest in the street and try to stop people going about their business, because they want to go to hear Nigel Farage speak?
  • Why did you bring a legal case against Simon Jeans, who raised some questions about your refugee status and your knowledge of the law? Couldn’t you just refute his claims with facts?
  • Why did you spend Tuesday afternoon sending over 150 tweets when you should have been taking part in what was going on in the House?

  • Why is it that, as a supposed human rights lawyer, you do not seem to understand the very basics of human rights law, when you say “no human right is absolute”?
  • As the Green party spokesperson for human rights, why do you seem intent on taking away the right of free speech from those with whom you disagree?
  • When, Golriz, will you actually get down to doing the job that the New Zealand taxpayer pays you so handsomely to do?

Well, that’s just a few off the top of my head. I don’t dislike Golriz because she is a woman, an Iranian, or a refugee. I dislike her because she is an activist who wants to shut down anyone who disagrees with her, and who is extremely economical with the truth. We expect more from our elected representatives, and I expect much more from Golriz than what we have seen so far.

This must be the reason why I am completely disinterested in the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. Because people like Golriz give women a bad name.

 


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