It might be headline grabbing but it is also vote grabbing

Winston Peters must be in seventh heaven with all the useful idiots out there opposing his Kiwi values bill.

One of those useful idiots is Simon Bridges: Quote:

Opposition Leader Simon Bridges has labelled talk of an NZ First bill, which would force migrants and refugees to agree to New Zealand values, as “headline-grabbing nonsense”.

And he is not the only one opposed, with both the Refugee Council of New Zealand and the Human Rights commission both opposing the proposed new legislation.

A draft bill drawn up by list MP Clayton Mitchell, Respecting New Zealand Values Bill, was discussed at the NZ First annual conference yesterday. End quote.

If the Refugee Council and the Human Rights Commission are against it then it probably is a very good bill by default. The fact that Simon Bridges fails to see the political bomb that it is says more about his lack of foresight than the bill. Quote:

The bill would mean migrants and refugees would need to agree to a declaration to respect New Zealand values, or be sent back to “where they came from”, Mitchell said.

“If you’re coming to this country as a refugee, surely you respect the country you’ve come to,” NZ First Leader Winston Peters said at the party’s annual conference this weekend.

“In the case of some refugees, if you’ve gone past 42 other countries that have your religion for one that does not, why wouldn’t you actually have some respect for the new country you’ve come to and their religions,” Peters said. End quote.

Nothing wrong with those statements. If you are a refugee or a migrant fleeing the various Islamist shit-holes out there, why on earth would you want to import and force locals in your new country to emulate the very belief system that made their former countries shit-holes in the first place? Quote:

Australia already has something similar in place, whereby applicants for provisional, permanent and a small number of temporary visas are required to sign an “Australian values statement”.

This states the applicant understands that the English language, as the national language, is “an important unifying element of Australian society”, and “Australian society values equality of opportunity for individuals, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background”.

The statement also said the applicant must understand Australian society values respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual, freedom of religion, commitment to the rule of law, Parliamentary democracy, equality of men and women and a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces mutual respect, tolerance, fair play and compassion for those in need and pursuit of the public good.

Young Hunter Lawyers Partner, and immigration expert, Simon Graham, said he is not aware of any similar declarations used in New Zealand.

Clayton Mitchell, the NZ First MP who drew up the bill on behalf of the party’s Tauranga members, said both Germany and Canada have similar declarations as well. End quote.

So, we always hear that we should have things like a capital gains tax because other countries have laws like this. How come that doesn’t apply to this one? Quote:

But the bill, and Peters’ comments, have drawn criticism.

“I think this is Winston looking for distractions. I think he knows that his party is in trouble; it’s dysfunction junction in the Government,” Bridges told Breakfast.

He called the idea “headline-grabbing nonsense”.

“Immigrants I meet very quickly become patriotic, passionate New Zealanders and they don’t need to go through some course or sign some document.” End quote.

Says the man with appalling favourables in polling. National had a chance here for some rapprochement, and Bridges bombed it.

This bill might be headline grabbing but it is also vote grabbing…National’s votes.


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