(1), a hard-core Christian, is reported as being opposed to gender theory, prostitution, decriminalisation of abortion, marijuana and euthanasia.
When an MP I voted for gay rights, against hanging, pro-abortion and have made a case to legalize dope. (2) And I’m a pagan.
Baker had his Twitter page taken down a month out from the last election. NZ Herald no longer publish me.
Eminent historian, former MP, Hon Dr Michael Bassett, who clinically debunks interpretations by some Maori of the Treaty of Waitangi and who condemns the concomitant power grabs by Maori; (3) from water rights to preferential treatment and control of New Zealand’s health industry, is now blacklisted (excuse the pun) from Main Stream Media. (4)
Professor Rata, along with six other University of Auckland Professors and Emeritus Professors published a letter "In Defence of Science" which said indigenous knowledge "falls far short of what can be defined as science itself."
The opinions of these academic experts were vociferously attacked. Main Stream Media lead a charge from peers ostensibly in control of, who retains their employment at universities. In my view, this reeked of intimidation, bullying, arrogance and vilification. (5)
Point arising. We all have the right to our own opinions. Yet increasingly this is denied.
In another article, Michael Bassett delves into government funding of Main Stream Media and concludes:
“The media who have put out their hands and cheerfully pocketed taxpayer funds they don’t need have only themselves to blame if the public smells a rat and begins to doubt their message.” (6)
Like the spread of untreated leprosy, blocking opinion which challenges, not only the elevation of one culture above all others in New Zealand, (7) but also the integrity of “stuff” being promulgated by Maori as fact and or which does not fit into the “woke” paradigm, is terminal.
One solution has been social media platforms. Without this medium, I would not have been able to respond to claims that Maori:
“were likely the first people to explore Antarctica’s surrounding waters and possibly the continent in the distance” with,
“I say to those who make the claims - Jump in a canoe with a paddle and a grass skirt; no thermal gear, no sextant and no harpoon or spear gun, and see what happens!” (8)
A similar conundrum emerges for the growing mass amongst the populace of New Zealand, who believe their rights are being denied. Their Rights to:
· Say No to a jab, without being barred, not only from cafes but from their employment.
· Present empirical data which challenges current government preferences for vaccines available to the public.
· Present empirical data which challenges the integrity of current government protocols pertaining to COVID.
· Question the integrity of vaccines for children.
· Question the integrity of projected endless rollout of “boosts”.
Whether I agree or disagree with Claire Deeks (9) or Liz Gunn (10) or Sue Grey (11) or Leighton Baker, does not alter my opinion that each of these “influencers” (I think that is the current WOKE terminology) should have the right in this wonderful BASTION of DEMOCRACY we call NEW ZEALAND, to present their opinions.
If not on Main Stream Media – which apropos above, Dr Bassett infers are in in the pocket of government thanks to terms of funding, then definitely on social media platforms – and without the lingering concern that Deep State (aka government) will manipulate their demise from participation in public debate and articulating the concerns of a growing mass of Kiwis.
Criminalising comment which challenges government is one option. Pressure on Facebook etc is another. Either way, it is DEMOCRACY DENIED.
PS: Conflict of interest disclosure: Be assured, Sue Grey and I do not make it – a legacy of the Scampi Affair.
Ross Meurant, graduate in politics both at university and as a Member of Parliament; formerly police inspector in charge of Auckland spies & V.I.P. security; currently Honorary Consul for an African state, Trustee and CEO of Russian owned commercial assets in New Zealand and has international business interests.