Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Cam Slater: Knock Me Down with a Feather: I Agree with Rachel Smalley

It is a rare day indeed that I will ever agree with Rachel Smalley. She has an intense personal dislike towards me, whereas I am ambivalent towards her. She isn’t especially bright, but likes to think she is, and isn’t slow in telling others just how brilliant she is. But, on rare occasions she does get some things right. This is one of them.

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I watched what the Greens posted on social media over the weekend, and I’m sure the Government did as well. I imagine Chris Hipkins and the Labour Party will be pretty troubled by what they saw. And they should be. We all should be.

Remember this date – Saturday, 25th of March. It’s the day the Greens stepped up and publicly applauded the intimidation and silencing of women.

50 percent of our population is women. 50 percent of the voter base is women. And the Greens say our voice doesn’t matter. Worse, they applauded the men who raised fists, called women c-words, and backed the men who pushed through security fences to intimidate and mob Posie Parker.

Hate has no place in society, they say. Hate against who?
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The only hate shown on Saturday was men hating on women who wanted to speak freely. They used violence and hate speech themselves, and destroyed their cause in the process.

The Greens should be held to account for their fascist bullying tactics and their willingness to support violence against women.

The Greens are the party that Chris Hipkins has no option but to go into coalition with. And if this is the devastation the Greens can inflict on our freedom of speech and on social cohesion when they are in essence outside of Government, imagine what they can do from within it? Labour’s tripping over itself at the moment trying to find its official position on what’s just happened to our society this weekend… but they are largely mumbling something about supporting trans rights and opposing hate.

And don’t we all? Don’t we all support trans and oppose hate? But how can politicians justify the hate that has been unleashed on women? I feel like I am living in some sort of parallel universe. How can it be that it’s okay to silence women about issues that affect them, and physically intimidate them into silence?

None of us are allowed to speak. Women, if they raise their hands to speak, they are silenced and abused. Since I wrote my editorial on Thursday, I have been called many things. A Nazi. A Terf. A supporter of hate. Anti-trans. A bigot. A bitch. And far worse.

I am none of those things. But I am a woman and I’ve been around these traps for a while. And I do believe that we should all be afforded a voice and an opportunity to speak to issues that impact the world that we live in. That impact our world.

And that’s why I wanted to talk to James Shaw and Marama Davidson this morning.

Four of the Greens’ senior women were utterly fervent in their opposition to women at the weekend, calling on the public to rise up against the Let Women Speak group, and then applauding the abuse and intimidation that rained down on them.

How on earth did the Greens become so anti-women?
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How indeed? Worse still they are advocating on behalf of men masquerading as women in order to silence real women.

The Greens won’t accept that you can be pro-trans rights AND pro-women rights. You don’t have to pick a side, but the Greens did. And they opposed women’s rights. In 2023, they opposed women’s rights.

And for me… well, the hypocrisy is breathtaking.

Earlier this year, I interviewed Greens MP Golriz Ghahraman on the issue unfolding in Iran. She said New Zealand must stand up, and stop the misogyny and the hate and the violence that was raining down on the women of Iran. And then on Saturday, I watched her dog-whistle misogyny and violent behaviour against the women of New Zealand. In the moments before the protest, she posted a picture of herself smiling on Twitter holding a sign where she labelled women’s rights campaigners as Terfs and she wrote “Ready to the fight the Nazis!”

That’s me, Golriz. The same woman who stood with you and called for Iran’s women to be given a voice… that same woman is me. And now when I ask for women to be given a voice in a situation that significantly impacts women’s rights, you call me a Nazi and a Terf. 
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Rachel Smalley may be thick, but she sure as hell isn’t a Nazi, nor a Terf. But Rachel Smalley has only just gotten going. Now she calls the Green women out one by one:

Marama Davidson is another female Green MP who opposes women’s rights. She is co-leader of the Greens. This is what she said immediately after the Let Women Speak event was shut down, and after women were mobbed and police rushed them off.

Here she is:
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Marama reminded us that she is the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence Minister. She reminded us of that as she walked away from a protest that used fear and intimidation to silence women. And she said it’s straight white men who are responsible for violence. White men inflict violence on the world.

How does that sit with the Prime Minister? How does Chris Hipkins view that statement from a Minister in his Government? That’s a big question for him today.

The third woman who supports the silencing of women is Tory Whanau, a Green Party member. Until recently, she was the party’s Chief of Staff. She’s now the Mayor of Wellington. And no sooner had police swarmed around Posie Parker in Auckland to protect her from the mob, she called on Wellingtonians to do the same….she said “it would be great if the community really show visibility”. She said Parker would get the same treatment in the capital.

And the fourth female Green MP to support the silencing of women is Chlöe Swarbrick, who I usually have some time for. She is the Auckland Central MP. She posted on social media that thousands of Aucklanders from all walks of life who had attended the protest had just experienced – quote – love and affirmation.

Four Green Party women. Four women at the coalface of silencing women. Four women who believe women cannot have a say in decisions that will impact their lives and their rights.
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The Green Party relies on the vote of women in the leafy suburbs of Auckland. On Saturday they destroyed that vote with their support of nasty violence and hate rhetoric.

Why should Labour and Chris Hipkins be worried about what played out at the weekend? Because the only way Labour can form a Government in October is with the support of the Greens. If Labour gets into power, they will bring the Greens with them. They will have to, to get the numbers. And they’ll have to work with Marama Davidson who shut down the voice of women, and said white men are behind all of the violence in the world. How do you come back from that?

If this is the level of damage the Greens can inflict on society and on women’s rights when they’re officially in Government, imagine how much destruction they can do if they are entrenched fully within a Labour government?

For the first time in my life, I am fearful of a political party. I really am. I am fearful of how the Greens mobilised their MPs and their followers to shut down women. Marama Davidson is something of a lost cause now. How do we believe or trust in her as a politician? And James Shaw? As co-leader, you’ve lost control of your party. And your political credibility has taken a major hit.

I’ll say this one last time for all of the haters out there, and there are many.

Trans rights are human rights. I 100 percent agree. But I also believe women’s rights are human rights. And one should not come at the expense of another.
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No, they should not, but the trans fruit loops have made it that way, and with their violence and intolerance have destroyed their “movement” far more than a few salty words from Posie Parker ever could have.

Those are strong words from Rachel Smalley, and it is a red-letter day when I agree with anything she says. I think I need a scotch to calm my nerves.

Cam Slater is a New Zealand-based blogger, best known for his role in Dirty Politics and publishing the Whale Oil Beef Hooked blog, which operated from 2005 until it closed in 2019. This article was first published HERE


Robert Arthur said...

Democracy in NZ has suffered a huge blow. Not just in the realm of women's rights. Presumably noting the efficacy of the JKJ mob action, noting the biased inaction of Police, and aware of the vast number of very violently disposed pro maori nutters and irrational pro maori others out there, the counter co governance meeting for 28th has been cancelled. A disgraceful interview on RNZ midday by blatantly pro maori Mani Dunlop and one Byron C Clarke a "disinformation researcher" whatever that is. The latter claimed a high degree of disinformation in circulation although not clear whether this aimed at JKJ message or that of the rioters. There is disinformation or non information on co governance and the msm and the PIJFund are firmly to blame. The simple basic factual message that co governance is effectively maori control is not advanced by the msm and any Letters to Editor are binned. I trust the counter co governance movement, National , Act, and Winston invest in large scale media advertising making clear the inevitability of maori control, absolute anathema to near all those NZers who cannot whakapapa to cannibals. Democracy is being destroyed even before co governance operates.

Ken S said...

What's even weirder Cam is that I agree totally with both you and Rachel. Wasn't it the great writer and philosopher Hunter S Thompson who said "when the going gets tough the tough get weird"? Bring it on I say.

Anonymous said...

I fear democracy no longer exists in New Zealand. Rather government is a game of extremism. Scary stuff.

Unknown said...

Cam, can I ask are you aware how The Green Party was formed, and I am not talking about the NZ Branch. If not, let me give a 'smite of History'.
In the 1950's, when Germany was re defining it self, that is both the Western half, managed by the Allied Powers, assisting the establishment of a new Govt and the Eastern Bloc, Ruled by Russia/Soviet Union. At this time Russia (thru Iosef Stalin) did not trust America (similar to Putin today) and used the NKVD/KGB to disestablish anything that America tried in West Germany. Thus was "born" The Green Party, controlled from East Germany, who became not only a Political Activist in the West German Parliament, but also on the streets as well. They were supported by University Academics & Students, and amid this later group a Lesbian culture who used both verbal & physical force to demean everyone else (sound familiar?). Around the same time another KGB group - Red Army Faction/Bader Meinhof also caused tyrannical destruction, a belief that they may have been involved in the street protests, occurring at the time.
If you want another comparison, look at Holland (today) and what/where the Green Party there, stand and their actions to undermine Farming.
You have a Happy Day, sorry to spoil it with above.

Mick said...

Good on you Rachel. That's exactly how it is.It's about time all decent well balanced people rise up and denounce this lunacy.This cannot be the future.

Peter Young said...

The stats show that Maori are nearly six times more likely to be convicted of violent offences and twice as often over their European counterparts when it comes to those of a sexual nature. The Green Party is all about anthropogenic global warming, yet Davidson thinks it fine to have six offspring. Smalley identifies the hypocrisy of the Greens on their anti-women stance, but I would suggest to you all that it goes way deeper.
And those of you that give them a vote for the environment we live in - simply unbelievable, Swarbrick & Co included?

TJS said...

Thanks Cam for posting Rachel's piece, I'd heard about it and wondered. Not interested in Tova FM.

So finally the pennie has dropped only taken five years. If she looks a bit harder she might find out her dearly beloved Labour party too support this breakdown of society core values, as we all should know division rules. But she will be facing huge delemas and denile issues right now and go back to her not so bright self again.

I'm not that bright either but what I been watching for the past 5 yrs, a bit more, has been a sh** show and finally me and partner bailed out. Could not take it on a daily basis. The mental abuse that this Govt. has perpetrated alone has been overwhelming.

KJK has done a huge service to this country for flushing out these NAZI's and that was what she was about. And that includes silly twits like More and Hipkins.

Anonymous said...

Division rules? Actually (yes Karl, actually) it’s tribal warfare.