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9:56 am, August 12th, 2019 - 30 comments
Categories: boris johnson, Donald Trump, national, racism, same old national, Simon Bridges, uncategorized - Tags: Ihumātao, nigel farage
It seems that throughout the world leaders of Right Wing parties are looking to Donald Trump for campaigning inspiration.
In the UK Boris Johnson is forging ahead with a hard Brexit and is even getting ready for an election based essentially on jingoistic slogans and underlying anti immigrant rhetoric. In Australia the Liberal Democrats successfully wedged Labor in the last election using a few coal miners and a mine the economic and environmental fundamentals of which makes no sense.
And here in New Zealand Simon Bridges has started to borrow Trump’s rhetoric even though it is hateful and divisive, not to mention jarringly inappropriate.
Trump has been saying that Immigrants of all types apart from the ones he has married should go home. And he set off a social media fire recently after he told four young female Democrat Representatives they should also go home, the only trouble being that three of them were born in the US of A.
Trump was universally pilloried by everyone throughout the world apart from Nigel Farage who thought that insulting young dedicated women of colour was a stroke of political genius.
So what does Simon do? He says the same thing about the protestors at Ihumātao which is pretty dumb really because there are competing claims concerning mana whenua status and I am not aware of there being any foreign persons at the protest.
His claim has had some coverage on Twitter and it is interesting the number of people jumping to Bridges defence and their reason for doing so.
In a situation that requires deft diplomacy and sensitivity to a complex history Simon Bridges has yet again shown that he does not have the skill or temperament to be Prime Minister. What scares me is that I had similar thoughts about Trump …