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Maiden Speech – Ibrahim Omer take a bow

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 pm, November 26th, 2020 - 9 comments
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9 comments on “Maiden Speech – Ibrahim Omer take a bow ”

  1. Patricia Bremner 1

    The whole Parliament stood and applauded.

  2. A wonderful maiden speech – and 1) a real inditement of NZs low wage economy and 2) a heartfelt plea for unionism.

    I only hope the Labour members sitting around him listened carefully and internalised his message.

    A 'real' socialist in the house at last.

  3. Sanctuary 3


    And best of all, he isn’t (unlike certain Green MPs I could think of) going to try and fight a culture war. Instead, “…Omer promised to represent the New Zealanders who are struggling on low wages.

    “They work hard, they work very long hours and yet they still struggle to provide three meals for their kids.”

    Omer said he wanted to see every worker be able to live their lives with dignity…”

    Class not colour, good on you Omar! Way to go!

    • swordfish 3.1


      Ohhh, careful … affluent Intersectionals won't take too kindly to that sort of Heresy.

      There’ll be tears (and a certain amount of melodrama) before bedtime.

      • Sanctuary 3.1.1

        His speech has the perhaps unintended consequence of making a certain Green MP's posturing about the oath and allegiance and retired NZers look like the utterances of a petulant child…

      • mickysavage 3.1.2

        Hah SF I have a deep respect for class politics. Culture is important but class is where the brutalising is happening.

  4. Ad 4

    Great stuff Mr Omer.

  5. Robert Guyton 5

    Wonderful! Order! Order! (laughter) smiley

  6. gsays 6

    Thanks for posting this. A great way to start my Friday.

    As I get older, I have become quite cynical about politicians and their desire for reform or change. eg a group of landlords reforming housing, handsomely paid civil servants making meaningful changes to our pitifully low wage economy.

    A voice that cuts through. Ibrahim Omer has held a mirror up to our society to remind us how it used to be (unionised work force that could raise a family and pay a mortgage on one wage) and how it can be again.

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