Some more bad news. Matt King, who was formerly the National MP for Northland until he was beaten by Labour’s Willow Jean Prime, has been publicly posting anti vaccination propaganda under the ruse of only wanting a conversation. From Ben Leahy at the Herald:
National leader Judith Collins is distancing herself from a former party politician who today urged followers on his Facebook page to read “a highly informative” anti-vaccination article.
Former Northland MP Matt King – who lost his seat in Parliament at the last election – said he isn’t against Covid vaccinations and is simply trying to start a conversation about how to avoid future lockdowns.
Yet he today linked to an article calling Covid-19 vaccinations dangerous and containing a video downplaying the risks of the virus.
King urged followers to watch and make up their own minds.
The National Party quickly distanced itself from the post, after some Facebook users mistakenly believed King was still a National MP and asked if there were any other politicians willing to “speak out”.
“National have been emphatic that vaccinations are the key to New Zealand getting through Covid-19 and back to some semblance of normality,” Opposition Leader Collins said.
King is reported as saying:
Don’t put me in the anti-vax group or any of that sort of stuff, I’m none of that. I’m absolutely for everyone that wants to get a vaccination to get a vaccination. I just think we need to think of ways we are going to get ourselves out of this situation, and I don’t think lockdowns are going to be the future, are going to be the answer because we can’t afford to do it every time there is an outbreak.”
This has the same sort of vibe from those who say “I am not a racist but …”