Every time some rightwing ideologue calls 80% of New Zealanders racist or xenophobic because we don’t want to lose control of our future and sell our strategic assets to fall into the hands of a foreign dictatorship that is going around the world buying up key resources to secure their own supply chains at the cost of our sovereignty, and reminds us that National is letting this happen, I smile. Keep it up, Fran.
On a personal note, Fran, I thought that my fellow Standardista Redlogix’s branding you ‘enemy of the people’ was a bit off, what with its Stalinist connotations. But then I dropped the connotations and read the words: ‘enemy of the people’ – a person who works against the interests of the bulk of the population in favour of the interests an elite. In this case, in favour of military dictatorship called the Communist Party of China. Describes you pretty well, Fran.
Calling us the Klu Klux Klan though, Fran, displays a shocking level of historical ignorance and is pretty offensive to the actual victims of that group of elitists who attempted to preserve their privilege through the exercise of instituational power and violence.
Well, maybe not too shocking – you are a neoliberal after all. In the wake of the global financial crisis, still being a neoliberal demands a complete ignorance of history.
By the way, about half our regular posters use their real names these days.
I myself come from a long and proud line of Zetetics.
It isn’t quite the top in page views yet. That belongs to a post about some black humour on the christchurch earthquakes and the top opinion post was on the Assange warrants. It isn’t even the most read posts in the last month. Two posts of the ports of Auckland dispute were larger.
However Red’s post attracted 700 odd comments discussing the question of the sale of Crafar farms – more comments than any other post that has ever been on the site in the last 4 years. The discussion covered all points of view and looked at virtually every aspect of the deal. It is obviously a concern for kiwi’s and I suspect that Fran is more interested in throwing a blanket over the issue than in addressing those concerns.
Certainly in her columns on the subject she has never bothered to elucidate what value she sees coming to NZ as a whole in a overseas firm by owning (and not even running) some of our farmland. They don’t appear to bring anything more to the table than a wish to vertically integrate their supply chain to maximize their profits on sales in their home market. Which is presumably where they will be taxed. Where is the value to our economy?
Read the Treachery post and decide if Fran is just being as much of a idiot as I think she is about the topic of non-resident overseas ownership.