The Nazi supported anti vaxer protest seems to be growing.
Well known working class heroes Russell Coutts and Gilda Fitzpatrick are heading to Wellington to take part.
Coutts’ motivation is clear although irrational. His primary concerns are the effects on people playing sport and he lists what he says are absurd restrictions. Nothing earth shattering, nothing along the lines of detention without trial or suppression of free speech. One of the examples he raises is “[t]he absurd rules that prohibit two young unvaccinated brothers, living in the same household, from sailing together in a sailing competition because they would be within two metres of each other while sailing their boat.” It is strange that Coutts should be fixated on this. The numbers who are affected must be exceedingly low and at a time of crisis rules need to be simple and clear and nuance and exceptions avoided.
In October last year Coutts complained about the Government’s actions and wondered why New Zealand still had restrictions when sporting events in the UK and the US were happening. He makes no mention that in the UK 160,000 have died from covid and in the US the figure is 950,000. In Aotearoa New Zealand the figure is 53. His earlier claim that freedom of speech was being curtailed would appear to be overhyped, given his ability to have his personal views broadcast throughout New Zealand’s media.
His claims that the media have been bought and are repeaters of the Government’s spin is laughable. He really should stick to publicly subsidised well paid elite sailing.
Parliament has opened up a tenuous line of communication. If the protestors stop breaking the law they may talk to them. This is a significant concession. Opening up the possibility of having to listen to 60 minutes of claims about chemtrails, moderna darts, Bill Gates chips and world government is more than I would want even National MPs to have to tolerate.
Some of the protestors are refusing to budge until the mandates have ended.
Apparently in the midst of a public health crisis that is more severe than anything this country has experienced for a hundred years our elected representatives should be spending precious time negotiating when things will change. We do not know what tomorrow will bring but according to some of the protestors who think they are immune our elected representatives need to sit down with them and talk with them about when things will get back to normal.
And the quality of the discussion is predictable. On one side will be the best scientific and medical advice available. On the other side will be people that think that with enough yoga nothing bad will happen. And the Nazis will be behind them sabotaging every attempt to resolve matters.
Amongst this “peaceful protest” are people who have advocated for the killing of Cabinet Ministers and members of the press. I repeat some of them are Nazis. Many of the protestors are misguided and have no idea what they are talking about. I just wish they trusted the scientific advice which has led humanity to so many advances.
Call me a conservative reactionary but I cannot believe that the Police have not stepped in. Cars should have been towed on day one. Tents should have been removed. If people obstructed the police in the execution of these jobs they should have been arrested.
I wrote this earlier post to gently suggest that the police were perfectly entitled to take action. Now I am scratching my head and wondering what is happening. I appreciate there are young children being effectively used as shields but at some stage action will be required. Our House of Representatives’ performance is being compromised and the precinct defaced, and access limited at the time that its job is more important than ever before.
If there are not arrests and car towing soon then the country and its institutions seriously needs to reflect on how they handle terrorist actions. This has the feeling of a ramshackle idiot controlled coup.