NZ First’s ‘virtue signalling’ against immigrants
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canada goose store When we think about “culture wars” and “identity politics” what most readily comes to mind are leftwing liberal fights over what is commonly referred to as “political correctness” and allegations of “virtue signalling” and being “woke”. canada goose store
canada goose uk outlet Conservatives have become more focused in recent years on issues of immigration, and at last year’s election there were plenty of politicians essentially campaigning against foreigners. canada goose outlet store quebec The New Zealand First party was at the forefront of this, promising to turn off the immigration tap. This has been their own way of expressing unease about the changing culture in New Zealand canadagoosejacketsoutsale.com society. canada goose uk outlet
In Government, however, New Zealand First has done little about immigration rules, despite a willingness from Labour to cut back numbers. Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that the biggest policy news to come out of the party’s weekend AGM, was a proposal showing the party is still anti immigration. The policy, passed by delegates at the conference comes in the form of the “Respecting New Zealand Values Bill” a piece of legislation to be put canada goose kensington parka uk forward in Parliament which would require new migrants to sign up to and abide by a list of canada goose outlet “New Zealand values”, or face potential deportation.
cheap Canada Goose The policy and New Zealand First’s internal debate over it is best covered in Henry Cooke’s article, NZ First members push ‘values bill’ which could expel migrants. He reports that NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell is behind the policy, and he “suggested a tribunal or the courts could rule on whether the migrants should be sent ‘back where they came from’ or not”. cheap Canada Goose
Canada Goose Coats On Sale According to Mitchell, the policy is “about being intolerant of intolerance”. And many conference delegates are reported as speaking strongly in favour it. For example, Roger Melville from Wairarapa says “There are people coming in here to be New Zealanders but they are not really New Zealanders at all, and they are actually forcing their ideologies onto you”. As to where these migrants are from, Melville stated: “I find especially from and I’m not trying to be racist Pakistan, Indians, and some Asian type nations.” Canada Goose Coats On Sale
The same conference canada goose outlet store calgary attendee elaborated on the perceived culture problem to another reporter, saying “There’s nothing more embarrassing to a Kiwi, a genuine Kiwi, to walk into a shop and go and buy something behind the counter and all you get is foreign language” see Adam Hollingworth’s Winston Peters slams ‘leaderless’ National, says Simon Bridges will be gone by next election.
The same report quotes another delegate summing up the policy with the aphorism “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, and saying “There was too much challenge to our way of life, and anyone who comes into the country needs to absorb what we have”.
This conservative focus on identity and culture has led Morgan Godfery to argue that those pushing this policy are white “identitarians”: “the Bill is identity politics for white people. Identitarians fixate on immigration. It drives ‘crime’. It transforms deeply rooted communities. It undermines our ‘values'” see: New Zealand values bill Identity politics for white people.
Danyl Mclauchlan sees the policy as conservative virtue signalling essentially an empty policy that seeks to show to New Zealand First supporters and potential supporters that the party is still the main reactionary force in politics. He explains that “It is useful for NZ First to race bait by grandstanding about immigration but never useful to ever do anything about the issue” see: Whistling on migration yet leaving migration high: what’s Winston playing at?.
uk canada goose New Zealand First leader Winston Peters speaks at his party’s annual conference which was held in Tauranga. canada goose outlet kokemuksia Photo / Alan Gibson uk canada goose.