National’s Epsom charity project David Seymour reckons refugees should sign a “statement of commitment to New Zealand values”, which, according to Seymour include freedom of speech, and respect for women and those of different sexualities.
Leaving aside the obvious fact that telling people what they have to say is a denial of freedom of speech, Seymour may be onto something. Winston Peters agrees, and has been quick to remind the ACT leader that he’s been saying similar stuff since, well, before Seymour was born, suggesting on Twitter that Seymour had stolen NZF’s Intellectual Property.
Still, I reckon Seymour’s on to it.
Here are some of the Kiwi values I reckon we need to insist on, not just from refugees, but from our politicians. Readers may have other suggestions.
- Free education
- Free healthcare
- Full employment for those who want it
- The Welfare State
- Housing for all
- Fair trade, not the TPPA
- A nuclear free nation
- An environmentally sound country, 100% pure once again
Ok, I’m living in the past. But what if the past was better? How do we get there from here? Do we need a visa?
And if we are going to insist on people coming in having to agree to our values, what do we do with ACT members already resident here who don’t share those fundamental Kiwi values?
Should we build a wall around Epsom to keep our country pure and safe?