Political Correctness had become so entrenched in government and the media that it left the common man without a voice until UKIP came along. UKIP was prepared to say publically what was being discussed in many, if not most, households around Britain – that they didn’t want to be ruled by Eurocrats, that they did want to limit the number of immigrants, and they did want criminals to feel the full force of the law. As a result they were called racists, spat at and accused of being Nazis.
In New Zealand the last 40 years has also been a haven of Political Correctness, that corruption of thinking that Doris Lessing describes as “the heritage of Communism”. Sovereignty is again at the heart of the discontent. Just as the free people of Britain are unwilling to give up any more sovereignty to foster the ambitions of a pan-European State, those of British decent in New Zealand, which includes most Maori, find it intolerable that they are now living in a country of that fosters race based discrimination. This denies them their rights as individuals equal before the law. The very idea of race based anything is anathema to them whether it be unelected representatives having a vote in a democratically elected assembly, or race based seats in paliament.
There is a groundswell of discontent amongst the electorate that says race based policies should not be allowed to sour the melting pot that is all the people of New Zealand. Some political parties are voicing this. NZ First, ACT and the Conservatives have all said they will not form a coalition with race based parties such as Maori and Mana/Internet, despite the risks of being derided by the media as appealing to a ‘sick’ minority.
That is why the UKIP victory in Britain is relevant half way across the world in New Zealand. Having suffered the slings and arrows of being labelled racists and Nazis by the media and dubbed irrelevant by the major political parties, UKIP still won an impressive victory because they speak for the people and say what others, mired in political correctness, will not. This gives heart to those who are prepared to speak out against increasingly race based political and social institutions in New Zealand.
Here are some recent examples of writers willing to challenge established PC thinking.
Barend Vlaardingerbroek: The Kings and Chiefs of Old Calabar and Old NZ
Bob Jones: Forcing te reo on children is a waste
Dr Muriel Newman: Discrimination or Equality
Unless we all enjoy the same rights, freedoms and responsibilities that we will never be a nation. The race based PC road that New Zealand is now travelling down is a very dangerous one indeed.