What about Jill?

New Zealand First deputy leader Peter Brown told a campaign meeting that New Zealand doesn’t want immigrants from countries with a class system or where women are subservient to men.

There is more than a little irony in this statement coming from a man who came from Britain. But if he didn’t see that he probably wouldn’t recognise the contradiction between his words and the inherent sexism in this statement either:

In this country “Jack is as good as his master, and Jack’s wife is as good as Jack”, he said

Perhaps he hasn’t noticed that in New Zealand women are individuals in their own right, with their own names and not just appendages to men.

Hat Tip: Keeping Stock

UPDATE: Keeping Stock has a caption competition.

UPDATE 2: Ex-expat  also takes issue with the racism in Brown’s comments.

2 Responses to What about Jill?

  1. JC says:

    I was a bit bemused by this business of condemning people as well as their countries. Obviously, the vast majority of our immigrants come here with full knowledge of the facts and given their generally good educations most would be coming *for* those features of freedom.. or at least accepting of them.

    One has only to look at the Muslim community here to see it’s better educated and law abiding than the average to make that point. OTOH our domestic violence figures indicate that us natives is little to skite about.

    The pity of it is that a somewhat xenophobic party could be making a few points about how NZ seems to be unable to hold it’s own natives here. Having the second highest diaspora in the world is not exactly a good look and should be a major cause of concern. However, my feeling is that NZ 1st is too lazy and conspiracy ridden to follow this more profitable line.

    JC

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  2. […] welcome. As homepaddock rightly points out, the fact Brown failed his own basic litmus test on the sexism count while the hive notes that Brown’s country of origin has a firmly entrenched class […]

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