No Assault is OK!
22 March 2019
It has been a terrible week for New Zealand, for our safety, for our sense of justice and for our identity. However, on the whole, I believe that we have carried ourselves well and responded with compassion, care and love.
Christchurch’s cowardly Mosque attacks were not the only assaults that occurred last week, and it is how we responded to another two that I wish to comment on today.
James Shaw, the co-leader of the Greens was assaulted on his way to work. A totally unnecessary, unprovoked attack that all members of parliament condemned, and rightly so. No member of parliament should be in fear for their safety as they carry out their duties as representatives in a democracy. However, this does lead us to consider a second assault, the egging of an Australian senator.
Mr Anning had made some comments that many people were hurt by, and took offence to. One young man took it upon himself to discipline the senator with an egging, and here is where things take a turn. No longer is it reprehensible to attack a parliamentarian. Now the offender is treated like a hero and a give-a-little page is set up for him.
This is not about what was said to cause the offense. We have no idea what the man that hit Mr Shaw was upset about. This is about the safety of representatives and how we treat those that assault them.
The law cannot be applied differently depending on what side of the political fence you sit. Either it’s ok to take things into your own hands, or it’s not, and the way these two situations have been treated in the media shows a prejudice that is unacceptable in a free and fair society.
Both offenders are guilty of assault and should face the full force of the law. Any offensive comments made should be dealt with by the responsible parties and any public discipline should take place at the polling booth. When we administer justice influenced by our own prejudices, we risk destroying the very democratic system that provides us with the freedom to hold differing opinions.
New Conservative stands for a Nation where all peoples are under the same law, and where it is applied fairly to all.