Andrea Vance: your bias is showing

New Conservative David Moffett

If the media in this country leaned any more to the left, they would fall over. Andrea Vance interviewed the New Conservative party’s David Moffett, but it was clear from the tone of the interview that she had made up her mind before she turned on her tape recorder. What followed was a shameless piece of slanted journalism that ought to be in shreds at the bottom of a waste paper basket. David Moffett deserved a better hearing than he received. quote.

Moffett, 71, burst onto the political scene late last year, raging on Twitter at “traitorous” Jacinda Ardern, and calling German Chancellor Angela Merkel “a thoroughly detestable excuse for a human being.” He’s been trolling both sides of the discourse – baiting ACT leader David Seymour and left wing blogger Martyn Bradbury. end quote.

Good. That means that, for him, it is the issues, rather than party politics, that are most important. Many, other than Vance, would see that as a good thing. quote.

He is primarily concerned with migration, climate change and gender politics. They are all touchstones of the populist right-wing movement sweeping the Western world, a backlash to political establishment thinking.

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Establishment thinking, as Vance so deftly puts it, is responsible for the ruin of Europe. I know a lot of people, including a few socialists, who are very concerned about immigration, but they don’t make a living by writing lefty claptrap and selling it as news. quote.

That discontent and fears about a dilution of national identity and globalisation, have propelled Donald Trump into power, and seen far-right parties make significant electoral gains across Europe. end quote.

‘Far right’ parties would have made little headway if it were not for the open door policies of socialist governments destroying their countries. Think of Sweden, now with the highest rates of sexual assault in Europe. Think of Germany, with over 1.1 million refugees pouring over the borders in 2015. Think of France and Britain. Their countries are being destroyed, and the citizens have finally decided not to take it lying down. quote.

His conversion to politics was motivated by the UN Migration Compact, an issue that was hijacked last year by an online network of nationalist and far-right activists.  end quote.

If the compact was all fine, and it was just fascist nutters who objected to it, why was there so much secrecy and obfuscation by the government as to whether or not they were going to sign? quote.

To back up his opinions, Moffett reaches for conspiracy theories he’s read on the internet. He struggles to articulate them, or convincingly defend them.

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Conspiracy theories? That is your opinion, Andrea, and that is all. It is worth noting that, to prove climate deniers wrong, you chose to quote an article from Stuff, which everyone knows refuses to listen to proper debate on the subject, in case they are found out to be wrong. Climate change claims are often conspiracy theories too, but not to someone like Andrea. It is all true… we are all going to die in 12 years. quote.

Moffett is using his platform as a lightning rod for those frustrations. In less than 300 characters, he might appear to be a torchbearer for right wing populism in New Zealand. But, ask him to flesh out his ideas, and he is ill-prepared, his ideology both thin and confused: at one point he claims to be “a centrist”.

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He probably wasn’t expecting to have to give chapter and verse to a journalist who does little research and lets current government ministers off the hook all the time. Such academic interest is reserved for those on the wrong side of the political divide, who can then be dismissed as flaky when they cannot immediately provide references to back up their claims. Why don’t you try asking Jacinda for some actual details on her ‘wellbeing’ budget? Thought not. Jacinda gets a free ride because she is a socialist.

She also tries to be dismissive of the New Conservatives as a political force, noting how they only got 0.2% of the vote in the 2017 election, but hardly anyone had heard of them back then. With higher profile candidates, such as Moffett and Elliot Ikilei, they are certain to attract more interest next time around. Andrea will not be able to dismiss them out of hand quite so easily then.

It is standard practice by left wing journalists to go hard out to discredit anyone with a different view, but such tawdry treatment of a relatively new political figure is unprecedented. Lots of people are worried about immigration and the UN compact, and they are not all fascists. A fair few Labour voters, and even some Green voters, want to keep New Zealand the way it is. Andrea Vance may soon find herself on the wrong side of the political divide.