I don’t know whether I’m sad or angry.
I do know I’m disappointed. Because if letters to the newspaper and Facebook posts are any indication I have returned to a New Zealand irrevocably changed since my youth. People are far more divided by age, socio-economic and racial boundaries than in the past. Gone is the ‘Can-do-I-can-fix-it-let-me-help-you’ attitude. Now, depending upon who you are, someone else is to blame for your problems.
And, if Facebook comments are any guide, it’s all the fault of our Key-led government, although while the vitriol is high actual political alternatives and positive suggestions are thin on the ground.
All the more surprising since some answers seem obvious to me. For instance, there should be a capital gains tax applicable on any property that is not the primary residence of the owner.
Why Kiwis resist this simple fix I do not know. Apparently, it’s easier to blame the rampant rise in property on Asians — immigrants or investors.
Increasingly, everyone blames the Asians for everything. This means, (as my last blog said), it’s pretty much Open Season on Asian bashing at present.
(There was another attack yesterday: two teenage Polynesian girls bashing and robbing an Asian grandmother. And I just know that in their immediate circle the act will have been condoned if not encouraged).
A ‘shut the gates’ mentality is increasingly prevalent in Aotearoa. Ignoramuses who have never met a single Muslim person hate them all. People who had no problem with nuns whose heads were covered but now vilify Muslim women who do the same. Oh, hang on … nuns were okay because they were Christians, right? Well the Klu Klux Klan are hooded Christians, too, are they ok? — Albeit that they have more in common with the rhetoric I’m hearing now in my own country.
I am so disappointed in the ignorant, isolationist, selfish, seemingly irreversible nativism that is on the rise here in New Zealand.
I want my country back. And back on track, thinking clearly, compassionately and collectively; freed from xenophobia and focussed on a shared future.
Because, My Dear New Zealanders, to paraphrase our greatest ever philosopher, the Irreverent Fred Dagg, you don’t know how lucky you are.