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robson-on-politics 12 July: Terrorism is fascism

robson-on-politics Tues 12 July: Terrorism is fascism

robson-on-politics, a newsletter from Matt Robson MP
Deputy Leader of the Progressive Party

Terrorism is fascism

“Fascism” describes parties that emerged in Europe early last century - xenophobic, chauvinist and violently opposed to progressive ideas. They hated secret ballot voting, equality of opportunity between men and women, due process, and opposed the rule of law.

Fascists often exploited real problems in the world like mass unemployment or social injustice to advance their murderous, divisive agenda. They used anti-democratic tactics, and espoused the use of arbitrary terror against innocent bystanders to first divide, and then to rule.

Al-Qaeda is a fascist threat not only to innocent civilians in London or Madrid, but also to the development of democracy everywhere, including Asia and Africa.

The civilians killed maimed or injured in London more than likely demonstrated against Bush and Blair’s war to grab the resources of Iraq.

Neither Al-Qaeda, nor Bush and Blair, care about the well-being of people. Only democratic movements and governments dedicated to bringing education, health, and employment to their people will defeat terrorists.

Article: Lets keep our mind firmly on getting rid of fascists

Vandals who attack houses of worship

Those who attacked Auckland mosques are bullies and vandals. Evil crimes overseas do not justify the intimidation of innocent New Zealanders.

The New Zealand First leader, when he looks in the mirror, will see the inspiration for the bullies and vandals. He might deny it but good people know the truth.

Progressive MPs have received many positive messages on support about their media release:

The Party leaders over the past 24 hours

In the countdown to the election, the leaders of the right-wing Opposition parties have been busy talking about the issues of most importance to them, which are very different from our priorities.

Progressive: Jim secured funding for a Joint Venture of local software service companies looking to expand their out-sourcing business in the UK. The investment will give the companies increased scale to better position themselves for larger international contract work, help raise the profile of Kiwi ICT companies abroad and help also to keep more of our graduates either in New Zealand or working for Kiwi companies offshore.


The Party leaders over the past 24 hours (cont’d)

Maori Party: One co-leader cheered some Greens with a very public questioning of the need for a nationwide vaccination campaign against Meningococcal B. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10335116

Meanwhile, another co-leader took an interesting line on another issue, saying African governments - presumably including those in Sudan, guilty of abetting genocide in Darfur, and Morocco, maintaining the world's largest Apartheid Wall in an illegally-occupied Western Sahara - should be left alone to sort out the "Zimbabwe problem". http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3339530a6160,00.html

NZ First: Leader has been very busy trying to re-write history with a reference to "National's failed experiment of hocking-off our assets and companies into foreign ownership." But somehow he forgets to mention it was none other than he who was Treasurer at the time of the National-NZ First coalition's sale of its share in Auckland monopoly aviation gateway, Auckland Airport, for a song to foreigners. http://www.progressive.org.nz/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1941

Bolstering manufacturing exports

When Mr. Peters was treasurer in the Nat-NZ First government he never actually put in place building blocks to propel industry and regional development, nor did he set up a one-stop shop like NZ Trade and Enterprise to help manufacturers extend their global reach.

The Nat-led coalition even set an arbitrary date by which all NZ tariffs must fall to zero and unemployment never fell below 6%. That is in stark contrast to our manufacturing strategy today which has delivered the second lowest unemployment rate in the world. See: http://www.progressiveparty.org.nz/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1961
and: http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/keygraphs/graphdata.xls

ACT: A key issue to this anti-liberal party recently has been its heated debates over the correct way of saying the name of a mountain near Whangarei.

United Future Outdoor: A big issue for the secular faction appears to be a proposal to introduce chemical castration for fallen Christians, although it isn't immediately clear if this is some kind of internal leadership bid.

I’m getting lots of calls and emails from people preparing submissions on the ‘drinking age’ bill - deadline is 12 August. Check http://www.progressive.org.nz/have-your-say


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