Patrick Smellie’s unfriendly tone toward protest

The Editor,  The Dominion Post,  Wellington

07 February, 2016

Dear Editor:

The generally unfriendly tone toward protest in Patrick Smellie’s (4 Feb) business editorial is annoying.   Yes, he does recognize that TPP protest organizers have done much to discourage violence. But his particular language sounds more like a grumble.  (“But if things get ugly, wait for claims of ‘false flag’ actions.”) 

Looking for the source of his tension I had to wait until the last few sentences. “It would be quixotic to abandon the deal . . .”.   This type of exaggeration has frequently come from government supporters in the days leading up to the signing, most notably Peter Dunne who said NZ “. . . would fall off the world” if the treaty was rejected.  The old persistent ‘be part of the club’ mentality surfaces again.


Richard Keller


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