The Strange Case of the Member
of Parliament for Television New Zealand
Peter Zohrab 2018
(Open Letter to the Leader of The Opposition)
Dear Mr. Bridges,
I am writing to you because one of your National Party Members of Parliament,
Chris Bishop, has asked me to stop emailing him. Initially, I complied with
his request by deleting his address from my email address book. However, I
later decided that, since he was employed by taxpayers to represent the people
of New Zealand, it was not appropriate for him to make that request. In my
view, he is at liberty, of course, to avoid reading my emails or even to delete
them on sight, but I think that asking me not to send him any more emails
is going a bit far. I am not asking you to do anything about the matter or
even to reply to me, but I want to make an issue of it, because it has to
do with Democracy (which is not something that we have enough of in New Zealand,
as it is).
I should point out here that he is the National Party's Spokesperson for
Police, which means that he may even become the Minister of Police at some
stage and in both capacities I will definitely want him to take notice of
my original and (if I may say so) well-informed and thoughtful views on the
Police. In addition, I lived in his current electorate of Hutt South for 20
years and was once on the Executive of the Hutt South Electorate National
I have discovered that Mr. Bishop's father once worked for Television New
Zealand, so it seems that Mr. Bishop (who has often appeared on television)
is angry at my criticisms of TVNZ and other media outlets. He is acting like
the Member of Parliament for Television New Zealand -- just as he once worked
for the tobacco industry. I am a severe critic of the media, because they
behave exactly like Chris Bishop: they cut you off if they don't agree with
you. That is exactly why there is no free speech in New Zealand.
I put it to you that Meka
Whaitiri is alleged to have assaulted a staff member because she had not
told her about a media photo opportunity which she could have benefited from.
That shows how much power the media have over politicians. Politicians are
democratically elected, but the media are not. As Chris Bishop has demonstrated,
Democracy hardly exists in New Zealand.
Men have no rights,
but aren't less human.
We blame sexism.