Oh come on folks, this is petty even for the most angry sensible sentencing trust lynch mob, There should be no surprise or tantrums thrown about Karel Sroubek gaining residency.
National wants answers after convicted drug-smuggler Karel Sroubek granted residence
Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway needs to explain why he has granted residence to a Czech man with gang associations in prison for drug-smuggling, National says.
Lees-Galloway used his power of “absolute discretion” to cancel deportation liability and grant residence to Karel Sroubek, also known as Jan Antolik.
It means Lees-Galloway does not have to explain why he made his decision but National’s immigration spokesman Michael Woodhouse, a former immigration minister, said that was not good enough.
“Serious questions need to be answered by the Minister about his decision. The information I have on this case does not come close to any threshold where special consideration should be given by the Minister,” Woodhouse said.
…firstly, let’s be clear why National are beating this up and why the media are playing along, and then secondly let’s spell out why he’s been given clemency.
National are making this a huge issue because…
- They desperately need attention shifted from their role in sectioning one of their own dissident MPs who was about to dish damaging dirt on them
- It plays to National’s bullshit tough on crime crap that has whipped voters into a maelstrom of spite and helped introduce the counter productive social policy that sees our prisons become double bunked rap pens.
- The media are playing along because stories like this rate and get everyone angry
…so let’s not take anything National has to say about Karel Sroubek as anything more than raw meat dog whistling for their death penalty loving voter base.
Which brings us to why the Minister has allowed a criminal like Sroubeck to stay here, which is annoying because it seems screamingly obvious as to why he’s been allowed to stay.
It’s in the last two sentences of the news story…
Sroubek was also previously acquitted of committing an aggravated robbery with two members of the Hells Angels.
…the Hells Angels. The alpha gang of organised crime in NZ, juts above the Headhunters (if you don’t count the Russian Mafia, who are like a world of violence unto themselves, but they don’t have much of a footprint here). So Sroubeck had links to the Angels, links to one of the most difficult to infiltrate organised crime gangs in NZ.
Do you need it spelled out? Really?
No one can see an outcome of the NZ Police cutting a deal on his immigration status for information on the most difficult to infiltrate organised gang in NZ?
If he has provided intel to the Police in return for residency, it is a fairly mature deal that real power wields for the wider good.
This is a beat up, it’s tedious and eye rolling.
This is grown up land, where grown up decisions get made, now turn all that misplaced rage where it deserves to be – like this bullshit revelation that Kiwibuild is for the children of the middle classes.