So it turns out Iain Lees-Galloway was misled by Immigration after all…
Missing information on Sroubek would have ‘likely’ led to deportation – Minister
Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says he would have “likely” decided to deport Karel Sroubek at the first opportunity if he had known from the outset that Sroubek had returned to the Czech Republic in 2009.
That detail about Sroubek’s travel history was emailed from an NZ Customs intelligence analyst to Immigration NZ six years ago – but was subsequently overlooked and not included in the file given to Lees-Galloway to inform his decision about deporting Sroubek
…which means all the screaming at the Minister by right wing media and National for not doing his job is actually bullshit, yet look at how Tova is spinning this now…
The issue in light of this revelation is that the criticism Newshub and National have thrown at the Minister was false and instead of admitting that, the new attack line is transparency???
But put the fact the story is and always has been bullshit aside, there is a bigger, far more fundamental question, how come the case of state spying hasn’t received the same level of attention and focus as the bullshit Sroubek case?
We see this all the time in NZ. Serious and significant abuses of political power by the State, be it mass surveillance lies, war crimes or dirty politics, gets overshadowed by simplistic trivial bullshit.
How come a micro aggression of a prisoner shouting at his wife after she reneges on an agreement is a BIGGER news story than entire swathes of the Government illegally spying on citizens?
National and the right wing media tried to sell this as incompetence to a reactionary public who hate criminals, but the continued popularity of the story goes beyond redneck kneejerks, the story is clearly trending for the news papers.
Is it because Millennials who feed the click-bait only understand micro aggressions and can’t subjectively connect to far larger issues that they don’t immediately identify with?
Is that what we have been left with as ‘news’. Sroubek shouted at his wife on a phone call, and that’s a bigger story than the State illegally spying on huge numbers of people because Millennials can identify with a subjective micro-aggression but can’t with an issue they aren’t immediately reflective of?
I die a little bit inside every day I read the mainstream media in this country, no wonder NZers are so wilfully ignorant of the issues that actually matter.