The great relief to National being little more than a business front for Chinese interests was that at least we had Labour who wouldn’t fold to our Chinese Overlords…
…well, we can no longer have that hope. Labour are now as compromised to our Chinese Overlords as National are…
Labour MPs vote against allowing China expert Anne-Marie Brady to speak at justice select committee
Labour MPs on the justice select committee have voted against allowing China politics expert Anne-Marie Brady to make a submission on foreign interference in elections.
National MPs supported Brady, a professor at Canterbury University, giving her view on the issue which is a focus of the committee’s inquiry into the 2017 general election and 2016 local elections.
The eight-strong committee is evenly split between National and Labour MPs and today’s vote against means Brady cannot appear.
…Brady has claimed Raymond Huo is the Chinese plant inside the Labour Party…
“Raymond Huo霍建强 works very publicly with China’s united front organizations in New Zealand and promotes their policies in English and Chinese. Huo was a Member of Parliament from 2008 to 2014, then returned to Parliament again in 2017 when a list position became vacant. In 2009, at a meeting organized by the Peaceful Reunification of China Association of New Zealand to celebrate Tibetan Serf Liberation Day, Huo said that as a “person from China” (中国人) he would promote China’s Tibet policies to the New Zealand Parliament.
It was Huo who made the decision to translate Labour’s 2017 election campaign slogan “Let’s do it” into a quote from Xi Jinping (撸起袖子加油干, which literally means “roll up your sleeves and work hard”). Huo told journalists at the Labour campaign launch that the Chinese translation “auspiciously equates to a New Year’s message from President Xi Jinping encouraging China to ‘roll its sleeves up’.” …… Xi’s catchphrase has been widely satirized in Chinese social media. Nonetheless, the phrase is now the politically correct slogan for promoting OBOR, both in China and abroad. ……. In 2014, when asked about the issue of Chinese political influence in New Zealand, Huo told RNZ National, “Generally the Chinese community is excited about the prospect of China having more influence in New Zealand” and added, “many Chinese community members told him a powerful China meant a backer, either psychologically or in the real sense.””
– source, ‘Magic Weapons’ – aka the Brady Report , September 2017.
…so who blocked her from speaking? Well, well, well – Raymond Huo…
Justice committee chairman Labour MP Raymond Huo said the decision to decline Brady’s late request was purely procedural.
The closing date for submissions was over five months ago on 23 September 2018 and the date was widely publicised by committee staff in the usual way, he said in a statement.
The Committee had asked the Security Intelligence Service, the Government Communications and Security Bureau and the National Assessments Bureau to appear.
“As committee chair, I am satisfied that the correct procedure has been followed and that the agencies will keep the committee well informed about any issues of foreign interference that may arise,” Huo said in a statement.
…this claim of it being only a procedural issue is bullshit because Andrew Little, the Minister of Justice, wrote to Huo AFTER submissions closed and asked for the issue of foreign influence to be addressed, and seeing as Brady is the expert in that field, blaming procedure is a pretence.
How can Raymond Huo be able to wield this amount of self censorship?
Do our Chinese Overlords really have the power to simply stop evidence being heard in a New Zealand select committee? It would appear they do.
Labour should hang its head in shame.
UPDATE: Labour have been spooked by the backlash and u-turned this decision. Again, as with the lack of CGT political foresight, who was on top of this stunt by Raymond and knew he was pulling it?
Heads should privately roll. Again.