Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dangerous propaganda


No wonder the Minister of Tourism, one John Key, delegated a subordinate to deliver this piece of weaselry:

Associate Minister of Tourism Todd McClay said yesterday that New Zealand was still one of the safest countries to visit. These incidents were "abhorrent" but "fairly rare", he said.

God forbid we should warn tourists fondly imagining they'll be safe here that the country is in fact crawling with violent wasters who are a serious threat to their health.  Having some thought to their well-being might lose the country money, after all.

We've spent upwards of 30 years rapidly growing our waster population, and it's well reflected in the number of tourists getting dealt to.  If we don't start publicising that fact to tourists, their own countries will.

7 comments:

JC said...

I once picked up a Malaysian girl who had been on a day trip to Taupo and was hitching back to Rotorua. She told me she loved walking round Rotorua late at night.

I didn't go mad but I told her in no uncertain terms that the town then was the second worst crime rate in the country and she should give this away.

But you know, I could see I wasn't getting through.. like so many other tourists she had this unshakable view that this was a country that didn't do nasty things.

Often enough our paper carries stories of German tourists who have had thousands of dollars in cash and gear stolen from their cars.. when quizzed they admit they hadn't locked up because "you don't need to in NZ".

It seems that despite warnings tourists take on board our casual and friendly attitudes towards them and they lower their guard in a way they wouldn't in most other places.

JC

Barnsley Bill said...

The far north has been unusually quiet on this front over the summer.
A local cop has put it down to the bumper harvest.

gravedodger said...

Great Milt, that highlights the growing problem now about solutions?

Stop making weasely reality avoiding consequences at the first offence.
It is not colonial oppression, culture destruction, bad family life, drugs, booze and all the other slimy apology based responsibility diluting garbage, it is bad people doing bad things with no equally bad repercussions.

Sure the bastard involved in the two Hitch-hikers and number one suspect in the murder of the mental health worker in CHC had problems, that they got to the level of offending alleged with such ease reflects on our system and it is crap.

Hand wringing, endless meetings, and avoidance of facing reality, leaves things getting worse real quick.
Cripes the police apparently erred by allowing a dog to continue to put the bite on a burglar for "50" freakin seconds. Why didn't the cops wait till and arm was removed then at least he would have had an opportunity to see real consequences and a reminder every time he wiped his arse with the only hand he had left.


Too many people making too many excuses.

Psycho Milt said...

Great Milt, that highlights the growing problem now about solutions?

Hard to come by. We've had wasters being funded to turn out half a dozen or more kids for decades now, which has given us a large and growing waster population. Even if we leave out fascist 'solutions' to that problem, the remaining ones are still magnets for bad press: limit the number of children we'll fund, encourage wasters to use long-term contraception, etc - no politician's reputation survives intact if they bring these up.

Psycho Milt said...

Often enough our paper carries stories of German tourists who have had thousands of dollars in cash and gear stolen from their cars.. when quizzed they admit they hadn't locked up because "you don't need to in NZ".

Yes, in my experience Germans have a hopelessly idealised view of NZ and its population. I think they meet us in Germany and find us engagingly genial, informal and generally easy to deal with, and imagine the whole country must be like that - forgetting that they're meeting only the kind of NZers who travel or work in Germany, not the kind who'll bottle you on the street for entertainment.

Anonymous said...

To Milt: "Weaselry?"

Cadwallader

Psycho Milt said...

Weaselry: in this instance, peddling a lie (NZ is a safe place for tourists) because admitting the truth (it has a large population of violent criminal wasters who think of tourists as prey) would impact on the profitability of your business. It's the kind of corporate weaselry evidenced by tobacco company spokesmen. Key presumably knows this, which is why he delegated it.