I am utterly disgusted by the nationalism I’m seeing in New Zealand at the moment. One among many examples:
[Union Secretary] Mr Cook fears it’s the New Zealanders who will go first when it does close, which he claims is discrimination.
He claims this because some migrants are on 12-month contracts while locals are not. It seems pretty reasonable that migrants would be contractually guaranteed a minimum term of employment in exchange for moving countries. I guess it would seem unreasonable to a person who doesn’t see foreigners as worthy of moral consideration…
The worst part is that this sort of xenophobia is about to become policy, and has bipartisan support. This makes me feel very stabby. [Update: Eric points out in the comments that it’s not really a change in policy, but an automatic adjustment in the number of work permits based on existing policy. Both major parties are nevertheless pandering to nationalist sentiment. If the sentiment persists, I wouldn’t be suprised to see actual policy change. I still feel very stabby.]