HDPA writes in the Herald:
The opposition to the TPP was ugly. Worse than that, it backfired. At first, the crowds of thousands walking Auckland’s streets in protest were impressive.
Until you talked to them.
Too many of them didn’t even know why they were protesting.
“I dunno, to be honest,” was roughly what one man said.
Probably typical of most there.
The sight of Sue Bradford wrestling with police – again – can do quite a good job of drawing attention to a cause.
But the sight of Sue Bradford sitting on the tarmac in the middle of a main road to deliberately disrupt the traffic of a city already cursed with motorway constipation is just infuriating.
How did the TPP become the fault of Aucklanders who are just trying to get to work?
How did it require vandalism of one minister’s electorate office?
How would molotov-cocktail bombing another minister’s office stop it?
Nasty stuff. This is I guess what they mean by non-violent.
But what TPP-haters have done is drive the thousands of ordinary Kiwis who don’t really understand the deal and its implications straight into the arms of the TPP fan-boys and girls.
Whose argument are you more likely to believe: the guy who can relay the solitary blog post he’s read on how great the TPP is, or the guy lying in the middle of the road clutching a molotov cocktail because he’s angry about something vaguely to do with the price of medicine?
The anti TPP antics appeal to their own core activists, but are a turn off to middle NZ.