Readers may recall Ardern’s Orwellian decision to obliterate the record of what happened at the Christchurch massacre. There has been fallout – Philip Arps, who “shared” the video of the event, has received a 21-month jail sentence. That’s all he did – shared the truth – a victimless crime. The most egregious part of this sad affair is that the judge made strong reference to the man’s views in his summing up, despite being cautioned by the defence lawyer. Like many New Zealanders, Arps has serious concerns about the downside of his country’s surging migrant population, and that damned him in the eyes of the law.
Yet again Orwell’s words come to mind: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”