Like many others, prior to the horrific Christchurch Mosques terrorist attack, I had little knowledge of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Turns out that ignorance was bliss.
Her behaviour since the shocking news broke has grown stranger and stranger.
In the aftermath of the killings, she declared that she would never name the alleged shooter, Australian shooter Brenton Tarrant. Why? His name is already in the public domain! It is recognised around the world. He will be named in the impending trial. I can fully understand why she might not want to give him extra publicity. This could be achieved simply by her not using it but to make such a public declaration on it makes the subject suddenly all about HER!
To put it bluntly, she is in danger of being seen to be using the massacre to virtue signal.
Next up, she went on record saying that there needs to be a global campaign against racism as a response. What has this to do with the actions of a lunatic who expressly said he admired Communist China and claimed Black American Conservative Candace Owens was an inspiration to him? Does she believe Islam is a race? I wonder how she feels about the racist views many Muslims feel towards Jewish people? All sensible people abhor racism but it is hard to see why we need a New Zealand PM to lead this crusade.
24 hours later, there have been more developments.
The New Zealand Parliament opens with an Imam reading a Muslim prayer.
Jacinda Ardern then went on to say…
“As-salamu alaykum, peace be upon you, and peace be upon all of us.”
Ardern has also gone out of her way to dress up in Islamic clothing. Why?
Responding to a heinous act of terrorism by asserting New Zealand values is entirely appropriate. But why does she think that vacuous virtue signalling and donning the garb of Islam will achieve anything beyond making her look ridiculous.
Muslim people should be made to feel welcome and safe but the New Zealand Prime Minister insults many indigenous people of New Zealand by her pantomime theatrics and histrionics.
All she needs to do is to stand up and say that New Zealand justice and law will prevail.