Lee Williams- Bill of Rights worthless under Ardern regime
It doesn’t matter who Lee Williams is, because he is every one of us, and the govt sponsored communist/ separatist mob who are destroying Lee today will be coming after anyone next.
New Zealand has a Bill of Rights, the brainchild of Labour Prime Minister Geoffory Palmer, a constitutional lawyer who for many years had been concerned about New Zealand’s lack of a written constitution and the ‘unbridled power’ of the executive. It became law in 1990 in watered down legislation that prevented it from becoming as powerful as Palmer had intended.
Nevertheless, it has underpinned some important court cases, including the overturning of a conviction for burning the New Zealand flag.
The essence of the BOR its that it stands in defence of ordinary citizens against over-powerful govt. Although not mandatory, in courts cases where a person’s rights have been breached, the court can order monetary compensation.
Lee Williams hasn’t been convicted of any breach of the law. Yet he is being stripped of his means of earning a living for himself and his family. This “punishment” though is happening largely at the bidding of govt.
The newspapers and broadcasters, in a financial contract with the govt, and Ministers of the Crown, (namely the Maori Party) are all attacking Lee Williams in breach of rights guaranteed to him by the NZ Bill of Rights. Such rights in particular are-
- The right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and belief, including the right to adopt and hold opinions without interference (Section 13)
- The right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form (Section 14)
- The right to manifest that person’s religion or belief in worship, observance, practice, or teaching, either individually or in community with others, and either in public or in private (Section 15)
It is also clear that if his employer sacks Mr Williams, as appears to have already happened, then they will have done so largely because of govt sponsored pressure applied not only through the govt owned media (TV One and Radio New Zealand) and Maori Party MPs, but also though abuse of the Human Rights Commission and other such govt entities that have worked to induce a mood within the country that discourages support for the rights listed above.
A legal expert might decide that Lee Williams treatment is a clear breach of the NZ BOR and take action for wrongful dismissal against Synlait and include the Bill of Rights as an underpinning to his case.
The govt has done this to Mr Williams, primarily through their state owned propaganda outlets TV One and Radio New Zealand. Other entities have acted as the govt’s agents by means of their contracts with the govt namely the “Public Interest Journalism” and other subsidies and payments.
Newshub, the Herald, Stuff, and most other media outlets, all receiving govt money, have reported on the case in pejorative terms and with unproven allegations designed to convict Mr Williams without a trial.
Its unlikely Mr Williams will get his “natural justice”, another guarantee of the BOR. However his persecution shows how much the Labour govt has changed since it was run by Geoffory Palmer and Michael Bassett. Under Jacinda Ardern we now have an unofficial Stasi policing thought and speech in New Zealand, the very circumstance Bassett and Palmer were trying to avoid.