Seymour told Sean Plunket of The Platform that ‘reasonable conditions’ weren’t met and a ‘tiny, tiny’ minority ruined it for everyone.
ACT party leader David Seymour was questioned by The Platform host Sean Plunket today over his refusal to go down walk among the anti-mandate Parliament protesters.
Seymour said reaonable conditions had not been met. Had they been, he would have gone down, he said. The conditions were:
- ‘Let small businesses operate
- ‘Stop the threats, which were serious and real – they were from a tiny percentage of people, but they were real
- ‘Stop harassment of passersby.’
When asked to provide more detail about the threats, Seymour said he had seen online discussion to kidnap politicians and hold ‘show trials’.
While Seymour said the threats were credible, Plunket dismissed the concerns because, ‘there’s a long way between online discussions and credible plans… there’s a lot of shyte online.’
Plunket told Seymour he didn’t believe the latter’s life or safety was at risk.
‘We were doing everything to bring people together, but it wasn’t possible in that circumstance,’ said Seymour. ‘I actually think that if we want to have better dialogue then we’ve got to accept the facts and truths that occured, and also accept… while it was a tiny, tiny minority of people that ruined it for everybody, there were a lot of very reasonable people that felt they’d been pushed out of society that it would have been good to talk to.’