Stephen Franks is like his name and he doesn’t shilly-shally around in discussing the appointment of Dame Susan Devoy as Race Relations Commissioner.
The appointment of Dame Susan Devoy, could be a wasted opportunity despite Michael Laws’ instinctive judgment that it can’t matter because it is a non-job.. I’ll wait to judge. She could be a success as stuning to the media chooks as Lockwood Smith’s Speakership. But I wish the Minister had used the sinecure position to install someone more likely to take on the racism of the Treaty industry from a position of academic superiority. It would not be especially difficult for the right person. But to stare down the people infesting the HRC, with their genuine qualifications in fake knowledge (like de-colonisation studies) and their sincere bigotry, she would need enough knowledge of the fake studies industry to spear them with their own illogic.
I doubt that she will acquire that strength, but perhaps she will skewer their pretension anyway with ‘naive’ common sense. Simply ignoring their refined theories would go a long way.
Watching the leftwing unhinge over the appointment of someone they consider inferior for not many good reasons has been a pleasure to behold. For that reason only Judith Collin’s choice was inspiring.