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, couldÂ be a wasted opportunity despiteÂ Michael Laws’ instinctive judgmentÂ that it can’t matter because it is a non-job..Â I’ll wait to judge. She could be a success asÂ stuning to the media chooks asÂ 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. Â It would not be especially Â 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 industryÂ to spear them with their own illogic.
I doubt that she willÂ acquire that strength, but perhapsÂ 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.