Rodney Hide discusses The Cunliffe and his apology culture at the NBR:
David Cunliffe didnâ€™t misspeak in apologising for being a man. Far from it. His apology is what core Labour philosophy demands. Mr Cunliffe should also be apologising for being white, rich and heterosexual.
Itâ€™s now deep Labour Party madness that your colour, wealth, sex and sexual orientation dictate your views and your politics. You think you reason and choose but itâ€™s illusory. Your class and group define and rule you.
It gets worse. You are also responsible for all the other members of your group and this collective responsibility travels mysteriously down through the generations. Hence the Waitangi Tribunal.
As a white, wealthy and educated man, Mr Cunliffe has much to be sorry for. He canâ€™t escape his pigeonhole but he can prove his awareness by apologising. Thatâ€™s all he can do. And he can atone.
He can never appreciate what itâ€™s like to be an oppressed minority. But he can listen. He can sympathise. And he can do what the oppressed through their collective experience dictate without question and without judgement. To question is to reinstate the rich, white, male hegemony.
Thatâ€™s part of Labourâ€™s ideology: that rich, white men rule the world and cause all the trouble. The cure is simple enough: break up the hegemony. Hence the man-ban and the endless affirmative action.
Perhaps they could start by banning The Cunliffe.
The Labour Party itself illustrates the policy.
Labourâ€™s New Zealand Council must have two Maori, a woman, a unionist, a young person, a Pacific Islander and a Rainbow. It sounds like the start of a long joke but itâ€™s not: thatâ€™s the Labour Partyâ€™s Constitution. And thereâ€™s poor Mr Cunliffe: white, rich, male. And thereâ€™s his deputy: white, rich, male. Â Â Read more »