Focussing on the things that matter, Ctd

Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway has decided to divert his focus from running one up parliamentary stenographers and instead focus on the things that matter to Kiwi voters…..like removing a ban on bagpipes.

Labour is calling on officials to overturn the ban on bagpipes being played at World Cup Rugby matches, saying it makes Kiwis look like a bunch of kiltjoys.

“If we can have the haka, then surely the Scots should be allowed a bit of skirt and skirl,” Labour’s unofficial spokesperson with a Scottish name, Iain Lees-Galloway, said.

The Palmerston North-based MP and colleagues Jacinda Ardern and Lianne Dalziel were approached for comment on the ban by a journalist from Edinburgh’s Sunday Post who said the issue had caused a furore in Scotland, prompting that country’s Sports Minister to issue a plea to games organisers to rethink their stance.

“I’m not sure on what grounds I was contacted, although I am a third generation Scottish migrant, from the McVicar and McCrae line, but I do know my long-passed Scottish grandmother would be outraged by the ban,” Jacinda Ardern said. “And men in kilts? What’s not to like? Richie McCaw fronted up in a kilt, with a set of pipes and played Amazing Grace at a recent charity auction and he’s an All Black.”

“Like the haka, bagpipes have stirred the spirit of sportspeople for centuries. And, like the haka they are an important part of New Zealand culture,” Iain Lees-Galloway said.

“Many of us have close family links to Scotland. Given bagpipes were included in the sensational and dynamic RWC opening ceremony, why not allow them at the games – even if it’s just before and after a match – as well.

“I can’t deny my ancestry. I support Scotland against any other team but the All Blacks. Surely a compromise can be reached before Scotland’s next game in Wellington,” Iain Lees-Galloway said.

I’m not sure, given his predations in the area that Iain Lees-Galloway should be talking about a “bit of skirt”.

 


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  • Cactus Kate

    This actually does matter WO. Many NZ voters myself included have Scottish ancestry and we are clearly being victimized.

    Still I won’t be voting Labour. But I appreciate Iain two fathers and a stenographer, sticking up for the kilt.

  • diabolos

    I always remember as a youngster being in the old Parliament Building and seeing two Parliamentary staff investigating each other by the lift well. I had only just greeted Sir Keith Holyoake walking down one of the corridors – and discovered this pair doing what came naturally in what they thought was a discreet corner right by the lifts. My youthful innocence ended at that point.

    Absolutely nothing to do with the post – but cactus kate started the train of thought so i’ll blame it all on her.

  • thor42

    Noooooo……! Stadiums are noisy enough as it is without the drone of bagpipes as well.
    What next? The South Africans wanting to bring in vuvuzelas?
    People go to stadiums to see **sports**, not music.

  • kevin

    Anyone want to sit by a pissed piper in the stand? No… please…no. But, the NZer’s and Scots are getting a great pipe band performance prior to and after the game.

  • Arran H

    You can’t compare bagpipes to the vuvuzela, one is historic and part of our culture going back thousands of years and requiring a lot of training to play, the other is a plastic toy people just blow on.

    They’re a bunch of killjoys at times, willing to blast some NZ song over the speakers every chance they get (look, sombody just sat down, hit the music) but denying us Scots a huge part of our culture.

    Plus, kilts are awesome, so much more comfortable for those who are scottishly endowed, and I doubt people would have a pair big enough to call a Scot in a kilt a girl, or a polynesian in a lavalava (no idea how it spelt, sorry) for that matter.

    And why should it matter if bagpipes are part of NZ culture (which they are), they’re part of Scottish culture, who we seem to be welcoming Scottish visitors here, taking their money for whiskey, but to leave their culture at home.

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