Could David Shearer become Race Relations Commissioner?

The left wing are all outraged that Judith Collins has chosen a european woman for the new Race Relations Commissioner. Worse still one that does not meet their special requirements. As is usual they mount a personal attack and dredge up innocuous columns form little read newspapers.

One of the things that she stands accused of is racism based on a column written two years ago in the Bay of Plenty Times where she said:

The reality is that most New Zealanders either couldn’t care less or are frustrated that what should be a day of national celebration is marred by political shenanigans.

Not much different from the political posturing at Ratana the previous week.

The saving grace is at least this year we do get a public holiday. Last year, we all felt cheated that Waitangi Day fell on a weekend and we were denied that.

So for most of us, it is an opportunity for a day at the beach, the good ol’ Kiwi barbie in the summer sun with little reflection on the meaning of the day.

Waitangi has been hijacked and if it can never be really seen as a day of national celebration then perhaps the time has come to choose another true New Zealand day.

We only need to look across the Tasman to witness how Australians celebrate their day.

This apparently is hanging offence, with Annette Sykes and Catherine Delahunty calling for her to stand down before she has even started in the job.  

I wonder though if those same two would consider David Shearer fit for the job? Martyn Bradbury likewise thinks Dame Susan Devoy is unfit for the job, I wonder if he thinks David Shearer is more qualified?

If the words you wrote two years ago are enough to hang you then perhaps the words written just a few short weeks ago would likewise eliminate David Shearer from the role:

On Waitangi Day most Kiwis opt for a barbecue, go to a concert or take the chance to go to the beach like any other day off. They make a point of making the day quite ordinary, and I understand why.

They don’t see the appeal of a celebration if it’s going to be a day where the focus is on argument and protest. But what we have had does not have to be what we will have forever.

I believe Waitangi Day is special – it’s our national day. We should make more of it. We should celebrate it properly. All over the world, countries celebrate their national day. Surely we have as much – or more – to celebrate as they do.

Not that we need more ums in ou political discourse, but ….um…isn’t that what she said?


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