Stephen Franks on Susan Devoy and Race Relations

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.


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  • Macca

    Seems to me the left are just pissed because they haven’t been able to infiltrate one of their own puppet/muppets in to the position.

    The mare fact that the left are acting the way they are is good enough reason to know that they feel threatened by Dame Devoy – and that’s certainly good enough for this Kiwi!

    • Are you referring to Jacinda when you speak of, “the mare fact of the left…”

  • Michael

    A Race Relations Commissioner who isn’t a raving leftie is a novel choice. Who knows, it might actually work for once!

  • Pete George

    perhaps she will skewer their pretension anyway with ‘naive’ common
    sense. Simply ignoring their refined theories would go a long way.

    That could be a good approach, it’s one I’ve used in politics quite successfully. It can annoy the hell out of know-it-all self annointed experts but being prepared to and able to see outside their square can work well.

  • cows4me

    The whole commission is a big crock of shit and should have been put out of it’s misery years ago. Why this supposedly centre right government panders to these politically correct racist slugs is beyond me. Failing that it’s good to see these racist parasites squealing like stuck pigs, race commissioner, yeah and we all know what race. I hope Mrs Devoy has thick skin and a strong will because she’ll be fair game and it will be open season.

  • johnbronkhorst

    I don’t care who she is, (I am prepared to wait and see). But if someone with as much common sense, forthrightfulness and good judgement as Judith Collins picked her…That’s fine by me!!!!

  • JeffDaRef

    The next time some lefty has a squawk about this, I’d like to see them challenged and asked to outline exactly what qualifications Dame Susan’s predecessors had…?

    • Gazzaw

      Qualifications required………liberal lefty apologist with a useless degree and bugger all life experience. Foreign-born and a suntan a definite advantage.

      • JeffDaRef

        On the money – not to mention a profound case of victim-itis!

      • Mr_Blobby

        Don’t forget, to never have had a real job.

  • starboard

    if the left hate it, if the handwringing white apologists hate it, if harawira and sykes hate it… I’m all for it, its gota be good.

    • tarkwin

      Not just good there S.B, a glowing endorsement no less.

  • Agent BallSack

    Chris Trotter cries his little eyes out while accepting that Joris is a leftard minority lover

    link to 3 news

  • Mr_Blobby

    Why do we need a race relations anything and a human rights commission.

    What we have got is a Maori Rights Commission.

  • fozzie2

    “I think she will surprise on the upside and I think she’ll do better than people think,” he said.”She’s proven herself on the sports arena in terms of being a brilliant squash player, world champion.”She’s done a lot of work in her local area, Rotorua, sort of Taupo area, and, you know, she’s just good person.”I think she understands New Zealand issues and she’ll do a very good job.”
    Thank you Mr Key – talk about damning her with faint praise – run Susan run – you are too good and talented a person to be subjected to this –

  • BR

    “For that reason only Judith Collin’s choice was inspiring.”

    It would be even more inspiring if the National government would rid the country of this useless and wasteful political post, along with all those associated with it.