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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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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