Michael Laws on the Man Ban

Michael Laws wades into the Man Ban issue:

One of the great problems with being a white, middle-aged male in New Zealand is that you are never cool, never in vogue and never given a fair go. There is a now cultural acceptance that your ethnicity, generation and gender is responsible for all bad things.

And that the best way to redress your appalling crimes against humanity is to ensure that every other group gets employment, educational and social advantages that will never apply to you. So it is that we are a society of quotas – official and unofficial.

And that being Maori, being young, being a woman, being gay or being disabled actually has its privileges. This is to make up for the accepted fact that white heterosexual older men run the globe.

Such post-modern discrimination is justified on the basis that society is evening the odds. Which fails to recognise that most mainstream males are struggling to make a living, just like everybody else. In any contest between them and others, they are being programmed to lose.  

All too true…Kiwis have learned to find blame-hounds. It is always some one else’s fault for your own shitty predicament.

This past week though, one of this country’s most significant policy-makers – the Labour Party – decided to make discrimination overt. To be fair, that is the intent of their leadership, rather than their membership. But the implications are clear.

To impose a strict gender balance upon their parliamentary caucus, Labour wants to have women-only contests for electorate nominations. Should a male apply, the plan is to reject them. Even if they are gay, brown or disabled.

At first sight, the policy seems patently absurd. At second, third and fourth sight, it gets worse. It would not only be illegal under human rights legislation, but it sends the clearest of political messages: that talent, experience and intelligence is irrelevant in New Zealand, and political correctness is everything.

And if this is the thinking of the Labour Party leadership in Opposition, you can imagine such thinking will spread across the public sector when Labour is returned to government. The prospect of women-only jobs and appointments looms large. An unofficial prejudice made official.

Labour have failed to understand the politics of this…and why it is electoral poison. Their proxies meanwhile are busily justifying the proposed rule changes.

If Labour wants to know why it is stuck in a polling wasteland, and John Key seems destined to repeat Helen Clark’s three-term administration, this policy proposal explains all. Five years in Opposition has taught them absolutely nothing.

Such sexist suicide sends shudders through us all, even women. If Labour’s logic is applied, professions they dominate – teaching, nursing, the media – will require reverse quotas. And let’s ensure strict gender quotas for specialist undergraduate schools like law and medicine because women also dominate tertiary education these days.

They still believe, in their hearts that the electorate was mistaken and will come to their senses soon enough.

Which is the really odd thing about Labour’s policy: it fails to recognise the massive societal change under way. It is actually young men who are under-achieving in the new currency of learning. And that will have massive implications for the next generation.

But obviously men aren’t under-achieving enough for the Labour Party hierarchy. Some artificial nobbling is also required.

Especially, it would seem, of their party’s electoral chances next year.

I think the Man Ban has defined Labour for a very long time to come.


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  • Teletubby

    Oh if only I had realised before I spent all that money on an education that getting a vagina would be a far better investment in my future.

    • Rodger T

      A roll of sellotape and you can have both….what electorate are you going to stand for?

      • thor42

        Bwahaha…. the ol’ tuck-behind-the-scrote trick….. ;)

  • Let the Labour party do this. It’s electoral suicide — telling 49% of the population that you are some kind of underclass is immoral, stupid, arrogant and the work of cretins. But I just think I have described the qualities required to be a candidate for the left.

    • Rex Widerstrom

      It never used to be… Labour once had politicians who inspired people. Whatever you think of his policies, when Norman Kirk died the nation basically stopped for several days to mourn. Martyn Finlay was an excellent Attorney General. Even Fraser Colman, an excellent local MP, was capable of summoning up.a bit of inspiration when he sailed into Mururoa Atoll.

      If any of the current lot passed on I doubt we’d even notice. Except in some cases we’d realise we could hear the debates, and wonder why the screeching had stopped.

      • I’d agree about Kirk, and even Lange (who I first met when he was a local Lawyer). But I don’t agree about the modern political studies grad who then joins the PM’s department or union and then moves into a safe seat. Particularly as the left had everyone screened by H1 and H2.

      • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

        I wonder how much of labour’s vote are just troughers and bludgers compared to people who are stuck in a 70s mindset. It is sad that people like Mallard and the gaggle of academic fruit loops have them in their congregation of the credulous.

  • Random66

    Now that is worth repeating. Labour believes: ‘that talent, experience and intelligence is irrelevant in New Zealand, and political correctness is everything.’ This will be the new employment criteria in the Public Sector if Labour get in. Crazy. Well said Michael Laws, and no need to apologise for being a white middle aged male. Last time I looked this group represents someone’s father, son, brother or husband. That makes them needed and loved.

  • Pissedoffyouth

    A big problem with public schools – they couldn’t get girls to achieve better at some things so they either change the entire curriculum to be easy for girls and hard for boys or ban boys only stuff.

    But the biggest thing is that the opinion of public schooling is that going into trades is a “shit job for failures”, and they tell you this from day one.

    Yet who has the new Hilux and commodore on the Shore?

    • Hazards001

      Exactly. Schools have been failing boys hand over fist ever since labour introduced NCEA. A system designed to reward girls for putting flowers on the borders of year long assignments and removed the need for the pressure of exams.
      I’d like to see what would happen if my CEO asked me something relevant to my role and I told him I’d get back to him in a month or two after I’d done a report (actually I don’t want to see what would happen…there’d be blood on the floor..MINE!)
      NCEA is failing boys badly..and my kids are girls..for this I’m truly grateful but the day will come sooner than we think when the constant downgrading and belittling of men is going to bite someone on the bum.

  • blairmulholland

    I don’t quite understand how Labour can be f*cking up such fair electoral weather. But I hope they keep doing it.

  • thor42

    I **really miss** hearing Lawsie on the radio in the morning. I’ll sometimes be running a bit late for work in the morning so I’ll get a cab into work (I don’t have a car). Anyway, I used to listed to Laws on the cab radio and it was bloody good!

    *** COME BACK, LAWSIE! ***

    • worksux

      Same same thor, Lawsie in the morning and then for balance, the two brown pigs with noses in the the trough. He has gone now, so radio live is dead.

  • Harvey Wilson

    Consider this. Seeing as how sheilas don’t get the same pay as blokes this new policy of Labour’s could save the country zillions. VOTE LABOUR

  • cows4me

    I hate to say it but Mr laws falls into his own trap, he’s starting to sound like an apologist for white middle aged men. Yeah we get blamed for heaps of shit but we owe no apologies . From where I stand white middle age males and females are about the only people holding the world together. I’m quite happy to take shit.

  • island time

    It might actually be a shame that this has been exposed so early. Imagine the damage that might have been caused if they had actually implemented on a fait accompli basis….They now have a chance to backtrack but considerable damage has been done surely.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    Women dominate education today because a lot of contemporary education is complete bullshit and women are more compliant than men. This is why there’s no real innovation anymore and you’ve just got to kiss arse for years to get a decent job because if you break the “rules” the layer of box ticking females will strike you off the list.
    Put them in heels and stick them back in the kitchen please, and I mean the actual kitchen rather than the HR department.