A call for kindness

Photoshopped image credit: Luke

Whaleoil writers and readers are quick to condemn Mr Lees-Galloway for his decision on the Karel Sroubek issue. They are also quick to condemn the prime minister for her unwavering support for her minister.

What Whaleoil overlook, deliberately perhaps, is the factor which put our Labour government into office. I am referring, of course, to kindness. It is easy to be kind to what one might call law-abiding citizens, less so when the object of your kindness falls a little short of perfection. But who among us does not do that, I ask? Mr Sroubek has his failings, certainly, but Mr Lees-Galloway obviously saw beyond them and perceived a person in need. He stretched out the hand of kindness. Yet he stands condemned for it.

I am sure that if the lives of Whaleoil people were examined as closely as Mr Sroubek’s has, most would be found to be lawbreakers like him. Who among them has not broken the speed limit, I wonder, whether or not they have been caught by law enforcement? None, I suggest. One may say that exceeding the speed limit is not as odious as, say, importing methamphetamines, but one only has to look at the road toll to convince oneself that this is not true.

Unlike most New Zealanders, Mr Sroubek has built up a business relationship with the Tangata Whenua. In that sense, he serves as a role model for all of us, but I am certain that the people who read Whaleoil will not be following his lead. They are quick to condemn but slow to praise.

If Mr Lees-Galloway is guilty of anything he is guilty of being too kind. I am sure that, with similar kindness, our prime minister will stand by him. She will reject the judgemental bigotry of the sort of people who read Whaleoil. I am so pleased to affirm that I am not one of them.


*This guest post may or may not be satire?