Thanks to those who’ve volunteered to hold these 3 metre long banners and risk incurring the withering glares of the Smarmy Army as they head into tonight’s Te Papa Treaty ‘Debate’ on the Constitution.
We were in the middle of printing the ‘Trickery’ banner above when one of my clever-clogs supporters mused that ‘Treachery’ would be a better description of what the appeasers have been up to for the last 40 years.
Damn, I thought, he’s right. So I got that one printed too. The good thing is, we’ve now we’ve got one for each entrance.
Do come along at 6.30pm. (But preferably earlier, lest you be crowded out by the Claudiophiles.)
I’m sure the assembled Constitutional Advisory Panel members will be delighted to chat with you as they enter and leave the building.
I do not intend to disrespect them, but I would like to ask them some questions.
- Prof John Burrowes: You told me last week that your panel is almost certainly going to meet the general public. Given that your role is to find out what the public think, why are you treating the public as some sort of afterthought?
- Sir Tipene O’Regan: Why are you still co-managing a panel charged with examining the core of our national being, when you have also been charged with mismanaging a finance company?
- Leonie Pihama: You recently tweeted after I appeared on Maori TV (advocating racial equality) that I was a “redneck” and a “racist”. And then you said “We can debate their [racists’] views without them present!”
Is that the agenda of the Constitutional Advisory Panel — to debate constitutional matters without the majority of New Zealanders present — people you regard as racist?
- Dame Claudia Orange: How can you call these one-sided discussions ‘debates’ when all ‘debaters’ are from the same side?