Category: Guest Posts
When a university no longer commits to the principle of universalism it can neither claim, nor does it deserve, the title of university. We need to ask why our universities - among the best in the world throughout the 20th century - have in great haste and without debate, embraced anti-universal decolonisation and indigenisation.
It beggars belief that our legislators are prepared to commit to multi-billion-dollar policies to achieve supposedly science-based objectives, at a time when the scientists themselves say they don’t yet have a clear handle on this very new area of their discipline.
Given that the CEO of Transpower has warned us of the risk of blackouts this year, when the lakes are full, it seems to be inevitable that if it was a dry year, we would be in serious trouble. Quite obviously, the electricity market is unable to ensure an economic and reliable supply.
The one thing I hope for from the annual budget is a government that says it will do less, not more. I’ve been hoping for that from every budget for the last 40 or so years, and each has been a disappointment.
Teetering as we are on the brink of tribal Marxism should this government be returned to power I can think of no worse a time in our history to be considering abandoning the Monarch as our head of state. Republicans take heed. What you are proposing will be a disaster for the survival of our democracy and way of life.
There is also now clearly emerging inter-generational conflict within Māori between more moderate iwi elders intent on working within the system and a younger generation of activists intent on destroying the system. The real question is whether any politicians are brave enough to confront these issues.
It is no wonder that Ngai Tahu are content to let their water grab rest unresolved in the High Court when they have a cast iron legislative right through Three Waters (Affordable Water) waiting in the wings.
The ownership of water is coming to the top of the political agenda with sinister connotations that it can be bought and sold and allocated on the basis of race. It is therefore timely to revert to first principles and consider just what it is the politicians are dealing with.
One of the last things Jacinda asked of us in her valedictory speech was that we “take the politics out of climate change”. Let’s see this request for what it is. It’s a play to get good international headlines, and a bad idea that we should all ignore.