Friday, February 16, 2018

DOGWHISTLE POLITICS AT ITS WORST

Winston First MP Clayton Noname is looking to make a name for himself by seeking to introduce into parliament a Bill making English one of our official languages.

Wot a friggin waster of time.   Te Reo and sign language are official languages but nothing can change the fact that English is 'our' language of choice; of government; of the law; of commence; of education and of everything else except perhaps on the Marae; in kura kaupapa Maori schools and on a couple of TV/radio stations.

Nothing is going to change that ever.   This Bill is dogwhistle politics at its worst designed to fill a gap that doesn't exist and pander to the prejudices of Winston First's ever evaporating voter demographic.  

A fatally flawed Electoral Integrity Bill; support for Labour's destruction of Charter Schools and now this piece of crap legislation.    All from a Party destined for the dustbin of history.

 

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Quite agree but then again I have no idea of the reasoning behind it....is there some arcane legislation or lack of lurking in the background.

Lord Egbut

The Veteran said...

Egbut ... it is 'their' reaction to the fact that Te Reo and the sign language are both recognised in legislation to be official languages. English is not ... it does not need to be because it is deemed to be.

Paranormal said...

You are right Vet - this is dogwhistle politics to those that supported Winston thinking he meant what he said when he wanted to get rid of/oops, that is have a referendum on/sorry, meant to say ask Maori what they want to do with the Maori electorates.

Got to hand it to the old tusker, he plays his politics well, no matter how much I dislike the thieving, lying, old soak.

Paulus said...

Sign Language is an official language too !
So lets have it in Maori too.

Pete said...

My understanding is that we have three official languages, English, Maori and NZ sign language. Just checked with Stats NZ who note these three as official languages.

Not sure what the NZF member is wasting time on?

Anonymous said...

I can't believe we don't have English, sign language, maori and maori sign language

The Veteran said...

Pete ... English is 'our' official language (along with Te Reo and sign language). It's just that that it's not acknowledged as such in legislation ... nor does it need to be because, as you rightly point out, it's already recognised as such in form and in practice.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Anonymous @ 1830

We actually DO have Maori sign language.

Ron Mark used it in parliament. Remember? It means 'Everything of yours is mine, Bro.'

(Unfortunately I can't post a picture for you.)