Deaf list MP bludgeons Speaker with her “human rights”Richard Treadgold | March 9, 2012
WARNING: Rant alert. Some interesting points here are perhaps obscured now and again by a sustained rantiness. Let me know what you think.
Here’s how to get stuff you want: turn it into a “human rights” issue. Then the very Speaker of the Parliament jumps to do your bidding, though you have no electors and no electorate votes granted you a seat in the highest forum in the land.
What high expectations Miss Mathers must have had during her campaign, such as it was. (I mean, not being elected by electors, did she have to talk to any?) Still, Mojo was full of confidence that, somehow, she’d end up with the “note-taker” (read: secretary) she claims she needed, no matter how many thousands of dollars it might cost.
To be precise, she eventually said that without a note-taker, estimated to cost $20,000 to $30,000 a year, she could not participate in Parliament. Quite a gamble then, wasn’t it, to go ahead?
For without establishing the availability nor her capacity to obtain such a note-taker, she bulldozed ahead, aided by her good green friends, not to win an electorate seat, for that would be too hard for a disabled person, but to win a position on the Greens’ list. Then hope for a good turnout on polling day. Then get a seat courtesy of MMP, or, as I like to call it, the Complicator.
No sooner was she in the Parliament than the campaign started to get taxpayer funding to compensate for her disability. Which she knew about, and knew she couldn’t play a part in the house without help. Pressure mounted on the Speaker, as the nearest public servant, to shift the cost from her personally and from her party and onto the dwindling, long-suffering taxpayer.
Disabled have right to normal person’s privilege
What principle guided the Greens in this campaign? Only some vaguely-defined notion of “human rights” and a Parliament which should “mirror” everyone in New Zealand. Strange nonsense.
Then, just the other day, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei let slip an incredible admission: “We want an outcome that recognises democratic participation in Parliament for people with disabilities is a right not a privilege.”
But democratic participation in the Parliament for normal people is a privilege, not a right. They are not different types of people, so their rights are not different. Am I right?
This is poppycock, but probably to be expected in the mish-mash of socialist thinking that now rules us. Miss Turei is seriously mistaken to assign normal and disabled people different, contrary rights. If a person is disabled they must overcome that disability to perform ordinary tasks, such as shopping or getting dressed in the morning. If they need help, help is available. But how much more important is it that they demonstrate their mastery of normal life when called to perform the extraordinary task of representing electors in the Parliament?
Or who will compensate the elector when their representative gives them inferior representation by virtue of their disability? What “rights” do the Greens grant them to have their views adequately portrayed? What matching duty do MPs bear to honour their electors’ rights by providing good representation?
This matter of the “note-taker” bypasses all of this logic and all we hear about is the poor little deaf person victimised by the nasty big government.
Punch in the face removes rights
Ensconced in our comfortable way of living, we are forgetting much about ourselves, especially the bit that explains our rights: they can only be provided if and when someone accepts them as their duty, and how else could it possibly be? You have no “right” to proceed along the street unmolested if someone punches you in the face. Your “right” is no protection against assault. It’s a will o’ the wisp, an empty dream.
Of course, in a just city, the offender subsequently will be punished by a judge, but that is not enough to restore your “right” to remain unpunched. Only when all other persons on the street with you accept it as their duty to leave you alone will you enjoy what you are pleased to call your “rights”. Their acceptance of this as their duty is your only protection.
Until then your rights are worth nothing. Oh, and they’re nothing to do with the UN, either – they’re too far away. Now, where were we? Ah yes, the Parliament and deaf people trying to hear the debate.
The final point to observe about Miss Mathers is her unelected status. No registered voter cast a vote for her on polling day. Her presence in the Parliament is the result of back-room bargaining on some cold, dark night months ago. No electors were consulted in that election.
Nobody voted for her
And her deafness must have been worth, in that charged green atmosphere, golden points. Oh, the dreams of those social engineers, those do-gooders, those human rights zealots, when they saw the opportunity to put not just a woman, but a disabled woman, into the great NZ Parliament, and they pushed her further and further up the list!
But haven’t they muddied the waters?
For now we have a non-representative MP being granted thousands of taxpayer dollars to exert a non-existent “right” (not a privilege) to participate non-democratically in the Parliament, representing nobody.
Clever lot, them.