Monday, February 22, 2010

Cat to rule on dog rights

"Oh" people would say" there is that New Zealand with the democracy and the least corruption in the world and such."
Whilst this is true and you should come here for your holidays and see the Hobbitville, some aspects of NZ Suit behaviour are getting into the questionable area.
Via the fabulous No Right Turn we learn that the anti-gay person who got appointed to the Human Rights Review Tribunal did so without being interviewed or put under any but the most basic scrutiny. "He's breathing? Right he's in"
Said Mr Neeson :
  it was "fine" that he and the others had not been interviewed for the positions. "[It is] not [a problem] if you know the people who you are putting in those positions on their record." He said it was "not quite right" that he had voted against protections for gay people. He would not elaborate further.
And how did the government know that it could trust Mr. Neeson, you might ask with all that questioning ability. Silly old you, he was a National Party (current government)MP so they talked to him all the time and probably played golf with him too.
Now, some activist person has
expressed concern that the suggested appointment of members without interview would be at odds with the practice of past years, and with practice followed in appointing members to other Tribunals having less constitutionally significant powers.
Well  that's just a view by some old "Briefing to the Minister of Justice on Human Rights Review Tribunal Appointments, 15 September 2009" Like from some people who's job it is to see that public Service committees aren't stacked with...cronies...of... teh... gubbermint. Well, what do they know!
New Zealand must stride bravely forward into a brave new future in the world economy and we won't do that with a lot of Human Rights do-gooders buggering everything up.
Brave new world my friends.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Sounds like the way we do things around here.

Isn't there a sorcerer who is supposed to take care of matters like this?

fish said...

"He's breathing? Right he's in"

Well standards are often lacking in areas where there are more farm animals than people.

tigris said...

"He's breathing? Right he's in"

And the discrimination against NZ Zombies continues apace.

mikey said...

Simple solution:

For every hitler, appoint one granny.

Problem solved, no interviews required.

Next up: Simple solutions to problems in the workplace...

Another Kiwi said...

Hitlers? Grannies? Sorcerers? It's not movieland here folks. Admittedly much of the Guvmint appear to be crash test dummies possessed by evil spirits but "the average New Zealander" is a realish flesh and bone alcohol abuser and needs a Human Rights committee that celebrates that diversity.

mikey said...

Yeah, maybe so, Kiwi, but I remain convinced that the path to salvation runs through Grannies...

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

New Zealand must stride bravely forward into a brave new future in the world economy and we won't do that with a lot of Human Rights do-gooders buggering everything up.
Brave new world my friends.

Ah, yes, a brave new 19th Century future.

Another Kiwi said...

Salvation Granny? I'm thinking a second album called "Rock 'n' Roll chair"

Another Kiwi said...

Awesome parallels here
Mr Karzai is going to take over the Election watchdog group because they got the wrong result last time and said the elections were rigged.
BUT Diplomatic sources say Kai Eide, the head of the UN in Afghanistan, had struck a private deal with Karzai under which he will use his new powers to appoint at least two foreigners to the election watchdog.
Hmmm Riddled staff can apply for these jobs, one assumes.

Smut Clyde said...

the [Afghan] constitution only prevents parliament from changing electoral law while presidential decrees are not so constrained.
Unitary executive!

But this is not the time to be focussing on the spurious nature of Afghanistan's election, or the fact that its government provides no function other than collecting bribes, when it is more important to concentrate on irregularities in an election in Iran.

mikey said...

Are you saying that the whole problem with the Iran's June election is that Ayatollah Khamenei was CONSTIPATED?

'Cause I gotta tellya, that's just kinda fucked up.

It does give one a whole new perspective on history. Maybe Napoleon had the runs at Waterloo. His generals were looking around for him. Where's the little guy? Oh, he's in the privy again.

Sad to think that Moussavi could have saved all this trouble by giving the supreme leader a laxative...

Smut Clyde said...

Maybe Napoleon had the runs at Waterloo.
The opposite problem, is one theory.