Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Wayne Mapp is a Moron

I told myself that I would resign as Shadow Minister for Ridiculing Wayne Mapp. It's too easy, and he's not the biggest problem New Zealand has right now. But I'm going to comment one more time, because his statements are stunningly ignorant, and the Mainstream Media are taking him far too seriously.

Last year Don Brash complained about a level 1 history exam where the students were asked to write from the perspective of a National MP who was not sympathetic to Maori concerns. Don Brash had two problems with this, first he thought that the cartoon looked like him, and secondly that it implied that National MPs were racist (this actually shows a basic lack of reading comprehension. The fact that this individual was a National MP and the fact that this indvidual wasn't sympathetic to Maori concerns were presented as two separate pieces of information in the sentance. Thich implies that there were National MPs who were sympathetic to Maori concerns).

If National MPs of the 1970s didn't want to be portrayed as racist they probably should have been less racist.

Anyway NZQA (cowards) responded by having someone go through all the papers to check that they wouldn't offend anyone. So Wayne Mapp goes on Morning Report calling this action 'politically correct'. I agree that this move by NZQA was caving to political pressure, but that political pressure came from Don Brash.

Then Wayne Mapp attacks the PPTA for disagreeing with decision to drop the Gender Identity Bill.

"Is this what our taxpayer dollars are funding in schools? They really are out of control and should stick to teaching," Dr Mapp said.
So if a membership based organisation, that has no power except to represent its members views and interests, disagrees with the action taken by an MP then that's political correctness. But if an MP criticises the same membership organisation because they disagreed with him, that's a stunning example of upholding the value of free sppech?


  1. Anonymous10:16 am

    Uh, National MPs of the 1970s?

    If National MPs today don't want to to be called racist, they should probably be less racist.

  2. That's true, I probably should have said:

    "If National MPs in the 1970s didn't want people to write exam questions about their racism, they should have been lest racist"

    Although that applies now too.