Thursday, October 27, 2005

Not mainstream and proud of it

After discovering it might have to make accommodations with Maori MPs if it is ever to regain the treasury benches, National has revised its Maori-bashing strategy.

Don Brash has given Wayne Mapp the job of "political correctness eradicator", based on a speech the North Shore MP made in June claiming "polical correctness" ran counter to the basic freedoms of society.

"A person, an institution or a government is politically correct when they cease to represent the interests of the majority and become focused on the cares and concerns of minority sector groups," Mapp said then.

Mapp, whose doctorate is in international law, tries to justify finesse his definition of political correctness as being of concern when it is given the power of government through legislation or advocacy,

Examples he gave the NZ Herald were the Waitangi Tribunal, Human Rights Commission and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

Mapp, who is married to lawyer Denese Henare, is ranked at 14 in the National ranks, despite his supposed skills and experience.

Deputy PM Michael Cullen said Mapp has a hard task ahead of him: "I think Wayne Mapp would have significant difficulty doing anything. I always thought [that] with Wayne, actually managing to walk into the chamber, one foot in front of the other, was a major achievement in life."

Back to Mapp's definition of political correctness as ceasing to represent the interests of the majority, a common bleat of privileged.

The majority interest is always looked after. White men in suits wrote the rules, and they enforce them, despite numerous examples of failure and incompetence.

Majoritinarianism went out with First Past the Post - Mapp's jihad is yet another example of how the Brash Nats fail to understand MMP.

If political correctness means not behaving as if everyone is white and middle class, bring it on. What is called "politically correct" is often just people acknowledging structural issues of control, and arise out of techniques of political and social analysis which emerged in the 70s and 80s.

What next - will Mapp start attacking analysis of economic discrepancy as "class war". On Morning Report he said there was no need for a ministry of women's affairs. Obviously he hasn't read the data showing a persistent lag between men's and women's wages.

Mapp again raised the bogey of PC being opposed to "mainstream values". Whatever they are.

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