Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Aroha abducted by aliens

As a political stunt, the abduction of Aroha from the underclass by aliens must rate as one of the most bizarre and ill judged of recent times.

Let’s break it down.

John Key makes a state of the nation speech to mark his ascension to the National Party throne, mindful of the boost his predecessor Don Brash got from the Maori-bashing Orewa speech.

He talks about an underclass, singling out McGechan Close in the Auckland suburb of Owairaka as an example of its habitat, a place where "rungs on the ladder of opportunity have been broken".

He then dashes off to McGehan Close for a close look and a photo op, and there his eye falls on 12 year old Aroha Ireland.

That’s where the code breaks down immediately. There may have been Somali kids, Tongan kids, whoever, but he picks on the Maori kid. We’re back on the Brash script already.

He offers her opportunity – come with him to Waitangi Day celebrations in the Bay of Islands.

On the day he pulls up in a Crown limousine and whisks he away. On her own. Not with her mum, or auntie, or big brother. On her own.

Chaperone for the day is to be another National MP, Jackie Blue, who it seems had been Aroha’s grandmother’s doctor.

That’s the overclass. They have this sense of entitlement that tells them they can take away other people’s children and do what they want with them. It’s paedophile grooming behaviour (not that we’re accusing Key of that – he’s just unmindful of the consequences of his actions). It’s the kind of thinking that gave Australia its Stolen Generation, that Aboriginal children were better off being brought up in white-run institutions than among their wild kin.

Write off the parents – they can’t be saved – but inculcate the children with the values of their betters, ie, rich white males.

As a symbol for Key’s views on what the Treaty of Waitangi means, Labour MP and former fisheries commission chair Shane Jones saw it as harking back to the kiwi nationalism of 1960s National prime minister Keith Holyoake (and the gesture of his successor, Labour’s Norm Kirk at the 1973 Waitangi Day commemoration) which places Maori as "a junior partner, represented by a child who needs to be led by a white father".

Tapu Misa nails down that McGehan Close and Aroha aren’t particularly good examples of the underclass anyway, and details the agenda behing the use of such pseudo-sociology.

So is this what we can expect from a Key-led National? More coded Maori-bashing? Policies which promise choice, but only if you’re not poor? Abusive social relationships?

Key is looking as coming out of the same mold of Jenny Shipley and Ruth Richardson, that the poor are people you can experiment on, for their own good of course, because it’s all their fault anyway, the lazy thieving underclass.


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