That said, Brash's main point is correct:
But it is quite wrong to argue that, because Maori are over-represented in negative social statistics, the 'Crown', or the Government on behalf of all New Zealanders, has somehow failed to discharge its obligation under the Treaty.And these comments by G-Man are right on the money:
If Maori New Zealanders die more frequently from lung cancer than non-Maori do, for example, it is almost certainly because Maori New Zealanders choose to smoke more heavily than other New Zealanders do ...
Similarly if there are relatively few Maori at the Auckland Law School - and that despite preferential arrangements for Maori - that is not a failing of the Government, but a result of decisions made by individual Maori. Nobody would suggest that because there are relatively few European New Zealanders in the All Blacks, there has been a breach of the Treaty.
The basic message: You get lung cancer? It's because you smoke. You go to prison? It's because you commit crimes. You can't get into University? It's because you don't try hard enough. [You can't make the All Blacks? You're not good enough.]Right on the money -- unlike however the vapid and pathetic headline-mongering from Winston Peters et al. But there's just too few votes, aren't there, in telling people that their own failures are their own fault.
If you want to blame anyone, look at the guy in the mirror.
LINKS: Don Brash: Aid according to need, not race - NZ Herald
The art of politics - G-Man Inc.
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