This is my 6 points on why I think my blog has relevance.
1. If my point about the flags gets average Kiwis passionate against the TPPA how can this be bad thing?
2. DUE AUTHORITY two simple words.
Everu one understands the concept of “due process” how it apply to the law this is same concept but relates to the issue of authority as it stands in the social contract between a people and their state.
Under whose authority is this deal being signed?
Under whose authority do our courts answer to?
Under whose authority is our constitutional authority currently interpreted ?
Our flag is simply a symbolic answer to all theses question.
If you chance one these things it does not change a great deal.
Yet if you change all of them – then yes it changes the very nature of what DUE AUTHORITY means and that has huge consequences in relation to the TPPA even being legally binding under NZ law if we sign it.
THE ORIGINS OF HERALDRY; A flag is much more than cloth – its a symbol of where an agent draws it authority – upon who name they serve and to whom they answer.
( is it not interesting to see how keen the pro TPPA Republicans are to also change flags in Australia too)
3. Professor Kelsey herself, the defining NZ expert on the TPPA, has said we need to mount a legal challenge against the TPPA.
I concur with that sentiment whole heartily with but if that was to happen you would require legal specialists with a expert skill set in the Treaty of Waitangi and constitutional law.
In other words the very same kind of people you find sitting on the flag change panel, the constitutional change panel, and those who helped dismantle the privy council and replace it with a supreme court.
Dismantling it with the assistance of the neo liberals who sit in both the Greens, the Labour party and in Nagi Tahu. Forces who are shaping policy and direction at levels of these parties at caucus and on campus and in huis around the country with frightening level of control. Chris Trotter is just one writer who remind us that these fraction exist through out our political landscape.
The very fact I was BLACK LISTED from speaking in my own home town where I hold a media profile quite considerable larger than the many of the very fine speak and good kiwis who were allowed to speak but after speeches were given by first Green Party city Councillors then Green Party Mps then a Labour Mp with a distinct neo liberal CV (and I thought this was people protest) is proof of that.
Oddly the same pattern has presented itself increasingly over the years in a number of issues for example the anti Anadarko protest where the major speakers at these alleged grass roots rally were again in fact MPs from major political organisations and city Councillors, with political party affiliations.
Political parties let us not forget who actually voted for the very change that saw us replace the privy council with a supreme court. The first step in dismantling NZ constitutional protections and opening it wide open for the TPPA invasion.
That change was a major step in DUE AUTHORITY where our legislative changes will now be interpreted by judges who answer not to the Westminster (founded on the Magna Carta) Law Lords of the Commonwealth but by politicians,
Judges will now be given their jobs by those who will want the laws interpreted how they want them to be enacted.
I wonder what people will think if people like lawyer Peter Chin (known in Dunedin by the nickname corrupt-chin) who sits on both the flag panel and the constitutional panel [ netting-him $NZ1280 a day] ends up being picked by the National Party as a supreme court judge. Under this scenario it will be Peter’s job to interpret any legal challenge made for or against NZ signing the TPPA. Bear in mind it will be quite some years before the final paper work is sorted out or for such challneges to made and reach the highest courts in our land. These steps are about as much protecting the TPPA from retropsecrive challenges as they about the there and now.
Will people still maintain the matters are not connected? Will the Greens cry unfair when that happens after all a long with the neo liberal in Labour they are ones that supported it on the advice of those with expertise in the Treaty of Waitaingi. Love to know which iwi had hand in that. I originally put the block against me down to small town politics and just accepted it as the nature of beat when you live a life sticking your head above the castle walls.
That is until I received multiple feed back from around the entire country that my blog on the flag (which combined with social media hits has given me the highest ratings online to date this year) and had sent ripple through though out the country. Which kind of took me by surprise.
Instructions, had being made, so I was informed, that talk of the flag change was to be kept out of anti TPPA protest and I was now person non gratis to the TPPA movement. My points were to be kept off all social media pages and meeting agendas. Inquiries as to why this was the case, made by curious third parties, who thought this all a it excessive, were met with the cross response of because we say so – do as your told. For a moment the mask slipped a tad to show what was really behind the principal of anonymous where we let unknown faces stand up for us – make decision on how we can and cant protest – in which all protest the people have to take their turn and once again sit quietly as the politicians tell us how it going to be – instead of letting all who would stand be given the chance to have their say and make this a day where the politician shut up wait patiently and listen to us before they get their say.
4.Law Change / Constitutional Change/ Packaging (flags anthems currency) Change, are the very building block of the social contract between the state and the people.
This is their Due Authority
Change that you change what the state can and can not get away with.
So don’t Tell Me the Flag and it $640 dollar club of experts has nothing to do with the TPPA.
That is just absurd and argues in the face of every doctrine on political theory (in which I got my degree from the very institution whose flunkies are now gnashing their teeth at my comments now).
And frankly I find their hostility and denial of what is simply political science 101 and the fear behind this naked aggression simply bewildering.
5. More importantly the average kiwi gets what I’m saying instantly and whats more they get passionate about it when you tell them “He’s doing what get your hands off my flag you fucking wanker John Key” (see point 1).
But if these self appointed gate keepers actually get angry at one dude who is simply expressing an opinion. I cant help it if my dyslexic scribbling have resonance with so many.
And is that not what were trying to do inspire people make them get passionate.
Okay you personally don’t get my argument but if it get people off their couches and on the streets so our ranks swell are not the results more important than what you might personally think.
Hell even the main stream media got it with an awesome report on the $640 club last week by Tim Wilson. http://tvnz.co.nz/…/640-per-day-pm-s-flag-committee…
This is the stuff kiwi get and this the stuff which get then angry and we need that right now.
I did not get to speak but such was the power of those words that totally unwittingly they rung a bell that reverberating better than my miserly five minutes could have ever done – so unwittingly their action simply made people more curious as to what I was saying that was so bad, it was upsetting so many. So they went and read it for themselves — and they got it instantly — funny that.
It time to take back our DUE AUTHORITY to use those powerful symbols the flag – the anthem – the phase Lest we forget – all things that make us kiwi and bond us as one — for our own ends.
Too not use these powerful weapons is insane its poor marketing and a lousy tactical decision.
Kiwis at home, the ones were trying to reach, will respond better to seeing the NZ flag at the front of a TPPA march than they will ever to seeing a sinister looking plastic anonymous mask that is made in chinese sweat shops, that promoting a Hollywood fictional movie, based on ideas that simply sale over most people head.
On the other hand show them whose behind John Key Flag change – his constitutional change – who now sits on his supreme court and this causes quite a jolt and shock many.
Show them the bigger picture in a language they can understand its not rocket science.
I pointed this out to the person (who single handily made the decision that I would not be given the chance to speak) by sending her the links to Tim’s Wilson TVNZ piece on the $640,00 a day club – along with high lightening how my blog DUE AUTHORITY had gone viral and oddly I got no reply.
Oh well I guess you no your winning the other side refuse to debate you.
Yet those who have appointed themselves the gate keepers not only disagree with me, which is cool, no one said we always have to agree, but to actively go out of their way to censor me to make sure that the debate was shut down is weird and very passive aggressive.
You have to ask your self what is so frightening about what I have said that spooks them so.
How does this differ from John’s “do as I say not as I do ” behavior where is the democracy in such action. Were not marching against the TPPA so only they get to have a say and tell us how it should be – Sorry but what the frog I cant get behind that.
Personally (and this is my opinion only ) I suspect my comments have greatly upset the neo liberal who sit in these camps (or on its fringe) masquerading as agent of democracy and whose job (even if they are not fully aware this is the case) is to subtly guide and to make sure the protest does not wonder into waters that will upset the apple cart.
6. I guess the biggest point which I feel reinforce my viewpoint this is wrong is the complete shut down – the total absence of a will to even debate this point in a transparent manner– those angry at me argue “he is wrong” he is an agent of disinformation” (er for who exactly and if I am i very poorly aid one??) – come on folks that just childish. Your meant to be the academics you can do better than that. In my experience if a fraction cant debate the message and they have to resort to shooting the messenger (and in this case behind his back) then you are kind of high lighting the fact that this is not about the argument being wrong (and it was just an opinion) but it is more about how that argument challenges their own knowledge base and I can hardly be blamed for that now can I?
Ben Vidgen (B.A. polcitical science/Kia Kaha – Less We Forget