Sunday, March 4, 2012
Mike Butler: Special deal for Scottish NZers?
Scottish New Zealanders would have a special status because they were here first.
Clan leadership is based on birthright, and clan chiefs are in a partnership with the elected New Zealand government.
Clan leaders and the government cite a covenant signed 172 years ago as the basis of the partnership. This covenant is deemed as sacred that is beyond reproach. Interpretation of the covenant is restricted to clan leaders and right-thinking people in the government.
Years later a Scottish-sympathiser judge imagined that the covenant held a series of principles that defined a partnership relationship between Scottish New Zealanders clan chiefs and the New Zealand government.
The concept of partnership was made concrete by legislating the covenant principles.
Scottish New Zealanders have their own tribunal to take complaints to. The tribunal writes up the complaint into a format that compels the government to provide financial and cultural redress. This series of written reports creates a version of New Zealand history re-written from the Scottish New Zealanders viewpoint as a victim.
Cash compensation for complaints that go back 172 years is paid to trusts controlled by clan chiefs. Ownership of mountains and sacred sites are vested in the clan elite. Compensation is being arranged for on-going use of rivers. Clan members could camp at designated camping areas at rivers while fishing.
The Government must consult chiefs on anything related to land, water, minerals, airspace, radio frequencies, foreshore, seabed, and any resource that might be discovered.
Extra resources go towards the schooling of children of Scottish New Zealanders regardless of socio-economic background. Scottish New Zealand children are believed to work best as individuals when they know that their clan is represented in the classroom. Teaching of Scottish New Zealand children must incorporate Scottish New Zealanders philosophical and spiritual beliefs.
Scottish New Zealand advisers, clan consultants, representatives, and elders, must be employed on numerous committees at national and local level in all areas of government activity including education, health, social welfare, local government, and conservation.
These Scottish New Zealanders advisors are promoted according to understanding of Scottish New Zealander customary practice and not merit or ability.
Scottish New Zealanders have designated seats in the national parliament, are pushing for separate representation in local government, and want to enshrine the 172-year-old three-paragraph covenant into a written constitution that divides the country into separate clan nations, with those separate nations, the Scottish New Zealander nation, and the 85 percent non-Scottish New Zealander majority spinning harmoniously into the future.
Would this be a blueprint for progress or recipe for resentment? This is the structure that the separatists have created since 1985. It is affirmative action and social engineering on a huge scale that will end in tears.
So what has this got to do with Scottish New Zealanders? Nothing. The Scots who came to New Zealand in the 19th century had their own grievances to do with what happened in the highland clearances. The Irish brought their own tales of woe about what the English did to them. Chinese New Zealanders continue to battle racial prejudice.
What this blog seeks to describe is a faulty social model that is being incrementally forced into the New Zealand constitutional makeup. This is a warning. If racial preference is legislated into a constitutional framework, we are on the road to civil war.
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