Friday, August 26, 2022

Bob Jones: More hitherto unknown human rights

Reporting on a voluntary palliative care group in Marlborough, the Dominion-Post quoted one member inventing yet another hitherto unknown human right, specifically,

“Everyone has the right to die comfortably…”

I’ll say it again, re this seemingly endless flow of “rights” claims; they’re aspirations, usually desirable to be sure, but rights they’re not.

There are legal rights and contractual rights but there’s no such thing as natural rights.

All of that is lost on the Human Rights Commission, flat out inventing new ones.

Their latest (I’m not making this up) is that anyone paying more than 30% of their income on housing are having their “basic human rights sacrificed”.

Sir Bob Jones is a renowned author, columnist , property investor, and former politician, who blogs at No Punches Pulled HERE.


Ray S said...

Jeez Bob, wait until the bleeding hearts get wind of that.
I can see claims on the taxpayer for offset payments.

Robert Arthur said...

My ancestors came to NZ in very slow and dangerous sailing ships to find work and better their standing. Perhaps some renters should consider a move. Cheap rentals were available in Raetahi, Taihape, Nightcaps and even in the cities until the insulation and heating rules took them off the market, or owners only considerd a better class of tenant for the renovated property under the new occupancy rules..

Barend Vlaardingerbroek said...

No such thing as natural rights? We've had it wrong for the past half dozen centuries then - Aquinas spoke of natural law and the Enlightenment saw the advent of the 'natural rights of Man'.
Natural rights arise from natural law - law based on the human condition. They include basics such as the right to food and shelter but also more abstract ones such as dignity. Does everyone have a right t death with dignity? I would say yes.
Having said that, there is a widespread tendency to refer to anything one wants as a 'right' as an argumentative ploy. But that does not negate the existence of rights other than those associated with law and order and business.