I suspect that Paul Homes is echoing the thoughts of many in this country this morning.
It’s time to cancel our repugnant national holiday
Waitangi Day produced its usual hatred, rudeness, and violence against a clearly elected Prime Minister from a group of hateful, hate-fuelled weirdos who seem to exist in a perfect world of benefit provision. This enables them to blissfully continue to believe that New Zealand is the centre of the world, no one has to have a job and the Treaty is all that matters.
I’m over Waitangi Day. It is repugnant. It’s a ghastly affair. As I lie in bed on Waitangi morning, I know that later that evening, the news will show us irrational Maori ghastliness with spitting, smugness, self-righteousness and the usual neurotic Maori politics, in which some bizarre new wrong we’ve never thought about will be lying on the table.
I think Homes is a bit over the top (regrettably, because it detracts from his message), but the basic point stands: Waitangi day is not a day of celebration, it’s day when a bunch of people get up and complain.
The particular bunch who attacked the PM are apparently repeat offenders. One could dismiss them as isolated crackpots, but for the fact that they were allowed to be present, and then allowed to disrupt proceedings.
I’ve been to Waitangi. I blogged about it. I don’t draw too many conclusions about the visit, but I do draw one.
The celebrations I saw were not celebrations of two people coming together. They were one group celebrating the founding of this country, and another group either celebrating something that mysteriously made me invisible or trying to push some sort of (usually history-rewriting) agenda.
I saw an online survey on the day. One option was “It’s a good day to bring up treaty grievances”.
Well, only 4% of people had selected that option, but it made me wonder about those 4%.
Mostly I wonder if they (following the same logic) take family get-togethers as an opportunity to raise family grievances? What fun – not.
Surely, the one thing our, heck any national day should be about is putting asside our petty disputes for a dayand celebrating the positive.
And I for one consider that the treaty has elements that are very positive indeed. Is it too much to celebrate that this nation was created by bringing together two people, and spend the other 364 on the times it’s spirit has not been followed?