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Wheelers Corner 06 11th February 2018

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 06 11 February 2018

Oh to be young again and bias free...good friends forever.
 1. Why were they hiding? Why did they hide their identity?

Waitangi Day has come and gone and I never saw one Hobson’s Pledge fan present at all the local events I attended.

Maybe they were there but were hiding, the local leader of Hobson’s Pledge in the city Donald Esslemont if he was present kept his face well hidden.

Before the term Hobson’s Pledge was created some 50 years after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the term ‘Hobson’s choice’ was used to describe the treaty options. Now-days of course it has as a different meaning for real modern New Zealanders:

The phrase is said to have originated with Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), a livery stable owner in Cambridge, England, who offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in his stall nearest to the door or taking none at all.

Modern use
The term "Hobson's choice" is often used to mean an illusion of choice, but it is not a choice between two equivalent options, which is a Morton's fork, nor is it a choice between two undesirable options, which is a dilemma. Hobson's choice is one between something or nothing.

John Stuart Mill, in his book Considerations on Representative Government, refers to Hobson's choice:
When the individuals composing the majority would no longer be reduced to Hobson's choice, of either voting for the person brought forward by their local leaders, or not voting at all.[9]

In another of his books, The Subjection of Women, Mill discusses marriage:
Those who attempt to force women into marriage by closing all other doors against them lay themselves open to a similar retort. If they mean what they say, their opinion must evidently be that men do not render the married condition so desirable to women, as to induce them to accept it for its own recommendations.

It is not a sign of one's thinking the boon one offers very attractive, when one allows only Hobson's choice, 'that or none'.... And if men are determined that the law of marriage shall be a law of despotism, they are quite right in point of mere policy, in leaving to women only Hobson's choice. But, in that case, all that has been done in the modern world to relax the chain on the minds of women, has been a mistake. They should have never been allowed to receive a literary education.[10]

A Hobson's choice is different from:
·        Dilemma: a choice between two or more options, none of which is attractive.
·        False dilemma: only two choices are considered, when in fact there are others.
·        Catch-22: a logical paradox arising from a situation in which an individual needs something that can only be acquired by not being in that very situation.
·        Morton's fork, and a double bind: choices yield equivalent, and often undesirable, results.
·        Blackmail and extortion: the choice between paying money (or some non-monetary good or deed) or risk suffering an unpleasant action.

The term ‘Hobson’s Choice’ is used to explain the offer made to Maori in 1840 to accept the terms laid down by Hobson…The only meaningful version of the treaty [the one signed by the massive bulk of Maori leaders was the Maori Version…the only problem was that New Zealand’s settler and crown leadership never had any intention of treating Maori and non-voting settlers as equals.

Esslemont and Brash stated in their latest half page ad in the local paper ‘that a Maori Ward would affect the voting process…that is simply a lie! In no way will it change in any respect your voting rights or process or who you opt to vote for…
Hobson’s Pledge fan Bob Jones resigns from National Business Review: 
Yet another rich grumpy old white male Bob Jones.

UPDATE: Bob Jones has quit the NBR due to the NBR pulling his obscenely racist column from their online site. The Daily Blog has asked if Bob Jones will be joining Cameron Slater on Whaleoil. The Daily Blog has had no response from his office.  

2.  Let’s take a quick look at which Councillors support Maori Wards. In the picture below you notice that one Cr is marked with
a question mark, she is Gabrielle Bundy-Cooke. Well she informed her fellow Cr’s that she strongly supports Maori Wards…so that lifts the total Cr's to eleven who are at this point supporting Maori Wards when you add the Mayor that equals 12 out of sixteen possible votes… Of course, us who watch Cr’s behaviour had strong doubts about one in particular Cr, Cr, Lew Findlay he has become well known for his fence sitting and back peddling.

The question mark becomes a tick..
Over the years he seems to go missing when the votes are close, he accidentally departs the chamber before key deciding votes. And this year he did it again after stating clearly on the night…”That he had thought long and hard about the issue he had reached the view that now was the time to move forward and support the Maori ward option… but oh dear me just a short while later he back peddled flat out and got his name in the paper saying that he now opposed the massive council opting for a Maori ward…poor Lew…so sad…

Regarding the other Cr’s, let hope that the wisdom and courage of those who after serious consideration have opted for the Maori Ward choice remain strong and don’t give into the self-preservation pressures of the Lew Findlay style character.

Let’s all have faith in the democratic processes that exist…we voted for our Cr’s to listen and to decide. Do we call for a poll to question a rates rise? No because the law doesn’t allow us to do that. Yet when they decide by an overwhelming majority to have Maori wards, the law allows for 5% of the rate payers to force the council to fork out one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars of your hard earned money.

Look at the huge amounts of money that Hobson’s Pledge has been poured into paying for the half page ads in our local paper, and ask yourself ‘Why are they doing this? And they even had the audacity to suggest that Maori Wards will cost more…that ladies and gentlemen is simply bull-shit of the highest order. Ask yourself why a bunch of wealthy outsiders are funding this anti-democratic behaviour?

I can only hope that Cr’s Brent Barrett, Susan Baty, Rachel Bowen, Gabrielle Bundy-Cooke, Vaughan Dennison, Jim Jefferies, Lorna Johnson, Duncan McCann, Aleisha Rutherford and Tangi Utikere and the Mayor Grant Smith if required, will after the 21st hit the road running as they campaign for a yes vote for Maori.

It would be really great if this campaign wasn’t needed, not only would it save us, the rate payers, a heap of cash it would prove that the majority have grown up and no longer live in the long tarnished past that fed the flame of hate known as racism and fear of what was once unknown…

Those Councillor's named above have taken a huge step forward in seeking to join those other local government bodies around the country that have Maori wards and have had for many years…

So let our region [Palmerston North and Manawatu] become a hot bed of democracy in action, a table at which we can all sit and dine in honour and safety as we manage our local and community affairs.

Where we can share: the wonderful aromas of new experiences rather than the digestion of stale out-dated crumbs from histories long consumed bigotry. Let us partake in a feast of collectiveness and let us fully introduce this practice to rest of our nation and then the world.

All of this can be achieved if we change our dining habits and share the hopes and aspirations of those Councillors who seek a better future through cooperation rather than fear.  

Peter J Wheeler

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