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Shouldn’t be too difficult DPF…just arrange for an invitation to a Nat friendly marae…arrange for a couple of stooges to challenge him to apologise for all wrongs ever done to the Special People and Bob will be ur uncle…
How do we get David Cunliffe onto a marae, where he then says he is sorry for being a European?
Surely you mean Pakeha?
You do yourself a disservice by being so bold to apply race labels to individuals in an attempt to draw silly comparisons.
Cunliffe was a exercising appalling bad political instincts to say something as silly as he was sorry for being a man, but the inference that his clumsy speech reflects on anyone else’s position, or any other topic, is insulting.
Cunliffe hasn’t said he’s sorry for his heritage but the implication he might suggests assumptions about the concept not in evidence, and therefore informs us about you (for the assumptions to be inferred from the comment), not him for his having not said it.
Though one would have to think given his appalling ability to insert feet in his mouth he may very well say something as silly at some time.
but the implication he might suggests assumptions about the concept not in evidence
I’m not sure that’s right. The fact of the previous apology does tell us he is willing to apologise for things he is not personally responsible for – and for which nobody blames him anyway. As I wrote on Monday, he is hardly the first politician to engage in ostentatious corporate apologies while shying away from apologising for those things they are personally to blame for.
Some men behave appallingly. Nobody disputes that and Cunliffe felt it was appropriate to apologise because he shares the same sex with them. If he was sincere, then he was signalling that he subscribes to a kind of collective culpability for the fault of others on the basis of shared characteristics.
Historically, some New Zealanders of European descent have treated Maori appallingly. Nobody disputes that either.
As such, it’s not unreasonable to ponder whether an apology would be forthcoming in respect of those matters either.
HM the Q has already done that. Any Maori said sorry for the acts of Te Kooti’s masacre in 1868 near Waipaoa (pardoned in 1883,even Binney tried to justify and forgave him because he was what he was), or Volkner or the Wairoa incident caused by duplicity on behalf of the so called owners ?
Fentex, you say that Cunnliffe was not apologising for his heritage. To me DNA is the heritage and it is that wot makes him (reputedly) a man. ergo, ipso facto, to whit etc etc his heritage in the pure sense is that of male humanoid.
I’m still waiting for the Greens to come out and apologise for being human seeing as humans are responsible for 99% of the, still ongoing, environmental devastation the earth has suffered. Apologising for being human recognises the cause of the problem and starts humankind off on a journey of self-discovery that will lead to the ending of this environmental travesty. #notallplanets
Although I agree with your tongue in cheek shot at Cunliffe National has apologised on behalf of all New Zealanders for past grievances and paid million for claims that were actually perpetrated by Maori. Go figure David, go figure!