So what does a philosopher do?
Thinks about things, the way Alf understands the philosophy caper.
And having done a bit of thinking about things, your basic philosopher might venture to express his or her opinions – but second thoughts are recommended before you express them publicly in this country.
Some thoughts are best left unexpressed – such as thoughts about one law for all.
Or co-governance arrangements whereby only 50 per cent of representatives on a public body are publicly elected and the rest are appointed by iwi.
Advocating one electoral system for all, indeed, is politically hazardous.
Try discussing Maori seats for example, and see where that gets you.
In big shit with Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy, as it happens.