In some countries the people fight for democracy but here we are helping iwi to water it down

May 27, 2015

Mrs Grumble has been dipping into some dictionaries to check out the meaning of democracy.

Here’s one of the results:

Full Definition of DEMOCRACY

a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority

b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections

And here’s another:

de·moc·ra·cy (dĭ-mŏk′rə-sē)
n. pl. de·moc·ra·cies

1. Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.

2. A political or social unit that has such a government.

3. The common people, considered as the primary source of political power.

4. Majority rule.

5. The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community.

Then there’s the idea of one person, one vote.

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Stiff punishment for bad language

April 18, 2009

Can’t imagine why anybody would want to go looking for Labour’s Steve Chadwick this weekend.

But if someone does go looking, they won’t find her at home in Rotorua. She will be in Beijing, attending – wait for it – a Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction conference.

Chadwick issued a statement to tell us she has been invited for her former roles as Minister of Women’s Affairs and Chair of the New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development.

“The purpose of this conference will be to address and review progress and existing challenges in mainstreaming gender issues in disaster risk reduction. At present there is an unequal balance in how disasters affect men and women” said Ms Chadwick.

Good grief. If two days exposure to thoughts on gender issues in disaster risk reduction is the price to be paid, you can not regard this as a junket. It’s obviously a stiff punishment, but for what?

Probably for using the word “wellness”.
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