Friday, January 15, 2010

Andrei Bad manners from Clare Curran

When the new Supreme Court opens next Monday Labour MP Clare Curran will be there.

Not to celebrate the occasion you understand but to wave a banner reading “It’s Time For A Republic”, an action designed to insult Prince William who will be performing the ceremony.

It is exactly this sort of rude, discourteous and ill mannered behaviour that demonstrates to me why Labour MPs are exactly the sort of people I do not want representing me.

And in fact - they don't!

12 comment(s):

ZenTiger said...

I suppose she'll be asking Minto if she can borrow his megaphone. I'm surprised she wasn't down at the Tennis tournament practicing by abusing the Israeli player for existing, now that I come to think about it.

leftrightout said...

In what way is this an "insult" to William? Isn't this simply a citizen exercising her right to express an opinion?

The real insult is the the people of New Zealand, not one of whom the government considers worthy enough to cut a ribbon.

First it was restoration of Royal Titles, now its the opening of a public building, next no doubt, will be restoration of appeals to the Privy Council.

Why is it that governments of the Right are so slow to grow up and leave home?

Redbaiter said...

"Isn't this simply a citizen exercising her right to express an opinion?"

Leftists never have any manners. Their parents were all ignorant peasants.

ZenTiger said...

In what way is this an "insult" to William? Isn't this simply a citizen exercising her right to express an opinion?

Two separate things. Minto exercised his right to express an opinion, by hassling the Israeli tennis player. IMHO, there were better ways of doing this - perhaps visiting the Israeli Embassy, or perhaps visiting Hamas and urging them to accept Israel's right to exist, and use that acceptance to forge a peaceful accord.

Same deal here.

First it was restoration of Royal Titles, now its the opening of a public building, next no doubt, will be restoration of appeals to the Privy Council.

Scary stuff isn't it?

When enough people win the mandate for change, it will change. Discarding our past doesn't make for a better country. Neither does becoming a republic if the constitutional process is deficient, something very likely as "the people of the left" seem to be prepared to trade freedom for appearance at the drop of a hat.

Boatie Jane said...

Clare Curran is a nobody, anyway. Just an Opposition MP, yet to prove herself at all. Who cares, but typical arrogant Left behaviour.

I.M Fletcher said...

I wonder if she'll make a point of wearing pants.

leftrightout said...

*I* wonder if *HE* will be wearing a skirt?

Sean said...

Zen - I am not sure why you are so keen to equate with Minto. Was she as abusive and noisy as Minto? And the Israeli tennis player is hardly political (so I believe the protest deserved scrutiny), unlike this situation.

Now I am no fan of Clare Curran but as BK Drinkwater said, even broken clocks are right twice a day.

ZenTiger said...

Hi Sean. I certainly hope she was not as abusive and loud as Minto, she's a labour MP and not an activist.

(Is that an oxymoron?)

I equate her to Minto purely in the sense that her protest to Andrew amounts to "we don't like your kind here, resign from being our Prince"

as nothing more than bad manners. He knows some people want a republic. I don't see the value in raising awareness by being so discourteous. In focusing solely on his position we lose sight of the fact that he is a person too. Her "protest" would be better aimed at John Key, who would be in a better position to raise the issue of a republic with the New Zealand people than Prince Andrew. (IMHO)

Sean said...

Prince William wasn't it? If so, that only displays the irrelevancy of the British Royal Family in NZ today.

I don't know if "we don´t like your kind here" is a fair assessment (unless she did indeed say that). She probably sums it better herself "Have nothing against him, or the Royal family generally. But I’m a republican. Our future lies in independence. Standing on our own two feet as a nation. We are approaching that point, I believe.".
Seems pretty polite to me.

ZenTiger said...

LOL. Yes. Just my lack of coffee, not some deeper proof of irrelevancy.

As for polite, that comes from actions and words.

A diplomat is one who suggests you go to hell, but makes you think you'll enjoy the journey there.

Announcing you are going to protest his visit and confront him directly as a symbol of rejecting his visit speaks volumes to me.

I'll concede though that speaking politely makes a huge difference over the Minto Megaphone approach.

I'm not overly fussed by the whole thing though. Prince William probably gets this all the time from even the Brits and will be used to far worse. Curran made her opinion known by getting up close and personal, and I'm happy to make my opinion known about Clare on the blogs.

I mean no disrespect to her as a person though, just think that it's time we as a Nation learn to manage without a Labour MP telling us what to think.

(Am I learning from Clare? Was that polite enough :-) )

Sean said...

Okay fair enough, you're forgiven for that wee slip.

"Announcing you are going to protest his visit and confront him directly as a symbol of rejecting his visit speaks volumes to me."

Unless Clare was right in his face I honestly see this as harmless. But I wasn't there. I assume she and her group were probably relatively quiet in the crowd (which was quite big I believe), displaying their banner. I can possibly be corrected on this, but I seriously doubt it was some Jimmy Connors style confrontation. Now I know you didn't say that but lets put the term "confront him directly" into perspective.

I'm not overly fussed by it either, so happy to leave it at that.

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