Hide on the “Wellington consensus”

The Wellington consensus is held by academics, judges, journalists and bureaucrats. They are the insiders. The politicians are carried along. The rest of us are outsiders.

The members self-select, self-reinforce and self-police each other.

The Wellington consensus is never discussed, debated or voted on. The views are so nutty they wouldn?t survive (for example, Maori-Crown partnership, smacking is child abuse, burning fossil fuels is cooking the planet).

The one recent vote that was held on ?partnership? was in New Plymouth where 83% of residents voted against having a council seat only for Maori.

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy immediately declared New Plymouth voters ?not on the right side of history.? The consensus is dismissive of everyday people and democracy.

The consensus includes a self-righteous moral superiority.

Indeed. ?Democracy is subservient to The Consensus. ?

Co-governance arrangements pepper Treaty settlements. It was Mr Key who personally ensured the Independent Maori Statutory Board in Auckland despite campaigning for three elections on the abolition of reserved Maori seats.

The consensus inverts the meaning of words to label dissenters derogatorily. Those like Dr Brash calling for colour-blind law are racists; those following the science on climate change are ?deniers;? and loving parents who discipline their children are ?child abusers.?

The attacks and abuse from the country?s bully pulpits works. Most of us don?t like being publicly labelled racist, deniers and abusers. It?s not nice.

We are lucky indeed to have Dr Brash prepared to look through the personal attack and abuse to stand for the very principles underpinning a free and open society. Such is the Wellington consensus that even free speech is in peril.

Broadcaster Willie Jackson debating with Dr Brash on state radio declared ?these types of things should not even be talked about on National Radio today.?

The Wellington consensus is today?s totalitarianism.

Just like Maori being “indigenous” to New Zealand being beyond challenge, we are now at the point where even the debate about legislated apartheid is no longer allowed.


– Rodney Hide, NBR