Thursday, November 19, 2009

She would have been four by now

What is there left to say about the 'mysterious' deaths of some babies in NZ? 'Mysterious' does not refer to SID syndrome, though there is sometimes an uncomfortable uncertainty over what is or isn't genuinely described as such. No. The reference is to the mystery created by a person or people who lie to protect themselves or others. Partly, I suspect, this is another symptom of the racial victim-hood some people feel. Closing ranks is, in their minds, morally justifiable. Of course, this strategy isn't confined to Maori, as we have recently seen. Lying, especially where benefit incomes and accommodation supplements are involved, is a well-established pattern of behaviour anyway. Work with people like this and you even start lying to yourself as well. It's an occupational hazard. Trying to cross the divide between two sets of morality is fraught. But if no attempt is made we may as well shut up shop now.

But there is one blinding, unavoidable question about the case of Staranise Waru.

Had she lived she would now be four. Why the hell did it take the coroner three and a half years to deliver a result?


Berry said...

Two reasons I think. Political correctness, and we're not really supposed to know, because in the "greater socialist scheme of things" these things don't really matter, they're just "white noise" in how the system deals with running everybody lives, after all, at the end of the day what counts is the perceived enlightenment of society as a whole, not the individual happiness and well-being of all individuals. If you don't understand that simple truth, you must be a whacky and greedy individualist. Now go wash your mouth with soap and shut up. Nothing to see here, move on.

brian_smaller said...

There was nothgin mysterious abou tthe death of Staranise Waru. Her first name said it all.