Minister Williamson sets bad example with bigoted jokes

10 09 2010

I was reported Wednesday in a New Zealand Herald article entitled “Minister slammed over racially tinged jokes”:

The comments prompted Dave Moscovitz [sic], a member of the NZ Council of Christians and Jews, to complain to Mr Williamson.

“I was disgusted by your comments making jokes at the expense of Muslims and Pacific Islanders,” he wrote in an email yesterday.

“Please explain in what way you think those comments might have been appropriate.

“As a Government minister, you should be aware that you are role-modelling behaviour for the whole country, and should be seen to be building constructive relationships between NZ’s increasingly diverse ethnic and religious groups.”

It all comes back to something my mother used to say to me whenever I did anything that was ethically questionable, such as littering: “What would the world be like if everyone did that”?




Dear Green Party, please stop sending me stuff

5 09 2010

Dear Greens,

I have written to you on a number of occasions pleading with you to stop sending me snail mail. I have now moved house, and yet you continue to send mail to my old address which the Post Office then redirects to my new house, inconveniencing even more people and causing the wastage of ever more resources.

Please, please stop sending me stuff.

Thanks, and kind regards
Dave Moskovitz