Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
License needed for work use Register

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Ogilvy: Lunatics loose on campus

Media Statement For immediate release Thursday, 25 September, 2003

Ogilvy: Lunatics loose on campus

United Future education spokesman Bernie Ogilvy today joined ACT's Stephen Franks in condemning the Labour Government's move to have all university research proposals examined through a Maori lens.

"Quite simply, it's absolutely nuts," Mr Ogilvy said.

"If our academic institutions are determined to become third-rate laughing stocks, then they're well on the path with this sort of loopy, politically correct thinking.

"And Stephen Franks is dead right: this is nothing more and nothing less than academic cowardice from institutions, lecturers and students who have just rolled over with barely a murmur of discontent.

"If New Zealand actually wants to deliver a knowledge economy and not just talk about it; if it actually intends to be a country where people have the guts to face up to things honestly and with intellectual rigour, then it should start here.

"There is no place for this cloying anti-intellectual drivel masquerading as cultural sensitivity in our institutions of higher learning if we actually want them to be that," he said.

"This is the latest Labour ideological attempt at social engineering. It's a foot-in-the-door piece of stupidity that needs to be stamped on now."


Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The New Government’s Policies Of Yesteryear

Winston Peters is routinely described as the kingmaker who decides whether the centre right or the centre-left has a turn at running this country. He also plays a less heralded, but equally important role as the scapegoat who can be blamed for killing taxes that his senior partners never much wanted in the first place. Neither Ardern nor Robertson for example, really wanted a capital gains tax, for fear of Labour copping the “tax and spend“ label they ended up being saddled with anyway. Usefully though, they could tell the party faithful it was wicked old Winston who killed the CGT... More

Government: National, ACT, & NZ First To Deliver For All Kiwis

The National Party claims the new coalition government will be stable, effective, and will deliver for all Kiwis. "Despite the challenging economic environment, New Zealanders can look forward to a better future because of the changes the new Government will make ... We know that, with the right leadership, the right policies, and the right direction, together New Zealanders can make this an even better country," says Christopher Luxon... More


Green Party: Petition To Save Oil & Gas Ban

“The new Government’s plan to expand oil and gas exploration is as dangerous as it is unscientific. Whatever you think about the new government, there is simply no mandate to trash the climate. We need to come together to stop them,” says James Shaw... More

PSA: MFAT Must Reverse Decision To Remove Te Reo

MFAT's decision to remove te reo from correspondence before new Ministers are sworn in risks undermining the important progress the public sector has made in honouring te Tiriti. "We are very disappointed in what is a backward decision - it simply seems to be a Ministry bowing to the racist rhetoric we heard on the election campaign trail," says Marcia Puru... More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.