A United Nations employee, a Leilani Farha, described as a Special Investigator, recently wrote a report about our housing problems, which as an aside, is a current western world phenomenon. She wrote that the housing crisis was in fact, “a human rights crisis”.

Not content with inventing that right and now on a roll, she added five more created rights she claimed related to housing. These were, “the right to live in peace, security and dignity” and to “equality and non-discrimination”.

Having spouted this rubbish she then contradicted herself by urging the government to legislate to make “livable housing” a right, the obvious deduction being that currently no such legal right exist, which it doesn’t.

The inability to distinguish between rights and aspirations is not simply a sematic issue. In fact it’s dangerous as once alleged natural human rights are invented, then an element of society, imbued in a life-long dependency entitlement at the expense of their fellow citizens, simply sit back and demand they’re honoured. The obligation to do so falls squarely on the shoulders of the majority who don’t rely on fictitious rights of employment, home ownership and so on ad infinitum, but get stuck in on their own behalf, usually with a great deal of initial hard graft, to fulfil their aspirations.


markscreaminggoosearmstrong December 1, 2020 at 1:10 pm

A few media quotes it would be interesting to receive feedback on the accuracy of these:
1. “New Zealand has in recent years become committed to prioritising the desires of those who already have means over the needs of those who do not.

This is largely because the former are already in a location and often have significant amounts of time and economic power to pay for lawyers to act on their behalf.”
2. “Large-scale speculators like this guy make up less than 1% of the population but own one in six houses.”

Drives me crazy this nonsense. But the fact is that New Zealand is no utopia. Rights or not, there is a housing crisis – and until there is cultural support for individual risk-taking and entrepreneurialism, there is no way that “getting stuck in” solves the problem. Quite how you did it, Sir Bob, is beyond me. I’ll put it down to your sublime bloody-mindedness…not a gift bestowed on everyone.

    Quote “….until there is cultural support for individual risk-taking and entrepreneurialism…”
    Peter. What is cultural support please?
    There are people starting with nothing and making their fortune in this country daily. I believe NZs best pie maker is an immigrant who came with nothing but a will to work and take an opportunity presented.
    If you aren’t blessed with IQ then hard work and desire will achieve much.
    Most of the whining we hear comes from those addicted to themselves. They dream of success but waste their life with reality TV, social media and I phones.
    Go figure?

      Tony (not Anthony. Nor Antony. Just plain old Tony). December 3, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      I took it to mean “cultural support” for society moving away from the tall-poppy syndrome (~culture). It continues to exist – thrive, even – in 2020. Hasn’t really changed in my 50 or so revs around the sun.

The Silent Majority December 1, 2020 at 5:24 pm

This “rights” nonsense drives me nuts. When my children were born I don’t recall them having engraved on their foreheads “I have been born with the right to a free education (at someone else’s expense), the right to cheap housing (subsidised by someone else), the right to free healthcare (even if that means someone else dies as a result).

All those poor have not’s and never will haves keep getting told by the left about what they don’t have. Sound like the “Socialism Quick Step” to you?

The UN is a broken record. People get paid enormous amounts of money for producing these seriously flawed reports. I have had that experience. I think k NZ pays about 12 million a year to the UN

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