My God; they keep on coming. A letter a week back in the Dominion-Post by a Gail Duncan of Khandallah delivered up a beauty.
Gail wrote of being in Parliament’s Gallery when the Acting Minister of Employment had said she stood by using sanctions to reduce or pause payments for those who have refused opportunities to work, something long overdue which I imagine most New Zealanders would endorse.
But not Gail, who was upset. “It is a human right for each New Zealander to have at least a nominal income…” she declared.
It could be hugely entertaining to pop Gail onto a stage and allow the public to test whether she sees any limits to these imaginary human rights.
For example, is it a human right to own a zebra? Or swim Cook Strait underwater? Or be tucked up in bed each night?
And if there’s a Mr Duncan copping this nonsense at home, is it a human right for him to murder her to retain his sanity?