I’ve kept a record, now 70 strong, of the fictitious human rights claims that have arisen in the media over the last six years. But one five years back, given its source, probably still takes the prize for insanity.
This was from the then Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford no less and copped a half page in the NZ Herald in June 2017.
Rutherford’s contract was not renewed which is why his name may be unfamiliar, due to the government’s anger at his failure to deal with (here’s another) human rights breach for a female staff member in his office, not to be sexually molested.
Anyway, Rutherford excelled himself, imagination-wise with his declaration – brace yourself – that “FIREPROOF CLADDING IS A HUMAN RIGHT.”
Given that was five years back, doubtless every home is now fire-proof clad. If not, why not?