Sunday, March 07, 2004

Cultural Safety

In a previous life I trained as a nurse. A feature of nursing exams had been that no matter how well one did overall, if any answer included an act that might endanger the safety of a patient then that would lead to an automatic failure of the entire exam. This was called "safe practice" and had its obvious merits.

Then someone thought up the bright idea of "cultural safety". Meaning that anything deemed to be "culturally unsafe" would have the same consequence in an exam as a failure in "safe practice". And who decided what was or what was not "culturally safe"? Of course most students realised that all they needed to do was mouth the party line on the Treaty. I still fail to see how a belief in the Treaty makes one a better health professional or a better person. One's view on the Treaty is a political choice and should not be the basis for the wielding of power by the bleeding heart crowd.

One of our tutors, in all seriousness, claimed, in one of the many compulsory lectures on "The Treaty", that the difference between Maori and everybody else was that everybody else could go back to where they came from. The greatest look of consternation seemed to be on the faces of Indian Fijians and Polynesians who no doubt were mentally replacing "could" with "should".

I could go on with many similar anecdotes of PC gone mad stuff. I actually believe that the Treaty does play an important role but this is despite the stupid nonsense of the state sponsored indoctrination sessions that are called Treaty "education workshops". I imagine that many NZers have been inflicted with this sort of sanctimonious claptrap and so am not surprised that many have been impressed by what Brash is saying.

The lesson for liberals is to stop shouting "racist" at people with different ideas and start trying to win people over.

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