Joris De Bres must resign as Race Relations Commissioner - 24/10/2009Mayor Michael Laws is calling for the sacking of Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres in the wake of the commissioner awarding honours to a group of Otaki pupils who wrote letters to the Wanganui mayor angrily demanding that Wanganui change its spelling.
“De Bres is just an unelected, liberal stooge. He has no interest in mediating between the races – he has every interest in advancing his politically correct and biased views. This latest award is just a joke.”
Mayor Laws said that the commissioner’s comments that the Otaki kura pupils had acted “with dignity” was risible.
“In fact a number of kids, put up by their teacher, expressed their visceral anger that the democratic views of my constituents should hold sway. They don’t live here, and yet expressed angry demands that we change according to their dictate. Where’s the respect or dignity in that?”
Mayor Laws noted that Foreign Affairs minister Murray McCully had also suggested this year that de Bres was a Labour Party hack after attending a United Nations conference that New Zealand had officially boycotted.
“De Bres is an unelected, taxpayer-funded joke. His views are so out of touch with mainstream New Zealand that he should resign immediately. He is encouraging kids to write angry letters to adults and overturn democracy.”
Mayor Laws noted that all public opinion internet polls, in the wake of the Otaki kura controversy (NZ Herald, YahooXtra, TV3) had voted overwhelmingly in favour of Mayor Laws’ reaction to the Otaki letters.