The complaint by Labour’s new Managere MP Sua William Sio because he can’t be sworn into parliament in Samoan had the talk back callers running hot yesterday.
I agree that Parliamentary Services is not being unreasonable. New Zealand has three official languages, English, Maori and sign, MPs are sworn in three at a time and it would take too much time if other languages were used.
Most callers used this argument but there was a distrubing number who were simply racist and used this story to exercise their prejudice.
However, there was a glimmer of hope. Most noted that Maori is an official language and it would be acceptable to use it and I suspect that level of acceptance wouldn’t have been evident a few years ago.