I know a dude who went to law school. In one of his lecture theatres was this ‘old guy’ who was always whining (especially about anything to do with Maori), couldn’t keep up with the material, and always seemed intent on making himself the centre of attention.
Finally, the dude leaned over to his mate one day: ‘who is that guy?’. The response: ‘that’s Michael Laws, he was an MP’.
It seems Laws never finished his law degree. Instead, he went off to inflict himself and his frequent racism on the people of Whanganui and anyone else who would listen.
Now the sadsack is taking out his anger on Maori kids. Some 12 year-old kids from a kura kaupapa in Otaki wrote to him saying he should change the name of his city to include the ‘h’. (is it sad or good that we live in a country where that’s a national issue?). Laws responded:
‘when your class starts addressing the real issues affecting Maoridom particularly the appalling rate of child abuse and child murder within Maori society, then I will take the rest of your views seriously’.
He added: ‘Perhaps sacking your teacher for allowing such misapprehension to flourish?’
In handwriting at the bottom of his letter, Mr Laws wrote: ‘PS Controlling your anger might be a start!”
In Laws’ world, you’re not allowed an opinion on spelling place-names unless you also have a solution to murder and child abuse. The irony, of course, is that Laws himself has been the one failing to address real issues as mayor. Instead, he’s devoted his mayoralty to using a trivial spelling disagreement as a platform for more self-exposure.