Ralston on Ryall

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, February 12th, 2009 - 22 comments
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Ralston’s latest column – Ryall’s disabled thinking – covers Tony Ryall’s decision to ignore a select committee recommendation that National set up a Disabilities Commission, asking:

Why did he [Ryall] ignore the fact that National’s own MPs were on the select committee that agreed a commission was necessary?

Why did he think the mountain of submissions to the Social Services Select Committee that supported the idea of such an agency were worthless?

Why propose, instead, a ministerial coordination committee be set up to ensure the various agencies of state that juggle care for disabled people work better together when there is no evidence a committee like this can achieve the advances that a Disabilities Commission could?

How much of the cash he purports to be saving will be actually wasted by bureaucrats sitting around discussing what should be done, instead of actually doing it?

How often will this ineffectual ‘ministerial coordination committee’ meet before it is allowed to quietly lapse and, once again, the problems faced by New Zealanders with disabilities are swept under the carpet?

Will the government now scrap the multimillion-dollar Families Commission that was set up and is still maintained purely as a sop to United Future and Peter Dunne?

Why did the government recently ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities if it has no intention of seeking to improve the lot of this country’s disabled?

Ralston continues:

For someone who was a shameless publicity seeker in Opposition, now he’s a minister, Ryall is strangely silent.

I guess disabled folk can take comfort from the fact that while their position will not improve thanks to government inaction, at least Tony is not getting a pay increase this year.

Ryall’s dilemma illustrates what’s going to become an increasing problem for National: a tension between simultaneously pandering to their core constituency whilst maintaining their spin on ‘pragmatism and ambition’. I don’t think it’ll be easy. What’s ambitious about even more kids with diabetesa warmer planet, damper houses, and as in this case, sectors without the advocacy they deserve?

22 comments on “Ralston on Ryall”

  1. toad 1

    I’m predicting Ryall will prove to be one of National’s least competent Ministers – the Nats’ version of George Hawkins!

  2. lukas 2

    Toad, what did you think of Catherine Delahunty’s speech?

  3. Ianmac 3

    Perhaps Ralston has been replace with a ghost writer. Those questions are succinct and timely!!!!
    Poor old Tony. In opposition he was persistent and paid great attention to minute detail. So far he has scrambled his eggs!

  4. Quoth the Raven 4

    Another article critical of National from Ralston. Did this man/dinosaur forget he was cheerleading for and fawning over National right up to the election? If he had tried the critical thinking before the election maybe he’d be worth listening to now.

  5. Felix 5

    If he had tried the critical thinking before the election maybe he’d be worth listening to now.

    Yep, it makes me wonder how much of the media’s pre-election felating of the Nats was motivated by the desire to have some fresh meat to sink their teeth into.

    (Apologies for the mangled metaphor)

  6. BLiP 6

    This is the sort of consequence of having a National Party government that makes me the most angry.

    In some ways its okay for most of us so long as we are relatively educated, literate, and assertive. Sure, there will be victims among us but, largely, we’ll pull through. It is the most vulnerable of the population, including the disabled, who will bear the brunt of the suffering – perhaps they do already regardless of the government but, under National, the suffering is made made worse by the callousness that manifests as a result of their bumbling incompetence and groping stumble towards market solutions for social issues.

    I am still holding out hope that the media’s virtual felatio of Goober John Key and the rest of his white trash bunch will cum to an end after the 100 days – perhaps Ralston’s piece is a harbinger. Fingers crossed.

  7. Janet 7

    I predict there is going to be some significant dysfunctionality on disability issues in the National caucus. Paula Bennett has her heart in the right place but has a huge job and is not that interested in disability, is charged with keeping all those ministers with portfolio areas in disability eg Ryall, Nick Smith in line to implement the select committee recommendations. Meanwhile Paul Hutchison who actually knows about this area and its history was overlooked for any role.

  8. Janet 8

    Lukas
    Have you a link to Catherine Delahunty’s speech? Missed it as it was a bit earlier than advertised.

  9. higherstandard 9

    Bah …. just another in the long line of incompetent Minister’s of Health.

  10. lukas 10

    Janet, sure thing… http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0902/S00170.htm

    It is honestly the worst speech you are likely to come across from a politician in this parliament. If this is the 8th best that the Greens have, it bodes well for Labour, National and every other party in parliament

  11. Janet 11

    Thanks for the link Lukas but I would like the live version as the delivery is important too.
    I think it sounds great – good social justice, bicultural, feminist,eco stuff.

  12. Felix 13

    Anyone else wonder what the contraband passed behind her at about 50 seconds in was?

  13. lukas 14

    Anyone ever heard of a TAB before that speech? I mean seriously who comes up with this stuff?

  14. Janet 15

    Well I thought it was wonderful. If only more pakeha could use te reo and rhetorical flourishes so easily. And so great to have a staunch eco feminist in the House.

  15. higherstandard 16

    “If only more pakeha could use te reo and rhetorical flourishes so easily. ”

    Why ?

    “And so great to have a staunch eco feminist in the House.”

    Were they previously underrepresented and for the matter what the hell is an eco feminist ? ……… here’s me thinking all the left, right, tory, socialist labelling is pretty silly and eco feminist gets thrown into the mix.

    Edit

    Felix .. Yes very odd !

  16. lukas 17

    More to the point, what are Sue Bradford et al? Would they not come under the same category?

  17. Jasper 18

    In future, can you differentiate between the two types of diabetes. I for one as a type one diabetic am heartily sick of having to explain to people that

    1) I’ve never been fat
    2) the sweet treats I eat are few and far between
    3) my diabetes mellitus was never caused by food, in fact no one even knows what caused my pancreas to stop producing insulin.

    Continuing with the MSMs hysteria about propogating diabetes as being something only ever caused by an overload of junk food is a fallacy and hugely misleading. Fat kids with type TWO diabetes still produce insulin, but it’s deficient in breaking down the 1kg of sugar they ingest every couple of hours.

    Rant over.

    As for Ryall, he’s never known his stuff. He doesn’t even know the difference between diabetes and what causes it, let alone acknowledge the fact that sign language is the third official language. Disabled people don’t factor in his blinkered view.. probably because hes disabled himself with his own self denial.

  18. Janet 19

    There are a variety of feminisms. There is the Ruth Richardson type of neo-liberal feminism (also Jenny Shipley, Judith Collins). Eco-feminism combines the social justice aspects (eg read Paulo Freire) of the other isms like racism and combines it with the anti-discriminatory aspects of feminism, and Green environmentalism. Not many represented in parliament. Most in the Greens.

  19. lukas 20

    Felix, do you know who the bald chap is? Looks a lot like Ron Mark

  20. Janet 21

    That’s Kevin Hague, new Green MP from the west coast, former head of the DHB, who could teach Ryall a thing or two about the sector.

  21. stack2 22

    Belated thanks to Lukas for drawing our attention to Catherine Delahunty’s maiden speech. I’m impressed – a great first speech, and a strong new personality in Parliament. I agree with you, it bodes well for Parliament as a whole to have strong, sensible people on board – or is that not quite what you meant?

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    1 week ago
  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
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  • Union solidarity with Ihumatao land occupation
    by Daphna Whitmore Every Sunday for the past two months unionists from First Union, with supporters from other unions, have set out to the Ihumatao land protest, put up gazebos and gas barbeques, and cooked food for a few hundred locals and supporters who have come from across the country. ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
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  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
    Hi there, just call me Tim.We face tough problems, and I’d like to help, because there are solutions.An Auckand District Health Board member has nominated me for as a candidate for the ADHB, because her MS-related pain and fatigue is reduced with hemp products from Rotorua.  Nothing else helped her. If I ...
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  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
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  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
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  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    2 weeks ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

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