8 March 2009

Yes, Sir?

> Beehive: "Titular Honours to be reinstated" > LAWS179: "New Zealand Order of Merit: Restoring Titular Titles" > LAWS179: "New Zealand Order of Merit (Titular Titles) Bill" > LAWS179: "New Zealand Order of Merit (Titular Titles) Bill: My New Year Honours List" > LAWS179: "Queen's Birthday Honours" > LAWS179: "New Zealand Order of Merit: new Knighthoods and Damehoods" Wahoo! Success. Or sort of. The government has announced the reinstatement of titular titles with a return to Knighthoods and Damehoods. But, no mention of allowing indigneous Te Reo equivalents, such as (on a working basis) Tā or Kahurangi That's a shame. My draft Bill would have allowed that. I think it works as a nice nod to our shared heritage, traditions, cultures. Honouring the past, while still grounding the practice in our local context.


Kurt Sharpe said...

Hmm hasn't egalitarianism always been the kiwi way. The aristocratic overtones that come with these titles directly contradict such an ideal. Nothing but pompous institutionalized privilege. A step backward for New Zealand, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

They're not exactly giving them large plot of land and special privileges.

Anonymous said...

Kurt it's often helpful to engage your brain with your mouth before opening the latter.

Anonymous said...

It's a pity they didn't do away with courtesy titles (i.e. "Lady such and such) and just let the honour stand in its own right for the person concerned. The simple reinstatement of titular honours took no account of the creation of civil unions.

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Lord Justice Lawton in Maxwell v Department of Trade and Industry [1974] 2 All ER 122 said:

"From time to time ... lawyers and judges have tried to define what constitutes fairness. Like defining an elephant, it is not easy to do, although fairness in practice has the elephantine quality of being easy to recognise. As a result of these efforts a word in common usage has acquired the trappings of legalism: 'acting fairly' has become 'acting in accordance with the rules of natural justice', and on occasion has been dressed up with Latin tags. This phrase in my opinion serves no useful purpose and in recent years it has encouraged lawyers to try to put those who hold inquiries into legal straitjackets.... For the purposes of my judgment I intend to ask myself this simple question: did the [decision-maker] act fairly towards the plaintiff?"

This course examines the elephantine concept of fairness in the law, along with other contemporary legal issues.

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