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Back to school Mr Prosser

I once stood as a parliamentary candidate in the Waimakariri electorate as did Richard Prosser.  I got more votes than he did, albeit a few years earlier (Compare electoral results 2011 & 2005)).  If I were to appeal to the same level of logical reasoning as does Mr Prosser,  more votes makes me more of a politician than he.

Mr Prosser’s logic goes thus:

Terrorists are probably Male, 18 to 35

Terrorists are probably Muslim

Terrorists probably “look” Muslim (whatever that means)

Victims are probably Western Airlines

Therefore ban Male, 18-35, Muslim or Muslim-looking males from flights on Western airlines.

This is exactly why we need critical thinking programs in schools.  Indeed, all parliamentarians should have to pass a course in critical thinking before they are permitted to take up their roles.  Consider these Mr Prosser:

In New Zealand terrorists are either Male or Female

In New Zealand terrorists are French

In New Zealand terrorists are military

In New Zealand terrorism takes place on boats

Therefore ban all French military personnel from boats in New Zealand.


Rapists are probably Male, older than 18

Rapists are most likely known to their victim

Rape victims are probably female

Therefore ban all males known by females from being in the same room as them.

The good news is that this would keep Mr Prosser out of Parliament if only one female MP says they know him.  After what he has said, this cannot be taken for granted.

What may keep Mr Prosser out of Parliament is if Mr Peters fires him.  So far he has failed to even suggest Mr Prosser make an apology.  In my book this makes Mr Peters complicit to racism of the most ignorant insulting kind.  Perhaps if after a beard growing Movember he were hauled from a flight he would change his mind.

Sources: One News & Daily Telegraph, with artistic license by Dr JP

Sources: One News & Daily Telegraph, with artistic license by Dr JP

In the meantime, Mr Prosser has failed Critical Thinking 101 and should return to school this week where I very much hope teachers are taking the opportunity to teach not merely how to respect others, but how to think critically.