Although readers under 50 are probably unaware of it, the 1981 Springbok rugby tour of NZ was hugely controversial and saw big protests on the streets against it. The issue was simple — the South African government’s granting special rights and privileges to a minority of the country’s population based on their bloodlines was morally wrong. This included legislative power by the minority over the majority.
Nine years later in 1990 as South Africa descended into violence and turmoil, the government decided Apartheid had to end.
There is an old saying — “those who fail to learn from the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them“
Clearly PM Jacinda has learned nothing from the lessons of history. See this article by Muriel Newman, and a guest post by Ross Meurant.
–Geoffrey, Eva and Roger, editors