Let us define them

Lawyers are masters of language, with the result that disputing the meanings of words can occupy days of court time with deliberations that drastically alter the character of a suit and secure unexpected judgements.

Definitions are key to all understanding—they are a lot more than mere word play. This is shown in the pig-headed presentation of the Maori language to people who don’t understand it, causing confusion and resentment.

We would do well to assist our own audience to understand democracy, crucial as it is to an orderly society, without criticism. The sudden intervention of the word “co-governance”, which doesn’t appear in our principal dictionary and has no common understanding and (reprehensibly) isn’t defined by the blimmin’ Government, is a significant error that also causes confusion.

Anyone commenting on co-governance without knowing its meaning employs foggy thinking. Find it in an authoritative dictionary and ponder its meaning before arguing about it.

Discussion of the principles of democracy as the foundation of our law occurred well before the Magna Carta in 1215, so, probably about a thousand years ago. That sets a powerful precedent and it’s a stout argument against any trickery used to remove our democratic privileges. Like saying “democracy is overrated.” Or “it’s time democracy was superseded.” Huh?

A shared definition protects us all from foggy thinking.