You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all the people all of the time. This is not who we are, we have history of it but we are not all like it. Some of us are honest, hardworking people who care about our people and some of us are politicians, writes Ruta Mave.
When I was younger, us kids had to do the dishes after dinner while the parents went to watch the TV. After we had finished, the kitchen was inspected to make sure everything was neat tidy and put away properly. We used to stand there on parade and wait hoping we had passed the white glove dust test so we too could go and watch TV. We used to joke it was as if the queen was coming to our little government housing in south Auckland. As annoying as it was, it taught us a lot about setting standards, work ethic and quality control. And regardless of the task and where you are in the financial pyramid, we learnt to do a good job even if the queen wasn’t coming.