By Stuart C. Scott
Travesty makes its appearance in the bookshops at a time when the utterances of protesters, as a result of media coverage of Maori ownership claims, are almost a daily occurrence.
Are such claims justifiable? Are the protesters acting within their rights, or are their spokespeople acting on handed-down, unsubstantiated grievances? One of the problems confronting enthusiastic supporters of inherited grievances is that, over a period of time, historical events become distorted and veracity becomes subordinate to wishful thinking.
Travesty examines the historical evidence so far as it can be ascertained, notes settlements which have already been made and discusses the validity of the contemporary claims on which public attention is being currently focused.
The author concludes by saying: The ticking of the fuse in the time-bomb must be stopped before the bomb explodes.....