Russell Brown tweeted:
‚ÄĒ Russell Brown (@publicaddress) February 12, 2013
David Shearer not only refused to say if he would reverse National‚Äôs asylum seeker policy but he was also was unable to say if he would have sacked Richard Prosser for his outrageous comments.
It is clear that he doesn‚Äôt just refuse to make the hard calls, but can‚Äôt even come out with a firm position on what should be easy calls for him.¬†
Not so for the former leader Phil Goff, he had to issue a correction of Shearer/Labour’s position:
Labour‚Äôs Foreign Affairs spokesperson Phil Goff has condemned the racial and religious stereotyping by New Zealand First MP, Richard Prosser.
‚ÄúMr Prosser‚Äôs comments are extreme and unjustified. They require an absolute withdrawal and apology by him without delay.
‚ÄúTo suggest that young men who are Muslim should be banned from air travel is bizarre and reflects appallingly on the prejudice of the MP concerned.
‚ÄúMr Prosser is suggesting that young men of the Muslim faith as a group are likely to be terrorists.
‚ÄúThat is an insult to the thousands of young Muslims in this country who are responsible and good citizens and who contribute hugely to New Zealand.
‚ÄúMr Prosser‚Äôs statement is unacceptable from an MP and he and New Zealand First should consider whether he has any future in politics,‚ÄĚ Phil Goff said.
Unequivocal, direct and exactly that David Shearer should have said. Instead we got the Clark-like prevarication and weasel words as Shearer attempted to garner support from Peters.