Russell Brown tweeted:
â€” Russell Brown (@publicaddress) February 12, 2013
David Shearer not only refused to say if he would reverse Nationalâ€™s 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 doesnâ€™t just refuse to make the hard calls, but canâ€™t even come out with a firm position on what should be easy calls for him.Â
Not so for the former leader Phil Goff, he had to issue a correction of Shearer/Labour’s position:
Labourâ€™s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Phil Goff has condemned the racial and religious stereotyping by New Zealand First MP, Richard Prosser.
â€śMr Prosserâ€™s comments are extreme and unjustified. They require an absolute withdrawal and apology by him without delay.
â€śTo 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.
â€śMr Prosser is suggesting that young men of the Muslim faith as a group are likely to be terrorists.
â€śThat 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.
â€śMr Prosserâ€™s statement is unacceptable from an MP and he and New Zealand First should consider whether he has any future in politics,â€ť 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.