Paul Little wrote a column today in the Herald on Sunday where he attacks Jamie Whyte’s call for the end to race based policies and describes it as a “vile play”.
Don Brash responds on Facebook.
I know how Jamie Whyte will be feeling today, attacked on all sides by media commentators. One article, by one Paul Little in todayâ€™s â€śHerald on Sundayâ€ť, is headlined â€śACTâ€™s race card a vile playâ€ť. It really is astonishing that somebody who calls for an end to race-based legislation can be accused of â€śplaying a vile race cardâ€ť.
In his article Mr Little accuses Jamie Whyte of â€śrecycling the tactic that failed so spectacularly for Don Brash. Of course, Brash did it to get some political notice when his party was in the doldrums. It succeeded in the short term but helped finish him off in the long runâ€ť.
Mr Little is completely wrong. A commitment to ending race-based preferences was one of the five goals I outlined in my very first speech in Parliament after becoming Leader of the National Party in October 2003, and had nothing to do with any short-term desire to get noticed. Â Read more »