Rules for some and rules for Hone

Just a week after Paul Henry effectively got the sack for making fun of someones name and Michael Laws had to apologise for calling the Governor-General a “fat indian“, we now get Honest Hone Harawira calling Rodney Hide a “fat little redneck”.

Clearly Honest Hone hasn’t been around the house recently because Rodney Hide is hardly fat, especially compared to Hone Harawira, who surely must now be able to be called a Fat Lazy Hori. Honest Hone must be at least 20 kilos heavier than Rodney Hide.

Somehow I doubt we will see a headline in the Herald tomorrow exclaiming “Fury over Harawira’s ‘fat little redneck’ insult”.

Such is the hypocrisy of the underlying racism that exists in New Zealand. The same racism that now sees Labour turning their back on the past and now declaring all foreigners holding more than 5ha of land persona non grata.

Hone Harawira’s racism is palpable.

He refused to speak to Pakeha journalists today – and refused to speak in English.

But it wasn’t hard to interpret his feelings in an earlier radio interview.

“This Rodney thing they have us up against the wall and are chocking us to death, my view is to say, ‘Look we’ve had a guts full of this shit,’” he says.

Mr Harawira isn’t voting for the bill – ironically neither is ACT – and he wants his four Maori Party MPs to pull their support for the bill.

“We should be saying, ‘This is a deal between National and the Maori Party, Rodney Hide piss off,’ and there’ll be no new amendments. I don’t see why we should sit back and allow a fat little red neck like Hide put in an amendment at the last minute,” he says.

I just bet we won’t see a peep out of the left wing blogs that were so vociferous over Paul Henry. Their argument then, yes Bomber, you too, was that Paul Henry worked for our national broadcaster. Well that argument holds even more water against Hone Harawira because he sits in our parliament. If Paul Henry spoke for New Zealand by working for a state owned broadcaster then Hone Harawira likewise speaks for new Zealand when he sits in the parliament.

Sometimes this country literally makes me want to puke. Its time for the Maori (race based) to be abolished. that we tolerate racism in our parliament and not from our entertainers shows how out os step our society has become.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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