Stinging rebuke from Paul Henry

Paul Henry is right on the money as he breaks his silence.

Henry told New Idea it was clear that Sheila Dikshit’s name was pronounced the way it looked. “I’m appalled that this country officially apologised. It was unreasonable for India to seek an apology, and worse that we gave one. We are apologising for one person in the country exercising their right to freedom of speech. I think that’s an outrage.

“Where is the greater offence? Laughing at somebody’s surname or actually deliberately mispronouncing it so it isn’t funny?”

Henry told New Idea the saga had left him astonished and dumbfounded. “What happens on a Monday morning on a breakfast show is about as important in your life as the bug that flew into your room the night before.

“If people want to elevate you to godlike status or want to put you between one country and another’s free-trade agreement, that says more about them than it does about you.”

He is dead right. It was completely unreasonable for India to seek the apology and worse that our High Commissioner gave one. He should have told them to FRO. The appalling display of unions and liberal hand-wringers over the Henry affair said a great deal about them. They campaigned to have a state employee sacked. A union, campaigning to have a state employee sacked, and all over a couple of throw away comments he was encouraged to say.

Former Breakfast host Paul Henry says TVNZ encouraged him to be provocative – but then treated him unreasonably when his on-air comments sparked a public backlash and led to his resignation.

They lapped up the ratings, and they cut his throat. He has every right to feel aggrieved.

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