The racist party is…

I watched Don Brash v. Hone Harawira on Close Up last night. I can’t hardly wait for TVNZ to send me their made up viewer statistics.

The show was very revealing. It showed that ACT in wanting all New Zealanders to be treated equally under teh law isn’t racist and that the Mana Party lead by Hone Harawira is all about naked, unashamed racism.

Hone Harawira was shown to be the bigoted, ill-informed, stupid oaf that he is. His grasp on history, even in New Zealand history is as tenuous as his grasp on reality.

Hone started the interview by talking about Hitler, Jews and Don Brash all in one sentence. He failed Godwin’s Law in the first sentence. Of course he won’t care about Godwin’s Law because he will think it is some sort of Pakeha law invented to persecute and oppress Maori.

Later on he compared ACT and Brash to the Ku Klux Klan. He was off his stride, rolling his eyes, huffing and puffing and showing genuine rudeness that would have his mother slapping his face if he did the same to her.

Don Brash on the other hand showed decorum and intellect, slowly skewering Hone’s false and racist assertions one by one.

Then this morning we get another glimpse of the pure hatred of Hone Harawira:

Hone Harawira has described Osama bin Laden as “a man who fought for the rights, the land and the freedom of his people”.

In tributes on Maori-language television, the leader of the new Mana Party said the al-Qaeda founder should be “honoured” rather than “damned” in death according to Maori culture.

Mr Harawira twice paid tribute to bin Laden in te reo, saying it was Maori custom to acknowledge the dead.

So just three days after Hone said he was comfortable with a terrorist worshipper like Annette Sykes standing for his party of mal-content, haters and anarchists, Hone himself is professing admiration for Osama bin Laden.

Make no mistake that Hone Harawira is a racist and his party is filled with like-minded racists.

They should be encouraged to speak out more. I welcome their contribution to political discourse.


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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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