I know I am showing my age a bit here, but I can remember the days when newspapers used to report actual news. This is in direct contrast to this morning’s Herald (it certainly is “the weak-end” Herald). We have the mercurial Hone Harawira admitting to skipping official meetings (the ones we paid for him to attend) so that he can take a tour. In case we don’t find his flagrant disregard of why he is traveling to be annoying enough, he then goes and makes some of the most racist remarks I have heard in an e-mail. He then apologises only for embarrassing the Maori party. Presumably he is thinking “f..k the motherf..king white colonialist trash” while he is making his apology. Lovely man.
As Mr. Harawira’s loudmouth, boorish actions threaten to end the current coalition, one would have thought this was newsworthy – but it is not mentioned except as a brief article on page three. The front page news? Rodney Hide had a holiday.
Rodney. Hide. Had. A. Holiday.
And just in case you think this is a ploy of the editor – splashing a trivial scandal on the front page to attract readers, think again. Two (not one, but two) columnists go with Hide’s use of his entitlement. His legal use of his entitlement. That did not involve skiving off his actual duties nor slagging off three quarters of the country.
Okay, I accept that Hide has shown a remarkable lack of insight here and has neatly opened himself up to the same set of poor perceptions that currently plague Bill English. But how is his minor porking at the trough in any way more important than Harawira’s blatant racism?
Not that Harawira will admit to racism. He won’t have to – already the apologists are out in force. If you want a really good example of rank, festering hypocrisy, here is our Race Relations Commissioner being nauseating:
“Commissioner Joris de Bres says, unlike students wearing Nazi uniforms or schoolboys bowing to a swastika, Mr Harawira’s comments are not a breach of the Human Rights Act, because he is entitled to freedom of expression.”
I feel free to express that you are a complete prat, Mr. de Bres. I look forward to seeing your unbelievably stupid remark on a Tui billboard in the near future.
There does not seem to be any shortage of apologists with prattish remarks.