Mr Willie Jackson in his column (Auckland City Harbour News, May 16) claims that Tame Iti is a “good bloke”.
So let’s look at the facts:
Tame Iti struck an unarmed man in the face with a taiaha – that makes him violent.
Tame Iti spat at MPs – that makes him, in anyone’s language, a pig.
Tame Iti is working pro-actively toward a Maori-only government in New Zealand – that makes him a racist.
Therefore by definition isn’t Tame Iti a violent, racist pig? Perhaps not such a good bloke after all.
Mr Jackson attempts to use humour to downplay Tame Iti’s numerous criminal and antisocial actions and values. This seems to indicate that he shares Iti’s disregard for the law and common decency.
I suspect however that his repeated defence of Iti’s wrong-doings has more to do with an allegiance of agenda ie: Maori sovereignty in New Zealand.
The Auckland City Harbour News has been a promoter of community spirit and harmony for mainstream Kiwis over many years.
Why then has Mr Jackson been given a weekly column where he is able to espouse his extremist racial and political views which promote dissent in our community?