Two interesting statements from the Progressives:
The Herald reports:
Progressive leader Jim Anderton made an unorthodox and brazen pitch to the elderly yesterday for New Zealand First voters to back him.
He made the bid on the basis that the New Zealand First leader Winston Peters might not be re-elected to Parliament after a series of inquiries into donations to his party.
So Jim is saying Winston is goneburger, so vote for me.
But the real quote that needs more attention comes from Deputy Leader Matt Robson, appearing on Back Benches.
They were talking about the US election and Obama and McCain. Wallace Chapman mentioned that McCain was around the same age as Jim Anderton, and Robson’s nasty littlre retort was:
But Jim can put his hands up over his head and claim victory, McCain can’t do that
How disgusting is that? To denigrate a man who is crippled due to years of torture as a prisoner of war? From Wikipedia:
In August 1968, a program of severe torture began on McCain. He was subjected to rope bindings and repeated beatings every two hours.
Some of the injuries came from his initial treatment when shot down:
Some North Vietnamese pulled him ashore, then others crushed his shoulder with a rifle butt and bayoneted him.
Now this is a war crime and against the Geneva Conventions. Robson has spent a lifetime going on about the Geneva Conventions, and war crimes, but then shows his real colours, by justifying the torture of McCain (after Paul Quinn pulled him up for his offensive comments), and bayoneting of a wounded surrendered solider on the basis that McCain had taken part in a war that killed a lot of people.
People should look at the video at the link above (just after halfway in chapter one) and see how gleeful Robson is in mocking McCain’s injuries and how unrepentent he is when challenged on it.Tags: Jim Anderton, John McCain, Matt Robson, Progressive, torture