Espiner says Goff is playing the race card

November 21st, 2009 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Colin Espiner blogs:

Twice in the past week, Goff has played the race card, albeit carefully, by suggesting first that there was one rule for Harawira over his comments about white mo-fos and another rule for other MPs, and then raising the prospect that National’s proposed settlement with iwi over the ETS was based on ethnicity. …

Goff told Parliament he had never indulged “the politics of race” although I think he protested a bit much. He is clearly trying to send a soft dog whistle to Labour supporters who abandoned his party at the last election because they were fed up with precisely the sort of “pandering to ” that National could now be accused of.

It will interesting how far Goff is willing to go. I suspect it is considerably more. The irony is it may help them tactically short-term, but it is almost impossible for them to win the next election unless the were to support them – they and the Greens would need to win 62, maybe 63 seats.

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26 Responses to “Espiner says Goff is playing the race card”

  1. redqueen (520 comments) says:

    It is quite interesting that this tactic may lead to short-term gains. While by no means a Labour supporter, the lack of condemnation for the Maori Party’s failure to deal with what Harawira’s done, and the fact that National hasn’t done anything about it beyond a few mild comments, makes them look at least honest about his appauling behaviour. Goff may also have picked up some credit for being further attacked by Harawira after standing up, as being taken up against a wall and shot isn’t the sort of thing one does between friends (or maybe it is and I’m just out of touch with the new ways). So it’ll be interesting to see what the polls show this tactic as achieving. The irony is that they won’t be able to win an election without Maori support, as the looney left is thankfully limited in its appeal (even if willing to stand up to a racist).

    p.s. I use ‘irony’ in its literal sense. I am not relishing a thought of a return to power of Labour…or the Green…*shudder*

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  2. MikeNZ (3,234 comments) says:

    Good for Phil.
    Let them roast.

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  3. dad4justice (7,976 comments) says:

    Oh my, Gaff plays the race card but was silent when Not So Clever Trevor Mallard Duck Brain played the violence card. Not to mention Klarks corruption card!!Hypocrites make me sick and just maybe Hone is right we’re just a bunch of dumb mother fuckers. What an insane bunch of freaks these silly politicians are! FFS give us all a break and all resign and get jobs as rubbish collectors asap. Hey bro pollies try dealing from the top in an honest deck of cards. Yeah right, what a disgrace this country is and it’s little wonder massive social problems loom. FFS could it get any worse!

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  4. tvb (4,254 comments) says:

    It is clear the Labour Party have lost the working class bloke vote with all its prejudices. Hence the use of Mr Mallard to make a number of “soft dog whistle” remarks about maori assisted by Mr Jones. So there is a subtle repositioning going on as Labour tries to get back its traditional vote. They try and distinguish themselves from Don Brash. But on questions of race National are trusted Labour are not. National can cut deals with the Maori Party that Labour cannot be trusted to do. There is nothing more satisfying in politics than to do something your political opponents find impossible to do.

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  5. Yvette (2,744 comments) says:

    This the legacy of the last politician to play the race card, albeit in a ‘private’ email which has inevitably begat this current viral counter-part apparently ‘doing the rounds’ . . .
    And since ice-bergs are in the news : Hone’s email may the tip of one – this email, below, may be the tip of another . . .

    ” The RRC has approved a title of address to Maori members of the New Zealand Parliament.
    They are now to be addressed as Honorable Brown M*****r F*****s.
     
    This nomenclature follows his decison to approve the description of the NZ Pakeha public as White M*****r F*****s and Pillagers and Rapists.
     
    See the attached:
     
    Dear Mr Harawira,

I write to you on behalf of all white Mother****ers, and kindly suggest that if you feel that the white man is such an enemy to you and has raped and pillaged the land and Maori for over 100 years then perhaps you will refrain from using or involving yourself with the following, all of which were provided by the wicked white man.


    1.      No longer will you need to travel from your electorate in an aircraft (a white man’s invention) go back to travelling via a  Hikoi or riding a Polynesian kuri, waka or whatever means Maori travelled by prior to the white man coming here and raping a pillaging.


    2.      Do not send any of you foul mouthed abuse via email (this is a white man invention) as it is electricity that is needed to send such communications. Go back to communicating via Kapa Haka or smoke signals or whatever method you used prior to the white man coming here and raping a pillaging

    

[it goes on a bit . . .]



    6.      Oh and Mr Harawira, do not forget to mention when talking of Raping and Pillaging NZ about the 29 species or birds and other wild life that disappeared due to slaughter by the Maoris long before the raping pillaging white man arrived.

    

Have a look across the Tasman at how much better Maori have prospered where they do not have all the benefits and this mentality of standing their expecting everybody else to support them. Look at how much healthier they are, how many of them own their own homes, and businesses, their average income level. Just like the Maori here they were born with two arms and two legs and as much opportunity as anybody else.

    

Role models and leaders like you who preach hatred and blame, instead of inspiration and aspiration are certain to ensure that Maori remain at the bottom of the heap for some time to come in this country, as they have done and as they are now.



    Mr Harawira, no one forced your people to smoke themselves to death, no one prized their mouth open and poured alcohol down their throats to an abusive extent, no one made them eat fast foods at three times the rate of the rest of the population, no one told your kids to wag school and for the parents to turn a blind eye. No one dragged them into a gang;  no one forced them to take drugs, no one said it was acceptable to close ranks and cover up domestic beatings and murders, all statistics that Maori are undoubtedly leading the field in. The reason these things happen is because of poor parenting, lack of personal responsibility and a belief that there is no hope and the white man is to blame due to bull**** propaganda from the likes of your selves. You carry on Mr Harawira the likes of you and Mr Willie Jackson have worked miracles so far haven’t you, just look at all the negative stats that you fine work and propaganda and stirring is creating.



    And last but not least do not ever expect to get the respect of the majority Of the White population in this country when per head of population you get more spent on you, have more groups, committees, sub committees, trusts and organisation, all filtering money from the raping pillaging taxpaying white man to help your race move forward. Whilst you continue to be the countries number one  murderers, sex offenders, child abusers, unemployed, unhealthy people in the land, and we the white Mother****ers you despise have to keep picking up the repair bill

[

    there follow uncomplimentary references to Titwhai]



    Yours sincerely

The Raping Pillaging and White Mother****er Organisation ”

    Goff would be wise reflect on the damage this is doing to the Maori Party.

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  6. Countess (157 comments) says:

    I wondered when Colin would find his laptop again, having lost it for two weeks. There was a sneaking suspicion that the Hide Harawira rows would not interest Colin the slightest and yet Goff speaking out would break Colins writers block.

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  7. big bruv (13,559 comments) says:

    Colin Espiner is a knob.

    Goff has not ‘played the race card’ at all, Goff has told the fucking truth!

    One day I hope to see a jounro emerge from the pack who is not scared to tread on the toes of Mowreedom, one brave enough to call a spade a spade.

    I am no fan of Labour but on this Goff has my full support.

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  8. Johnboy (15,586 comments) says:

    Good bloody God so the sands have shifted and now its us righties have to suck up to the useless brown, statistics lowering, indiginous, aboriginal losers, a job the lefties used to do.

    The price we have to pay to keep the privileged in office.

    I hope the pollies of either ilk will have a swelling of pride everytime they drive past a Mowree tree sudsidised by us second class honkies that is helping the world reduce its carbon footprint and at the same time swelling the iwi coffers.

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  9. ephemera (563 comments) says:

    There goes Johnboy with the Maori-bashing again, as if on cue.

    I don’t post here often, but enjoy the debate. However, your racism is sickening.

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  10. Johnboy (15,586 comments) says:

    “your racism is sickening.”

    No pal its never made me sick.

    The only thing that really gets me spewing is having to dish out involuntary, government decreed, bribes to a bunch of useless, bleating, semi brown, whiners who think that the rest of the world owes them a living.

    If your one of them then I’m quite happy to to help make you sick. You deserve it. Have an extra spew—- on the house.

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  11. winston smith (45 comments) says:

    Ahhhh, the dog whistling returns.

    I can’t see the (political) good in it. It might mop up the 4% support NZ First got/had, but at the expense of not being able to work with the Maori Party. And they need the MP to have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting into government.

    That is, unless Winnie First comes back from the dead – in which case, it’ll be a duo of dog-whistling between the two of them. They say you can’t ever rule out a comeback… whatever.

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  12. ephemera (563 comments) says:

    “You deserve it. Have an extra spew”

    No wonder the lefties call this place the sewer.

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  13. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “No wonder the lefties call this place the sewer.”

    Of course it gets called that by “lefties”, and a lot of other things to. All because

    1) they’re insanely jealous of its popularity, and

    2) They want to shut it down because they see it as an outlet for ideas they believe should not be given a voice

    Kiwiblog gets more hits than all of the pretentious wank sites like No Right Turn and Public Address all put together. Funny that. You’d think people would stay away from a “sewer”. Especially discrimating people like you Effy.

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  14. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “However, your racism is sickening.”

    Can you give me some links to your complaints about Hone Harawira Effy?

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  15. ephemera (563 comments) says:

    @redbaiter

    1. Hone Harawira isn’t posting on this site

    2. Two wrongs don’t make a right

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  16. malcolm (2,000 comments) says:

    Can you give me some links to your complaints about Hone Harawira Effy?

    Hang on Red, that’s my trick.

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  17. Johnboy (15,586 comments) says:

    Johnboy(sheep.walton.shitstirrer). Up yours Effy!

    “(Happy to be fomenting racism since——-whenever it got up the big fat troughing mowree’s big fat noses)”.

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  18. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Hone Harawira isn’t posting on this site”

    Just as I thought. You didn’t complain. You’re just a damn racist yourself. Hurling criticism at any white person you suspect of trangressing your pitiful PC doctrine, but giving black racists a free pass. Take your rank hypocrisy elsewhere.

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  19. ephemera (563 comments) says:

    @redbaiter

    refer to the post immediately above this one, and confirm these are the ideas some think should not be given a voice.

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  20. ephemera (563 comments) says:

    @ redbaiter

    Two wrongs don;t make a right.

    I said it again.

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  21. Johnboy (15,586 comments) says:

    “I said it again.”

    You keep on repeating yourself. It must be something you ate. Perhaps it had a bone in it?

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  22. ephemera (563 comments) says:

    @johnboy

    Your posts on this blog are impossible to swallow

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  23. Johnboy (15,586 comments) says:

    Gulp

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  24. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    that all the regular mouth-breathing/knuckledragging racist frothers are all lining up behind goff..

    only confirms that goff has ‘done a brash’..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  25. niggly (813 comments) says:

    Whoop Whoop Pull Up Whoop Whoop Pull Up!

    That’s for Hone, Goof, and the Gummit!

    Firstly Hone, yes some things he said were racist, and on the other hand perhaps one can understand his firebrand way of thinking due to previous historical injustices, but at the same time he has FXXXED UP bigtime by tarring the current population with all this. Sure one could understand perhaps his anger at the time of the email. But Hone mate, your problem is your arroggance, you (and others in your family) need to show some genuine contrition for a change instead of always “being right and everyone else wrong”. Despite your other good attributes (such as advocating for resolving injustices and getting community schemes running) your bad attributes simply demonstrate you can’t be trusted to think beyond your own selfish needs. Hone is the key to getting this bad situation sorted, it’s all in your hands mate.

    Because Goof, the wanker is playing the race card (because Hone, you left him the opening to exploit public discontent, you thoughless tosser). Dirty scheming rotten b’stard Goofy. After several months of peace between National and Maori, after the divisiveness of 9 years of Helengrad, the country was humming along well facing this resssion and now Hone and Goof (and Shan Jones and others) are milking public unease and fanning the flames…. this is only the beginning.

    To the Gummit, wise up to the bigger picture that is now happenning and cut the Maori Party some slack to sort out their errant MP.

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  26. stuart munro (6 comments) says:

    Pshaw – the racecard is it Colin? No it’s the corruption card, and it looks like you’re due a bit of it too.

    God knows Goff has little to offer New Zealand, and no chance of defeating the present coalition of National & INL. But the worthless bleeder actually said something intelligent for once in his trivial life, and this makes you get your knife out?

    You should be ashamed of yourself.

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