Willie Jackson labeled John Ansell a racist and a fool in Truth. He said:
Treatygate is a nonsensical racist campaign where Ansell and a few rednecks go around the country spouting about what they perceive as inequality and Maori privilege.
I met Ansell by accident in Waitangi. He is a more than cordial type of bloke. I said to him I thought he was a racist, and so he challenged me to have him on our RadioLIVE talkback show.
Ansell spent two hours with me and John Tamihere last week and absolutely confirmed my view he is a racist and a liar.
Ansell has responded in Truth saying Jackson is a “chronic liar” who fools no-one:
Maori bully boys and extortionists like Willie Jackson like to get down in the sewer and call critics like me racist.
It’s just a trick, and it doesn’t work on me.
So why does Jackson throw mud instead of facts? Because he knows he can’t compete on the history. He hasn’t got a clue about what happened between the Crown and Maori in the nineteenth century. So he just spits out an endless stream of half-truths and lies, and hopes you’ll believe him. He’s a chronic liar.
There is, of course, a big difference between criticism and racism. I’ve never said anything racist. That’s not me.
But I’m very critical of Maori leaders who have a financial interest in keeping their people at the bottom of all the bad stats. That way they can keep claiming the big bucks – most of which they keep for themselves…
The debate continues!