Shane Jones, fresh off rescuing a woman from an alleged brutal domestic assault, has called on Māori to stop blaming colonialism for their woes. …“I say to our Maori people – this sort of carry-on, don’t go blaming colonialism; don’t join the chorus of idiocy I’m seeing on the East Coast where the artists don’t want Captain Cook celebrated because they’re responsible for family violence on the East Coast. That’s pathetic. I hate that soup of excuses.”
This is where Shane can do very well. If he wasn’t Maori and said this, he’d be howled down as a racist. But a lot of people can relate to his call for blaming everything on colonialism and ignoring individual responsibility.