By Willie Jackson
It's been fascinating observing the response to the racist ranting from the ACT party's biggest donor Louis Crimp.
In a newspaper interview Mr Crimp said: "Most New Zealanders didn't like Maoris, our culture was an embarrassment at the world cup where Maori were waving spears with hardly any clothes on and poking their tongues out."
Mr Crimp admitted that he'd given money to the ACT party so that they could stop special treatment for Maori who are either in jail or on welfare.
He blamed the Labour Party because they had given Maori "special benefits" for 30 years to get votes.
His views predictably have drawn unanimous condemnation.
Mainstream media seem stunned that someone – especially a person of Mr Crimp's standing – could be so reckless.
It's great that Mr Crimp is being upfront about what he thinks.
It isn't so radically different to the views we've heard from people like John Banks, Michael Laws, Don Brash and more recently Paul Holmes.
In fact, the only real difference between Mr Crimp and them is that he's very clear that he doesn't like Maori whereas the others would have you believe that they are our friends.
So let me remind everyone what our so-called friends have said about us.
Just last year Mr Banks said: "If we continue the bankrupt response paying young Maori men in South Auckland the dole to sit in front of TV, smoke marijuana, watch pornography and plan more drug offending and more burglaries, then we're going to have them coming through our window!"
Mr Laws says regularly: "That Maori culture is a Stone Age culture, there is a Maori feral underclass and Maori parents should be sterilised."
Paul Holmes said in the Herald: "Waitangi Day is a day of lies, a loony Maori fringe, and a day of self denial. Never mind the hopeless failure of Maori to educate their children and stop them bashing their babies."
And who will ever forget Don Brash's January 2004 Orewa speech when he said: "There's a dangerous drift towards racial separatism, where Maori because of their birth right held the upper hand because of the Labour government."
He received huge support from the public with National making the biggest ever rise in an opinion poll the next month, gaining 17 percentage points in the TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll.
He followed up in 2005 by criticising Maori welcomes and said: "Do they always have to use a semi-naked male? Sometimes quite paled skinned, leaping around in mock battle."
Now hang on, didn't Louis Crimp say something like that? So don't believe Mr Brash, Mr Banks and their mates now as they try to distance themselves from Mr Crimp. Their views on Maori are actually no different – it's just that Louis is much more honest.
Auckland Now, 25th May 2012
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