Paul Holmes has a column about his Waitangi Day column, a controversial, epic rant against the Maori race. He defends himself thusly:
But let me tell you this. While the objections to what I said have been strident, so has the support for what I wrote been immense. I’ve never had such reaction to a column nor had so much unsought support or affirmation. And I would suggest that what I wrote is what most people think but don’t dare say.
If you take almost any extreme position – the abolition of private property, or the execution of homosexuals, say – you’re going to get a clutch of lunatics who feel strongly about the issue writing in to support you and cheer you for taking on the spectral forces of political correctness, or international capitalism, or whoever they think rules the world. That doesn’t bolster your argument. What does is your willingness to stand by your words and argue them persuasively, and the fact that Holmes has revised his original position, in which he claims Maori are all fat, lazy child abusers, to:
I suggest there is anything negative about the way we commemorate Waitangi Day or suggest that the annual agitation there is putting many people off caring two hoots about it.
A racist and a coward. Classy. I’m not going to be watching Q & A – Paul Holmes’ political show – when it starts running again. Partly because I think he’s a rubbish interviewer, and I’ve got better things to do on a Sunday morning than watch Holmes mis-read questions off a cue card and then let his tiny, red eyes glaze over while his interview subject answers. But also because this might be the only chance I have to boycott a TVNZ show because of their penchant for racist hosts, since it’s the only thing they screen I might actually watch.