Kind of strange that this isn’t a major news story. Via I/S, John Banks went on The Nation yesterday and made the following statement:
If we continue the bankrupt response of just paying young Polynesian, 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 windows
When National Party candidate Melissa Lee made similar, but less extreme statements during the Mt Albert by-election it became a front-page story. Ditto for Lockwood Smith commenting about migrants during the last election. At the least I’d like to hear a reaction from Pita Sharples – will he still go into coalition with the ACT Party, now not even pretending they’re not a white supremacy party? (He will, of course – he really wants that knighthood.)
Instead the narrative is all around the mysterious, secret taping of Key and Banks. Hell of a lucky break for National – that’s another day or two they can beat up on the media instead of talking about their policies or record in government.
Not that National need to get lucky when Labour are releasing policy like their plan to extend Working for Families tax credits to beneficiaries. It’s a 2005 style bribe policy to try and increase turnout amongst their base, but for every low-income vote it buys, it’s going to cost them two middle-class swing voters. Madness.