The Maori party come up with crazy stuff sometimes, but this sort of vile putridness is what I would expect from the National Front.
The Maori Party has likened the plan to ban the wearing of gang patches in Wanganui to the targeting of Jews in World War II.
The comments came during debate in Parliament last night on a proposal by National MP Chester Borrows to ban the wearing of gang insignia in the city and follows the shooting of two-year-old Jhia Te Tua in a gang-related incident in the city last year.
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia opposed the proposal, telling Parliament that like the Jews, members of gangs would be punished for being members of a particular group.
“All this bill does, is to exclude, to suppress, to prohibit, to ban, to close your eyes and put up walls to force our problems out of sight, out of mind.”
Comparing a criminal group, where membership is voluntary, and that spends their time intimidating innocent people (and much worse) to a race that has undergone persecution for thousands of years, who suffered a mass slaughter of their people numbering in the millions – what was she thinking?
Time will tell what she actually meant by this, but on the face of it, this is offensive beyond words. She should know better – much, much better.
If this is reported as she said it, she should be thrown out of parliament. I’m tempted to describe exactly how, and what should happen afterwards but I will restrain myself.