Michael Laws: get on with your job and stop prancing around on the media stage.
Laws has put out a second (yes, a second) press release justifying being rude to some schoolkids who wrote to him. Apparently, Laws can think of no better use of his time and of Whanganui ratepayers’ dollars than continuing to beat up on some Maori kids who had a nerve to tell him they thought he was wrong.
This whole ‘issue’ is a stupid waste of time and public money. The whole ‘h’ in Whanganui issue is stupid and Laws is entirely responsible for building it up into a national issue. It’s just a piece of racist dogwhistling (like the gang patches ban) that Laws has used to tap into the deep vein of bigotry that runs through Pakeha New Zealand to win himself votes. He made himself the poster-boy for angry impotent middle-aged Pakeha men who take their anger out on Maori, rather than the wealthy Pakeha business elite who are really the ones holding them down.
Laws has the nerve and the appalling taste to write “Not one of the 16 kiddies murdered since the passage of the anti-smacking bill has received this sort of press”. If he really cared about child abuse he would be devoting his council’s resources to the issue, rather than using it as the Michael Laws promotion vehicle.
Honestly, what a dick