Now before you start thinking the Standard has started spruiking for the National Front I should make it clear that the title quote of this post comes from Christine Rankin in 2007. She was talking about child abuse and claiming that Maori are the problem.
Now, in a move akin to putting Garth McVicar in charge of parole, National are planning to put this celebrity racist in charge of the Families Commission.
It’s not at all surprising National are taking care of Rankin, she was tipped to announce she’d stand for the Nats before her high-profile faux pas on breakfast TV and the subsequent furore surrounding the sacking of a security guard at TVNZ who politely challenged her comments. She also put in the hard yards campaigning against the last government via the awkwardly titled “For the Sake of Our Children Trust”.
At the time Tariana Turia name checked the incident in a speech about racism. I wonder how the Maori Party feels about Rankin running the very commission charged with looking after Maori families.
Update: turns out I misremembered the quote. It was actually “We’ve got to face some issues in this country. We have got a problem with Maori”. I’ve changed the title accordingly.
My apologies to Rankin’s defenders.