One thing that puzzles me about righties is that half the people on their side of the fence are racists, bigots, misogynists, homophobes or religious zealots and, yet, this doesn’t seem to make the rest of them re-evaluate own their beliefs.
If, for example, I were a National MP and in the same caucus as me were –
- – Bob Clarkson, who compared homosexuality to picking your nose in public, sexually harassed women, told Muslims to â€˜go back to Iraq or Islam’, and jeered the Muliaga family after the death of Folole Muliaga,
- – John Carter, who used to call fellow Nat MP John Bank’s radio show pretending to be â€˜Hone’, a Maori dole bludger, and this week swore at and tried to perform a citizen’s arrest on a police officer who pulled him over,
- – David Bennett, who dissed getting rid of youth pay rates saying ‘[Parliament] is not a place of equality; this is a place that is all about hierarchy.’ and dismissed the idea that ‘everyone is equal’,
- – and John Key who agreed with the characterisation of employees of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs as â€˜man-hating lesbians‘, amongst others.
I would wonder if I was in the right place. Perhaps that’s another reason National’s last liberal is leaving.