On Thursday, Maurice Williamson said people who oppose land sales to foreigners are racist. Here’s John Key trying to excuse Williamson’s insult against Kiwis who don’t want their future sold into foreign control:
“Maurice is known for his strong sense of humour and I think it was on display yesterday,” he told media in Auckland today.
“Sometimes humour can backfire a little bit and I think this is an example of that, but as a general rule everyone knows that Maurice has got a strong sense of humour and they accept it comes with the minister in question.”
I’m not sure which is worse.
a) That Key thinks we’ll fall for that lie. Seriously, come on, in what way was Williamson joking? And would it be OK for a minister of the crown to ‘jokingly’ call us racists?
b) Or that Key seems to think that being government is a comedy act. The sad thing is, with these clowns in charge that’s almost true.
Now, there are calls for Williamson to step aside from deciding the Crafar farm issue. I agree that he cannot make a fair decision given his outburst.