Youz iz racists. Nah, only jokez!

Written By: - Date published: 4:20 pm, September 5th, 2010 - 29 comments
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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.

29 comments on “Youz iz racists. Nah, only jokez!”

  1. KINTO 1

    Williamson is quite correct that a large part of the current opposition to selling assets (particularly farms) to overseas investors is racist, didnt seem like nearly as bigger issue till the arrival of the yellow plauge (in the eyes of those complainers that is)

    • Marty G 1.1

      I don’t know a single person who opposes sales of assets to foreigners on race grounds.

      It is an issue of our economic sovereignty. Our ability to chose our own path. We don’t have that when our assets are owned by people based overseas who have no interest in this country except maximising profits.

    • Marty G 1.2

      And KINTO….

      Key says Williamson was just joking.

      Are you calling Key a liar?

    • bbfloyd 1.3

      KINTO… is a “yellow plauge” something like a lemon flavoured blancmange? or like “rock snot” ?

  2. john 2

    New Zealanders are not racists.What they realise is that we have a very special land here capable of giving our small population a rich fulfilled life for all Kiwis. But we have to be independent and self-sufficient(That’s why the neo-liberal Rogernomics crap is so evil!).The World up North is a mess!!! It’s overpopulated, conflict afflicted, environmentally degraded, cramped for space socially divided by wealth and class. Most of the World up North is crap,but they do have money lots of it.Just cause they got lots of money I don’t want them buying in here and turning this country into a money grubbing over-populated crap hole like they have up North!
    Am I racist? No I am from the UK and have good feelings for parts of Europe, but I realise we are special here an Ark: I don’t want it ruined by Foreigners buying up our heritage and turning this unique land into an economic vassal of China, Japan or the US or anywhere else! The Maoris understand this,part of their culture, but we have bought into money is everything shit.

    • IrishBill 2.1

      Didn’t Key try to claim he was joking about wages dropping too? Will the next line be that Morrie was talking about Australian asset sales?

    • john 2.2

      As far as I am concerned Roger and his f……. gang are all economic-political white collar criminals. That anyone calls Roger Douglas SIR is a sick joke. Note that Labour centrist tossers.They have betrayed NZ for filthy Lucre

    • john 2.3

      The Maoris know we must hold on to NZ not sell it off like pimps.That’s why Hone Hawawira talks in despair about white man’s bullshit a fog of shit so powerful as to cause despair!

    • Rex Widerstrom 2.4

      Well said, john. Ill admit to being “xenophobic”, though not in the sense that a phobia is an irrational fear, because as you’ve outlined there are very sound reasons for resisting a foreign takeover of NZ.

      But racist? No. I don’t care if it’s Japanese or US or UK or German firms (or wealthy individuals) we’re talking about; few give to NZ more than they receive from it. I do reserve a particular dislike for the Chinese, however… not as a people, but for their mostly state-owned and state-controlled firms who are merely fronts for a regime whose actions many more people would roundly condemn if it weren’t, ironically, for fear of being wrongfully labelled racist.

  3. Pascal's bookie 3

    Didn’t Key try to claim he was joking about wages dropping too?

    Or was it how many jobs you get from a bike track?

  4. Draco T Bastard 4

    I agree that he cannot make a fair decision given his outburst.

    His outburst proves that he’s already made up his mind in favour of selling the farms to overseas interests. All it was was self-defense against the inevitable backlash from the people who don’t want to see NZ sold out to the highest bidder. It’s a plain example of someone lying to themselves to justify their position.

    As for Jonkey: He’s looking for excuses for his incompetent ministers hoping that people won’t realise that’s all they are.

    • bbfloyd 4.1

      McJonno’s only doing what he does every time you pull the right string. he knows that old maurice would struggle to get a pass mark from his mother, let alone anybody who’s heard him speak more than once.

  5. Loota 5

    Williamson is right. In order to prove we’re not racist perhaps we should sell this country’s silverware off to foreign bidders. And to make sure our credentials are perfect, lets do it on the cheap and let Jonkey’s banker mates broker the deal.

  6. Rosy 6

    Of course people have racists tendencies. Once that is acknowledged then the issues can be dealt with. And this issue is not about racism – it’s about control of resources. Whether Canadians want to own airports or Chinese want to own farms I’ll complain about New Zealanders’ rights to control their own strategic assets. The Crafar farms is a level beyond the airport in that the plans for the sale of our food is not in our own hands, something African nations grapple, and I don’t see reason why we should risk our food security.

  7. RedLogix 7

    What less than 2 years after Chinese malfeseance had a crack at destroying Fonterra’s reputation, we are considering allowing them to gain a major foothold in the heartland of our own dairy industry!!!

    If I was a dairy farmer I’d be livid at this prospect.

    The Chinese govt stood by while Fonterra had to write off hundreds of millions because of the criminal actions of their own nationals… New Zealand owes them nothing.

    All up I think NZ should unilaterally tear up our FTA with China. This was one action of the last Labour govt I was very critical of at the time.

  8. Loota 8

    If I was a dairy farmer I’d be livid at this prospect.

    If I was a dairy farmer drowning in debt owning less than 20% equity in my farm (and equity decreasing by the day as rural land values drop but the mortgage staying the same), or wanting to retire early on a motherlode of cash, I would be praying for Chinese saviours.

    I’m sure the NATs know a few in this situation.

    • RedLogix 8.1

      That of course is the point. It’s been bad enough that we’ve already lost so much economic sovereignty when we sold assets like our banks, but to loose economic control of our land would be catastrophic. Even Key knows this.

      Well the way you put it, we have the choice of selling off to the Chinese, or nationalising the land. Would this be so bad? After all the Chinese cannot even buy land in their own country and they are the winners knocking on our doors with fistfulls of cash. Maybe we could learn something from the example they are setting us?

    • nzfp 8.2

      “If I was a dairy farmer drowning in debt owning less than 20% equity … ” I would not be voting for a government that has as it’s leader someone who made his fortune within a company (such as Merril-Lynch Bank of America) which profits from the interest burden on mortgage and business debts to farmers.

      While Merril Lynch is not to blame for NZ farmers troubles, the industry created by Merril Lynch et al, the private banking cartels who own the priviledge to create a nations money supply at interest – such as BNZ, ANZ/National, Westpac etc… are wholly to blame.

      If you think the Chinese are the solution then you’re missing the point. The farmers should not be in this position in the first place and a government that does not recognises that there can be no environmental or productive sustainablility without economic sustainability will provide no solutions.

  9. john 9

    Goff is a centrist tosser.I hate this wanker Party.(Why doesn’t he fuck off to UNI and let a real man lead?) It’s total garbage but we don’t have a third party aye sheeple!

  10. Jum 10

    That scum off the surface of the black lagoon once tried to turn our driving licences into microchipped ID cards. Jenny Shipley had already ordered 4million, just enough to cover us all with eventually. Helen Clark toned it down to just a driving licence at a fraction of the cost but the 3rd Tweedledum/Tweedledee (check out the smile and look through Alice’s looking glass and you’ll see what I mean) still took away my right to use my existing licence until 2025 and cost me $70 for the privilege then and many dollars since.

    Williamson must be the ‘real man’ that john 9 is referring to. The reason we have Key and co in is because misogynist twits asked for a ‘real man’ to run the country and get rid of Helen Clark who could run rings around Key and his mob.

  11. BLiP 11

    They’re all comedians in National Ltd™ – who could forget the last time King John The Clueless of Charmalot had to step in to cover for Williamson after his joke about there being no fat people in Nazi concentration camps, or what about Lockie’s great crack about Asians having itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny hands. There’s also the hilarious routine about the work-shy Maori “Hone” that John Carter still uses as a party trick. Some of the funniest jokes can be heard from Gerry Brownlee who has the opposition benches rolling in laughter when describing how the income gap with Australia has closed and, earlier in the year, Nick Smith managed to keep a straight face when pulling our legs about ACC being broke.

    Yeah, funny guys, all right.

    • Jim Nald 11.1

      These Sesame Street and Muppet Show rejects should be tossed out of the Government benches asap.

  12. jcuknz 12

    If it is racist to believe that New Zealand should remain in the hands of New Zealanders and those granted permanent residence then I’m happy to be a racist. It is pure folly to sell of one’s country and for ever pay interest on it … better we develop slowly at a pace we can afford than to join the mad rush to waste earths resources on borrowed money.

  13. nzfp 13

    My mother remembers her grandfather (my great grandfather) commenting once when she was a child “Where are all these Pakeha coming from”?

    Now my grandfather (my mothers father) lives in a state house paying rent to the government, despite his papakainga being held in a trust and rented to Pakeha farmers for next to nothing. Remember the 50 farmers on their tractors protesting about land that doesn’t belong to them? Well my grandfather was on the otherside of that coin and still is – no fonterra million dollar payouts to us for the use of our land.

    If you want to know what foreign ownership of New Zealand looks like, have a good long hard look at Maori communities living on the breadline in South Auckland – those same communities paying higher GST and ETS taxes not to mention $400 bucks each to bailout irresponsible financial dealings (SCF) and now the need to help out our fellow citizens in need in Christchurch.

    If foreginers want to own our land they can pay a land tax and a resource rent tax for the pleasure of doing so – there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

  14. Crumble 14

    I often have to explain to my students that saying “nah jokes” does not make up for the really crappy thing that you have just said. Maybe I need to explain this to a few ministers.

  15. Kleefer 15

    For once the fool Maurice Williamson actually got something right. There is certainly an element of racism in the opposition to foreign ownership of New Zealand land. However, there is also simple unthinking nationalism and economic illiteracy as well. If having unprofitable farmland kept in New Zealand hands is so important to the anti foreign ownership brigade why aren’t they all rushing out to buy farms?

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    Eighteen months ago, the government promised to strengthen the Bill of Rights Act, by explicitly affirming the power of the courts to issue declarations of inconsistency and requiring Parliament to formally respond to them. So how's that going? I was curious, so I asked for all advice about the proposal. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Warning! Warning! Danger Jacinda Ardern! Danger Marama Davidson! Warning!
    Lost In Political Space: The most important takeaway from this latest Labour sexual assault scandal, which (if I may paraphrase Nixon’s White House counsel’s, John Dean’s, infamous description of Watergate) is “growing like a cancer” on the premiership, is the Labour Party organisation’s extraordinary professional paralysis in the face of ...
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  • Climate Change: The wrong kind of trees?
    Newsroom today has an excellent, in-depth article on pine trees as carbon sinks. The TL;DR is that pine is really good at soaking up carbon, but people prefer far-less efficient native forests instead. Which is understandable, but there's two problems: firstly, we've pissed about so long on this problem that ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • No freedom of speech in Turkey
    Canan Kaftancioglu is a Turkish politician and member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). Like most modern politicians, she tweets, and uses the platform to criticise the Turkish government. She has criticised them over the death of a 14-year-old boy who was hit by a tear gas grenade during ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Speaker: Tadhg Stopford: Why I’m standing for the ADHB
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  • Good little vassals
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has published their report on whether the SIS and GCSB had any complicity in American torture. And its damning. The pull quote is this:The Inquiry found both agencies, but to a much greater degree, the NZSIS, received many intelligence reports obtained from detainees who, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
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    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
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  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
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  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
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  • Redline on the Labour Party
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  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Labour’s failure
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
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  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
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  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
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    2 weeks ago

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