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Bob's Slight On South Islanders Beyond The Pale

Bob's Slight On South Islanders Is Beyond The Pale

"Labour Party President Bob Harvey has already embarrassed his party with everything from his theory that the CIA was involved in the death of Norman Kirk, to his alleged public 'down-trou'. But he has gone way too far with his latest faux pas," says National's Katherine Rich.

"Mr Harvey has criticised Michael Cullen for failing to charm Auckland. He advised Dr Cullen to keep quiet about his old stamping ground and the South Island in general.

Bob Harvey said: "We don't necessarily like anything about the South Island. We don't care much about it, we don't like South Island people and we don't like South Island jokes."

"That is not much different from saying, 'We don't like Jewish people' or 'We don't like black people or Fijian-Indian people'," Ms Rich says.

"Perhaps Mr Harvey's anti-Southern comments reflect a general Labour Party feeling. Loyal Aucklander Helen Clark, has already labelled South Island West Coasters as 'feral' and 'inbred', and has often argued that elections are won or lost in Auckland.

"South Islanders should remember such words when the Labour government gifts millions to Auckland to fix its transport problem, while Southern towns struggle to fund local initiatives due to a shrinking rates base," Katherine Rich says.

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