Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Govt Should Stop Pandering To Racists

"I am not a Pakeha," thundered Libertarianz deputy leader Richard McGrath. "I am a human being!"

Paraphrasing the well-known outburst from so-called 'Elephant Man' John Merrick, McGrath insisted that the Prime Minister and others stop fanning the flames of racial hatred in this country by pandering to tribalists.

"It's time to call a halt to this nonsense about bringing Maori and Pakeha together. Let people act as individuals, guided by their own minds - and not bossed around by sundry tribal leaders," McGrath added.

"The question arises just why our politicians should want to raise the issue of racial distinction every year on Waitangi Day. Racism is the most primitive form of collectivism. I resent being pigeonholed as a Pakeha by hatemongers such as Tame Iti, Mike Smith, Derek Fox and Helen Clark. And I don't want to be brought together with anyone except on my terms."

McGrath echoed the sentiments of party spokesmen Russell Watkins and Lindsay Perigo, calling for the Treaty of Waitangi to be preserved as an historical document only. He said a new constitution should be drawn up, protective of individual rights and with the current clauses that allow for apartheid removed. Libertarianz has its own proposed constitution available online at: http://www.freeradical.co.nz/content/constitution/index.html


Richard McGrath * Libertarianz Deputy Leader Fax 06 377 3070 * mcgrath@no-income-tax.com Or contact the Libertarianz Media Coordinator (025) 861 927 http://www.libertarianz.org.nz http://www.freeradical.co.nz

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news