ACT Party Deputy
Winston is not funny
may think it is funny to tell weak racist jokes but it is
not funny to New Zealand's Chinese community" said ACT's
Deputy Leader Kenneth Wang.
"Everytime time Mr Peters
stirs up anti Chinese feeling he gives racists in the
community encouragement to attack Chinese. I have reports
of Chinese women being abused in the street. Young louts
going into Chinese shops to abuse shop keepers. These
statements by Mr Peters are very hurtful to New Zealand's
Mr Winston Peters is well aware that he
is playing the race card. My advice to my fellow New
Zealanders is it is time Mr Peters was retired."
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On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus
If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point.
By ‘some quarters’, I mean (a) RadioLive host Sean Plunket who called Catton a “traitor” and (b) Prime Minister John Key who dismissed her views as being those of a typical Green Party supporter, which is apparently almost as bad.
In context, Catton seemed to be talking about the mixed feelings she felt after what she had created suddenly becoming a kind of public property claimed by the entire country and its leaders. That must feel weird at any time, in any place. Catton evidently finds it particularly alienating when the government of the day has shown little interest in the arts beyond their promotional/economic value. More>>