If you’re wondering why my page 2 stoush with Willie Jackson in Truth has ground to a halt, so am I.
Hopefully posts like this will gee Willie back into action, and that his emailed vow to “resume our contest” is genuine.
As Willie is learning, when someone publicly calls me a liar, I don’t let go until I’ve proved them wrong — publicly.
But I should say that Willie is remarkably civil to me in person, as the above exchange shows. He gave me a pretty fair hearing on Radio Live too.
His mate Tamihere, however, is still sore at me for exposing (on their Waitangi Day show) his habit of leaving out parts of the history that don’t suit his Griever agenda.
As a result, he was less than keen to have me as a guest on the show, and is even less keen for Willie to keep engaging with me now.
To give two examples, he’d been saying that the British executed over 100 surrendered prisoners in Poverty Bay. I had to ring up to remind him that it was a loyalist Maori, Rapata Wahawaha who did the shooting (as utu for a tribal feud) — in defiance of British policy.
He also tried rather pathetically to minimise the Taranaki genocide of the Moriori by saying it was a Pakeha captain that took them to the Chathams.
I had to remind him of three tiny details:
- The Taranaki tribesmen hijacked his ship!
- Even if it had been a legitimate charter, does that mean the captain knew they planned to murder all the men, women and children who welcomed and cared for them when they arrived?
- Even if he had been a willing accomplice to genocide, he would have been one rogue Pakeha among 900 Maori — how would that implicate the Crown?
Anyway Willie, if you’re reading this, don’t get angry, get even — with facts this time, not insults.
Do get writing soon, because my next post won’t be this namby-pamby.