Willie Jackson is still hiding from me in Truth, though I see he has plenty of time to write a column abusing Danish MP Marie Krarup as racist (5 times), stupid (4), ignorant, arrogant, and a nut who attracts rednecks (2).
(His whole argument is that Krarup is racist because Maori welcomes are popular with tourists. Of course they’re popular. All freak shows are popular. People on holiday always enjoy a good laugh. But that doesn’t mean they respect the people who perform them.)
As promised, it’s now time to up the ante on Willie and reveal his true colours.
Last week he got a free run on Seven Sharp and said some typically scary things in defence of a Maaori demand to take possession of a non-Maaori cemetery.
The scariest was his impression of Mad Bob Mugabe when he said farmers should walk off their land and give the farms back to Maaori.
If we did things Willie’s way, this is what we’d become.
His exact quote.
This is a staggering indictment on Willie and all those Treatygaters who would blithely set aside democracy for their own ends.
Willie using the old Griever trick of using the improved value of assets — improved by the Pakeha, with little help from Maaori.
Why should they get the value of hydro dams they had no hand in designing?
Here he goes again. Why is the South Island worth $18 billion? Because the settlers applied their brains, blood, sweat and tears to make it so.
Their knowledge of grassland farming. Their animals. Their wheat. Their labour.
Is there any gratitude to Pakeha for that? Is there ever any gratitude to Pakeha for allowing Maaori to bypass 3000 years of evolution and join the modern world?
When Willie’s Maaori ancestors sold the South Island, they sold it fair and square at the going rate — willing seller, willing buyer. They were pleased to get what they got, and if they wasted it that’s no one’s fault but their own.
All those trees they sold were worthless to them, because they had no clue how to turn a profit from them. They knew nothing of sheep, or wool, or foresty or wheat.
The settlers did. But before they could realise their profit, they had to work incredibly hard. No sitting around smoking dope and collecting rents from inherited land for our brave pioneers.
And the land the Maaori retained soon became as valuable afterwards as the whole lot was before. Win/win.
Willie and I agree on this one.
And because there are two radically different views of history, I say: teach both.
Come on Willie, time to reply to my questions.