He doesn’t speak for me, but does he speak for John Key?

Act backer: we all dislike Maori

It turns out that that one of the biggest donors to Act has some very nasty views about Maori. And he claims that all “white New Zealanders” (his phrase, not mine) share his views. Just for the record, I don’t.

Louis Crimp gave $125,420 to Act, in order to get support for his opinions. His views about Maori are racist, and factually inaccurate, exactly the sort of thing that any responsible political leader would reject. But Mr Crimp has been encouraged in holding these views by Don Brash and John Banks, both of whom have snuggled up to him, and taken his money, which he gave to Act in order to support more Maori bashing.

“I supported Act because I thought Brash would go along the way for Maoris to be treated like equal New Zealanders … they don’t get any more than a normal New Zealander and we’re all the same.

“The money I gave was to get Don Brash in to go with his things about the Maori.

Act has defended him on the grounds that he is entitled to his views. Well… yes. But Act did not have to take his money. It’s one thing to cherish freedom of speech, and another thing to endorse outrageous racism by cosying up to someone who speaks hate.

Any responsible political leader would have walked away from this man. But all Don Brash and John Banks could see was the big cheque he was waving about.

And it turns out that Act intends to continue taking Louis Crimp’s money and racism.

Act’s president, Chris Simmons, said he disagreed with Mr Crimp on some areas but respected his right to have a view.

He said he saw Maori culture as “part of our culture”.

“One of the beauties of the Act Party is we believe everyone should have their say.

“That’s his view.”

Mr Simmons said the party would take Mr Crimp’s money again.

Mr Banks, Act’s sole MP, did not respond to calls.

One thing that intrigues me about this is story is exactly why the NZ Herald is giving space to this man’s views. But the by-line on the article is revealing: David Fisher. Journalist David Fisher has been pursuing the links between Kim Dotcom and John Banks with vigour, and in the process, revealing more and more about Banks’ character. This is more of the same.

I welcome it. Our MPs do not need to be perfect, but we do expect them to be reasonably decent people, with a bit of integrity. Fisher’s ongoing revelations about John Banks and the type of people he likes to associate with are exactly what journalists should be doing: holding our political rulers accountable for their words and actions.

I wonder if the good people of Epsom will ever hold their noses and vote for Banks, or any Act candidate, again?

And for just how long does Prime Minister John Key want to be associated with Banks and his merry band of racists?


8 comments on “He doesn’t speak for me, but does he speak for John Key?

  1. Jon says:

    Louis Crimp is one reason why race relations and the Waitangi business in NZ will never be settled. The moment we think we have made progress racists like LC come out of the woodwork…I fear he one of many in the woodwork and I note he lives out of the way in the deep south out of sight of cosmopolitan NZ ….I wonder if he would be so brave to speak out if he lived in Auckland?

  2. alan says:

    $125.000.not much of hate i feel insulted it should have been $125.million to hate me

  3. Denny says:

    “And for just how long does Prime Minister John Key want to be associated with Banks and his merry band of racists?” …. As long as the polls indicate that it’s not affecting his popularity … I’m not sure that Key is any more ethical than those he associates with

  4. Smithy says:

    I used to wonder how people who had lived side by side could turn on each other and begin ”ethnic cleansing” of the people they’d been among and seen daily for years and years. Now I know. I’m not saying Crimp, with all his bizarre ideas, would ever go that far but clearly it was people with similar views who turned the former Yugoslavia into a bloodbath, with neighbour butchering neighbour.

    I’m not among all these white NZers he reckons dislike Maori. Yes, I know fellow Pakeha who are sick of the Treaty thing dragging on forever, but, as I don’t mix with National Front types, I’ve never heard anyone talk about Maori the way he does. To write off all Maori like that is ridiculous. I’m insulted, disgusted and appalled that the silly old coot thought fit to make his inane and insane statements in public so that I’d have to hear them.

    I’m also angry that Act prefer to keep on taking the man’s money instead of showing moral gumption and telling him to take his millions and sod off because they don’t need such supporters. But of course, this is politics we’re talking about and those on the right — including the John Key Party — don’t bother themselves with such trifles as morals and ethics.

  5. David says:

    I don’t see how it is “racist” to want all New Zealanders treated equally.
    I certainly hate racism, I enjoy multicultural variety, and diversity.

  6. Barry Tomlin says:

    Louis Crimp is !00% correct

  7. timt says:

    Yes, I agree with David; from what I can tell from Crimp’s quoted comments, his desire is for the elimination of racial discrimination – for equality before the law for all races, whether they be Maori or pakeha, or whoever.

    The article seems like a bit of a media beat up. They have all the ingredients they need: Small right-wing political party, rich outspoken donor who happens to disagree with the current political consensus, an audience who are likely to be outraged by said comments – well, all you have to do is chuck them in a newspaper article, ad the word ‘racism’, and stir.

    But even if he is being racist – I may have missed something serious outrageous – I’m not sure why Act should cut their ties with him. They’re a political party; they’re meant to speak to all sorts of people and express an interest in their problems and concerns and points of view. And it’s not as if they’ll make themselves better and more pure by somehow cutting off association with Mr Crimp here – there is no perfect state to which Act or any other party can return. Politics always has been a place for the vain, the arrogant, the powerful, the greedy, the callous, the vengeful*. Yes, good people become involved in politics too. But things won’t be made any easier for them by disassociating the Act party from a cranky and rich old man.

    *Goodness me, now I’m starting to sound like Paul…

  8. Chrissy says:

    I am highly disgusted by this man’s views… yes we all have the right to have our views. However, is it really okay to pay a political party to drive your views? I believe that New Zealander’s should be treated fairly, and it’s the range of diversity that makes New Zealand truly unique. To be able to celebrate a range of rich cultures and languages, truly is awesome! His comments about the HAKA and the world rugby cup opening ceremony really left me with a heavy heart. Have we not learned anything from our mistakes in the past? The reason that the majority of Maori people can’t speak their own language fluently is because we banned the use of their mother tongue in schools, back in the time when corporal punishment was practised. In other words their children were beaten for talking in their own language, often the only one they knew until English was forced on them. Their parents concerned for their children stopped talking in Maori at home, to make it a little less confusing for them… in time it nearly died, and for many, is still lost. So why is it wrong to promote Maori language, and invest in it? When it was pakeha or ‘white people’ that robbed them of their language in the first place? To me that is fair, and socially just!! We can’t change the past, but we can try to recover the language. Here we are in 2012, and talking about the use of the HAKA before a big cultural event for New-Zealand. Argue if you will, but rugby is a part of New Zealand’s culture, we live and breathe it… in fact it is a part of our identity as a country. In many ways it separates us from all the other rugby teams, showing how unique we are, and how beautiful diversity really is. The HAKA yes is a war dance, but isn’t a rugby game a war of the fittest, strongest, fastest and of wits, to see what team will prevail in a civil way? A way we can show our country’s talents? I have met many people overseas, that knew who the ALL BLACKS were because of both the HAKA and talent of the players, and loved watching the HAKA, in fact that is how they decided to travel to New Zealand. Isn’t one of our main incomes of this country travel and tourism? So when you think about it Maori people bring an income to this country through their culture and artefacts such as the HAKA, greenstone pendants, cultural carvings that most people admire and many buy as souvenirs to remember their experiences in New Zealand, to share and gift them to loved ones. Travel and tourism must make a decent income to have its own portfolio and minister on a national government level, so in a way the money we spend on promoting the language and culture pays for itself. Perhaps even more importantly the HAKA shows far we have come as a country. (How far we thought we had come in terms of racism) For Don Brash, and John banks to accept his money with these types of conditions, is outrageous! And … does not seem to fit with the terms ‘citizenship’ and ‘democracy’ so the man has money, does that give him the right to devalue others? I will scratch your back, if you scratch mine, isn’t that a form of a bribe? And yes, I also think this reflects negatively on the National party and on Prime Minister John key. Isn’t it funny, how we declare our right to free speech, and everyone is allowed their views, but when the ‘Tea pot’ saga came around the journalist wasn’t allowed to share his views, the public were not allowed to be informed… the police were called and an investigation commenced. I fully agree, that journalist’s inform us, and hold political parties and the government accountable, so we are able to make informed decisions, cast our votes for which party we feel at the time will help our country progress forward, we as voters may not get it right every time, but at least we have the choice of who we vote for, or don’t vote for depending how you look at it….

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