"The Maori Party is angry that..." Now, any report that starts that way is generally going to have me plumping for whomever the Racist Party is angry about, and today's news report is no exception: Racist Party MP Hone Harawira says he is "appalled" that Transit allowed the European Union flag to fly on Auckland's Harbour bridge" when they had earlier flatly refused to fly the Maori Separatist flag.
"It's an insult to Maori," says Hone, "and an insult to the intelligence of all New Zealanders." Hone, here's something that really is insulting to the intelligence of New Zealanders: a race-based party elected on a race-based agenda in race-based seats who who claim that they're against racism.
And on the issue of the day that's got Hone appalled? For once, I agree with a government department. Keep the racist flag away from the Bridge. The EU may be the living embodiment of bloated bureaucracy ... but it ain't racist.
Suck that up, Hone.