There has been some criticism from soft headed lefties at Phil Goff’s ruling out having Hone Harawira as part of the next government. Today’s Herald reinforces his decision.
Hone Harawira has described Osama bin Laden as “a man who fought for the rights, the land and the freedom of his people”.
In tributes on Maori-language television, the leader of the new Mana Party said the al-Qaeda founder should be “honoured” rather than “damned” in death according to Maori culture.
I’m glad Shane was asked for comment rather than me. His response is great.
Labour MP Shane Jones said he did not have the same level of affection for bin Laden as Mr Harawira.
He also scotched Mr Harawira’s claim that it was Maori custom to always pay tribute to the dead.
“In the old days, a great enemy – if he wasn’t eaten – his bones were used to make musical instruments. So this romantic notion that in the old time, Maori spent hours of their time saluting the enemy was not the case.
“Enemies were turned to dust and people rejoiced, because of the suffering they had caused.”