Monday, September 28, 2009

ZenTiger Maori Party Play the Blame Game

The Maori Affairs Select Committee today approved a request from Maori Party MP Hone Harawira to hold an inquiry into “the impact of tobacco use on Maori”.

“Tobacco kills 5,000 Kiwis every single year, more than 100,000 New Zealanders in the last 25 years alone. It’s time we held those people responsible for these tobacco deaths, accountable for their actions.

How can we if they are dead?

“This inquiry is New Zealand’s opportunity to have Tobacco companies explain their actions of promoting and maintaining tobacco addictions which lead to these painful deaths.

Oh, I see.

“We will also be taking this inquiry on the road to make it easier for whänau to attend, and I have no doubt that by the time we finally get the tobacco company execs in front of the committee, we will have gathered enough testimony to really take them to task.

Because it wouldn't be peer pressure that created a pressure to smoke? It wouldn't be the strong role modelling from their own whanau that could be considered part of the reason Maori choose to smoke?

“To be brutally frank I’d like to lynch these bastards,” said Harawira. “I’ve watched too many people die horrible deaths because of their addiction to tobacco, and I’ve seen too much pain and heartache in those left behind to want to be objective about this.

So, not an enquiry looking at all the reasons, just part of the blame game approach to curing "Maori problems".

And next, sue the beer companies because some kids father was a drunk? How about the Ministers of Parliament for not banning this drug 50 years ago? Where does it really end?

Role models, Harawira. Role models.

Update: Lindsay Mitchell has more of this madness very interesting idea around prohibition (in the "don't knock it until you've tried it, and no, I'm not aware of this approach having ever been tried before" classification), with a direct interview between Holmes and Harawira.

Harawira definitely thinks making the production and sale of alcohol and tobacco illegal is going to solve this problem once and for all. I'm a bit worried that he's forgotten gambling. Surely, banning pokies and horse racing would make it the winning trifecta?

Maybe he could just ban the sale of tobacco to Maori, and see how it goes?

8 comment(s):

I.M Fletcher said...

Someone should tell them that prohibition didn't work in America in the 1920s and 1930s and it won't work here either.

ZenTiger said...

I'm thinking if smoking is banned for Maori (apart from the black market response, no pun intended) that Maori problems with weight will skyrocket....

Shem Banbury said...

"To be brutally frank I’d like to lynch these bastards,” - who is she talking about here???

Beer companies - and the rest. Gangs / drugs / truancy / teenage preg /
Smoking is the tip of the iceberg and one has to wonder is it the most important???

On a lighter note. Anyone seen the movie
Thank you for Smoking - it appealed to my humour. I am sure NZ tabacco companies have people like these floating around.

ZenTiger said...

Yes, seen it and it was indeed very good comedy.

Ciaron said...

Otoh, If they can't buy tobacco, will they buy their kids raincoats & shoes?.

KG said...

This noise from Harawira is simply about a few self-important blowhards flexing their nice shiny new (courtesy of the National socialists) influence.

Oswald Bastable said...

So put a tapu on it and we will see how much infulence they REALLY have...

KG said...


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