Posts Tagged ‘Don Brash’

Brash’s claims about Māori deaths extremely unhelpful

Monday, October 7th, 2019

A leading historian says Don Brash is being “extremely unhelpful” in questioning the accuracy of British statements of regret over the death of Māori in their first encounters with James Cook. Dame Anne Salmond, a prominent historian from Gisborne who has been part of conversations about the deaths with Tūranga iwi, said the truth was Read more

Contempt has no place in free speech debate

Monday, August 20th, 2018
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It’s often said that when America sneezes, the world gets a cold. In the time of Trump, it means we might worry that when America gets a little crazy, the rest of the world might go mad. In years past, New Zealand’s geographical isolation provided a measure of natural immunity to foreign viruses. Today, however, Read more

Time to face uncomfortable truths about our offenders

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Jail is for them, not us, is a white middle class understanding that’s well-illustrated by the case of Rick Bryant, the ageing rocker currently appealing against his jail sentence for drug dealing. I follow his case with interest. Nobody who was at university at the same time as Rick could forget him, in part because Read more

ACT Party a party of cowards

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

An ACT ad campaign launched at the weekend has echoes of leader Don Brash’s controversial Orewa speech in 2004. It was condemned yesterday by the Maori and Mana parties. Former ad man for ACT John Ansell has branded it “a party of cowards” after he was forced to step down over his comments about Maori. The Read more

On the Right – Brash back

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Don Brash is back: in an unusually intemperate Editorial in the Sunday Star times he is described as “half Mr Magoo, half political assassin”. “There is something blood-chilling about this affable old chap. Always bright, always calm, even when he has just stabbed his ‘old friend’ in the back”. The editorial goes on to describe the Act Party as a “clique Read more