Dr Tom Johnson has written this response to Colin Espiner’s biased article in the Sunday Star Times this weekend. His article made several false statements as if they were fact, and was heavily biased with no research done into the argument or into the 1law4all Party.
Espiner article “Race raises its ugly head”
By Dr Tom Johnson
The Sunday Times heading “Race raises it ugly head” is a typical example of the perceived bias of journalists and the mass media that is both inaccurate and irritating to the maligned – members of the 1law4all Party in this case, as it is an example of the pervasive and widespread bias contravening the standards of journalism in New Zealand today..
Media neutrality is a thing of the past as we have found in Hawke’s Bay, but the overt and covert censorship or the biased presentation of news because that is what it is, makes it difficult for the reader, listener or viewer to sort out fact from fiction. The public deserve better.
Espiner refers to “the depressingly familiar recurrence of divisive politics brings to mind some familiar faces” A comment like this deserves a fuller and better explanation. Who is being divisive? . Is it those advocating racial separatism, Maori sovereignty and making extortionist demands for spurious reparations at the expense of the bulk of New Zealanders or is it a party like 1law4all who are demanding an end to race based largesse and special privilege and equality within the law for all New Zealanders regardless of race or ethnicity?
This is not an ad hominem attack on Espiner, but a challenge to the veracity and accuracy of his message – because it is wrong in fact! In making claims that “race raises its ugly head” Espiner should look at the comments of Lord Bikhu Parekh an Indian born Englishman (Chairman of the Commission on Future multi ethnic Britain) who in his report on multi culturalism in the 21st Century, .said, “racism is not the monopoly of whites”.
He could perhaps read the statements of Thomas Sewell Afro American economist, social theorist and author of thirty books written widely on race and ethnic groups who says = “Over the generations, black leaders have ranged from noble souls to shameless charlatans. After the success of the civil rights insurgency, the latter have come into their own, gaining money, power and fame by promoting racial attitudes and actions that are counterproductive to the interests of those they lead.
This is not unique to blacks or to the United States, but is happening here in New Zealand where a Treaty Gravy Train industry has developed at the expense of the taxpayer. Sewell further states “In various countries and times, leaders of groups that lagged behind, economically and educationally, have taught their followers to blame all their problems on other people — and to hate those other people”.. Sounds familiar but Espiner accuses “1law4all” of talking drivel.
Espiner’s claim that somehow John Ansell and Don Brash are involved is simply a case of lazy journalism and needs to be corrected, as neither are. John Ansell a very talented and courageous ad-man spoke to our Hawke’s Bay group at Havelock North three months ago and Don Brash is not involved in any way whatsoever. The fact our Treasurer is based in Orewa is a pure coincidence. The party is also opening its office in Mt Eden, Auckland this week, at a time when the necessary 500 signed members has been obtained and an application to officially register the party will be made.
This means the first objective of the party has been achieved – registration. The focus from here on is to build a grassroots branch structure of members before the other organizational activities and the appointment of a leader is carried out. There are a number of members with experience in other political parties that gives us a confidence from an organizational perspective.
If there is one thing that the those at the “coal face” know and understand from the reaction from the public at the meetings held, and the response to the website hits (nearly 38,000) is that there is a huge undercurrent of dissatisfaction out there thoroughly disillusioned with the government policies and performance and in the words of political scientist Paul Edwards writing in NBR, if the party does get its act together by 2014 it could create an earthquake at the next election.