MP apologises for Hitler tweet
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 9:07a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Labour Party leader David Shearer is not endorsing the actions of an MP who yesterday compared the National Party’s asset sales scheme to infamous despot Adolf Hitler.
Wigram MP Megan Woods, also Labour’s spokersperson for Youth Affairs, took to social media website Twitter yesterday and shared her thoughts on the controversial scheme;
“Hitler had a pretty clear manifesto that he campaigned and won on. Question: does this make what he did ok @NZNationalParty? #SaveOurAssets”
Prime Minister John Key has repeatedly claimed the
Government has a mandate to sell state assets because it was the
number one issue of last year's election, which his party won.
Mrs Woods this morning apologised for her words, saying they ‘were said in heat and extreme’.
Her party leader, David Shearer, was not aware of the tweet this morning but made it clear he does not endorse the sentiment.
“I don’t think it’s a useful thing to do to compare this sort of thing with bygone eras and Hitler, I think the key thing about this is New Zealanders are so angry about the assets being sold off,” he told Firstline this morning.
Parliament passed legislation yesterday allowing the Government to sell up
to 49 percent of the shares in Mighty River Power, Genesis Energy,
Meridian Energy and Solid Energy.
The bill was passed on a 61-60 vote and opposition parties have vowed to
continue their fight against the companies being partially privatised.
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27/06/2012 6:01:52 p.m.
Hitler rose through the unions, then the labour party. He blamed hard economic times on the Jews, told pure Germans to hate and to rise up
war began. ( labour/greens politics doesn't change still lots of hate)
27/06/2012 2:19:59 p.m.
Brad Spiers wrote:
To be fair to Megan Woods, Hitler did come to power in a Mixed Member Proportional system (why does this sound vaguely familiar?) which does mean that he 'did' have a mandate to govern(?); by the same token he 'did' have the mandate to cancel democratic elections as he was given such a mandate by the preceding democratic election(?)
I myself like to use Hilter as a short-circuit argument; mainly because most New Zealanders have absolutely nothing in the way of a political education, but do 'know' that 'Hilter was bad'.
Woods would have been better served by using an analogy from Harry Potter or something.
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