Richard Prosser wrote an extreme column about Muslims, a very deliberate aim to inflame, and to sound like a tough guy. And he was apparently unrepentant. Patrick Gower reported:
No apology over Muslim statements
New Zealand First MP Richard Prosser has outraged Muslims. Both he and his leader, Winston Peters, refuse to apologise.
“If MPs don’t say this, who will?” Mr Prosser says. “We are here to represent and to speak about the views that people have.”
A tough stance from someone who will never back down. From his book Uncommon Dissent:
One of the best things about being a no nonsense right wing nationalist social and political commentator is never having to say you are sorry.
It doesn’t matter if you upset anyone, because the only people likely to be offended by your unabased dissertations of truth and common sense are pinkos and liberals and other whingeing minorities whose opinions don’t count anyway.
And get offended they certainly do!
And this his how Prosser is promoted on his book sales site:
RICHARD PROSSER is not just one of the country’s newest politicians. He’s also the outspoken, straight-talking, politically-incorrect mind behind Investigate magazine’s monthly “Eyes Right” column.
ON ‘LIBERALS’: “I mean if people want to be weak, stupid, effeminate, erectile dysfunctional, naïve, apologist, namby-pamby, thumb-sucking, lefty pinko fantasy-land morons, let them find their own word for themselves, and leave “liberal” for us genuine freedom-loving, gonad-equipped, libertarian go-getters”
PREPARE FOR A WITTY, PUNCHY & EASY-TO-READ EXPLANATION OF EVERYTHING THAT’S WRONG WITH NZ, AND HOW TO PUT IT RIGHT…
But that was last year. And his unrepentant refusal to apologise was last Tuesday.
By Wednesday Prosser had changed his tune. Stuff reported Prosser’s sorry but backlash continues:
The Waimakariri-based list MP has vowed not to write any more inflammatory columns, saying: “It’s what a shock jock does, and I’m not that any more.”
The “gonad-equipped, libertarian go-getter” is not that anymore?
He “unreservedly” apologised for his provocative Investigate magazine column, which said Muslims should be banned from Western airlines.
Last night, he insisted his mea culpa was genuine. “I think you can learn from these things and not make the same mistake twice.”
He added: “I suppose the disappointing thing is that you realise you have made some mistake and set out to make an apology and that doesn’t get accepted, then that’s a little bit on the nose.”
The article was “not his best work”, he admitted. “I shouldn’t have allowed that to go out and tar them all with the same brush. Nor should I have gone down the line of calling for a blanket ban . . . it’s not a political solution.
It’s an off-the-cuff, in-the-pub solution.”
The column was not an “off-the-cuff, in-the-pub” comment. Neither was what he wrote in his book. He has made big claims about his no nonsense unrepentant wish to offend people “whose opinions don’t count anyway”.
Prosser has a right to speak, like anyone in New Zealand. But that doesn’t rule out consequences.
And as soon as he feared consequences he backslid. He made a half arsed apology – he said sorry if people were offended, he didn’t ‘unreservedly” apologise. And then said it was “on the nose” if people didn’t accept his apology – having written “One of the best things about being a no nonsense right wing nationalist social and political commenter is never having to say you are sorry“.
And he didn’t stand by what he had written. When a motion was moved in the House making a statement distancing Parliament from what he had written Prosser was in the House and agreed with the motion. (See Parliamentary motion on religious equality).
Prosser’s words obviously can’t be trusted. He has not been an honest MP.
ON KEEPING POLITICIANS HONEST: “Our Prime Minister, and members of the Cabinet, need to have a similar Sword of Damocles hanging over them; they need to know that if they don’t perform, conform, behave properly, and do as We The People tell them, that they’ll be out on their ears, not maybe in three years time, but maybe next month. That should keep the bastards honest.”
He has not performed or conformed as an MP – all of Parliament made it clear they didn’t think he had behaved properly.
If one bastard was to be kept honest he would be out on his ear. Maybe this month.