I decline to accept the ACT Party is inherently racist despite the bozo delegate at their conference arguing that we should shoot the Maori much the same way as some Australian dealt with the aborigines. I understand the ACT leadership was embarrassed and annoyed that the outburst dominated the news from their Conference. Easy to see why.
But I have to say the rhetoric indulged by some in ACT over the Seabed and Foreshore legislation sets the climate for such outbursts.
An alternative view might be that if the legislation is opposed by ACT for giving too much away to Maori and by Labour and Hone H that the bar for proving customary title has been set far too high, then perhaps the legislation has it about right.
Having said all that the reality is that ACT needs to carve out points of difference from National if it is to have any semblance of a chance come November and this is one of those points of difference. Just a pity that in doing that it brings out from the woodwork a few unreconstructed rednecks who really are on a par with Hone ... going nowhere fast and adding nothing to the sum total of human endeavour.
Sad really, Hone and 'them'.