Yesterday John Tamihere said he was going to behave.
Today, the RadioLive host pledged to behave.
Mr Tamihere said he can’t take back what he said in 2005 but he has no intention of repeating it in the future.
He hasn’t repeated those comments but less than 24 hours later:
John Tamihere is back. And it seems nothing has changed. This time he’s calling one of National’s women MPs “fat”.
The former MP who in 2005 suffered a calamitous fall from grace has been allowed to become a member of the Labour Party once more.
But he’s vowing not to tone down his opinions or toe the party line. As if to prove his point, in an interview over a beer in a Henderson restaurant yesterday, Tamihere says he intends to be as outspoken as ever.
“People have got to get over themselves. There are some really fragile, brittle people in the Labour Party. When you give them a bit of a rev-up they get broken and bitter and twisted and hold it ’til the day they die.” . . .
He’s right about the fragility and brittleness of some in his party, but only when the insults are aimed at ones they consider their own, which this wasn’t:
. . .So, in the immortal words of fellow Westie MP Paula Bennett, we ask whether his return to politics will force him to “zip it sweetie”.
Tamihere laughs a big belly laugh. “Not for that bloody fat girl up here, I’m going to tell you that right now.” . . .
Had he referred to one of them as a fat girl there would have been objections to both the adjective and the noun.
There is very unlikely to be a response since it was aimed at a National MP.
Nor will you find National men condescendingly rushing to her defence as Trevor Mallard did to Jacinda Ardern last week.
In National men accept women as equals and don’t need blokes blundering in when they are perfectly capable of sticking up for themselves.