Only the most simple pundit would draw the conclusion that Twyford’s argument against Chinese speculation is Labour’s ‘Orewa speech’. The only thing that connects Don Brash’s racist anti-Maori speech and what Phil Twyford has said is that like Orewa, Phil made his comments in a place inside NZ.
Labour’s ‘Orewa Speech moment’ was when they decided to steal Maori land with the foreshore and seabed land confiscation, what Twyford has brought up are legitimate concerns about China having a massive influence over our economy and political systems. Read ‘The Hollow Men‘ and base values directed Brash, Twyford may be many things, but a card carrying member of skin head racism he is not.
National based their attack on basic racism against Maori that was totally unjustified, Labour have based their attack on basic race sounding names that have some justification.
The only reason National are calling this racism is because they don’t want any scrutiny of their own contacts with China. Jenny Shipley, Don Brash, Ruth Richardson and Chris Tremain are Director’s of the China Construction Bank, Judith Collins interaction with Chinese Officials to help her hubbies Chinese Company, Oravida, to gain more Chinese money is now a thing of legend, and Maurice Williamson’s love affair with Donghua Liu saw him become Liu’s personal handyman when doing up Liu’s batch and heavying the Police to drop domestic violence charges.
National don’t want a solution to demand side property bubbles because they need the Auckland market speculation to keep the GDP rates looking good. This has caused a cultural friction and it’s not going away anytime soon.