Measured as always, we get a solid commentary from Robert Winter.
Given the outrageousness of Mr Crimp's views, I think the general response from left-leaning and liberal blogs was very restrained. Underdone, in my opinion. Remember what Pastor Niemoller said.
Mr Crimp's views are reprehensible and not merely misguided, but simply wrong. Worse, they are diametrically opposed to those on which ACT was founded, specifically the recognition of property rights. The history of New Zealand is filled with examples of the failure of the Crown to recognise the rights of tangata whenua, including and not limited to gross violations of property rights.
Today's follow up outburst from Mr Crimp, on TV3 and quoted in the Herald, is a thinly-veiled threat of violence:
"I think when I get back to Invercargill I'll see the police and get a gun so if anyone tries to do nasty things to me I'll shoot them, in self-defence of course."It appears Mr Crimp is not aware that no one goes to "...see the police and get a gun...." because the police do not give out or sell firearms. They do give out licences to own firearms, and I'm hoping that this is what was being referred to, as the literal interpretation of the statement is nonsense. The threat of violence should be sufficient for the police to decline any application for a licence, and to consider revoking any current licence.
Attila the Stockbroker - Live at the Rivoli, 1993