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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Tamihere apology?

When is an apology not an apology? When you apologise for 'letting the team down' but not for the insults that let the team down!
Tonight he said he was extremely sorry for letting his colleagues and party down, but said it would be impossible for him to take back many of his comments.

"I accept I let my guard down badly and in doing that I've hurt a number of my colleagues and...their families and spouses," he told NZPA.

"I've just come through pretty heavy traffic myself and I regret doing that, but what can you do?"

Mr Tamihere said he would try and have face to face meetings with colleagues he had maligned such as senior minister Steve Maharey whom he called "smarmy" and Conservation Minister Chris Carter who he described as a "tosser" and a "queer".

However asked if he would apologise for the content of his comments rather than the offence they caused, he said: "I can't take back what I said, because it is said".
Full NZPA article.

TVNZ's Close Up got the scoop apparently because Tamihere doesn't like TV3.

Interesting parts of the One News story:
In an exclusive interview with ONE News, the former minister apologises for causing offence but not for his strong opinions.

And while he's apologising for causing offence, he's unrepentant for holding strong opinions.

"I'm very strong on lifting the performance of kiwi males particularly young males in the next couple of years - heterosexual males i'm talking about and I just want to put greater influence on the right to attract men back into the education again so they can pay affection to kids - i think that's right," he says.

Tamihere admits he still harbours political goals but he concedes resignation had been an option.

"That is an offer on the table because I dropped the ball big time for the team. Having said that I said to the boss I think I can score quite a few tries on the way into the election can you give us a chance here to redeem ourselves."

And it appears the answer is yes with the prime minister's office saying the apology would be accepted.

So apparently no transgression is too great for Labour. Power must be maintained at all costs! Count this as a big blow to Labour's integrity in the eye of the public. Roll out another Bhatnagar ad!

The end?
That's about it for the Tamihere story for now, I doubt there'll be much more to discuss or examine. Service will resume as normal tomorrow.

UPDATE @ 9:10PM: Newstalk ZB report has it right:
The out-of-favour MP is standing by his derogatory remarks about his workmates, but has apologised for allowing his feelings to become known publicly.
And Hide points out that Labour supporters will get to pretend they are all good mates again.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 4/06/2005 07:33:00 pm