Labour MP Michael Wood condemns Mongrel Mob member Harry Tam’s use of ‘sieg heil’ but won’t rule out working with him in fiery on-air clash
After being pushed by Bridge on Tam’s use of the phrase, Wood mentioned he hadn’t heard it but condemned it.
“I didn’t hear him say that… that’s appalling if he said that. Anyone who makes that kind of comment should be condemned.”
But Wood would not go so far as ruling out additional funding for a Mongrel Mob meth rehabilitation programme which Tam is concerned in.
“Well here is where we deal with the challenges of dealing with people on meth and other serious drugs. Sometimes to get to those people and to help them, you might need to work with some people who aren’t exactly the upstanding paragons of virtue that you ideally would.”
“The reality of this programme is it’s a programme that’s worked. It’s got people off meth, 100 percent of people who have gone through it in the trial were drug-free at the end of it.”
But National MP Simon Bridges, who was on the panel with Wood, disagreed, interrupting with “rubbish”.
“I think the reality is in any other area, if this was a contractor in any other area they would be cancelled if they [the Government] saw this footage,” he mentioned.
Bridges additionally took problem with Tam telling individuals to not vote for National suggesting it was an organised occasion in help of Labour, regardless of Tam by no means mentioning Labour.
It’s unclear when the video is from nonetheless in it Tam mentions an upcoming September election, suggesting it was filmed in early 2020.
“We know that come September this year there is going to be this thing called the general election and we all know the leader of the National Party is ganging up on us. Can you see where I am getting at?” Tam asks.
“All of a sudden we can turn into 20,000 to 30,000 votes, we are a lot more powerful than we care to think we are and I need you all to think about registering to vote because if you don’t and that motherf**ker gets in, your life is going to be hell.”
Two weeks in the past Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced $2.75 million can be given from the Proceeds of Crime seized by police to the Kahukura programme, run by Hard2Reach, which goals to handle drug-seeking behaviour via a live-in marae in Waipawa.
According to the Hard2Reach web site, a pilot for the programme can be led by the Chaindogs – a gaggle of people who find themselves Mongrel Mob affiliated.
In 2019 the Mongrel Mob Kingdom vowed to cease utilizing sieg heil after the Christchurch terror assaults.