Leighton Smith: James Shaw - you're a fool

Author
Leighton Smith,
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Leighton Smith Show,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 9:28AM
Green Party co-leaders Metiria Turei and James Shaw. 15 July 2017 New Zealand Herald Photograph by Dean Purcell.

Leighton Smith says James Shaw's latest comments "stunned" him.

Shaw, the Green co-leader, believes opinions around Metiria Turei's actions are "moulded by prejudice." He believes there are both gender and race issues at play in the reactions people are having to her.

SEE ALSO: James Shaw: Greens are "bigger than any two people"

Leighton says Shaw is "a fool" - he's "deploying anything he can possibly grasp to lesson the blow to the Greens".

He says it's a sure sign of desperation if someone has to appeal to race and gender issues as the reason somebody's being targeted.

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