We had to go to a meeting in town around lunchtime, and the car radio happened to be on RadioLive. And there was Willie Jackson, back-pedalling with some vigour from the incitement to violence he was spouting yesterday.
According to Jackson, the Herald had taken his comments out of context, and John Tamihere had been rarking him up so he over-reacted, because he's a passionate individual. He would NEVER advocate violence towards people from a picket line, he said.
Frankly, Jackson sounded completely unconvincing, and his excuses had a the-dog-ate-my-homework ring to them. Willie Jackson knew exactly what he was saying yesterday in our ever-humble opinion; he was playing to his red flag-waving constituency. But clearly someone in the RadioLive management had got in his ear and told him to pull his head in.
That's hardly surprising, at a time where MUNZ members who (used to) work at the Port of Auckland are threatening violence against one of their (former) workmates. Willie Jackson isn't sorry that he made his comments yesterday. He's merely sorry that he got called out on them.