John Tamihere is back. And it seems nothing has changed. This time he's calling one of National's women MPs "fat".
The former MP who in 2005 suffered a calamitous fall from grace has been allowed to become a member of the Labour Party once more.
But he's vowing not to tone down his opinions or toe the party line. As if to prove his point, in an interview over a beer in a Henderson restaurant yesterday, Tamihere says he intends to be as outspoken as ever.
"People have got to get over themselves. There are some really fragile, brittle people in the Labour Party. When you give them a bit of a rev-up they get broken and bitter and twisted and hold it 'til the day they die."
He should know. He landed in hot water in 2005 after he made inflammatory comments about Jews and women, or "front bums", and criticised gay MPs.
So is he homophobic?
"That's your view. I'm welcome to my views too."
He says he is simply expressing his opinions. "I've never gone out on any hate speech issue at all. Am I opposed to gay marriage? Yes I am. But why should I shut up about that? Who says? Who says you or any faction in the party should be able to step over me and say 'shut up, you're not allowed to open your mouth on that'."
So, in the immortal words of fellow Westie MP Paula Bennett, we ask whether his return to politics will force him to "zip it sweetie".
Tamihere laughs a big belly laugh. "Not for that bloody fat girl up here, I'm going to tell you that right now."
Stand by for the outrage from the likes of Margaret Wilson and Sue Moroney about JT's comments being demeaning to women. Stand by for Trevor Mallard to be deeply offended.
Oh, wait; John Tamihere is one of their mob now, so that's all fine and dandy. The New Zealand Labour Party; practising double standards since, like forever...