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Labour MP apologises for Hitler tweet

Wednesday 27 Jun 2012 9:08 a.m.

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By 3 News online staff

Labour Party leader David Shearer is not endorsing the actions of an MP who yesterday compared the National Party’s asset sales scheme to infamous despot Adolf Hitler.

Wigram MP Megan Woods, also Labour’s spokersperson for Youth Affairs, took to social media website Twitter yesterday and shared her thoughts on the controversial scheme;

“Hitler had a pretty clear manifesto that he campaigned and won on. Question: does this make what he did ok @NZNationalParty? #SaveOurAssets

Prime Minister John Key has repeatedly claimed the Government has a mandate to sell state assets because it was the number one issue of last year's election, which his party won.

Mrs Woods this morning apologised for her words, saying they ‘were said in heat and extreme’.

Her party leader, David Shearer, was not aware of the tweet this morning but made it clear he does not endorse the sentiment.

“I don’t think it’s a useful thing to do to compare this sort of thing with bygone eras and Hitler, I think the key thing about this is New Zealanders are so angry about the assets being sold off,” he told Firstline this morning.

Parliament passed legislation yesterday allowing the Government to sell up to 49 percent of the shares in Mighty River Power, Genesis Energy, Meridian Energy and Solid Energy.

The bill was passed on a 61-60 vote and opposition parties have vowed to continue their fight against the companies being partially privatised.

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