IF PAUL Henry's fall from grace is a warning about the perils of casual racism, maybe we might also pause to consider the perils of too casually alleging racism in the first place.
I hasten to add that there is no doubt Henry's blurt on Breakfast was offensive, and that some racial dynamic was involved in causing that offence. What interests me is where we draw the line between crassness, idiocy, thoughtlessness or whatever else characterised the remarks in question, and outright racism.
This is a very good column by Macdonald; probably the first time we've ever said that! We're not going to paraphrase it any further; rather, we commend it to our readers as well worth the investment of a few minutes of their time today. After a week in which there has been a feeding frenzy in the media as they seek to devour one of their own, Macdonald might just be the voice of reason.