Bob Jones

Bob Jones on Cunliffe’s lies


In Bob’s Herald opinion piece today, he tears Colin Craig a new one, but the more pertinent bit is buried in the middle of the article

Driving to the office a week ago I heard David Cunliffe on the radio and was staggered as everything he said was a wilful deceit. First, he lambasted the PM for not sacking Judith Collins given that he sacked Pansy Wong, for what he claimed was an identical offence.

That’s outrageous. Pansy Wong used public funds to pay for her and her husband’s trip to Asia, solely to pursue her husband’s business, which in Britain and Australia might have put her in prison. Collins’ case was vastly different, being one of principle and somewhat of a media beat-up.

Then Cunliffe explained that he wanted to introduce capital gains tax as farmers and people trading houses are not liable for tax.   Read more »

Bob Jones on women that should not aspire to manly things

In the early 1960s, to widespread disbelief, a woman lawyer hung out her shingle in Lower Hutt. I recall with colleagues gazing awestruck at this madness. Who would possibly use her? we asked. “I will,” promptly asserted an industrial building investor mate, noted for his extreme eccentricity, and so he did, but no one else followed and she soon vanished.

Women have come a long way since in New Zealand, rated last month by the Economist in the top five nations in its glass ceiling index. Prime ministers, Cabinet ministers, the chief justice, judges, the Ombudsman, government departmental heads, bishops, boxers and bulldozer drivers, mayors, company CEOs and entrepreneurs, doctors, editors, farmers, commercial pilots, governors-general, soldiers, ambassadors, professors; there’s no field where they don’t play an equal part and no one notices gender any more.

Moreover, this is particularly praiseworthy given women’s innate irrationality handicap, such as driving in the right-hand lane or pushing golf carts before them, despite their being designed for pulling.

Not to mention having opinions and ambitions of their own! Read more »

What me? Worried about the Press Council? Nup

People have written to me, and plenty of other have written blog posts and tweets suggesting that I would get hammered by the Press Council for my posts.

I’m not so sure.

Have a read of this complaint against the NZ Herald and Bob Jones after his column on women drivers:

1. There are two complaints, by Wendy Allison and Brendon Blue, about a Bob Jones column published in the New Zealand Herald on 22 October 2013, ‘Spare us from road-clogging women’. The complaints are not upheld.

2. In his column Bob Jones claimed that ‘terrified’ women drivers were stopping at roundabouts and causing ‘massive pile-ups’ and delays. They were also blocking the free flow of traffic by persistently driving in the right-hand lane.
3. As for people who complained about him weaving around the women drivers, he said he had suggested to police that they would be ‘doing God’s work by going to the complainants’ homes, beating the crap out of them and burning their houses down’.

4. Ms Allison said the column contributed to a culture in New Zealand of sexism and misogynist violence. It incited violence against women and amounted to hate speech.
5. The attitudes expressed by Jones were common in New Zealand; they were damaging and contributed to discrimination against women. As such as they were in breach of the Press Council’s principle dealing with discrimination.
6. She says the media has a role in influencing cultural attitudes, but the Herald was condoning this negative culture by publishing the column.
7. Mr Blue complained that the column was misleading, discriminatory, perpetuated negative and inaccurate stereotypes. As such, it breached Press Council principles dealing with fairness, accuracy and balance and discrimination.
8. Its representation of women drivers was inaccurate because data suggests that women may be superior drivers. He accepted that the column represented Sir Robert’s opinion, but this did not allow him to mislead readers by omitting information that contradicted his view – namely official accident statistics which Mr Blue supplied to the Press Council.
9. He said the column explicitly and wilfully condoned violence against women and appeared threatening, abusive and insulting. Like Ms Allison he said the column bordered on hate speech.
10. Mr Blue sought an apology from the Herald for publishing the column and asked the newspaper to review Sir Robert’s continued employment as a columnist.   Read more »

Bob Jones on why women can’t bear to vote for David Cunliffe

Jones is required reading, in spite of his hit & miss columns for the Herald, they never fail to entertain

Given today’s diminished public interest in politics, there is, in lieu, an increased focus on the leader. Critically, he or she must be likeable.

John Key epitomises this. He’s an easy-going natural smiler, which is a rare attribute, and National would be swamped in this year’s election if he wasn’t there. Winston has been in Parliament since the Boer War ended, but survives on that x-factor. There’s a million-dollar prize if anyone can provide a coherent philosophic raison d’etre for his party, or even name any of his ever-changing MPs, but the fact is people like him. Even most MPs do. Why? Because, like Key, he’s a natural smiler; indeed, he’s better than that, having the rare ability to laugh at himself.

Appearance is particularly a factor with some women voters. A politics professor friend told me recently of her astonishment at finding that – literally without exception – all of her women friends, including many life-long lefties, say they won’t vote Labour this year because they don’t like David Cunliffe’s face.

The same thing happened when Stephen Franks jumped Act’s ship to contest a winnable seat for National. He lost heavily. A National Party activist told me its subsequent surveys showed a collapse in female support because they didn’t like Stephen’s face.   Read more »

Empty, frivolous and ultimately fraudulent

Rob Hosking hooks right into the new Internet Party at NBR.

It is clear that he isn’t buying the hype and excoriates those who do.


Just in case there had not been enough excitement over recent weeks – what with chocolate Santas, candy canes and the usual busted toys on Boxing Day – the country was treated to the emergence of the Dotcom Party as we all blearily returned to work.

The breathless excitement with which a fair chunk of New Zealand’s political Left has greeted Kim Dotcom’s foray into politics takes some explaining.

There have been comparisons to the New Zealand Party, started by Bob Jones in 1984. But that party had policies – oodles of them, from floating the New Zealand dollar to wider deregulation of the economy to not only making New Zealand nuclear free but also cutting defence spending completely.

The Dotcom effort, thus far, has no policies: only an attitude and one very wealthy high-profile backer. This is its only similarity with the New Zealand Party. It has money (far more than the Jones effort had, even allowing for inflation) and revenge.  Read more »

Colin Espiner is dead right on Dotcom

Colin Espiner has shown up The Herald on Sunday this morning by critically analysing Dotcom’s proposals for his Internet Party.

While the Herald and its various organs run PR articles on behalf of Dotcom other more sensible commentators look at the facts.

Dotcom’s pending entry into our political landscape may be both micro and looney but it has reportedly got both Labour and National worried. It’s true the giant German national has earned his self-anointed moniker The Wrecking Ball of Change. There can be few immigrants who have caused more damage in such a short space of time.

Usually immigrants who cause problems get asked to leave…what about if they try to hijack our democracy as some sort of a petty vanity project in order to get revenge on some slight or another. Dotcom’s mouthpieces like to compare this party to Bob Jones but Jones didn’t form the New Zealand Party out of spite, he formed it to remove a tyrant. John Key is certainly no tyrant, in fact he is our most popular prime minister ever.

But in hindsight, the botched, illegal, government-sanctioned raid by police on behalf of the United States at Dotcom’s Coatesville mansion, and his subsequent brief imprisonment, was the best thing that could have happened to the publicity-seeking tycoon. It won him a level of public attention and sympathy even his millions could not buy.

Because behind the ice creams and the fireworks, the offers to fund our next America’s Cup challenge or a new submarine fibre-optic internet cable, the extravagant parties to which we’re all invited and promises of free wi-fi for all, lies a narcissist desperate for popularity, relevance, and above all, respect.

It’s my opinion that Dotcom’s constant quest for omnipotence stems from his desire to make us – and the rest of the world – understand the value of his achievements (and they are many) while forgetting his criminal past as a computer hacker and convicted fraudster.    Read more »

Garner on the muppet show of minor parties

Duncan Garner writes about the idiot, the crook and the rooter.

There’s a reason why Kim Dotcom, Brendan Horan and Colin Craig are getting so many headlines right now: All the other politicians are on holiday, and simply don’t give a stuff.

They’re either at their beach houses or overseas, and politics is the last thing on their mind. This has happened for years.

The political year kicks off when politicians pretend to care about the Ratana Church celebrations at the end of January and when the first Cabinet meeting takes place. Parliament doesn’t actually sit until February.

So, right now those three are taking their chances with the media, but they will soon have to compete with the big boys and girls for space. It will get that much harder.

Duncan is dead right…most MPS I know are still away or in shorts and jandals. If there is a vacuum it will be filled.

Colin Craig can only say so many crazy things and may have shot his load already. But I’m picking he’ll get into Parliament under some kind of deal with National and John Key.

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Sex Sells

This is a list of the top 50 posts for the year…there is little doubt as to what was the story of the year.

We have had all manner of media commentators exclaim that the Len Brown story was “too detailed”…but you know what…they all read it.

As a species we are hypocrites.  We pretend to be better than that, but the numbers don’t lie. From Len Brown and Bevan Chuang to Andrea Vance and Peter Dunne…the message is simple to Stephanie Key to Oscar Pistorious…people like to read about dodgy, rooting ratbags, sex and scandal.

But I think it is more dodgy rooting rat bags that sells.

If Len Brown had have just been happy running one up his missus at home there would be no scandal and people could say ‘Ngati Whatua Room’ without laughing hysterically.

Here are the Top 50 posts for the past year.  Read more »

Bob Jones in trouble, so is the Herald

The NZ Herald is in damage control mode this afternoon after Bob Jones’ column ignited a storm of controversy.

They have had to take down his most offensive comments.

Without those comments the column would still have been hard hitting and I would probably be here now saying hear, hear, Bob…but they were dreadful and Shayne Currie will be having a please explain meeting now, while I am now writing about irresponsible mainstream editors who like to point finger but haven;t noticed the 3 other fingers pointing right back at them.

Keeping Stock managed to grab the offending comments:

Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. Every wealthy bugger I know over 65 shamelessly takes the Government Super, and seem puzzled when I lambast them. “But I’m entitled to it,” is their constant response as if that is justification for taking something they don’t need.

When we talk of dependency mentality it’s usually about rife welfare abuse which this Government and especially ACC have commendably attacked on all our behalves, but as I said, it’s not just the underclass. Right now there’s a Lower Hutt bloke in his mid-70s lying outside the Wellington ACC offices, supposedly starving to death in protest. Why? He wants your money and the ACC, rightly, won’t give it to him.  Read more »

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