Cactus Kate gives Twitter terrorist Giovanni Tiso, Keith Ng and all the mouth breathers at The Standard a right good slapping after they all burst into print wailing about Dirty Politics and the state of Dirty Media.
Let’s start with the tree…it isn’t 500 years old. Sources inside the Auckland Council tell me that the council’s own arborists reckon it is barely 100 years old.
Then you’d think from the media that there is just one tree that needs saving without telling you that there are multiple Kauri on the site, some even bigger than this one…presumably they must be near a 1000 years old given their size. All bare this one are going to be retained in the development.
Anyone with basic history skills can tell you that Kauri in the Waitakeres were pretty much clear felled for their timber, except for one large pocket…which this tree is nowhere near. This will be a regrowth Kauri and as such is barely 100 hundred years old. There is no way that a 400 year old Kauri that close to the Manukau Harbour would have survived the clear felling of kauri.
Then we have the treehugger protesting a legal property development who has become the media’s hero.
But he is a Green Taliban extremist from Australia who has done similar stunts in Tasmania.
The Hager lover has even written his own Dirty Politics Waiheke. Like most green types he doesn’t believe in freedom of speech.
Yet Waiheke has not been immune to the rise of the attack blog. Ever since being voted out of office in the 2013 local body elections, former Waiheke Local Board deputy chair Jo Holmes and her sidekick Jerry Flay, along with ‘anonymous’ guest bloggers have been publishing daily blogs attacking: The Mayor, the new Waiheke Local Board Members, especially Paul Walden, Denise Roche, Green MP based on Waiheke, her partner and daughter, me, and anyone associated with Green or progressive politics anywhere.
Far from being a discussion of policies and ideas, the daily blog posts have been heavy on the personal attack, making unfounded accusations and relying heavily on superficial comments on people’s appearance. As Martyn Bradbury points out “Politics can be angry, politics can be loud. – but hateful? Hate politics has no place in a modern democracy”
In the Waiheke Whale Oil ‘joholmes.com’, Denise Roche is referred to as ‘an old bag’, Becs Ballard is referred to as ‘Barbie’ I am called ‘a silly little boy’, and implications alluding to physical characteristics of Denise’s 15 year old daughter have been made too.
Whilst for many the blog may be a form of light entertainment, as it is far more entertaining than any satire of the subject material could be, it is scarily serious. Jo has written or hosted pieces in favour of single use disposable plastic bags, blogged against the public fruit tree project in Blackpool, railed against the concept of ‘fairtrade’, and has called Generation Zero (the youth climate change action group) “just like the Hitler youth”! Whilst it would be amusing if read as satire, like The Civilian, or The Onion, there is no reason to believe that the views expressed there are not genuinely held. Jo admires and models herself on Cameron Slater’s Whale Oil blog. I’ll say that again: Jo admires Cameron Slater, and proudly considers her blog the Waiheke equivalent.
A senior UN official has been caught meddling in domestic New Zealand issues.
She is as usual unrepentant and feels that she can ignore the usual protocols of UN officials refraining from entering local political debates on issues…especially on an issue that is actually a private property rights issue.
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has weighed in on the battle to stop a 500-year-old kauri from being chopped down in Auckland.
Ms Clark – now the Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme – posted her views on a photo of supporters at a protest in Paturoa Rd, Titirangi, where the centuries’ old kauri is due to be brought down.
“Extraordinary in this day and age that a permit would be given to fell a 500 year old kauri tree,” she wrote.
The comment was made on a photo posted on Facebook by Waitakere Ranges Local Board member Greg Presland. He is pictured with fellow member Saffron Toms and board chairwoman Sandra Coney.
Greg Presland writes at The Standard:
I wondered about this because I have spent time in Western Samoa and Rarotonga since 2009 and I used local telecommunications to keep up with work and politics in Aotearoa. The thought that this information has been sent to the Americans is somewhat scary.
What planet are these morons on?
He is scared that his innocuous communications as the trustee of David Cunliffe secret donation laundering fund might have been sent to the Americans? Or ringing his flea law office to see if another divorce case has walked in the door?
The man, if you can call him that is deluded.
No one, let alone the Americans are interested in his communciations.
Hells teeth, everyone knows I supported Frank Bainimarama and that I went to Fiji three times in two years to meet and understand the political situation in the land of my birth.
Did I communicate with people on the phone or internet about it? Of course I did.
Am I worried the GCSB might have listened in and passed my brilliant political analysis of the situation in Fiji onto the Americans or shock horror to John Key? No I am not. I doubt anyone cares. Read more »
Greg Presland. You may recall he was a ‘close adviser and friend’ to David Cunliffe. You may also recall he writes as Mickey Savage on The Standard. You may also recall he put together David Cunliffe’s dodgy secret trust.
Seems the paragons of virtue, Brown and Presland have come to the attention of the police.
Police are investigating an entity that funded Auckland mayor Len Brown’s 2010 and 2013 election campaigns.
More then $750,000 in backing for Brown’s two successful campaigns was paid by a trust that kept donors’ identities secret. Since February police have been investigating whether the trust breached the Local Electoral Act.
The Sunday Star-Times has confirmation from Brown’s former campaign team that Greg Presland was involved in the donor trust. He was also the main trustee of the trust that paid almost $20,000 in anonymous donations to former Labour leader David Cunliffe during Labour’s 2013 leadership contest.
Cunliffe has since said using that trust was an error of judgment, and keeping donors’ names secret didn’t fully represent “the values I would like to bring to this leadership”. Cunliffe eventually named three donors and returned donations to two others who did not want to be named.
Brown sees no need to do the same with the “New Auckland Council Trust”, which donated $499,000 to his 2010 mayoral campaign and $273,375 last year .
Let me fast-forward to the end for you all: 1) Len Brown will not stand down. He has done nothing illegal and he’s not ashamed about anything. 2) Greg Presland, in spite of being poison to whoever he gets involved with, will happily continue to ply his trade. Read more »
The Cameron Slater that started blogging 9 years ago was sick, angry and lashing out. What he wrote was vile, upsetting and visceral. Yet there was a constant kernel of truth and a continuous provision of information and insights into the political process you could never get anywhere else. A small audience began to grow.
As was the thing, back in the day, allowing non-moderated comments to appear was part of the deal. It was a point of pride.
The theory was that smart readers would realise that the views of commenters were not those of the blog or its operator. And Cam personally felt (and still does, if we’re to be honest), that free speech is sacrosanct to the point where he would allow anything to be written.
The problem was that he assumed readers would not connect those comments to him, and instead judge only the writer of such comments.
It’s no secret that since I’ve gotten involved, I’ve been busy mainstreaming Cameron Slater. Knocking the rough edges off. Making him sleep on things for another day before putting ‘pen to paper’. That certainly improved the general acceptability of the blog, and the audience grew. But we seemed to be hitting another barrier.
Philip Matthews is a Twitter troll, and a journalist. He is a lot like John Drinnan, just with a smaller newspaper to bleat on it.
His constant harping and screeching about Dirty Politics led me to block him, he like many journalists think Twitter is the real world. He still misses the point of Dirty Politics. It was an attempt to silence, in my case permanently, opposing political voices.
Nonetheless he has written an article in the DomPost addressing the elephant in the room…the left wings very own dirty politics brigade (but without the influence or relevance).
The left wing mistook Twitter and blogging for the real world, and failed in their attempts to get me.
But are they part of the problem rather than the solution….after all Martyn Martin Bradbury established The Daily Blog with union funding to be “a Whaleoil killer”…and failed. He never even got close to his stated goal of a million pagewiews a month before the election.
In a parallel universe, David Cunliffe is the prime minister of New Zealand presiding over a Labour-NZ First minority government in a happy arrangement with the Green Party. Internet Mana, backed by German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, has a few MPs in Parliament, including veteran activist Hone Harawira.
ACT is already history and former Prime Minister John Key has taken a long holiday in Hawaii.
Wake up. The Left was soundly defeated in the 2014 election.
“I think it’s fair to say we haven’t had dreams in colour since September 20,” says Left-wing activist and blogger Martyn Bradbury.
He freely admits he got it horribly wrong. That was his election prediction above. He “didn’t consider for one moment” that voters would rally to National and that high levels of early voting meant that New Zealanders were backing Key.
Instead, Labour had its worst result since 1922, the Greens slipped below their 2011 peak and Harawira is out of Parliament. “Despondent” is a good word to describe how those on the Left feel.
Independent MP Clayton Cosgrove knows that the Dirty Politics story is far from over. He’s trying to cauterise some wounds…
Clayton, I think the left blogs are to do whatever they like. They are the left’s best advertisement for everything that puts people off about left politics. Leave them be. Also: what’s with Labour trying to shut people up? Stop it already.
I realise there is some bad news heading Labour’s way, and it is better if there is no backsplatter from the the blogs. I understand that. But it isn’t solved by trying to make them shut down.
If you believe David Cunliffe doesn’t have contact with bloggers then I have a bridge I can sell you
Yesterday he said none of his MPs talk to me. That was a lie. i can prove it was a lie, but to do so would breach my confidences with them. They can be rest assured that it won’t be me revealing the details.
Now he is claiming that he has no contact with bloggers.
Labour leader David Cunliffe tried to score a point over John Key yesterday by saying he rarely talks to bloggers, but that seems a stretch.
One of his closest advisers (priming him for the televised debates) is Polity blogger Rob Salmond.
Greg Presland, a lawyer friend involved in setting up his leadership fund trust, blogs as MickeySavage at The Standard. Read more »
As reported yesterday
Not long after that, The Standard’s Mickey Savage, aka Greg Presland came to visit. This is the same Greg described as a close friend of David Cunliffe, a senior advisor to the party, and the legal genius behind David Cunliffe’s dodgy political leadership race trust: Read more »