Helen Kelly

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When Helen Kelly croaked you’d have thought she was nominated for beatification such was the wailing and veneration by media and politicians alike.

But wait, it appears that some socialists aren’t convinced of her credentials as a union boss.

The October 14 death of Helen Kelly, who led the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU) from 2007 to 2015, has been followed by glowing tributes from the entire political establishment, the corporate media, and business organisations such as the Employers and Manufacturers Association.

Prime Minister John Key told TV3 on October 31 that Kelly “would have been one of the most worthy candidates” for the New Zealander of the Year award, had she survived. Several members of the opposition Labour Party noted that she was seen as a future party leader.

Kelly’s death at the age of 52 was a personal tragedy, but this fact must not be allowed to obscure an objective appraisal of her record. For more than a year, her protracted struggle with lung cancer was exploited in the media, with countless interviews and articles portraying Kelly as a champion for workers’ rights and as a national icon. In fact, Kelly is being glorified because she was a highly-valued servant of the ruling elite. She led the CTU as it collaborated with major attacks on the jobs and living standards of the working class.   Read more »

Key opposes rule changes to allow elevation of Helen Kelly to sainthood

John  Key has said the rules shouldn’t be changed as Media party and SJB pressure mounts to force changes in the rules of New Zealander of the Year.

Prime Minister John Key sympathises with the organisations running New Zealander of the Year and the difficulty awarding it to Helen Kelly posthumously.

A petition to reinstate the former union leader’s nomination is gathering pace after she received 108 of the 375 nominations for the annual accolade.

However, Kelly died of lung cancer earlier this month, aged 52, and the award isn’t given posthumously.

Key told Paul Henry it was a “tough” decision because if you give the award to someone who has already passed away, “where does that lead?”     Read more »

As predicted the left-wing are mobilising to change the rules

As we predicted yesterday the left-wing are mobilising to change the rules so they can jack-up an award for the now dead Helen Kelly.

A petition to reinstate Helen Kelly’s nomination for New Zealander of the Year is gathering pace.

Kelly had received 108 of the 375 nominations for the annual accolade.

However, the award category is not awarded posthumously.

The former president of the Council of Trade Unions died of lung cancer two weeks ago, aged 52.

The New Zealander of the Year rules mean the main award is not given posthumously. Kelly was also nominated in the Local Hero category and this nomination stands, as judging was already complete when Kelly died.

An ActionStation petition had gathered more than 1100 signatories since it was launched on Saturday.   Read more »

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Media using Saint Helen to beat up John Key

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The deification of Helen Kelly by the media has been epic.  But that’s not good enough.  Now John Key has to defend himself against a dead person – care of the Media Party

Prime Minister John Key wanted to pay his respects to Helen Kelly at her civic memorial service in Wellington on Friday but his trip to India means he won’t be in the country.

Kelly, the former president of the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) died of lung cancer on October 14, aged 52.

Family and close friends of Kelly knew the end was near when her condition rapidly deteriorated earlier that week. Read more »

NZ’s Dodgiest Local Government Candidates

It looks like poor old Helen Kelly might have been spending a bit too much time looking into her bong and not enough time thinking about the role of Local Government.

She is promoting Union candidates for local government, without actually saying how local government can achieve any of these things. Her post at The Standard

That’s why we’re not just standing candidates in AFFCO wards. We’re also encouraging other candidates to sign the Jobs That Count pledge:

I’ll be there

As an elected member of local government, I take the Jobs that Count pledge to make our towns and cities better places to live and work.

I stand for people. I will put our families and kids first, so they can live a good, full life – with warm dry housing and food on the table.    Read more »

And why wouldn’t he? I would

If you are dying from cancer why wouldn’t you use cannabis to ease the suffering?

You’d be dead before it ever made it to court anyway.

The late broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes turned to marijuana before his death, his widow has revealed.

Lady Deborah Holmes said her husband was not a drug user but “in the final weeks it was the one thing that could give him peace and comfort”.

Sir Paul died age 62 in February 2013 after battling heart problems and the return of prostate cancer.

His wife told Herald columnist Brian Rudman that he was allergic to morphine and the alternative concoction of drugs “sent him off to la la land”.   Read more »

Peter Dunne under huge pressure about medical Marijuana

via righttolife.co.nz

via righttolife.co.nz

It’s just too hard to get permission, says ex-CTU boss Helen Kelly.  And Dunne says he’ll go to overseas conferences about it and talk some more.

The guidelines for considering applications from people wanting to use cannabis for medical purposes will be reviewed, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has announced.

Mr Dunne said the need for “fine-tuning” was inevitable, given that medical cannabis was a new policy area for the Ministry of Health and wider medical profession.

“The guidelines were set up at my request following the Alex Renton case in 2015, so far the only case where ministerial approval was granted, following an application from Mr Renton’s treating clinicians to administer the restricted product Elixinol,” Mr Dunne said. Read more »

Helen Kelly really keen to have some Marijuana now, And a referendum

Helen Kelly draws much-needed attention to the legalisation of cannabis issue.

And I agree with her. I watched my Mum die slowly from cancer. I offered to get her some weed to help, but Mum decided not to…because it was illegal. I told her at the time that there was nothing anyone could do if she did, she was dying and she shouldn’t have to do that feeling shit.

Former union boss Helen Kelly has written poignantly about the battle she and others face to obtain medical cannabis.

The Australian federal government is planning a licensing scheme to allow cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis while the issue remains a hot topic in New Zealand.

Ms Kelly was diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2015 and stood down as the boss of the Council of Trade Unions in October.

She has spoken openly about her cancer journey and has said she’s been breaking the law by taking cannabis oil to manage pain.

“I am taking nothing really that can stop this cancer killing me, and in not too long a timeframe to be brutally honest,” she says in a post on the left-wing blog The Standard yesterday.

“It is my view that a good cannabis product will help me live the rest of my life in a better situation than I will without it. The fact I can’t do that shows the absurdity of the whole regime.”   Read more »

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Fuddy duddy Nats need to get with the program

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National are dragging the chain on medicinal cannabis…they are showing their fuddy duddy approach to politics.

All over the world liberalisation of cannabis laws are happening but here John Key would rather change the flag than help the sick and the dying.

Story reports:

Medical marijuana used to be seen as a fringe option, a mad alternative to conventional drugs, but not anymore.

These days in many countries it has already been approved to treat a number of conditions.

But that is not happening in New Zealand. It has been heart-breaking for the sick people and their families who believe it can help them.

One of those people is the President of the Council of Trade Unions and cancer patient, Helen Kelly.

Ms Kelly wants an exemption from the Government to use medicinal cannabis oil.

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I need a lie down: Helen Kelly and I agree on something

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Politics and my personal feelings about unions aside, people are people, and Helen Kelly’s been dealt the card with cancer on it.   It’s not my/our way to rejoice in seeing people suffer just because they come from the wrong side of politics.

Outgoing CTU president Helen Kelly is going to ask Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne for an exemption to use cannabis oil as part of her treatment for cancer.

Ms Kelly told TV3’s The Nation program on Saturday that her cancer was progressing despite the chemotherapy and a new immunotherapy drug. Read more »