The hate-filled protests in Manchester [, UK] are indicative of a [Labour] party that is in danger of wiping itself out.
On Sunday afternoon a friend of mine who works for a political consultancy arrived in Manchester for her first Conservative Party conference.
She is 23 years old, small – about 5ft 3in – and was travelling on her own. As she walked up to the entrance a group of men approached her. “Tory scum” they shouted.
One of them leant forward and attempted to spit in her face. A policeman stepped in between them. Then another four or five officers gathered to form a physical barrier around her so that they could safely escort her to the conference hall entrance.
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Going on today’s NZ Herald Editorial (Editorial: Provocations Charlie Hebdo’s way, not for all) I think you must have hit the NZ Herald editorial team’s raw nerve when you posted Thursday’s NZ Hypocrite post. Today’s Editorial justifying NZ Herald’s stance on Charlie Hebdo proves how deeply hypocritical the NZ Herald really is and how ignorant they are about things Christian. Read more »
In the NZ Herald this morning there is an article that outlines the union bully boys:
Economic fallout is likely to linger for months from Auckland’s port dispute – but international union leaders say the effect on New Zealand products could have been immeasurably worse.
Visiting International Transport Federation dockers’ division secretary Frank Leys says even without formal bans against Kiwi goods, an enduring stigma would have settled over the New Zealand brand in markets without Friday’s truce in the dispute.
Mr Leys, who lives in Britain, said lamb sold in Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, “would have branded as black meat”.
Mr Leys, who represents 400,000 port workers around the world, added: “We would have talked about your wines in Sweden as having a little smell.”
Mr Leys, who came from London to observe the dispute as it headed towards a prolonged lockout of about 300 workers averted only by a threat of Employment Court injunctions, was guarded about the shape of any formal ban.
But he said that as cargo moved around the world, every consignment linked back to Auckland in particular and New Zealand in general, risked being “not treated the right way”.
That is nothing short of economic bullying. But then unions know no better. Have a look at this Facebook page where they are going to start posting photos of “SCABS”.
And finally there is the Facebook Scab Busters page where they talk about me having a target on between my eyes:
The same page that features this image:
I don’t think there is any doubt that the wharves are going to become a very unsafe place with the return of the racist, sexist, bully boys of the Maritime Union.
I have just heard that people representing MUNZ have been calling councillors and insisting that they vote for a resolution being proposed fo a council meeting tomorrow by Cr. Cathy Casey.
They have been told in no uncertain terms that their failure to support Cathy Casey’s resolution will result in active MUNZ action against them politically.
I am told that at least one councillor would brook no such nonsense and told them to sling their hooks.
That resulted in threats of violence from the MUNZ officials. My understanding is that at least one councillor has escalated this to Council CEO Doug McKay with requests for security and protection for the councillors, and it could well be escalated to the Police.
Typical union thugs, things are clearly not going as swimmingly as they would like and they are now resorting to intimidation of elected councillors.
This video was posted on Levi Hawken’s Facebook wall and apparently shot yesterday at Victoria Park in Auckland.
via the tipline
We at the Ports were advised to leave work at midday today. I ended up leaving after 1pm. All was well then. Now….
Check out the cameras on www.poal.co.nz , I’m sure you know where it is, where you get your photos from.
Looks like they are blocking the roads again.
We have been advised not to come in tomorrow until we are told it is safe to do so.
From the Port cameras it certainly does look like the union is illegally preventing access to the Port for law abiding citizens. There appears to be a large contingent of Police or security in place:
This comment was left on the NZ Herald site. Given the use of extreme violence by the Maritime Union this guy is brave to leave his name.
The Maritime Union tried the soft sell and emotional viral videos, yesterday though, with the roughing up of counter-protesters and today with the bullying and intimidation underway at Port gates they have shown their true colours.
The are cowards and bullies, their time is up.