How pathetic are you and your supporters talking up John Minto (Yes Martyn, I’m talking about you) when a bat shit crazy munter like Penny Bright gets more votes than you.
I love it when the left wing fights itself.
Mayor Len Brown is trying to rewrite history over his support for the SkyCity pokies-convention centre deal, says mayoral challenger John Minto.
After being an enthusiastic supporter of the deal since day one, Mr Brown appeared to change tack in yesterday’sHerald Super City election guide.
“I support the need for Auckland to have an international convention centre and the economic benefits it will deliver, but I do not support the deal done to finance it,” he said.
The deal, signed in late July, gives SkyCity necessary exemptions from the Gambling Act to allow it 230 extra pokie machines and other concessions in return for the company building and operating a $402 million convention centre at its downtown Auckland site.
Mr Minto said Mr Brown had always strongly supported the trade-off of more pokies for a convention centre and voted against councillor Cathy Casey’s motion in June to oppose “the Government’s proposal for SkyCity to develop a convention centre in return for changes in our gambling legislation to increase gambling at the SkyCity casino”. Read more »
Will he be more popular than John Minto? Also bloody hard to campaign from a cell in Los Angeles. Convicted fraudster and insider trader Kim Dotcom looks like he may try to run for parliament.
A reader emails;
Just watched Mr Dotcom on TV pontificating about freedom and rights alongside Mr Minto at protests about the GCSB bill – fair enough I have never agreed with anything John says but since 1981 I have always admired his passion and commitment to saying it. But I really don’t like the company he is keeping. Mr Dotcom is holding him self up as someone fighting to keep freedom alive, especially on the Internet, as if doing something illegal is ok just because it is done on the Internet. Somehow restricting it in reality is ok – put in on the Internet and we need to fight for it.
I see it all the time sensible, middle aged people who wouldn’t walk into Whitcoulls and shop lift a book, think nothing about downloading a book for free from some on-line file site. And that’s the problem with people’s perception of Dotcom – people need to look at what he does in terms of a real life analogy – so here it is. Essentially he provides the equivalent of a flea market table – he then says to people we will charge you (through looking at advertising or fees) to put your stolen goods on that table and sell them or share them with others. Imagine if I set a table up at the Otara market and didn’t sell anything but charged others to display their pirated or stolen CD’s and DVD’s to the punters – no questions asked. I doubt any judge would allow me that defence
This is what Mr Dotcom does and it wrong, it would be wrong at the flea market, it is wrong on the Internet – you can argue firms who create things (music, movies, medicines etc,) and charge to much for them are also wrong – well ok change the laws or don’t buy the goods but don’t steal them just because it is on the Internet.
Mr Dotcom does not care about freedom he cares about making money from his scam and John Minto (can’t see why he would align himself with a millionaire capitalist like Dotcom either) is doing himself a disservice through the association. Mr Dotcom, in his newly adopted role of defender of freedom, does not care about our freedoms he only cares about keeping himself in front of the cameras because 1)any marketing is good marketing and 2) he wants us to stop looking at his internet scam and 3) when he does go to jail he wants us to think it is because the NZ government wants to shit down the freedom defender
He is a snake oil sales man and scam artist and what he does is wrong, adds nothing to society and certainly does not protect our freedoms.
Our dear friends at Radio NZ had a very interesting story this morning:
“An open letter, signed by 65 people including prominent Maori, Pasifika and education academics” urges MPs to vote against Charter Schools.
Very interesting. Now let’s delve a little deeper.
“The letter was organised by the lobby group, Quality Public Education Coalition, and its members, the Post Primary Teachers Association and the Educational Institute.”
By Educational Institute they mean NZEI, but the big words hide the fact it is a union. Read more »
Niko Kloeten reckons that Maurice Williamson could bury Len Brown in the mayoral race in October.
There are a number of reasons.
A number of political figures on the right believe Mr Williamson would have a better chance of success than fellow MP and ACT Party leader John Banks did when he ran for Auckland mayor three years ago and was thumped by 65,000 votes (234,459 to 169,862).
Councillor Dick Quax, who represents the Howick ward which largely overlaps with the Pakuranga electorate, says Mr Williamson has a very good reputation in the area, with one of the largest majorities of any MP (almost 14,000 votes).
He says Mr Williamson doesn’t carry as much “baggage” as Mr Banks in the eyes of voters, particularly those in area outside the old Auckland City Council.
“The reason why John Banks didn’t do very well was for many people the amalgamation of Auckland was seen as a takeover by Auckland City,” he says.
“They saw John Banks as part of that takeover by Auckland City of the rest of the region and when a credible candidate from outside of the area put his hand up a lot of the votes automatically went to Len Brown.
“A lot of voters in Pakuranga and Howick voted for him because he wasn’t John Banks. That won’t be the case this time.”
Mr Quax says Mr Williamson will also benefit from not being associated with the unitary plan, which many Aucklanders are not happy with. Read more »
Excuse me if I don’t just laugh till my tits fall off. John Minto wants to be Mayor.
I’ll bet he has Martyn Bradbury working assiduously in his campaign team.
Veteran activist John Minto is asking his political party to approve a run for mayor of Auckland. The trade unionist and teacher said Mayor Len Brown had disappointed him.
“What has Len Brown done which is different to what John Banks would have done if he were in? You struggle to find many significant things.” Read more »
I truly can’t stand the Irony Overload of Martyn Bradbury Real Estate promoting a blog post on behalf of John Minto, lamenting the fact they are embarrassed (sometimes) to be a New Zealander.
Welcome to my permanent state of mind whenever you two are involved in anything.
I’ve stayed way from 3rd Degree’s and TV 3′s campaign to free twice convicted rapist and murderer Teina Pora.
Basically, every single person in prison is innocent of all charges – or so they would have you believe.
But now, for some bizarre reason, the Daily Blog has tried to drag me into it as a way of having yet another go at the cops. I won’t link to it. It’s piss-poor as always. Dotcon’s biggest fan, David Fisher, has retweeted it, in line with the usual cop-bashing drivel.
But here’s the thing, if I was going to discuss it I’d talk about the facts.
The cops don’t actually convict people. Courts do that.
Teina Pora has been convicted twice by courts.
His lawyer has been asked to provide new evidence to back up his claims of wrongful conviction.
To date, he hasn’t done so.
A half-arsed media campaign counts for fuck all in the judicial system.
So there we go. A new TV programme backs a “cause” to get more viewers, get people talking about it, and get some cross-promotion from a sister news programme.
But then a few dumbos who should know better are reducing themselves to John Minto levels with schoolboy attacks on the cops.
Grow up and get real.
Veteran protestor and the permanently grumpy John Minto has lost his appeal against his conviction:
Veteran activist John Minto has lost his appeal against an obstruction conviction after confessing to intentionally blocking police during his High Court hearing.
Minto was found guilty of obstruction at the Auckland District Court in August for blocking a truck removing a state house in Glen Innes.
He appealed his conviction on February 5 on the basis his arrest was “gratuitous, arbitrary and unnecessary”. Read more »