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I’ve tended in the past to take a charitable view of John Minto. The worst thing I could find to say about him was that his devotion to left-wing causes was so wide-reaching and so passionate that he had become an almost comical fixture – a caricature – in the political landscape.
In a Dominion Post column in 2012, I wrote that I almost felt sorry for him. “His brain must hurt when he wakes up every morning. So many downtrodden people, so many heartless capitalists, so many injustices – which one will he deal with today?” I described him as a compulsive serial protester and said that images of him addressing rag-tag gatherings with a megaphone were one of the few constants in a chaotic universe.
Beneath this mockery I felt a degree of respect for him. There was no doubting the sincerity of his convictions, or his commitment. Besides, a democratic, pluralist society needs to make room for people of every political shade. There might even have been times when I felt Minto had a valid point to make, even if he did himself no favours by coming across as intense and uncompromisingly dogmatic.
Now I realise I’ve been wrong all this time. What caused me to reassess Minto was a column he wrote for the far-left Daily Blog last week on the result of the Brexit referendum.
It reveals him as an unreconstructed Marxist, which is hardly surprising. He uses the tired, anachronistic rhetoric of class warfare – language that I thought had died with the passing of the People’s Voice. But more tellingly, it’s the language of malice and hate. Read more »
Veteran activist John Minto has put up his hand to run against Lianne Dalziel for the Christchurch mayoralty.
The well-known political agitator, who ran for the mayoralty in Auckland three years ago, is standing for the Keep Our Assets group.
He will go up against incumbent Dalziel, a former Labour MP who succeeded Bob Parker as mayor in 2013.
Keep Our Assets is a Christchurch-based coalition of community groups, political parties and individuals campaigning against the sale of state and local assets.
The group has been demanding an end to secret Christchurch City Council meetings, and has asked for the renegotiation of the council’s cost-sharing agreement with the Government to be delayed.
Minto would not comment ahead of an official announcement, which is due tomorrow morning.
Speaking from Singapore, Dalziel said: “I welcome the announcement. It will be good to able to debate these issues with John.”
Do you think Phil Goff is looking forward to debating the issues with Penny Bright? What a stupid thing to say. Read more »
Geoffrey Miller writes:
A long thin country, marked by its diversity of landscapes. A small population, outflanked by bigger and more powerful neighbours.
An increasingly multicultural society with a significant indigenous group.
It could be New Zealand.
But it’s Sweden.
Like New Zealand, Sweden long had a tradition of personal, retail politics in which politicians rub shoulders with voters as apparent equals. That’s what one expects in a small country.
But there is one big difference between Sweden and New Zealand.
Sweden has suffered not one, but two political assassinations. The first, in 1986, was the murder of then Prime Minister Olof Palme.
The second, in 2003, was the killing of foreign minister Anna Lindh. Had it not been for her untimely death, Lindh was in line to be Prime Minister.
We should keep Sweden’s experiences in mind when reflecting in the increasingly dangerous level of political vitriol that New Zealand has seen in recent months.
This vitriol is supported by John Minto and Sue Bradford who have backed the protester who poured stuff over Brownlee. Their view seems to be that so long as you are on the side of “right” (ie agree with their politics) then it is legitimate to assault politicians. Read more »
Stop selling our state houses protest hikoi to parliament – John Minto
SHAN (State Housing Action Network) is organising a protest hikoi to parliament to demand National MPs and their allies stop the sale of state houses.
Groups of state house tenants and supporters will come from all over the country to converge on parliament on Tuesday 13th October (the first sitting day of parliament after the holiday recess)
“We are appalled that in the middle of a housing crisis for low-income tenants and families the government is trying to sell state houses to the private sector.” Read more »
A New Zealand man has been named on an Islamic State (IS) “kill list”, leaked by hackers overnight.
The group, who call themselves the Islamic State Hacking Division, released personal information of hundreds of members of the military and government – mostly from the United States.
The information says the man in question lives in Auckland, but his father says that is incorrect.
He says his son currently lives overseas and was shocked to see his name on the list.
“Yes I am [worried]… more so for the fact that he’s got absolutely no connection to the military.” Read more »
Kim Dotcom’s failed Internet Party has been dealt another humiliating blow.
Final election returns reveal $3.5 million was given to the Internet Party by Dotcom. It ended up getting 34,094 votes – that means Dotcom spent $102 per vote.
The election returns reveal the party’s explosive press secretary Pam Corkery was paid $15,000 for her 15 weeks’ work – that’s $1000 a week.
Party Leader Laila Harre was paid $66,000 – more than $4000 a week.
The party spent more than $1 million on election related advertising, including $122,000 for a YouTube parody of Prime Minister John Key and US President Barack Obama. It also spent $21,000 on T-shirts. Read more »
While PPTA, NZEI, the LAbour aprty and other assorted loons are still holding to their “failed model overseas” lines, while producing no evidence to support their claims, it appears no one appears to have told parents who are voting with their feet and sending their =kids in increasing numbers to charter schools.
The National Alliance of Public Charter Schools estimates in a new reportthat 2.9 million children now attend U.S. charter schools, up 14 percent from last school year.
More than 500 new charter schools opened in the 2014-2015 school year and 200 charters were closed for reasons ranging from poor academic performance to financial problems, according to the organization. Read more »
The next big thing that Hone Harawira and John Minto has got going is Mana News.
And they are straight into bizarre conspiracy theories…and likely a few defamation suits.
Eleanor Catton has managed to reveal the mechanism of the National party media dictatorship this could be extremely dangerous for the survival of our democracy. According to Sean Plunkett you are not permitted to criticise the National government its unpatriotic and against the people of New Zealand. Too many reporters within journalism have intimate relationships with the national party that are a conflict of interest designed to mislead the New Zealand public. These reporters are holding back real journalists like Andrea Vance. It is unnatural for the press gallery to be uncritical of a seven year old government. The Prime minister office is pouring to many resources into dirty politics and controling the media and little effort to tackle the housing crisis or poverty reduction.
The conspiracy would be more believable if they could spell Sean Plunket’s name properly. I’m surprised that they haven’t substituted every ‘s’ for a ‘$’.
Great timing. In an international climate where non-Islam related lone gunmen are killing fellow countrymen and women, these nutbars want to turn our eyes and ears off so we’d be blind to any potential attacks.
Around 50 protesters marched through the streets of Blenheim today, demanding the Government shut down the Waihopai spy base.
The rally is an annual event, but protestors say New Zealanders are starting to listen.
The message was loud and clear. It was the same one the anti-Waihopai protestors have been repeating since the spy base opened in 1987.
Organiser Murray Horton believes that after 27 years it’s a message that’s finally getting through.
“Everybody knows about the Five Eyes alliance, which Waihopai is part of,” says Mr Horton. “Everybody knows about the National Security Agency.” Read more »