Rodney Hide

Rodney Hide responds to The Press and Martin van Beynen

Martin van Beynen wrote a hit piece on me in The Press yesterday.

In his considered opinion I deserve a smacking.

So errant cricketer Jesse Ryder wants to fight rogue blogger Cameron Slater in a charity punchup in Christchurch next month.

It looks like a match-up made in heaven – but for a few little issues.

The first is that Ryder has not that long ago been in hospital with what appears to be a major head trauma.

He maintains he has had medical clearance but I wonder what the medical staff who looked after him and restored him back to health think of him putting himself at needless risk.

Ryder, who has squandered his natural cricketing talents through ill-discipline, already seems short of a few brain cells and you have to wonder if this is the sort of risk he should be taking.

It may have escaped van Beynen’s attention that this is a charity boxing match, both Jesse and I are getting in the ring for Kidscan…not for anything else, although there is considerable personal physical benefits including rapid weightloss and seeking out a challenge. I’ve now met Jesse and he has had as torrid a time with media as I have…we are kindred spirits as far as that goes.  He’s a quiet and humble bloke…not at all that has been portrayed by media scum.

Slater’s participation is not much more than a public-relations stunt.

As one of the country’s most loathed and tainted figures, he may see the fight for charity as a way to make amends and show that deep down he is a brave and worthy bloke who is prepared to front up to the country and redeem himself through pugilism.

I would rather see him redeem himself by spending a year washing dishes in a Salvation Army refuge for the homeless but, I guess, with his good connections in business and elsewhere, he should raise a pretty penny for charity.

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Rodney Hide on the fools who have good intentions

Rodney Hide slips the knife into Seeby Woodhouse, tickles his ribs up for several paragraphs then right at the end twists hard.

I can remember a similar sentiment I expressed to Seeby over lunch one day shortly after he blubbed on the stage at one of Dotcom’s manufactured public events, though I was rather more brutal and nuanced like Rodney is.

Seeby Woodhouse is a smart and successful tech entrepreneur. He exemplifies the barminess that comes over even the best and brightest when it comes to environmental policy.

He told NBR’s Ask Me Anything he votes Green: “Although the Greens’ policies may cost me a little more as a high-income taxpayer, I’m happy to pay that in return for clean rivers, a non-polluted environment, freedom from internet spying, Kiwi kids who go to school with lunches, a future for my kids where the planet doesn’t boil and generally sound economic policies that deliver for all sectors of society.”

I, too, would vote Green – and pay more tax – if the results were as Mr Woodhouse believes them to be.

But noble intentions aren’t enough; they don’t guarantee good results. And belief is no substitute for reason.

The century just gone was choc-a-bloc with noble intention and naive belief. The result? Unrivalled human misery. Nationalistic fervour and the promise of workers’ paradises delivered gulags, death camps and a world at war.

Naive political belief – as exemplified by Mr Woodhouse – is at once charming and beguiling and the most dangerous thing on the planet.

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Can Rodney Count?

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Rodney Hide, in his Herald on Sunday columns buys into the Labour bullshit that Andrew Little is different from the previous leaders of Labour despite being a union appointed union hack.

He certainly seems to be at least gargling the Kool Aid, and perhaps even swallowing some.

He must also figure out an arrangement with the Greens.

The Greens scare middle voters. Little needs to show he can work with the Greens but that he’s boss. That isn’t going to be easy.

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Rodney Hide on Sony and Hacking

Rodney Hide gives the NZ Herald editors a little lesson in freedom of speech.

But were they reading it?

George Clooney called it correctly: “We know that to give in to these criminals now will open the door for any group that would threaten freedom of expression, privacy and personal liberty.”

What’s next? The tyrant wanting to dictate news? The hackers’ success will only embolden them and others. What happens if news networks come under fire because of how they report news?

What is it about free speech that makes it so easy to toss away? We don’t give in when hostages are under threat. Why give in when they aren’t?

It’s not the first time. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in 1989 ordering Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie for his book The Satanic Verses.

Muslim fanatics in 2006 rioted and attacked diplomatic missions and killed dozens in the wake of a Danish newspaper publishing offensive cartoons.

There was a great hullabaloo in each case and each instance produced precisely the chilling effect that the oppressors desired.

Newspapers and publishers don’t need the grief. Authors don’t want to become targets. Our freedom to reason and debate is bit by bit eroded.   Read more »

Rodney Hide shows us why we should learn algebra at school

I was dreadful at algebra at school, still am.

I could never see any point to it, especially with the stupid questions like “if train A travels at 90km/h and train B travels at 100km/h and train A leaves station C and train b leaves station D at the same time will they both reach station e at the same time” or some other crap like that.

My answer, which turned out to be wrong every time, was “Check the timetable”.

I digress…Rodney Hide has shown proper use of algebra in slamming the Police’s stupid insistence on zero tolerance of exceeding the speed limit.

Overtaking on the road safely and within the law is now all but impossible.

The speed limit on the open road is 100km/h. The police are applying zero tolerance. You can now be ticketed at 101km/h. The speed limit for heavy vehicles and cars pulling caravans, boats or trailers is 90km/h.   Read more »

Rodney Hide on what would have happened if Winston had been given the hacked information

Rodney Hide uses his column in the NBR to explain what would have happened if Winston Peters had gotten his hands on the documents of the illegal hacker/criminal who attacked me.

Mr Hager took the emails and made quite a story. Post-election, his claims haven’t stood up. But no matter. It was big news ahead of the election. The media loved it. Dirty Politics dominated the election campaign.

Now imagine Mr Peters with the same material. He could weave a far better story. He would make it sound truly shocking, terrible and totally corrupt. With Mr Peters it would sound believable.

By comparison, Mr Hager lacks gravitas. He was good – he convinced people he was an investigative journalist – but he’s nowhere near as good as Mr Peters.

More than that, Mr Peters had the protection and platform of Parliament. He could have said anything.

He would have been the news every night

And he would have sustained the attacks day in, day out. He would have done so for months. With that material, and that story, no matter that it wasn’t true, Mr Peters would have brought the government down. Every page of Dirty Politics would be another day’s shocking news. And when he ran out of pages he would be busy alluding to what was to come.   Read more »

The best summary of facts over Phil Goff’s SIS briefing yet

Rodney Hide has done what no journalist has managed to do, written a summary of the failings of Phil Goff and the SIS briefing her got but said he never did.

And he only needed 450 words to do it.

Security Intelligence Service (SIS) boss Rebecca Kitteridge should have told Phil Goff to get stuffed. Instead she apologised. I wouldn’t have.

In election year 2011 – several Labour leaders ago – Goff was floundering about trying to get a hit on Prime Minister John Key. His attacks invariably backfired.

There was a kerfuffle about supposed suspicious activity by Israeli nationals. Key initially declined to comment, citing national security concerns. He subsequently explained that a security intelligence investigation uncovered nothing untoward.

Goff characteristically attacked, saying Key had made a hash of explaining the hitherto unknown concern and that people were asking: “Are we even now being told the truth?” This was a roundabout way of accusing Key of lying.

Further, Goff asserted he should have been briefed. “It’s not been part of any briefing to me.” Key said that wasn’t true. Oops.

Previous SIS boss Warren Tucker met Goff to refresh his memory. The result was Goff flailing about. “There was no briefing per se … I don’t recall at all seeing the document.”

Subsequently, Tucker provided a heavily redacted agenda note under the Official Information Act on his briefing of Goff and the relevant Security Intelligence report, called Investigation into Israeli Nationals in Christchurch, with Tucker’s handwritten note: “Read by/discussed with Mr Goff 14 March 11.”

Goff then attacked Tucker. “I was not shown the document … Warren Tucker is wrong … I was never ‘briefed’ by the SIS.”

It was election year. Goff was losing. He was lashing out. And he couldn’t say he had forgotten or hadn’t paid attention because that was one of his attack lines on Key.

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Rodney Hide on union fear and loathing of charter schools

Rodney Hide writes in the NBR about the fear and loathing of charters schools by doctrinaire unions.

On cue with last week’s column explaining why lefties are a miserable lot, the principal of Bruce McLaren Intermediate, Roy Lilley, hit the papers having a moan.

His gripe? Charter schools. His worry? That they will pinch his pupils with inducements of a free uniform and a policy of no donations. The new charter schools, he says, will have a “huge” and negative impact.

The newspaper reports Mr Lilley’s school having 416 spare places. The 2013 Education Review Office Report confirms the roll at 248. His school’s almost two-thirds empty.

Why isn’t Mr Lilly offering free uniforms? Why isn’t he having a “no donations” policy? Why isn’t he offering what students and parents want, so a charter school is no threat? Why isn’t he offering to rent his spare capacity to the new charter school and achieve synergy?

Why aren’t we laughing at him?

We would if he was the local supermarket whining about a rival opening up down the road. We would be laughing and looking forward to sharper prices, better service and higher quality produce.

Teachers, and their unions aren’t interested in any of that, they are interested in protecting their own hegemony of the system.

But schools are different. Here we have never known choice and competition. Our schools are run like the Soviet economy. The Ministry of Education is our Kremlin.

The Soviets were frightened: who would feed, clothe and house them if not the government? We are the same. We can’t imagine schooling in the absence of government direction and control.

Who would build the schools? Who would feed the teachers? Who would decide what is to be taught? And how?

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Ding Dong, El Presidente’s gone

BREAKING

This morning the Building Services Contractors New Zealand (BSC for short) sent out an email to members announcing that El Presidente Patrick Lee-Lo has stepped down as National President.

You may recall that for some time WOBH has poured sunlight into the BSC. Many, including Rodney Hide, called it a cartel-like organisation for being party to an Principles Agreement that excluded businesses from government contracts.

National’s former Minister of Labour Simon Bridges did the right thing and axed this agreement, much to the horror of El Presidente who claimed it was part of some conspiracy to undermine workers’ rights.

According to the announcement sent to members (and forwarded to WOBH by a member of the fish-gang), CEO Lillian Small says Patrick Lee-Lo was a ‘vibrant President’. I’d agree with that.

Here’s the email.   Read more »

Rodney Hide thinks the leftwing live in ‘perpetual anger and utter miserableness’

Rodney Hide explains in the NBR about his belief that the left wing live in ‘perpetual anger and utter miserableness’.

One of the reasons I am not a Lefty is their perpetual anger and utter miserableness. It renders them utterly unattractive. Theirs is not a club I wish to join.

If you doubt my characterisation take a look at the left-wing blogs The Standard or The Daily Blog. Or a school staffroom. Or Question Time, Morning Report or any newspaper.

Or compare John Key to Helen Clark.

It’s extraordinary, is it not? I don’t know an exception. There’s next to no difference in Ms Clark’s and Mr Key’s policies. In fact, there’s no difference. But there’s a world of difference in outlook and temperament because of their politics.

It’s been a lifelong puzzle to me. Why are Left Wingers so miserable and angry about, well, everything?

Why indeed?

We saw one of the nastiest election campaigns ever, with grotesque sign vandalism, criminal acts of hacking and demonisation of anyone opposed to the leftwing parties.

They even had the temerity to suggest it was they who were pure and the right who are nasty.

Central to the Left’s ideology is the belief that politicians have the power to make the world a better place. That’s how they think.

Now consider how that plays out in their heads.

That their lives aren’t better must make them bitter and twisted.  Their life is a constant proof that politicians aren’t doing what they are meant to or what they promised. Their miserable lot, or that of the fellow down the road, or the world in general, is the fault of politicians who, accordingly, must be uncaring, idiotic or crooked and, perhaps, all three. If politicians were genuine, the world would be a better place.

It never occurs to me that a politician would or could fix a thing. I am just happy they leave me mostly alone. I wish they would do better at it but I know how to keep myself out of their way.

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