Time for a Tar and Feathering

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We need a rail [Maybe Michael Cullen could arrange one from Kiwirail], some tar and heaps of feathers.

It is time to call the unions and particularly the CTU and Helen Kelly, to account over the imminent loss of The Hobbit.

Warner Brothers have confirmed that they are considering alternative locations in which to film the two Hobbit films.

The production company’s spokesperson Candice McDonough refuted reports the boycott of the films by NZ Actor’s Equity and other unions had been lifted days ago and that the studio had asked for the delay of the announcement.

“It was not until last night that we received confirmation of the retraction from SAG, NZ Equity and AFTRA through press reports,” Ms McDonough said.

The CTU is still defiant, now blaming the evil nasty corporation that wanted to spend $500 million in New Zealand, on New Zealand expertise.

CTU president Helen Kelly hit back, calling the publicity a “no holds barred fight for public opinion” and Sir Peter a “spoiled brat” who had blocked talks with the union.

“There comes a point when you have to call a spade a spade,” Ms Kelly said.

“We were making progress. Why would he stop it? He’s trying to maximise his reputation against the reputation of performers.”

Sir Peter responded by saying that Ms Kelly did not have a clue, and that a month ago no one thought the films were going to be made anywhere but in New Zealand.

Time for the rail, the tar and the feathers.I se now that iPredict is offering stocks on the future of Helen Kelly remaining as president of the CTU.

Accusations are also being made in the New Zealand media that local unions have overplayed their hand in the dispute, prompting iPredict to launch a further stock on whether or not the President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, Helen Kelly, will leave her role for any reason by the end of the year.
Mr Burgess said the relationship between the two stocks would indicate the degree to which the issue would be a factor in any resignation by Ms Kelly.

If the movie is lost to New Zealand the blame can fairly and squarely lie upon the shoulders of the CTU and their intransigence. They will have essentially irrevocably destroyed an industry that many thousands of people have spent a lifetime building. A tar and feathering is almost too good.

The green warrior Robyn Malcolm has gone from hero to zero through her actions in this debacle, and proof positive why actors shouldn’t ever be asked to be spokespeople for anything. She crusaded, dishonestly against mining and lapped up the publicity for her on that issue but now is going all sooky over the negative publicity because of her involvement in destroying NZs film industry. Not content with destroying the livelihood of miners, she has now set her sights on her own industry. Is it any wonder she is having a bad time? She should stick to acting and the stage instead of dipping her oar in politics.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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