What a dick

Wellington city councillor Rob Goulden is a plonker. He has been using false ids to comment about how great he is.

Wellington city councillor Rob Goulden used fake internet identities to issue a homophobic insult, personal attacks, and push his message that he’s a good, hard-working bloke.

But Mr Goulden – who is seeking re-election to the council in the local body elections, which close at noon today – said he had used pseudonymity like other bloggers and had done nothing wrong.

A comment on the WCC Watch blog was tagged as being by “James” but came directly from Mr Goulden’s Gmail account. “Johnny has attacked so many candiudates [sic] he and Rock Hudson now both have somethig [sic] in common. They have both been punched around the ring a bit to [sic] much.”

Hollywood actor Rock Hudson was gay. He died of Aids in 1985.

That remark had been taken out of context, Mr Goulden said. “It is a funny remark and I object to you calling it homophobic. I’m not homophobic at all. I’m very accepting of those sorts of people.”

Mr Goulden’s posts began on Thursday after council meeting attendance records were posted on the site, showing that he had the worst attendance record for the year to June 30.

Caught red-handed, plus he had the temerity to threaten to sue The Manatee. If only the Manatee had a set of testicles, he wouldn’t have taken down the link.

Rob Goulden can threaten this blogger all he likes, I won’t be taking anything down. It is a matter of personal, honest held belief that he is a complete clown, possibly even at the same level of skill as Andrew Williams.

He first posted messages under his Christian name, but bloggers asked if it was the real Rob.

“I thought OK, if they’re going to make smartarse remarks, I’ll just go under another name … That’s not deceitful or anything else. You are allowed to do that [on websites] and everybody does.”

if he can’t see that is dishonest, then perhaps he really is the Wellington version of Andrew Williams, but more like…well a cock.


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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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