Tweetcher Apologises to the School but not the Minister

Activist Principal Marlene Campbell who twice compared Education Minister Anne Tolley to Adolf Hitler has apologised.

A Southland principal who compared Education Minister Anne Tolley to German dictator Adolf Hitler has apologised to her school.

Marlene Campbell, principal of Invercargill’s Salford School, said on her Facebook page on November 5: “And the MOE (Ministry of Education) attack schools deferring setting targets, thats a constructive response? Excuse me Minister Hitler? Am I in Germany? Is this the end of self managing schools? read Kelvin Smythes latest blog, he is a true hero!”

Salford School is boycotting national standards, introduced this year.

Ms Campbell’s post was picked up by bloggers Whaleoil and Kiwiblog. Her page has now been made private.

On Salford School’s website today Ms Campbell said she regretted and withdrew her comments.

Oh…a faux apaology…you know like when kids at school are asked to apologise and they go “Soooooooooooory”. She apologised to the school but not to the person she insulted. What a fine example for all the children of the country for how NOT to apologise. She reminds me of Father Jack saying sorry to Bishop Brennan.


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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