Oh come on

I’ve been driving today, from the hell hole of the North Island back to home, via Taupo and the rifle range (more on that later).

However I saw this on Stuff just before I left and it has been gnawing away at me all day.

Veteran activist and unionist John Minto pledged his support to the Mana Party yesterday, after a lifetime of political neutrality.

“Labour pretended to represent working New Zealanders, but it doesn’t. It represents the corporate working New Zealanders,” he said.

John Minto claiming a lifetime of political neutrality is like Marilyn Monroe claiming she was the next Virgin Mary.

I can’t believe the repeaters let him get away with that statement. Even Wikipedia notes:

John Minto (b. c.1953) is a New Zealand based political activist known for his involvement in various left-wing groups and causes, most notably Halt All Racist Tours. A 2005 documentary on New Zealand’s top 100 history makers listed him as number 89. Today he is involved with the protest group Global Peace and Justice Auckland and the Unite Union.

Yeah that really sounds like a lifetime of political neutrality. I can see the Tui billboard now.

John Minto: A lifetime of political neutrality

His website is full of “politically neutral” postings. Ones like this:

A similar thing happened here in 2000 when the Labour/Alliance government increased the top tax rate to 38c. Economic growth increased despite National claiming it would be a brake on the economy.

The most interesting theory I’ve seen to explain this is that many of the rich are inherently lazy and they work hard only when their share of national income is reduced by taxation. If they have it too easy they spend even more time over long liquid lunches and the like and because they control most of the capital for investment, the economy falters. Remember the awful behaviour and conspicuous consumption which marked the tax cuts of the late 1980s? Expect to see another round after 1 October.

Yeah that is really neutral. John Minto is a anarcho-communist. But ironically even they get a vote.


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  • Mr. Infinity

    He also claimed to be part of the mainstream in an interview.

    If communism is mainstream, of course.

  • I’m sure that Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer, bullied by Minto and his Global Peace and Justice thugs (Palestine good; Israel bad) will be delighted to read of Minto’s lifetime of political neutrality. So will the police officers whose careers were ended or disrupted when assaulted by peaceful 1981 Springbok Tour protestors.

  • whafe

    Minto does nothing but instill hugely violent reactions in the vast majority of the populations souls…. Minto should be shot with a ball of his own shit…..

    A filthy left of left rotten watermelon…. This country would be far better without him in it..

  • ronbacardi

    Ye gods!

    “We just want to be housed, clothed, fed, basically looked after. That’s what we’re fighting for.

    Wont be much of fight if you can’t take care of those basic life skills…. I notice washing is not on the list.

    • thor42

      “We just want to be housed, clothed, fed, basi­cally looked after. That’s what we’re fight­ing for.”
      Well, *I* “just want a nine-inch dong, Petra Bagust living next door, a face like Dan Carter’s, a section the size of Scotland and a bank account like Bill Gates’. *That’s* what *I’m* fighting for.”

      • I agree with all the others, but Petra Bagust, Thor? Crikey man, surely if we’re dreaming you should aim a little higher. Pippa Middleton, perhaps?

    • Mr. Infinity

      So basically they want to forfeit all personal responsibility and give it all to the state? There’s a word for that that escapes me at this time…

      • Doc


      • Doc

        Actually, I was thinking Maori Activist…but they want to forfeit all personal responsibility and take everything they can from the state…

  • titanuranus

    Rotorua resident RangiMarie Bosma said she registered because Harawira was willing to challenge the government for change.

    “We just want to be housed, clothed, fed, basically looked after. That’s what we’re fighting for.

    But,not a job ?
    Fucking Parasite party for fucking parasites.

  • whafe

    How do these fuck tards even get media time, they are a blight on society…

  • cadwallader

    Whafe: You are right. I advocate that we ignore these weird losers. Unfortunately the MSM will reel out trite bullshit simply for their headlines but in the blog world it would be preferable to forget Hone’s sad existence. Afterall, he is seeking “intelligent voters.” For him to locate an intelligent anything which is inclined to support him, will take a very long time and several squadrons of Westpac rescue helicopters.

  • peterwn

    If the Manawatu is the hell-hole of New Zealand, I hate to think what the *real* Hell is like.

  • kehua

    So how was Turangi?

  • titanuranus

    Minto is about as politically neutral as Kim Jong Il,the funny thing is he is terminally bewildered as to why people are`nt drawn to his natural charisma.