Draped in the flag of sanctimony

Michael Fay is playing up the patriotism angle large. Draping himself in the flag all the while playing on the fear of the evil Chinee in order to the secure a cheaper bid. We never heard a peep from Fay when his German neighbours were buying high country farms in the South Island

Remember though that despite all his patriotism this man has decided he’d rather be a tax exile from New Zealand and live in Switzerland. You have to wonder of the flag he is draping himself in is in fact the Swiss flag, his chosen country of residence.

Like the Labour party we never heard a peep from Fay when his German neighbours were buying high country farms in the South Island, not a squeak either for English buyers, nor for French.

Michael Fay like any good businessman, and Gareth Morgan, only ever acts in his own interests. Make no mistake he voted with his dollars when it came to loyalty for New Zealand and moved himself and them offshore. He is in it for the money not for some altruistic flag waving claptrap. He managed to scare up some tame Maori to apply a brown wash to the deal.

It is strange to watch Labour cuddle up to Michael Fay’s arguments when Shane Jones called for Fay to have the knighthood Labour gave him stripped. It is even more strange watching Winston Peters cuddle Fay’s argument, perhaps they have been swapping wine boxes lately?

It is all very machiavellian, and you have to wonder which devious back-room operator is running his nationalistic spin so effectively. In the end Michael Fay’s history just makes him look like a hypocritical, sanctimonious, greedy old grump.

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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.

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