Re-writing history the left-wing way

The left-wing are outraged and have forced the Auckland Council to remove an art piece from an exhibition because it might offend someone.

Is this the new standard now? That we don’t display artworks because someone might be offended? On left wing hate speech blogger even implored violent attacks against the artwork. I haven’t seen the journalists calling him out.

Do we now have a Mike Lee approved standard of what can and cannot be displayed in the city ignoring history int he process?

An artwork depicting controversial strikes on Auckland’s waterfront 100 years ago has been covered up ahead of its removal this morning to avoid upsetting descendants of harbour workers.

The two-dimensional black silhouette shows a baton-wielding “strike-breaker”, one of the rural Aucklanders employed to disrupt protesting dock workers in 1913.  

artThe work is on Queens Wharf as part of Tamaki Makaurau – The Many Lovers of Auckland, a Waterfront Auckland project that tells the history of the waterfront.

Yesterday, city councillor Mike Lee protested to Waterfront Auckland chairman Sir Bob Harvey after reading the plaque attached to the work. It quotes strike-breaker Jim Ross from a 1913 newspaper saying, “From our homes in the backblocks of Auckland we came to help down the strike and keep the town’s name.”

An accompanying description gave a brief history of the role of strike-breakers and labelled Mr Ross “one of the many lovers of Auckland”.

Mr Lee said the artwork paid homage to “thugs and bashers on the people’s wharf. We have really lost our way if heritage experts believe vigilante thugs rounded up to attack striking working people are deemed to be heroes.”

This was part of history…and now we can’t explore art around that?  How ridiculous, the council should have told Mike Lee to sling his hook.

Looks like the public agrees with me as well.

I am outraged that these lefty tosspots get to decided what is right and proper for people to see as art.  We should be outraged that two paid employees of Auckland Ratepayers can decide it’s demise.

It’s like hiding the Holocaust from WWII history because it might offend someone.

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  • Toryboy

    This is a prime example of what I was saying yesterday – Labour has to invent things because of their irrelevance.

    You can picture it now – lots of spotty swotty (celibate? 28 year old virgins?) Labour activists all saying “oh comwades, the workers went on strwike a centuwy ago – let’s show solidarwity”

    It is so incredibly funny, and pathetic – university commonroom stuff.

    They seem to forget their parents never said “you should grow up and get a job in a factory like the workers”

    • Tom

      NEIL! WHERE ARE THE LENTILS?!?!

      • steve and monique

        The left suck

    • James Growley

      Just watch, in a few years time some numpty will be given a $800.000 to research it.

  • Agent BallSack

    Theyre only taking it down to add red paint to the billy clubs to give it an air of realism. Union orders.

  • Saccharomyces

    There should be a 50-foot high statue of a strike-breaker installed at the wharf. Heroes, every one of them, keeping the union scum in check.

    • Dumrse

      Union scum..? UNION CUNTS. Then, and now.

    • Day Day

      Strike breaker Jim Ross should be posthumously awarded a QSM.

  • Agent BallSack

    I wonder how much the installation cost? Not mentioned in the article at all. Who signed off on it being a good idea? Again no detail.

  • mike

    History hidden is history forgotten… and when we forget history we are doomed to repeat it.

  • Agent BallSack

    Hang on just a second. The fore fathers of America are heroes and they were genocidal. Let’s expunge all history that involves blood thirsty peoples? I guess that’s all Maori lore out then. Goodbye all references to Waitangi. The more I think about it the better.

    • James Growley

      Exactly, and they never barbequed each other on the beach either, did they……………

    • James Growley

      Exactly, and they never barbequed each other on the beach either, did they……………

  • rockape

    Yes that statue of Able Tasman needs to go from Nelson . I am sure some Maori might get offended. Bugger maybe we need to rename the bay! Shit, the towns called Nelson!

  • Shoreboy57

    Not much different to Stalin

    • Arran Hunt

      Who?

      • Toryboy

        The spiritual leader of the Labour party – famous for famines and mass murder

      • Toryboy

        The spiritual leader of the Labour party – famous for famines and mass murder

      • Bad__Cat

        Absolutely bloody brilliant!

  • Shoreboy57

    Next, no holocaust

    • Arran Hunt

      What’s that?

  • Waihekebloke

    This is what the wharfies were up to in WW2 in Australia : https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2013/10/war-unions-fought-australia/

    • Muffin

      I just read that, unbeleivable, should have lined them up and shot them all

    • Bart67

      Mr Lee, care to comment on the Wharfies behaviour in Australia? Or what about the unionised workforce in New Zealand who refused to serve to maintain a privelidged position in New Zealand while fighting men had to carry their burden overseas as well as their own. There are as many sinners within the union movement as without, and in attempting to sanitise history, you demean us all!

    • Tom

      I’m stunned… Those absolute cunts. That would qualify as treason in my book. And what’s to say anything has changed in watersider culture?

    • Toryboy

      Andrew Little will ‘get’ you for thinking there is anything wrong with that – just you wait!

    • Toryboy

      Andrew Little will ‘get’ you for thinking there is anything wrong with that – just you wait!

      • Dave

        Andrew Who……. Little, just like Len Brown, both fancy the same flavor of politics!!

    • Rodger T

      I believe the cunts went on strike in NZ also in 1945.
      Below contempt.

    • Rodger T

      I believe the cunts went on strike in NZ also in 1945.
      Below contempt.

    • mark14

      Oh dear.I won’t hold my breath for Labour’s apology for this.

    • ridsel

      My great-grandfather was GM of AFFCO during the war. Keeping the unions from sabotaging the meat supply to the UK drove him into an early grave (retired as soon as the war was over, died 1949).

    • Hollyfield

      My grandfather was a clerk on the wharves in Auckland.

      A wharfie stole a box of valves, and passed them around the other wharfies. My grandfather, being an honest man, refused to take one. The wharfie insisted – if everybody had a valve then nobody could nark. My grandfather still refused. The wharfie made it clear that if my grandfather did not take a valve, he would be the target of repeated accidents, until he ended up floating face down under the wharf. My grandfather had previously been made redundant from another office job, had no other job prospects, and with a wife and seven children to support he took the valve.

  • Dick Brown

    I was outraged about this hours ago.

    Disgraceful.

  • Col

    Shame shame shame.

  • BJ

    This is so not right – not right at all – that a few opinions can decide for the rest of us what is acceptable to be reviewed historicaly.
    This outrageous action is not reflecting some policy that has been decided at a democratic election – this is reflective of what will happen on a grand scale when socialism gets more than a foot in the door of NZ.
    Seems to me Mike Lee was told a story of persecution when he was little and he’s carrying around the burden of a chip on his shoulder.

    • Dick Brown

      While I agree with everyone’s sentiments here I feel the issue isn’t political but is an attack on society as a whole; as is all censorship.

      These types of terrorist attacks affect me more than 9/11 because they affect ME; right here, right now.

      Who has the right to tell me what to take an interest in?

      Fucking no-one that’s who.

    • Stamper44

      Reminds me of Parekura Horomia missing the bus – he contended because he was maori; others pointed out that he lived too close to the school. Maybe his obesity problem started early due to lack of exercise while carrying a large chip [and later “with fries”] ?

  • Agent BallSack

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    • Steve R

      And best news site

    • Day Day

      Pity they don’t have a politics category.

      • Agent BallSack

        I also went with best entertainment after the last 3 weeks here

        • Dave

          Ditto ABS, plus best News Site v- cant call what granny horrid publishes NEWS. Hell of a difference between lefties opinion and news.

          Cam / Petal. Can this please be put on the Blog somewhere, ABS – perhaps you should write to WO so he can just publish it ??

    • Sponge

      I voted for the daily blog for best real estate site. :)

  • kaykaybee

    The arrogance shown here is indicative of the ignorant agenda of certain elements in the council, and I’d bet that the players who called for the removal are the same ones who are supportive of the smug yet ethically compromised mayor.
    The irony to me is that a man who is currently causing offence to hundreds of thousands of current rate-paying AUCKLANDERS is being sworn in tonight, while a poster that accurately depicted the feelings towards a 100 year-old-event is to be taken down as (according to Sir Bob Harvey on Nat Radio) it might offend the rate-paying descendants of long deceased wharf strikers.

    • Muffin

      and who gives a fuck about wharf strikers?

  • Bart67

    Mr Mike Lee needs to be a little less self indulgent, and realise that the history of Auckland belongs to ALL Aucklanders, not just those whom he considers worthy to have their history recorded as valid.

  • tarkwin

    I can’t wait to hear Brian Rudmans take on this, I fear I may be sadly disappointed. I wonder if he has ever read Animal Farm?

    • Agent BallSack

      He has a copy signed by Chairman Mao

  • Rodger T

    So what if they`re offended,fuck them.

    Tell the Tinkerbells to ….

  • thor42

    The Left love to both rewrite and cover up history.
    When I was at school I was told that there were no such people as the Moriori. What bullshit. They existed and lived on the Chatham Islands.
    Then there is the coverup / great reluctance of officialdom to investigate certain structures in the Waipoua Forest up north (found decades ago). Why? Because it might ruffle a few Maori feathers and put a cat amongst the pigeons as to the history of NZ. That kind of raising of Maori above all others and putting them on a pedestal is RACIST.

    • Agent BallSack

      And the hidden castle in the West Coast as featured on Forgotten Silver. We need sunlight on this and many more issues.

      • thor42

        Exactly! Let’s not be *scared* of things like that – let’s check them out and see what they can tell us about the country’s history.

  • Simo

    Just the left trying to reach from their cesspit of irrelevancy…….Michael Lee’s mate Leonard “Tugger” Brown has made sure of that.

  • WestCoastMal

    so then when the “facts” of history offend one can simply have them deleted. that’s good to know,

    there are many more left wing ideas that need similar treatment.

  • Colville

    While I loathe the present day Unionists with a passion I believe it needs to be said that the Unions of 100 years were a good step forward for workers and New Zealand.
    The Unionists of today however are just self serving cunts. Much like the Labour Party. Long forgotten why they exist in the first place.

  • john Doe

    Maybe the left wing should be outraged and ask the council to remove 2 minute Len as he has certainly offended some…yeah right!

  • Bad__Cat

    So the “strike-breakers” were the “thugs and bashers on the people’s wharf.”?

    Funny, that. My father was a long time wharfie and told me about being pelted with bricks and rocks by the striking union members at the same Auckland wharves in 1951.

  • Dave

    Ah, the council made the decision, maybe its time for someone in the council to speak out how this decision was reached, was it a phone call from the Mare.

    Auckland Councilors, you are there to represent the people of Auckland – what part of the 75% of Aucklanders saying DONT REMOVE IT< ITS PART OF AUCKLAND's HISTORY, do you not understand.

    Are none of you worthy of your positions? after Lying Len that is.

  • Dave

    And Auckland Council, I Dont like the FACT the current mayor Len Browns sexual antics, his using our assets and time to tun his dirty little affairs, im not happy with that at all, and lalong wit hover half of Auckland dont want this to continue. Please REMOVE him now. Come on , you have set the standard, now live by it. REMOVE LEN, lest he upset and corrupt more Aucklanders. Here is an example ACC. Did news of this display make international news, was it the joke of news media and Mayors from around the world, NO. Len has to go.

  • FredFrog

    Why doesn’t Mike Lee agitate to have Len Brown removed? After all, it’s not a case of he “might” offend someone – he abso-bloody-lutely HAS offended many/ He can also agitate to have unions, labour and the gweens removed too, as they’re even more offensive than this artwork.

    Of course, he might just harden the fuck up, and accept the fact that everything is going to offend someone, somewhere.

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