Rodney Hide on the Green taliban

Rodney Hide points out in the Herald on Sunday that Greenpeace have only themselves to blame for the predicament of their pirates hooligans.

Greenpeace writes up the activists as a cross between Batman and Wonder Woman. And here’s the logic: Politics doesn’t work. We are powerless. Greed is dictating outcomes. Time is running out. We need to even the playing field. Give voice to the voiceless. We must act. That’s the propaganda of demagoguery. Greenpeace says its activists act with the “courage of their conviction” and “take full responsibility for their actions”. And that they “bend rules” and “push boundaries”.

Well, they may have bent one too many rules and pushed one boundary too far. It’s the Russian Government they have tangled with. It’s not known for being a soft touch. But not to worry, the activists have the “courage of their conviction” and “take full responsibility for their actions”.

That means accepting the consequences. That’s looking like a long spell in prison. That’s what it means when you put your “own personal liberty on the line”.

Of course, Greenpeace could do peaceful protest against Arctic drilling by standing outside the Russian Embassy. But that wouldn’t titillate the news. Such a protest would not be reported. Far better to be boarding a rig, with protest banners and embedded journalists. That’s news.

It is also likely to mean a spell in some pretty hard prisons. The Russians are immune to public relations campaigns.

And that’s money. Greenpeace is a multinational organisation that rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars. It does so by endless protest and always upping the ante to secure headlines. The Russian Government taking the Greenpeace 30 captive and charging them is gold to Greenpeace. It will give them continuous news coverage, endless opportunities to protest, and flood their coffers with donations. It doesn’t do anything to make the planet a better place. But then that’s not its point.

Greenpeace are corporate hypocrites.


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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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