A tale of two Phils

Right, quick summary of what’s happening out there

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been taken to Tauranga Police Station in a police car.

A witness reported he was put into a police car this morning after an incident in Gate Pa, SunLive.co.nz reported.

Rudd was spoken to by police officers on Cameron Rd, near the central city, before being placed in handcuffs and put into the back of a police car.


Tauranga police are refusing to say whether or not Rudd has been arrested or if Rudd is in their custody.

Senior Sergeant Owen O’Brien said police were investigating an incident, but provided no further information…

Rudd’s lawyer Paul Mabey said he was not aware of details of the incident. He said another lawyer was at the police station looking into the matter. No charges had been laid, he said.

Rudd is facing charges of threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.

All very murky that one.   Next, going from murky to plain ridiculous

Convicted murderer and paedophile Phillip Smith has met with his lawyer for the first time since he arrived in New Zealand on Saturday.

Tony Ellis says Smith has been on a hunger strike for three days because his dignity has been taken away.

He’s had his glasses and hair piece confiscated, and he’s not allowed a toilet.

Losing his dignity? He already lost that when he decided to wear a syrup.

I would love to know the other side of the story.  Corrections staff aren’t that dense that they are going to mistreat a high profile prisoner in that fashion.

Anyway, is he saying the conditions in Brazil left his dignity intact?  Perhaps we need to give him back his toupée and his glass, but turn the rest of the cell conditions into something closer to what he experienced there.

He’s playing the NZ Corrections Department for soft fools – after all, it worked before.

Somehow, I think they’re especially motivated not to let him embarrass them again.


– Stuff, NZ Herald

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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.