The fascist tendencies of the left wing

Matthew Hooton draws attention to the latent fascist tendencies of the left wing in NZ politics.

Controversial former cabinet minister Judith Collins has a new gig as a columnist for the left-leaning Sunday Star-Times. Her first effort was about concrete fibreboard. It is possible only the sub-editors read it all the way through.

Nevertheless, Ms Collins is to be commended for bringing to the fore the fascist tendencies of the self-appointed left-wing twitterati in this country.

According to them, a former minister taking a column is not, as I had always assumed, a sign of a political career drawing to a close. To the contrary, the left-wing twitterati squealed, Ms Collins’ appointment is a conspiracy involving the apparently right-wing editor of the Star-Times to rehabilitate Ms Collins after her “disgrace” in the Dirty Politics affair.


The left-wing response, led by Giovanni Tiso and Nicky Hager’s sister Mandy was typically vicious. It was near-universally agreed that it was “unacceptable,” “unsuitable” and “completely unethical” for Ms Collins to write for a newspaper.

According to Ms Hager, Ms Collins “has already been outed as actively manipulating news stories for her own and her party’s political advantage.” God forbid!

At least as damning, according to Ms Hager, “there are an increasing number of right-wing commentators being given air time or column length.”

The media, she said, was “playing a part in perpetuating government propaganda.”

For his part, Mr Tiso hissed that Ms Collins had “poisoned the political conversation” and having her as a columnist was not “within the bounds of ethical journalism.”

Others alleged Ms Collins’ column had been “co-ordinated” with Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater, whatever that means.

Not quite in jest, it was suggested that after appointing Ms Collins, the Sunday Star-Times’s next move would be “to contact Stalin and Hitler from the afterlife to provide contrasting opinions [and] muffin recipes.”

Another leftist suggested the paper’s next columnists would be the paedophilic rapist and murderer, Phillip Joseph Smith and the alleged stupefier and sexual abuser of teenage girls, Bill Cosby.

There were calls, if not quite for burnings of the Sunday Star-Times, then at least for drastic commercial reprisals. It was forgotten that this is the same newspaper which publishes news stories by Mr Hager and his fellow traveller Jon Stephenson, and whose business columnist is the climate catastrophist Rod Oram.

Calls that got only three cancellations according to editor Jonathan Milne.

I do not recall such a vicious response by right-wing activists when Mr Hager and Mr Stephenson are given space not merely on the opinion pages but in the Sunday Star-Times’ news section.

Also forgotten by the enraged leftists is that Ms Collins was in fact cleared of wrongdoing by High Court Judge Lester Chisholm. The left may believe – as I do – that Ms Collins was probably lucky but the standard is surely innocent until proven guilty.

Even had Mr Chisholm found evidence against Ms Collins, she has already paid the price by being sacked by the prime minister and, probably deservedly, being beaten up by the media. Under what rule is this backbencher not entitled to “rehabilitation” anyway?

Mr Hager’s election-year book, Dirty Politics, did reveal wrongdoing by the prime minister’s office. In particular, the abuse of SIS information for political purposes has no place in a democracy. It certainly warranted the resignation of the prime minister’s chief of staff and arguably the prime minister himself. But Dirty Politics did not reveal the crime of the century and was itself the product of not just dirty politics but criminal wrongdoing.

Most ironically, the way leftist activists are now using the phrase “dirty politics” to smear and attempt to silence views they deem against their interests is exactly the type of behaviour Mr Hager purported to be concerned about.

Anyone mentioned in Dirty Politics, myself included, should never again be allowed to write for a newspaper or speak on TV or radio, they say. These roles should be reserved for those with “integrity,” as defined by the militant, Marxist left.

The way Mr Hager’s book is being used by his family and friends to attack their ideological foes underlines again that it was not an honest attempt to speak truth to power but calculated to advance their extremist political agenda during an election campaign.

The book was in and of itself a lesson in how the left wing play dirty politics…with crimes and illegal activities.

Be clear, I do not condemn Mr Hager for his political activity. Indeed, in a sense I applaud his initiative. He is as entitled as anyone to publish a book to try to unseat a prime minister whose economic, social, environmental and defence policies he opposes. I am appalled that the police raided his home for 10 hours after he was identified as a mere witness in Mr Slater’s complaint against the unknown Rawshark.

But Mr Hager’s supporters would be a little more credible if they at least acknowledged his political motivations and were genuinely committed to a contest of ideas.

As it is, their behaviour is far more dangerous to the maintenance of pluralism in our political system than anything Ms Collins or Mr Goff may ever bash out for Mr Milne.

Matthew Hooton, because of his links with his good friend Laila Harre, knows altogether too much about Dirty Politics.

I wonder if they will share worried conversations over what comes next while they relax by teh fireside in Whistler as they enjoy a workers holiday in the northern ski resort and playground of the rich and famous.

The Unionist and the Corporate Shill do Whistler sounds like a porn movie.



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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.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.