Last year had quite the dildo theme running through politics

A protester posted a photo on Facebook of a plastic sex toy with ‘Paula B’ written on it and a photo of Minister Paula Bennett captioned “see you shortly b****”, a court heard today.

The social media post, with the expletive word in capital letters, was made just prior to a Trans-Pacific Partnership protest in Whanganui last year.

The trial of Whanganui MP Chester Borrows on a careless driving charge stemming from the protest is underway at the Whanganui District Court.

Mr Borrows allegedly drove over the foot of a protester as he was leaving a breakfast at the Collegiate Motor Inn in Whanganui with Ms Bennett.

Members of the protest group have been giving evidence this morning.

Borrows’ lawyer Nathan Bourke said Phillip Reweti’s post and behaviour was vulgar.

“You chose to link a photo about Minister Bennett being told a bit of sexual violence didn’t hurt anyone and your addition to that was the text ‘see you soon b****’.

“You’ve said you protest for a number of causes. Do I take it that women’s rights are not one of those?”

Mr Reweti said he was unsure whether he had the dildo on hand at the time the car drove past.

“The police had told me not to show it or anything. I think I left it in the car at the time, otherwise I’d be arrested,” he said.

But that wasn’t the end of the drama  

Earlier fellow protester Tracey Treadwell told the court the group began to arrive outside the Collegiate Motor Inn with the intention to protest the TPP as they knew Borrows and Minister Paula Bennett were there.

Their intention was to get their signs and message seen by the two MPs.

Ms Treadwell said the group moved towards the driveway when they saw Borrows’ vehicle about to leave.

“We had the placards and we just moved in formation to the footpath area at the end of the driveway,” Ms Treadwell said.

“The police didn’t at any time say this wasn’t allowed or to move.

“The car just came down the driveway. We were expecting it to stop and which case we were expecting the Police to ask us to move. However, the car didn’t stop.”

Ms Treadwell said her knee was struck by the car and her foot was run over as a police officer pulled her away.

Sadly, that was the one good thing that Chester Borrows did as an MP.  Nothing else he’ll be remembered for.

 

– 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.

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