Bob Jones: Is Todd Scott a liar?

The Dom’s collapsing circulation has seen the removal, on cost-cutting grounds, of subs and with it any semblance of quality control. This has its funny side.

Take an extraordinary published letter from reader Selwyn Boorman of Waikanae, which in normal times would never have seen the light of day.

Boorman opened with a rant about foreign investors renting to Kiwis, which without explanation he asserted was immoral. Then came this wonderful pearl.

“So here’s an innovative idea” Selwyn wrote, and he went on to propose the government borrow money and buy and build houses to rent to Kiwis. I’m not making this up.

Selwyn, where have you been these last near-eight decades in which the government has been doing precisely that? It’s called state housing, sunshine.

Is Todd Scott a liar?

Todd Scott’s latest rant reveals him as a liar. He writes, “Bob used to plead with me to publish him in print.”

I did no such thing; rather, I said I’d not participate in NBR’s radio interviews. He should remember the number of letters he wrote saying how grateful he was for me helping him out and how much he loved my columns.

I admire people who have a go and Todd epitomises this, he beginning life as a butcher. Furthermore, I’m saddened by the decline in the print media and the inevitable end of NBR as a newspaper. What is not admirable is the disgraceful way he’s treated his now-dwindling staff, for which financial pressure is no excuse.

Todd may wonder how I know so much about what’s happening. It’s called leaks, Todd, coming from inhouse – a reflection of your employees’ contempt. Try being nice to them. Your difficulties reflect the modern order, which has wiped out so many hitherto successful businesses. Hopefully, you can crack it on-line and having your staff onside will be essential for that.

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Sir Robert ‘Bob’ Jones — now New Zealand’s largest private office building owner in Wellington and Auckland, and with substantial holdings in Sydney and Glasgow, totalling in excess of two billion dollars — is a property investor, author and former politician, who has written fiction as well as books on property investment, selections of his newspaper and magazine columns, and reminiscences of former prime minister Robert Muldoon.

While at Victoria University of Wellington, he earned a ‘blue’ in boxing and contributed to a boxing column in the university’s newspaper Salient. A multi-millionaire, Jones earned his wealth through investments in commercial property via his company Robt. Jones Holdings Ltd. He founded and led the New Zealand Party in 1983. In 1989 he was made a Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and in received the New Zealand 1990 Commemorative Medal.

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