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Sorry Phil, that is just a weasel excuse and explaining is losing

Auckland mayor and enforcer of the Hecklers’ Veto, Phil ‘Gutless’ Goff

Phil Goff thinks he is justified in banning free speech because someone else in Australia had problems exercising their free speech because a bunch of fascist thugs caused some violence. Quote:

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff claims police were braced for disorder if two far-right Canadian speakers were given the green light to appear at a council-owned venue.

Earlier this month, Regional Facilities Auckland cancelled Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux’s August 3 booking of the Bruce Mason Centre, citing concerns about “the health and safety of the presenters, staff and patrons”.

Goff says the decision was not his, although he supported the cancellation, tweeting: “Views that divide rather than unite are repugnant and I have made my views on this very clear”.

Meanwhile, the Free Speech Coalition, which is supported by figures across the political spectrum, has raised $90,000 for a potential judicial review of the cancellation.

But Goff on Tuesday doubled-down on his stance and added senior police figures were on his side.

When the decision was made to cancel I met with a couple of the district commanders at another function I was at,” he said.

“They said: ‘Thank God you did that, because we would’ve had to have been out there in strength, we wouldn’t have known what to anticipate, but we would have anticipated problems’.” End quote.

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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.

Shane Jones tells hapu to shove their statue right up their nono

Shane Jones is on fire, giving it to the hapu who want millions to build a massive edifice: Quote:

NZ First MP Shane Jones has savaged a proposal for a giant statue of Papatūānuku at Bastion Point, saying it is laughable Aucklanders are forking out for the work. 

Auckland Council has earmarked $1 million in its budget for the project, but Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei spokesman Ngarimu Blair said the idea was unformed and it was “early days”.

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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.

Pike River: A big hole in the ground we are throwing money into


Andrew Little’s Pike River mine promise is going to cost more than expected. Is anyone surprised?  Quote:

The plan to re-enter the Pike River mine could cost up to $12 milllion more than the $23 million budget, Stuff understands.
Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced on the West Coast today that he is set to sign off on the re-entry concept plans for the mine.
The Government had budgeted $7.6 million a year for three years, totalling up to $23m, for the Pike River Recovery Agency and re-entry to the mine.  End of quote.

So that’s 35 million dollars of proposed spending to locate 29 bodies that are in a hole in the ground, and move them to a different hole in the ground.  Months, possibly years of ongoing trauma for all of the families of the miners, whether they want their loved ones remains disturbed or not.  Quote:

An explosion ripped through the West Coast mine on November 19, 2010, killing 29 men. Their bodies have not been recovered.

The agency had completed a concept plan for re-entry and it is now before Little for approval. He said his independent advisor, former Air NZ chief executive Rob Fyfe, had approved the process and the concept plan.

Little wanted to update all the Pike River families before signing off on the concept plan, which had been developed by the agency after two workshops with technical experts. All 29 families were invited to a briefing on the plan at the agency in Greymouth on Saturday.[…]  End of quote. 

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It’s great to have a voice.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

John Roughan on Goff’s censorship

Auckland mayor and enforcer of the Hecklers’ Veto, Phil ‘gutless’ Goff

John Roughan takes exception to Phil Goff’s assault of free speech: Quote:

Like many of us this week no doubt, I’ve put the names Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux into the search engine, curious to find out why the Mayor of Auckland considers their views too dangerous to be given a public platform in our fair city.

The search turned up video clips of Southern, a young Canadian holding a microphone in the middle of a demonstration. A woman with a nose ring was berating her for insisting there are only two genders in this world. Another clip showed her invading a woman’s march against sexual harassment. She was asking the marchers whether they wanted “women’s rights or Islam?”

She opposes unchecked immigration, particularly if it’s Islamic, and she has exposed something that worried me when an Economist report mentioned in passing that Italian naval craft were going almost to the North African coast to pick up “refugees” who had only to jump out of a boat.

Southern is essentially a journalist who asks unwelcome questions, questions that lurk in the mind of probably all of thinking people and challenge the dominant sympathies of the mass media today.

Molyneux is an intellectually heavier proposition. He subscribes to a theory that IQ differs between ethnic groups and claims it is based on US Army records of IQ tests of its ranks over the years. He is very glib and very serious. He doesn’t foam at the mouth. He says he doesn’t want to believe the results of his research but has no choice. It leads him to conclusions you are not allowed to say these days. End quote.

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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.

Roll up, roll up and put your hand up for more money!

It’s a circus with so many people demanding more pay, they must think that this government is a soft touch.

We are witnesses to the largest number of people involved in strikes that this country has seen. Quote.

The waterfront dispute of 1951 was the biggest industrial confrontation in New Zealand’s history. Although it was not as violent as the Great Strike of 1913, it lasted longer – 151 days, from February to July – and involved more workers. At its peak, 22,000 waterside workers (wharfies) and other unionists were off the job, out of the country’s population of just under two million. End of quote.

It ended in the Watersiders conceding defeat.

This week more than 30,000 nurses, healthcare assistants and midwives walked off the job for 24 hours, a first for them in nearly 30 years.

Last week nearly 4,000 Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Mbie) employees walked off the job, virtually shutting down the tax department.

Before that, it was Auckland bus drivers, and nationwide cinema workers and Wendy’s employees.

Next month 27,000 primary school teachers have promised a half-day strike.

There is no end in sight to the industrial disruption to a government that is such an easy target.

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The subject evoked in the collage is the debating of political issues with friends in a public place

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Glass and bottle of Suze (after 18 November 1912)
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Chris Trotter exposes the intellectual dishonesty and latent violence of the hard left in NZ

Yesterday a post that appeared on The Standard attacked Chris Trotter. In that post there were veiled threats of violence and justifications of smashing free speech.

Chris Trotter politely exposes the intellectual dishonesty of the writer and the latent violence bubbling away in the hard left of New Zealand politics. As is usual with Chris, his response is considered and polite in the face of veiled threats: Quote:

IT HAS BEEN DISPIRITING, this past week, to learn how little people who consider themselves leftists know about fascism.

The cause of this ignorance is, I suspect, generational. Those who grew up at a time when fascism was strong, and who later confronted its armies in World War II, are now very few in number. Their children and grandchildren, lacking their elders’ direct experience of fascism and fascists, have allowed the meaning of the word, along with the historical context out of which it grew, to fade and blur. As the recent torrid exchanges between the defenders of free speech and the opponents of right-wing Canadians Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux have made clear, the word “fascist” now denotes little more than conservative views provocatively expressed.

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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.

Am I a white supremacist?

According to Bennett Morgan, a “white supremacist group” raised money to sue Auckland Council for refusing to allow Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux to speak at one of their venues. I donated to their fund. Does that make me a white supremacist?

When there was a rally in Liverpool (my home town), England, to free Tommy Robinson, I wished I was there. The protesters were described by the media as “far-right protesters” and “white supremacists”. Does that make me a white supremacist?

I will be attending the rally in Wellington this weekend to free Tommy, but it may have now been turned more into a rally about free speech. Will the media describe the attendees as white supremacists?

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

She’s back… again: Would someone tell Helen Clark no one wants her opinion any more

Helen Clark can’t just slide into oblivion. There isn’t a week that goes by without her seeking attention like the bitter, old, irrelevant bag that she is.

Now she is whining about party lists and how there aren’t enough women on them: Quote:

Political parties need to promote more women on their lists, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says.

Clark was speaking on Tuesday on a panel at Parliament on efforts to make Parliament’s more family friendly.

Parties are the gateways through which most people enter Parliament and need to be “the greatest champions” for equality, she said.

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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.

Join the Free Speech Coalition to help sue Phil Goff and Auckland Council

Whaleoil readers will know about Phil Goff’s fascist censorship of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux.

A few familiar names have signed on to a campaign to take Auckland Council to court for breaching the Bill of Rights and the Human Rights Act.

A crowd-funding campaign has been launched to raise money to bring judicial review proceedings against Phil Goff and Auckland Council for their banning of speakers Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern at council-owned venues.

A Free Speech Coalition will collect funds for the legal action, and return them if the fundraising target is not met. The coalition has been advised that the cost of engaging lawyers and proceeding with urgent legal action will be approximately $50,000.

Supporters of the group include:

  • Dr Michael Bassett, former Labour party minister
  • Dr Don Brash, former leader of the National and AACT parties, and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  • Ashley Church, business leader
  • Dr David Cumin, Senior Lecturer University of Auckland
  • Melissa Derby, University of Canterbury academic
  • Stephen Franks, lawyer
  • Paul Moon, historian and Auckland University of Technology professor
  • Lindsay Perigo, broadcaster
  • Rachel Poulain, writer
  • Chris Trotter, political commentator and
  • Jordan Williams, lawyer.  

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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.

Good way to tank business confidence even further

If you needed a good way to tank business confidence even further than it is tanking already, then it is headlines like this around the world that will do it:

That was in the Sydney Morning Herald: Quote: Read more »

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.