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Cameron comes good on schools

David Cameron writes about education in the Telegraph:

Why should we put up with a school content to let a child sit at the back of the class, swapping Facebook updates? Or one where pupils and staff count down the hours to the end of term without ever asking why B grades can’t be turned into As?

Britain can’t let weak schools smother children’s potential. We have got to turn every brain and every willing hand to the task of rebuilding our economy and society.

Precisely. It isn’t good enough that some schools and some teachers drag the rest down.

Spotting the real problem schools, looking at the league tables and sending in the inspectors to sort them out is relatively easy. And we remain relentless about combating entrenched failure. We will soon have taken over more failing schools with new academies than in the whole eight years of the programme under Labour.

But it’s just as important to tackle those all over the country content to muddle through – places where respectable results and a decent local reputation mask a failure to meet potential. Children who did well in primary school but who lose momentum. Early promise fades.

This is the hidden crisis in our schools – in prosperous shires and market towns just as much as the inner cities.

My sales and management mentor once told me what gets measured, gets done. National Standards are the measurement tool.

From June, we will release data about the performance of all pupils from the National Pupil Database. Of course, it will be anonymous, but you will be able to see what happened to individual pupils: where they started, the progress they made and where they ended up. We’ve also made spending data public. All this will allow people to spot the truth and confront failure where it exists.

We are also toughening up exams. More pupils are taking essential core subjects. Already, around a quarter more children have been entered for modern language and history GCSEs than last year. There’s been a stunning 82 per cent increase in the numbers of pupils studying triple sciences. Later this week, we will also be saying more about plans for apprenticeships.

The point of education is to change lives. It’s not good enough for teachers in shire counties to be satisfied with half of children getting five good GCSEs, when Mossbourne Academy achieves 82 per cent in Hackney.

Basically David Cameron says he is going to smash complacency in order to deliver excellence to schools in Britain. We need to be doing the same thing here.

Why MPs shouldn’t use social media

I get asked quite regularly by MPs and people with a high public profile about how to maximise social media especially Twitter and Facebook.

Unlike most advisors I tell them to give it a miss. There are many reasons but one of them is unless you understand the implications of permissioning then you run a real risk of being severely embarrassed.

Like Trevor Mallard, the Labour Party’s strategic genius and uber-blogger and now porn spammer:

UPDATE: I have had requests from readers to censor the image. I have decided to do so.

 

The firm roots are gone

This is an advisory to all the men out there, in particular to those in the Hawkes Bay.

Back on July 21 I blogged about Stuart Nash and his firm roots in the Hawkes Bay. I put a timer on my site to see how long it would take before he changed it. We now know…it took just over 4 months.

Well in the past couple of days his site has been taken down and the domain name now resolves to his Facebook page.

And the firm roots in the Hawkes Bay are now gone!

It would appear that The Mangrove is on the prowl again. All the husbands of attractive women the nation over need to know now that The Mangrove roots are not firmly only in the Hawke’s Bay.

Getting Frank with Rich

Rich Henry is a guy who rates himself. In his short biography and puff piece for his appearance on The Apprentice he was described tongue in cheek as thus;

Self-employed Aucklander Richard Henry should teach a course in management speak. The 26-year-old says he “thrives on the creative industries and robust debate, and aspires to better the world en route to the finer things in life,” and his “entrepreneurial edge, grounded understanding, and core ethics” will get him the top job. Moving forward.

Hmmm…”entrepreneurial edge, grounded understanding and core ethics”. Let’s look at his core ethics.

First up his by-line is “Getting frank is about keeping it direct, honest and evident.” We will be doing just that. I’ll be direct, I’ll be honest and I will produce evidence.

Sometime back in 2007, Rich Henry was setting up Get Frank, an online magazine for blokes. With his partner Mitch Hall, he contacted numerous “content providers”, that is a nice term for people who write stuff. He asked if he could use the occasional article from the content providers. He even had one of his staff discuss financial terms for the use of the material with content providers.  That content provider kept the email as terms of their engagement:

From: Mitchell Hall <[email protected]>
To:

Subject: RE: up now…

Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2007 15:33:59 +1300

That is most definitely the plan ;)

In fact, as our advertising grows we will be offering all contributors the chance to take 50% of all advertising revenue from their page(s) on a CPM basis.

Sweet.

Mitchell Hall

Editor

I was one of those who was offered these terms. So was Cactus Kate and content was also taken from other content providers such as Kiwiblog. I am yet to go through the whole site but from an email today from Rich Henry, he confirms that in fact 100% of the content of Get Frank is sourced from other content providers and that they provide no content of their own.

Through my own monitoring, I have noticed increased usage of my content. So I decided to have a wee chat with Rich about his site and the use of my content.

I sent him a letter outlining how my site is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License which clearly states;

You are free:

  • to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
  • to Remix — to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution — You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • Noncommercial — You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • Share Alike — If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

With the understanding that:

  • Waiver — Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
  • Public Domain — Where the work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.
  • Other Rights — In no way are any of the following rights affected by the license:
    • Your fair dealing or fair use rights, or other applicable copyright exceptions and limitations;
    • The author’s moral rights;
    • Rights other persons may have either in the work itself or in how the work is used, such as publicity or privacy rights.

I had given permission for Get Frank to use my content on a limited basis. But there were no links as required, attribution was tenuous and worse still, he was breaching the non-commercial aspect of my licence agreement. What I didn’t give permission for was for them to make truck loads of cash off my content.

Cactus Kate and Kiwiblog don’t publish specific licencing for their content and as such are protected completely by total copyright provisions.  Cactus Kate eventually lost patience with these thieving prats and withdrew her permission for Get Frank to use posts of hers because of the way they were manipulating images on the re-posts.

Get Frank carried extensive advertising, some of it is intercompany related with other enterprises of Rich’s to give the impression he has substantial backing. The advertising on Get Frank is booked by Adhub, who it transpires also an investor, to the tune of over $50,000 in Get Frank.

In my discussions with Rich Henry regarding his breaches of mine and other content providers’ copyright, we discussed just exactly what revenue he was making for Get Frank.

Rich confided in me that revenue for the site exceeds $10,000 per month, or more than $120,000 per annum. All from advertising  – and all booked on content that Get Frank doesn’t provide themselves and has lied to those who asked, about the profitability of the earnings derived from the collective “content providers”. Those of you may snigger now that Rich was accepted on to The Apprentice earning that as a paltry sum while making out he is an internet guru.  I won’t be so unkind, the Sorcerer is struggling to put together $120,000 to pay his creditors at the moment.

I pointed out to Rich that he was in fact stealing from all of us.

We wrote the content, he took it on the basis he was currently unprofitable and would pay for the content when he made the expected profit, sold advertising on that content and then pocketed the loot without actually paying for the content.

His response to my concerns was as follows;

Hi Cam,

Good to catch up last week.

I have placed some decent thought into it and have also run past the team here.

Like a number of offshore models rather than publishing unique to getfrank content our value proposition and core model is that we offer contributors a free marketing tool / platform, in which we republish a taste from their full offering to position our contributors as the expert destinations and for some an added extension to their online voice.

As discussed last week the page impressions that we generate for each post in the editorial section a revenue split will be nickle & dime and just chewed up in administration, and with further thought and discussion around our model we’re just not going to be able to derive enough value to justify paying a lump sum for that content either.

Given the massive profile you’ve built over 2010 I fully appreciate that the whole free marketing proposition may be of limited value for you, and fully appreciate your reasoning if you choose to end the contributing relationship.

Please forward this email onto the other bloggers within the union, if they they could please email me direct I’ll be more than accommodating.

It’s been great having you on the site, and if you see any other way we can combine forces definitely let me know.

Rich

As you can see I was talking with Rich on behalf of the Bloggers Union which, as you know, is compulsory, and acts on behalf of all bloggers or (as Rich calls us) content providers.  I also see it as a duty to other content providers on Get Frank that we collectively ensure compensation for our work.

As you can also see Rich Henry has admitted that not a single piece of his content is provided by him or his team. They take content from others, like me, like David Farrar, like Cactus Kate and numerous other non-blogging contributors, and they put it on their site then sell advertising on our content. They keep all the loot and then when approached about it claim it is all too hard to distribute half the revenue as promised that content providers collectively were offered, thanks for coming, feck off. Well I’ve got news for Rich Henry and it is all bad.

What Get Frank is actually doing is stealing our collective content and selling that which they didn’t produce.  Imagine what would happen if say The Listener pretended to be poor and stopped paying for content?  Columnists would soon pack up shop and rat the publication out for what they are – thieves.

This isn’t without precedence. In fact Rich kindly alludes to the model in other countries. So let’s take a moment to look at how that works out.

Old media often bemoans the copy-and-paste habits of bloggers and self-professed citizen journalists, alleging that the “re-reporting” they do is more akin to plagiarism than journalism.

Smarting under these kinds of accusations, the blogosphere eagerly took up a story writer Monica Gaudio posted to her blog Wednesday evening in which she described how a for-profit print magazine called Cooks Source published a 5-year-old post she had penned for the blog Gode Cookery. The article was published without Gaudio’s permission.

A friend who had seen the article wrote to Gaudio congratulating her and asking her how she had gotten the article published in the magazine, which has a circulation of about 20,000. “This was news to me, as I hadn’t ever heard of this magazine before,” she said.

According to Gaudio, she contacted the editor of Cooks Source to inquire about the article (which is about the history of apple pie) and how it managed to appear in the magazine. At one point in the exchange, Gaudio said, the editor asked her what she wanted, and Gaudio replied that she wanted an apology to appear both in the magazine and on the magazine’s Facebook Page, as well as a $130 donation (a sum that equates to about $0.10 per word of the piece in question) to be made to the Columbia School of Journalism.

The editor, who said that she has three decades of experience editing for The Voice, Connecticut Woman Magazine and other publications, responded that since everything on the web is considered “public domain,” Gaudio “should be happy we didn’t just ‘lift’ your whole article and put someone else’s name on it,” a common occurrence on college campuses and elsewhere, she notes. She goes on to say that the article “was in very bad need of editing, and is much better now than it was originally.” In fact, she says, “We put some time into rewrites, [therefore] you should compensate me!”

As it has with other incidents of private injustice — such as the case of Mary Bale, a.k.a the “Cat Bin Lady”— the web sounded its displeasure loudly, flooding the magazine’s Facebook Page with thousands of derisive comments (apparently, the original Facebook Page was hacked and the magazine has since been forced to relocate) and Twitter with the hashtag #CrooksSource.

And what happened to Cooks Source? Well it went tits up after its advertisers abandoned a known thief.  Get Frank offered its content providers 50% of the advertising they generate.  Whether that is Whaleoil, David Farrar or any of the non-blogger contributors, he owes half the revenue to the content providers.

Now back to Rich Henry. Even if you take his emails and his lackey’s email at face value, he could argue that his site isn’t making money and so he can’t cough up the dosh. There is a slight problem with that, and it is Rich Henry’s propensity to skite.

On the 20th of October 2008, just a few short months since having his staff offer up 50% of advertising revenue he had this to say;

Rich Henry and Get Frank are thievesMy darkest hour was when:

I launched the site, with 40k of personal loans and 60k of my parents money to see no one visiting and only a couple of months liquidity left.

I came through it by:

Dropping out of fulltime work at PricewaterhouseCoopers to work on the venture fulltime to try and save it. I was very lucky to secure Shane Bradley as an Angel Investor, and three years since the light bulb moment the ventures finally cash flow positive.

We wonder quite where the 100k of start-up capital went, it seems to be an enormous sum to spend on promo girls and sponsor events around town to make Rich look like da’ main man of Auckland online media,

More importantly in October 2008, he acknowledges that the site is cashflow positive. Where were the revenues for the content? Nowhere is where…well, actually they were in Rich Henry’s pocket.

Richard is now 25 and the magazine attracts more than 50,000 readers per month. He describes it as a website for intelligent, professional men.

Nice…he gets the same traffic a month that I get a week and he has the audacity to claim that he was helping me and other content providers like Kiwiblog and Cactus Kate out!!

In March 2009 he was blabbing about his stellar success;

The website is aimed at intelligent, professional men – it has the highest concentration of 18-39 year old male readers in New Zealand, and more than 72% of its audience have a household income over $60k a year, according to Nielsen Online. It has managed to attract long-term premium advertisers such as  Continental Car Services and Amstel Premium Beer – not bad for a site  that drove its owner to the brink of bankruptcy.

For the first two years, Rich poured all his spare time, money and energy into the project. Winning $5,000 and a trip to Sydney in Nescafe Bigbreak bolstered  both his  confidence and credibility – and eventually led him to resigning from his day job to devote himself full time to the venture.

Within two months, and with bankruptcy pending, he met Shane Bradley of finda.co.nz, who brought with him resources in the form of both money and contacts. Rich threw himself into completing the content proposition, establishing key commercial relationships, and constructing the re-design of the site.

Now, two years on from that initial meeting, Rich’s passion and confidence are still there and they are beginning to prove well founded.

“We just keep on growing. We started 2008 with 10,000 unique visitors a month. We’re now looking at 70,000 – that’s nearly twice as many people as were at the Big Day Out this year.”

It is hard to believe Rich would ever lack confidence. Completing content proposition…hmmm…I wonder if he actually wrote down on the post-it notes that he is so fond of quoting, that he uses “Steal Content” as the content proposition.

I wonder how his advertisers like Continental Cars, Amstel Premium and Jack Daniels feel about his theft of our content to enable him to fill his pockets.  Probably the same way Veuve Clicquot and the NBR felt when they shafted social media in a small competition recently.  Nervous. Imagine the innovative and creative ways that New Zealand bloggers could destroy those three brands along with Get Frank?

In 2009 Rich’s monthly traffic was still barely what I get in a week….let alone Kiwiblog.

“I’ve got a million things to do, with a completely open canvas on how to deliver on each one of them. Working for yourself means everyday is an opportunity, and yeah, I’m loving it.”

Yeah, I just bet you are loving it…stealing other people work and fobbing it off to advertisers on pathetic traffic statistics and keeping all the money…I just bet you’re loving it …until now.  Sunshine being the best disinfectant on corporate criminals.

Now why was Rich Henry fired from the Apprentice?  The answer is very interesting

In a shock double elimination, the 26-year-old Aucklander and Meena Chaggen were sent packing after the boss, Terry Serepisos, accused them of duplicity.

Duplicity…look it up. If anyone knows duplicity when he sees it that would be Terry Serepisos.

Noun

duplicity (countable and uncountable; plural duplicities)

  1. Intentional deceptiveness; double-dealing.

Rich Henry was fired from The Apprentice for duplicity….which is how he conducts business with Get Frank and Adhub.

And don’t you just love Rich Henry’s last word on the Apprentice.

I’ve got my website and that’s just screaming ahead at the moment. I’ve got 25,000 people on the newsletter and that just continues to build. It’s a men’s magazine and we do about 35 articles a week. So yeah, it’s all really exciting.

“We do about 35 articles a week”…..what a liar…duplicitous even.

So what do we do about Get Frank and Rich Henry?

Well, I for one want all of my content taken down. It’s stolen after all. I’m pretty sure that other Blogger’s Union members will request the same. Then I’ll spread it around just what sort of thief Rich Henry is, endeavour to contact every single one of his content providers and show them this page, along with his advertisers.  New Zealand mainstream media loves knocking down failed Apprentice contestants on their business failures.  Even repeaters get paid for their content, they get pippy when their own content is stolen and re-sold for profit elsewhere.  Very pippy. Ask Barry Colman what he thinks of people who steal content.

I really think that he should be providing penalty payments and residuals in compensation for the work he has stolen.

The last thing I will do is complain to the NZICA, because Rich Henry wants to be a Chartered Accountant. Perhaps he should read their guidelines, particularly paragraphs 16-19.

Members must behave with Integrity in all professional and business relationships. Integrity implies not merely honesty but fair dealing and truthfulness.

16. Integrity is a quality of overriding importance for all members of the Institute. Integrity implies not merely honesty but fair dealing and truthfulness. It is members’ adherence to the fundamental principle of Integrity that allows the public to derive their trust in the accountancy profession. It is also the benchmark against which a member must ultimately test all decisions.

17. Integrity can accommodate the inadvertent error and honest difference of opinion. However, Integrity cannot accommodate deceit or subordination of principles, values and standards.

18. Integrity is measured in terms of what is right or just.

19. In the absence of specific rules, standards or guidance, or in the face of conflicting opinions, a member should test their decisions and actions against the following questions:

  • Am I doing what a person of Integrity would do?
  • Have I retained my Integrity?

Rule 13 is going to hurt too.

Any member who has reasonable grounds for suspecting defalcation, fraud, dishonesty or other unethical behaviour by any other member is under a duty to make a confidential report immediately to the Chief Executive of the Institute.

Bummer, the Whale will not be the issue here, Rich stole one content provider’s work – who just happens to be a member.

Rich Henry is a thief, a plagiarist and a liar. He is also now blacklisted by the Bloggers Union and anyone associated with him. De-linking and Cease and Desist action is taking place.

Never Fuck with a Blogger (NFWAB) especially if that blogger is me.

C**t of the Year – Michael Laws

He says now that he was joking. I don’t for a minute think this weak, pathetic individual was joking. What I find apalling is he has continued to attack people that she sees as having mental health issues, all during Movember. He undoes all the hard work people like Mike King and John Kirwan have done to get people toi understand that people with mental illness are people just like you and me, just they struggle with some aspects.

Michael Laws - C**t of the Year

Michael Laws - C**t of the Year

Michael Laws is a coward and a bully, and a coward and bully of the worst kind, picking on people who are struggling at the best of times. Of course, he could just be talking about himself given the vast amount of time he consumes inhabiting Facebook along with his little fan club of felchers.

It is also ironic that he scoffingly talks of straight-jackets and people with mental illness when he himself has written about his issues and his flirting with suicide.

have, twice, seriously considered suicide as the most rational reply to adversity.

In the first instant, it was as a lovelorn teenager in the first year of university studies and after being dumped by my then girlfriend. It was a measure of both my insecurity and my anguish that this relationship break-up prompted such self-destructive thoughts.

Having made the decision to end it all – with as much melodrama as I could muster – my next problem was, how? By the time I’d resolved that issue, I had discovered that a combination of testosterone and the welcoming smile of another had carried me over the abyss….

The media, for example, deliberately restricts itself from reporting any of the salient details relating to a suicidal death. Their fear – pressed upon them by public health officials – is that talking about suicide will provoke more copycat victims.

Nonsense. Indeed to use such logic, let’s stop talking about road deaths, mental illness, welfare dependence and criminal offending. There will, of course, be dramatic reductions in antisocial and destructive activities all because we choose to ignore them.

Because, sometimes, suicide is so damned rational and right. Or so it seems.

It certainly was when I was in the child oncology ward of Starship Children’s Hospital two years ago. When I was informed that my daughter Lucy was likely to die, my world dissolved. I could see no point to existence if she were not a part of my life.

And I also started thinking of death from the perspective of Lucy. When she dies (the “if” seemed to have been removed from the equation) then where does she go? Are the rationalists right, nowhere? Or are the Christians and popular culture on the right track to think she would walk off into the light somewhere?

All I knew is that I did not want my golden girl to walk there alone. I would have gone too: I knew that then, and I know that now.

It makes no sense, it seems, to write those words in August 2010. But they made perfect sense in February 2008. And I was a sane man.

Well, we can know that all that waffle is just bullshit, from a bullshit artist, intent only on self promotion at the expense of others. No “sane” person contemplates suicide. Even if the “insanity” is temporary, it is still insanity that one can see that a permanent solution to a temporary problem is a good idea.

It is for this reason that Michael Laws is this years C**t of the Year.

If you care more about people suffering with mental health issues then you can donate to Movember and help us ignore the Michael Laws of this world. One more word of advice for Michael, as I know he reads the blog. NFWAB.

  • Click this link http://nz.movember.com/donate/your-details/member_id/17568/ and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account
  • Write a cheque payable to ‘Movember Foundation,’ referencing my Registration Number 17568 and mailing it to: Movember Foundation, PO Box 12708, Wellington, 6144

All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

De-Friended

Fran O’Sullivan was on notice for blabbing conversations at Bloggers Drinks, and now she is friending pinkos on Facebook including trougher extraordinaire Judith “Why didn’t I get a higher list rank” Tizard.

This is grounds for immediate expulsion fromt he VRWC, and also qualifies for de-friending. She was only ever in the VRWC because Helen Clark once called her a right-wing blogger.

de-friended Fran O'Sullivan

Speaking of pinkos, check out these two photos from Judith Tizard’s Facebook of none other than Paul Henry at Helen Clark’s 60th birthday held at Chris Carter’s house before he went all troppo. And to think that Bomber and the other frothing pinkos thought he was a right wing commentator….he’s at the same party as Russell fucking Brown!!!

Paul Henry at Helen Clark's 60th birthday

Paul Henry at Helen Clark's 60th birthday

I'm only talking to you because you are Sri Lankan

I'm only talking to you because you are Sri Lankan

"Dumb-ass coconut" supports Parata

Oh dear. Pedro Gower has the scoop of the week.

Labour’s pursuit of the Pacific Islander vote in the Mana by-election has been dealt a blow, with a member of candidate Kris Faafoi’s campaign team forced to apologise for calling a National Party rival a “dumb-ass coconut”.

Litea Ah Hoi is a hardcore Labour supporter out fighting for votes in the by-election – so hardcore her Facebook page carried a message calling a rival a “dumb-ass coconut”.

Calling some-one a dumb-ass coconut for not supporting the Labour candidate? Not smart words. But the “dumb ass” that made them just dug the hole even deeper.

“It’s Pacific humour,” she says. “Whether you put it together with dumb-ass, and then the coconut… if she took offence to it, then like…” Ms Ah Hoi pulls a surprised face.

Funny…not even…it’s racist. If Paul Henry got sacked for mocking someones name then this is far worse. I fully expect UNITE union to mobilise outside Fa’afoi’s campaign HQ calling for sackings. Gee isn’t UNITE Matt McCarten’s union that called for the sacking of Paul Henry for racist remarks? Isn’t Matt McCarten campaigning in Mana?

But it gets even better, Ah Hoi when faced with utter destruction in the form of a menacing and on form Pedro Gower just goes and gives him complete gold to camera.

Watch the video for a truly appalling fake apology

Ms Ah Hoi is a Porirua city councillor and former deputy mayor. She said there has been abuse from the National side too, but still apologised – sort of.

“I, Litea Ah Hoi, on behalf of Porirua Proud, apologise for the term ‘dumb-ass coconut’ being used. And if people are offended by it, can I suggest you put it in a bubble and blow it away.”

I know who the “dumb-ass coconut” is and it isn’t Liz Tanielu.

Litea Ah Hoi deployed the standard Labour party “But they did it too” defence, but the evidence is against her. Just a few days ago she was abusing another Hekia Parata supporter on her blog (since taken down, but still available on the Google Cache, now who is the dumb-ass coconut) as she called him a “kumara”, Brown on the outside but yellow in the middle.

Litea Ah Hoi abuses another opponent

More "pacific humour" from Litea Ah Hoi

Tweetcher Apologises to the School but not the Minister

Activist Principal Marlene Campbell who twice compared Education Minister Anne Tolley to Adolf Hitler has apologised.

A Southland principal who compared Education Minister Anne Tolley to German dictator Adolf Hitler has apologised to her school.

Marlene Campbell, principal of Invercargill’s Salford School, said on her Facebook page on November 5: “And the MOE (Ministry of Education) attack schools deferring setting targets, thats a constructive response? Excuse me Minister Hitler? Am I in Germany? Is this the end of self managing schools? read Kelvin Smythes latest blog, he is a true hero!”

Salford School is boycotting national standards, introduced this year.

Ms Campbell’s post was picked up by bloggers Whaleoil and Kiwiblog. Her page has now been made private.

On Salford School’s website today Ms Campbell said she regretted and withdrew her comments.

Oh…a faux apaology…you know like when kids at school are asked to apologise and they go “Soooooooooooory”. She apologised to the school but not to the person she insulted. What a fine example for all the children of the country for how NOT to apologise. She reminds me of Father Jack saying sorry to Bishop Brennan.

The Mad Mayor at it again – Drunk in Charge of a City

The Mad Mayor of North Shore, Andrew Williams has been visiting with the piss fairy again.  Last night at 12 minutes past midnight he sent out an ranting, incoherent, defamatory, insulting email about me , my family and a journalist.

From: Mayor Andrew Williams [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, 13 August 2010 12:15 a.m.
To: Mayor Andrew Williams
Subject: The Slater Family and the Citizens & Ratepayers regime are sick

The Slater Family and the Citizens & Ratepayers regime are sick

This is the type of garbage (see below) coming out of Cameron Slater, son of C&R Chairman John Slater tonight. This twisted individual Cameron Slater, who admits to having psychiatric depressive problems, and who is an embarrassment to the National Party having been banned from their national conference, and who has spent the last 5 years or so bludging off Fidelity Life on a “sickness loss of income benefit”, once again has the cheek to stalk me in my own time on a Thursday night tonight in Takapuna. At a time when I had arranged some days ago to meet and discuss some important council business with one of my Councillors, Kevin Schwass ( a good Nat man and at his own new bar) and the Chairman of the local R&R Assn.

But we have sickos like Cameron Slater stalking the likes of me and publishing garbage on his website as below. He also stalked me last Sunday at a Youth Enterprise Event at the ASB Auckland Showgrounds, hurling inappropriate comments at me in front of young students. What a sick person. Pathetic.

This is the future that Auckland can look forward to under the distorted regime being prescribed by the Slaters (John Slater and Cameron Cameron) of this world….working in cohorts with that other psychiatrically disturbed sicko Jonathan Marshall from the SSTimes.

Auckland is not a city I as a 5th generation New Zealander relish if this is the level of toxic distasteful politics we will have to endure….stalked by twisted people like this.  The sooner sickos like the Slater family and the Jonathan Marshalls of this world are banished to where they belong the better.

Andrew Williams

Mayor, North Shore City

The idiot even typed it as seen above, in bold and got my name wrong, I guess in the online equivalent of a drunken stutter. This email simply proves my original post that the Mad Mayor was drunk in charge of the city last night.

What is even more interesting is that at 12 minutes past midnight after a night visiting with J. Daniels, J. Walker and J. Beam, The Mad Mayor’s first instinct is to log onto Whale Oil Beef Hooked, good lord, is it his home page? I never knew I had such a big fan.

I need to clear some things up though.

1. Last night I was in Manukau all night. You can see that I went to Countdown Supermarket at 8:10pm and was nowhere near the North Shore. Four Square uses GPS location tracking to ascertain locations. I was also posting frequently on my Facebook wall. I could hardly have been doing that “stalking” the Mad Mayor. At the time he says I was stalking him I also made three posts to my blog.

2. I was not stalking the Mad Mayor, The Whales spies informed me of the antics of the Mad Mayor.

3. I was not stalking the Mad Mayor at the Young Enterprise Scheme show day. I was there assisting a team of young entrepreneurs, I was actually helping them, whereas the Mad Mayor was just trolling for votes.

4. I did not “hurl inappropriate comments” at the Mad Mayor in front of young people. I did comment sotte voce to the Mad Mayor “Andrew, think of the children please, the toilets are over there”. That is all I said and no young person would have heard it. Andrew Williams simply lies to suggest otherwise.

5. I consider Andrew Williams comments about my mental health to be disgusting and an insult to all those who suffer depression, his comments show clearly that he is unfit to be mayor of North Shore let alone the new cohesive Auckland. I call on him to resign immediately and seek help for his problems. I also urge that he make a donation to a depression related charity nominated by John Kirwan or Mike King as recompense for the grave insult to sufferers of depression.

6. Ongoing legal action with Fidelity Life preclude me from commenting on his utter lies regarding my claims with Fidelity Life, suffice to say that Andrew Williams is as much a scum sucking bottom dweller as Fidelity Life is.

7. My name is Cameron Slater not Cameron Cameron.