Sandra Grey

Jew-hating professor leaves Auckland Uni after outcry

Scott Poynting, the professor who hates Jews and whom we busted for his anti-semitism, will no longer be poisoning students at Auckland University.

A?University of Auckland professor is to leave his job after an anti-Semitism row sparked by a letter to the Waikato Times.

Acclaimed hate crimes expert?Professor Scott Poynting??compared an?Israeli company?employing Palestinians to a German company employing Jews. The commentary?rankled various groups, including the New Zealand Jewish Council and a fellow academic, who?complained to the university,?branding the professor’s letter?to the editor as anti-Semitic.

University?Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon addressed the complainants in a letter, which he detailed investigations had been undertaken. The institution had?found Poynting not?guilty of professional?misconduct and it had been suggested to Poynting he should write a second letter to the editor of the Waikato Times?clarifying he was not intending to make anti-Semitic remarks, McCutcheon said.

Poynting had refused to write a clarification, so McCutcheon apologised?on behalf of the educational institution.

“… I do acknowledge that the way in which Scott?Poynting?expressed himself caused considerable distress to many members of the community. On behalf of the University of Auckland, I offer my own sincere apologies for that distress,” McCutcheon wrote.

However, the final line of McCutcheon’s?letter saw the New Zealand Tertiary Education Union (TEU) wade?into the debate.

“Professor?Poynting’s?employment with the University of Auckland concludes on 30 June 2016.”

It was important to note Poynting was retiring in June, as had always been the case,?TEU organiser?Enzo?Giodani?said.

The university, however,?would not confirm the manner of his departure.

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Getting closer in referendum

The referendum is getting closer.

A?Herald?DigiPoll survey showed 47.3 per cent of people would vote to keep the electoral system, while 41.9 per cent said they would vote for a change.

Last week’s poll indicated a slight thinning of support for MMP, 43.3 per cent voting to keep it and 39.6 per cent to drop it, but polls have continually shown a voter preference to stick with the status quo.

I note the Herald went to union backed MMP campaigner Sandra Grey fro comment and didn’t ask for a comment from Vote for Change.

It now only takes about 2.5% of people to change and we can have a second referendum.

Not many people understand that this referendum sets up a second one. The MMP people would have you believe that this is die in a ditch time for them, but Simon Power generously gave them two chances to retain the system heavily favoured by the Greens, Labour and nine heavy hitting unions with all their cash and personnel.

I suspect as we get closer to the election and people see the dirty deals that are being played out and they watch as Winston Peters starts to go back on his word about deals that we may well see a Vote for Change.

How teacher unions spend their union subs

If you’re a teacher and you want to know how your unions subs are used, then I’m happy to help. It is estimated,?conservatively, that the NZEI yearly income at $20 million in subs from the members.

The cash is used to fund?extremely poor adverts and international flights and accommodation.

These people have no shame. They?are quite happy to put pictures online just to remind their comrades of the struggle for teachers’ rights and how important it is to travel abroad to continue this struggle.

So here are the NZEI, PPTA and TEU troughers in Cape Town last month:

The feature Paul Goulter (blue shirt),?National Secretary of NZEI, who wrote to members apologising for handing over ECE postcards?to Labour. They also feature prominently Sandra Grey from?the?Campaign for MMP. Nice to see that union movement is heavily backing MMP. I wonder why that is?

Here’s how this very important gathering is described:

The Congress provides an opportunity for representatives of all EI affiliates to meet and strengthen the bonds of solidarity between teachers and education workers throughout the world. Delegates consider the major contemporary issues affecting their organisations, the international teacher trade union movement, and the ongoing struggle to achieve quality public education for all.

I wonder if the ongoing struggle for quality public education touched on the one in five kids failing in NZ schools?

South Africa made a nice change from New York in March, where the NZEI and PPTA chose to stay at the rather nice New York Hilton while attending yet another conference, while their comrades in Christchurch were trying to put their schools and houses back together.

The NZEI?then had the cheek to slag off Anne Tolley for not going on the trip.

NZEI – putting its members first? You decide.