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March 29, 2011

Rough (draft of) justice

Filed under: books,crime — danylmc @ 12:34 pm

Stuff has an article up about Garth McVicar’s book ‘Justice’:

The book is described as the story of how a “ordinary cocky from Hawke’s Bay became a spokesperson for the victims of violent crime”.

I hate to quibble, but this is technically incorrect: McVicar is a spokesman for white victims of violent crime, and – rather oddly, or perhaps not – he is also a spokesman for white violent criminals who attack non-white people as well as an advocate for a more forgiving, lenient justice system for any of his friends who commit crimes, but I guess that would clutter up the cover.

“Justice is [McVicar's] story told in Garth’s straightforward no-nonsense style,” the blurb reads.

The article goes on to reveal that the book was written by someone else, and McVicar has not read it yet.

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21 Comments »

  1. My Dad is going to Fencing Contractors Conf (I know awesome right!) and McVicar is one of the quest speakers. Should be interesting

    Comment by Crumble — March 29, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

  2. Be sure to equip at least +2 shirt of chainlink fencing before venturing into those dark depths.

    Comment by greg — March 29, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

  3. stupid lying cite thing, i am fail.

    Comment by greg — March 29, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

  4. I think you might be mistaking one McVicar for another…

    http://www.business.govt.nz/companies/app/ui/pages/companies/1820123

    Comment by Phil — March 29, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

  5. @Phil No I’m not

    Comment by Crumble — March 29, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

  6. Indeed. I see now that Garth does have a minor shareholding in what is, I presume, the family company.

    Comment by Phil — March 29, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

  7. “I have read it, but just not all at once,” McVicar said.

    Quote of the year.

    I wonder (but am not dwelling on it) if it’s as good as the books Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin haven’t written.

    Comment by Guy Smiley — March 29, 2011 @ 1:36 pm

  8. I don’t know, I think Quote of the Year might go to whoever wrote this comment on the Stuff website.

    “It isn’t suprising that Garth McVicar needed a ghostwriter when you consider his inability to develop sensible sentences…..”

    Comment by Brad — March 29, 2011 @ 1:59 pm

  9. I do hope he doesn’t auction any copies for charity — we all know that’s a terrible fraudulent thing to do.

    Comment by Stephen Judd — March 29, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

  10. @Brad, yep.

    Comment by Guy Smiley — March 29, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

  11. The article goes on to reveal that the book was written by someone else, and McVicar has not read it yet.

    To be fair it only says he hasn’t read the finished product, but then quotes McVicar as having been through it one chapter at a time and made sure he’s happy with it all. I guess there’s always the chance than an evil editor might have re-written the entire thing for the final product.

    Comment by MikeM — March 29, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

  12. McVicar is a spokesman for white victims of violent crime

    Slightly wrong there. He has on occasion stood up for non-white victims of violent crime, so long as the perps are brown and unemployed. For example, Michael Choy, the pizza deliverer.

    I am desperately trying to think of any other non-white victim they have supported.

    Comment by poneke — March 29, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

  13. Yeah, but Michael Choy’s mum was white, so Michael counts as an ‘honorary white’ in SST-land.

    L

    Comment by Lew — March 29, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

  14. he is also a spokesman for white violent criminals who attack non-white people

    Well, as long as he’s representing at least one minority group…

    Comment by Adze — March 29, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

  15. I am desperately trying to think of any other non-white victim they have supported.

    How about the family of Navtej Singh, was he an honorary white too?

    How about Virender Singh, the liquror store owner who got in the shit when he fought with drunk teenagers trying to shoplift from his shop – was he brown enough for you all?

    Nia Glassie – hard to support her once she has been actually murdered – harder still to support her family seeing as they helped killed her – but the SST certainly supported tougher sentences for her murderers.

    I’m sure if I bothered to look for another couple of seconds I could find more non-white people that Garth and the SST has supported over the years but please don’t let the above examples stop you all from doing your best Martyn Bradbury impressions.

    Comment by Exclamation Mark — March 29, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

  16. ” I guess there‚Äôs always the chance than an evil editor might have re-written the entire thing for the final product.”

    Christ I hope so. Might make it radable. or at least enjoyable.

    Comment by bearhunter — March 29, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

  17. All right, who left the italics open?

    Comment by bearhunter — March 29, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

  18. I’m guessing it may be too smart for this.

    Comment by MikeM — March 29, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

  19. Yep, it was. (but did enough to hide the tags)

    Comment by MikeM — March 29, 2011 @ 9:02 pm

  20. oh man, as a web developer, this is the funniest thing i’ve seen today

    Comment by chris — March 30, 2011 @ 11:22 am

  21. What an excellent example of public debate. Good to see New Zealand isn’t blindly in support of McVicar despite his extremely unverified claims of 250,000-500,000 members.

    Comment by H — October 9, 2011 @ 4:53 pm


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