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April 24, 2014

The Beatification of St Jonesy

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 8:19 pm

This has been even stupider than I thought it would be.

The majority of the media commentary regarding Jones has been – as Malcolm Tucker would put it – borderline homoerotic. Morning Report featured Damien O’Connor, Clayton Cosgrove, John Tamihere, Chris Trotter and progressive left-wing commentator Michael Bassett, all gushing over the horrible loss of this good, simple, plain-speaking, decent blue-collar man. Labour cast him out! Labour should be a Broad Church! It must tolerate diversity! Labour drove good honest St Jonesy away with its lesbians and political correctness and desire to form coalition governments with other parties under the MMP electoral system! 

Firstly, Jones wasn’t ostracised by the current Labour leadership. He was front bench. Fifth ranked. One of the top MPs in the party. Spokesman for Economic Development and Maori Affairs, and a host of other senior portfolios. What else were they supposed to do, exactly, to accommodate this guy who had passed no significant legislation, never won an electorate seat, immolated himself in several humiliating scandals, and came a distant third in the leadership race, winning only 13% of the members vote? Make him leader anyway? Is the definition of a ‘Broad Church’ a party in which you just hand the leadership to an underperforming MP who openly despises the rest of his party because if you don’t he’ll take a giant shit on you during the run-up to the election?

Secondly: St Jonesy hasn’t exactly stepped down to spend time with his family here. He’s not going to work in the community. He’s not even going into the private sector. He’s taking a massive payment of taxpayer cash from Murray McCully to leave Labour while inflicting the most damage possible on his former party. Labour are playing nice about this. They’re pretending that Jones is a good guy and they wish him well, because they want the story to go away, and because he was one of their highest ranked MPs and they don’t want him leaking anything to National that could damage them further during the campaign. That seems like a naive hope to me. If good old Jonesy knows it, McCully probably knows it, or will.

Thirdly: If Maori and the working class loved Jonesy so much, as we’ve heard hundreds of times over the last three days, why didn’t they, y’know, vote for him? Labour won 40% of the vote in Tāmaki Makaurau during 2011. Jones won 33% and failed to carry the seat. Shouldn’t this fertility demi-god, legendary orator and hero of the people have outperformed the horrible old Labour party during its worst election of all time?

It’s useful to compare the media treatment of Shane Jones with the way the press gallery conducted themselves over Chris Carter. When Carter betrayed his party because he was unhappy with Goff’s leadership he was treated with utmost contempt and the gallery – literally – chased him around Parliament. When Jones betrays his party because the Nats waved a cheque in front of his face its a nationwide tragedy and all the Labour Party’s fault.

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58 Comments »

  1. I think the real issue here is, why isn’t everybody giving Danyl the praise he earned for being totally right about that dastardly Jones all along?

    Comment by kalvarnsen — April 24, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

  2. Fabulous commentary! In the next four months before the election more writing like this has to be broadcast loud and long to counter the B S spouting from what passes as unbiased media in this country.

    Comment by Charlieboy — April 24, 2014 @ 8:33 pm

  3. The most telling spot was last night when ‘Paddy’ Gower interviewed him, and ended with a long embracing hongi/handshake. Lingering even.

    Comment by max — April 24, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

  4. Why is Jones so alienated Danyl?

    Comment by Stephen x — April 24, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

  5. Couldn’t agree more with you. The whole thing is disgusting and the media play straight into National’s hand. Journalistic integrity seems to have flown out the window.

    Comment by Mandy Hager — April 24, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

  6. Well, I stay clear of NZ MSM so I have to take your description of how they have treated Shane Jones at face value. However I have to wonder what was it that caused Jones to pull the trigger on quitting Labour.

    My guess is its the informal pre-election agreement Cunliffe and Metiria and Russel have worked out.

    I would be extremely interested to know what was in that agreement that Jones thought was so bad he’d rather walk than be part of the coalition.

    Comment by Redbaiter — April 24, 2014 @ 8:39 pm

  7. LOL, the finance ministry to russel, social development to metiria, Jones to be token house nigger.

    Comment by Stephen x — April 24, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

  8. My guess is its the informal pre-election agreement Cunliffe and Metiria and Russel have worked out.

    I would be extremely interested to know what was in that agreement that Jones thought was so bad he’d rather walk than be part of the coalition.

    You may well be right. Jones told the Herald’s Claire Trevett he refused to work in a government in which Russel Norman played any senior role. Given that such a government is the only one possible for the parties involved, he was right to leave.

    Comment by russell brown — April 24, 2014 @ 8:47 pm

  9. If Jones is underperforming, as Danyl jokingly asserts, then how would one describe the performance of other senior Labour MPs?

    Other than Robertson obsessing on what Judith Collins had for dessert at that dinner in China, what are they doing?

    What issues are they pushing? Where is David Parker? Annette King? Jones is one of the very few who actually had been performing this year.

    Comment by Peter Plumley-Walker — April 24, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

  10. @redbaiter – unless Cunliffe was insane, there is no way in hell he would tell a guy who hates the GP and tells all and sundry that he does at every opportunity what any pre-election agreement might be.

    Also, it’s not a stretch to determine what made Jones jump.
    He’d been negotiating a cosy sinecure for since his completely predictable defeat in the leadership race and the offer from McCully came good. Plus he clearly hates Cunliffe and it was a pretty sweet opportunity to kick him in the balls.

    Comment by Gregor W — April 24, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

  11. Gregor can you replay that in Engrish please.

    Comment by Stephen x — April 24, 2014 @ 9:09 pm

  12. “Well, I stay clear of NZ MSM so I have to take your description of how they have treated Shane Jones at face value.” I wouldn’t do that if I were you Redbaiter. Danyl is a noted communist, one of those eagerly engaged in the conspiracy to bring down western civilisation so that it can be trampled underfoot by hordes of Muslim terrorists. I’ve got some websites I can link you to explaining this communist media conspiracy if you’re not sure about it.

    Comment by kalvarnsen — April 24, 2014 @ 9:34 pm

  13. Well, it seems to me that the media should ask that question. (Was it the agreement that triggered Jone’s exit?) If a vote for Labour means the horrifying prospect of Metiria & Russel being joint Deputy PM’s (good grief, the idiocy of the Progressive mindset) then Cunliffe might as well stop campaigning right now.

    The NZ public may be misinformed by a pretty useless MSM but IMHO they know well enough that any Govt that included the job killing Greens in its Ministry would be an economic & social disaster.

    Tasmanians had to learn that lesson the hard way. I don’t think NZ needs to.

    Labour are crazy to mixed up with the Greens. Are Labour the party of the working class still or are they now the party of the insufferably preaching religious anti-development anti-investment blinkered urban liberal?

    You can’t have your jobs and kill them as well.

    Comment by Redbaiter — April 24, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

  14. Look at who Labour bribed to retain government last cycle and they pitched at the urban libeeals, who the greens have courted and that’s why cunliffe is fellating the greens so.

    Comment by Stephen x — April 24, 2014 @ 9:40 pm

  15. Redbaiter wrote: “My guess is its the informal pre-election agreement Cunliffe and Metiria and Russel have worked out.”

    Hmmm, such an agreement might be useful, seeing as the only hope Labour and the Greens have of becoming government is if they show they can work together. Apparently David Cunliffe didn’t see it that way.

    Comment by kahikatea — April 24, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

  16. Having listened to way too much talk back radio and radio opinion pieces in the last few days, all I am hearing is a bunch of National supporters and voters saying Labour has lost the leader who they think is the best, with all and sundry oblivious to the fact that it is the Labour Party that he is leaving.

    Simply put, he is no big loss to Labour purely because the people who think he should have been made leader are, and would (in some alternative St Jonesy as leader of Labour reality) be, voting for National anyway.

    Comment by Michael — April 24, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

  17. “… progressive left-wing commentator Michael Bassett….”

    I think there must be two Michael Bassetts. Which would be about two too many. “Why Michael Bassett?” is a question that occasionally haunts me in the long dark hours of the night.

    Comment by Higgs Boatswain — April 24, 2014 @ 10:39 pm

  18. “the only hope Labour and the Greens have of becoming government is if they show they can work together”

    Any failures to do so must, of course, be attributed to Labour.

    Comment by kalvarnsen — April 24, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

  19. Yes, homoerotic is such a slur

    Comment by NeiiM — April 24, 2014 @ 11:34 pm

  20. This little bon mot (admittedly from Danyl’s previous post) sums up my feelings precisely…”The press gallery – with its usual acumen – decided that speaking like an eccentric Victorian-era Oxford don meant that Jonesy was ‘connecting with working class kiwis’.”

    The privileged old dears in The Gallery wouldn’t know a blue-collar NZer if they fell over them. So naturally they resort to the most patronising, creakingly-tired old cliches…’Simple-Minded Conservative Kiwi Battlers resentful of those Stuck-Up Urban Liberals’ and so on. (As someone who emanates from a very liberal/progressive low income background – my family marched against the Vietnam War, Springbok Tour 76 and 81, and Israel’s carpet-bombing of Gaza and Lebanon – I find this ‘conservative’ designation just a little friggin irritating).

    Jones is an uber-affluent, deeply careerist, Right-Wing Corporate Iwi-type whose Neo-Liberal Nat-lite preferences are a million miles away from the core interests of those on or near the minimum wage . But hang on a minute !!! – he’s Maori and he watches porn (sometimes Asian Babes, sometimes Swedish Lesbian Lust) – so he must surely be God-like to those wonderfully colourful and authentic little working-class johnnies, running about excitedly like characters in a Bruegel painting.

    Comment by swordfish — April 25, 2014 @ 4:11 am

  21. homoerotic is such a slur

    Disgraceful. These days an honest cocksucker can’t run for village idiot without being slut-shamed.

    Comment by Joe W — April 25, 2014 @ 4:46 am

  22. homoerotic is such a slur

    In the context of political analysts discussing a politician, it is, isn’t it?

    Comment by Psycho Milt — April 25, 2014 @ 7:12 am

  23. Yes Danyl nailed it = it was utu by Jones pure and simple. What he calls ‘Beatification’ merely indicates how a toad might appear rather big if placed in a pond full of minnows though. It also signals the terms of a new battle in the ongoing phyrric war that is Labour circa 2014.

    I think this won’t be ending here, a) because remarks from the Green’s co-leader reported just yesterday are already seeking to capitalise on this clustef**k and run their ‘allies’ noses in it…and b) Jones felt aggrieved enough to so this in the first place, so evidently is invested into seeing it through to the end, c) (I’d hypothesise) Jones (for some reason) wants to see Cunliffe fall on his tushy.

    I visualise a bit of a bizarre hate triangle forming here (Labour, Jones, Greens), and as usual John Key will be somewhere else, apparently untouched, perhaps even enhanced in the polls, by all that in-fighting.

    Claims of the press’s Elevation of Jones to ‘working class’ poitical wunderkind is a long-bow. I rather think the press and ‘ordinary kiwis’ like him because he knows how to deliver printable soundbites, rather than (ironically) appearing to speak out of both sides of his mouth. But it is a pretty narrative – and how else can the press describe that Key just tore Cunliffe a new one without exposing Cunliffe to further ridicule? In some respects this convenient narrative about ‘Saint Jones’ could be considered an act of compassion towards the Labour Party by the press.

    Comment by Lee C — April 25, 2014 @ 7:26 am

  24. Jones is an uber-affluent, deeply careerist, Right-Wing Corporate Iwi-type whose Neo-Liberal Nat-lite preferences are a million miles away from the core interests of those on or near the minimum wage .

    And that’s the thing, isn’t it? Jones is an architect of an enterprise that uses Ukranian and other foreign charter vessels to strip New Zealand waters of overfished stocks and pay developing country wages under conditions that are alleged to be serious violations of NZ labour law. I am confident he will work for MFAT to export these arrangements to our neighbours, rather than training Samoans and Fijians to work the seas under their own masters. These are not the actions of a man building for New Zealand a confident working middle-class.

    Comment by George — April 25, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

  25. My goodness – why weren’t the workers informed of this class-traitor in their midst before now?

    Comment by Lee C — April 25, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

  26. yes Praise to Danyl for astute comments.
    Jones ‘ seems to have suffered from over indulgence by the Labour Party [any grit has blown away] Maori will be well represented by some strong women with real mana and leadership stamina.

    Comment by Dorothy [Bauld] — April 25, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

  27. “…. Maori will be well represented by some strong women with real mana and leadership stamina.”

    Well that leaves out Nanaia Mahuta aka “The Sleeping Princess”

    Comment by Tinakori — April 25, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

  28. I enjoyed seeing someone tell the truth about Jones for a change. Thank you for that.

    Comment by Barry — April 25, 2014 @ 4:48 pm

  29. My guess is its the informal pre-election agreement Cunliffe and Metiria and Russel have worked out.

    I think you are over-thinking this. Jones hates the Greens. He wanted no part of them. Given that Labour almost certainly will need the Greens’ support post election, that was going to pose problems for Jones (and Labour). Having said that, he says he was tired of politics, so the Greens may have played little or no part in his decision to quit.

    Comment by Ross — April 25, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

  30. What sort of working class does Jones speak for anyway? The ‘working class’ as we know it in recent years has splintered into 3 distinct camps (feel free to add others):

    #1: The traditional working class as represented by the trade unions
    #2: The downwardly mobile lumpenproletariat/precariat/ who’ve given up all hope
    #3: The upwardly mobile ‘Waitakere Man’, who has cashed up or otherwise dreams of ‘joining the club’

    Comment by deepred — April 25, 2014 @ 10:16 pm

  31. Who in the Labour caucus could be said to represent those categories, Deep Red? I guess the Union people (Fenton (who could do 1 @ 2), Moroney, Street and Andrew whatshisname) could cover 1, but tI don’t see too many who can manage 2 and 3.

    Comment by Tinakori — April 25, 2014 @ 11:32 pm

  32. If pandering to group #3 means pandering to Roastbusters or Colin Craig or Rogernome types, then it’s not even worth the trouble to pander to. There are more than enough people as it is who still think Labour hasn’t repented for Roger Douglas.

    I still think reaching out to those who don’t usually vote, or have never voted before, is the least worst solution. The Generation Zero organisation knows more than a few things about getting the message across without being overly preachy.

    Comment by DeepRed (@DeepRed6502) — April 26, 2014 @ 11:44 am

  33. So, if you’re an upwardly mobile wage or salary earner or aspire to be you are a teenage rapist, a god bothering conservative or a hair shirt free market ideologue. Perhaps you should get out more, Deep Red.

    Comment by Tinakori — April 26, 2014 @ 12:28 pm

  34. Danyl – the reason the media is all excited about The Jones Boy is that they have been denied access to a real red blooded male for so long..
    The media have had to report on the queers and weirdos of this world for so long that they went a little silly when they had a real heterosexual guy to say nice things about. Mind you – the media has sort of forced it on themselves a bit for so long deifying those who have taken so many years to discover their gender or their disability or what is was that offended them. Lets hope the media now settle down and start reporting real news rather than looking for the weird or the strangely different – or just simply strange……

    Comment by Barry — April 26, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

  35. Its a pincer movement by National. Jones had the very significant conservative South Auckland Polynesian vote, they saw Grant Robertson as a totally disconnected gay from Wellington, and Cunliffe as a Herne Bay/John Key wannabe, but disingenuous. Enter Michael Jones next? Like it or not, Auckland wins or loses elections- National knows the subtleties.

    Comment by Grant — April 26, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

  36. Who’s Danyl?

    Comment by Bb — April 26, 2014 @ 7:36 pm

  37. @DeepRed: “Reach out to non-voters” is the battle cry of political activists on both sides of the spectrum, but they fail to realise that non-voters reasons for not voting are often deeply ingrained. It can be done, but it’s a lot harder than people think.

    Comment by kalvarnsen — April 26, 2014 @ 8:13 pm

  38. #36: Non-voters seem to be a bigger issue for the Left bloc than the Right. There are those who deliberately not vote on the grounds of impartiality, like veteran columnist Colin James, but more often than not the biggest factor in non-voting seems to be cynicism and disillusionment.

    For the most part, Right-leaning voters firmly want the Govt to keep out of business (unless it benefits theirs personally), and/or to keep the ‘riff-raff’ from their gates or out of the country. They tend have the resources and connections to keep things that way, which Left-leaning voters tend to have less of. When people feel their vote no longer makes a difference in what comes across to them as a one-party market society, chances are they give up in disillusionment. The commentary below certainly thinks so.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/9944848/Has-democracy-taken-a-dive

    Comment by deepred — April 26, 2014 @ 9:03 pm

  39. @deepred: You said “Non-voters seem to be a bigger issue for the Left bloc than the Righ… more often than not the biggest factor in non-voting seems to be cynicism and disillusionment.”

    Are you really saying that right wing voters can’t feel cynicism and disillusionment? Apathy isn’t ideological, but even among those who don’t vote for ideological reasons, I think you’d find just as many who think the government is beyond saving because it’s too open to Asians or too generous to welfare bludgers as people who think it’s too generous to corporations or too open to resource exploitation. And it’d be equally naive to think that everybody who holds these views is wealthy. I agree with you, though, that the Colin James approach is probably far too small scale to be worth discussing.

    Comment by kalvarnsen — April 26, 2014 @ 10:09 pm

  40. He got to where he was because of his charisma and nothing else. People have known from ages that he’s not the working class hero he was once portrayed to be and they just left him there because he was more of a working class hero than any of the other highly ranked MP’s. Now he’s gone and no-one wants to make an issue out of it because his position with National will mean that they have an actual person there and not a vembot. The left don’t want to jeopardize this because they want to be seen as being nice and they don’t want all the other secret deals coming out; the right will still want him, even though they didn’t want the donation from Parata’s husband to be revealed, because they will still be able to retain the smug grins that comes with knowing they’ve got one of the left’s biggest weapons on their side.

    Comment by Daniel Lang — April 27, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

  41. Test

    Comment by Redbaiter — April 27, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

  42. I think that the Labour Party has been gradually infiltrated and taken over by the Greens.

    The Jone’s faction was an obstacle to their objective of power and influence within the coalition govt and the allocation of Ministries the Greens want. Now Jones is gone the way is clear.

    The Nats need to publicise that the Greens are now a powerful faction inside the Labour Party. It will drive Labour’s vote even further south than it is now.

    Comment by Redbaiter — April 27, 2014 @ 4:48 pm

  43. Sigh.. posts being held in moderation? For what- having an unapproved opinion?

    Pffftt.. leftists.

    Comment by Redbaiter — April 27, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

  44. Actually, some of my posts have gone into moderation oblivion, too. Most likely because of too many hyperlinks mistaken for spam.

    Comment by deepred — April 27, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

  45. I’d like to think it was a glitch but I doubt it.

    Mine had no hyperlinks.

    Comment by Redbaiter — April 27, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

  46. Although I can’t explain why the shorter comments are getting through.

    Comment by Redbaiter — April 27, 2014 @ 5:11 pm

  47. There seems to be some kind of unwritten length limit which I’ve found out the hard way, so I’m taking to split up my posts.

    Comment by deepred — April 27, 2014 @ 5:21 pm

  48. #33: In fairness I generalised a bit. The point I’m making is that Labour shouldn’t attempt to pander to yesterday’s men or the nouveau riche, because it would be horribly contrived to do so, and it’ll close off any chance of working with the Greens who are its only viable coalition partner. It’s ironic then that Shane Jones, a soon to retire list MP, still thinks in an FPP mindset. I still think GotV is a more viable strategy, in spite of its difficulty – President Obama seemed to show how it’s done via the Internet. As for social mobility, one only has to contrast the differences in outlook between Paula Bennett and JK Rowling.

    Comment by deepred — April 27, 2014 @ 5:29 pm

  49. “Sigh.. posts being held in moderation? For what- having an unapproved opinion?”

    Yeah, coz you and your ilk never do that right, Russell? Besides you’re talking shit, as usual.

    Comment by Judge Holden — April 27, 2014 @ 8:23 pm

  50. The blocking is automatic, not something Danyl actively does, just WordPress spotting some strange thing it finds objectionable and dealing with it like that. You can modify your message that didn’t get through all you like, and it will continue to fail, because it’s now assuming you’re a spammer trying to beat it. It’s rather mysterious – it’s happened to me too, and never because of anything you’d be able to clearly spot.

    Advice: Get over it. Write a different message. I think it’s probably broken your original message down into fingerprints, so no matter how you fiddle with it, it’s not going to get through. Or wait for Danyl to approve it. You might wait long – he’s actually got a job.

    Comment by Ben Wilson — April 28, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

  51. “The upwardly mobile ‘Waitakere Man’, who has cashed up or otherwise dreams of ‘joining the club’”

    There’s a lot of mythology here, probably driven by somewhat innumerate middle class people who imagine that because their plumber gives them a bill for $100 for half an hours work, all plumbers earn $200x40x52 = $400k a year.

    What manual workers really earn is less than $70k, and that’s for a skilled tradie with several years experience and a good employer. Most struggle to make half that.

    The people with the All Blacks ute and the speedboat are business owners with several employees. Middle class, probably voted National all their life, and not more than 50,000 in the whole country.

    Comment by richdrich — April 28, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

  52. On this Day of the Four Popes, I feel obliged to point out that after beatification Shane Jones would technically be only the Blessed Jonesy. Canonisation is required to be a proper bona fide saint. And though admittedly standards have slipped of late, I don’t think Shane Jones is really close to achieving either status.

    Comment by Higgs Boatswain — April 28, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

  53. I never thought “Waitakere Man” was supposed to be shorthand for being a social climber.

    Comment by kalvarnsen — April 28, 2014 @ 8:39 pm

  54. #50: Definitely agree that the whole Waitakere Man thing is over-rated, and there’s no guarantee such demographics will return the favour no matter how much Labour attempts to chase it.

    #52: Waitakere Man includes, but is not strictly limited to, the supposedly ‘ambisshus’ and ‘aspirasshinal’. It’s also shorthand for the urban myth that the feminists/gays/intellectuals/multiculturalists/unionists/eco-Luddites/nanny statists/whatever are a Cultural Marxist conspiracy to sabotage NZ from within.

    Comment by deepred — April 28, 2014 @ 11:05 pm

  55. @ Higgs Boatswain: “I think there must be two Michael Bassetts. Which would be about two too many.”

    Ha! Difficult to disagree with that. For the life of me, I cannot understand why he gets wheeled in to comment on anything to do with the Labour party in its current iteration; he was – and remains – a rogernome, and always comes across as rancorous about Labour. He couldn’t possibly have anything useful or pointful to contribute. And so it proved on Morning Report recently.

    I recall what David Lange said in his memoir about Bassett: that he must’ve been dropped on his head when he was delivered (by Lange’s father, who had been a GP).

    In this household, having noticed that, as he’s aged, he’s become more androgynous (it happens to some men), we refer to him as Mrs Bassett.

    With regard to the job-for-Jones thing, in my view, it isn’t, as many have been saying, Machiavellian at all. Machiavelli was a subtle and sophisticated operator; he wouldn’t stoop so low as to advise the buy-out of someone in this fashion. He was smart enough to realise that the bought-out tend not to stay bought.

    What McCully and Key have done here is corruption, and Jones is the poor schmuck who fell for it. It will not end well for him.

    We all know that politics is a hard business, but we seldom see the dirtiness of political hands so unabashedly out in the open as we have done here. Labour is well rid of Jones, and he and the Nats deserve each other.

    Comment by D'Esterre — April 29, 2014 @ 12:02 am

  56. @D’Esterre: He’s not even that important a rogernome. He likes to represent himself as being at the core of the 80s reforms but I’ve never heard Caygill, Douglas or Prebble say “We couldn’t have done it without Michael!”. He also tries to present himself as above partisan politics since he used to be in the Labour party but is now a neoliberal, but anybody with even a cursory knowledge of NZ political history knows that won’t fly. The most interesting thing about Bassett is that he’s Lange’s cousin, but that’s just a curiosity.

    Comment by kalvarnsen — April 29, 2014 @ 4:19 am

  57. #56: Michael Bassett has been with ACT for some years now. Last I heard was that Tim Pankhurst, the then-editor of the Dom and not what you’d call a raging socialist, quietly cancelled Dr Bassett’s regular column over concerns – exposed in The Hollow Men – that Bassett had deliberately added political kerosene to Don Brash’s Orewa Rotary speech.

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0612/S00286.htm

    Comment by DeepRed (@DeepRed6502) — April 29, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

  58. @ kalvarnsen: “He’s not even that important a rogernome” Indeed. I well remember those days. He always looked like a tack-on, a bit like the schoolkid who attaches himself to what he perceives to be the winning team, which tolerates him because it’s easier than tossing him out, and anyway, he pays for the fish and chips.

    @ DeepRed: “Tim Pankhurst, the then-editor of the Dom and not what you’d call a raging socialist, quietly cancelled Dr Bassett’s regular column”
    I’m a DomPost subscriber; I remember that, after the publication of Hager’s book, which exposed Bassett’s involvement with the Orewa speech and other matters, there was letters-to-the-editor criticism of him. Only a selection of letters received are ever published, but I guess that readers’ reaction must have been sufficient to prompt Pankhurst to drop him. No loss, in my view.

    Comment by D'Esterre — April 30, 2014 @ 10:22 am


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