Hard News by Russell Brown

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  • Russell Brown, in reply to Heather Gaye,

    His views offend me, but having him up for not offering a more nuanced or compassionate opinion in this instance feels tantamount to kicking a kid with a learning disability.

    It's more that the Star Times will print this tosh with a straight face.

    Laws has simply pulled this column out of his arse. He's made up facts to suit himself-- notably the bizarre claim that "we won't fund any programme or treatments that might arrest the potential for future offending". Apart from the internationally-respected specialist child sex offender programmes that have been operating in prisons for 22 years, does he mean? The various community treatment programmes and specialist psychologists?

    He's found a target group that no one's going to feel sorry for this week, but the journalistically worthless nature of the writing is quite intact. And this drivel is key content for the SST.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17938 posts Report Reply

  • Heather Gaye, in reply to Russell Brown,

    He’s found a target group that no one’s going to feel sorry for this week, but the journalistically worthless nature of the writing is quite intact. And this drivel is key content for the SST.

    Fair cop. FWIW I stopped reading at his wholly inexplicable definitions of paedophilia vs pederasty. It is quite perplexing that they continue to publish the weird rants of a guy that quite plainly doesn't know what he's talking about.

    Under the western motorwa… • Since Nov 2006 • 522 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Simon Buckingham's piece is online here

    Oops I think that's the wrong link. Anyhow it is on page A6 of the print copy and well worth reading.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 1901 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Combining forms of activism brought results with Henry, though that included prompt coordinated action (and some political and diplomatic complaint). I suspect we've already wasted too much time talking about it rather than doing it this time anyway.

    Paul Henry was rightly held to account. Unfortunately, the damage has been done, if the number of gullibles who rushed to support him was anything to go by. If 1981 Part II erupts, Henry and Lhaws have laid the foundations for it.

    He's found a target group that no one's going to feel sorry for this week, but the journalistically worthless nature of the writing is quite intact. And this drivel is key content for the SST.

    Sounds like a Big Lie strategy on the part of Lhaws.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 3894 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Laws is quite a different fish to Paul Henry. He's much nastier. He won't be got rid of so easily.

    I predict his downfall will actually come from some stupid thing in his personal life. Take your pick what that will be.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8015 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    If 1981 Part II erupts, Henry and Lhaws have laid the foundations for it.

    In a PC wet liberal kind of way, you know, can connect more than a few dots, I earnestly believe this is true. There was commentary to this effect after the Giffords shooting about Palin's 'targets' etc. Lhaws is a spokesperson for intolerants - intolerants hardly in need of motivation.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2185 posts Report Reply

  • Danyl Mclauchlan,

    The idea behind a column about child sex-offenders is that Laws' critics will attack its logic and Laws can shout: 'See! See! My liberal enemies even defend paedophilia!'

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 894 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Kennedy,

    Can anybody confirm if perchance Mr. Lhaws has six fingers on his right hand? My name is …, never mind. Instead I came across this uplifting article today in the Irish Independent. No SST to read.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Tony Kennedy,

    That is a raw & intriguing article- because not least it mentions a non-autistic twin and elder siblings- well worth the read (and way better than anything I read in the SST this afternoon-)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    My name is...

    I just have one question. Who is your father? Mr Mantoya.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Tony Kennedy,

    Tony Kennedy of Wellington features on the letters page.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 1901 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Kennedy, in reply to Islander,

    I think it was “Ino” who sent me off in the direction of the Princess Bride.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Kennedy, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    I am a little annoyed about that, although I haven’t seen what was printed. I never sent a “letter” as such just an email to the subscriptions email address requesting that the Lhaws column be removed from my copy of the paper, failing that they could cancel my subscription.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Mine wasn't for publication either. But perhaps short angry emails are more effective than well considered letters to the ed. Anyhow it all goes on line eventually.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 1901 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to recordari,

    I was motivated to go grab my DVD of "The Princess Bride" - the final scenes. Viewed them with relish.
    And it is MONTOYA!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It’s more that the Star Times will print this tosh with a straight face.

    And if David Kemeys is going to keep saying he doesn't bear any editorial responsibility for the content of any part of his newspaper, then it’s time for someone at head office in Sydney to ask what the hell they’re paying this numpty to do all day.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11614 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Islander,

    Montoya. Not sure how that happened. Thumbs, not fingers.

    Must be months since our last viewing. Time for another.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Islander,

    The only paedophile I’ve ever knowingly encountered was an extremely hard-working old man who came from a Scandanavian country, and who didnt speak very good English. When he shifted in with his relations, the man of the house went all round the neighbourhood visiting houses that homed little boys, warning them that his uncle had a history of cuddling & kissing kids. What he didnt mention at the time was that his uncle had a mental age of about 7…And what I vividly remember as a young adolescent was how he used to sit down in the road and cry after boys used to run away and throw things from a ‘safe’ distance at him.

    Oh Islander, you do help me often, to like my own compassion which, many times, I question because of other disapproval. Thank-you, my temperature is fine.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5690 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Laws has simply pulled this column out of his arse.

    I want to agree but I just cant bring myself to read it. I'm out on a limb backing you
    %100 ;)


    .

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5690 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Dear Sof’ and Steve & Stella – despite all the dreadfulness, we are alive – and truly, compassion is what makes us human beings*…arohanui mai na K


    *There are a lot of other compassionate animals – not just mammals…may all be well with us all-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey,

    Wearing my elected rep hat...

    Mr Brown asked the following question:

    What powers does [Rob] Shields have, what policy was he acting under, what are the damn rules anyway?

    I asked officers and got the following reply from Mr Sheilds:

    Council contractors mistakenly painted over an aerosol art work on a wall in Poynton Tce after a complaint about it by a member of the public.

    The authority of the property and business owners was not sought by council officers for the removal. Council is taking full responsibility to rectify the situation and install a new artwork as soon as possible. The relevant stakeholders including the property and business owners, the Karangahape Road Business association, and the original artist are being consulted during this process.

    This incident is the first of its kind that we are aware of and has provided us with the opportunity to work more closely with business and property owners and our anti-graffiti volunteers to ensure murals painted with permission are not removed by council contractors.

    What officers don't know is that I know the name of the member of public.

    I'm aware that the reply doesn't actually address the questions ask. I'll try again.

    Whipping off said hat...

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Christopher Dempsey,

    What officers don’t know is that I know the name of the member of public.

    Is that significant?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17938 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Not that I'm aware, no. I think.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • peter mclennan, in reply to Christopher Dempsey,

    "This incident is the first of its kind that we are aware of..." Really? Heres another example of a mural that Rob Sheilds got painted out... From The Aucklander, August 2009...

    http://www.theaucklander.co.nz/local/news/who-decides-what-looks-good/3902993/

    And this is one of about 4 murals I've heard of being eradicated by Council. Rob Sheilds has a history of doing this.

    Also, the Mayor said that "Council contractors mistakenly painted over this mural after a request by an Auckland Council anti-graffiti volunteer". So it was a complaint from a member of the public, or this anti grafftiti volunteer that resulted in the destruction of Askew's mural? Two different version sof what happened.

    Mr Dempsey, could you please check this.

    AK Central • Since Nov 2006 • 147 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to peter mclennan,

    Also, the Mayor said that “Council contractors mistakenly painted over this mural after a request by an Auckland Council anti-graffiti volunteer”. So it was a complaint from a member of the public, or this anti grafftiti volunteer that resulted in the destruction of Askew’s mural? Two different version sof what happened.

    The mayor's is the correct one.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17938 posts Report Reply

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