Government, local and central, should always be subject to robust media scrutiny, but Bernard [Orsman]’s reporting in the Herald really seems to have crossed the line into being actively destructive of the city’s interests.
Quite. And, sure, who the hell likes having their rates hiked and thinks their local government getting slap-happy with the overdraft is a good idea? Nobody I know. But we've all read The Story of The Little Shepherd Boy who Cried Wolf, right?
The really dangerous thing about trying to beat up a financial crisis that doesn't exist is we're not having a grown-up and reality-based debate about the hard calls and genuine risks down the road. And they are there.
If the GCSB wants to read my spam, they have my commiserations in advance.
Just my pathetic opinion of course.
Not even a micron of pathetic there. And you know, I think you're right -- at least Rodney's "reluctantly" wrapping his brain around this but as long as he has a media platform very people have, I hope he (and his editors at The Herald) are going to be thinking a lot harder about how he uses it.
This makes things rather interesting, not least because it guarantees global attention for whatever the bombshell is.
True - and it also raises the stakes significantly if this "bombshell" doesn't do the damage Dotcom thinks it does. To put it quite bluntly, nobody at The Guardian gets to vote in New Zealand.
Thanks reciprocated -- I'm pissed off at those columns NOT even a little bit at everyone here who didn't agree with my read, but genuinely heard and respectfully engaged with it. That's progress.
You may disagree but it does sound like progress. If we make any discussion on this topic an absolute minefield to talk about then no one will.
With all due and sincere respect, Rodney could have made his points without trolling Maggie Barry whose harassment by Rolf Harris doesn’t actually put her under any special obligation to say or do shit. That’s not progress in my book, Jason. It’s just a more passive-aggressive version of what WhaleOil has done to Tania Billingsley. What ever Bob Jones, JT & Willie and Co. in the media line up to do to harassment and abuse victims (overwhelmingly women) every damn day. It’s just not OK, and frankly I don’t care what Rodney’s “intentions” are.
Yes ALL men have actually got to learn that we’re not being very good allies when we’re privileging our own speech over (as Emma put it so well) the real experts here. Did Rodney actually stop for even a second and ask himself how Maggie Barry might feel about, in effect, being accused of complicity in every crime this person commits unless she stands up in Parliament and breeches name suppression? (It’s really easy to be brave when it’s other people facing the consequences, isn’t it Rodders?) Did he ever ask himself why Barry – like so many other women over decades – didn’t report her treatment by Harris to anyone?
I don’t believe he did – and that’s rape culture too, folks. You never put responsibility for stopping abuse on victims, no matter how passive-aggressive or well intentioned you think you’re being about it.
Any attempt to bring this out to the public arena (and why not close to an Election) is a positive thing. Dam having to tread lightly for some Politicians. Show us the true colours.
Oh, you mean the politician who talked about her own sleazy harassment at the hands of Rolf Harris, which apparently gives Rodney Hide the right to troll her into breaching name suppression. That's the politician I'm talking about here, Sofie, and she's no less deserving of consideration than Tanya Billingsley, or Jackie Blue, or Sue Bradford and Georgina Beyer.
Shut up Rodney. (No I’m notgoing to link, but he’s at it again and people wonder why victims of sexual assault, abuse and harassment don't report? Look in the mirror, Rodders.)
So kind of Rodney Hide to "reluctantly" acknowledge "New Zealand does suffer a rape culture" today, shame it hasn't stopped him from concern-trolling Maggie Barry again.
Ah, thanks for the clarification Sofie! Makes a lot more sense than my initial read.
There seems to be a pattern with these ‘prominent public figures’ – that they can effectively buy their name suppression with a fat chequebook.
Well, let’s have that discussion without buying into bullshit like this:
Forget Rolf Harris, Maggie. He’s behind bars. Do the right thing and name this self-confessed offender in Parliament. Do what Parliamentary privilege allows: make right what our justice system got wrong.
Name the sexual predator under privilege and enable other possible victims to come forward. Some of your colleagues know who he is. Ask them. Or me.
You, Maggie, can do what no other New Zealander can do: you can name him.
Where the fuck does Rodney Hide get off telling any harassment/abuse victim to shut up about their own experience, and move on to taking about what HE deems important in a manner HE dictates?
The ODT described that column as “goading” Barry. I’d just call it “trolling” and guys, we’ve just got to stop it. To coin a phrase, it’s not OK to put the responsibility for jamming abuse culture on victims. It's not OK for us to be telling #yesallwomen what they should talk about, and when and how. It's not OK for anyone to co-opt people brave enough to talk about their experience of abuse and harassment into their own political agendas. Not ever. Not even a little bit.