"resisted Brash's Orewa speech"
For all of thirty seconds.
I respect the spirit of this post, so I am offended by an overt racist trying to hitch a ride.
Anyway, I'm aware that this could hijack a thread that is dedicated to Nelson Mandela's memory and I'll bow out. You can assume that I acknowledge anything else you say, Sacha and Russel. Good night.
"Mandela is one of the greatest examples of that during our lifetime."
I believe that deeply.
Dignity, I'm afraid, has never been my forte.
As my amended comment above says - probably written after you wrote this, there is already a movement among those who demanded Nelson Mandela's death - such as Cameron - to now appropriate his legacy for their aims. That is insidious and should be quashed immediately. Please don't let the real honouring of a great man be corrupted by people using kitsch sentimentality to pervert his legacy.
Considering Hooton's past record of racist invective about the "dumb bros" in Mana or the "stupid maori" in Labour - his hypocrisy deserves bluntness, not sophisticated tolerance. There are plenty of people like David Cameron who wore "Hang Mandela" badges" getting into full Uriah Heep mode now and this should be a time for honest reflection, not sentimental sanctimony.
There are processes by which dead heroes/heroines are appropriated and turned into recruiting posters for causes they never supported. There are a lot of people who called Nelson Mandela a terrorist and demanded his execution who are now trying to use him to lend gloss to themselves. It's grotesque and insidious and it shouldn't be shielded by sentimentality.
"I... I... I... I..."
Oh great, Hooton sees an opportunity to tell us all about how he likes to think of himself. Get over yourself and show some respect Hoots, this isn't about you.
I have a good friend who's a cartoonist and he would be very insulted by that.
Indeed. Marshall might be personally a nice guy, but he has very shallow principles and has been promoted to his level of incompetence. The torrent of scandals that is gushing out now proves that. They happened under his watch, after the Bazley report. Strutting about in a shiny hat with the expectation of a knighthood won't cover that.
Why are you surprised?
This is horrible and something every New Zealand police officer - especially Peter Marshall - needs to see. Trigger warnings apply.
is to tell myself stories
Used to do that too when I was a child. Good idea... maybe I should start it again.
Hi Lilith, I don't take it to heart because I don't even take it to mind. Really, who is he, why is he a columnist? Bad hair (at least Peter Dunne tries to be outrageously silly in that area), a porn 'stache (rather like Chris Trotter) and decomposing in a safe click trap... they don't count for much.
As we've both said, we've had our disagreements, but I value your presence and thank you for valuing mine.