I always nursed a liberal atheist soft spot for the Sallies. They behaved like Christians rather than just talked like them. But the whole petition episode soured me and others on them for years. I hope they’re suitably embarrassed about their role in enabling that kind of intolerance. I’d be interested to know what they think these days.
They’re better now, if not exactly great. But they did apologise in 2012 for their actions in 1986. Their website carries the respective statements of the SA and Rainbow Wellington on the rapprochement. There’s more here.
I’ve long been quite conflicted, because I know that the Salvation Army helped my alcoholic father and I’m grateful for that.
I went to a public meeting at Henderson High School, and can vouch for the extreme nastiness of Hay and Tait.
Apart from their simple contempt for other human beings, I think their nasty streak was brought out by the dawning reality that they were losing – not only in Parliament, but with the public. Between April and September 1985 Heylen poll support for law reform increased from 51% to 62%. They were out of time.
I notice my ‘backstage pass’ is issued to ‘3YA’…
I can imagine this causing confusion in Australia, where in my experience roadies look, feel, sound and smell like roadies.
They say they’re willing to fire Daniel Craig if that’s what it takes to renew your contract…
Daniel Craig wishes he had those cheekbones.
I'm so proud that my lad is learning te reo at high school, currently at NCEA level 2, and also doing kapahaka. Brilliant life skills.
That's great. Te reo should, of course, be part of the primary school curriculum. A lot of schools do it off their own bat, but why muck about? Just make it part of every New Zealand child's education.
Proof that Roger at least once got a bit closer to the action at Sweetwaters, though this is still either behind or side-of the stage, I think…
I suspect that's still in the backstage encampment ....
Lovely picture of you though Ian!
And homelessness is an absolute crisis but Labour did wrong in trying to highlight how bad it was?
It bears noting that Labour's South Auckland MPs had been working with homeless people in their electorates for a long time before the current wave of stories.
Soper's column (apart from being as badly-written as usual) is a kind of triumph of not knowing anything.
A nice story on Roger and his book by Kiran Dass, for tomorrow’s Your Weekend.
And the illustration page looks fab.
Marlon was my last profile at the Herald. I met a lot of wannabes in my time but he has genuine star quality. Top bloke with it too.
I met him at the Music Awards last year and he struck me as a genuinely very nice young man,