The political centre-right in Auckland does seem to throw up these ambitious, self-mythologising types
It is a function of nature of the Auckland ruling class. Those born into it think it a jape to behave with a lethal buffonery that references the stupidest of the British aristocracy as role models, those that aspire to join it behave in the manner of all wannabe parvenus hoping to be accepted.
And suddenly two more Johns – Slater and Palino – are struck down with John Banks selective memory syndrome.
Really, the whole political right in Auckland is a bunch of irredeemably frightful cads.
Five pages? Are you serious?
and felt a bit like they think they have an opportunity to reverse the election results they didn’t like.
Well, you could observe that that waiting to unleash a ‘scandal’ until after a result you know you won’t win to try and nobble (and neutralise) the winning candidate is a piece of political filth direct from the good old USA. Since Cameron Slater’s father was John Palino’s campaign manager I expect Slater would have been privy to Palino’s polling and timed this release accordingly.
As to motive – Cameron Slater is a confirmed failure, a child born to considerable social privilege who unlike almost all of his silver-spoon peers has never been able to leverage the considerable advantages of his birth to achieve anything positive. His sullen resentment at those who have achieved has acquired the status of a mental defect. His list of enemies – of those achievers whose success (in his mind) illuminates his failure – is broad and not always just of the left. It includes many who have simply incurred his undying hatred over some perceived slight that people of a more balanced mental disposition would find trifling. By taking down those who have achieved, Slater seems to believe he will achieve the success and status he deserves by right and that has otherwise escaped him.
Personally, I have not bothered to waste my time reading the detailed salacious clap-trap on his website. By all accounts, it amounts to pornography from Slater and Cook, and I for one am not about to position myself to be an enabler of penny pornographers intent on destroying more lives. Any issues of morality are for Len Brown and his wife and children, not for me.
I don’t think he should resign. One would wish that simple decency would win out in the battle with partisan opportunism at the Herald, but given what passes as a journalism these days at that paper I don’t hold out any great hope. So Brown’s enemies in the talkback Taliban and at the Herald and on the right wing blogs will have a field day, but they are no friends of his anyway. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
I’m not saying that political party membership is something to be ashamed of – far from it.
The problem is not this - it is candidates who know that if people knew what they really stood for they wouldn't have a shit show of getting elected, so they hide behind bland or innocuous sounding fronts.
But it seems that prior party allegiances aren’t a great predictor in Auckland
True, but that doesn’t mean many candidates adopted different labels to deliberately deceive voters and hide their otherwise unpalatable political affiliations. Stephen Berry is amongst the most egregious of these. A hard line libertarian who actively promotes the wingnut NZCPR website of Muriel Newman on his facebook page, he buried all reference to his libertarian beliefs, pretending to be a moderate on the “Affordable Auckland” ticket and claiming in the paper he is “…promoting affordable living if elected, calling himself as “the ratepayer’s champion”.
When I asked him on Facebook about his libertarian beliefs he said they were “in the past”. He then accused me of being a lefty conspiracy theorist. As soon as the election was over he posted his thanks to his supporters on… solopassion.
Berry, in short, constructively lied to Auckland voters and tried to use an astroturf front organisation to get elected.
Craig’s proposal would at least flush out dishonest candidates like Berry.
with an actual, statutorily-independent oversight body
You know what? I've got this bridge for sale....
Whether that period has totally ended is hard to tell
How can you say it has ended? Oversight of the police has got worse, and legal aid has been stripped. All that could have happened is the police are no longer getting found out in even high profile cases, let alone the dozens of nickel and dime framings they get up to all the time.
I have no idea if Lundy killed his family or not. But what is emerging is a constant pattern of police over-reach with evidence that amounts to incompetence.
The police over-reach because they think they can – in trials they actively expect the connivance of juries drawn from a public radicalised by a sensationalist, crime porn driven media. Over-reach results in retrials and compensation, paid for by the taxpayer. The police are never held to account by the minister (who nowadays is simply the cheerleading apologist in chief) or by their own hopelessly compromised “independent” investigators. The upshot is the police know they can get away with over-reach more often than not, and if they are caught there will be no meaningful punishment to them individually or as an organisation – in fact the Kim Dotcom fiasco and the subsequent GCSB bill has taught them that if they do get caught, the government of the day will simply change the law to exonerate their illegal over-reach.
Since the police nowadays consider themselves infalliable and untouchable, we can rinse and repeat this Lundy malarky in plenty more case yet to come.
There is no such thing as “alternative” medicines. There is medicine that works, and medicine that doesn’t. if it works (“works” being defined as producing measurable and repeatable improvements in proper clinical trials), it will be quickly taken up by medicine and used as another useful treatment tool. If it doesn’t, it is consigned to quackery. By that definition,, natureopaths, iridologists, acupuncturists, osteopaths, chiropractors, and crystal waving new age hippies are all the same – purveyors of quack medicine.
As long as the Green party continues to dispute the centrality of science in medicine in favour of a general ambient enthusiasm for various manifestations of shamanistic quackery, they should and will be kept well away from any involvement in the spending of public money in the health sector.