There are various reasons John Minto does not need to go despite my signing the petition. If some one has to go (and they do symbolically in international bereavements) perhaps he should. But.
Modesty, historic differences with the ANC and John’s personally observed state of RSA today due to their unfortunate neo liberal hangover are several realities. Really if a government figure has to go it should ideally be Hone Harawira leader of Auckland Patu squad in ’81 and nowTe Mana. He is the only actual government rep with any credibility beyond office holding for such a representative role. Hone don’t forget was the sole NZ politician to attend Aussies “Sorry” day, no one else had the rap or balls to attend.
One occasion where some tasteful namedropping may be permissible. Didn’t meet the man but his eyes seemed to meet everyones at least once, but sat just a couple rows back from Nelson Mandela as he addressed several hundred ’81 tour veterans during a poignant function Nov 13 1995 at St Mathews in the City.
Still keep my invitation card and a fading photo of him. Informality was the tone but with the church lighting it was a special day indeed. The Security slrs were busy that day but the police were very respectful indeed to those of us some of them remembered only too well.
Drummer Fred Faleauto, very ill, made it to play “One Brotherhood Aotearoa” with Herbs (billed as past and present) and then the band backed Tigilau Ness on “In the Ghetto” -no not the Elvis song. In that winter of ’81 few would have imagined Mandela free let alone RSA leader speaking from the heart to our motely crew of crash helmet wearing activists including the backroom people that helped the anti racism movement function. An argument between factions at the time–stop the tour vs an ongoing movement dealing with post colonialism and racism in ‘our own backyard’ has obviously been resloved in the latters favour. Feel like a playlist coming on of all those great songs mentioned above.
This is all volatile enough without you adding a here-say allegation sunshine.
The poster Bomber removed illustrated how a lot of people are feeling today.
As well as societal rape culture this has to be about Police culture. NZ Police and the various subsections of it have formidable surveillance and forensic ability, yet when it comes to these young women they seem to want the investigating done for them and the case virtually wrapped up before they will go there.
A bitter laugh Joe, but fitting for how many feel at the moment.
“Eat more, root more, drink more piss!”–’81 Springbok Tour Red Squad training chant–which sentiments lurk not far below the surface of Police culture today, and the “Hales” link upthread, jeez.
That is interesting Simon, no wonder VU sales were low! Some few people used to get airfreight NMEs–post office order or overseas funds? Heh.
Still the Auckland Townhall was bulging at Lou’s two 70s shows if everyone who says they were there was. I was, and remember his TV interview where he expressed surprise at one un-named item freely available on our chemists shelves that was not in NY.
You can be such a “tory distract” Craig.
Pallino unsurprisingly could not topple “Lenslider” and his crew has adopted the US practice of destabillisation after the election. Though it looks like they would dearly liked to have gone earlier.
Bullshit. No one lives on thin air. The money trail is always important.
Jeez there may be more to be revealed, our very own “Bonfire of the Vanities”.
Agree with others, drop “centre”. The Eastern suburbs lot try and play for keeps.
Hard to fault account here by Russell. Auckland Metro did a couple of articles too if I recall correctly, one focused on the specifics of Dave Dobyn’s court case.
This riot was at the back of an ugly few years in NZ history, the fag end of the 70s, dawn raids, ’81 tour, pub clearouts and Muldoonist anti unionism got the cops engaged as they ever had been in their state forces role.
DD Smash–what a great name in context. Now about those first paragraph indents in Rip It Up...