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Muse: Merry Darth George Hathos Day!

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  • Islander,

    I dont believe a word of it Craig – but love Betjeman’s poem.
    And for yourself – with thanks for all your posts – a joyous festive season and well-being for yourself and all whom you love throughout this coming year.

    (As for GG, the less said, the better.)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Stewart,

    Good call, Craig. We can do without the arse-clenching sanctimony a la St Garth and I take this opportunity to wish you and all the readers/posters here all the very best for the 'festive season'.
    Make of it what you will, but allow it to make you (all) a better person.
    Kia kaha & arohanui.

    Te Ika A Maui - Waitakere… • Since Oct 2008 • 572 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    Nice fisking, Craig. Darth George jumped the shark a while back, it's just that he's still in denial about it.

    Anyhow, happy holidays Craig!

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4218 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Good stuff, Craig. Hope to see you at Jackie's picnic in January 2012.

    If any of my students were to plaigarise like GG, they would get a big fail and placed on notice.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2299 posts Report Reply

  • Robert Harvey,

    Concur with sentiments above. Is it me, or does the reader say in the second-to-last line, "That God was made in Palestine", and not "man"? If so, very interesting revision...

    Westmere • Since Nov 2006 • 39 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

    Craig - I understand you may have the hathos for Witi Ihimaera but why the gratuitous use of his name here?

    It looks like your seared mind's eyeballs prevented you from reading Garth George's column in full. Attack his writing or his message by all means, but auto-plagiarism? Plagiarism?

    Attribution you suggest is the key, yet he's explicit in stating the bulk of this column is repeated from a Herald editorial he wrote in 1992 - he's come out proudly as the writer of what was presumably an anonymous editorial.

    Garth George as if an elderly once-author of pulp fiction sending Christmas presents to his grand-nephews and nieces from the boxes of remaindered books under his bed, with a card saying "Here's one I wrote when I was in my prime, an oldy but a goody. Enjoy!" - bathetic perhaps, but not auto-plagiarism. And if perchance you knew of an earlier source he plagiarised in 1992, then it was repeat plagiarism not auto-plagiarism, and I think you might have told us.

    Bah humbug, I say.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 833 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Robert Harvey,

    Is it me, or does the reader say in the second-to-last line, "That God was made in Palestine", and not "man"?

    It's not you - but perhaps the reader said Maid in Palestine, a subtle piece of revisionism, pushing the Marist line :-)

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 833 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to ChrisW,

    Craig – I understand you may have the hathos for Witi Ihimaera but why the gratuitous use of his name here?

    I don't think it's gratuitous at all. George and Ihimaera are both recidivist plagiarists who inexplicably (to me) still have jobs. If APN and the University of Auckland are OK with that, that's their call. (I'm in no position to speculate why Ihimaera's latest novel is published by Vintage rather than Penguin.) But I feel perfect fine about mocking them both in the same breath.

    And, yeah, perhaps I've been slightly unfair to George. If you've been in the pundit game long enough, there's a range of subjects and holidays where you're really scratching for anything new to say. An up-front cut and paste from your clippings file is a damn sight less offensive than churnalising another anti-feminist, anti-gay, Green-bashing screed.

    But I still say it's possible to be a cranky right-wing gasbag and still follow some basic ethical norms - like properly attributing your quotes and getting basic matters of fact right. Give me a call, New Zealand Herald - I'll do it for a modest fee.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11900 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart,

    Oh, look, the Herald is giving us all a late but much-appreciated Christmas gift. He might not be going quietly, but FSM be praised, he's going.

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    glad tidings

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16598 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Very good news but he will still be out there, inflaming prejudices in the provinces.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2299 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    He might not be going quietly, but FSM be praised, he’s going.

    He also appears to be going soft. Who'da thunk that "sound social science research" had any place in the Darthiverse? Must be what comes of having someone who could look and sound more like someone's idea of a NZer handing out gongs.

    Perhaps the grannyman with the red-framed eyeglasses will start quoting scripture now, unless Granny H has decided that he's also dead wood.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3426 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    once can but hope they also put Holmes out of our misery

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16598 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    I rather like the image of Darth "cringing" like a vampire before the cross at the sight of sloppily-dressed young journos.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3426 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    forelock tugging is a forgotten art

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16598 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    "If we want a happier and less divided society, then an important step would be to reduce the income differences between rich and poor."

    The money quote. Given his history, it appears that both sides now have a good and similar view of the problem.

    Shall we attempt to "cure the problem" from the socialist view or the new right view?

    Decisions decisions...

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1493 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Who’da thunk that “sound social science research” had any place in the Darthiverse?

    I believe you misunderstand "sound" to mean "good, methodically done" rather than, as intended, "supporting things I already agree with".

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    Reckon you’re right. I’d assumed that Darth associated all forms of social engineering with the dead hand of the Clark/Cullen nanny state, now banished by the potently encouraging presence of John Key. A quick check reveals that it’s only the inept variety that attracts his beady-eyed ire.*

    *That picture, FFS. Really, you could poke ’em both out with one finger.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3426 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    In other news, an arrest has finally been made in the Turangi child molestation case. Already, as Russell mentioned on RNZ earlier today, Louise Upston and Tau Henare have opened themselves up to contempt of court charges with their Tweets.

    The wider issue I fear happening is if acts of moral indefensibility get responded to with equal and opposite moral indefensibility.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4218 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to DeepRed,

    Already, as Russell mentioned on RNZ earlier today, Louise Upston and Tau Henare have opened themselves up to contempt of court charges with their Tweets.

    Um, yes... and I've been having a rather *cough* interesting exchange with Henare on Twitter. You'd think a list MP who dropped from 26 to 40 would be taking the hint and start working towards a less marginal position next time around.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11900 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    >Last Herald column of career
    >Closes on the most vexing problem facing New Zealand
    >Suddenly it’s unemployment and inequality, not immorality and abortion and the gays as it’s apparently been for the last fifteen years

    I expected a suitable capstone to a decade of trolling every reasonable person in New Zealand and I did not leave disappointed.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1551 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Sam F,

    Good to see you here again, sir. Quiet year?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16598 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Sam F,

    I expected a suitable capstone to a decade of trolling every reasonable person in New Zealand and I did not leave disappointed.

    Actually, Darth was never a neoliberal and has at various times railed against inequality and deprivation. It's just a shame that most of the time he was blathering about homosexuals and stuff.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18807 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F, in reply to Sacha,

    Quiet year?

    I wish. It's been extremely busy and haven't had much time to contribute although I never stopped lurking. Hopefully in the next year I'll have enough braintime spare to not only post more but actually put thought into what I write (rather than drive-by snarkings against easy targets like Garth).

    Actually, Darth was never a neoliberal and has at various times railed against inequality and deprivation. It’s just a shame that most of the time he was blathering about homosexuals and stuff.

    Precisely, which was what made his run in print so frustrating - occasional glimpses of what we actually needed to read more about.

    I obviously jest in referring to it as an intentional troll, but oddly I'd almost rather believe it was that, rather than a seasoned journo managing to mostly waste a decade and a half of column space in a national paper for some mundane reason: maybe because moral panic was easier to write about to a weekly deadline, or because it drew more eyeballs and angry/supportive letters and emails.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1551 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Actually, Darth was never a neoliberal and has at various times railed against inequality and deprivation. It’s just a shame that most of the time he was blathering about homosexuals and stuff.

    Yeah, a little more Ted Olson and a lot less Michelle Bachmann would have been most welcome.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11900 posts Report Reply

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