Hughes is news and the Herald’s hounds seems hellbent on keeping him in the headlines

March 23, 2011

As a highly principled politician, Alf publicly champions decency, democracy, fair trials and the admirable notion that we are all innocent until proven guilty.

He firmly believes the well of justice will be poisoned by the pre-trial publicity that too often can be given to a case by circulation-hungry newspapers and ratings-obsessed broadcast media.

He accordingly condemns news media that feed off the plight of well known public figures who find themselves the subjects of police investigations. Leave it alone (he urges) until the police have done their thing and brought the suspect to court, where all the relevant facts are publicly aired before a judge and/or jury.

He is dismayed, therefore, that the NZ Herald has gone fishing for more information (or, more likely, is hoping to dig up more dirt) after Labour’s Darren Hughes confirmed he is the MP at the centre of allegations about a police investigation relating to a late-night incident.

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Indigenous rights document gives Pita and Hone a great chance to show us how well they speak bollocks

April 21, 2010

Pita Sharples and his mates talk bollocks quite well at the best of times. They are speaking it with great eloquence this week.

Several examples have arisen since the almost clandestine signing of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Here’s a good one from Sharples –

Dr Sharples, one of the Maori Party’s co-leaders, said this morning’s announcement restored the mana and moral authority of Maori to speak in international forums on justice, rights and peace matters.

Are we seriously supposed to believe Maori had no mana or moral authority to speak in international forums on justice, rights and peace matters before now?

In other words, moral authority is being given – as if by magic (and a bit of stealth) – by the signing of a bloody document already signed by rogues and blackguards from countries like Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Iran and Sudan.

Here’s another well expressed example of bollocks –

Dr Sharples said the former New Zealand government’s decision in 2007 was “a great disappointment to Maori”.

Some Maori, maybe.

But not all Maori.

Shane Jones, Parekura Horomia and Winston Peters are among those who are bothered about the implications of what the Government has done.

Alf can name a great many more who are utterly indifferent to the signing.

Hone Harawira, of course, is a gifted speaker of bollocks –

Mr Harawira said Maori up and down the country “feel a lift in Government acknowledging the rights of Maori to be human”.

Outrageous tosh.

Alf won’t go on.

He will simply raise a few questions:

Was that a bunch of Maori, noisy and sparsely clad, who did a lot of noisy hollering and leaping around at the United Nations after the signing?

How did they get to hear about the signing? Were they already in New York, or were they flown there specially for the occasion?

If they were flown there, who paid?

And so on.

Alf is always alert to the need to ask how taxpayers’ money is being spent.

He asks – of course – on behalf of all taxpayers, not just a few.