Martyn Bradbury is going to be most upset when he reads Karl du Fresne's blog today; under the by-line SAVE TVNZ7 CAMPAIGN SUBVERTED BY THE LEFT he opines (with our emphasis added):
There was a public meeting in my home town last night to protest against the impending closure of TVNZ7. As a firm believer in the virtues of public television I might have been tempted to attend, but for one thing.The crusade to save TVNZ7 started out with sound motives but gives every impression of having been hijacked by the Left. While this was probably inevitable, it does nothing for the campaign’s credibility. In fact it’s counter-productive, since it ensures an already indifferent government will dismiss the campaign as just more bleating by its habitual enemies and therefore not worth bothering about.I mean, who can take seriously any campaign in which the neo-Marxist loudmouth Martyn “Bomber” Bradbury has been assigned a central role? Bradbury was the “moderator” – hardly the most appropriate word in his case – at last night’s meeting, as he has been at several others. Personally, I’d rather be roped to a chair and forced to sit through endless reruns of MasterChef New Zealand than endure one of Bradbury’s splenetic rants.
Oh dear. But du Fresne is right on the money; the hard Left, borrow-and-hope brigade has captured this cause. Save TVNZ7 now has very little to do with saving TVNZ7. But it has everything to do with pushing the agenda of the Greens, the Labour Party, and especially the Mana Party. You're unlikely to hear that from them though.