Friday, November 30, 2012

We can't help but wonder...

The media is in a lather this morning about Paula Bennett's "Zip it, sweetie" jibe directed towards Jacinda Ardern who was interjecting on Ms Bennett's reply to a question in the House. Likewise, the media got in a lather a few weeks ago when John Key chided Farming Show host Jamie Mackay on his "gay red shirt".

So we can't help but wonder; where is the outrage over Human Rights Commission senior staffer Dr Judy McGregor describing Christopher Finlayson as a "Queen" which we blogged about yesterday? The MSM has been absolutely silent on this.

Perhaps it's OK when the Left does it; that's the only possible explanation. Welcome to New Zealand; the land of double standards and hypocrisy.

15 comments:

bsprout said...

The Greens once attempted to get an agreement from all parties to raise the standard of behaviour in the house, however it wasn't supported by the National or Labour Parties who are largely guilty of the deplorable standards displayed. The Prime Minister's throat slitting action being one of the lowest of all that I can remember.

http://blog.greens.org.nz/2012/08/17/parliamentary-behaviour/

Keeping Stock said...

Give us all a break bsprout; you're trying to say that the Greens are above childish behaviour and name-calling? Then how do you account for this?

http://keepingstock.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/russel-blots-his-copybook.html

Kermit said...

How can we account for your blog post?
I suppose it was written because you can't help but attack the Greens.
Does that explain it?

Keeping Stock said...

Attack the Greens Kermit? The Greens didn't even get a mention in the substantive post. All I've done is question bsprouts suggestion that the Greens are lily-white (nice pun eh!). If you don't want the Greens being held to scrutiny, the answer is simple; don't try and hold them up as an example of everything being fine and dandy. They are in the trough with all the other little piggies.

Kermit said...

No they are not, Keeping Stock. They are significantly different as their policies, processes and history clearly demonstrates. You are determined to drag their reputation down to the level of your own 'troughers'; Key and his cohorts, but it simply doesn't fly. The public know full-well that the Greens are honest and sincere to a fault. Your continuous efforts to paint them in the same muddy colours your own team are splattered with is a fail. The Greens are clean. You'll hammer on about Russel calling Key (quite rightly)'chicken' as being a cardinal sin and evidence of the Green's equivalence to all other politicians, but you are wrong and your efforts sad. If we are going to compare 'in-House' behaviour in order to judge our leaders, let's put Key's throat-slitting act up against Russel's 'chicken' call and see how they look side by side. I predict that Russel will look quite reasonable, and Key a turd.
Having said that (told the truth) I expect you'll delete this comment, as you do whenever you are faced by opinion that threatens your own.

Keeping Stock said...

Why would I delete your comment Kermit? Go back through the archives, especially around the time of last year's election; you'll find dozens of comments that where I am "faced by opinion that threatens your own"; many of them from Green Party supporters such as Robert Guyton.

No; I'll leave your comment up, because rather than exposing me to ridicule, it exposes your fervent belief that the Greens can do no wrong.

PS - seeing as Robert hasn't answered my question over at Homepaddock, how about we get back on topic, and you give ME and answer:

Let’s get this straight Robert (or, in this instance, Kermit); you’d have no objection then if someone interjected “Tinkerbell” at Kevin Hague, or if someone from the HRC called Louisa Wall a “dyke”?

I look forward to your prompt response :)

Kermit said...

I don't hold the belief that the Greens can 'do no wrong' - they are bound to make mistakes and have done so in the past. However, they do have a reputation, deserved I believe, for having integrity and holding to higher standards than many other parties/politicians in Parliament. Most people might say they are faulted by their insistence on sticking to their lofty ideals.
Now to your question:(It's more a claim than a question, that is you phrase it as though I would have no objection, rather than asking' do I have an objection. It's a manipulative technique you are using but I can't expect you to be that subtle.)

"...you’d have no objection then if someone interjected “Tinkerbell” at Kevin Hague, or if someone from the HRC called Louisa Wall a “dyke”?"

If someone interjected "Tinkerbell" at Kevin Hague, confusion would ensue, as that's Finlayson's nick-name. Would I object? It's not my business. I'd wait for Kevin's response. I suspect he'd laugh it off, or better still, get a t'shirt printed. Louise Wall being called a dyke? I'm no Labour Party supporter, but again, it's up to her response. I remember quite clearly, Judith Collins shrieking "pervert" at David Benson-Pope in the House. I wonder how you reacted to that. In fact, if I might ask you a question in return (notice how willing I was to answer yours), what do you think of Judith Collins' behaviour when she did that "pervert" shrieking thing?


you’d have no objection then if someone interjected “Tinkerbell” at Kevin Hague, or if someone from the HRC called Louisa Wall a “dyke”?

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Ciaron said...

The public know full-well that the Greens are honest and sincere to a fault.

Yeah, thats why 88.94% of those who could be bothered to vote, voted for somone else.

Kermit said...

Hey, KS. I "look forward to your prompt response" to the Judith Collins question:-)

Rosco said...

Hey Kermit, this sounds like you.
Give Scott a call at Imperator Fish.

Keeping Stock said...

I don't recall Collins commenting on Benson-Pope; my recollection is that it was Rodney Hide who raised the issue of alleged assaults on students in B-P's classes. "Pervert", though it may have had a ring of truth to it given subsequent allegations against Benson-Pope was inappropriate form an MP. Had Collins or any other MP made that allegation in Parliament they would have been required to apologise.

Keeping Stock said...

PS - do you come from Riverton Kermit? There are some very Guytonesque features about your comments...

Kermit said...

I'll have to assure you, Keeping Stock, that Judith Collins did shriek "pervert" at David Benson-Pope in the House. Do you equate that with Bennett's 'sweetie' comment and are you okay with Collins disgraceful behaviour? Or do you forgive your own for their abuses?

Brian Edwards:

"But when National’s law and order spokesman Judith Collins picked up on a Rodney Hide comment and called David Benson-Pope a “pervert” during an incandescent parliamentary Question Time this year, you could hear jaws drop not just around the debating chamber but around the country, as little old ladies tut-tutted and the traditional kiwi support for the underdog set in."

Keeping Stock said...

"Pervert", though it may have had a ring of truth to it given subsequent allegations against Benson-Pope was inappropriate form an MP. Had Collins or any other MP made that allegation in Parliament they would have been required to apologise.

Which syllable of "inappropriate" do you struggle to understand Kermit?

Kermit said...

You say 'inappropriate'.
I say 'disgusting'.
So it is when it's your own people you are defending.
Let's a gree to disagree.
Judith Collins' 'pervert' call was disgusting, just as John Key's throat-slitting action was disgusting.
Is it a rightwing thing, that gutter-behaviour?
Don't bother to answer. I'm abandoning this line of questioning now.