It is always amusing listening to Matthew Hooten being a spinster on politics. It was rather ironic for him to be in a conversation about John Keys “loose lips” over his Tuhoe remarks in NatRads political section in 9 to noon this morning. During it, he talked about this site posting conspiracy theories about John Key ‘cannibalism joke’ and North Shore voters.
After this got drawn to my attention in OpenMike comments I investigated Hooten’s assertions. I usually do this when claims are made about the site or its authors, because some of the bullshit that gets floated around is pretty amazingly idiotic. I was also puzzled as I couldn’t even remember anything about North Shore voters coming into the debate here. We have done a couple of posts on the subject.
Joke? Or deliberate insult? was written as a first response post, before John Key pronounced on it himself. What I questioned was if this was a deliberate shift in policy based on earlier revelations of John Key seemingly arbitrarily shifting the states negotiating position in the wake of blowback at National party regional conferences.
Marty G wrote a subsequent post looking at the ‘wedge’ effect that the ‘joke’ would inevitably produce. His opinion was written about the leverage that just such a ‘joke’ would give to the government negoitiating with Tuhoe would have.
All of the other posts have been about the international fallout from John Keys ‘joke’.
So where did Matthew Hooten get ‘conspiracy’ theories from, and such specific ones? Well it appears likely he was talking about a post from Bomber at Tumeke – “National denied Tuhoe justice because white North Shore focus groups told them to“.
It appears that Matthew Hooten has the “loose lips” syndrome as well. It is nice for him to give us a mention on the MSM, but a lot less nice to attribute the opinion of an author in another site to the authors here.
Speaking directly to Matthew; I’d accept that you probably just made a accidental screwup. But I can just see those mindless wingnuts that follow your words as gospel. They’re going to tirelessly repeat this inane stupidity over and over and over again. If that happens, I’m going to get irritated at you.
Please, smarten your act up – and while you’re at it, see what you can do about that clueless PM making us a laughing stock overseas. He could use some help…