You think they’d learn.
Wikiscanner reports that someone in Parliament has been busy – busy expunging potentially embarassing facts about a variety of MPs.
This one’s about Allan Peachey. You might remember Allan from such debacles as the Peachey/Rich bulk funding controversy and also the little number above that he’d evidently rather history forgot – his infamous “Knife in the back” email from December 2005.
The Herald reported at the time:
Mr Peachey, a first-term politician, sent an email to Selwyn College’s co-principal, Carol White, declining an invitation to the school’s prizegiving ceremony in his Tamaki electorate.
At the bottom of the email he wrote: “P.S. Yes, I do have a knife in your back, so be careful!”
The historically accurate Wikipedia account of the incident, complete with supporting media references (pictured above), was deleted at 11:16pm on March 7 2007 from an IP address in the parliament.govt.nz range. Amusingly, the original entry was reinstated a moment or two later by a Wikipedia moderator, presumably as no reason for deletion was provided by the late-night parliamentary editor. The entry was re-erased shortly after with the justification: “Deleted untrue comments”.
I can understand Peachey’s desire to distance himself from his past statements – particularly ones that show his true colours. And after all, his party’s tried to do the same thing on the war in Iraq, KiwiSaver, workers rights’, climate change, Working for Families, paid parental leave, interest free student loans, minimum wage, air force combat wing, four weeks’ leave, cheaper docors visits, nuclear free policy, income related rents for state house tenants, the “Cullen” superannuation fund, Kyoto… the list goes on. I guess it shows he’s in good company.
Perhaps there’s a more charitable interpretation of the Peachey edits though…
Perhaps it’s not so much about protecting his back as making others feel better about theirs.
(Hat-tip: original sauce)