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Paul Henry: Gone

Written By: - Date published: 6:06 pm, October 10th, 2010 - 116 comments
Categories: accountability, boycott, Ethics, Media, tv - Tags: ,

TVNZ have announced the resignation of Paul Henry.

John Key’s going to have a LOT of angry rednecks on his case over this one. First Andy Haden, now Paul Henry. And then of course there are all the civilized people already on Key’s back about his gutless failure to protest Henry’s racism in the first place.

116 comments on “Paul Henry: Gone”

    • katie 1.1

      On this note, does anyone else find it astonishing how many Paul Henry supporters like to bring out the old “Freedom of speech” argument whilst seemingly having not even the most basic understanding of the concept?
      As I know it, Freedom of Speech gives people the right to talk whatever bullshit they want…..but it also means they have to accept responsibility and potential condemnation for that bullshit, as well as be mindful of of the “harm principle” and “offense principle”.
      I found this quote regarding freedom of speech on an American website and I think it kinda sums up the situation Henry found himself in:
      “Lastly, responsibility of speech requires those espousing unpopular ideas provide supporting reasoning for their ideas lest the person be labeled unreasonably radical and be held in contempt by a moderate society. Such labeling means these people will not be respected or considered for certain jobs, duties, or responsibilities. Speak freely but speak responsibly.”

  1. Jimbo 2

    Whoopee bring on more – Oliver Driver and co. I can guarantee that is just what the people want to see.

  2. gobsmacked 3

    But .. but .. this is not possible. Protests achieve nothing!

    Does not compute … does not compute …

    RWNJ head explosion, stand clear!

    • Kevin Welsh 3.1

      I expect Redbaiter to pop a vein over this 🙂

      • gobsmacked 3.1.1

        Yes, the veins are popping already …

        “Time to boycott TVNZ breakfast television and ALL of their advertisers.”

        (our old friend Big Bruv, on Kiwiblog)

        Hang on, I thought these boycotty protesty things were a waste of time!

        • the sprout 3.1.1.1

          😆 in their case they will be

        • felix 3.1.1.2

          It’s only a waste of time if you’re doing it to get less racism on the telly. Silly goose.

          • comedy 3.1.1.2.1

            Some of the best comedies are packed with racism………. just sayin

            • gobsmacked 3.1.1.2.1.1

              Such as?

              Note: lampooning racism, and attitudes to it, is not racism.

              • comedy

                Faulty Towers, Blackadder, All in the family, Monty Python, Kumars at No 42 etc etc etc

                One persons comedy is another persons racism….. ps Henry clearly went way over the line for a breakfast show.

                • gobsmacked

                  I put in the Note, and you ignored it. I’ll make it easier:

                  1. Racist.

                  2. About racism.

                  Different.

                  • IrishBill

                    To be fair Faulty Towers was a bit racist at times. But it was also written in the 70s.

                    • yep, it’s all about context

                    • Puddleglum

                      It’s ‘Fawlty Towers’.

                      Also, no it wasn’t “racist at times” – the only person who thought Manuel was a Spanish ‘dago’ was Basil, who was the butt of the entire show’s humour. If you want John Cleese’s take on racism see this. I think it falls into gobsmacked’s category 2.

                    • felix

                      I think Fawlty Towers goes both ways.

                      Yes, Basil the racist is the butt of the jokes, but there were also plenty of racist viewers laughing with Basil at Manuel.

                    • comedy

                      I must be a horrid racist/bigot as I just laugh if I find it funny.

                    • felix

                      com, that in itself is not what makes you a horrid racist/bigot. It’s what you find funny.

                  • QoT

                    But isn’t that always the pitfall of satire, felix? Like the bizarre American neocons who think Stephen Colbert is actually on their side.

  3. The Voice of Reason 4

    What a weekend! The Lenslide was good enough on its own, but add to that bye bye Banksie, Laws left knackered and Henry gone, this has got to be the best couple of days for the left in 18 months. Go on John, call a snap election, I dare you!

  4. illuminatedtiger 5

    Good!

  5. happynz 7

    The Breakfast Show was in need of a revamp anyway. Getting rid of Paul Henry is a good start.

  6. They didnt get rid of him, he resigned. I wonder how people will feel when the right starts a protest against left wing tv people like willie jackson who make racist comments.

    • Kevin Welsh 8.1

      So what’s stopping you?

    • illuminatedtiger 8.2

      I wouldn’t consider Willie Jackson to be “left”. And how is this a “left” versus “right” issue anyway?

      • jbanks 8.2.1

        They didnt get rid of him, he resigned.

        You’re wasting your breath here. Some of these fools seriously believe they were responsible for his resignation rather than the diplomatic uproar. Delusional . . . yes, but do you expect anything else?

        • Pascal's bookie 8.2.1.1

          Would that be delusional fools like this guy:

          jbanks 6.2.1.1
          9 October 2010 at 11:18 am
          You still don’t get the real reason why this has become a big deal in India. Idiots like you are making such a big deal of jumping up and down, seeking a response out of all proportion to the offending, that the media has seized on this overblown reaction and it keeps the story in the headlines for longer than it is worth being there. Do you understand this? The bleaters are fueling the media fire. Instead of letting the disciplinary action run it’s course, the bleaters are keeping it in the headlines. The strategy of the idiots has been to keep bleating about it until something happens. Well, something has happened alright – the whole bloody thing has gotten out of control and it’s caught the eye of India and now they’re fucked off.

          • Michael Foxglove 8.2.1.1.1

            That’s one of the sweetest burns I’ve seen in a while.

            • outofbed 8.2.1.1.1.1

              pwned

              [lprent: You’ve been warned before about this phrase (and the attitude it encapsulates). Take two days off to contemplate why one should listen to the moderators and why this is something we don’t like because it starts flamewars. ]

        • Colonial Viper 8.2.1.2

          I wouldn’t be surprised if Indian diplomats in NZ have had a tonne of phone calls, emails and letters from NZ Indians over the last few days, fueling the ‘diplomatic uproar’.

          Henry’s scalp demonstrates the power of mass action against the Righty agenda.

          • nzfp 8.2.1.2.2

            Not just New Zealand Indians mate 😉 try New Zealand Maori 😉 as well as other Real and Unreal New Zealanders!!!

            Captcha: goes … and there goes Henry … 😀

          • William Joyce 8.2.1.2.3

            “Henry’s scalp demonstrates the power of mass action against the Righty agenda.”
            Are you serious? Delusions of granduer?
            How was this a success for “mass action” – given a couple of weeks of news-cycles and this would over and PH would back ‘ont tellie.
            Paul pulled the pin too early.
            How was PH fundamental to the “Righty agenda”? – don’t kid yourself – the evil persists and doesn’t host a tv show!

            • Colonial Viper 8.2.1.2.3.1

              Well, winning a war consists of winning lots of smaller actions, yeah?

              “Henry’s scalp demonstrates the power of mass action against the Righty agenda.”
              Are you serious? Delusions of granduer?
              How was this a success for “mass action”

              In that case maybe I was talking about the Super-Shitty elections 😛

    • gobsmacked 8.3

      They didnt get rid of him, he resigned

      Girlfriends never dumped me, I just “needed some personal space”.

  7. M 9

    Hallelujah brother!

    The goofy picture of Henry a la Austin Powers is the icing on the cake.

    I’m smiling so much I’ve got fish hooks in my cheeks 🙂

  8. kriswgtn 10

    So wonder wot seat the fuktard will have the nerve to stand for??? North Shore? LOL representing the orange county electorate

  9. PC Brigadier 11

    “This resignation is a result of PC gone mad”

    Oh no it’s not. It’s because Paul Henry is a racist bigot and he was leaned on by his boss due to the reaction of decent people.

    Redneck NZ will go nuts over this. Fill your boots. It will be hot air.
    I think NZ moved a step closer to tolerance and acceptance today. Maybe.

  10. Tigger 12

    This isn’t about Henry. This is about TVNZ encouraging him to do what he did and Key for failing to take him on about it (a week later and he’s still not nailed the comments as racist). How neat for both TVNZ and Key that Henry has taken sizeable heat by falling on his sword. Doesn’t change their appalling behaviour.

    • QoT 12.1

      Hell yes on this. Obvious Rick Ellis subtext: “I am sorry that I will no longer be able to quietly approve this douchebag’s bigotry which has been so successful in getting TVNZ ratings and attention”.

  11. Brett 13

    Henry will be back in six months.
    Having him resign allows for that option.

    • William Joyce 13.1

      Absolutely. His resignation means nothing and acheives little. It just gives a boost to those who feel emascualted and in need of a little feeling of power.
      Most of India couldn’t give a dik or shit about PH and this does not change their lives one jot.
      And tomorrow we’ll all be bitching about the next person who has offended our sense of what’s right (no matter how trivial the offence!).

      • mcflock 13.1.1

        It means at least six months without that pillock on state tv.

        A small victory, but a victory nonetheless.

  12. Sookie 14

    Oh, how sweet it is. Resigning before one gets the boot is standard, face saving practice. Now he will be able to set up shop on Newstalk ZB or Radio Live and all his devoted redneck minions can enjoy him there. He can go nuts, no need to hold his tongue on Twat Radio. I don’t have any objection to racist/sexist/homophobic/far right dickheads, I just don’t think they ought to be pushing their agenda on breakfast telly. Certainly not on a state funded broadcaster.

    On a personal note, my hubby is a South African who often has people coming up to him and saying in polite conversation, ‘Saffa eh? You guys are like, really racist!!’ Like me, he has been flabbergasted at the support for Henry among the salt of the earth. Now perhaps he can turn around and politely name said people complete hypocrites. Nice one NZ, even a Boer thinks you’re beyond the pale, so to speak 🙂

    • felix 14.1

      Good on him, but he’s still got the poisoning to answer for 😉

      • nzfp 14.1.1

        hah hah hah hah hah … Yeah Invictus was a GREAT film right up to the end 😉

        Naaah, good on the Saffa’s!

        One simple question – which one of the SANZAR partners supported New Zealand’s bid for the 2011 Rugby World Cup after they lost their own bid – and which one supported the big money in Japan?

        Like I said, good on the Saffa’s!

    • A Nonny Moose 14.2

      “I don’t have any objection to racist/sexist/homophobic/far right dickheads”

      Whereas I do, because they hurt a lot of people and keep them oppressed.

      I’d like to think jerks like Henry won’t get another job any time soon, but I’m expecting a double header with Lhaws, if the studio can hold their egos together.

  13. This sets a dangerous precendent. Heaven help the next tv person who says something someone deosnt like.

    Then again I think if India didnt complain, then Henry would probably still have a job.

    • outofbed 15.1

      It wasn’t “someone didn’t like” it was fucking thousands of “someones”

      • felix 15.1.1

        Millions actually, but who’s counting?

        • William Joyce 15.1.1.1

          BShit! You only think it’s millions because that rectangular “window on the world” told you so. Don’t be sucked in. The level of outrage is over represented and is nurtured every time some microphone is stuck under someone’s nose.
          What is going on outside the frame of the lens? Just because the people behind Mike McRoberts are rioting (in front of the cameras) doesn’t mean all Lahore is rioting.

          • felix 15.1.1.1.1

            There are well over a billion people in India, William.

            Even just one percent of them is well over 11 million. I don’t think “millions” is a controversial statement at all.

            p.s. that’s not even counting Indian people who don’t live in India, or the people who aren’t Indian at all but found it offensive regardless.

            • William Joyce 15.1.1.1.1.1

              In that case, good on PH.
              If you’re going to get knee deep in de shit you might as well go large.
              To have pissed of so many people – now that’s somehing to tell the grandkids!

    • felix 15.2

      Yeah. You can totes blame India for this, for rizzle.

    • the sprout 15.3

      This sets a dangerous precendent. Heaven help the next tv person who says something someone deosnt [sic] like

      Oh don’t fret Sean, they should be ok as long as they don’t make several dozen highly bigoted and offensive outbursts on a state broadcaster.

    • nzfp 15.4

      Hey Sean,

      Then again I think if India didnt complain, then Henry would probably still have a job.

      I agree (whakaae) with you. This is an example of power. When Henry is – sorry WAS being a racist bastard to Māori and other racial and socio-economic groups without power – Henry was given free reign.

      However, Henry’s behaviour to an Indian Government minister is an example of hubris. For too long he got away with racism and bigotry – until he bit a much bigger fish. A fish backed by 1.3 Billion people with a free trade deal the NAct party are chomping at the bit to claim.

      While I am pleased that the racist bigot is gone – I am sad that it took another nation’s government to catalyse the event.

      Captcha: ENCOURAGING – which it is – nonetheless.

      • William Joyce 15.4.1

        Jonkey says he thinks the resignation bring closure to this matter. Doesn’t he wish!?! God forbid that he should have to commit himself to taking a position. On with the FTrade deal and then maybe we can all get some sleep 🙂

        • nzfp 15.4.1.1

          Oh hey bro,
          Let me be clear – I am absolutely against Free Trade. Free Trade simply means free to plunder, free to buy up what ever resources you like, free to sell the country for pennies on the dollar.

          I think maybe you are confusing Free Trade with Fair Trade?

          • William Joyce 15.4.1.1.1

            Sorry, poor attempt at sarcasm. I was being sarcastic about Jonkey and his ilk thinking FTA’s are what make the world a better place to be.

            Should read with “”‘s.
            Eg. “On with the FTrade deal and then maybe we can all get some sleep” 😉

  14. henry olongo 16

    It’s niiiiice!!!!!!

  15. nzfp 17

    He tino rawe te pūrongo!!!
    That is great news!

    • hateatea 17.1

      Pono. He karere tino reka – ka wehe atu ia.
      Good news indeed to hear he is going for good

  16. Draco T Bastard 18

    Now all they need to do is replace him with a credible interviewer who will actually hold politicians to account.

    • hateatea 18.1

      The ultimate irony – because I was boycotting TVNZ I didn’t know until I had time to clear my emails!!

      This totally vindicates the use of legitimate, peaceful protest. Big ups to all those who emailed TVNZ, the advertisers, MP’s, blogged, wrote to newspapers, telephoned talkback and protested outside TVNZ. You have sent a message that MOST New Zealanders do not think like Paul Henry though undoubtedly many do. Now, perhaps they can find someone pleasant and personable to share the couch with Pippa and whoever replaces her when she is on parental leave. It is to be hoped that whoever that person may be, they have intelligence and compassion, sense and sensitivity.

      captcha: err (That is what PH and Laws do so well)

      • Vicky32 18.1.1

        I was in Welly at the time, and the news was all over the paper! Seeing PH’s grinning simian face on the billboards as I walked past the dairy was so sweet!
        Deb

    • Herodotus 18.2

      DTB we only have one who can do this and has the skill to bring in an audience, he cannot do ZB breakfast, part time close up (should be full time IMO) next you will be wanting MH to head Q&A as well as breakfast. Poor Kate with that workload.
      How can the front person change a culture when the core is rotten? Sure PH may have gone (read monkey) yet the grinders are still all there. I would love to know what instructions PH got from his producers and TVNZ regarding his previous behaviour and if they gave him the impression that he was untouchable, as they should follow.
      re Q&A still think this should be replaced by The Sunday News Roast (Alt TV alas the sad death of this station 🙁 ) educational, informative, entertaining and unbalanced.

  17. THE MOUCH 19

    The moustached women of NZ will be dancing in the streets tonight.

  18. Mac1 20

    Now then, Draco T, hope springs eternal and all that, but steady on.

    Next we’ll have a proper calling to account of this government from the MSM in general. Did I mention general as in election?

  19. Gotham 21

    This is the best news since Len won Auckland (yesterday).

    Still, it doesn’t answer my original curiosity on the matter – wtf are all those people watching tv for at 6am????

    A moral victory for RNZ, in my opinion….

  20. Colonial Viper 22

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4217179/Paul-Henry-resigns

    Prime Minister John Key says Paul Henry’s resignation has brought “closure”.

    “This episode has been sad and regrettable,” he said through a spokeswoman.

    “Mr Henry’s resignation brings closure to the matter and we should now put it behind us,” he said.

    • rosy 22.1

      … and then JK wiped the sweat from his brow and said ‘phew that was close’ and got the strategists to work on the national seat for PH that was agreed on in the phoncall earlier in the day 😉

    • gobsmacked 22.2

      “Greater love hath no man, that he lay down his friends for his life”.

      Now, let’s get the questions in to Broadcasting Minister Coleman.

      “Did the Minister, or somebody on his behalf, speak to TVNZ executives about Paul Henry, between October 4 and 10?”

      • QoT 22.2.1

        Unfortunately one can only expect Coleman to be briefed to bring up that whole “just Paul being Paul” piece of utterly baffling fail from Goff.

        • come get some 22.2.1.1

          Goff hadnt heard the statement when he was first questioned on it, and probably had no fucking idea what the interviewer was on about. He probably should have said that, instead of trying to wing it. Idiot

        • toad 22.2.1.2

          Coleman has been strangely silent throught the whole affair, leaving Steven Joyce to front the Government’s (weak) criticism of Henry. Strange?

    • the sprout 22.3

      Paul Henry’s resignation has brought “closure”

      oh yeah, i’m sure Key’s desperate to believe that 😆

      • Colonial Viper 22.3.1

        You know, that’s exactly what I thought. *PM shakes bottle*. Hmmmm…the genie doesn’t appear to be in there anymore!!! 😯

      • come get some 22.3.2

        unfortunately, the media are going to listen to him

    • Huang Y.G. 22.4

      When I first read that bit, something didn’t sound right.
      Doesn’t convey like it is truly heartfelt.
      Sounded like there was a hint of rushed insincerity.

  21. nzfp 23

    You know,
    I kinda like the idea of being described as an “Unreal” New Zealander … heh heh “unreal” used to be a colloquialism from my childhood for “awesome” or “cool” or “choice”.

    Captcha: distinct – kinda the way “Unreal” makes me feel

    Cheers Paul Henry, have one on me (NOT) while you’re looking for another job and wondering if the 90 day trial period will mean that you get fired for nothing on the 89th day… (I know I’ve said this joke before but I love it).

  22. William Joyce 24

    All this “good news” and and yet no The Daily Show or Colbert Report *sniff*

  23. Rodel 25

    I like to watch the TV news in the morning.
    I’m pleased that I no longer have to put up with Henry’s silliness.
    He could probably get a job with Fux news?

  24. Gotham 26

    I have a little different take on the matter:

    I think Henry resigned as a middle finger to TVNZ for having suspended him. I BET he has had talks with the execs and PR spinners in which they told him directly along the lines of ‘you have to be yourself to the limit, don’t self-censor, don’t hold back, you have an enormous following in NZ and people love what you say…’. He was just doing what he was given licence (encouragement, even) to do.

    And so he must have been pretty pissed when they suddenly cut his paycheque for a fortnight, for doing exactly what he was told. So he decided to screw them back – he is probably pretty confident he can go on earning the same doing something else.

    I don’t think TVNZ were EVER intending on firing him.

    • QoT 26.1

      I think that’s a pretty good theory, Gotham, and it really just pisses me off that TVNZ are trying to play this as somehow being unexpected, unpredictable behaviour from the fuckwit which crossed some line that was totally drawn very clearly and had never been crossed before. Except for all those other times.

    • Colonial Viper 26.2

      Yeah, the scope has to train on to the sick management culture at the senior levels of TVNZ.

  25. rohan 27

    i love henry’s presumption “I will be apologising in person to the Governor-General”. The g-g has a very busy schedule, as you would expect of a representative of our head-of-state. does henry think he has time to talk to every unemployed citizen, especially one who has publicly defamed, insulted and called into question his identity?

  26. nice bit of satire from ideologically impure…

    Pippa Wetzell resigns in tears, contrite for not doing enough to save Paul

    http://ideologicallyimpure.wordpress.com/2010/10/10/pippa-wetzell-resigns-from-tvnz/

  27. come get some 29

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Paul-Henry-start-your-own-show/164114190281857

    Will be interesting to see how fast this climbs, and the ethnicity make up

  28. William Joyce 30

    OMG – you know you’re really on the wrong side of an issue when the intelligence vacuum and former brain cell known as Keith Locke agrees with you.

    “Green Party MP Keith Locke tonight also welcomed Henry’s resignation.”
    (Unless he said he “Welcomed the green tea preparation”)

    It makes you want to revisit your reasoning when someone with the intellectual strengh of talc agrees with you.I’ll have to assume it was a fluke, statistical anomily or that someone told him to say it. Other wise I will not sleep tonight in fear the strings in the universe have snappped or some pissed-off butterfly in India flapped it’s wings and caused a vaccuous poilition in NZ to speak sense.

  29. richard Bartlett 31

    Let us understand what is really happening here. New Zealand loses more than 20% of its
    movers and shakers every year. Henry, Laws, Tamahere, Jackson et al would be living their
    lives in a well deserved obscurity had that not been the case.
    This is all the fault of this so-called New Zealand being a not that good idea in the first place.

  30. Gotham 32

    And it looks like Prendergast is out of Wellington!! The news just keeps getting better and better!!

  31. graham 33

    Takeing the standard as my insperation henceforth i will add new clauses to my staff employment contracts
    and racist talks they will be fired (the working class are all bigots)
    any membership of a polictal party i dont like no matter how long ago i will sack them
    and the advantage with the 90 day fire at will law i and going to hire and fire to my hearts content
    i wonder if i can set a record for the most sackings in a month that will be fun

    • The Voice of Reason 33.1

      Hmmm, I suppose you can fire at will, Graham, but you really shouldn’t have fired the guy who proofs your public statements. It leaves you looking like an inarticulate twit.

    • Marty G 33.2

      If an employee’s actions constitute gross misconduct, you have the right to fire them. But be careful, gross misconduct for a TV presenter may not be gross misconduct for a lathe worker and vice versa.

      And Henry resigned.

      And only a fool wants to fire as many employees as possible because of the cost of replacing them. If you’re a fool, good luck to you and enjoy the court cases, but I suspect you’re just talking shit.

    • Vicky32 33.3

      “and racist talks they will be fired (the working class are all bigots)”
      Even if we are bigots, which is not true, at least we can spell!
      Deb

  32. Fraz 34

    Cool and I think they should ban fat people from being on the Breakfast programme because they set a bad example to the nation’s health! Where do you stop? The problem is that Henry was forced out by a vociferous minority and a hate campaign led by the NZ Herald. They also got nearly 30 people to protest outside TVNZ studios asking for him to be sacked – obviously by people who don’t have jobs!

    sprout: I guess you should ask John Key how he let this happen, or do you really think it was all the work of a ‘vociferous minority’ 😆
    If Key caved to a ‘vociferous minority’, what does that say about him as your PM?

  33. Alex 35

    Nice, measured discussion about this on Radio NZ just now.

    If you excuse PH for making those kind of remarks, by considering him a comedian, that is tricky. As people here are pointing to, good (and bad) comedy is often crass and flirting with ‘offensive’. Some of the best stuff Peter Cook and Dudley Moore did over 30 years ago you still couldn’t play on the radio now. People who like comedy often refer to their genius.

    I do tend to think of PH as a comedian. If I switch over to Breakfast, he is most natural when giggling, poking, doing his naughty boy schtick, which he does really well. When he’s doing deadpan, he seems to be bored and faking it. Many people of course won’t enjoy his humour, comedy is like that. Force me to listen to Mike King or Radar for longer than a minute and I’ll suffer an aneurism.

    Putting aside any notion that Breakfast is any kind of serious broadcasting (it’s fluff and chitchat and tail, the world over), it seems sad to believe that PH shouldn’t be on ‘our state broadcaster’ because he isn’t serious enough. The glamour and pathos and shallow analysis of TVNZ news is like most TV network news, it sets the bar very low. Any injection of … anything different, to me, is welcome. I hate to think that things like mischievousness and irreverence are being shut down, and then we can assume that all is well.

    He made a lame joke/rude suggestion, he should be told that it sucked (firstly by the PM sitting beside him!), and he should have fixed it, or have been asked to fix it, and they could have moved on. The response to the diplomatic situation with India seems cynical to me – clearly people in India would be wanting to deflect negative attention at the moment, particularly from countries who were outspoken recently about the commonwealth games.

    • The Voice of Reason 35.1

      Funny you should mention Cookie. The magazine he used to own, Private Eye, reproduces a clipping on page 20 of the current issue (1272) that features Sheila Dikshit with a humorous comment beneath that suggests the editor thought the name was a misprint. That would appear to be a genuine error, not a racist joke. Henry, on the other hand, is a racist joke. And it always going to be worth remembering that Key laughed along. Racist humour is, almost by definition, right wing.

      I can’t think of any Peter Cook sketches that would not be suitable for broadcast today, except for the excessive swearing that was such a refreshing feature of Derek and Clive. Certainly, there was some appallingly racist comedy on British TV right through till the ‘right on’ comics of the eighties made the likes of Bernard Manning look like the antiquated relics they were. Since then, it’s been all very post modern and ironic. The occasional comic does blow it big time, such as Michael Richards and Billy Connelly recently, but the likes of Cook and Cleese were classic liberals at a time when conservatism was the enemy. Cleese wasn’t Fawlty, Warren Mitchell wasn’t Alf Garnett. Both were taking the piss out of those middle class ‘little englanders’ that Thatcher so successfully represented in the eighties.

      So, if Breakfast needs a comedic presence, then in a post modern, ironic way, can I suggest Henry be replaced immediately by Mr Jeremy Wells. What could be more agreeable?

  34. Alex 36

    Interesting about the mag. This might not be the point anyway, but Cook and Moore also had songs (not TV) like ‘I’m a stupid n****r’, the one about the ‘stupid Dutch bitch’, and ‘Jump you f***er’ about someone who jumps from a window to escape a fire, to find he’s been tricked, so he falls and breaks his neck, and the song ends “We are miserable sinners, filthy f***ers”. Would be really interesting on a breakfast TV show, but I can’t see it.

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  • Life in Lock Down: Day 7
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    1 week ago
  • OK, Britney: stop sniping at National for doing its job
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    1 week ago
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    1 week ago
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    1 week ago

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Prime Minister’s remarks halfway through Alert Level 4 lockdown
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 hours ago
  • Licenses, WoFs and regos extended under lockdown
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Inquiry report into EQC released
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • More time for health workers and elderly to get flu vaccine
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Communities step up to help New Zealanders stay connected and fed during lockdown
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • 120 COVID-19 testing centres now operating
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Covid19: Government moving quickly to roll out learning from home
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Making learning from home accessible to Māori learners and whānau
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • New Zealand to provide assistance to Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Harold
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • NZ horticulture sector feeding Kiwis and the world during COVID-19
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Work to repurpose PGF funds begins
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  • A million workers supported by Govt wage subsidy
    The Government’s wage subsidy to protect jobs and keep workers and businesses connected during the lockdown has now supported over a million New Zealanders, with $6.6 billion already paid out. “We’re supporting businesses to pay wages, and stay connected with their workers so that we are all in a better ...
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  • Government helps Pacific communities fight COVID
    The Government is stepping up efforts to help protect New Zealand’s Pacific communities in the fight against COVID-19. Cabinet has agreed that $17 million will be allocated to support a COVID-19 Pacific Response Package, which will: Support Pacific health and disability services facing increased demand; Ramp up public health messaging ...
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    2 days ago
  • Statement from the Prime Minister on Dr David Clark
    “Yesterday evening the Health Minister advised me of his trip to a beach during the lockdown and offered his resignation,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “Under normal conditions I would sack the Minister of Health. What he did was wrong, and there are no excuses.  “But right now, my priority is our ...
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    2 days ago
  • Statement from David Clark
    Last night as part of my preparation for the Epidemic Response Committee, I provided the Prime Minister with a complete picture of my activity outside my home during Alert Level 4.  That included the fact that on the first weekend of the Alert Level 4 lockdown I drove my family ...
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    2 days ago
  • COVID-19 mental health support begins
    A range of support is being rolled out across New Zealand to help people look after their mental health during COVID-19 Health Minister David Clark said this morning. “COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainty into our lives and many of us will be feeling some level of distress or ...
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    3 days ago
  • New Zealanders in Peru to be assisted by Government charter flight
    The New Zealand Government has made arrangements to charter a flight for New Zealanders stranded in Peru to depart the country, following agreement with the Chilean government to allow the necessary transit through Chile, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. “Like many travellers around the world at the moment, ...
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    3 days ago
  • COVID-19 Hospital Preparation Well Advanced
    Hospital preparations for COVID-19 are well advanced says Health Minister David Clark. “Hospitals across New Zealand are repurposing buildings and training staff to get ready for COVID-19 patients. This gives me confidence that we are well prepared for any potential increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospital level care,” said David ...
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    6 days ago
  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
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    6 days ago
  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
    The Government’s plan to cushion the blow of COVID-19 by supporting incomes, jobs and businesses, and position the economy to recover has been backed by another international report. International credit rating agency Moody’s today reaffirmed its highest Aaa credit rating on New Zealand, saying the economy is expected to remain ...
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    6 days ago
  • Government supports air services to offshore islands
    The Government has stepped in to support vital air links to our offshore islands, the Chatham Islands, Great Barrier Island and Motiti Island, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. “As part of our $600 million support package to minimise the impacts of COVID-19 on the aviation sector, the Government has ...
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    6 days ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
    National sports organisations have been given certainty of funding to ensure they can remain viable through the COVID-19 pandemic, Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “The global spread of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on sport and recreation in New Zealand, including the cancellation or postponement of ...
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    7 days ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
    Changes have been made to allow butchers to process pork, only for supply to supermarkets or other processors or retailers that are open, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced. “We carefully weighed the risk of allowing butchers to open their shops for retail customers, but the risk of spreading COVID-19 ...
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    1 week ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
    Essential workers who take leave from work to comply with public health guidance are being supported with a leave scheme to ensure they will continue to receive income, say the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway and Minister for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni. A number of essential businesses ...
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    1 week ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
    A Government WhatsApp channel has been launched to help make information more easily accessible and shareable in the fight against COVID-19. Govt.NZ, which is free to use on any mobile device, will carry information and news for the public, businesses, healthcare providers, not for profits and local government. It can ...
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    1 week ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
    The Government has announced a plan to enable the safe, orderly exit of tens of thousands of stranded foreign nationals from New Zealand during the current COVID-19 Alert Level 4 restrictions, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters has said. “When we moved into lockdown a week ago, the ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
    Health Minister Dr David Clark says the Government is delivering on its commitment to support general practice doctors and nurses, and pharmacies on the front-line of our fight against COVID-19. "For us to overcome COVID-19, we need community health services such as general practice and community pharmacy to step up ...
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    1 week ago
  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
    Justice Susan Thomas has been appointed Chief High Court Judge, Attorney-General David Parker announced today.  She replaces Justice Geoffrey Venning who has resigned from the position.   David Parker paid tribute to Justice Venning, who he said had stewarded the High Court very capably over the last five years.   “On behalf ...
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    1 week ago
  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
    Businesses can start applying to their banks for loans under the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme set up to support the New Zealand economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re moving quickly to protect New Zealand businesses, jobs and the economy during this unprecedented global economic shock,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. ...
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    1 week ago
  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
    Work is underway looking at measures to speed up consents for development and infrastructure projects during the recovery from COVID 19, to provide jobs and stimulate our economy.  Environment Minister David Parker said the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious global crisis that will have a wide ranging and lasting impact ...
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    1 week ago
  • Advance payments to support contractors
    Advance payments will be made to transport construction industry contractors to retain the workforce and ensure it is ready to quickly gear up to build projects which will be vital to New Zealand’s COVID-19 economic recovery, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today. He said keeping the workforce required to build ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government seeks infrastructure projects
    The Government has tasked a group of industry leaders to seek out infrastructure projects that are ready to start as soon as the construction industry returns to normal to reduce the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones say. The Infrastructure ...
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    1 week ago
  • Health system scaled up to prepare for COVID-19
    Work to scale up the health system in preparation for COVID-19 was today outlined by Health Minister David Clark, as he reported back to the new Epidemic Response Committee. “We are well placed to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have taken early and decisive action at our borders, and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Essential media COVID-19 guidelines refined
    The Government is refining its COVID-19 essential business guidance to include the distribution of news publications for communities which are hard to reach. The Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media, Kris Faafoi, said the move was in recognition of the importance for New Zealanders who might be harder to ...
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    1 week ago
  • Supermarkets able to open on Easter Sunday
    The Government is ensuring supermarkets can open on Easter Sunday so we can buy groceries, but stay closed on Good Friday allowing workers to take a break. This provides a balanced approach and ensures we avoid large queues that two days closure may cause. “Supermarkets will be able to open ...
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    1 week ago
  • New Zealand defence personnel conclude mission at Taji
    Following the successful conclusion of the Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission at Taji, New Zealand defence personnel are returning to New Zealand from Iraq, in accordance with the Cabinet decision made in June 2019, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today. “New Zealand is very ...
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    1 week ago
  • State of National Emergency extended
    The State of National Emergency to help stop the spread of COVID-19 has been extended for a further seven days, Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare said. The initial declaration on March 25 lasted seven days and can be extended as many times as necessary. “Since we went into isolation ...
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    1 week ago