There’s no tragedy so bad that some scumbag won’t try to exploit it. No, I’m not talking about mythical ‘looters’ that had the media in hysterics. It’s the stomach-churning way that some on the Right have decided to try to use the earthquake for political advantage by deifying Bob Parker.
The Herald doesn’t try for subtly with a headline screaming: “Mayor compared to Giuliani post 9/11”. Quite who has compared Parker to Giuliani isn’t explained.
David Farrar’s two substantive posts on the earthquake have both been on the implications for the mayoral campaign. One looking at Parker’s rising ipredict stock. The other darkly musing that if Jim Anderton was mayor everything would be going to hell in a handbasket because he might not have been in Christchurch (not sure where Farrar thinks Anderton spends most Friday nights).
Excuse me while I gag. Honestly, do they have no sense of decorum? What is wrong with people whose first thought after a major disaster is the implications for local politics?
Indeed, Parker himself looked almost physically ill when Paul Henry (who had just spent five minutes trying to convince a business leader that Christchurch was about to experience an economic boom) asked him about the Giuliani comparison on Breakfast this morning. Parker replied that he found that talk tasteless ‘I’m just doing the job I’m paid for and anyone else in this position would do the same. It’s not about me. There are 400,000 heroes in this city’. To which Henry replied ‘that sounds very like Giuliani’.
Some have asked what Anderton is up to. He, like Parker, is acting responsibly: “I haven’t been into the central city because the last thing the authorities there want is politicians hanging around hoping to get noticed.”
As far as I can see, everyone is behaving as they should given their roles and responsibilities as a city copes with a huge disaster. Trying to score political points off that is sick.
Update: Farrar, Whaleoil, Henry, and Matthew Hooton are trying to spread a lie that Anderton said only an earthquake could stop him winning the election. Danyl has the truth.