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6:14 pm, September 26th, 2010 - 18 comments
Categories: accountability, act, blogs, crime, dpf, Media, newspapers, rodney hide - Tags: david garrett, hilary calvert, Mark Price, odt
I guess we shouldn’t really mock such unfortunates but this latest missive from the Bog is too hard to resist. Farrar and his merry band of ignorant loons are furious that the ODT, one of New Zealand’s better newspapers, is daring to ask pertinent questions of ACTs replacement for David Garrett.
It seems pretty fair to me for ODT journalist Mark Price to ask Hilary Calvert:
Any convictions you would like to declare now?
Any misbehaviour, non-criminal, that might come back to bite you?
Any family members involved in criminal behaviour?
Could you ever contemplate supporting Heather Roy?
According to a radio report, you have a pecuniary interest in a licensed massage parlour.
Especially considering the bizzarely obfuscatory answers Calvert gave when asked if she had any skeletons in the closet voters should be aware of, especially considering she replaces a man who had undisclosed convictions and was guilty of a particularly distasteful crime that he also failed to disclose to the public, especially considering Calvert’s ‘Leader’ Rodney Hide clearly has no interest in transparency and accountability for him or his caucus whenever he can avoid it, and especially considering Hide still doesn’t seem to comprehend the problem with him appointing Garrett as an MP and ACT Justice Spokesperson in the first place.
Considering Hide’s tenuous hold on the leadership and the finely balanced alliances of the caucus’s allegiances, it seems fair to ask who Calvert supports, even if she’s bound to give patsy answers for now. And considering she’s joining a government that has the vote of moral conservatives it seems fair to clarify her pecuniary interest in the massage parlour in one of her properties.
These all strike me as very good reasons to ask the above questions, yet Farrar whines with fake outrage “I wonder if the ODT will ask Labour’s new candidate, David Clark, not only whether he has any convictions, but whether he has any family members involved in criminal behaviour, whether he has ever had any non-criminal misbehaviour?”
I’m perfectly happy with the media asking these sorts of questions of people about to become MPs – frankly I can’t for the life of me think why anyone could have any problem with it, unless they’re worried that the media might actually be at risk of doing their job, or rediscovering their raison detre as democratic watchdogs.
So good on the msm for being a little more diligent for a change. Of course in the world of the Bog it’s all just another pinko media conspiracy 😆