web analytics

Shadbolt launches “Freedom of Sleaze” campaign

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 pm, January 27th, 2008 - 20 comments
Categories: election funding - Tags:

697732.jpgTerrible Tim has launched another campaign to attack the Electoral Finance Act by using as much sexual double-entendre as possible for Truth’s Page 2 readers. However this campaign’s main aim is to double the weekly’s circulation by the end of the year, in which case the paper’s owner will give $5,000 to the campaign against the Act. We do not know if Tim is also being paid by Truth for his regular scatological tirades.

Unlike Truth’s Page 2 “models”, Tim’s launch in the paper showed him clothed in his mayoral robes. One Invercargill Councillor has objected to his use of sexual double-speak when enveloped in their ermine and gold chain. Tim is reported as being unrepentant, and that his choice of language was deliberate, to fit the “Truth genre”.

I suppose The Herald won’t mind Tim giving another paper campaign publicity in that Truth isn’t their direct competitor. It does however remind one of the old saying “If you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.”

20 comments on “Shadbolt launches “Freedom of Sleaze” campaign ”

  1. milo 1

    If you folks were a bit older, you would understand the significance of Tim’s opposition to the EFB. He was one of the original 1970’s anti-establishment figures, fighting against bullshit and oppression.

    So the message to that generation from Tim’s opposition is that the Labour government are now the the perpetrators of bullshit and oppression. The attacks on Tim, who is fundamentally pretty harmless, also reminds me of the classic Times quote (from Pope) about the police drug raid on the Rolling Stones “breaking a butterfly on wheel”.

    Better be careful. The baby boomer’s might have a bit of rebellion in them yet.

    Why are you breaking a butterfly on a wheel?

  2. milo 2

    PS. Sorry for the misplaced apostrophe … inspired by God, perhaps?

  3. Robinsod 3

    Hey Milo, nice call on the apostrophe. I’ve had a bit to do with Shadbolt over the years and I’ve gotta say I disagree with you over his motives. I last dealt with him in the late 90’s and I found him to be a bit of a shell of who he used to be. He took a hammering after he got on the wrong side of the Invercargill establishment in his first term as Mayor and I suspect that’s made him more inclined to stick to grandstanding and avoid substance. There are other things in his life that may incline him to poor judgment now but they’re best left out of the public realm.

  4. milo 4

    Robinsod – you may well be right. I’ve never had anything to do with the guy. But the problem is not so much the reality, as the perception. Coming down on Tim “The Harmless Rebel” Shadbolt seems like a big PR problem, and to play into the hands of the EFB (sorry EFA) opponents (which of course include me).

    A debate worth having, I think. What does a 70’s rebel’s opposition mean today?

  5. J 5

    Look whatever radical stance Tim professed to take in his youth ,it looks pretty hollow now with his, “Vote conservatism , vote right wing” stance.

    It’s stunning to see a radical babyboomer fall in love with his own political persona and to realise Tim never took the time to understand the nature of power he was initially opposing.

    Shadbolt is now a professional political gameshow dancer, nearly as bad as Bill Englishs boxing.

  6. Robinsod 6

    Yeah, you might be right but my intuition is that he’s gone too far with this one though. The fact that he’s had no further coverage in the herald since the backing from the Talleys came out and the fact he’s now in truth are signs of a dwindling campaign. Especially as truth has a circulation of only 10,000 readers a week (I would suspect this blog would probably be more widely read).

    As far as 70’s radicals go – I’ve had a lot to do with a lot of them over the years (though I was too young to be involved at that time) and a familiar refrain from them is that everything has been won now and it’s all good. That could be because many of them now live comfortable middle-class live or it could be the fact that we are a much better society now (although not perfect) in terms of rights for women, Maori, etc. Nonetheless all of them romanticise their activism and I don’t hold that against them it’s a natural thing to do but few of them would get back into the cut and thrust again. Perhaps Tim’s just trying to relive the old days?

  7. AncientGeek 7

    milo:

    If you folks were a bit older, you would understand the significance of Tim’s opposition to the EFB. He was one of the original 1970’s anti-establishment figures, fighting against bullshit and oppression.

    I am that old. As you say, Tim was always anti-establishment, it didn’t really matter who or what the establishment was, he always played it for laughs. I don’t think he ever cared who was the establishment.

    My mother can remember him taking the mickey out of the Holyoake government when she was going to uni in the later 60’s. He made unkind comments about the the kirk government when I was a kid at a rally in Albert park. In the late 70’s, I thought he was a very good comedian when he was speaking at waikato uni.

    In fact I can’t really remember him doing anything except play whoever for laughs.

    Have a peek at his wikipedia article.

    Exerts:

    In 1994, he contested the Selwyn by-election as a candidate for New Zealand First, but was placed fourth

    In the 1996 general election he stood unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party.

    He is famous for the phrase ‘I don’t care where, as long as I’m mayor’, which was later part of a cheese advertising campaign that involved people repeating things that they wished they had not said.

    Yep and now he is playing it for laughs – in the Truth or all things.

    You have really got to take this guy seriously – yeah right.

  8. Phil 8

    Hey Rob,

    Seeing as you ‘know’ a few 70’s radicals, perhaps you can answer this (or AG, if indeed s/he is as ancient as claimed); what do they make of the current generation of professional protesters?

    I mean; in the 70’s NZ knew how to put on a good old-fashined protest! But it seems to me the latest generation have lost their impetus…

    Most we see today are simply anti-everything, as long as it will ge them a spot on TV. They’re the petulant children with lost political compasses, coming from familys where daddy’s longing for the next round of golf and a shag of his secretary, while mummy ‘retired’ when she got married and now is a closet alcoholic with her ageing trophy-wife friends.

  9. Robinsod 9

    I wouldn’t have portrayed John Boscowan or the FSC protesters I that way but if that’s what you think then that’s what you think…

  10. Sam Dixon 10

    the link in the article is broken

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/southlandtimes/4373916a6568.html – working link.

    interesting that Shadbolt should focus on the Prostitution Reform Act, given some of the stories you hear.

  11. Tane 11

    Cheers Sam, link fixed.

  12. insider 12

    Speaking of campaigns, isn’t this story interesting about a person forced to pull down a personal political attack website because they didn’t want to put their name and address on it. I thought this kind of thing wasn’t going to happen a long way out from elections and didn;t affect individual’s rights to express themselves.

    Odd that you can’t attack a political party without posting your name yet the Standard (and others) can mount political attacks on individuals and parties anonymously seemingly without restriction…

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10489149

  13. AncientGeek 13

    phil:

    I mean; in the 70’s NZ knew how to put on a good old-fashined protest! But it seems to me the latest generation have lost their impetus…

    Seems to me that I’ve seen a few good old-fashioned protests recently. Try this one on October 27th. That one was interesting because of the range of people at it and its size. Haven’t seen sizes like that one since probably the early 80’s.

    If you want to find out what the local protest action is around NZ, then I suggest you have a look at IndyMedia.

    Most we see today are simply anti-everything, as long as it will ge them a spot on TV. They’re the petulant children with lost political compasses..

    You are just talking cr*p. I have a number of younger relatives who are activists of varying degrees. The causes are different to the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Most of those battles have been won.

    Now they are interested in different battles. Of course they are interested in getting on the msm – how else do you get a message out. Much the same as the pathetic anti-EFB protests.

  14. Tane 14

    We’ve already discussed that over at this thread:

    DPF takes the moral highground

    Under the legislation blogs are exempt, but political websites that don’t fall under the definition of blogs and explicitly engage in campaigning are required to have an authorisation statement. It’s basically just an update of the requirements of the old electoral law around election advertisements to take account of new technology.

  15. AncientGeek 15

    insider:

    Speaking of campaigns, isn’t this story interesting about a person forced to pull down a personal political attack website because they didn’t want to put their name and address on it.

    I’ve never seen the site. But from the stuff in the herald, I would have expected that he’d have a good case on the basis that it was his his views and he considered it to be a blog. If he thought it was a blog, he should have had the courage of his convictions and taken it to court for a determination. If legal cost was a consideration, then I’m sure he could have found a backer. But I’d say he did not consider it to be a blog, nor would any potential backers.

    The question is what is a blog under the act. See relevant section in Electoral Finance Act.

    Personally I associate a blog with frequent posts and an ability to comment. I don’t associate it with a static website. Simply whacking up a static site would not be sufficent if I was a judge.

  16. AncientGeek 16

    Read some other stuff from people who’d seen the site. It was a simple static site performing election advertising under the act.

    All he had to do was put his name and address on it.

    Oh I just did the DNS on the domain name. It is registered to Cameron Slater aka WhaleOil. That explains a lot. Obviously WhaleOil didn’t think it was a blog under the act. If he did, then he could have used it as a test case, rather than wasting money on billboards.

  17. insider 17

    Thanks Tane

    Isn’t the big difference that this would not have been an ad under the old rules because they only dealt with “vote for” not “don’t vote for”?

  18. gobsmacked 18

    Meanwhile, it turns out that Shadbolt’s antics are rapidly losing him support, even on his home patch:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/southlandtimes/4379741a6011.html

  19. gobsmacked 19

    Otago Daily Times, today:

    “Mayor Tim Shadbolt has been asked to come clean on his Friends of SIT (Southland Institute of Technology) campaign, after it was revealed a donation of $140000 was pledged but with conditions attached.”

    (full story not online)

    What conditions, Tim?

  20. RANDAL 20

    HEY MILO timmy is a pretty flabby butterfly and god knows what he will hatch into if he ever grows up???

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
    More schools have opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. “The families of more than 447,000 students will be better off next year, with 94% of eligible schools and kura opting into the scheme,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruapehu cycle trails gets PGF boost
    The spectacular Mountains to Sea cycle trail in Ruapehu District will receive $4.6 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for two additional trails, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is an exciting development for the local community, and one that will provide significant economic opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Update to air border order strengthens crew requirements
    Additional measures coming into effect on Monday will boost our defence against COVID-19 entering New Zealand through the air border, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “As part of our precautionary approach and strategy of constant review, we’re tightening the requirements around international aircrew,” Chris Hipkins said. The COVID-19 Public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • A true picture of Māori business activity
    A better picture of the contribution Māori businesses make to the economy will be possible with changes to the way information is collected about companies and trading enterprises. Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced a new option for Māori enterprises who are part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding for Taranaki projects
    The South Taranaki museum, a New Plymouth distillery and a Pasifika building firm will benefit from a Government investment totalling more than $1 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The $1.05m in grants and loans from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help the recipients expand and create ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fijian Language Week 2020 inspires courage and strength during COVID-19 pandemic
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the theme for the 2020 Fijian Language Week reflects the strong belief by Fijians that their language and culture inspires courage and strength that is strongly needed in times of emergencies, or through a significant challenge like the global COVID-19 pandemic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Trades training builds on iwi aspirations
    An investment of $2.025 million from the Māori Trades and Training Fund will support Māori to learn new skills while making a positive difference for their communities, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “K3 Development Limited Partnership will receive $2,025,000 for its Takitimu Tuanui apprenticeship programme, which will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Conservation Minister plants two millionth tree in Raglan restoration
    A long-term conservation project led by the Whaingaroa Harbour Care group in the western Waikato reaches a significant milestone this week, with the planting of the two millionth tree by the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “Planting the two millionth tree crowns 25 years of commitment and partnership involving Whaingaroa ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Seniors – our parents and grandparents
    International Older Persons Day is a chance to think about the individual older New Zealanders we know and to confront ageism, Seniors Minister Tracey Martin said today. “What happened around COVID-19 is a reminder that our over-65s are a very large and diverse group of people and we need to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago