Tag Archive: personal attacks

Only minsters may be held accountable

On Friday night, National list MP Jo Hayes sent a verbally abusive tweet to ex-Labour candidate Jeremy Greenbrook-Held. Despite this, National leader Simon Bridges has stated that Hayes will not be punished.

Hayes’ tweet was in response to Greenbrook-Held’s five-month-old photo celebrating his graduation. Her tweet said the following:

OMG Youre such a nasty person and I hope that people checking you out for future work will visit your twitter page and see how ugly you really are [sic],” the tweet said. 

Note the amazing grammar there. Also, can I emphasise the part where Greenbrook-Held’s original tweet was a) five months old, and b) about his graduation?!?!?

Anyway, when questioned about it, Bridges said the following:

The thing I would say is there is a world of difference… between a Member of Parliament and a minister,” Bridges, National Party leader, told Magic Talk’s Peter Williams.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are some things that are clearly beyond the pale for MPs and require significant disciplinary reaction… Ministers though, it seems to me, are held to a much higher standard.

Bridges’ argument is that because Hayes isn’t a minister, it’s not a big deal that she verbally abused someone.

What. The. Hell.

Not cool

So Green party co-leader Marama Davidson has received death threats on social media. 

This comes after Auckland City Council’s decision to refuse right-wingers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux access to speak at council-owned venues, for fear of stirring up hate.

Davidson tweeted her support, and got death threats as a result.

I don’t agree with Davidson here. I think they should have a right to express their views, despite my personal distaste for them.

However, sending death threats is a) a dick move, b) really hurtful to the victim, and c) against the law.

I can’t believe I have to say this, but here it goes:

Don’t send people death threats.

Just don’t.

It’s really not that hard.

The disgusting rumours about Gayford

PM Jacinda Ardern’s partner, Clarke Gayford, had been subject to rumours on social media that he was under investigation by the police. 

Well, it came out today that there was no truth in those claims, with the NZ Police actually making a statement on it. 

“While in general we do not respond to enquiries which seek to confirm if individuals are under police investigation, on this occasion we can say that Mr Gayford is not and has not been the subject of any police inquiry, nor has he been charged in relation to any matter,” a police spokesperson said.

This is just disgusting. Someone with a personal vendetta against the PM decided to target her partner to get to her.

That, is just utterly horrible.

Come on people, we should be able to rise above dirty politics. There is never a need to sink so low to use dirty tricks in the game that is politics.

Winston’s attack on English is just part of the problem

Claire Trevett at the Herald writes:

Winston Peters has ignored gracious farewells to Bill English, instead launching a withering attack on the departing National leader – and his caucus…

Asked if he had any kind words for English, Peters said: “I’ll leave those nice words to you.

“I don’t think he wants to know about sympathy or otherwise. He’s a big, grown, aged man, so to speak, and he’s always known how rough this game is because he’s been part of it, and [been] in fact inside coups, and sooner or later it will come to haunt you.

This highlights part of the wider problem with politics: We feel free to attack, offend, and belittle those who we disagree with.

Just because someone has different views than you doesn’t mean that you should attack them, call them names, or try to offend them in any way.

Politics is a polarising topic.

But that’s no excuse for being mean.