I would hazard a guess that the average Waiheke citizen wouldn't give a tinker's cuss for Alex Stone's virulent attack on John Key over TPPA in the 'Gulf News' last week. Nor would they show much interest in Stone for slapping himself on the back for some obscure job he had in Western Australia on his way here from South Africa. Their gain our loss.
When you're a recent ex-pat from another country, it's prudent not to get heavy in politics and call the Prime Minister of your adopted country a liar. Not so Mr Stone. But then he's from South Africa and arrogance is, for some reason, a natural instinct for a few of these Yarpies. Apartheid or not, try the same trick in Sud Afrika man.
I could crow as well. My ancestors arrived in New Zealand 160 years ago in 1856. But our family is still not in the business of publicly rubbishing heads of state. I don't know John Key but I respect his office, accept his friendliness to people and his obvious acceptance internationally. On balance the country appears to be doing reasonably well under his stewardship.
The Stone article uses as a cornerstone for authenticity, a posse of about twenty 'experts', all with university backgrounds who will surely head off Mr Key at the TPPA pass and certainly impress the readers. The problem is that almost all are academics without any business experience, several are socialists, a number have Maori based agendas and of the rest a Greens bias is evident. A journalist might add some credibility, but Rod Oram has never had a good word to say for the current government in five years.
These academics have written plenty that is of debatable value. I say to them if they want to control the country then all stand for parliament. This would put them in a situation of public accountability. As such they would be unable to pop out, snipe and then return to hiding behind the gowns of academia. Oh yes, and of course they are all paid by the government even on sabbaticals or attending treaty settlements as 'expert' advisers.
Concerning the selection by Mr Stone of these biased people as references therein lies the feebleness of his 'fragility of brand' argument. I have said it before to the Gulf News and I will say it to their preferential columnist, Alex Stone. Twisting details to suit your personal views is not journalism.
If you publish articles intended to influence readers, which is obviously your intention, then provide some balance in your biased diatribes.
If you don’t, then to quote from your own language, 'there comes a moment when we won't take the bullshit any longer.'