Taxpayers’ Union deliver white feathers – claim

This is looking a bit ugly from the Taxpayers’ Union.

The Spinoff: Threats, legal threats and cowardice: Auckland Council’s budget battle gets nasty

First, how nasty can council politics get? Right now, it’s this nasty: councillors who didn’t accept that the next rates rise should be limited to 2 percent have been sent a white feather – as a mark of their “cowardice”.

The white feathers were emailed to nine councillors in the form of a certificate, by [Deleted – the original post has been edited with an apology for incorrectly linking the taxpayers’ Union to the sending of the white feathers. See Taxpayers’ Union denies white feathers – PG]

The strategy comes straight from the playbook of the Tea Party in the US: they don’t bother much with left-leaning politicians, except to abuse them, but prefer to target the centre-right.

And there are claims it has gone further than emailing.

If true that’s getting quite ugly.

Disagreement and criticism is an important part of politics, but gutless attacks on people’s homes is crossing a dirty line in my opinion.

Even emailing white feathers is borderline at best.

[Update – The Spinoff has accepted they got it wrong about the Taxpayers’ Union being involved and have apologised. This leaves unanswered about who sent the feather emails, who stuck feathers on councillors doors, and why Simon Wilson thought that the Taxpayers’ Union was involved. Was it a false assumption, being given false information or was it a setup?]


  1. High Flying Duck

     /  May 29, 2017

    *If* that is true they will lose a lot of support.
    Advocacy is one thing, but that sort of targeting is bordering on “we know where you live” threatening.

  2. It’s certainly getting the message out there. Pretty despicable though

  3. PDB

     /  May 29, 2017

    I agree – over the top and shouldn’t happen.

    However were these people also as vocal when protestors and the like were outside John Key’s residence? Or is that OK?

    In fact the spinoff seemed happy enough to join Gareth Morgan outside Key’s house;

    • That’s true. You can always be relied on for an excellent recall PDB.

    • Blazer

       /  May 29, 2017

      so what dots have you managed to join….thats right….none.

  4. duperez

     /  May 29, 2017

    “Fronted by Jordan Williams”? The style might be different but the class is the same as that of the founder of Whale Oil.

  5. Tipene

     /  May 29, 2017

    The [Deleted] Williams just doesn’t learn, does he?

    [Deleted. Too presumptuous and personal. PG]

    Natural consequence will sort him out.

    Oh, hang on……………..they already have:

  6. Kitty Catkin

     /  May 29, 2017

    The original white feather brigade-I believe that these were few in NZ and the movement shortlived-were, of course, demonstrating their own gutlessness by being nowhere near the war themselves. Bitches and harridans.