Ghahraman versus Finlayson

Since joining Twitter recently Green candidate Golriz Ghahraman is learning how fraught

mixing politics with quick fire tweeting can be. She has been given a lot of attention, and in some cases has given as good as she has got.

She seems to have come unstuck over a swipe and Attorney General Chris Finlayson.

She tweeted…

Remember Finlayson changed the rules so QCs don’t need to be barristers, then gave himself the honour? Classic Nats

https://twitter.com/golrizghahraman/status/873708400923693056

…in response to Guy Williams: Arise, Sir John

It reminded me of National MP and solicitor Chris Finlayson who, after becoming National’s Attorney General, changed the rules so that solicitors could become Queen’s Counsel, and then proceeded to become a QC! It’s insane.

She virtually repeated what Williams said. This has attracted attention, including:

And:

And:

Graeme Edgeler has stepped in to put the record straight.

1. It was Parliament (at the behest of *Margaret Wilson*) who changed the rules to allow non-barristers to become SCs.

2. and then Parliament (at the behest of Finlayson) who *reversed* Wilson’s change, so that you had to be a barrister.

3. any change to allow non-barristers to be QCs is irrelevant to Finlayson anyway, because most importantly, Finlayson is still a barrister!

I figured the error was from ‘s column. And assumed he’d just mis-remembered what happened as the opposite of what happened.

In politics it’s easy for ambitions and agendas to live by the tweet, die by the tweet.

 

18 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 12, 2017

    Any apologies?

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 12, 2017

      Just went through the plethora of tweet replies correcting her, but no response at all from Golriz.

  2. Ray

     /  June 12, 2017

    Not yet.
    But hey she is new to this, only 136 tweets under her belt.
    Still, seems very ignorant about the law for a “clever” lawyer

  3. NOEL

     /  June 12, 2017

    When you have this lot following your every word you have to be careful or plain thick skinned like Trump.
    https://twitter.com/billbennettnz/lists/new-zealand-media-people/members

    • Pete Kane

       /  June 12, 2017

      Or just plain thick.

      • Pete Kane

         /  June 12, 2017

        I should add there are (have been) great people in the Green Party ‘Movement’, (even the ‘odd’ relative of my own), but my gosh, they can be a b……………… self righteous crew (esp the new ones).

        • Brown

           /  June 12, 2017

          they are a b……………… self righteous crew (esp the new ones).

          There, fixed it.

  4. alloytoo

     /  June 12, 2017

    As with their parent Terror group Greenpeace, nothing she says or tweets should actually be regarded as fact.

  5. Trevors_elbow

     /  June 12, 2017

    Engaging respectfully. .. ah Greens, you’ve done it again…..

  6. Trevors_elbow

     /  June 12, 2017

    Engaging respectfully. .. ah Greens, you’ve done it again…..

  7. artcroft

     /  June 12, 2017

    As I understand it, she’s dating Williams, which means she like her comedians to be humourless and her men to be ignorant. Sad.

  8. Gezza

     /  June 12, 2017

    Oh dear. Cuteness isn’t enough, sweetie. Back in the playpen just observing, maybe – until you’re few week older & wiser enough to jump into the sandpit & throw mud at the bigger kids.

  9. Blazer

     /  June 12, 2017

    storm in a teacup.

    • Gezza

       /  June 12, 2017

      Well, exactly. Still. Valuable lesson for her, personally – & about her, for everybody else.

      • Brown

         /  June 12, 2017

        But she has a great CV!

        • Gezza

           /  June 12, 2017

          Take your word for it. Haven’t found any pics with plunging necklines.