“Crawls back under his rock and shuts up”

This is takes the cake SB.

…I don’t speak to proven liars.

Since he is wondering about the first bloke with such concern… too bad. He’s entered the public debate, the media have fed that and he’s a fair target. Simon Bridges is wrong to say that this case is about targeting families. It isn’t. It is targeting people who enter into political debate. If Clarke Gayford wants to be left alone then I suggest he crawls back under his rock and shuts up. You can’t court the public on one hand and then want to be left alone on the other.

David Fisher and the NZ Herald are continuing their vendetta and helping to build a case of harassment against them.

Apparently as ignorant as ever of the irony and hypocrisy. What a bully boy cry baby.

Fisher has written two or three articles some barely referring to Slater. Slater’s claiming to be the victim is more indicative of a guilty conscience perhaps, but as shameless as ever he (and SB and Nige et al)  continues with sustained and disgraceful harassment.

Something they seem to think they should be able to sling mud daily and not be criticised. They seem to hate criticism without getting the publicity they crave.

If Slater wants to be left alone perhaps he should follow his own advice, “crawls back under his rock and shuts up”.

He won’t do that, therefore perpetuating a sad self destruction of a once promising media experiment.


  1. Gezza

     /  May 11, 2018

    Gawd luv a duck! This is utterly puerile stuff from WO.

  2. PDB

     /  May 11, 2018

    It’s like saying that snake over there is a ………………snake.

  3. You know how I feel about WO, but the point he makes about Gayford in particular, can be
    expanded into how Kiwis feel about public figures in general.

    “You can’t court the public on one hand and then want to be left alone on the other”

    The First Family – the Ardern/Gayford brand. There is no doubt they have both put themselves out there in hitherto unseen tabloid fashion. Well before the election there was wall-to-wall Womans Magazine soft interviews. It’s now Instagram, it’s Facebook, it’s Twitter (him largely), it’s more magazine covers, it’s television interviews. He steps in to defend her honour, she has his back. It’s all been very public. We’ve even had them inviting Ed Sheeran to afternoon tea and tweets, instagram and FB frenzy to an adoring public.

    Kiwis are not used to our politicians and their partners behaving in such a manner. Yes, we have the example of Trump who leap frogs the press entirely, but neither NZ nor any other country in my memory has a partner who has been so in our faces – whether it be on screen, in the tabloid Woman’s Press or on Social Media platforms.

    Kiwis are a stoic lot. We’re generally understated and that is who our heroes are. There’s no braggarts among our lofty role models. We prefer to judge someone on their merits as we see them unfolding not as they project themselves to us. These gentle giants, these unassuming achievers, they’re our heroes. Mr Gayford has actively courted fame and it has been vital to his career. He’s had Shav Ruakere and Holly Smith for girlfriends and our magazines recorded them both. Videos abound showing a worse than cavalier treatment towards women, giving the lie to the new image he’s trying to cultivate. He’s a man who’s about self-promotion, about his own big fish fame within a small sea NZ celeb industry.

    It’s not just Joe Public who find it all a bit unseemly, it’s his own peer group. Mr Gayford has been a bit player in that whole scene and now he’s always on centre stage. His magazine cheques and appearance fees income have exploded. That probably doesn’t sit well with many.

    As the hapless WO says simply echoes the way many Kiwis think about people in general.

    “You can’t court the public on one hand and then want to be left alone on the other”.


    • Blazer

       /  May 11, 2018

      let it…go…Jacinda,Jacinda,Jacinda,Jacinda,Jacinda,Jacinda………………..

      • Nothing to do with Ms Ardern ( I never call her her Christian name). Do you ever read these things?

        • Gezza

           /  May 11, 2018

          They’re pitching to the selfie generation trav. Not us.

          • There’s a huge body of MPs under 45 to whom Social Media is native.

            Funnily enough the biggest political user of Twitter is the very much older Judith Collins.

            It’s the self branding and the cynical use of the soft media that sets the Ardern/Gayford brand apart. WO is wrong about most things but they’re absoloodley right about the “live by the sword die by it” natural justice in this world. They know a lot about it themselves, I’d hazard a guess.

            • Gezza

               /  May 11, 2018

              Well,I dunno who else is really that interested in either of them really. I’d never even heard of Gayford until Ardern got shunted into the Labour leader in desperation. Never watched him on the teev. Couldn’t give a rat’s botty about whatever he’s up to. Didn’t vote for him. Won’t affect my vote next time round.

              And the stuff about them in the soft homemaker’s guides to relationships and gardens I never read either. All WO is probably doing increasing their exposure but probably not by much and only by haters. Haters can end up putting you right off any party they support.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 11, 2018

              Your last sentence sums up US politics at present.

        • Blazer

           /  May 11, 2018

          I don’t read those things,but I did have a peek at Dancing with the Stars.Your member with a head like a basset hound,has 2 left…feet.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  May 11, 2018

            I don’t know who began the ‘First’ thing, but there’s a danger of it being accepted as the appropriate way to refer to the PM and family. I do hate Americanisms being used here.We’re not a colony of the US, thank God.

            He does seem to be courting publicity (who on earth wants to know about his love of killing fish except other fish killers ?) and that is a two-edged sword as many people have found before him. Once the press have been invited in, it’s hard to keep them out.

            I never read those mags, either. The last time I did was in the checkout queue when I looked to see what Kay Gregory’s lifesaving/life changing/sight saving surgery was (it was on three covers) and found that it was laser surgery for her eyes such as thousands of people have. Life saving ???

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 11, 2018

              I don’t know anyone whose head is like a Basset hound. Covered with mottled fur, black nose, floppy ears that reach past their shoulders….no MP that I’ve ever seen !

        • namron

           /  May 11, 2018

          How about her full name – MISS Jacinda Ardern??

          • I’ve never seen her referred to as Miss, only as Ms, so I presume that’s her preferred salutation.

            So MISS is a miss.

    • Conspiratoor

       /  May 11, 2018

      Very good trav. Separating the man from the message …an underrated skill

  4. duperez

     /  May 11, 2018

    I’ll say it again. I’d read that SB was or had been a teacher. I know she often comments about schools and teachers. Some of the comment is about the appropriateness of individuals to be teachers.

    I thought there was some sort of ‘code of conduct’ for teachers. Not like the1880s models we used to laugh about – “Will not fraternise with members of the other sex after 8pm on Saturday night, but some generic, common sense things.)

    I found the “Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession.”
    “These values underpin Our Code, Our Standards. They define, inspire and guide us as teachers… PONO: showing integrity by acting in ways that are fair, honest, ethical and just.”

    It would be great to be in a classroom hearing a teacher explain to kids how showing integrity by acting in ways that are fair, honest, ethical and just, fits into hitting people in the back of the head with bits of 4×2 or targeting people you disagree with until they ‘crawl back under a rock and shut up.’

    Having said that, some people mentally inhabit a Mad Max dystopian world, think it normal, and wear it like some sort of badge of honour.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 11, 2018

      That old teachers’ conduct is a fake, there was never a real one like it. It’s like the “How old is grandpa ?’ that keeps appearing . The teacher’s one has various dates ascribed to it, but it’s urban myth !

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 11, 2018

        Sorry, PDT, but it is a fake and it should be obvious that it is.

  5. Loki

     /  May 11, 2018

    SB has Stockholm syndrome.
    Decades with the boorish nincompoop would send anybody a little bit nuts.

  6. Tipene

     /  May 11, 2018

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  1. “Crawls back under his rock and shuts up” — Your NZ – NZ Conservative Coalition