Cue shocked look now.
This sort of (always male) behaviour is a regular occurrence in the capital. In the 1980s when long-overdue reforms saw the closure of some isolated, scarcely used post offices, a Nelson region goose turned up in a park opposite my office, surrounded by the standard litter of signs, asserting he was starving to death in protest. I bowled across and nailed him with some impeccable logic. “Why starve to death?” I suggested. “Why not get it over with quickly and commit suicide?” So he did.
One of my daughters working, or more accurately, attending in our office at the time was appalled. “Don’t you feel bad?” she asked me. “To the contrary,” I replied. “Anyone who values their life on the existence of a country post office plainly hasn’t got one. I did him a wonderful favour.”
So the NZ Herald supports snuff columns now do they? This is just an appalling new low for Bob Jones and NZs largest newspaper.
Where was the editorial standards with this bizarre little piece of hate mongering?
Who there thought, ‘Gosh, Bob goaded a weaker person into suicide and then boasts about it. Too far? Nahhhh.’ It’s like newspapers are desperately trying to stoop as low as some blogs. It’s ugly seeing the public sphere polluted with this type of spiteful, callous trash.
The words of a rich elite arsehole who has all the compassion of a Mexican drug cartel shouldn’t have any traction in the 21st Century and shame on the NZ Herald for giving him the platform.
UPDATE: NZ Herald have just backed down and removed the Bob Jones column…
…question now is, how did such an often site column get past the NZ Herald editorial team? What part of the Bob Jones’ snuff column didn’t the NZ Herald think would cause offense?