Once upon the time the Herald on Sunday pretended to have some balance in that they would have an opposing voice to the usual foaming right wing fanatics it hands column inches to.
That was once upon a time. Matt McCarten used to write the column in HoS, and the Herald briefly considered a few writers to be his replacement (I was one of them), but then the Herald decided not to have a left wing columnist at all and just kept far right ratbag Rodney Hide on instead.
This week we had to put up with Rodders standing up for the destruction of 500 year old trees because his selfish property rights philosophy – which in part is what is exacerbating global warming – demands that an owner has the right to do what they like to the environment, regardless of the cost to the wider community.
Hide claims those who protested are abusive and selfish!!! Talk about chopping down native forests in glass houses, it is the environmental vandalism of the developers who are at fault here and screaming property rights at a time when we should have intelligence and respect for nature shows how fanatical Hide and his neoliberalism really is.
We can’t go around chopping down trees that have taken hundreds of years to grow, we don’t have that many left! I have no problems with a Community over turning some buggers need to be able to jet off to Bali for a months holiday off the back of their latest subdivision.
The arrogant selfishness of Hide’s column reeks with privilege minus any values other than a child screaming for its toy. We tolerate Hide and the Herald’s lack of diverse opinion, so we tree huggers are actually showing a remarkable amount of tolerance.