If you want proof of how far we are slipping in terms of being a decent country, the Knighthood of Peter bloody Talley should be Exhibit A…
Peter Talley knighted for services to business and philanthropy
Motueka-based businessman Peter Talley has been made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business and philanthropy.
Sir Peter declined to be interviewed but said in a short statement that he was unsure “what or how all this has happened”.
He said he a “lucky and grateful” recipient of the knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours but said it was more about recognising what a family business had been able to achieve.
“As a family we’ve been fortunate to work with some really passionate people in some exciting industries and have some fun and success along the way.”
Sir Peter is a joint managing director of Talley’s Group Limited, one of New Zealand’s largest producers of primary food goods.
…that’s the mainstream media version of events.
Here’s the other side.
Back in 2012, Talley’s led a brutal and despicable lockout of workers that saw 5000 children go hungry!
Affco were a corporate making $20 million in profits in 2012, and were taken over by Talley’s who are worth $300 million. They used hunger as a negotiating tactic to crush their workers in 2012.
To use the 5000 children who were reliant on those jobs as collateral damage makes Affco and Talley’s nothing but scum.
They redefined locked out workers as strikers so that those hundreds of families were no longer eligible for the emergency benefit. These are the tactics worth a Knighthood? Using hunger as a negotiating tactic?
Why haven’t any mainstream media mentioned this despicable moment in recent industrial history?
Knighting someone like Peter Talley makes the word ‘Sir’ meaningless.