In the ever brilliant Bryce Edwards latest political round up, Bryce gives Matthew Hooton a platform to claim that there is some sort of increased hate campaign by the Left against John Key…
Matthew Hooton has a theory that the New Zealand political left suffers from “Key Derangement Syndrome” (KDS). By this he means that political activists – especially those aligned with Labour and the Greens – tend to have an irrational hatred of John Key that is out of line with reality and with the wider public. According to Hooton, sufferers of KDS are hamstrung by their hatred of Key as their lack of perspective undermines their effectiveness as an opposition.
…now let’s just deal with the crux of Hooton’s assertion. People who are educated and politically aware of what Key is doing to NZ are enraged by his hard right agenda…
- 300 000 kids in poverty
- Rising Inequality
- Housing affordability crisis
- mass surveillance
- signing away our economic and political sovereignty to America
- allowing the Auckland property bubble to continue because it’s the only thing generating GDP growth.
- Killing off critical media
- Farming meltdown
- No real movement on Climate Change
- Exploitation of the environment
- screaming at Labour that they supported rapists and murderers
- Touching a young waitress over 10 times in her place of work
- Privatisation of state houses
- Idealogical experiments in education
- privatisation of prisons
…the list can go on and on. There is plenty of reasons to be furious towards Key, but that’s not the wider point here.
Why is Hooton being held up by Bryce as some sort of genuine perspective on this? Where the hell does Hooton get off moralising on hate when he is such a hateful commentator?
Max Rashbrooke, a respected journalist, author and researcher who has exposed the terrible manner in which the wealthy have destroyed egalitarianism, who has exposed the lies of 30 years of neoliberal policy, who has highlighted the grossness of the new elite and their rich spoilt offspring is leading a hate-motivated campaign to promote a communist agenda?
How does pointing out the farce our egalitarianism has become with the rise of spoilt uber rich kids a communist hate campaign?
How does Hooton get away with saying mad things like this and STILL get invited onto panel discussion shows?
Let’s not forget, that when Cathy Odgers asked for Hager’s address in Dirty Politics so that wealthy clients of her’s could assassinate Hager for drawing attention to the clandestine trusts they were using to launder cash, Hooton immediately gave Cathy Hager’s address.
I’m just not sure that a man who hands over the address of a Journalist in the hope that Journalist becomes a target for Chinese mafia assassination has any high ground left to claim others of hate campaigns.
Hooton called Hager a ‘Communist Cunt’ on Twitter and has personally attacked Professor Jane Kelsey but Bryce doesn’t mention or contextualise any of that.
Look at what this Government did in Dirty Politics, look at the way this Government attacked beneficiaries for speaking out against reforms and look at the way this Government have attacked journalists – it has been this Government who have taken hate campaigns to a new level, not the Left!
Hooton’s selective morality is as sick as giving him the platform to promote it.