The media, and in particular The Herald, continues with it's shameful pursuit of Christine Rankin.
John Armstrong, for whose writing Adolf has great respect, lets himself down with a couple of unsubstantiated assumptions. The Herald editorial is worse. Straight tabloid crap full of innuendo, bias, invective, sanctimony and pious bullshit.
Readers should search the Heralds's archives and wonder why the same invective was nowhere to be seen as day after day this sorry rag reported each killing of a Maori child. Then write to Tim Murphy and ask him why.
Here's John Armstrong:-
".....despite further questions about her suitability being raised by disturbing revelations about her private life carried in last Sunday's newspapers."
The 'disturbing revelations' have been soundly booted into touch by Ms Rankin and people close to the family.
"Still also in question is the damage this episode has done to the Families Commission's credibility, given most people will now assume the organisation is about to become a mouthpiece for Rankin."
Not true, Mr Armstrong. This Commission never had any credibility. Most people will assume the Commission might now find the gumption to stand up and actually make the hard calls which are necessary if we are to solve our outrageous problem of child abuse in Maori families.
Similarly, Audrey Young does herself no favours with this gem:-
"It is understood the Government has been shocked by the fallout over her appointment which, instead of dying down, intensified after murky details of her private life became public at the weekend."
Murky? Goodness me. I can find allegations about almost every cabinet minister since the Crimean War which could better be illustrated as 'murky.'
Here's what passes these days for serious editorial comment.
"If Ms Rankin had been appointed Children's Commissioner, it might be appropriate. But this four-times-married woman has been appointed to a body whose brief - providing a voice for New Zealand families - is altogether different."
The Herald fails to tell us why it is altogether different. It's as though we are meant to believe that somehow children are things which have no place, let alone pride of place, in families. To be spouting this nonsense indicates The Herald has succumbed to the social engineering of the last nine years. Ms Rankin's appointment already has gone someway to undoing the damage.
Then we are told she achieved nothing of note while she was at WINZ or since.
What the writer actually means is that his media bloodhound colleagues reported nothing of note, other than the much publicised Wairakei Resort conference which, as a matter of interest, was a relatively inexpensive affair compared to private industry functions at the time. (And Adolf can attest to the fact that the so called 'luxury resort' in fact was and is pretty ordinary and would not have rated more than four stars.)
The piece de resistance however, for which she must pay the ultimate price, is the sin of 'being seen dancing WITH HER HUSBAND' at the National Party election night do at Sky City.
What an absolute scarlet bitch she must be. You'd even suspect she paid for her own ticket to the ball!
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