Monday, September 21, 2009

Great political statesmen of our time

Is there any better indicator of the growing popularity of ignorance, superstition and just plain stupidity in NZ than this freshly-minted tradition of burning down houses in which people have been murdered?

Actually, yes there is a better indicator: the shoulder-shrugging equanimity with which the general population seems now to react to the crime of arson.

And there is an even better indicator: the attitude of Christchurch's mayor to the attempted arson of one of his ratepayer's properties. When you read Bob Parker's pronouncement on this crime, you could be forgiven for not realising the house involved was semi-detached, and that in the other half of the house live a family unconnected with the murders, who've been driven from their home by the threat of the arson that was eventually carried out. Bob's reaction to this?

"I think, if we're honest, right across the community there was a sense it would happen," Parker told The Press yesterday.

"One positive thing is that that memorial to murder most foul has been erased.

"I hope this is, perhaps, a turning point.

"We've got to find something positive in all this."

Bizarre. In a week in which the mayor of Wanganui went into full "We shall fight them on the beaches" Winston-Churchill mode over the trivial matter of how to spell Wanganui, Bob Parker thinks the attempted murder of his ratepayers is no big deal. Here's a thought, Bob: if everyone knew this was coming, and a family of your ratepayers were forced to flee their home for their lives because of it, perhaps you could have taken it as a welcome opportunity to put some surveillance in place, catch the oxygen thief in the act and make a big fucking example of him to deter other ignorant, superstitious, waster oxygen thieves from carrying out similar crimes in the future? Just too big an ask, was it?


KG said...

Too bloody right! I agree with that 100%.
These bastards seem to be doing their best to make criminality the norm.

Paracelsus said...

Burning down the house destroys at least part of the evidence in the upcoming murder trial - may be very useful to the accused, if not at the initial trial, then at appeal.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Radio Left Wing reported this at 1000 hrs by saying the house had been 'set alight in a suspected arson.'

Now think about the subtle nuances in that wording, if you will.

Are they suggesting it was spontaneous combustion?

WAKE UP said...

Well said Psyco

(and who cares about an 'H' :)

KG said...

I don't care about the 'H'..but I do care about a bunch of primitive racist demagogues demanding special treatment--and a gutless government which caves in to them.

Andrei said...

Would you like to live in a house dubbed "the house of horrors"
by the media?

The arson is a kind of fiction in a way - probably the majority of people are relieved to see that dwelling gone.

Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't the house where the Bain murders occurred burnt down by the authorities with the explicit permission of the Bain family?

homepaddock said...

Maybe whoever lit the fire was an irate resident upset at the Mayor's desire to spend ratepayers' money buying the house.

coge said...

So much for property rights in Christchurch. With Bob Parker giving tacit approval to arson, think long & hard before owning property in ChCh.

Psycho Milt said...

Would you like to live in a house dubbed "the house of horrors"
by the media?

No indeed. Market value's presumably taken a nosedive. However, that's an issue for the owner of the property to take into account, not something for the local criminally stupid fraternity to sort out with the mayor's endorsement.

I don't know the circumstances of the Bain house being burned down (was living in Germany at the time), but in that case the property was suitable only for demolition even before the murders.

Andrei said...

I believe the owner of the property in question is currently residing in one of Her Majesties dwelling places, one of those distinguished by bars on the windows.

On the other hand the owner of the adjoining property does indeed have problems.

JC said...

"On the other hand the owner of the adjoining property does indeed have problems."

And he was demanding Chch rate payers or the Govt. bail him out. So the three outfits to gain from this are the rate payers, the Govt and the adjoining dweller.


scrubone said...

The Bain house was burnt at the request, not permission of the authorities.

In that case, the land was worth more without a house on it.

Given the fuss made since, the police wouldn't give permission for that sort of thing again I would expect.

Oswald Bastable said...

"Would you like to live in a house dubbed "the house of horrors"
by the media?"

Students would!

Anonymous said...

Would you like to live in a house dubbed "the house of horrors"
by the media?

I'd have though you could easily move 4 or 5 families out of garages into that house, and then another 4 or 5 families out of gutters into a couple of garages..

What??? There aren't any families living in the gutter and in the garage in Christchurch??? Why the fuck not?? GIVE ME MY DAMN TAXES BACK AND THROW THE BLUDGERS INTO THE STREET

baxter said...

From newspaper reports it would seem the BAIN house was barely suitable for accommodation at the time of the murders. It is doubtful it would have been suitable for anything if it had of been preserved for unforeseen evidential purposes over a decade later.

Anonymous said...

Tom Hunter said....

...freshly-minted tradition....

Hmm. The same thing also happened to Stan Grahams house in 1941. While this latest probably is just the actions of criminal morons, we might consider that a rather primitive, unspoken tribal belief is being played out in the community.