Wednesday, November 15, 2017

RON MARK

Looks like the MSM is picking up where 'No Minister' left off.  

'Informed sources' have told No Minister that in the next 24 hours the media will be exposing Captain the Honorable Ron Mark as a medals cheat in his wearing of the baubles he 'acquired' when serving as a mercenary in the the Omani SSF.

Not sure of the byline ... 'We are not amused' ... perhaps.

You heard it first.



16 comments:

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

And not before time.

Anonymous said...

It might cause a few red faces amongst some old soldiers of rank who claim that it is his "right" and he "earned" them. But then again some were looking for crumbs from the great man's table.

Lord Egbut

Noel said...

Not the only one wearing medals outside protocol.
NZ General Service Medal (Warlike) This medal was instituted in 1992. It was issued in silver to recognise service in warlike operations for which no separate New Zealand or British Commonwealth campaign medal was issued.

Anonymous said...

Just read it.......funny how they left the the most important part out. In 2004 Phil Goff signed the UN Mercenary convention on behalf of the NZ Govt (labour). We now have a minister of Defence wearing medals representing a country with a labour Govt. where torture was widespread, human rights and particularly Women's rights were and still are suppressed. I suggest he wear them on the inside of his jacket if he feels inadequate.

Lord Egbut

Gerald said...

Whose is the Vietnam Vietnam Veteran making claims?
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11944462

George said...

Marks should be aware of the medals that he can wear and on what side.
Any complaints should be forwarded to http://anzmi.net/

The Veteran said...

The comment in the article that DPMC had declined to answer the question as to whether or not Mark's name was recorded on the list of permissions granted and directed that the question be referred back to Mark is coded talk for 'no he doesn't'.

There is no way DPMC is going to 'dump' on one of their own Ministers however you may take it as read that the 8th Floor ain't impressed and Mark will be left to try to extricate himself from the hole he dug for himself.

But his credibility will have taken a hit, much like that of Geoff Braybrooke (sometime Labour Party MP for Napier) when he claimed in Parliament that he had killed a VC with a crossbow ... pretty 'heavy' stuff from someone who served with the Services Medical Team

Noel said...

"...much like that of Geoff Braybrooke (sometime Labour Party MP for Napier) when he claimed in Parliament that he had killed a VC with a crossbow."

And how many Joe Kiwis without military service will remember that event?
The comment that if he had been given a non military Ministerial job it would never have been an issue I suspect is apt.

The Veteran said...

Noel ... Parliament is a fishbowl and can be brutal. That comment haunted Braybrooke the whole time he was in the House ... his nickname was 'Crossbow' and it was said with a deal of derision with the result that his contributions on matters military were always treated as suspect (even from his own side). I suspect the same will happen with Mr 'Medals' Mark.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Vet

Let me fix that last sentence.

" I suspect the same will happen with Mr 'Medalsome' Mark."

Gerald said...

Just read the print addition.
Doesn't mention "However, one Vietnam veteran speaking anonymously had evidence of dozens upon dozens of upset former service personnel."

Given that people read the print edition more fully compared to the digital edition, where readers are more inclined to select stories of their interest, the hiding Vietnam Veteran claiming to speak for so many might not have had the impact as expected.

The Veteran said...

Gerald ... what's your point. That Mark did nothing wrong. Grow up. Re Impact ... the barrage of laughs that greeted 'your' hero in the House today suggests the opposite.

Question ... did you ever serve. If you did, why are you defending the indefensible?

Anonymous said...

Careful Gerald, you are starting to sound like Adolf who knows as much about this subject as he does about Zimbabwe but can't resist posting one liners just to show how clever he is.

Lord Egbut Nobacon

Anonymous said...

He finally admitted he "blundered" and he is off to the GG to apply to wear them. That's the official face saving version. I reality the medals will go in drawer and time will heal all wounds because the advice he will receive is don't bother because the Queen, under advise from her ministers, never ever approves foreign medals unless the are top of the range gallantry medals or for exceptional services to a foreign head of state during state visits......Fixing Landrovers doesn't cut it.

Lord Egbut Nobacon

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy said...

Will Winston look kindly on someone who has brought negative publicity on to WinstonFirst. A string of previous uncomfortable departures from the fold will likely have Capt Mark's brownie snapping portraits of the pavement.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy said...

A letter to the Wanganui Chronicle today confirms that the writer emailed Mark about the error of his ways 2 years ago and was ignored.

It is definitely not the first time that Mark has been made aware that he is out of line. Arrogance, bombastic or just plain dumb?