Condolences

November 16th, 2007 at 10:59 am by David Farrar

Condolences to John Boscawen.  Have just read at Peter Cresswell’s blog:

John Boscawen, the organiser of tomorrow’s Queen St march against the Clark Government’s assault on democracy, received news yesterday that his father has died.*

John will still be there. So should you.

The march gathers outside the Town Hall from ten o’clock, leaving to march down Queen St at ten thirty. Get down there to raise your voice against the rationing of political speech and the rorting of elections.

By coincidence, John’s father was Peter’s high school headmaster.

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59 Responses to “Condolences”

  1. Seamonkey Madness (328 comments) says:

    Condolences to John and his family.

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  2. Right of way is Way of Right (1,122 comments) says:

    My most sincere condolences to John and I will be there tomorrow!

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  3. ghostwhowalks (377 comments) says:

    Blackarmbands then ?
    75 should do it

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  4. roger nome (4,067 comments) says:

    I wouldn’t waste my money GWW- 10 should do the trick.

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  5. kehua (225 comments) says:

    With all respect ghost and nome why don`t you just fck off.

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  6. slightlyrighty (2,475 comments) says:

    GWW and Roger.

    Rather crass of you both don’t you think. Roger. I did not think you would stoop to that level.

    As to your estimation of numbers, I think you will be apologising come sat nite.

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  7. ghostwhowalks (377 comments) says:

    Carefull , I would have thought the chance to pay respect would add to the numbers. A Solemn march will be suitable, no chanting or unseemly placards

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  8. Seamonkey Madness (328 comments) says:

    GWW: AFAIK the protest will be fairly silent anyway, due to the symbolic taping of mouths.

    GWW & Roger: way to go on belittling John’s deceased father. Let us hope that when you pass from this life to the next, you are given the same repsect.

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  9. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    “Sorry, I’ll be underwater at the time of the march”

    Oh ??

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  10. ghostwhowalks (377 comments) says:

    A minutes silence during the sugar cane harvest in Cuba is all I need

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  11. big bruv (13,888 comments) says:

    Can the socialist scum get any lower than having a crack at the death of John Boscawen’s father?

    I know the bastards have few morals but this is about as low as it is possible to get.

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  12. AGJ (562 comments) says:

    What Kehua said

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  13. Lindsay Addie (1,512 comments) says:

    Condolences to John and his family.

    It’s rather saddening to note that some posters on this thread have posted such tasteless and stupid comments.

    Where are the mods when you need them????

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  14. dad4justice (8,222 comments) says:

    I can’t believe you socialist sewer rats !! I tell you now – you bastards are pure filth !!

    I hope the March goes well and my sincere condolences to John and family.

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  15. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Condolences to John and family. NZ needs more like him and less of the socialist scum that think they are clever.

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  16. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Condolences.

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  17. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    Add my condolences to John and his family No doubt his Dad would want him to carry on with the march.

    Yes Suggest we have another reason to make this a solemn and silent ocassion to reinforce the total abhorence of the Socialists and their arrogance and contempt towards us.

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  18. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    My condelences to John and his family.

    GWW & Roger – Disgraceful.

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  19. Frank. (607 comments) says:

    A very big loss and a sad loss, yet a celebration of a life well lived.

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  20. Colonel Masters (409 comments) says:

    Well said gd.

    gww and roger nome are showing their true colours. Not only defending the indefensible, but just plain outright nastiness. Do such people not have families of their own? Do they care for nobody?

    Consideration for others should transcend party lines. (Some of the most right-leaning here were genuinely worried when sonic stopped posting for a time.)

    The moderators might like to consider:
    50 points – For grossly inflammatory comments with no redeeming quality

    I will be thinking of John and the other marchers from Dunedin tomorrow – wish I could be there.

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  21. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    Yes best wishes to those marching in the other centres. Well will show the pollies that when they offend the honest citizen then they awake the sleeping tiger

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  22. ghostwhowalks (377 comments) says:

    “Get down there to raise your voice against the rationing of political speech and the rorting of elections.”

    that is a political statement amoungst a condolence message , then this attempt at mob rule doesnt deserve any respect either.

    Some how the police and their Special branch who interfere in Social justice marches will look the other way while this rabble blocks crowds of Xmas shoppers

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  23. Billy (121 comments) says:

    GWW. Let me give you a tip. Failure to use punctuation makes anyone sound like a lunatic. As you are not starting ahead of that particular curve, I urge you to find out how to use it.

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  24. Pita (373 comments) says:

    GWW/Gnome:…engage your reptilian brains.

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  25. ghostwhowalks (377 comments) says:

    Im sure John Key will ‘send a message’ of support for the marchers from his secret location at one of his many addresses.

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  26. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    where oh where are the moderators….

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  27. roger nome (4,067 comments) says:

    Hold on a second boys.

    That was a comment on the number of people who are likely to attend the protest, not the amount of people who will be mourning the loss of this man. How despicably cynical of you lot to try and turn this mournful occasion into a point scoring exercise.

    My condolences go out to John Boscawen at this difficult time.

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  28. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    Some how the police and their Special branch who interfere in Social justice marches will look the other way while this rabble blocks crowds of Xmas shoppers

    Thats because us right wingers only protest in a civil manner, we dont threaten violence, and riot to get our point across.

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  29. Bok (740 comments) says:

    Mods please leave GWW and the nome’s post here. It serves to remind us the type of people in the employ of the Labour party.

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  30. Seamonkey Madness (328 comments) says:

    “My condolences go out to John Boscawen…”

    So why didn’t you say just that in the first place?!

    You, Ghost and those in the hypocritical left who take advantage of a political opponent’s father’s death, should be ashamed.

    And Bevan, could not agree more. (You forgot to add attack dogs and taiahas though).

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  31. kiwi in america (2,449 comments) says:

    For crying out loud can’t you on the left leave politics alone for half a second and use this thread for what David clearly intended it to be – a mark of condolence for John Boscowan and his family for the loss of his Dad to which I add my sincerest best wishes during this time of their bereavement

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  32. cubit9f (356 comments) says:

    GWW and Roger

    I know many people who support the Labour Party who are thoroughly decent. You two represent a group of idiots who really would find difficulty being accepted by those good people.

    I don’t really know what you believe in as you seem to spend all of your time being destructive and to put it bluntly, being dickheads.

    You seem to have endless amounts of time to be childish and I am left wondering what you actually do that is any way productive.

    However, I agree with Bok that by leaving your posts here we can indeed all see the type of detritus that is attracted to the socialist cause and considers themselves sharp little activists. Grow up and get a real life.

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  33. ghostwhowalks (377 comments) says:

    Last line of Cresswells ‘condolences’

    Get down there to raise your voice against the rationing of political speech and the rorting of elections.

    Who was being political while announcing someones loss ?

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  34. Stanley Climbfall (108 comments) says:

    I can’t believe you socialist sewer rats !! I tell you now – you bastards are pure filth !!

    Pharisaical words coming from a dickhead who threatens to kill every second person on his blog…

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  35. idiotboy (66 comments) says:

    Sorry for the off-topic post – but are you people seriously going to protest with your mouths taped shut?

    Condolences to John.

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  36. Buggerlugs (1,592 comments) says:

    I’m a devious bastard, but even I draw the line at making cracks like RN & GWW did above. I hope John B hasn’t had time to look online today.

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  37. simo (150 comments) says:

    Ghostwhowalks said “Some how the police and their Special branch who interfere in Social justice marches will look the other way while this rabble blocks crowds of Xmas shoppers”

    So inconvienent for a few shoppers, Ghostwhatya fuckingname
    1000’s of Kiwi families fought died free speech over the last century. All Jews had to register in Germany in 1936, tell me that having to register to support a party in NZ in 2007 is any different, ya dickhead,

    Eat some humble pie, join the march, kill the bill

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  38. simo (150 comments) says:

    Ghostwhowalks said “Some how the police and their Special branch who interfere in Social justice marches will look the other way while this rabble blocks crowds of Xmas shoppers”

    So inconvienent for a few shoppers, Ghostwhatya fuckingname
    1000’s of Kiwi families fought & died for free speech over the last century. All Jews had to register in Germany in 1936, tell me that having to register to support a party in NZ in 2007 is any different, ya dickhead,

    Eat some humble pie, join the march, kill the bill
    Typo!

    Leave a Reply

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  39. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    GWW and roger:

    Cresswell changes subject mid-post, from an apolitical admiration of Boscawen’s fortitude at attending a protest despite his bereavement to a clearly political call-to-arms. There’s no mistaking the two separate, though related, subjects.

    You both, however, link the two – by speculating on the number of marchers (a clearly political topic) wearing black arm bands (a reference to Boscawen senior’s passing, and just as clearly crossing the line).

    I’ve seen as bad, if not worse, from the occasional right-leaning commenter. But that doesn’t make your comments any more acceptable. Even if the meaning was inadvertent it’s been conveyed and a polite apology, rather than retreat behind semantic deconstruction, is the appropriate response.

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  40. pseudonymous (74 comments) says:

    Go Simo
    This ghostwhowalks (the phantom bullshitter) needs a wake up call.
    I have never seen such cold hearted and calculating crap before.
    Apologise you lousy bastards.

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  41. david (2,557 comments) says:

    The remarks have been made and are clear for all to see and each can draw his own conclusions about the commenter. I for one will boycott any comment by either in future and hopefully others will leave them beating their gums against thin air. Nuff said

    Condolences to John and family, I’m picking that some of what has been written here will strengthen his resolve.

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  42. James Sleep (477 comments) says:

    I don’t believe politics should enter into the death of anyone.

    I am disgusted with some peoples comments and do send my condolences to the family.

    I say the same thing I would say to anyone that has lost a loved one, whether I agree with his politics or not.

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  43. Simeon (142 comments) says:

    My Condolences to John and His Family, your commitment is amazing, I respect you for this.

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  44. John Boscawen (146 comments) says:

    I have just read this post.

    Thankyou to Peter Cresswell, David Farrar and the others who expressed their condolences to myself and my family.

    My father spent most of his life at Otahuhu College. He was a pupil, Head Boy, teacher, Fullbright scholar and principal from 1938 to 1985. The school has been a big part of his life, as it is mine.

    The school had its senior prizegiving for year 13 students tonight.

    The chairwoman, principal and guest speaker, local MP Mark Gosche were most gracious with their comments.

    Mark Gosche has worked tirelessly for the school over many years. Sadly with the new boundaries, Otahuhu College will no longer form part of the Maungakiekie electorate.

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  45. WebWrat (516 comments) says:

    My condolences to John.

    Well said James … spoken like a man. You appear more mature than gnome and his moronic mates.

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  46. Oliver (22 comments) says:

    1) Condolences to John and family.

    2) Is there an equivalent protest being organised for Wellington?

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  47. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Mr Boscowan – This for you:

    It Is Not The Critic Who Counts
    “It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”
    (FDR)

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  48. toms (299 comments) says:

    Well, according to RNZ “As many” as 2000 people have turned up to march, many of them out-of-town carpetbaggers.

    Wow. A whole 2000. And such a perfect day to. Lucky it wasn’t raining huh?

    Mind you, it’ll be a roll call of the lonney tune right wing blogsphere down there, signing the national anthem and generally Godwinning anything that isn’t white male and upper class.

    I reckon Matt McCarten could get 2000 LOCAL people to a demo just on his speed dial.

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  49. Santa Claws (53 comments) says:

    Tom that is not useful comment I recognised more then a few people that were on the Free Burma march

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  50. toms (299 comments) says:

    DPF, you ought to change you login back to David Farrar. LOL.

    [DPF: I have never posted under any name but my own. Please try to restrict your lies about me to one a week]

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  51. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,903 comments) says:

    toms, your friends at Radio Left Wing can’t count. And BTW, only illiterates like you would sign the national anthem. You will find there were many people there who were protesting publicly for the first time in their lives. No, it was not your usual ratbag rentacrowd, toms. These were ordinary Kiwis who have had a gutsful of you and your mates.

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  52. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    The point about the numbers is that they are real people expressing real and honest concerns.

    Anyone (like Matt McCarten or ANSWER or Global Peace and Justice) can round up a bunch of mindless chanting rent a crowd worthless bolshevik commies expressing fake concern about some fake issue and really just working to further their Marxist/ extreme left agenda.

    These are real people. This is a real protest.

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  53. Lindsay Addie (1,512 comments) says:

    I heard on RadioNZ that a march is planned in Chch. Anyone know more?

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  54. casual watcher (289 comments) says:

    Toms and Coy – why do you feel the need to shout things down – bit insecure about something or what ? Feel threatened by the concept of free speech ? What is your problem ?

    I was on the march – as Adolf says – first protest ever and I was pleased to have the opportunity to express my opinion. It will potentillay be against the law to do so next year and that is offensive. I hope this gathers some momentum and Key swings in fully behind it – a lot of people seem to be pissed off at his lack of leadership particularly on a fundamental issue like this.

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  55. Lindsay Addie (1,512 comments) says:

    http://nz.news.yahoo.com/071116/2/2g74.html

    This article says 2000+ showed up.

    To toms and company. You carry on dismissing this issue and how people feel about it. But let me tell you this issue sticks in the craw of a lot of average Kiwis and we will not let this go.

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  56. John Boscawen (146 comments) says:

    The march was a great success.

    Hannah Hodson from TV 1 asked me how many I thought attended. I thought about 3000, and she agreed, but I am happy to go with 2000+, it is certainly more than marched last week. ( from small beginnings acorns grow).

    I am about to have a rest, so I will do a detailed post in a few hours.

    I can confirm that the journalists were impressed that a large number of people who had never marched before. I was also pleaed that National MPs Judith Collins and Jackie Blue joined us and were proud to be filmed doing so.

    A post rasied the issue of the a Christchurch march. What I actually said was that the media was reporting that the bill would be reported back on Tuesday. If that is the case I intended to organise additional marches, starting first with Christchurch. I have a date in mind , but need to check with the CCCouncil so I am ready to announce the moment the bill is reported back.

    I spoke first and subsequently introduced Garth Mc Vicar of Sensible Sentencing and Bob Mc Coskrie of Family First who both helped me to organise and promote the march. A highlight was Leighton Smoith marching in his first march!!….so I was pleased when he also agreed to speak.

    I was also pleased that a Peter Davis from Auckland University had a letter published in the Herald today. I read the letter aloud, word for word, and then proceeded to comment on each of his assertions.

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  57. James (1,338 comments) says:

    Yeah….Helens bitch yapped up at its masters command…..silly little rat peering through a toilet brush.

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  58. JBA (22 comments) says:

    Firstly, condolences to John Boscawen, not forgetting the topiuc of this thread.

    Secondly, congratulations on the success of the march. I was sorry I couldnt be there.

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