Herald on Owen Glenn

December 29th, 2008 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Today’s Herald Editorial:

The events that were to keep him in the news this year are too fresh in the memory to need mention here. But one element of the saga has gone too little noted and the year should not pass without it being observed. The lengths to which went to ensure the truth became known were a testament to a commitment to this country that is truly remarkable in someone who left it all of 42 years ago and made his fortune and several homes in the wider world. …

When his word was challenged before Parliament’s privileges committee he cared enough to come back to the country with telephone records and allow us to compare his candour and consistency with that of Mr Peters. It was no contest. He probably does not appreciate the full scale of the good he has done for New Zealand’s public life. …

In the 42 years since he lived here he has been far from a stranger to the country and its politics. But the particular poisons that Mr Peters preached when it suited him, the language he used and postures he took to pretend he was uniquely honourable in New Zealand politics, would not have been as evident to the occasional visitor.

Mr Glenn would be less than human if his attachment to his country has not been soured somewhat by his experience of its politics this year. His year-old medal probably feels a little tarnished but he should be assured it is not. He has repaid the honour a hundredfold, not so much by discrediting a political poseur but by simply demonstrating how much this country can still mean to someone who has been gone so long and done so well.

New Zealand agonises these days about the numbers of its young who migrate for larger incomes and wider opportunity. We probably worry too much. Owen Glenn was an extreme example of the attachment that many, probably most, expatriates share. It is something we must honour and nurture. We need to let him know.

New Zealand does indeed owe Mr Glenn a lot. I say arise Sir Owen :-)

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13 Responses to “Herald on Owen Glenn”

  1. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    What utter crap. Owen was in my humble opinion part of a coterie of cronyists who got caught out mainly by the blogosphere. The Herald was dragged into this IMHO, when things got to the point where they could no longer be ignored. If everything had gone according to plan, Klark and Winston would still be in power, Mike Williams would still be Party President, and Glenn would be simpering smugly as the Honorary NZ consul in Monaco.

    That the Herald chooses to cloud this reality with such patronising jingoistic waffle is yet another example of how if things are ever to change for the political better in NZ, the first thing we need to do is free the country from the influence of the slavering rabble who dare to call themselves journalists and editors and daily feed us such bullshit as this gormless editorial so well examples.

    Still covering for Klark too I note. Just damn useless.

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  2. baxter (893 comments) says:

    In one respect I agree with Redbaiter. Winston wasn’t the only political poseur exposed. CLARK was clearly shown to be untrustworthy as was Williams yet the Herald and other media prefer to pretend otherwise. I am prepared to accept that OWEN acted out of good motives although the inability of the Liabour/Winston coalition to deliver the honorary consulship may have been seen by him as reneging on a business deal.

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  3. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    You just can’t trust Labour!!

    They will be even more hardcore with a Union Lickspittle as President.

    It is fantastic news for all.

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  4. reid (16,290 comments) says:

    RB is completely correct. Glenn did this purely to give himself diplomatic cache in Monaco circles. The only reason he chose NZ was because his money went further here.

    The fact is, Liarbore narrowly avoided a ‘cash-for-honours’ scandal by mere luck. Both Glenn and Liarbore acted out of pure self-interest for the most venal reasons imaginable – money for Liarbore and ego for Glenn.

    When it all blew up in their faces Glenn simply acted to preserve his reputation in Monaco which I hope is now mud.

    If the Herald editors can’t see this simple truth they’re idiots.

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  5. helmet (807 comments) says:

    Geez what a load of bollocks.

    Glenn should have stayed the hell out of NZ politics. By cuddling up to Labour and helping them in their quest to fuck up this amazing country and pass harmful laws that he was never going to have to abide by, he was meddling. He’s just a rich, dishonest weirdo dabbling in the politics of a country he studiously avoids living in.

    I don’t feel sorry for him. He donated to winston peters ffs. How does the saying go? You lie down with dogs…..

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  6. enough rope (104 comments) says:

    Sanctimonious fawning crap from the Herald, and an unintentional timely reminder that there’s often a fine difference between state honours and a jail term.

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  7. James (1,338 comments) says:

    Agree with all of the above……Glenn wanted vengance and it just happened to coincide with the goal of us here which was the ousting of Clark and Peters…a case of our enemys friend becoming our friend by becoming their enemy…..;-0

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  8. KiwiGreg (3,245 comments) says:

    Hell has indeed frozen over – I agree with Redbaiter.

    Glenn is an immoral old lech. Labour and NZ First’s big mistake was getting offside with him, he isnt some knight in shining armour “doing the right thing”.

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  9. Dave Mann (1,217 comments) says:

    Further to your last sentence “Arise Sir Owen” – and somewhat tangential to the main topic of the post – I couldn’t really give a fuck about Owen Glenn, but I do care passionately that the Bitch did away with KNIGHTHOODS.

    At the time I remeber some twit saying something about them being a hangover from the pommie ‘priveliged class’ – not acknowledging that knighthoods are awarded for ACHIEVMENT not BIRTH.

    Isn’t it about time our new government revisited the question of Knoghthoods? I definitely think so!!

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  10. Dave Mann (1,217 comments) says:

    ….. well, not knoghthoods exactly….. I meant knoghthoods….. oopss did it again…. k n i g h t h o o d s (sorry)

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  11. Frank (320 comments) says:

    Mr Glenn set a standard in New Zealand politics that all politicians should

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  12. Frank (320 comments) says:

    Mr Glenn set a standard in New Zealand politics that all politicians should follo0w.

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  13. LUCY (359 comments) says:

    I agree with DF. but I believe that Clark acted worse than Peters over the whole sorry saga.

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