Williams v Whale

August 16th, 2010 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

North Shore mayor has threatened legal action against right-wing blogger WhaleOil. …

Williams said he was undergoing “harassment” from WhaleOil which was “entirely politically motivated” and no other local body politician had been subjected to such “dirty politics”.

Williams told Fairfax he had already spoken to the police about possible criminal harassment charges and was seriously considering pursuing such an action.

“I spoke to my wife about it today and think I will,” Williams said.

When I read the headline that Williams was threatening legal action, I assumed he was considering defamation. He has every right to take civil action if he believes has defamed him.

But to try and get the Police to charge a blogger with criminal harassment, just because he says mean things about an elected official on his blog is ridicolous and offensive. It is also arguably defamatory itself. The definition of criminal harassment is:

Every person commits an offence who harasses another person in any case where the first-mentioned person intends that harassment to cause that other person to fear for that other person’s safety; or the safety of any person with whom that other person is in a family relationship.

Andrew Williams will be a good fit for NZ First. He is like Winston, in that he can not tolerate criticism.

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18 Responses to “Williams v Whale”

  1. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Its all true, Cameron has been using a behaviour control drug on Williams that makes Williams behave like a complete cock in public then reporting it to the world.

    The WRWC strikes again.

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

    It’s not a conspiracy, Murray, it’s just the behaviour of the native inhabitants. Hence the reason the rest of us call it Dorkland ;-)

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  3. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    People get the government they deserve Rex.

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  4. Jibbering Gibbon (198 comments) says:

    “…But to try and get the Police to charge a blogger with criminal harassment…”

    Try to get the cops to charge anyone with harrasment – it’s pretty difficult even when it’s a lot more agressive and direct than one man posting silliness on the internet.

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  5. Pete George (23,688 comments) says:

    Can’t see this going anywhere. Williams seems to have a bit of the same poor me bug that Laws has had.

    Interesting to see Whale consorting with the MSM, he seems to have become a regular TV3-er.

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  6. Nigel (517 comments) says:

    If the harassment is purely the writing on the blog then Williams should toughen up, but if there is more to it than just writing on the blog, I’d say Whale OIl is fair game.
    Personally I think they are a match made in heaven & should be left on an uninhabited island somewhere to sort it out & leave the rest of us in peace.

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  7. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    If Slater gets pinged for harrasment will the same wagon haul off Williams for his early hours abuse-o-text antics?

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  8. Nick R (513 comments) says:

    I reckon they deserve each other. I hope they make each other very happy.

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  9. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    People get the government they deserve Rex.

    When the pool of options is barely puddle deep – the people dont get much fucken choice!

    I often wonder what the voter turn out was at the last Nth Shore Mayoral election? Can’t have been more than 15%…

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  10. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    Williams is a wanker but the bars and restaurants in Wgtn would love to see them (Peters) join up in a resurrected NZlast.

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  11. peterwn (3,313 comments) says:

    What is scary is Andrew Williams as a mayor could succeed in conning the local senior sarge or inspector into ‘running in’ Whaleoil even if they then find his alleged behaviour falls short of criminal harassment.

    Interestingly UK broadened the scope of criminal harassment and it can catch debt collectors or power companies who keep sending up dunning threatening letters where the debt is not owed or has been properly challenged.

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  12. Steve (4,593 comments) says:

    Might go down to Portafinos next Thursday wearing my WOBH tee shirt

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  13. fatman43us (166 comments) says:

    @peterwn (980)

    “a mayor could succeed in conning the local senior sarge or inspector into ‘running in’ Whaleoil”.

    Not too likely, they’d have to leave their comfy station in Takas, and travel to the wilds of Manukau to do this. Seeing the North Shore cops couldn’t catch a cold, it seems highly unlikely to me.

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  14. neil (26 comments) says:

    What Rex said 2:43pm, i second that!!!!

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  15. Tauhei Notts (1,749 comments) says:

    I saw Andrew Campbell at a memorial concert for an inaugural president of the North Harbour Club, who died a year ago.
    A friend was intrigued to see The Clown from Campbell’s Bay there. Apparently The Clown had been sacked by the deceased some years ago for incompetence.

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  16. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    “and no other local body politician had been subjected to such “dirty politics”.”

    Good lord, I could think of a dozen politicians that have come in for more criticism, although I am struggling to think of many that have come in for more deserved criticism. The man has ideas of importance above his station.

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  17. Banana Llama (1,043 comments) says:

    The North shore had a 35% Turnout for the last council election, may as well sell off the council land to Kalmar and tell the mad mayor to shove the council development contributions (see bribe) up his arse.

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