Is McCarten still writing for Herald on Sunday

December 3rd, 2012 at 8:06 pm by David Farrar

I haven’t seen ’s column in the Herald on Sunday for a couple of weeks. Has he been dropped? I hope not.

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20 Responses to “Is McCarten still writing for Herald on Sunday”

  1. Keeping Stock (10,299 comments) says:

    Perhaps he forgot to invoice them, just like he forgot to pay the PAYE that he’d deducted from his staff at Unite Union :P

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  2. Michael (904 comments) says:

    Is he too unwell to write?

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  3. Griff (7,517 comments) says:

    I will miss the comments on his column they always make him look like such a total twat.

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  4. Elaycee (4,375 comments) says:

    According to the link below, he last wrote a column on 25th Nov.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/matt-mccarten/news/article.cfm?a_id=284&objectid=10849706

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  5. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    No loss whatsoever.

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  6. TimG_Oz (862 comments) says:

    Why do NZ newspapers get extremists to write like McCarten and Minto? I’ve never understood it. Doesn’t happen in Aus.
    People here would boycott them

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  7. somewhatthoughtful (464 comments) says:

    You mean Extremists like Hide, Kerr and that new dickhead at the herald, TimG?

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  8. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Why do NZ newspapers get extremists to write like McCarten and Minto

    Good question Tim, I’d probably read these “left” and “right” type columns if firstly,those writing had some idea of what they were writing about and secondly could actually put up an argument with something to back it up rather than just make unproven/ unprovable infantile statements

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  9. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    and that new dickhead at the herald…

    and staright away the constituency of these columns comes along and shows why we will never get anything adult.

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  10. Key is our man (876 comments) says:

    Uncle Matt’s crap was there on 25th November. He wrote some bullshit about Labour conference and Shearer being the next best thing to sliced bread. Now that Labour and Shearer have won the latest opinion polls, he will write more bullshit as how John Key has been found out by Kiwi public etc very soon. Don’t you worry about it.

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  11. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,888 comments) says:

    “Has he been dropped? I hope not.”

    I hope he has.

    He should not be reinstated until he has paid the tax money he stole from his employees and the IRD.

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  12. David Garrett (7,110 comments) says:

    I hear our Matt is in hiding…

    PEB: You may not agree with him, but Hide’s columns are well written and well argued, and he most certainly does know what he’s talking about.

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  13. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    McCarten does produce some pretty wild stuff – but I suspect that hes not ‘way out’ enough for modern media who seem to insist upon darnright crazy stories to try to get head lines – like the story over the weekend that it was the police fault that a P manufacturer obtained the Darwin award by using a generator in the confined space of an old mine.
    Thats seriously twisted thinking and you have to be a bit sick to think like that. McCarten isnt that sick.

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  14. Scott1 (528 comments) says:

    Paul,
    I suspect the public loves unproven/ unprovable infantile statements.
    that way average joe can read it to agree with it (and be amazed at how smart they and the writer are), or read it to go “what a moron!” and either way get their preconceptions reinforced and feel good about themself.

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  15. Manolo (13,580 comments) says:

    I hope not.

    I hope so.

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  16. graham (2,333 comments) says:

    Newspapers love people like John Minto, and McCarten to a slightly lesser degree, because they can be relied upon to say something that is extreme and polarising. And that sells papers. Simple.

    I have no issue with them writing. Despite what many people might say, we do live in a democracy and if someone is willing to publish Mad Minto then good for him. Also, it’s always helpful to know how these people think, their plans and ambitions – that’s extremely important in John Minto’s case, being the vice-president of a political party. People need to know his plans if they want to vote for Mana. So they need to know, for example, that John Minto hates the idea that anybody should be successful and make a load of money, and that Mana Party draft policy includes a maximum wage of $250,000. Nobody will be *allowed* to earn more than $250,000 under Mana.

    Keep them writing. The more they write, the more we get to know exactly what sort of people they are.

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  17. dime (9,856 comments) says:

    “Mana Party draft policy includes a maximum wage of $250,000″ lmao forgot about that. Now theres a law that would lead to a happy, prosperous nation.

    I agree, let them churn out their jealous venom. its a good reminder as to the sort of people they actually are.

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  18. Paulus (2,607 comments) says:

    TimG_oz

    You forgot the Herald with its regular musing of Tapu Miserable, Mai Chen, Bryan Gould (failed UK Labour MP) and of course on Sunday Morning on RNZ another miserable former failed NZ Labour MP.

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  19. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    I sincerely hope Matt is well, although we all know his prognosis wasn’t a happy one. If he had been dropped, I’m sure we would have heard about it! I would rather hear he was dropped than that he is unwell, though.

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  20. Scott (1,780 comments) says:

    He always seemed to me to be of the hard left. If they are going to have him and people like him, then they need people of the right to make the newspaper “fair and balanced” to coin a phrase. The difficultly is there are very few well known commentators of the right, most of them might be slightly right on economic issues but in lockstep with the left on most social issues. DPF would fit that category.

    We need principled writers who will make the case for smaller government and stronger families and communities. Individual responsibility, not government responsibility. Matt McCarten was always for bigger government and more wealth redistribution. I cannot say I will miss his contribution to the HOS.

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