Paul Little calls for protesters to be silenced

March 2nd, 2014 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Leftie HoS columnist writes:

It’s time to shut down – or rather shut up – the ragtag bunch of malcontents who are giving their lives meaning by hounding silly old every time he appears in public. These shrieking, self-righteous harpies are one length of rope away from full-blown vigilantism.

Protesters are now vigilantes, who should be (presumably) forcibly removed or arrested for the crime of protesting. Such a tolerant person Mr Little is.

If the Mayor of Auckland was, for example, John Banks and he had protesters turn up to most of his events – would Mr Little be calling for them to be silenced?

More importantly they are disrupting the democratic process by trying to prevent an elected official from getting on with his job. 

I doubt Len Brown would be Mayor of Auckland if voters had known about his undisclosed free hotel stays and the like before the election.

But such a fascinating view that protesting an elected official is antidemocratic.

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50 Responses to “Paul Little calls for protesters to be silenced”

  1. adze (1,933 comments) says:

    This is funny. Please continue to skewer hypocrisy, left or right.

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  2. muggins (3,084 comments) says:

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  3. Barnsley Bill (982 comments) says:

    Isn’t he the same lefty that published the Dotcom book?
    So, international fraudsters are okay if they don’t like Key.
    But protesting a bent dodgy left wing mayor is bad?
    His name can be added to that of Fisher and Thompson

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  4. adze (1,933 comments) says:

    Barnsley Bill: And Rudman.

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  5. Chinarugby (84 comments) says:

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  6. Puzzled in Ekatahuna (339 comments) says:

    An Auckland politician has admitted making threatening comments about getting a restaurant’s liquor licence pulled after being refused a free bottle of wine.

    Howick local board member Steve Udy faces a formal complaint, after the incident last week at the Porterhouse Grill, a popular new family-owned restaurant in Pakuranga.

    Approached last night for comment, Porterhouse Grill owner Adrian Loy confirmed Udy made “serious accusations” against the restaurant as he settled the bill on February 22 “He said, best of luck renewing your liquor licence. I will remember you.

    Len Brown’s wife accepted upgrades, but they were offered to her.
    Where is that in perspective to Udy’s behaviour
    And will Graham McGreedy, Penny Bright, and protesters now go after Udy?

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  7. tvb (4,229 comments) says:

    Protest is part of the fabric of a democratic society. There are many people discusted with Brown’s abuse of his office and this is his second strike on such matters. He will just have to put up with these protests irritating they may be to him.

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  8. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    The socialist MP is an obnoxious, uncharismatic unionist of little or no importance.

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  9. Steve (North Shore) (4,516 comments) says:

    @ Paul Little,
    Go fuck yourself. We are allowed to protest just as other leftie, commy, unionist hippies are

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  10. adze (1,933 comments) says:

    Chinarugby – it’s one thing to be sick of a bunch of ragtag protestors turning up at every major event – god knows NZ has enough of those – but it’s quite another to want to “shut them down”. Being able to protest peacefully is very important, even if you are a nutjob.

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  11. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    Auckland needs investment in Transport Infrastructure and a reduction in Crime to Zero.

    This will allow economic growth and a return to the lifestyle expected

    Time a Citizen Militia was formed to uphold the law

    (not Len Browns undies)

    If they are protesting “within” the law “fine”

    Without access to the “Tea Tapes”
    who is to say that John Key and John Banks were not having an “Affair”
    ever considered that scenario?

    especially in the light of legislation on Gay Marriage

    Though they may not agree with Brown if he has not “Broken the Law”
    then neither should they?

    We all know they are most likely not motivated by any sense of “morality law decency”
    or “fair play”

    or “The interests of the people of Auckland”

    they want him out so they can have their person “In”

    that is what this is about (both sides) and “nothing else”

    That is why it has been posted to fulfil an “agenda”

    IF Brown has broken the Law he should resign if he has not

    He should be allowed to get on with the job until the next election
    if they are protesting within the law fine

    But when does it cease to be protesting and become harassment?

    It is pretty obvious National never wanted him in the first place

    So they have the Mud they want

    Who
    The Mayor of Auckland will be after the next election is decided by the people of Auckland

    We know that is a shame because I get the sense National would like a
    Dictatorship

    and people go to great lengths to patronise the people of Auckland and tell them “who” they should
    or should not
    vote for

    It is a more important position than Prime Minister
    and in reality it has more power than the Prime MInister
    and lets be honest
    people of the Democratic Free State of Auckland

    Should not Care about Clowns in Wellington
    they have been holding back our city
    and region for decades

    I think it is time Aucklanders asserted themselves a little more
    and demanded that their taxes

    BUILD THEIR CITY

    You really only need to ask who benefited from ripping out Aucklands tram system
    when you know the answer to that AFFAIR you will get a real picture of the
    backward politics of Auckland

    that continue

    Why aren’t the NZ army patrolling Auckland Streets it is about as safe
    as Baghdad?

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  12. Chinarugby (84 comments) says:

    So now one of your precious righty politicians – is witnessed and subsequently exposed for demanding bribes and threatening business owners – basically corrupt behaviour……..

    Come on guys all aboard the protest bus to Howick – Manolo – anyone??? – geez its gone quiet

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  13. ChardonnayGuy (1,168 comments) says:

    Although I think the protestors are on a hiding to nowhere with their continual moralising about Brown’s Extramarital Affair With Bevan Chuang, I also believe that they should have the right to freedom of expression, short of outright defamatory statements about the current Auckland Mayor. The protestors may be tiresome, they may be utterly boring, but free speech and freedom of expression are basic civil liberties. Little is absolutely wrong on this one.

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  14. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    Do you think someone should campaign on the basis of allowing
    Aucklanders to police their own city

    actually have a first world transport system

    and give law enforcement officers orders to shoot patched gang members on sight

    Back up the Police patrols with a Special Army Night task force

    Most people of auckland would breath a sigh of relief

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  15. Nukuleka (244 comments) says:

    Paul Little’s HoS piece is an ill-written load of codswallop that starts with some inane ramblings about TVNZ and the on-air lies of Peter Williams etc re abusive tweets and then in the final paragraphs lurches onto a total red herring about lying Len. Seems to Paul Little that it’s not ok for TVNZ hacks to lie but it is ok for Len. All very odd stuff. And anyone who still feels that Len should be held accountable should shut up.

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  16. Jack5 (4,745 comments) says:

    Under the American idiomatic use of the word “root”, we could say Paul Little is rooting for Len Brown.

    We in NZ know that Paul Little is not rooting for Brown under the New Zealand and Australian use of the word “root”, which for us, for course, can mean “shag” or “fuck”. I’m sure Brown would agree that Mr Little has never rooted for him in this sense of the word.

    Both Americans and we New Zealanders would understand that Mr Little is really calling for people to cut Brown some slack, and Americans and New Zealanders would also agree that, by this, Mr Little is definitely not calling for someone to come up with a remedy for any alleged priapism.

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  17. Chinarugby (84 comments) says:

    Ben Dover -dunno how much of what you write you really believe but I am oddly finding I agree with alot of what you have posted – eeeee er………….. The mayoralty of our city never has been about Brown per se – its simply National wanting their person in the role – period.

    Thank god the mayor is not alligned to the ruling party – it means in this case, he, is not beholden to being a yes man as our previous Mayors have been – rendering them utterly inept.

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  18. OneTrack (2,729 comments) says:

    Those on the left are always very quick to shut down dissention when it is against one of their own. If it was John Banks, instead of Len Brown, Paul Little would be in the front line protesting.

    The hypocrisy is overwhelming. So protest is only allowed when Paul has “approved” it? It is a very left-wing mindset isn’t it.

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  19. Nostalgia-NZ (4,985 comments) says:

    The hotel upgrades may be no big deal but the misrepresentation of himself to the public was and continues to be, the rate payers should be taking him to court of that for a judgement on whether gross misrepresentation by a Mayoral candidate is an ‘irregularity’ or not. For my money it is, if Brown thinks it isn’t he should seek a fresh mandate to prove he’s right. In the meantime Little is a jerk with a tendency toward viewing democracy as a word used by an unfortunate before receiving a punch from an iron fist.

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  20. OneTrack (2,729 comments) says:

    china – “its simply National wanting their person in the role – period.”

    No, it’s probably more about the ratepayers of Auckland being upset that they have a totally untrustworthy person in the position of mayor. There is also the issue that Len and his fellow travellers simply cant seem to stop spending other peoples money. I also dont want the city to end up like Detroit but they are heading us down that path.

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  21. Gulag1917 (759 comments) says:

    Fascist little prick.

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  22. Daniel (182 comments) says:

    I look forward to Paul Little’s next column where he advocates banning people from protesting deep-sea oil/gas exploration. Any other position would just make him a nasty hypocrite.

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  23. anticorruptionnz (192 comments) says:

    So few people get it If he had been shagging Bevan in the middle of Queen street it would have been fine, but behind closed doors using gifted accommodation placed Mr Brown in corruptible position . If he was farmer Brown it would not matter but being Mayor Brown means that people could Lean on him.

    Any way there is still the issue of the 3/4 million he received from the unidentifiable potentially non existent New Auckland council trust.. a name synonymous with anonymous to overcome the restriction on anonymous donations by the Local electoral act.

    Integrity once lost remains lost.

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  24. burt (7,945 comments) says:

    The spin masters are in hyperdrive trying to hold their precious leader up against an ocean of disrespect for the lying cheating socialist.

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  25. burt (7,945 comments) says:

    Resign Len …. Be gone !

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  26. Jack5 (4,745 comments) says:

    If it’s established that it was indeed priapism that drove Len Brown into a rooting frenzy, will he be eligible for ACC when he’s dumped from the mayoralty?

    He could argue it’s no fun being hard-up.

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  27. Harriet (4,607 comments) says:

    Len Brown is a filthy bastard and it is a disgrace that he is the Mayor of Auckland.

    And that says lots about those Aucklanders who couldn’t give a shit; they have no standards, no values and no respect.

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  28. Chinarugby (84 comments) says:

    What a funny bunch of hippocrites:

    I post about Brown being a good mayor etc and get a whole lotta thumbs down and comments about his supossed ‘corruption’

    I post later about this C&R Howick local body politician Steve Udy being exposed as demanding bribes, threatening business people and other corrupt activities – and again heaps of thumbs down!

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Seems my comment about Brown simply wearing the ‘wrong’ political comments is correct asyour thumbs up defence of this Udy character exposes people’s blind bias.

    Anyway……….. still as we are all supposedly anti corruption here whose coming on the bus to harrass and picket Udy fot the next 6 months or so……..let start with the vile foul mouth Manolo first ………….more silence??

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  29. OneTrack (2,729 comments) says:

    china – I dont know Udy from a bar of soap, but, as I understand it, he realised what a jerk he had been and went back to apologise personally. Which is better than Aaron Gilmore did. But I probably wouldn’t vote for him next time either :-).

    The problem (amongst many) with Len is that he doesn’t appear to avcept there was anything wrong.

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  30. Ed Snack (1,769 comments) says:

    Actually China, I think it would be appropriate for Udy to either issue a grovelling apology and sincerely promise never to make such threats again, or to resign, or both. Unacceptable behaviour in a politician to threaten to use political influence to punish someone obeying the law, but I’m prepared to give him one “strike” as it were. Apparently he has apologised, though how profusely and abjectly I am not aware.

    Len Brown on the other hand has not apologised, he’s mouthed words but not to the extent of a proper apology. He is not guilty because of his affair, but because of the side-effects of it. He corruptly wrote his paramour a reference for a job; he accepted free hotel rooms and upgrades from an organisation seeking political support for a particular project; and this isn’t the first time he’s transgressed either, so he’s used up his “strike” as far as I am concerned.

    What’s more. his conduct was directly in conflict with the council’s code of conduct, and quite specifically against a section that saw a more junior functionary fired for transgressing not so long ago. and yet he is claiming that he himself is above such petty codes.

    It is for all those reasons that I believe that Len should resign; he can of course offer himself up for re-election immediately, but resignation is the appropriate course of action in my opinion.

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  31. ChardonnayGuy (1,168 comments) says:

    Let’s face it- neither the current incumbent or immediate past predecessor Auckland mayors are particularly inspiring characters, whatever one thought of their policies. As I’ve noted, I disagree with the Auckland Council’s antibegging stance and attempts to ban street sex work, so I haven’t got all that much time for Len Brown. As for John Banks… I don’t think protest against either should be ruled out. And although I don’t think Brown’s bedroom olympics with Bevan Chuang should lead to his dismissal, I do think that there were resultant questions of financial accountability validly raised by some of his centre-right detractors that require some explanation. Granted, Brown has now partially repaid some of the outstanding money, but doesn’t Auckland need a more equitable electoral system to offset the power of the mayoralty (ie the Single Transferable Vote) in this context?

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  32. Chinarugby (84 comments) says:

    So with Udy we all forgive and forget?

    What if this isn’t a one off and but a glimpse into how he behaves and perhaps has behaved before? – do we simply pat him on the back and say well done old boy for quickly realising you done wrong and fessing up (or more like you know you are in deep shit so better try to get ahead of things).

    Brown is on record as apologising, has accepted censure and paid monies towards the inquiry – yet he still get harassed, Udy cannot be let off the hook for blatant corruption – surely what’s good for the goose and all that.

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  33. rangitoto (209 comments) says:

    Whaleoil has already slammed Udy today just like he slammed Gilmore

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  34. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    No, Chinarugby. It’s is a not a matter of forgetting the sins of Lecher Len.
    Your Labour Party man is corrupt to the core and he should be reminded of it every day of his tenure as Mayor.

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  35. BeeJay (69 comments) says:

    Paul Little would have more impact working in the family business. Preaching his left wing policies to the dead. Cuthbert will be turning in his grave!

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  36. Chinarugby (84 comments) says:

    Oh Manolo – it will horrify you to be told I am no more a labour man than you – I am as most here are a long time Nat voter – unlike some here I am not so doggedly idealogical that I cannot see good and bad in all parties/politicians.

    Unlike yourself – where vective is your weapon – I read reasoned comment ssuch as those from Ed Snack and Chardonnay Guy with interest – I read your foul rants with disdain, you add so very litttle to any reasoned discourse.

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  37. David Garrett (6,639 comments) says:

    China: Other than in Redbaiter’s mind I am no “prog commie”…and I agree with you entirely, the (obviously pissed, because he now says he can’t remember) local body nobody threatening the restaurant owner should resign forthwith..

    But that really is a very small sideshow compared to Len’s corrupt conflicted behaviour…Aside from their differences in position (the nobody from Howick and Brown I mean) here is a man who: 1) accepted freebies to a considerable value from an organization whose fortunes he had considerable power to influence; 2) In a blatant conflict of interest if nothing else, recommended his lover for a job with a Council Controlled Organization; 3) Unashamedly milked the “family man values” line while doing the exact opposite…

    The drunken nobody from Howick should indeed go; Brown should have gone long ago.

    What Little is effectively saying is if you are a leftie politician, and if you can survive the slings and arrows for long enough – no matter what you have done – you should eventually be left alone. That definitely DOESN’T apply to those of us on the right…I havent the slightest doubt that if I had not resigned when my shit hit the fan, I would have been relentlessly hounded right up to the end of the parliamentary term a year later…

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  38. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    Everyones is rooting Auckland
    they have been rooting Auckland for Decades

    Auckland has been Rooted and Rooted
    for
    Len Brown appears to be rooting for Auckland
    so it can be rooted completely.

    In fact you could say the rooting is deep rooted and to get
    to the root of the problem you have to see past the rooting.

    Brown does not know it yet but he is
    Rooted

    The only thing that will reveal how rooted he
    really is

    is an election

    Where people to get to Root for whoever they
    like to root

    I mean if people feel so strongly His supporters can turn up
    as well with

    “Toot for Root”
    for Len Brown ”

    Signs Can’t they

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  39. kaykaybee (145 comments) says:

    Mr Little is completely out of touch with Aucklanders and I suggest he stops interviewing himself.

    Among those who felt Len had let Auckland down, disgraced his office , misused council time & resources and who believed his behavior around Sky City Casinos left himself wide open to an accusation of corruptibility – are many on the left. I haven’t met a soul who didn’t think he was at best a self-serving idiot and those who really disrespect him have far worse to say.

    This weak and vainglorious man disgraced himself and misused council funds years before in Manukau, his management of finances there so inept that he’s not even allowed himself to use a personal credit card, and yet now he’s in charge of NZ’s largest city!

    The question a responsible and intelligent reporter should ask themselves is why he stays on.

    The heckling will continue until he does what is right and resigns.

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  40. jakejakejake (139 comments) says:

    Len Brown should have his own 500m protest exclusion zone like the Anadarko drilling operations.

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  41. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    Howick local board member Steve Udy faces a formal complaint, after the incident last week at the Porterhouse Grill, a popular new family-owned restaurant in Pakuranga.

    Approached last night for comment, Porterhouse Grill owner Adrian Loy confirmed Udy made “serious accusations” against the restaurant as he settled the bill on February 22 “He said, best of luck renewing your liquor licence. I will remember you.”

    IF THIS IS TRUE THIS PRI*K NEEDS TO GO RIGHT AWAY

    GREAT THING THE INTERNET

    WE WILL REMEMBER YOU

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  42. freemark (497 comments) says:

    I heard that Mayor Brown had more “anonymous’ donations than any other Politician in NZ History. Can anyone confirm this?

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  43. Fentex (891 comments) says:

    But such a fascinating view that protesting an elected official is antidemocratic.

    Though I agree that Little is being a self serving twit in belittling others free speech rights I recall on previous occasions DPF has called actions of protest he did not approve of undemocratic. In particular I recall the actions of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. I know their probably illegal actions are of a different nature than protests in person at Len Browns situation, but still I find it curious how context and allegiance seems to make the applicability of actions being ‘undemocratic’ so malleable.

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  44. Crusader (291 comments) says:

    The protesters are simply the 99% aren’t they? Why don’t they set up camp outside the town hall? That would be perfectly acceptable in the eyes of the lefties.

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  45. David Garrett (6,639 comments) says:

    Ben Dover: Cant disagree with you…but at least Mr Udy will have a future with New Zealand First…Obnoxious behaviour in public is no barrier to a career with the Great Charlatan…

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  46. Michael (898 comments) says:

    So, every time David Cunliffe criticises John Key he is being anti-democratic? Bloody hell, I’ve had this democracy thing wrong for so long.

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  47. mandk (841 comments) says:

    NZ Herald invited comments on Little’s piece.
    I posted a comment, and I’m sure others have, but none have been published.
    I wonder why.

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  48. Ben Dover (526 comments) says:

    Steve Udy

    Needs to be gone by the end of the week

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  49. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    “Fascist little prick.”

    Think Lens a commy. But he’d become a fascist if they paid him. And certainly if they supplied whores.

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  50. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    “So, every time David Cunliffe criticises John Key he is being anti-democratic?”

    TPP is definitely undemocratic

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