Hunger strikers never carry through

July 23rd, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Prisoner All Means All’s intermittent hunger strike is over.

The Oxford farmer, formerly known as , started eating and drinking again late last week.

Of course he did. The last time I can recall a hunger striker actually staying on strike was Bobby Sands in 1981 protesting about having to wear a prison uniform and do work in prison.

In India they do hunger strikes far more sensibly. They do it in teams of three with each having an 8 hour shift every day. I understand one hunger strike there has been going on for over 15 years.

UPDATE: I’m informed by a very reliable source that the normal practice of the NZ Corrections Department is (or was) to position a BBQ outside the hunger striker’s cell, and cook bacon. It seems this was highly effective at ending most hunger strikes!

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22 Responses to “Hunger strikers never carry through”

  1. Manolo (13,783 comments) says:

    Kim DotCom should try a lengthy hunger strike.

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  2. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    I wouldn’t gloat too much, a dickybird told me that all means all has decided that suicide is a mugs game and that a far more memorable plan B is germinating in his fevered mind.

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  3. soundhill1 (236 comments) says:

    Are you in support of DOC’s action and their attempts to keep the agreement secret?

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  4. Albert_Ross (293 comments) says:

    Bacon did it for my brief and failed attempt to become a vegetarian

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  5. soundhill1 (236 comments) says:

    Albert you show your embarrassment as you seek to divert attention from Feary’s publicity plan. Oh maybe I am a bit harsh. But I submit that you didn’t go through with it for different reasons from Feary. Whatever good intentions DOC had they needed to work through the proper legal process.

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  6. goldnkiwi (1,308 comments) says:

    Bacon works for me everyday when I break my fast ;)

    Re the vegetarian thing, for me it was a meat pie on a cold winters morning when I was biking to school.

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  7. Albert_Ross (293 comments) says:

    No soundhill, I was just being facetious. However, since you clearly want a discussion on the point: What legal provisions are in place that constrain the ability of Corrections staff to cook bacon on Corrections premises and what legal processes ought they to work through in order to be legally allowed to do so?

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  8. Sponge (183 comments) says:

    all means all has decided that suicide is a mugs game

    Well he at least had enough sense to realise that. Ain’t no one going to listen to him if he is dead.

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  9. peterwn (3,273 comments) says:

    Someone complained to the UN about cooking bacon etc outside a hunger striker’s cell (might have been Northern Ireland) on the grounds it was a cruel and unusual punishment. Also need to make sure the hunger striker is not a practicing jew or muslin.

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  10. Nigel (516 comments) says:

    Sounds to me like all the makings of a Pork Marketing board commercial.

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  11. Changeiscoming (189 comments) says:

    Gosh DPF – dont let the Mulism’s hear you say that about the Bacon. That would be like total persecution…I love the idea.

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  12. soundhill1 (236 comments) says:

    Albert you are off topic. The Feary saga is on Scoop over the years.

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  13. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    Who or what the hell is All Means All?

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  14. Albert_Ross (293 comments) says:

    soundhill1, I did not raise the issue of whether Corrections were right in their bacon-cooking, nor did I raise the issue of whether there were legal processes that Corrections should have gone through – you did. I took it that you wanted a discussion, and had something to say, on that point; so I offered you the opportunity. I don’t know how much more effort you expect me to put into finding out what you think the actual “topic” is or what your opinion of it is, but I can certainly tell you how much effort I am prepared to put into it.

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  15. Left Right and Centre (2,979 comments) says:

    Shit – I’d go on hunger strike just so they’d put on the BBQ. Mmmm-mmm.

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  16. Left Right and Centre (2,979 comments) says:

    Longknives – come on mate. You got no game – no game !! ;)

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  17. Longknives (4,753 comments) says:

    Sorry L,R & C- I try not to take any notice of Protesters as they seem to always be no-hopers wanting a hand-out..or deluded lefties wanting attention!

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  18. soundhill1 (236 comments) says:

    Thanks to DPF for magnifying the publicity AIA seeks. Many people would not have known about his case with DOC unless he had threatened to kill, and now being on hunger strike. DPF adds a little anecdote, nothing really to do with this case, but chatty, and Albert tries to make it the main point. To my knowledge, Albert, the Department of Corrections has never been given the acronym DOC which has been kept for the Department of Conservation.

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  19. MT_Tinman (3,188 comments) says:

    Bob Jones many years ago pointed out a story of a NZ protester who gained weight while on a (in prison) hunger strike.

    Maybe this fellow is just attempting to avoid the much publicised obesity epidemic.

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  20. Albert_Ross (293 comments) says:

    Like I said soundhill1 – if I was ever interested in understanding what was the point you wanted to make, I am not now.

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  21. Jeff83 (745 comments) says:

    Mental note, if in jail, go on hunger strike, get bacon, emmmmmm delicous bacon.

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  22. Jinky (185 comments) says:

    There have been at least 13 IRA hunger strikers who “carried through”. I’m sure there must have been others over the years in other jurisdictions. It’s not a great subject for humour in my opinion.

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