A New Zealand journalist who called Australian World War I soldiers “bludgers”, “scavengers” and “thieves” says he has “nothing to apologise for” despite the backlash his comments have received.
Jock Anderson made the comments on Radio New Zealand’s The Panel last week.
“The Aussies have been reluctant soldiers at the best of times. They’ve been essentially lazy, bludgers, some of them, and excellent black marketeers, scavengers, poachers and thieves,” he said on the radio show.
“Occasionally they’ve actually been quite good soldiers, but there is no way, in my opinion, that they can hold a candle to the Kiwis.”
Jock is normally offending NZ judges and lawyers, so it makes a change for him to branch out internationally with his outrage causing.
I have great respect for all those who have served in combat, on both sides of the Tasman.