Thought he was anti-drugs?
The journalist who broke the story of the Len Brown and Bevan Chuang sex scandal has appeared in court on methamphetamine charges.
Stephen John Cook, 46, came before Manukau District Court this morning on charges of possessing the class A drug and a glass pipe used to smoke it.
Cook gained publicity last year when he teamed up with WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater to publish details of the mayor’s high-profile affair.
The alleged offending which brought him before the court today stemmed from an incident in Auckland on Saturday.
Court documents list Cook’s address in the North Waikato town of Te Kauwhata.
Cook also made headlines in 2008 when he was sacked by the Herald on Sunday while assistant editor at the paper.
Cook took his case to the Employment Relations Authority in a bid to get his job back but bosses said they had lost confidence and trust in him.
Loving it. If you watched the original…..
…..the tributes and characters touched on in ‘Wentworth’ add a real fun element. If you have not seen the original it does not matter. The show is freaking fantastic. Makes me mindful of ‘Oz’ and ‘Bad Girls’, especially the use of flashbacks to show the women ended up inside, but is telling these stories in a mostly new way. Best line so far? from episode 6 spoken by Erica to her husband….”Pull my hair, I’m tired of fucking like a married couple”. Heaven. And Doreen is an idiot.
A cartoon published in a newspaper this morning is not technically racist under the the Human Rights Act, Dame Susan Devoy says.
The cartoon, published in the Marlborough Express, depicts a number of adults as “overweight Polynesian students”, dressed in children’s school uniforms joining a line for free school meals. One of the adults, wearing apparent ethnic tattoos and a back-to-front baseball cap, says: “Psst! … If we can get away with this, the more cash left for booze, smokes and pokies!” Race Relations Commissioner Devoy said at a press conference this afternoon that while she thought the cartoon was offensive, it did not exceed the commission’s racism threshold.
“I personally, and those at the commission, do find it offensive and insulting,” she said. “It does not reach the levels of racism within the inquiries and complaints process within the commission.”
Dame Susan said the commission had to look at what would incite racial disharmony under Section 61 of the Human Rights Act 1993, which makes is unlawful to publish material which is “threatening, abusive or insulting”. The illustration has sparked calls for an apology from the newspaper, over what many called “disgusting” and “blatant racism”.
So, the gains made through the foul National Party economic policies have been lost through ‘thingymagiggy’ as the ‘leader’ of the party. Shearer has shown time and time again he cannot lead labour to an election victory. So, he needs to go now so there is time for the party to regroup before the election. THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW.
Labour has taken a big hit in the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll, raising fresh questions about whether David Shearer can lead them to victory.
Halfway through its second term, Prime Minister John Key’s National is riding high on 49.1 per cent support, up 4.5 percentage points since February, and would be able to govern alone.
Over the same period Labour had shed 4.4 per cent to 31.9 per cent, with respondents pointing to Mr Shearer as weak and negative, Ipsos pollster Duncan Stuart said.
It marks a sharp reversal from our February poll when the Left and Right were neck and neck.
On Labour and David Shearer:
‘‘The lack of a leader is what’s destroying them.’’
‘‘They could do better than David Shearer in charge – he is just not forceful enough.’’
‘‘They keep on knocking the other party instead of talking about what they want to do for the country. They need to be positive.’’
‘‘David Shearer has no substance. He just gets a little phrase and repeats it.’’
‘‘Well, I’m unimpressed with trying to regulate power. The whole policy is not going to do us good.’’
‘‘They’re not being an effective opposition and not taking advantage of their mistakes.’’
‘‘That whole thing where he didn’t declare his bank account.’’