Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


BBC : Stick To Your Own Patch

BBC : Stick To Your Own Patch

“The BBC should confine its reporting to events rather than, by inference, taking sideswipes at New Zealand First,” said New Zealand First Deputy Leader, Peter Brown. He was commenting on an internet media announcement on the BBC News which displays a photograph of a recent New Zealand First poster. The poster displays a photograph of the Rt Hon Winston Peters and shows an arrow going skyward with the words “Immigration’s Up, Treaty Costs Up, Crime’s Up”. At the bottom of the poster there are the words “Had Enough?”

“Nobody has been named but underneath the photograph on the BBC website there are the words “There is here a group of people who undoubtedly hold such views – it is a problem ”.

“This statement refers to an alleged comment by the New Zealand Race Relations Commissioner who, whilst commenting on Paul Holmes remarks about Kofi Annan, stated “There are people in New Zealand who have welcomed what he [Holmes] said”.

“Let me be quite clear, there is nobody in the New Zealand First Parliamentary team or our Party Executive who has any sympathy for Holmes’ remarks. They are everything that they have been accused of being and in addition are undignified, uncalled for and unnecessary,” Mr Brown said.

“However, I do recognize he has apologized now on several occasions.

“Immigration, treaty costs and crime are legitimate political concerns in this country and it is only right and proper that the issues are debated. Nothing that the BBC or the Race Relations Commissioner has to say will stop New Zealand First espousing its views on these concerns. The public expect such from their elected Members of Parliament.

“Good advice to the BBC would be to ‘check your facts and value your reputation’. The latter has taken the institution a long time to earn and false or garbage reports will tarnish it. The BBC should stick to reporting news and not endeavouring to become part of it,” concluded Mr Brown.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news