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Un-Kiwi Activities?

"Are you now or have you ever been a member of Team Trump or worked in his White House?”

That's the question that's tripping up high-flying kiwi Mr Chris Liddell.

His Accuser-in-Chief is PR specialist Mr Neale Jones who was once Chief of Staff to Labour leaders Andrew Little and Jacinda Ardern.

Given his background, we should expect him to be of reasonable judgement and careful with his words.

Mr Jones told Newshub that Mr Liddell as President Trump's "right-hand man" has "disgraced himself and his country, and he should be a social pariah for his choices."

He wants New Zealanders to despise, reject and cast out Mr Liddell.

Mr Jones went further on Twitter, "There needs to be consequence for industrial scale dishonesty and complicity with fascism".

He thereby equates Mr Liddell to a modern-day Himmler, Goering or Goebbels.

The invective is dangerously overblown. It demonstrates a shocking lack of historical understanding and reasoning. It diminishes the evil of fascism and tramples its victims.

The invective is dangerous because someone may well believe it. I would hope I would have no hesitation in knocking off Hitler or his off-siders given the chance. That’s why Mr Jones' choice of words is so odious. It is inciting.

That said, I would not want Mr Jones shut down for “hate speech”.

He should be free to say what he wants. It’s part of the price of living in a free society. Plus it’s helpful. His words tell me nothing about Mr Liddell. But they tell me all I need to know about Mr Jones.

National Party Leader Judith Collins is more coy. She told Radio New Zealand, “The rioting that took place in the US Capitol was a disgraceful attack on democracy".

"Mr Liddell's ties to the Trump Administration cannot be overlooked here, making it difficult to see how he would be suitable to uphold the OECD's strong commitment to democracy."

For Mrs Collins, Mr Liddell was a great choice to head the OECD until a rag-tag bunch of protestors gained entry to the United States Capitol. The protestors rendered him unfit.

That's an extraordinary stretch of liability. Mr Liddell has presumably never met nor doesn't know the protestors. And yet for Mrs Collins the protestors’ actions make Mr Liddell unfit to head the OECD.

ACT leader David Seymour at least ties his denouncement to Mr Liddell’s actions or lack thereof. He says his party will no longer support Liddell's nomination because of “his refusal to denounce the more recent events”.

When it was explained to him that Mr Liddell had, indeed, denounced the protestors, Mr Seymour recovered by saying his denouncement was "insufficient given the gravity of the events that occurred.”

Mr Seymour's position appears as follows: “We would support Mr Liddell but first he has to denounce those protestors to our satisfaction. Then, and only then, will he be suitable.” It seems a little precious.

Before the White House, Mr Liddell was CFO of Microsoft and CFO of General Motors. That’s an impressive set of achievements. It certainly sets him apart from those who denounce him.

It would also make for an interesting day if he ever got called before a Select Committee Inquiring into Un-Kiwi Activities. Mr Liddell could call the recruitment boards from Microsoft and General Motors in support, and perhaps, even President Donald Trump himself.

I have no doubt they would make us proud to call Mr Liddell a dinkum kiwi.

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Tiglath Pileser
Tiglath Pileser
25 janv. 2021

Methinks anyone mouthing off about Trump or his staff at this stage is unwise. Best to smile and say nutting......


24 janv. 2021

Cathy, thanks. ".. wanted to return to NZ to stand for Parliament .."

Nothing to do with cash or celebrity status, I would welcome almost any globally successful captain of industry with the ability to oust the socialists and run NZ with innovative vision and capability to get things done. Just so fed up with being underwhelmed with the lacklustre performance of Governments here. The latest being a naive, incompetent shambles with a smiley face.


The more I think about it the more I am convinced all these political beltway wonks got together and decided to cancel Liddell solely because they had some stupid idea that a guy worth $100's of millions of dollars, has worked in jobs they can only dream of having, married to a woman with even more cash than that, with two successful ex-wives and I recently heard had somewhere along the way adopted Russian orphans - wanted to return to NZ to stand for Parliament.

Imagine it. Achieving all of this in life, and having to actually care what Neale Jones thinks of you?

The problem with the Beltway is they do not understand that the second Liddell does arrive…


I'm beginning to see what free speech is all about, they have only gone and suspended the Iranian President from twitter for covertly threatening that retired fellow from Washington. Utter bastards. What has happened to free speech?


23 janv. 2021

I apologise for dwelling on this topic but I believe it needs our full attention


To consider the limitations of language and why te Reo is of little use for communication outside New Zealand it is necessary to study its construction. Tr Reo has a total of 55 syllables that constitute its entire vocabulary.. English has 15,831. The limitations in possible vocabulary are obvious and.yet we presently have a government, official bodies, Iwi and a media who are trying to replace English with Te Reo. Which vocabulary would you like your children to have? Bryan Johnson, Omokoroa

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