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This unelected bludger on the taxpayer has a basic salary of $160,000 a year (plus a raft of expenses) but thinks the woman who cleans his toilet shouldn’t complain about the pittance she’s paid or the prospect of losing her job.  “If she doesn’t want the job she should give it to someone else,” he says. What a total arsehole.

[1. Since this post was published Tau Henare has publicly apologised to the cleaners concerned. His apology should be accepted and taken into account in future comments on this matter.]

[2. I’ve just come across a comment by ‘my good friend’ Cameron Slater in which he accuses me of expressing ‘fake outrage’ on this matter. I’m not sure which psychic Cameron is employing to read my mind, but I can assure him that my outrage was, and is absolutely genuine. Maybe stick to the facts, Cameron, and abandon the pseudo psychology.]

135 Comments:

  1. As a ‘total arsehole’ this man can be expected to have a particularly dirty and offensive toilet. Which makes his comment even worse.

  2. I’ve always wondered who he was. Hard to recognise without his appropriately named ‘Dirty Dogs’ which are an improvement.

  3. Maybe National can bring back their old 1972 slogan, “Man For Man, The Strongest Team”

  4. You sound surprised.

  5. While an arsehole, he was elected, via the party list that people voted for.

    • True Ian that makes him an elected arsehole

    • Technically, I suppose you’re right. But no ordinary voter gets to choose the people on a party’s list. No-one voted for him.

      • Much like the Greens, then?

      • Nor do “ordinary people” get to choose the electorate candidates from most parties. The lists are available for anyone who wants to look. We elect the list. If a voter doesn’t like someone on the list they have the right not to vote for that list.

      • I did, because I gave National my party vote – to mitigate the loony left’s influence via those Greens madmen. Henare was an unintended consequence. That’s the trouble with MMP – all sorts of jetsam hit the surface. Left and Right almost get there but in the end it’s the Barking Mad and their three seats who get to choose your government for you, viz: Angry Winston or the rabid Russel Norman.

  6. I thought I had run out of shock factor until I saw Tau spit this poacher-turned-gamekeeper venom. Arsehole to the power of a million.

    • little know fact Pam but arsehole to the power of a million is known in mathmatical terms as a “Tau” for short ,it seems to date back to an old fable about a wannabee king maker who had nothing in his kingom but a million pairs of satin boxer shorts I recall,remember be told it as a child as a warning as to what happens if you grow up and become a wanker to your own people .

    • Shouldn’t be surprised a comment like this would come out of a National mouth. It seems like the party is full of arseholes making the party a giant arsehole. Can’t wait for their downfall.

  7. For an Irishman Brian that is remarkably restrained! For me the phrase Cockhead sprung to mind.

    • I see you intend to be provocative with your return to ‘For an Irishman’, but I really can’t be bothered taking you to task for a second time. ‘Cockhead’ on the other hand seems reasonably apt.

      • I, however, would opt for the much under utilised
        F**K knuckle

        • 7.1.1.1

          Lately my favourite word has been “f***tard”. Instantly I watched Tau’s comment on TV, I knew exactly the expression with which to describe him.

          As for the apology, I think it might be nothing more than the equivalent of crocodile tears. The Right Dishonourable Tau Henare has some history of offensiveness.

      • Brian, you are better than this.

        • I’ll take that as a compliment, Cameron. As I’m sure you’re aware I try to keep things civil and civilized on this site. But I’m no saint and can get bloody angry like anyone else. Tau’s comment made me bloody angry and I thought that in this matter he was a ‘bloody arsehole’. I’m not retracting that view.

          However, I agree that I ought not to be encouraging others in obscene name-calling. So I’ll take the rap on that.

        • 7.1.2.2

          Reginald Maudesley

          JC: Comment deleted. Disgusting. We’re not publishing this.

      • I was just a bystander this time. Honest!

  8. Mr Edwards,
    I must object in the strongest possible terms on this post describing the Hon. Tau Henare as a total arsehole. This is entirely unjust as comparing him to a total arsehole does no credit to those of us who are total arseholes. I have been a total arsehole in my professional life for as long as I can remember but have never stooped to the disgusting depths refusing the basic right of a toilet cleaner to be unhappy with their wage rate.
    I demand an immediate apology to all total arseholes. You may compose your list of these people as you see fit.
    Yours faithfully,

    Jonathan Corfe
    Christchurch

  9. I concur, he is a right prick. He has no sense of decency in him at all. Moreover, the man has never redeemed himself once over the past 20 years of his political career, and last night’s comments, showed his true ugly character. He is nothing short of offensive!

    • Point of order! You have changed sides from arsehole to prick. Neither piece of anatomy would rate as one the body’s more aesthetic parts. I tend to brand people like this a arseholes. A polysyllabic word can have a variety of stresses placed in pronounciation. Thus Hon Tau is an arrrrrrrrssssssssehole.

  10. Makes Mallard look like a saint.

  11. A great example of how inequitable our society is.

  12. What happened to my post in defence of total srseholes?
    I’m one and I wish not to be associated with Tau Henare.
    I demand an apology on behalf of total arseholes everywhere!

    • OK, I accept that you’re a member of the Dishonourable Society of Total Arseholes. I suggest that you now urgently make Tau your president.

      • I’m not sure the committee will let this one fly. To paraphrase the famous and overused Groucho Marx quotation: I refuse to belong to a club that will have me and Tau Henare as a member.

  13. The TV3 video is here
    http://www.3news.co.nz/Cleaners-beg-Govt-to-drop-law-changes/tabid/1607/articleID/314802/Default.aspx

  14. I saw this on the news last night. What a total knob this man is. Those poor women were in tears. I doubt he has ever done a hard day’s work in his life…. ass hole.

  15. Agreed. The parasite sure has outdone himself this time. He’s the Ebenezer Scrooge of Total Arseholes.

    Manaia

  16. Complete and utter plonker, even though elected. His comments ought to be enough to get him a demotion to the bottom of the list, but hey!fat chance of that I guess. He has token status on the Nat list, and he’s a bloke; no doubt that counts for more than his egregious views.

    There’s debate over on Dim-Post at present about female representation in Parliament. Henare neatly illustrates the reason why many of us are fulminating over selection criteria, when they deliver us a man like him as a Parliamentary representative.

  17. I totally agree with your comments Merrial – I was totally gobsmacked into silent rage while watching 3 News last evening. I see he has issued an apology which is on the Herald website – it hasn’t placated me at all. He simply shouldn’t have uttered such a puerile comment in the first place. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11131033

    As a fellow Westie Aucklander – I’m ashamed to acknowledge that he is also (ummmm as is Paula Bennett.

  18. Makes my blood boil that such a small-minded gobshite can make three times my salary for spouting his offensive drivel. Has he ever actually achieved anything in Parliament? Classic coat-tail rider.

  19. I wonder if Tau Henare’s comment would have been the same if the cleaning ladies happen to be Maori??? I could be mistaken but these ladies appear to be of Pacific Island descent.

    As one ages it is hoped that a person becomes more mature and perhaps gain some wisdom, obviously, Tau has missed the boat in this category.

    As a taxpayer, why would I want to employ a politician such as Tau Henare ……..Mr. Key, next cab on the rank please.

  20. Toe Henare has taken a dump on every party he has been involved with. Why would anyone think that this ignoramus, would be capable of saying anything less. I mean people, just look at the size of this blimp. Fattened by the largesse of the very people he denigrates. An upstanding Phallow, and a prime example, of what proves Darwins theory.

  21. Quite correct, calling out this worthless pos for what he is.
    Remember, when this parasite first got into Parliament? He booked himself a return First-Class fare (before Business Class was introduced) on Air NZ to London to bring back a useless Maori artefact. As if he couldn’t acquire a paper weight from any number of bric-a-brac shops in Wellington, without slugging the taxpayer to fund his overseas jaunt. This leech isn’t capable of earning a living unless it comes by way of the taxpayer.

  22. Well I emailed “the Arsehole and called him exactly that and told him I hoped the electorate would vote to send him to toilet cleaning and that he wasn’t fit to breath the same air in Bowen House as those poor cleaners. Left him my phone number just in case he wanted any advice on how to remove a foot from his GOB. Total “Dickhead” on the gravy train like his mate Tuku Morgan. A waste of space list member I hope he gets thrown out. Though John Key doesn’t want participation just his conscience vote to do as he likes, might as well be a mannequin

    • I hope he doesn’t get thrown out. I’d like to see him as close to the top of the National Party list as possible.

  23. Typical of Labourites to find fault with this issue

  24. @ Mad Mary …Typical of Natz to have their head firmly buried, to not even see the stupidity, arrogance and dismissive attitude he portrayed to his fellow human beings.
    @ Tau Henare (I have left this comment on his FB site) Despicable comment under any circumstances, out of context or not!…..here’s the thing Tau Henare she DOES want her job, she JUST wants to be treated fairly and paid what she is worth, ie treated like a valuable member of the human race, not shit on physically and metaphorically you arsewipe!

  25. 25

    Give that man the Aaron Gilmore commemorative award for graceful behaviour towards service staff

  26. Mad Mary
    let us all know the positive side to these comments

  27. how .. as a taxpayer,
    can i refuse to pay this person ?

    i find it abhorrent to be part-responsible for contributing to this persons ‘livelihood’

    • My use of the term ‘unelected’ has caused comment among more pedantic members of the legal profession. Their argument essentially is that when, under MMP, you vote for a party, you are voting for those holding electorate seats AND those chosen by the party to be on ‘the list’. Since the list is available for prospective voters to see, they have the choice of not voting for that party if they are strongly opposed to someone on its list or, alternatively, swallowing that particular dead rat. That doesn’t strike me as a particularly satisfactory choice – to have to vote for someone whom you vehemently oppose being in parliament at all. In that sense, where list MPs are concerned, the voter is essentially disenfranchised. As voters we don’t get to choose whether people on party lists get into parliament or not. The party makes that choice. It’s in that, admittedly wide sense that I used the word ‘unelected’. People who voted National at the last election, got the party they wanted. But that tells you nothing about whether a majority of those voters wanted Tau Henare.And because the lawyers will go on and on arguing that Tau really was elected, I’ll repeat what I said at the start – technically you are absolutely correct, right, on solid ground. Can we move on now?

  28. @Mad Mary, as I’ve often noted, abuse is what the Left do best. They love throwing rocks from their moral high ground. Makes them feel good and it’s much easier than thinking through difficult issues.

  29. The righties are VERY, VERY, Very worried!!!

    Latest UMR poll has Nats 39, Lab 36, Green 14, NZF 5.1%.

    Yes, the times they are a changing…….

    • No wonder that A-Hole is worried, after 2014 he will have to clean his own long drop.

      • 29.1.1

        I recommend sawdust for long drops – keeps them sweet smelling. Just building one now.

        • No good for A-Hole, he uses bulldust.

          • A landmark report by an international scientific panel says it’s “extremely likely” that human activity is the dominant cause of global warming.

            That and A-Holes very own long drop.

            • 29.1.1.1.1.1

              The IPCC has become a bad joke all by itself. We are now supposed to belief the mysterious “missing heat” has suddenly started hiding in the ocean.

              Huh? What changed? Nothing, except the desperation of political activists masquerading as scientists.

    • Oh no! First Oracle and now debacle. Time to invest in Trademe. They should do well in the coming redGreen economic collapse – they’re the modern day pawnshop.

      • Yes, I can seethe caption: “well over used by date Nact govt going cheap on trade me, offers over 50 cents considered”

        • 29.2.1.1

          Indeed you could make a job lot with discarded Labour leaders and Ministers. Not much job security there, was there?

  30. I’m glad you have used the explicit “arse” as opposed the the euphemistic “ass”. He deserves it.

  31. Did you notice how he did a Tony Abbott loooong pause until he replied? I hate both those arses.

  32. Great comments above, all more than deserved by Tau. But do lets remember here that he is not on his own. If that were so, these unfortunate people’s working conditions would not be so threatened. No, Tau has accomplices, 58 of them in the National Caucus alone. Tau distinguishes himself only by wearing his arsehole on his sleeve, so to speak. But the rest of those criminals smell no less of shite.

    • Trade Me….Nact govt, 58 accomplices – 49cents or near offer then, anyone?

      please….anyone!?

    • So you think that there are no adverse consequences from increasing wages and forcing employers to take on another employer’s workers under their previous conditions?

      • No, only adverse consequences having to put up with usual righty insults and bad governance from here to election 2014.

      • 32.2.2

        While management are creaming it, no. While middle-aged employees are on minimum wage, no. While privileged MPs are in $150k and not giving a stuff, no.

        • 32.2.2.1

          You can have certainty or opportunity but not both. If you guarantee a job and conditions for life you condemn those without a job (usually younger) to stay that way. You prevent competition, innovation and efficiency.

          Henare can be criticized for insensitivity to someone put in a vulnerable position far out of their comfort zone on order to be used as a political pawn by politicians and unionists. But that doesn’t obviate the need to consider all sides of the issue. Those without jobs need a voice too.

          • No, no, Alan – that is the Tories fault too! Not enough work schemes and “regional development”.

            And the Tories will be to blame when the wage-price inflation spiral (a constant feature of NZ life from approximately 1973-82) goes into gear with an $18.50/hour living wage. High prices? Profit-gouging Tories!

            Mind you how you can profit-gouge in industries (e.g., supermarkets and the food industry) where there is a 2% profit margin) needs a bit of explaining…no, never mind, it is the arsehole Tories. Shop owners should basically work for free like most of the good folk posting here. Bloody Tories.

            And I do seem to recall that the Tories have retained WFF as a means of protecting those on low incomes like the hard-working, honourable, but sadly not in short-supply cleaner who was the butt of Henare’s insensitivity. Tories may not be able to change the reality of supply and demand, but they can at least allow targeted assistance to support the low-waged. Ahh, but that doesn’t count, because they don’t REALLY like WFF. Bloody Tories.

            How does that rate on the TAB, johan? :)

            • 32.2.2.1.1.1

              But hey, Kimbo, we’re Lefties. We have a mouth for shouting abuse – we don’t need a brain as well.

              • 32.2.2.1.1.1.1

                Mind you, we will have to work on the 19-year-old in our household.

                She is in her first year of Uni, trying to get into second year law. She has included Sociology in her grab-bag on first year papers. For some reason, the tutor who is trying to work them up into high dudgeon on income inequality bails out when it comes to discussing Economics, “Let’s skip over that, it is too confusing to try and understand”.

                However, I fear they have not been able to capture my step-daughter (who, I assure you, has a mind of her own!). She has worked out that a “living-wage” in her current part-time employment will soon likely result in “no wage” for her, because her employer is struggling to keep her head above water anyway, without the highest cost increasing even more.

                Still, it gave those who wanted to emote a feeling of righteousness.

            • Wow, the Kimbo and Alan show, best to take your medication boys, you two seem to be unusually rattled.

              • 32.2.2.1.1.2.1

                he he he.

                I notice you didn’t give that advice to those who were going apoplectic on this site, earlier, johan.

              • 32.2.2.1.1.2.2

                What sort of medication do you have in mind, Johan? Is there one that makes you froth at the mouth screaming abuse and insults? Are you Lefties all on P or something?

      • 32.2.3

        I always look forward to reading your comments, Alan, but I’m not sure I’d want to work for you. ;)

        • 32.2.3.1

          Actually most people who have worked for me became and remain good friends, Warren. Now there’s a fate worse than death, don’t you think?

  33. Why should we accept Tau’s apology? it doesn’t sound particularly sincere to me.

    “I apologise to the lady and to all those that haven’t really got a choice in jobs. Aroha mai. My bad”

    It seems to me the only thing Tau’s sorry about is for voicing what he was thinking at the time.

    • I’m tempted to agree with you, and I’m of no mind to defend Henare personally.

      However, his statement, “I apologise…to all those that haven’t really got a choice in jobs” at least cuts to the heart of the issue.

      So what should we do differently from the present Government for those who don’t have a real choice in either the short or medium term?

      Serious question.

      Any takers?

    • It’s also possible that Tau came under pressure from the National Party to undo the damage he had done with this insensitive comment. But he has apologised and I think we have to accept that apology until and unless his future behaviour suggests no change in his mindset.

  34. I am more right of centre than left but I must say i have some sympathy for the living wage. I hate the idea that state aid through benefits and wages overlap at the bottom end. While raising the minimum wage arbitrarily will no doubt impact employment it has the advantage of drawing a stark contrast between living on a benefit (assuming it is part of a package of reforms that make that happen) and earning a wage. I think that is important. I hate the idea that those working hard for a living just can’t get by – and please don’t deduce from that that I am implying all beneficiaries aren’t prepared to work hard!

  35. Interesting to see that those who have identified themselves as being to the right of the political spectrum are dead keen to change this blog’s topic.

    I for one am quite happy to identify an arsehole as an arsehole, especially if he portrays himself as a pseudo Tory.

    Perhaps, we need to put Mr. Henare, under the microscope and examine his worth as an MP….money received vs accomplishments as an MP.

    BE. Your comment about list MP not being elected by the voter has always been a sore point under MMP. I am very surprise that the gov’t hasn’t come to amend the MMP system so that the voter has a greater influence in this “undemocratic” process.

    • “Change the topic”?

      Not at all, johan. I was simply trying to inject a consideration of the wider economic factors in the play, so we could decide if Tau’s arseholedom was “total” (as per the original post), or merely partial. Focus on the statement, johan – and deduct two points from the TAB for not paying attention.

      Plus asking, “I am very surprise that the gov’t hasn’t come to amend the MMP system…” ignores the anti-Tory playbook that if the present Government ‘amends’ anything, it is to exploit the marginalised. Mind you, if they don’t amend anything, then they are exploiting the marginalised by neglect…

      Hmmm. Ah, what the hell. Tory arseholes!

    • No, I simply declined to join in the mass mindless abuse and addressed the underlying real issues. Firstly, the Left’s habitual preference for abuse as a pathetic and obnoxious substitute for thought. Secondly, the need to consider the needs of those trying to get a job as well as those who have one.

  36. When I saw this item on the news, my immediate reaction to Michelle (my lovely lady, sitting beside me) was, “Yuk. What a revolting individual. Who’d vote for him?”

    I’ve never had time for Tau Henare – but that’s neither here nor there. I am thankful to Brian for initiating this post because it has highlighted is that lots of people DID, in fact, vote for Tau Henare. Wittingly, or unwittingly, that’s what they did. Perhaps they’re now saying to themselves, in Henare’s vernacular, ‘My bad’.

    Henare’s apology for the response he gave to the interviewer’s question is most certainly insincere. He had considered his response to the question for what must’ve been a full five seconds – a long time in any terms – before giving it. His apology reflects his arrogance.

    Let’s keep it simple. The woman concerned had taken the trouble to speak at Parliament to her submission. Then, at the front door of Parliament, her elected representative Tau Henare dismissed her appeal by telling her to move over and give the job to someone else who was prepared to do the job for the peanuts she’s paid.

    Yuk! Who’d vote for him?

    Hopefully the Labour Party marketing folk can collect a bunch of these ‘faux pas’ from the mouths of National’s list MPs for a documentary-style broadcast prior to the next election. There’s a lot of examples to use, and it may wake voters up to think more seriously about the make up of the Party Lists before using the orange marker in the voting booth.

    Perhaps then more will say “Yuk! Who’d vote for him?”

    • yes, but if Labour are going to do that, they had better purge Trevor Mallard first.

      Mind you, if the new Labour leader were to renege on his promise of “no retribution” in that one matter, I’m pretty sure few National supporters would seek to hold him to public account…

    • In fact Henare was giving good advice. Don’t stay in a job you don’t like. Take your life in your own hands instead of leaving it in someone else’s – particularly someone else you don’t like or trust.

      That this lady was unable to cope with that challenge speaks volumes about those who were using her as a political pawn to push their own agendas – and exploiting her fears and insecurities to do so.

      • For many people that is simply not an option in the short or even medium term, particularly if they have family and financial commitments. Not in paid employment, anyway.

        If you are low-skilled/low-waged the options, other than coming across a “good employer” who might be able to pay a bit extra/soften some of the work conditions, are not extensive. One contract position is just as bad as another.

        Cleaning toilets is not a great job, but it is also honourable, and requires character and perseverance. Unfortunately, as good as those qualities are, they are not in short supply. However, I’d like to see my tax-payer dollars go more problem-solving skills taught, so that folks know how to use a cleaning position as the first step in the employment ladder, rather than as a low-wage poverty trap.

        • 36.2.1.1

          It is an option if you lose your job so why is it not an option if you don’t?

          People’s fears lock them into prisons created by their own minds. I’ve seen it happen to friends and colleagues. Skilled or not has little or nothing to do with it. Some were extremely talented but too fearful of risk to take or make an opportunity.

          • 36.2.1.1.1

            Unbelievable.

          • “It is an option if you lose your job so why is it not an option if you don’t?”

            Hmm. I agree that aspiration is a necessity. Norman Kirk described it with the term, “hope”, and considered it, along with food, clothing and housing as a necessity of life.

            However, so too are time, usually some money/capital, and also a certain level of expertise. As I said, in the short to medium term, those three things are often in short supply due to pressing family/life and financial commitments. Living one pay day away from disaster cuts down immediate options.

            However, I don’t dispute that some folks have wonderful undiscovered/under-utilsed-for-commercial-gain skills. The Polynesian community especially, are brilliant at networking and patient inter-personal skills. Time for some thinking outside of the box beyond low-paid service and care-giving jobs, and the adoption of business skills and risk assessment…the sort of thing that once made them the greatest navigators of all time, who turned the Pacific Ocean into their own private lake without the aid of compass, map or sextant when your and my ancestors were afraid to sail out of sight of land because ‘thar be dragons!’

            • 36.2.1.1.2.1

              I’m not sure if the essential quality you have overlooked is courage or rashness, but unless there is a commitment to make change nothing will happen.

              And in general the policies pursued by the Left make change harder and lock more people into their depressing little rut for life. Worse, it leaves them believing their lives and fates are in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats, not their own.

            • 36.2.1.1.2.2

              Just remember, Kat, the toilets will always need to be cleaned by somebody.

              • 36.2.1.1.2.2.1

                Very true, and I’m genuinely grateful for the efforts of those who do. I’m not joking when I say that those who labour are worthy of honour – even if the pay will never be particularly great. How much is issue. I’ve done menial service work myself in my younger and student days, and it taught me some good lessons and gave valuable structure to my life when I needed it – and acted as a prod to want to move on to something more financially rewarding and stimulating.

                What I have a problem with is folks sticking at that one job for years and years. I’d far prefer folks knew how to use it as a McJob – crap pay, but it demonstrates perseverance, is an entry on a CV, and is an opportunity to move further up the ladder, hopefully sooner rather than later.

                I’m not blaming folks if that is the job they have done for 20 years – everyone’s circumstances are different. Nevertheless, I’d like to see folks equipped so that when they go into a job like that, they also have an upskill and exit strategy.

  37. Perhaps if Tau gave up some of his $160k others might be able to do something far more productive.Its great that his rude and insensitive outburst can be seen as a positive option for her.

    • Is it really necessary to point out that if Henare resigned his place and salary would simply be taken by another?

      So why make such a completely and utterly pointless remark?

  38. If Cameron Slater is your ‘good friend’ BE, you certainly don’t need enemies.

  39. So why make such a completely and utterly pointless remark when you don’t read the comment properly

    • I concede that point. However the guts of my comment stands. Tau’s salary and perks will be paid irrespective of anything he does. Whether he gives it away or spends it is irrelevant. Either way he makes jobs for someone. And would make more if near half of it didn’t return to the bureaucracy in tax.

      So your point was?

  40. I doubt my opinion of Tau Henare could drop any lower at this point. However I’m troubled by the tendency I see towards tarring the entire party with the same brush. Truth is, all the parties have weak links in their lists, and it shows a fundamental flaw in the MMP system. As Brian says, where list MPs are concerned, the voter is essentially disenfranchised, and once they start jumping wakas, democracy has flown out the window.

  41. 41

    RepublicansPushGilmoreForPresident

    Why can’t JK get Toe Henare, to clean his own office toilet, to help him gain a bit of perspective? If he doesn’t like it, he can change jobs himself. Golden Dawn may have some vacancies.

    • Tau says he used to be a toilet cleaner:
      http://www.3news.co.nz/Henare-apologises-for-cleaner-comment/tabid/1607/articleID/314919/Default.aspx

      Maybe hr knows more about it than you do?

      • Cleaned toilets myself at some point. Not pleasant work…all cleaning is difficult work as well as poorly paid and rather thankless. Tau Henare is a bullyboy and totally without merit as a human being let alone as a political representative. I guess he will collect a pension next election.what a travesty.

        • 41.1.1.1

          During a tenure as the facilities manager at a venerable public institution, I had to clean my fair share of toilets during business hours when the cleaners weren’t around. It gave me a certain perspective, let’s just leave it at that.

          • 41.1.1.1.1

            RepublicansPushGilmoreForPresident

            I did do some general cleaning, including toilets, at an olympic games. Anyone, who was there, may have used a toilet I cleaned. If so, I am privileged to have been of service, and hope your nether regions were suitably impressed. Even the rights a-holes need pampering.

            The worst toilet I’ve seen was in Cairo. A public toilet, which had a broken water connection, but was still in use and probably never cleaned. Each cubicles toilet bowl contained an excremental pile about a foot high, with smaller piles in each corner of the cubicle, after it had become too difficult to negotiate the bowl. One cubicle wall plastered 3 feet up, by someone, presumably after a curry gone wrong. So many memories.

  42. In reply to:
    “Alan Wilkinson
    September 29th, 2013 at 18:24
    No, I began with an accurate description of this thread. Those who behave as I described insulted themselves and their political colours.”

    I see.
    If you do it it’s “an accurate description”, if anyone else does it, it’s an insult.
    Now I understand.

    • Is it so difficult to detect the subtle distinction between calling someone an arsehole and calling people out for resorting to abuse rather considering the real issues?

      Apparently.

      • The ‘real issue’ is the acceptance by some that the cleaning up of toilets in the house of govt by these women for a pittance and be treated no better than slaves is ok. Only a ‘born to rule’ rightie ‘A-Hole’ would countenance that.

        Glad you don’t think entirely that way Alan!

        Lets all move on.

        • 42.1.1.1

          It’s the minimum wage, not a pittance. Their conditions are no different from anyone else’s who depend on their customers and their business’s sales for their jobs.

          Only a Lefty who thinks money grows on Government trees could think otherwise.

    • John, you are absolutely spot on. Alan and Kimbo are two major TROLLS on this blog. They add nothing except in a mediocre way to try and twist the facts.

      Tory Angst Barometer… TAB 7.5

      John Key, as of late, digging his own grave!

  43. Storm in a toilet bowl. Look, Henare’s a prick who said something stupid, but sort of immediately apologised. So which of us is thus qualified to cast the first stone? Not I.

  44. Some months ago when I described a friend of yours as a ‘racist a**hole’ your response was:

    ‘….I’m reminded of Rob Muldoon’s remark that when a New Zealander goes to live in Australia, the national IQ of both countries rises. Not sure if you left us for Australia or some other foreign clime, but one thing is certain – the national IQ there won’t have benefitted much from the presence of someone who regards calling someone ‘a racist arsehole’ as intelligent comment.’

    Using the criteria that you yourself designed, describing someone as a ‘total arsehole’ is also presumably unintelligent comment associated with having a low IQ. Can I therefore presume, Brian, that even by your own criteria you are just not very bright?

  45. Good idea from Tau. I’ll pass on the dunny cleaning, but I’d do his job for half the pay he’s pulling. And I’m better looking.