Poor old Rodney Hide. The man in yellow has had a rough few months. First he lodged an unsuccessful complaint with the Serious Fraud Office against Winston Peters over an illegal donation. It was later revealed that Hide’s own ACT Party had failed to disclose a $20,000 a year office space donated by property investor Sir Robert Jones.
He then fell victim to some rather nasty billboard tagging which I alerted him and his party to, and which they promised to fix swiftly. They did not. The billboard was finally removed yesterday, ten days after they had said they’d fix it.
They needn’t have bothered.
As you can see in the above two photos (taken this afternoon), that same billboard and it’s backing billboard on Dominion Road’s underpass were re-tagged, but this time the words MEIN FUHRER were replaced with NAZI HYPOCRITE.
I pointed out in my initial post that Hide’s past (and possible future) hardly screams of anti-Semitism. Firstly, he was the most outspoken of all New Zealand politicians when Helen Clark suspended diplomatic relations with Israel over an incident back in 2004. Secondly, Hide is prominently quoted on Canadian based academic John P Palmer’s EclectEcon blog, which bears a ‘Friend of Israel’ banner. And finally, if the National Party wins the election on Saturday, Hide’s coalition partner will be John Key; the son of an Austrian Jewish woman.
Those billboard tamperers’ Hitler remarks would therefore presumably bear no relation to the Nazi dictator’s anti Jewish sentiments.
And last but not least, the NZ Herald revealed this afternoon that Rodney Hide’s canary yellow jacket may have broken the laws of New Zealand’s Electoral Finance Act. According to the Act, any “published election advertisements” must carry the authorisation of the party’s financial agent. Hide’s $1300 jacket, which bears the ACT logo and “the guts to do what’s right” slogan, does not.
If Hide is found to have breached the Act, he faces a $10,000 fine, while the ACT Party’s financial agent faces a $40,000 fine.
Lucky he has wealthy friends like Bob Jones.