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Disaster Tourism 2


The Disaster Tourist was interviewed on Fawning Report and Hosking this morning.

Yet we have not had coverage or interviews with Mike Moore former PM and former Christchurch MP, nor Geoffrey Palmer similar position, nor Jim Bolger. Nor have they been on tours of the disaster.

Yet the Disaster Tourist continues her regal procession.

  1. 02/03/2011 18:01

    Whither now the Disaster Tourist?

    Which country is afflcited with her prescence?


  2. Cadwallader permalink
    28/02/2011 16:05

    Further to my earlier post, it seems Clark has further buried Goof’s dubious career. Where has Goof been in recent days? Certainly not in front of a TV camera! Yet the she-beast flies in like a Griffin and steals the show.
    A weird pastor has blamed the quake on Lesbians, maybe the She-Beast feels guilty? Nah: It has no understanding of guilt or remorse!


    • 28/02/2011 16:12

      Love your work Cadwallader! Mind if I call John Key ‘The He-Beast’ whenever am forced to address ‘its’ inhuman ways?


      • Cadwallader permalink
        28/02/2011 16:58

        I do not mind how you address anyone…Key included!


      • 28/02/2011 18:19

        Go to it!


    • 28/02/2011 18:20

      The media rushed to fawn over her

      i really felt quite sorry for Gaffe


  3. 28/02/2011 13:13

    Had her cooking skills written about by Paul Homes!



    • 28/02/2011 13:25

      Well not as bad as one Hillary Clinton having to come up with a baking recipe during her run for the Democratic nomination


  4. 28/02/2011 11:00

    I have made a similar comment/post at my place.
    If Helen Clark was there in a UNDP capacity, fair enough.
    But the “private citizen” capacity is most bizarre.
    If she had said she was there as a former PM , that might be acceptable too.
    I had admonished Clark on my blog a few days back for being sparing in her sympathy.
    I could not find any notice of any official statement.
    It is good to see Clark play catch up.
    But I only hope she did not hinder the recovery in any way.
    I think it is just the way she has handled herself that had led to these ‘disaster tourism’ comments, espcially if she has upstaged or embarassed Phil Goff in the process.


    • 28/02/2011 11:07

      “But I only hope she did not hinder the recovery in any way.”

      Is that a genuine concern or are you just being mean-spirited?


  5. 28/02/2011 09:57

    If you’re unimpressed Adam, imagine what her successor is feeling. He was in Christchurch when the quake struck, acted appropriately and got some media coverage but hasn’t been heard/seen since.


    • 28/02/2011 10:04

      Indeed, he probably resents the Disaster Tourist intensely, especially as she was alerted by Darren Hughes


      • 28/02/2011 10:23

        My resepct for Phil Goff has grown appreciably since Tuesday. He showed genuine leadership in an apolitical sense. For that he should be commended.


        • 28/02/2011 10:36

          I’m not criticising Key for being in Chch. If you can find where I have, do point it out.
          I’m puzzling over why anyone would feel bitter about Clark’s visit (aside from the usual bitterness that both lefties and righties express about the leaders of the other teams).
          I’d have thought that Clark’s concern was real and that her visit might be very much appreciated by many Chch people, especially those who supported her when she was Prime Minister. It seems churlish to whine about her being there, given that it’s a place that deserves all the help and support it can get.


  6. Cadwallader permalink
    28/02/2011 09:51

    I am with Adam on this. The visit by the former PM was not deserving of the media attention it received. I cannot abide the beast and couldn’t when it was PM!
    Mr Key, is there as the current PM not a former PM, a delegate of the UN or any other organisation.
    To compare his presence in CHCH to Clark’s is disingenuous. At the end of the day, what possible benefit can be derived from Clark’s visit, other than her presence further undermining the tenuous Labour leadership of Goof?


  7. 28/02/2011 09:12

    Adam – you object to Helen Clark getting privileges greater than those of a private citizen … isn’t that just a little churlish?
    Clark held the highest post in New Zealand for 9 years and you feel she should stay behind the ‘danger’ tape, just like everyone else?
    Do you think she has ulterior motives for being there? Hungry for media exposure do you think?


    • 28/02/2011 09:29

      She said she was there as a private citizen.

      Yes I’m being churlish, I cannot stand the woman, never have been able to and never will be able to stand her at any price.

      Then she is fawned over by the media, witness my first post yesterday.


      • 28/02/2011 09:36

        I understand Adam.
        No different then, from someone who ‘cannot stand John Key, never have been able to and never will be able to stand him at any price. He’s constantly being fawned over by the media etc.


        • 28/02/2011 10:02

          Except that he is not. Indeed there has been considerable questioning of Key from a variety of quarters.

          Many in the media are very begrudging as regards key and his performance, whilst they were unquestioning for years in their adulation of the Drsaster Tourist


        • 28/02/2011 10:25

          There’s a subtle difference Rob; Key is leading the government’s response to an extraordinary tragedy.


    • 28/02/2011 10:06

      Of course she was hungry for media exposure.


      • 28/02/2011 10:20

        Sounds as though Key must be also, so spurned has he been, you say, by the media. I was under the impression Adam, though you’ve corrected me now, that Key was a media favourite, appearing on Women’s Weekly covers and every other cover you care to imagine, radio shows across the band, Morning television, Sports television with his mate Vietchy, Paul Henry’s show – I don’t know why i got the impression he was a media bunny, vastly over-exposed and willing to pull on silly costumes, hug gay men, sashay down cat-walks etc. etc. all for the sake of exposure!


        • 28/02/2011 11:13

          Meanwhile Clark appeared at everything, had her cooking skills written about by Paul Homes, visited every war memorial and commemoration she could, and was never out of the media along with approving commentary by said media. Clark also cultivated Paul Henry and in recent memory had him in New York for a photo op.

          A critical difference is that Key is often criticised for this when Helen was not.


  8. 28/02/2011 07:45

    Since Helen Clark was (according to every media report I’ve seen) visiting Christchurch as a “private citizen” not as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, I’m struggling to see the news value. (Nor do I think it was particularly wise of her to be seen in any context that could possibly be interpreted, fairly or not, as party political in an election year. The credibility of the UN – which is a very senior official of — depends on being seen as above and beyond the party politics of any nation.)

    Still, there’s so much more to fixate on. Seriously.


  9. 28/02/2011 07:27

    I have to admit to being puzzled by your vehement protest at Helen Clark’s presence in Chch Adam.
    Why is it that you so dislike the recent past-Prime Minister of 9 years, visiting the city?
    If it were Key, would you be so scathing?
    Just wondering…


    • 28/02/2011 08:09


      I care not about her visitng Christchurch, but I object to her getting privileges that a private citizen would not, at distracting workers from their tasks and media coverage more akin to that of potentate than a private citizen.

      John Key visits because that is part of his job, it is not part of Clark’s as she has nothing to offer.



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