Whale Oil has a post up relating how a reader of the ACT MP Heather Roy’s blog noticed that every time a comment was placed on the site, it also displayed the IP address of the commenter. Many of the comments seem to originate from two IP addresses. According to Whale, one is Roy’s home IP address and the other is her office IP address.
There is no firm and irrefutable evidence that these comments were all posted by Heather Roy pretending to be someone else. However the IP addresses were scrubbed pretty quickly once Whale highlighted the issue.
So far there has been no explanation from Roy as to why so many comments on her blog were posted from her own IP addresses.
Whale has approached the matter pretty dispassionately. For myself, I have somewhat stronger feelings on the issue. Suppose Roy did post the comments. What does that say about her personal integrity? I feel that anyone committing such a breach of basic trust and morality has no damn business representing other NZers in parliament. Unless Roy can come up with a good explanation for this event, then she should resign. She’s already busily helped ACT commit electoral euthanasia. If she is guilty of the cheap and petty dishonesty that the IP addresses appear to indicate, this should be the last straw and she should go. Right now.
She must be as thick as two short planks anyway not to understand the significance of the IP addresses. I’m so sick of all of these dopes and con artists in parliament. A copy of one of the comment threads in question is over the fold.
Submitted by Jim (not verified) on Fri, 04/03/2011 – 7:27pm. (IP Address : 18.104.22.168)
Nice to see commentary on the future Heather and thanks for the link to the very good article on ruined city reconstruction. The media’s fascination with the dead and their recovery is not helpful. Yes, it is a dreadful waste of life, but what about the living who are struggling? Key too should have taken the lead earlier on places like the Eastern suburbs. After all, the media will go where he goes. It’s called leadership and I’m afraid he’s beginning to enjoy his own press.
Well done for going to Christchurch and doing your bit. I suspect you are one of the best informed MPs on what it is like for the ordinary Joe Christchurch as a result of your visit. That’s leadership too, well done.
Submitted by Gadfly on Fri, 04/03/2011 – 7:30pm. (IP Address : 22.214.171.124)
Your Lest We Forget segment this week is very good. I read an article in the newspaper earlier in the week. Frank Buckles led an interesting life and his single-minded attempt to enlist is quite inspirational, although I’d rather 16 year olds weren’t going off to war.
Submitted by Heather Roy on Fri, 04/03/2011 – 8:01pm. Submitted by Heather Roy on Fri, 04/03/2011 – 8:01pm. (IP Address : 126.96.36.199)
Thanks Gadfly. I wrote a longer piece on my ‘Royters’ blog on Frank Buckles earlier in the week – http://www.roy.org.nz/royters/the-last-his-kind-last-us-veteran-wwi-dies… There is a link in the blog post to the full NZ Herald article about him.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/03/2011 – 10:17pm. (IP Address : 188.8.131.52)
Have you seen this Kiwiblog piece on how (taxpayer) might pay for the rebuild of Christchurch. http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2011/03/hooton_on_paying_for_christchurch.html