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Monday, January 09, 2006

John Minto, New Communi.. Columnist for "Press"

My local paper, the Christchurch Press, has a new columnist. Unfortunately it's arch socialist shit-stirrer, John Bernard Minto. Given that the Press seems to think his opinions are worthy of dissemination, it would be remiss of me, not to profile him.

John Minto's first real activism was in the mid '70s with the National Anti Apartheid Committee. Minto was Napier rep and would have met some of the NAAC's Maoist stalwarts like Dave Cuthbert, Trevor Richards, Rona Bailey, David Stott and Joris De Bres. By 1978, Minto was NAAC rep for the Auckland region.

NAAC and Halt All Racist Tours, were heavily intertwined and by 1980, Minto was an HART National Councillor, National organisor and co-ordinator of their campaign to "persuade" insurance companies to leave South Africa.

By 1981, Minto was in the thick of organising opposition to the Sprinbok rugby tour. He worked from the offices of the Socialist Unity Party controlled, Northern Drivers Union. His tactics however were too radical even for the SUP and there was some tension.

By August 1981, Minto was a leader of the Small Action Group with Donna Awatere and Ripeka Evans. SAG was a splinter from the main Auckland anti Tour organisation, MOST, which while completely communist dominated was more mindful of "middle NZ" public opinion. SAG recruited from Auckland Urban Maori gangs, Black Unity, Waitangi Action Committee and the Maori and Polynesian People's Revolutionary Front.

After the Tour, Minto maintained his links to radical elements. In December 1981 he addressed the Socialist Action League's 7th national conference in Masterton. In February 1983, Minto welcomed the US Socialist Workers Party's (sister party of the SAL) presidential candidate, Mac Warren to Otahuhu. In November 1983 Minto was listed in the SAL's, "Socialist Action", condemning the US invasion of Grenada.

Was Minto getting influenced by all these Marxists? In an interview published in "Canta" in March 1985, Minto told Trotskyite, Steve Cowan "Oppression of all forms is linked. Oppression of women, oppression of working people, oppression of the indigenous people of a country"

During the late '80s, Minto continued as the face of HART. He worked hard, meeting CEO's of companies like Fletcher's, Brierley's and Shell trying to convince them to disinvest from South Africa.

By 1990, Minto was working a bit more closely with the Communist Party, which by now formed the backbone of HART. He signed a "Peoples Voice" appeal that year, "Join us in a United Campaign to Defeat the Compact". In September 1991 "Peoples Voice" listed him as a backer of another Communist Party campaign, the "Day of Action" against the National Government. In April '94, Minto spoke on "Building the Fightback-Lessons for Mass Activists" at the Communist Party's "Socialism 94" conference held in Auckland.

In the late '90s, Minto was a science teacher and Chairman of the Quality Public Education Coalition, a lobby group consisting of socialist teachers and "educationalists".

By this time, the Communist party had morphed into the Socialist Workers Organisation. In '00 Minto was one of the "leftists and unionists" signing an SWO calling for the "Freedom to Strike".

In 2002 Minto and Mike Treen, a former Socialist Action League member, formed Global Peace and Justice Auckland, an umbrella group for Marxist activists of various backgrounds. "The purpose of such a network would be to help strengthen the efforts of the many groups already working on a whole variety of issues and to perhaps give a collective voice to concerns they hold in common."

The meeting to form GPJA attracted such luminaries as socialist priest, Terry Dibble, Maire Leadbetter, Jane Kelsey, Dave Colyer from Socialist Worker, Lynne Serpe of the Electoral Reform Coalition and the Green Party and Len Richards of the Alliance Party.

In June 2004, Minto was guest speaker at the Anti Capitalist Alliance's "Peoples Resistance '04" conference in Auckland. In 2005 he put a lot of energy into stopping the Black Caps cricket tour to Zimbabwe. Ironic, considering HART and the NAAC played a small role in bringing "black majority rule" to that unfortunate country.

Minto's main activity recently has been the Workers Charter Movement. Organised by well known Marxist-Leninist, Matt McCarten and Socialist Worker leader, Grant Morgan, the WCM is an attempt to weld various Marxist groups and individuals into a new left wing political movement.

Minto sits on the 20 member steering committee, alongside the likes of Rachel Asher (ex Victoria University Bolshevik Club), Roger Fowler, Robyn Hughes, Daphne Lawless, Grant Morgan and Pat O'Dea (all connected to Socialist Worker),Cathy Casey (partner of Matt McCarten), Luke Coxon (ex Radical Society), Jennifer Francis (Socialist Party of Aotearoa, former partner of the late Bill Andersen), Matt McCarten and Mike Treen.

Clearly the Press has gained a columnist that the old "People's Voice" would envy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This guy has the distinction of having an item of Police equipment named after him.....The Long Batten....aka 'The Minto Bar'.

Bit of delayed concussion here I think as he still follows the loser.

11:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Minto isn't that bad a guy. He's a committed Dean and science teacher at a school in South Auckland. Just because he spoke at a few socialist conferences and been in contact with some socialists doesn't make him a rabid Communist. He would probably come and speak at an ACT or Libertarianz conference if you invited him, not that he would suscribe to their views.

Trevor I think you get a bit excited when describing some people with left-wing tendencies. A few people you've mentioned I wouldn't consider to be socialists or communists at all, eg Maire Leadbeater. Auckland's real socialists/communists would probably describe some of these people as 'liberals' or 'reformists'.

There's nothing wrong with the Press having Minto as a columnist. In fact I'm all for papers having more columnists who deeply look into political and social issues, whether they be from the left or right, as a lot of columnists just seem to blabble crap about their own personal lives.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

Cameron, being "not a bad guy" doesn't mean John Minto isn't a political menace. By all accounts Stalin, Hitler and even Pol Pot could be very pleasant people one to one. Minto didn't just attend a few leftie meetings, he is currently on the "executive" of a new grouping of Marxist-Leninist parties. Had people like Minto never existed, Rhodesia might have made a peaceful transition to multi racial constitutional government, rather than being forced into the hands of a Marxist-Leninist like Mugabe. How much misery have people like Minto inflicted on the blacks of Africa, they profess to champion. Cameron, I think you are a little bit naive regarding the damage these people can do. Socialism isn't just a nice "alternative" to capitalism, it is a corrupt system which leads inevitably to human degradation and misery. I don't think twisted individuals like John Minto should be given the "time of day" let alone space in a major newspaper.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Just my opinion said...

I love it, Cameron describes these moonbats as people with left wing "tendencies". Thats putting it rather lightly.... I guess Stalin was a nice guy as well, with a tendency to flirt with the communist left :)

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stalin was a murderous dictator, Hitler was a murdering Nazi barstard, John Minto is not. To compare Minto with these men is a disgrace to all those who died in the Holocaust or gulags. It's a bit like Tariana when Turia said British settlers committed a "holocaust" against Maori. An offensive comparison.

I never said I supported socialism but I defintely support the right of these people to organise and have access to the media, just as the ACT Party should. Mr Minto had very little to do with what happened in Rhodesia. He's just a New Zealand activist with very little power or influence, I think I'd more blame people like Ian Smith or Robert Mugabe for what happened.

Since you seem to have strong (albeit excitable) opinions on nearly everything why don't you contribute an opinion piece to the Press or the NZ Herald? I think you could just as easily write something and email it to them as John Minto has. Rather than complaining about things I think it's better to get off your arse and provide an alternative.

Are you worried that people take Minto more seriously than yourself?

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only knowing of Minto from the popular press of the 80's I am impressed by your hark back to 50's America. With an apparent sugestion that the views of those we disagree with should not be able to be heard!

All those terrible comunists you mention must be having a major effect on the country because I have never heard of most of them.

A rounded society needs some "ginger" and Minto and his accomplasis have in the past provided this. But I would classify him along with the Human Race in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy as "Mostly Harmless"

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't heard of many of these people either which is rather remarkable considering I frequently go to demonstrations and meetings that are also frequented by left-wing types.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to have it official; Trevor Loudon is frightened of a free press.
What does that make his own ideas worth?

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should re-read Trevor's article. He didn't say they shouldn't print Minto's views, he just provided a useful bio of the man's militant and absurd left wing views. Actually having nutbars like Minto in print is great. It exposes their failed political beliefs to public scrutiny. If you really believe Minto is right then you should encourage him to join you in emigrating to North Korea the worlds only remaining Marxist utopia. I'm sure Kim would welcome you with open arms.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Minto's column is dead boring. When people have such strong ideological positions, you can nearly always predict what they will say.

The Press is becoming as tedious as Izvestia and Pravda used to be!

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AFTER the ANC came to power?
"What did South Africa have before the ANC came to power?
Answer: Electricity."
"What did South Africa have AFTER the ANC came to power?
Answer: NO Electricity,"
Highest Crime rate in the World,
Highest Murder rate in the World,
Highest amount of Electricity cuts in the World,
Highest Torture and Brutal Murder of White Farmers in the World,
Highest Rape rate in the World,
Highest HIV in the World,
Highest number of Car Jackings World Wide,
Highest Street and River Pollution in the World,
Highest Bay pollution in the World,
Highest pollution on the Beaches in the World,
Highest Corruption in the World,
Highest amount of cash just gone missing in the World,
Highest amount of Criminals in Parliament,
Highest amount of Criminals in Municipalities,
Highest amount of fraud, Bribery and Corruption in Parliament World Wide.
Highest amount of nonsensical, stupid statements made by Parliament World Wide,
Highest amount of Corruption in the Police,
Highest amount of Criminals in the Police,
Highest Noise Pollution from Police Cavalcades in the World,
Highest Abuse of Police Sirens in the World,
Fastest deterioration of Infrastructure and Roads in the world,
Most negligent baby deaths in Hospitals World Wide,
MOST BABY RAPES in the World,
Worst Taxi drivers in the World,
Highest amount of Unroadworthy Taxis World Wide,
Most Road Deaths caused by Black Taxies World Wide,
Most Taxi unpaid Traffic fines in the World,
Most Taxi’s in the World owned by the Police,
Loudest Taxies in the World,
Most Road Robots out of order in the World,
Most manhole covers stolen in the World,
Most illegal electricity connections in the World,
Most non paying electricity customers in the World,
Most non paying Rates customers in the World,
Highest Attorney Theft and Fraud in the World,
Highest Police bulling law-abiding citizens for a Bribe,
Highest Abuse of Police Sirens in the World,
Highest number of Defective Condoms recalled in the world.
Worst Education in Africa, if not the World,
Highest amount of forged Education Certificates,
Highest Double Standards in the World,
Highest Abuse and harassment of Law abiding citizens by the Police,
Highest Abuse of Police Sirens in the World,
The most useless Police Force in the World.
The most Police involved in crime in the world.
A Police state,
Highest Abuse of Police Sirens in the World,
Even the Vagrants are complaining along VAGRANT EMBANKMENT,
They cannot sleep.
+-30 Screaming Police Sirens per day and all night.
These same useless Policemen cannot catch the Criminals,
All they can do day and night is abuse the police siren and force all the law abiding citizens out the way.
Those same USELESS POLICE who cannot catch criminals nor do their job.
I know were the criminals are how come the Police cannot find the criminals?????
Are the Police AFRAID of the BLACK CRIMINALS?
The Policemen are the most useless bunch I have ever seen.
I have laid many complaints.

Please give us a sensible realistic, adult answer to solving this ANC CRIME CRISIS in South Africa.

Any suggestions???
Apartheid is NOT to Blame we have already eliminated that one.
It’s got nothing whatsoever to do with the NATS.
It’s got nothing whatsoever to do with Hendrik Verwoerd.
It’s an ANC CRIME CRISIS in South Africa.
Before you go please give me full details who is doing all the crime in South Africa and how are we going to solve it??????
I hope you Blacks are NOT going to leave it to us Whiteys to sort out.


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Mandela Singing about KILLING THE WHITES.
Nelson Mandela with his ANC friends still today sings these songs at Public meetings.
The ANC still sing “shaya ma buru” all over South Africa.
Promoting Hatred, Promoting Crime, Soliciting Murder.
Aiding and Abetting in MURDER and ALL CRIME.
An Accessory Before the Fact.

Boer Genocide

South Africa is a Criminals Paradise.
Crime is Totally Out of Control in South Africa.
We have the Highest Crime Rate in the WORLD.

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BLACKS having SEX with GOATS and other animals.
Also Raping Baby Children.
Most of the Babies as young as 3 years old had to have reconstructive surgery after the Black scum had finished raping them.

1 RAPE EVERY 17 SECONDS South Africa
Rape, Rape, Rape everywhere.
BLACKS You are Absolutely Disgusting.
What next.

That’s most probably were aids came from in the first place

What do you think?
Does anyone know where AIDS came from???
SPCA decries goat sex reports
NSPCA decries bestiality practice

JOHANNESBURG - THE NATIONAL Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals (NSPCA) appealed to the public to come forward with information on allegations that Northern Province villagers practise bestiality to avoid contracting Aids. An NSPCA statement said on Monday it had noted the SABC news report that boys of Mamvuka Village in Nzhelele Valley in the far north of the province have sex with goats to avoid getting Aids. The organisation said other admissions were made during the news insert which was broadcast on Sunday evening, but the NSPCA had not yet received any official complaints. "Bestiality is a criminal offence. Charges can be laid under the Criminal Procedure Act and also in terms of the Animals Protection Act," the NSPCA statement said. It said two convictions were recently obtained for bestiality and both offenders were imprisoned without the option of a fine. Police representative Captain Ailwei Mushavhanamadi said on Monday that the Northern Province police had not received any reports of such crimes. But the SABC interviewed at least one boy who admitted he considered bestiality as safe sex, and that he and his friends had sex with goats up to four times a week. "We know about Aids and we are very afraid of it. That is why we are having sex with these goats. Goats don't have Aids. We see people in the village dying everyday. It's because they have slept with one another and infected each other. Goats can't get those infections. We would therefore rather have sex with them," a Grade 11 learner told the broadcaster. The NSCPA said some of the statements made during the broadcast revealed a lack of education and that an information campaign should be launched in the affected areas. "Whether education or prosecution is the key, the matter cannot move forward without co-operation and solid information. The NSPCA is deeply concerned that the youths repeatedly stated their reasoning for having sex with goats – avoidance of Aids. It is suggested that urgency be given to correcting such myths," the NSPCA statement read.
Sinah Musekwa, a goat owner, said nobody wanted to buy his goats anymore. -- Sapa

That’s most probably were aids came from in the first place
I was told that AIDS came from the CONGO.
Blacks having SEX with animals.

What do you think?
Does anyone know where AIDS came from???


South African BLACK men rape babies as 'cure' for Aids

By Jane Flanagan in Johannesburg

THE alleged rape of a nine-month-old baby girl by six men in a remote part of rural South Africa last week has focused the nation on an 80 per cent rise in child sexual abuse over a year, much of it connected with the country's Aids pandemic.
More than 67,000 cases of rape and sexual assaults against children were reported last year, compared with 37,500 in 1998. Child welfare groups believe that the number of unreported incidents could be up to 10 times that number.
Some of the victims were as young as six-months-old, a number of whom died from their injuries, while others contracted HIV. The largest increase in attacks has been against children under seven.
Although rises in poverty, violent crime and unemployment are said to have contributed to the escalation in child abuse, the most significant and worrying factor is the widespread myth sweeping the country that having sex with children provides a cure for Aids.
Cati Vawda, the director of the Children's Rights Centre in Durban, said: "There is a belief across South Africa that a virgin will cure a man of HIV or Aids. We have no idea where this idea has come from, but it has been around for a few years and has certainly taken hold."
Kelly Hatfield, of People Opposed to Women Abused , added: "South Africa has reached a new low. This rumour certainly has become a common belief."
Police say at least one of the men who attacked the nine-month-old girl is HIV-positive. The baby has also been tested for the virus and given anti-retroviral drugs as a precaution.
The girl - whose name has not been released - remains in intensive care at the Kimberley Hospital. While doctors said it was likely that her physical wounds would heal, experts remained concerned about psychological trauma.
Even in a country that is accustomed to violent crime, the attack has shocked the nation. Pictures of the six accused appeared on front pages of newspapers across South Africa and radio phone-in shows were inundated with callers demanding to know what the police and Government were doing to stop child abuse.
More than 1,000 people, mainly women and children, gathered at the magistrate's court in the remote town of Upington in the north of the country to vent their anger as the trial opened against the men, aged between 24 and 66, accused of assaulting the infant. The crowd chanted slogans demanding more protection for children, and waved banners and posters.
Dozens of police and soldiers had to be deployed to stop the crowd from surging into the courtroom, where the case was postponed until later this month. The six accused men were remanded in custody.
South Africa has the highest number of HIV-positive citizens in the world. According to official figures, one in nine South Africans are infected with the virus, although many health workers believe the rate of infection to be closer to one in eight. Schools often harbour the worst sex offenders.
Next month, a deputy headmaster in the Eastern Cape goes on trial accused of raping schoolgirls over a 10-year period, resulting in 20 of them becoming pregnant.
Joan van Niekerk, the chairman of Childline South Africa, said: "How can we hope that a school will teach children to behave responsibly when the very people who are educating them are themselves abusers?"
The 185 child abuse cases that are reported to the police each day represent just a fraction of the true number committed, according to child welfare groups. Of these, just five per cent result in a successful conviction. For those mothers aware that their children have been abused, the decision to make a complaint is rarely easy.
Edith Kriel, a social worker who helps child victims in the Eastern Cape, said: "Child abusers are often relatives of their victims - even their fathers and providers. For women, making a complaint is a hard choice because they end up losing their husbands, the breadwinners and the roof over their heads."

Unreported incidents of RAPE could be up to 10 times that number


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6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Nelson Mandela your Black Brothers are Embarrassing YOU every Day.

President Thabo Mbeki your Black Brothers are Embarrassing YOU every Day.

President Jacob ZUMA your Black Brothers are Embarrassing YOU every Day

6:12 AM  

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