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‘The Jackel’ is a nasty little blog who, despite avowing not to be connected to any political party, spends its whole time attacking National and ACT. The author(s) might just as well be one of St Jacinda’s ever growing band of press secretaries. Labour good and can do no wrong … everyone else bad … end of story.

His/their latest post is a hit job on National’s Chris Penk, shadow Attorney-General, Courts, Defence and Veterans. It takes issue with Penk in his stated desire to reform the Disputes Tribunal to include matters of debt in its remit. TJ asserts Penk is wrong … that the Disputes Tribunal can address debt owed. Clearly TJ is no lawyer and lacks cognitive ability. Go to the Disputes Tribunal website and click on ‘Types of dispute the Tribunal can’t help you with‘ you come up with ‘debts when the person owing the money agrees they owe the debt but doesn’t pay anyway’. TJ 0, Penk 1.

TJ then takes issue with Penk’s desire to ensure the Defence Force is front and centre in the public thinking as a valued part of New Zealand society. That until that happens the NZDF will always be behind the eight ball in its quest to be properly resourced and able to do the myriad of tasks required of it. I agree. For too many years and under successive governments the NZDF has operated on a shoestring. The country quite rightly honors those who served and have served on ANZAC Day. Penk is clearly focused on achieving something more than a one day lip service because until that happens the status quo will prevail. He is to be congratulated on that. TJ 0, Penk 2.

And so what that he is ambitious. Ambitious for New Zealand, ambitious for himself. Much better than the many back (and front) bench drones that inhabit the other side of the House.

Yep, Penk doesn’t take prisioners. He tells it how it is. He’s straight up and down. I can understand how a bit of honesty might get under Jackel’s skin.

Written by The Veteran

June 24, 2021 at 9:58 am

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  1. Funnily enough I added his blog to our list, “Blogroll Left” last year when we switched to the WordPress platform. He seemed sharp and cutting but I have to admit that I haven’t paid any attention to him since then. I assume he’s just another one of the Wellington political clique?

    Tom Hunter

    June 24, 2021 at 10:02 am

  2. Never knew the blog existed until now – will take a look later.

    Over the last 3 or 4 years I have watched Chris Penk and mainly liked what I have seen and read of him. Not so sure about his latest tweet – probably uncalled for but then again Peters attracts that reaction doesn’t he.

    Back to Penk – the few opportunities he has at QT are usually on the money and get Mallard off his arse to shut him down so he must be doing some things right – why is he so low in the pecking order?


    June 24, 2021 at 11:04 am

  3. Vet. You should not spend so much time reading such blogs. Doing so can bring upon the reader a bad case of wanker’s colic.


    June 24, 2021 at 12:30 pm

  4. Don’t give this creep any air. I’ve just had the misfortune to find his site (vet’s misspelling threw me). It is clearly Wrongly Wrongson. Don’t bother.

    Max Ritchie

    June 24, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    • Find his site? It’s here on this site in the right-hand column under “Blogroll Left”.

      Tom Hunter

      June 24, 2021 at 3:28 pm

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