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Panama Papers: Matthew Hooton’s Alternate Universes on Twitter and Radio NZ




On 8 May, Martyn Bradbury posted the below screenshot, with an associated story (<a href=’http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2016/05/08/matthew-hooton-and-the-panama-papers-why-does-he-sound-so-frightened/’>Matthew Hooton and the Panama Papers – why does he sound so frightened?</a> ) .

Reading Matthew Hooton’s “tweets” and his re-Tweets of other comments – many of which seemed to verge on the hysterical  – it was apparent that our favourite right-wing commentator was beside himself at what the Panama Papers had uncovered (and continues to uncover);


Matthew Hooton - twitter - panama papers

[Image courtesy of Martyn Bradbury]


There is a preternatural volcanic fury from the Right – many, if not most, of whom  view taxation as “theft” and tax-havens as a legitimate counter to governments  who cheekily demand tax from it’s citizens and corporates.

The same Right believe that taxation is “wasted” on “frivolous” matters such as public health, public education, welfare, environmental protection, housing the poor, etc. Only funding for Police and the Armed Forces is considered justified. (To protect their hoarded wealth from increasingly poor , frustrated, and angry workers.)

Rather surprisingly, Hooton’s comments were toned-down for Radio NZ’s Nine To Noon political panel on 9 May;


Political commentators Mike Williams & Matthew Hooton - radio nz - nine to noon panel - 9.5.16


(alt. link)


Listen to Hooton’s participation on the panel, and compare his measured commentary on Radio NZ versus his  irrational sniping on Twitter.  It’s almost as if we’re seeing and hearing two completely different Matthew Hootons from Parallel Universes; our Earth and Earth 2.

Earth 2 must be a lovely place to live, if Matthew v2 is anything to go by.





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Radio NZ: Nine to Noon – Political commentators Mike Williams & Matthew Hooton  (alt. link) (audio)

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This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 11 May 2016.



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  1. Deborah Loraine Kean
    16 May 2016 at 2:53 pm

    I love the insistence that those who have trusts in this our tax haven, are innocent dissenters fleeing authoritarian governments. It makes no sense, but I have heard it a lot from people such as Hooten.

    • 16 May 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Indeed, Deborah. It’s gives whole new meaning to political “spin”.

  2. 18 May 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Hooton is a paid-mercenary for the New Right. The term political prostitute might apply, except sex workers go with anyone, irrespective of their political persuasions.

  3. Sally's Husband
    24 May 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I’ve heard Hooton on Radio New Zealand and I wouldn’t trust a single utterance he makes. The guy gives new meaning to “dodgy”, and not in a good way either.

    Right-wingers like him have their own agendas and judging by the last 30 years, it won’t be anything good for us.

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