Nothing funny about Fast Buck$

Cr Sarah Ndiaye , Mullumbimby

Regarding Fast Buck$ and the Editors note (10 June 2020).

There are no special names for him, and there is nothing funny about it. For three and a half years John Anderson has intentionally made a mockery of my surname at every Council meeting he’s attended.

My surname is steeped in history, my history, and that of many others. It was the name I took when I married my husband in 1997 and he left his home to come and live in Australia; the surname our two children have and my three stepchildren in Senegal.

My husband died in 2002 and I have kept it in honour of him and my extended family. It’s a little tricky to say, but most decent, respectful people manage after one or two tries. Every time he makes fun of my name it hurts me deeply, it makes my blood boil and I cannot believe anyone could find that funny. I am appalled.

John Anderson’s actions are reminiscent of an Australia where people who came from overseas felt they had to change their names to Mick, Jenny and John so Aussies could say them. In his commentary he talked about me leaving while he was making a speech. If he’s at the lectern, I know he can’t accost me as I go to the bathroom – which he has done many times.

His behaviour has been nothing but shameful and needs to be called out; always playing the person not the ball. After more than three-and-a-half years his perpetual gaslighting provoked a mild retort. This paper giving him so much oxygen does everyone in this community a disservice.

Ed Note: It was our understanding that ‘Blah Blah’ referred to the fact Fast Buck$ felt you spoke at too much length, not that it referred to your surname. The heading you provided in your letter regarding Fast Buck$ was titled Fartbuck$.

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3 responses to “Nothing funny about Fast Buck$”

  1. Len Heggarty says:

    What is a good name? The name you live up to and respect as that name enhances the soul.
    I am old enough to know when I was little that Smith, Jones and Brown were the only names to be known.
    William Shakespeare: Othello, Act 3 Scene 3:
    “Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls: Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing; ‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands: But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him And makes me poor indeed.”

  2. Rachel Coorabell says:

    Ms Ndiaye
    Nice one, changing the goalposts, you’e definitely been studying the politicians handbook.
    So, acting all affronted and offended and making it about you
    you have forgotten
    You are a servant of the public. Your job, is not about you. You are a servant of the public 24/7. And yet, you hae been consistently making and supporting deicsions based on self interest, of individuals, which are highly destructive to the life and wellbeing of this community and this landscape, decisions which have irreversible consequences.
    Perhaps thats the aera of your personal development needing work. Resolve that and surprise, you might find you experience less of the opposition you take such offence to, which, opposition you seem genuinely surprised to be encountering in your role as servant, while you bulldoze and steam roll your way over the wishes of the community.
    Congratulations on establishing the [Barbara] Streisand Effect incidentally. With your complaining you’ve really pulled your behaviour into the spotlight. Finally, an act of community service?

  3. Rachel Coorabell says:

    As we witness the phenomena of playlunch in the school yard, with the kid running to Teacher to dob on the bully they claim is calling them names, and their cries for justice and fair play because because, just because! I reflect on the skill set of veteran politicians.
    Those really deserving of the name politician are well versed in psychological ops – both those they deploy and those they are ready to have used upon them by their opponent. Richard ‘ Tricky Dic’k Nixon was
    famous, if I recall correctly, for deliberately acting like he could not pronounce the name of those he disliked, or that it was too hard to remember. Over and over he did this, with the same people. He knew how much it irked someone , got under their skin and came across as disrespectful. Old, old old tactic. Old as the hills.
    And yet, lets consider some of the real statesmen and women. No matter how despicable, some politicians are simply great at their job. They know what to argue, and more importantly everything one should ignore. They know about dignity. Can you imagine Maggie Thatcher or Angela Merkel writing in to their electorates newspaper to complain about a civilian not respecting how their name is said?

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