From the driver’s seat: Nearly there


Get the word out:  Whaleoil is about to change editors, again.

For those of you that have been enduring his absence, Cam is back on Friday and will have to hit the ground running as I won’t be anywhere near the blog during the weekend.  Maybe.

It has been an interesting two months.  I must admit to having missed his company and insights.  By heavily leaning on Teknonym, Spanish Bride, and other regular contributors, we made it through without breaking too many things.

But I’m mentally tired after two months.  How Cam did it for 11 years straight goes somewhat towards explaining how special he is.  It amuses me when some people call him lazy.  Having done just a little of what makes up his day (without Incite, without all the phone calls, without the courts, without the meetings), I honestly don’t know how anyone could ever consider him lazy. 

The feedback has been kind in general, in the sense that we managed to surprise most people by keeping Whaleoil on track.  Others have said it has been even better, more civil and with a new kind of humour.

But you know what?  That may all be true, but it isn’t Cam Slater, is it?

So I’m sure you will be just as happy to see him back.  To read of scumbags, scribble faces and mad women’s poos plus all the other favourites that give this blog such a unique flavour.

One of the things I did when I took over two months ago is send an email to all MPs to tell them that Cam was on sabbatical and I was keeping his seat warm.  I offered them a chance to build a relationship with me, especially as we are heading into an election year and Whaleoil’s audience swells past 200,000 pairs of eyes all pre-qualified as being interested in politics.

The response was astounding.   This is what happened

National MPs or staff responses:  none

Labour MPs or staff responses:  none

Green MPs or staff responses:  A very polite email from Metiria Turei to say she’d think about it.

NZ First or staff responses:  none

Maori Party or staff responses:  Polite note from Marama Fox saying there was absolutely no interest and not to contact again

ACT Party or staff responses:  An email from David Seymour stating he’d love to take this new Whaleoil for a spin, but after a critical article on Whaleoil has gone quiet.  Even Spanish Bride can’t get him to comment on charter school articles.  Also a note from staff suggesting anything we might want to propose is welcome.   This relationship is clearly a work in progress.

I did actually intend to approach some MPs but in the end my time was so dominated by management and content that I had very little creative time.   I may just revisit that project however.


To close, please don’t forget our big red DONATE button.  If you appreciate what we do then having a little financial help from you makes it easier for us to keep doing it.  Nobody at this end is getting rich.  In fact, I can assure you we are still in a position where we are dragging the national median income down.   So please give a little some.  Every bit helps.   Thank you.

Thanks for your support for me personally.  The first two weeks we had a few clowns come in and try it on, but the ever-efficient moderators were on top of that and I suspect most of you wouldn’t even have noticed.  I’ll fade back into the background for now, and I can’t say I’m too sad about it.  The passenger seat is where I belong.  Time for Cam’s foot to go back on the accelerator.


– Pete

  • GoingRight

    Cheers Pete, a huge accolade to you. For those of us who are regular readers we appreciate having had you holding the fort, ensuring our daily fix was obtained! We trust Cameron is coming back rested although we are all aware of his ideas and work load he has in front of him, but how great he was able to take a step back to pursue what he wanted to on a persona front with yours and your colleagues huge sacrifice. I am sure you actually enjoyed it also and how satisfying it is to receive a huge thank you from we Whale Oilers. You did a great job!

  • Not Clinically Insane

    Kudos to those all those who have kept the good ship WhaleOil steaming along while the captain has taken a well-earned break

  • Sally

    Count down is on about 120 post to go. Look on the bright side you have filled nearly 1800 time slots.

  • Greg M

    Way to go Pete, thanks mate. G.

  • Nechtan

    A good general needs an even better chief of staff.
    Whale Oil has both.
    Well done Pete, SB, Nige, Lux, Isherman, and all the other behind the scenes people who make it happen.

  • symgardiner

    Awesome effort Pete.

  • sandalwood789

    Great work Pete! Thanks for keeping things running so well!

    • The “tone” of ACT has changed, and with it, David’s performance. I feel the absence of an influence/advice in David’s life since the start of this year. I don’t know enough about the internal argy bargy of the party to know the reason, but it is even reflected in Free Press. A “voice” as gone.

      Last year David was getting praise from most quarters for punching above his weight. That has disappeared. There is a reason for that, but I don’t see any sign there is either self-awareness of this within ACT or, alternatively, that they see it as a negative.

    • Sailor Sam

      He is afraid to mention this issue, he is scared that SJW will pick on him.
      What he has done is to alienate people, including myself, who would/could be supporting ACT.
      And thanks Pete and the others for keeping WO going.
      But I don’t believe that the political parties are ignoring this blog, I bet that every single MP reads it daily.
      They are to scared or gutless to acknowledge this.

  • Dan

    Great work Pete. Thanks for giving us an insight into the demands of running this blog. Thanks to SB and Tech for keeping the home fire burning too

  • cows4me

    Nicky and Kimmy will be thrilled.

  • Lux

    Thanks for the wonderful support behind the scenes as well Mister !!
    Job well done
    Take a bow !~!~!!!

  • Effluent

    Well done, the blog has been entertaining as ever – a little quieter and calmer than usual, but maybe that’s just because it’s the calm before the storm. I’m looking forward to the next election, since this blog got the measure of the MSM and defeated them in the numbers game a while back, and almost looking forward to seeing what pile of dross Hager will come up with this time around.

    By the way, where did the phrase ”Mad woman’s poohs” come from? What is the origin of this phrase? I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since I noticed it on this site a few days ago.

    • Nige.

      Nope. After looking it up in our dictionary I can’t find it there, sorry. Do let me know if you find out please so I can add it.

      • spanishbride

        I’ll add it to the WO dictionary Nige. It is a personal saying of Cams. I will get a definition off him but I think it is related to pooh being flung around like monkeys do.