Being an academic is a big step down from being a journalist.
Neither actually participate in the game.
Journalists are basically the kind of seedy people who go to dirty movies in a trench coat, while academics are the even seedier people who go to watch the voyeurs in the trench coats.
The problem both groups have is that if they were any good they would be in the game participating and participating hard, rather than pontificating from the sidelines.
So when Bryce Edwards rabbits on about a lot of bullshit it is hard to take him seriously.
If he was any good at politics he would give up his sinecure as a political science lecturer and actually start running campaigns or promoting policy.
When the voyeur of political onanism quotes one of the world’s biggest political failures in Bryan Gould:
“We have a Prime Minister who is not only careless with the truth but who is obliged, for fear of being exposed, to do the bidding of the nastiest and least principled person in New Zealand politics’ – see:Â Supping with the Devil.” Â Â Read more »