Righteously indignant left wingers demanded boycotts of South Africa over apartheid in the 1970s and 1980s.
They demanded boycotts over France’s nuclear testing in the pacific in the 1980s and early 1990s.
They demanded boycotts over Royal Dutch Shell for its complicitness over human rights and environmental abuses in West Africa in the 1990s and 2000s.
They constantly demand boycotts over Israeli goods because they don’t like Israel’s tough line on Palestinian terrorists. And if you are an Israeli tennis player then they don’t want you playing tennis in New Zealand.
But now, they demand boycotts because John Campbell’s show didn’t get renewed…
“In breaking news, Campbell Live has been axed!”
It hit me a like bolt as I listened to Willie and Ali on Radio Live in the car. I was just heading up the on-ramp to the Harbour Bridge, looking west towards Watchman Island.
It’s one of the great vistas of automotive Auckland. That swoop up from Herne Bay onto the bridge, that view to the Chelsea Sugar factory, it always gets me. I was just thinking about how radio has been the making of Alison Mau, and of Radio Live’s afternoon session with Willie Jackson. It’s now one of the best things on radio, and it owes as much to Mau getting the push from Seven Sharp as anything.
But thoughts of silver linings were still some time off. I was still in shock, even though we all knew it was probably coming. Being part of Mediaworks, Radio Live’s staff are obviously careful about their outpourings over the matter, but Willie and Ali passed on respect and Mau commiserated, in advance, to the poor saps who will front the re-boot of Campbell Live.