Lange on Labour

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Quote of the year has to go to David Lange in his soon to be released memoirs.

“Dear God! What a terrible lot of people they were! It is hard to believe I used to think so much of them.”

And who was he referring to?

Russell Marshall“shallow, shabby, endlessly self-seeking”
Chris Laidlaw“self-centred and indolent”
Bob Hawke“His language was frequently obscene and he was steeped in the culture of mateship, which for me was never a good starting point,” and “There was no end to his vanity.”
Helen Clark“I do not remember her buying into any fight we ever had in Cabinet. She was by her own account a survivor: as long as her paddock had a good sole of grass the firestorm could consume the rest.”
Michael Bassett“venonmous”
Michael Cullen“sometimes close to tears”

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.