Long retires

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

NZHerald has a story about National Party cheif of staff Richard Long retiring. I don’t know whether all the “speculations” are true, or simply one of those “interviews with a typewriter”, but here are a few:

One political source said yesterday there had been tension between Dr Brash and the former Dominion editor and the leader had not wanted to renew his contract.

But senior National Party sources and Mr Long yesterday rubbished that, maintaining the decision had been his and he had signalled his intentions immediately after the election.

They also speculate on who would take on the role of senior whip:

Junior whip Lindsay Tisch appears set to be promoted to the position of chief whip when the caucus meets this week.

Several other names have been floated, including that of former long-time chief whip John Carter, David Carter and Tony Ryall.

But it appears there is a feeling John Carter has already had a turn, while Mr Ryall finally had little enthusiasm for the role.

I personally can’t see either of the Carters or Ryall wanting the role because they’d probably prefer to see themselves as ministers in the next National Government. As I understood it, that was why John Carter stepped down from being Senior Whip in the first place.

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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.