Ok I have heard enough

I have spent quite a bit of time driving today across Auckland. Consequently I also spent a lot of time listening to talkback. The topic of the day is the woman who croaked after Mercury Energy turned off her power and her Oxygen system failed.

I heard person after person complaining about how terrible it all was…blah..blah…blah.

At risk of sounding like a callous bastard I fail to see how her husband could have sat by for two hours while his missus was dying in front of him.

Let me tell you, if someone came to turn off my power and the missus was hooked to a life saving device, they wouldn't get near the house let alone the power meter. If that failed, I would run a lead from the neighbours until the situation was sorted and failing that i would have called a fricken ambulance, not sat around waiting for her to die.

Whatever the arguments for or against Mercury Energy cutting off the power what the fuck happened to individual responsibility for;

  • Paying your bills
  • Making arrangements if you can't  pay your bills
  • Arranging alternative power supplies
  • Call an ambulance

Tough as it may seem, callous as it sounds, the responsibilty for this poor lady's death rests with the family. 


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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