Through Gritted Teeth – Bronze Star to Clayton Cosgrove

It is with some sadness that I feel compelled to award another politician of the week award, and I am definitely typing this with gritted teeth.

Clayton Cosgrove can’t get in any hits on Judith Collins, basically he has given up in the house, but this comment is worth at least a mention.

Labour’s earthquake recovery spokesman, Clayton Cosgrove, said his party had agreed to support the act in return for concessions on additional scrutiny of proposed orders and subsequent more formal consideration by the regulatory review committee.

Mr Cosgrove, whose Waimakariri electorate includes some of the worst-hit areas in Christchurch and to the north, said criticism that Labour had handed the Government a blank cheque by supporting the legislation was not justified.

“There’s been a lot of latte-drinking people who have the luxury to contemplate the constitutional niceties. That’s wonderful if you’re not digging sewage out of your own home.”

If he had used the word sh*t instead of sewage then he would have got a full blown Politician of the Week. This time, because it is Clayton Cosgrove and the omission of an expletive means it can only be a Bronze Star award for politician of the week.

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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.