Another "One"

You are a highly successful lawyer who is able to look any lawyer in parliament in the eye and mention that you are a not a third rate provincial conveyancing lawyer like the soon to be former and forgotten member for Rangitikei. While not quite a captain of industry you were on the board of some pretty large organisations, including Meridian Energy which is a bit unfortunate as every time you say power company dividends should be used to reduce power costs for every day New Zealanders a very nasty right wing blogger points out you are a hypocrite.

So obviously bursting with talent you have a wikipage that has at least twice if not three times the information an MP entering parliament in the 2005 cycle would have, and you have never been one to hold back on showing off this talent. This got you into some slight trouble and H2 was dispatched to give you a jolly good spanking for self promoting before H1 got the chance to tell the media it was all her doing.

All that is in the distant past and you are currently fretting that you are wasting your life on the back benchers, and despite being a likely winner of the Ohariu seat when the dreadful tory candidates split the vote, you really want to become the “Hon.” so you are at least as good as the previously mentioned third rate conveyancing lawyer.

So you are looking at the polls wondering “Will Goff ever get me into cabinet?” which is followed by the rather frightening thought “if we get flogged in 2011 will that mean we can’t win in 2014 so I have to wait until 2017 to become a minister? After all there will be a lot more competent people coming through the Labour ranks in the next two cycles and one of them could well get the jump on you and take some plum portfolios from you.

This makes you start wondering if 2011 is going to like 2002 was for Mr 21% and National and you will have to wait an extra three years to become a minister and wouldn’t you be better off looking at a new leader now?

So you become a “one”. The vital number in replacing a leader that is leading your career into stagnation.


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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.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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