Political rabbits, greased eels and cockroaches

A great big heart-felt thanks goes out to John Pagani for finding these quotes about what Banksie thinks about his political opponents. They really deserve wider attention rather than his obscure blog:

From Behind the Mask, Noel Harrison 2004:

[Page 49, referring to parliamentary debates].
“He described opponents as maggots, fools, idiots, wimps, useless, fleabags, incompetents, hypocrites,liars, giggly, twits, turkeys, roosters, political rabbits, greased eels, cockroaches, phonies, rotten eggs, communists, a motley evil, socialist bunch, piglets, creeps, poodles, grandstander, whinging whiners, pathetic, sycophants, mongrels, puppies, trendy lefties, jerks, gangsters, frauds, cheats, bludgers, vicious demented animals, jackbooted socialists, pricks, dicks, toadies, bootlickers, traitors, ‘Joe Hunts’ and athiests.”

Pity he never used lickspittle. Could it be that John Banks is New Zealand’s Chris Christie?
I’m pretty sure that John Pagani thinks these are appalling.

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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.