Waste of Money

I can’t think of a bigger waste of money right now:

The New Zealand Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is seeking expressions of interest from young New Zealanders who are interested in representing New Zealand at Commonwealth Day in London on 12 March 2012.

Applicants need to be aged between 18 and 25 years, with strong leadership skills and an interest in the Commonwealth and parliamentary affairs.

The theme of this year’s Commonwealth Day is “Connecting Cultures”. The one-day programme will include:

  • discussions on the Commonwealth, the CPA, and their contribution to parliamentary democracy;
  • short debates and presentations on current critical issues in the Commonwealth;
  • attendance at the Observance at Westminster Abbey at which Her Majesty the Queen will be present as Head of the Commonwealth;
  • and attendance at the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s evening reception in the presence of Her Majesty.

A whole lot of travel for a one day programme…what this trip amounts to is a first class lesson in troughing.

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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.