A good lesson from Maggie, pay it back twice as hard

Whaleoil’s favourite backbencher Maggie Barry tells it how it is.

When it comes to the dark arts of politics, one piece of advice I received and that I took was that if someone hits you, you hit them back twice as hard. I’ve done that in my first year. I think people have got the message that I’m not going to be bullied and pushed around so hopefully (in 2013) I can relax a bit from that stance.

I wonder who has taught Maggie that rule. It is my personal all time favourite rule of politics. I call it the Double Rule. 

If someone does good by you, you repay that in double, likewise, as Maggie says above, if they do you harm then they get that paid back in double too.

If the evil or the kindness is exception you may increase that ratio to tripple, or quadruple…what ever is appropriate.

It is a good rule to play by.


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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.

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