Rodney, Matt, bring back the biff or hand in your man cards

The last couple of weeks the Herald on Sunday left and right columnists have had a pretty poor showing. Instead of the cut and thrust of world political events they have both done middle aged, blouse columns on diets and other such panty-waist activities.

They seem to be mimicking David Farrar’s style, such as it is. Next thing they will be wearing TEVA sandals.

This week Rodney goes on about bananas…and although I get his point, especially the sledge about GM bananas but really!

We’ve been genetically modifying bananas for 7000 years. We have bred a banana we like. And a banana that depends upon us. Our bananas haven’t had sex since the start of recorded time. They have no seeds and bats no longer pollinate them. They depend on us to propagate them.

Vegans stuff themselves with the sugary, seedless, artificially-propagated bananas believing them natural. They really have no idea. They would choke on the original banana.

The bananas the vegans chew aren’t what nature gave us. They’re heavily genetically-modified. Not in a controlled way with scientists in a laboratory. But out in the field for thousands of years with farmers choosing the bananas that were good to grow and to eat.

Matt McCarten is worse, he is bleating on about diet and it is written by a bloke who clearly telling fibs especially about fat loss. 

[E]ven in my disciplined phases, I just couldn’t get away from foods that kill. A dieter in most cafes starves. If they don’t buy food that includes breads, there’s nothing to eat. Even a glass of supposedly pure orange juice makes up half of a person’s daily sugar needs.

I’m going in for another round of surgery in April. I have to strengthen my body by then or there will be real problems.

Just before Christmas I was reading my latest health book and reading passages to a long-suffering friend who has had to tolerate my obsessiveness for far too long. She sighed that I didn’t need any more information about what to do. I just needed to do it.

What Matt needs is to find someone to lock him in a basement and feed him through a slot in the door lest he be tempted by tastier morsels out on the street.

These guys need to eat more red meat and have a bit more variety…in their diet, seriously…I wonder about Rodney, I think the hormone filled chicken has addled him.


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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.

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