Where’s the fire?

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The media, with the help of the opposition parties, have  been pumping the “Christchurch School Closure” announcement up for all it’s worth.

I guess it’s because they can smell blood in the water.  Parata is wounded, and they think they can deliver a death blow.  

In the end, 7 schools will close.

Cue the “Outrage”!

Have we forgotten that there was an earthquake or two?  Have we forgotten that these closures aren’t driven by any sort of Government policy to close x number of schools?  Has just about everyone fallen for the hype and is directing their anger at the government for being so callous?

Sure, the media are covering the human angle here.  Communities will be disrupted.  Teachers will need to move, and some may lose their jobs.

But the truth remains that those schools were quake damaged.  The cost of fixing them and bringing them up to spec meant that some practical decisions needed to be made.

Says Duncan Garner at Radio Live:

Seven schools to close in Christchurch – what’s the big deal?
281 schools were closed under Labour in nine years.


The media lust to tie one to the Government via Parata has been palpable, but this isn’t their silver bullet.


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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.