Fresh Meat



Judith Collins, along with others on the National Party front bench have been saved from a horrible fate of being bored to death by the announcement of Labour’s new shadow cabinet yesterday afternoon.

Well, only in the sense that a change is as good is a holiday.  After all, I’m not quite sure what National is to make of the new spokesperson for Water.

I’ll let that sink in for a minute.

(oh come on, it’s early, give me a break)

The media have been trying to whip this announcement into some sort of excitement, but really, if you all allow me a little analogy here, perhaps it will assist in making my point.

Let’s say you have butter, mouldy flour, sour milk and rotten eggs and you decide to make pancakes.  As you try them out, you discover they are horrible.  So someone says:  “tell you what, you have butter, flour, milk and eggs, who not make a cake?  So you do, and it still tastes horrible.

Lesson:  No matter how much you change the recipe, if you start with stale rotten ingredients, you’ll still end up with nothing that people would want to eat.

And that brings me back to the Labour Party.  No doubt the repeaters and churnalists are beside themselves that they have some new people to write about, at least in a different context.

And the National front bench and their busy helpers will be looking for new sledges and taunts to try out.

If this is the train that is leaving the station to put everyone on a war footing of merit-based future directions for all hard working New Zealanders, then cuzzies, comrades and countrypeoples, this is as good as it gets.



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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.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.