Nathan Guy makes Machiavelli look soft


Students of political history should put down their heavily-thumbed copies of The Prince, and take a look at how the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy is handling the Government’s inquiry into the whey protein fiasco.

While giving the appearance in media interviews of a possum in the headlights of a farmer’s 4×4, he’s certainly no slouch when it comes to ensuring the Government’s incompetent AgResearch institution is protected.

Quickly realising the draft terms of reference would have allowed scrutiny of AgResearch’s involvement when including the wording “Quality and integrity of diagnostic testing” – and the resulting bollocking of the Government by the opposition, he organised for the terms of reference to be rewritten to amazingly take AgResearch out of the inquiry by simply adding “quality and integrity of product testing”. 

From this draft version:


To this final version:


And from this draft version :


To this final version:


Such is this sleight of hand, there’s no longer no looking at AgResearch’s role in delivering a bombshell following the killing of a single mouse.

Never thought Nathan Guy could be so damn sneaky.

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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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