Friday morning Mailbag – What do we look like to people overseas?

First, the obligatory “thank but no thanks” Herald letter

Dear Editor

I have now reached the point where I can no longer subscribe to a
newspaper that has sunk to such a low point in journalistic bias as
yours has over the last weeks.

Not content with publicising a left wing orchestrated media campaign
and actually setting aside a full page interview with Mr Hager, a
self-confessed user of stolen material, you have today allowed a
political campaign by the New Zealand Council of Christian Churches to
appear as an editorial item in the on-line issue under the spurious
headline of a survey on “How Well Off are You”.

Where is the balanced reporting that shows other statistics
demonstrating there has been no increase in the income gap since the
mid-nineties if this was indeed editorial? No, it is a political
advertorial that you have allowed on your “front page”.

Graham [redacted]


Hi Cam and the Team

I am staying in Beverly Hills at the moment where one sits outside of an evening at a restaurant where the Bentlys and Rollers pull up to be valet parked by the Mexicans and the bag lady with her shopping trolley shuffles past talking to some mythical person about some issue that she is sure Thomas Jefferson is responsible for. Inequality in NZ ! Give me a break you can’t move over here for beggars and there is an guest staying at our hotel with a glow in the dark Lamborghini and there was a shouting match among the valets because some Arab took the wrong Rolls Royce which they seem unable to locate. San Diego and San Fran are the same with beggars and the homeless among the millionaires, the Green woman needs to pack her 10k jackets and come and see what inequality actually looks like.

Anyway it’s quite interesting that inequality should be an issue and there is some battle going on among the left and how high they can push the minimum wage back home. It kinda makes me miss my youngest who at 21 came out of school with out much by way of an education in our union dictated education system… much like his Dad but he is a grafter and from the minimum wage as a concrete placer which is bloody hard work he is now on $28.00 an hour and has a company truck. Young people want an opportunity to prove themselves not a hand out, he dislikes lazy workmates and would be outraged if they got a pay rise just for showing up. California is debating whether to raise their minimum wage to $10.75 an hour where most people don’t even get annual leave, people here are staggered that you can get 14 an hour and four weeks leave in NZ straight out of school.

Pretty pleased to have missed the election campaign so far which from afar looks quite surreal, a crooked German with Nazi memorabilia has bought a Maori politician and a millionaire socialist to get revenge on a Prime Minister who apologised to him for an over the top police raid he didn’t know about. Anyway it seems everything has been well covered by the army and you have deservedly won a few more eyeballs who will hopefully enjoy your site as much as I have and get to see how biased the groupthink MSM are. Newbies you are in for an eye opener here.

The bizarre thing is media company owners need to look no further than what happened to Campbell Live ratings when he goes off on a tangent or the blow back from the teapot saga last election to get a steer on where their advertising revenue is likely to end up. These are the same media execs who commission polls that show 50% of their viewers vote for Key or maybe have noticed Fox,s success or the Telegraph and Daily Mail versus the bankrupt Guardian. Idiots.


It must look so surreal looking from the outside in.  If you presented what is happening is acutally move script, you’d be told not to be so silly and take some of the over-the-top stuff out.

Thanks for your email David.

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