Do you like talking to strangers on planes?

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Even in a fluff piece, the media can’t help kicking John Key in the shins

Talking to the person sitting next to you in a plane is a turn-off for many – but not if your seat buddy is Richie McCaw.

The All Black captain has topped a list of people Kiwis would want to sit next to on a plane.

“The main reasons for wanting to get some time with our national hero were to talk sport or in the hope it would lead to them, or their daughter, becoming Mrs McCaw,” …

Next on the list was Prime Minister John Key, scoring 18 per cent of the plane-buddy vote, in the hope sitting next to him might mean scoring a seat in business class.

Yeah, that’s right, because there is no business class on domestic flights, so you’d have to assume he’s also funding your trip overseas, right?

Nobody would talk to the Prime Minister unless it came with a seat upgrade, amirite?

The Herald attributes that childish attempt to “-Staff reporter”.  Not even the gut to put their own name to it.  Although it is labelled an “Editors Pick” (there’s a hint) and “Politics”.  ‘Cause Richie McCaw is all about politics, right?

Still, it’s a fun question to ask – who would you like to sit next to on a plane if you got to have a chat with that person.  To make your responses more interesting, I’ll get Pete to ban anyone who nominates me.  We’ll take that as a given for at least some of you.  Let’s see who else you’d pick.


– NZ Herald

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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.