The usually astute John Roughan has an absolute howler

Until last weekend I wouldn’t have said this, but I think we’re going to change the flag. Furthermore, I don’t think that is a remarkable statement, which it would have been until last weekend. Even John Key knew he was losing this one.

What I find remarkable is the sense that as soon as the referendum result was in, something changed. We had chosen a flag. No one I know is especially excited about it but all seem suddenly satisfied. It feels like we have discussed the subject enough and come to a decision.

In my case, it is not the decision I was going to make.

When the voting papers arrived I was still of a mind to ignore them. Key had gone about the exercise completely the wrong way, to my mind. It had ended in an offering of amateur designs selected by a panel of amateurs.

Then there was Red Peak, which wasn’t a flag. Nice abstract art but not a flag.

It was Red Peak that made me vote. I had believed social media to be a serious reflection of public opinion. I had to do what I could.

Media, political parties and even commentators that really should know better continue to place too much weight on social media.   The noisy are not representative as they make a lot of noise.

The same week, we had a very good object lesson that Social Media is not Real Life


20,000 Facebook likes and 13 people turned up.

I rest my case, m’lord.


– John Roughan, 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. 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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