If you think about it (and you may not want to), Paula’s job is like Jacinda’s

The two largest parties have two of the most boring people running the show.

Bring on the clowns!

She’s a bit like a soap opera actor, not quite up there with the Kardashians, more like a member of the Osbourne family.

Paula Bennett’s not a person you would have naturally pointed your finger at as a natural fit for the job of Deputy Prime Minister. But that’s what the conservative National Party did in December and it wasn’t as though they didn’t have other takers for the job.

It came as no surprise that our then court jester Prime Minister John Key rooted for Bennett given that he knew she’d take over from where he left off, acting up for the television cameras, putting a bit of frivolity into into the serious business of politics.

Certainly Bill English, try as he might with his latest rash of weird, self-produced, videos doesn’t cut the mustard.

We unfortunately live in an age of reality TV, where talking about policy is outweighed by performance, as cringe worthy as that may be.

Performer Paula was live on telly the other night, hamming it up, giggling to the cameras, joking that her boss Bill didn’t know she was making an appearance, adding that she doesn’t know where he is and he doesn’t know where she is, ending with a psst “Don’t tell him.”

Yeah well, this was well and truly orchestrated, just like the English pizza and the latest walk-run video which Bennett described as “adorable,” claiming that she sends him out on his exercise. She was asked whether she got up to mischief when he’s out of the office, more like when he’s out of the country, she chimed in, when she’s acting Prime Minister. Acting to her, she says, is acting up!

The mind boggles.

A boring leader and a largely ineffective deputy there to distract from it.   Barry’s onto something.


– Barry Soper, Newstalk ZB

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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.