Comment of the Day

From George on yesterday’s General Debate:

It is quite remarkable how fate strikes in the most unusual circumstances. A classic example of this is when three guys, considered by many, to have scripted the three most cherished pieces of music ever written. Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday”, John Lennon’s “Imagine” and George Harrison’s “Something”. Three stokes of scripted genius crafted by three individuals, who as fate would have it, lived in the same suburb and as teenagers decided to form a rock band, The Beatles of course. What were the odds?

We, in NZ, can point to our own stroke of extraordinary fate. Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and Brodie Retallick, three of the greatest players in their positions in the history of rugby, all three, in the same team at the same time. Seven IRB “Player of the Year Awards” shared amongst them. What were the odds?

But all of this has been transcended by a stroke of fate, so crude, that if it were a work of fiction, it would be cast aside as an impossible scenario. Three men, representing the same political party, having a plan to recruit supporters to their cause. A plan that advanced incompetence to insanity. A plan that contradicted every policy platform they were promoting. Take a bow, Andrew Little, Matt McCarten and Nigel Haworth. It is hard to believe that fate could assemble such incompetence, three men in the same room, at the same time, all leading members of the same political party, and all unaware of the implications of this insanity. What were the odds? Being Labour, about even.


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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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