Jane, please stop fawning over your husband in your columns, it is unbecoming

Jane Clifton, I thought, would be better than this.

But it really is weird to see her fawning over her husband in her columns:

It’s rare for non-verbal interjections to be ruled out of order, but Speaker Trevor Mallard further tightened his new rule that questions be heard in silence after Government MPs used patsy questions to boast of their CPTPP progress.  Labour having opposed the deal while in Opposition, this drew a derisive expostulation from National’s Nick Smith.

“Who made that noise?” Mallard snapped.  After a perplexed silence, he specified: “It was a sort of guffaw-type noise.” Smith admitted, “I might have made it.” Mallard then awarded the Government a penalty question to punish the guffaw.

Bridges complained. “One man’s guffaw may simply be an ‘ahem’,” he said with a throaty flourish. But Mallard ruled sufficiently loud “ahems” would henceforth get the biff as well.

Noone dared venture an “harrumph.”

Come on dear, you are better than that.



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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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