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Bob Jones: ‘Jonesy, come and have a coffee’

I unashamedly admit I read the Daily Mail website and not because of its pathetic obsession with women’s tits. Rather I like its no-punches-pulled political and other observations, doubtless a factor in it being the world’s most popular newspaper site.

A few weeks back Britain was hit with a big freeze. Temperatures plunged way below zero. With typical Mail enterprise they sent photographers into the streets that icy evening to photograph what the British tabloid press cruelly but accurately call fat slags. These are young, plain-faced women aged from 17 to 25, low of intellect . . .

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Bob Jones: ‘There’s no greater restraint destroyer than the third glass of red’

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Bob Jones: Media, news and fat slags

Wellington QC Hugh Rennie and I have been friends for half a century. We share a common passion, namely a great love of newspapers and mourn their relentless demise. That’s not their fault. How many folk under thirties read newspapers? The answer is none which partly explains their alarming ignorance.

A fortnight back Hugh sent me the latest newspaper audit figures. Only the Herald and Otago Daily Times are hanging on in there. The Fairfax papers are shot, Wellington’s Dominion Post continuing its annual loss of an eighth of its subscribers and is now down to a quarter . . .

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Thoughts from Bob: Dopey girls, fairies, Fletchers and screaming geese

I wrote a piece recently about media interference into politicians’ private lives. In that respect it’s one thing I hugely admire Winston for.

He’s been in parliament seemingly for ever but what do you know about his private life? Bugger all! The reason is because, learning the hard way, he’s followed two basic rules. First; never talk to the print media as invariably they’ll selectively mis-use ones’ comments. Any communications with them, if absolutely necessary, should be by written response.

Second; never do radio or TV interviews other than live for the same reason.

Learning . . .

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Thoughts from Bob: More “vile racism”

There’s a lefty Wellington lightweight called Dave Armstrong who I’m told is a potboiler playwright, thus self-employed and good on him for that. What fascinates me though is that the dying Dominion Post allots him a half page on their all-important Saturday edition, doubtless a contributing factor to its circa 12% annual circulation collapse . . .

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Our “pathetically soft” menfolk

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