Don Brash who took the only rational position possible when he said that cannabis use should be decriminalised. Not politically smart (possibly) but better than the politically expedient and unthinking position of both Labour and National. Rodney Hide who, in a ‘valedictory’ interview with Sean Plunkett on last week’s The Nation, offered a fine demonstration of the seemingly impossible political art of giving straight answers to straight questions. To my own astonishment, I found him impressive. Annette King for refusing to back down after she (and Trevor Mallard) called John Key a ‘scumbag’. Key had implied that Labour had some responsibility for an incident in which a 54-year-old man tried to hurl himself from the first-floor public gallery into the debating chamber. The implication was outrageous and King’s and Mallard’s epithet entirely justified. Roger Douglas and Jim Anderton who, in conversation with Paul Holmes on Q and A, looked back on their political careers and on the personal and philosophical animosity which was at the heart of their relationship during the ‘Rogernomics’ years.
Though both stuck to their political guns, there was no sense of current bitterness. Indeed the exchange was positively warm. John Armstrong, the Herald’s chief political commentator, whose no-frills analysis of parliament and its cast of players is invariably right on the nose and whose slip rarely, if ever, shows. Maori TV for its superb coverage of the Rugby World Cup. TV1 and SPP for Nothing Trivial. Better than Outrageous Fortune, I reckon. The Silver Ferns just for being wonderful. Dr Lockwood Smith, the Speaker of the House, whose draconian punishment of The Herald for breaching ‘the House rules’ by publishing a photograph of the fracas in the public gallery on its website, was totally unacceptable in a society which prizes freedom of information. SFO Chief Executive Adam Feely, who appears to think that being sheriff allows him to play fast and loose with the very laws the local townsfolk brought him in to enforce, to whoop and holler when he thinks he’s got his man, and to shoot first and ask questions afterwards. Might it just be time to get another sheriff?
Bill English for the Government’s mismanagement of the economy which has led to our credit rating being downgraded from AA+ to AA by two major agencies. You and I are already paying the price for that mismanagement and will now pay even more. John Key whose photo-op, ‘smile and wave’ recipe for political popularity now appears to have become apparent even to our largely conservative fourth estate. A reading of the political and financial columnists over the last month reveals almost universal support for Labour’s announced economic policies. Yet the gap between Labour and National continues to increase. Are we mesmerised by the Rugby World Cup or just plain gullible? Prime TV which repeatedly runs episodes or Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? out of sequence so you often don’t know how far contestant X actually got. How disdainful of your viewers is that? Comedy Central which appears not to understand that the humour in an excellent programme like.
The Chaser’s War on Everything is heavily dependent on current events in Australia and that those events aren’t current (or funny) five years later. Owen Glenn Having failed to buy the election for National for ‘at least $100 million’, Mr Glenn has been gifted a series of columns in the Business Herald ‘leading up to the election’. If his first efforts are anything to go by, he intends to explain to us Kiwis just where we are going wrong politically. This will essentially involve praising National and John Key and attacking Labour. No doubt he thinks his enormous personal wealth or his philanthropy entitles him to do this, but he might have more credibility if he chose to live here. Time to get over the slight you received from Helen, Owen? Radio Live: Giving a politician an hour to do what he/she likes on your radio station is giving that politician a free hour’s advertising. Dubious at any time but indefensible 5 weeks before an election. And absolutely outrageous if you deny the same opportunity to other party leaders. Might as well have a cart with ‘Vote National’ ready to play in ad-breaks.