The way the situation is evolving though puts them in a more difficult situation. Ahead of any possible criminal charges or proven misrepresentation of an award entry (which must surely be very close to being the case), do they form a view that sponsors should take a moral position on award participants?, if so, who and why?.
Canon claim to abide by a form of do no harm philosophy. The sooner they take action to distance themselves from those who've gleefully shat in their corporate nest, the more decisive they'll show themselves to be in abiding by their claimed principles.
Quite right, Hilary. That is a sweet piece of writing by Mandy Hager and should be required reading for all kiwi journalists.
I also tend to choke on the lauded ’honesty and integrity” attributed to Gilchrist.
If he's doing it to seek some kind of absolution then he has a way to go
Also, there’s no way you can defend Slater’s comments about ChCh’s earthquake victims, private conversations or not.
Given the kind of vicious cynicism that's been playing out here in Chch they're probably not too much of an exaggeration of mainstream Party fear & loathing.
What? I don’t even understand what that means?
Michael, I allowed my dismay at what I took to be the shallowness of your response to what are very serious issues to get the better of me. I apologise, and can only wish that I could have displayed the kind of large and generous mind that Matthew Littlewood has done here.
Admittedly I haven’t read the book and there are probably things that I’m missing here. My initial excitement has died down a little and I’m coming back to reality.
There used to be these people back in the 90s who the most pressing issue in their lives seemed to be that they couldn't get takeaway in containers like they saw on Seinfeld. Horribly, they appear to have procreated. Ain't a terminally self-absorbed fanboy a wonderful thing,
this has to be one of the nastier passages from the book:
“... Make sure when Cam finds it that you subtly repost where Hager lives...Those Chinese can be very vicious when they lose face....Chop chop for Nicky. Shame Russians don’t seem affected but our Chinese friends need a helping hand.”
When Hager spoke here in Chch sometime after the publication of The Hollow Men he was asked if he ever feared for his safety. He replied that he'd probably be at greater risk if he were covering Fair Go issues rather than politics. He saw this as evidence of the relatively benign political environment in NZ, and believed that by exposing the things he did he was helping to keep it that way.
let the flensing begin!
Far more so that Slater, Farrar has been willing to criticise National on matters where he has a clear difference of opinion. That’s never seemed to be the case with Slater.
Oh come on. Slater has never hid the fact that he belongs to a particular National faction, and hasn't held back from attacking those within the Government who might obstruct the ambitions of his enablers. While he's rarely criticised Key, he's never missed an opportunity to dump on Brownlee, presumably because it suits Collins's purposes.
I disagree with Farrar on a lot, but he’s always seemed to be basically straight up. I’ve no doubt he’s received tips from political insiders (as do most political journalists as Russell pointed out) but tend to assume he’s not involved in the outright spin in the same way that Slater seems to be.
As the Greaseball has put it himself, "I am also not a soft pudding of man like David Farrar".