A politician slagging firefighters is unlikely to change the public's trust rankings.
This thread is probably long dead. And yet...
I had a thought. Why did the police go visit Mr Curry at his office and talk to him for thirty minutes and only to get Cook's address, which, as was discussed in the Authority, was something they might have been able to get quite easily by other means.
Then I had another thought. My view is that the media in this country are craven when it comes to criticising the police. In general, the cops get an easy ride. Greg O'Connor gets to blah blah blah about whatever he wants. No one asks too many questions. The police are also prolific advertisers here. Overseas, newspapers pay the bills by going after the police.
Stephen Cook might have been an exception.
There are many others.
Half an hour of my research has shown me that no other journalist in the country was more critical of the police than Stephen Cook -- and this seems to have been especially true around the time of the stolen medals and the Kahui investigations -- both having put egg on the face of the police.
I'm not saying that there is anything to this but I find it interesting.
Heraldwatchwatch: it appears that the formerly lively Editing the Herald is on hiatus. Guess I'll have to start complaining about Garth and YV for myself again...
Be careful, Sam. I cam over all funny after reading Whaleoil myself recently. Better if others do it for us.