Source more interesting than the story

I could get excited about the headline: Brash gets plum job as National attacks cronyism because the Sunday Star Times seems to be assuming that a National government is a given.

But there is nothing in the story to raise my pulse rate. It says Don Brash will be appointed ambassador in either the UK or USA by a National Government and quotes earlier comments by Brash in which he says people appoitned to such roles should be qualified for the job and not put there for political convenience. 

There is a big difference between appointing a former Reserve Bank governor to a position he is more than qualified for and for example sending Jonathon Hunt, a former MP for wine and cheese to London as British Ambassador or appointing Dianne Yates to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Board because she comes from the Waikato.

However, more interesting than either the headline or the story is the source. The by line credits Anthony Hubbard and Nicky Hagar. 

If there is substance to the speculation it points to yet more leaks of sensitive information from National and once more Hagar is associated with it.

No Minister  and Kiwiblog both have posts on this story.

One Response to Source more interesting than the story

  1. Inventory2 says:

    I don’t know how it was in the South Island edition, but up here, the article was in bold typeface – unlike any other article on the two facing pages. But it lost my interest as soon as I saw Hager’s name in the by-line. Not only is he a totally partisan commentator, b ut his writing style is, if I may use the phrase, as boring as batsh*t. I did read The Hollow Men, which I would best describe as a good cure for insomnia!

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