North and South was launched during the ag-sag when we weren’t buying anything we didn’t absolutely need. But a kind family member gave us a subscription for Christmas.
I used to read each issue from cover to cover, savouring every word.
The standard of writing was so good I’d enjoy articles even if I wasn’t particularly interested in the subject.
Although the magazine is smaller now I don’t spend the same amount of time savouring the stories. But if the profile on Judith Collins in the November issue is anything to go by, at least some of the stories aren’t to be savoured anyway.
The writer keeps intruding on the writing and for some inexplicable reason feels the need to note:
One of the few previous profiles of her was in student newspaper Critic, which took the time to not that she had “one of the few decent racks in parliament.”
But the bigger error is, quoted or first hand, a comment about a male MP, or anyone else, being well hung isn’t appropriate and nor is one about a woman’s breasts. It’s bad enough in a student publication (and for the record Critic is a magazine, not a newspaper). It’s even worse when in an issue of what has been a deserved winner of the Magazine of the Year title several times.
The writer makes another stupid observation further on:
Yes her parents were dairy farmers but they were not Daimler-driving gin-swilling plutocrats.
Were any dairy farmers in the 60s – or at any other time – Daimler-driving gin-swilling plutocrats?
This says a lot more about the writer, his attitudes and ignorance than the subject of the profile and it’s not the standard to which North and South normally adheres.
P.S. When I read the story I remembered Quote Unquote had posted on it. The comment from Cactus Kate is a gem.