So , Matthew Hooton has somewhat backed down from his liar liar accusations against David Cunliffe. However, he and/or his cheer team, without acknowledging Hooton”s backed down, and without apology, are adopting the fall-back position of “CV embellishment”,or “padding”.
This in the face of the embarrassment for Hooton, that both Radio Live and RNZ have apologised for Hooton’s liar lair outburst.
So, for future guidance on how not to pad out your CV, I look to the expert, Matthew Hooton. Here is Hotton’s bio, from his Exceltium web site, beside a highly professional and authoritative picture of Hooton:
Matthew Hooton MANAGING DIRECTORMatthew Hooton is New Zealand’s leading public affairs strategist and political commentator. He has 20 years’ experience in political and corporate communications, working for the New Zealand Government and some of the country’s most influential companies.
He maintains excellent connections with senior levels of all of New Zealand’s political parties, including regular contact with both the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition and the chiefs of staff of the National, Labour, Green, Maori and ACT parties.
Matthew has a close relationship with many New Zealand Ministers and Members of Parliament, and is well known in political circles and by the public as a political commentator on both Radio New Zealand and RadioLive, and as a columnist for the National Business Review.
He has led a wide range of government relations programmes, from those where government/industry partnerships were sought such as with ZESPRI International, through to seeking controversial legislative change, such as work with the Kyoto Forestry Association.
A former press secretary to the New Zealand trade and agriculture minister, he played a lead role at the age of 28 in the government relations and communications programmes that led to the creation of Fonterra, New Zealand’s largest company. He has also worked internationally on projects in on projects in China, Europe, Mongolia and throughout Australia.
What can we learn from this?
Over to you Standardistas.
[Update] Is this an example of a little bit of subtle CV padding by our PM? From the bio on Key’s web page:
In 1999 John was invited to join the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of NY and on two occasions undertook management studies at Harvard University in Boston.
Best Answer – Chosen by VotersWell, John Key did not, as such, ‘study’ at Harvard. According to Britannica.com, he “took management studies courses” at Harvard University. His got his basic B. Comm degree from the University of Canterbury.