Some of you will get the Trans-Tasman emailed to your work each Thursday.
For those of you who don’t know it, it’s a little rag written by anonymous Tory hacks. Purports to have the inside word on goings on in politics and business on both sides of the Tasman. It’s one of those publications which uses that odious, mindless phrase ‘NZ Inc’ nearly every time it refers to our country. Puts people’s names in bold, the political version of Hello! magazine. It thinks well enough of itself that the other day it put out a self-proclaimed ‘white paper’ called: A Road Map For Transforming NZ Inc. Never have I read (OK, skimmed) a sorrier collection of catch phrases and big claims with no detail. Oh wait, National’s election policies.
Anyway. If you think the blogosphere is the home of shrill partisan hackery, you haven’t read the Trans-Tasman.
Even this echo chamber of the far-right is placing its bet on who will replace English:
“With Bill English under attack over his claim for a Ministerial housing allowance (since paid back) [well, that’s OK then] there has been a good deal of sniffing the political breeze. In their effort to deepen the wound left-wing blogs have been canvassing the prospects of potential successors for the finance portfolio [aww, you noticed]. Steven Joyce looks to be stand-out candidate. Of course Joyce is a list MP, so even if he is regarded as Key’s right-hand man, he mightn’t be in the running for deputy, if it ever become vacant. Trans-Tasman’s money is on Simon Power“
Yeah. I hope English stays. A rot at the heart of this government. But odds are he’ll go this time or next time he stuffs up. I reckon Power will replace him too. Probably the only time I’ll ever agree with the Trans-Tasman.