I don’t have a lot of time for Winston Peters’ politics or his dodgy electoral practices, but sometimes the man just hits the nail on the head:
Rt Hon Winston Peters has accused a number of media outlets of trivialising general election coverage to the point of mindless banality.
This follows a request from a Sunday newspaper for Mr Peters to discuss whether he owns an iPod and the type of music he likes to listen to on it.
Earlier Mr Peters had been asked about his pets and whether he would be interviewed cooking dinner for radio pensioner Paul Holmes.
“While the Western world lurches into economic meltdown, while tens of thousands of jobs are threatened, while a New Zealand company is embroiled in an international scandal, the media airheads are wandering off into cuckoo-land.
“If anyone ever thought for one nanosecond that the newspaper industry was into thoughtful and serious analysis of the issues facing New Zealand, my suggestion is that they should think again.
Sure makes you think about the Herald’s latest election gimmick, which begins today by asking readers “Which of these politicians would be most likely to help an old lady across the road?” FFS.
I guess “How will these politicians’ policies affect you and your family?” is too much to hope for in election year.