The Herald’s creepy lovefest with the National Party continues today with Simon Collins’ profile of Paula Bennett, who is apparently “one of us”*
Unlike Danyl over at the Dim Post who seems to have finally realised that *gasp* the Herald might be a little pro-National, I’ve not really been troubled by this “first year of the Nats” orgy thus far because, well, it’s the Herald.
I had expected better from Collins however, and to be fair there’s a mild sting in the tail of his piece where he gives Bennett only six out of ten (which is probably better than she’s ever done in any test), but like I said. It’s the Herald. If they weren’t fellating National I’d be more shocked.
What’s more interesting is that this puff-piece got me thinking about where the hell Paula is these days. Just this week the talk was about changes to benefits but the talk was coming from Bill English and “a spokeswoman” for Paula Bennett. She did front for a prerecorded morning report interview today but that’s two days later and in a very safe format.
And the report from Newztalk ZB makes it clear she wasn’t keen to be interviewed:
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is declining to be interviewed about the government’s plans, but in a written statement she confirms a range of measures are under consideration, including intensive case management for people receiving the sickness and invalids benefits.
And a quick look at google news search shows she hasn’t substantially fronted in over a month. From what I can tell most of her comments have come from media releases and written statements.
Maybe there’s no reason to trot Paula out or maybe the Nats have decided to take her out of circulation for a while.
* For some reason the “one of us” line reminded me of this creepy scene from the cult 1930s horror film Freaks: