Anyway, Tane sees the article on Stuff that the election date is going to be announced. He puts up a post about it and bets it will be November 8th (which we have already been predicting for weeks, you can see my rationale for it here).
Next thing we know someone (we don’t know who yet) in the gallery is asking the PM about whether she’d leaked us the date and Matthew hollow man Hooton is harping on the old saw that we’re a Labour front (yeah right, and I’m Mike Williams). As Helen Clark’s tone suggested at the time, WTF?
While I’m pleased to know that The Standard is taken so seriously by our friends in the gallery I am more than a little disappointed that, on the day the election date was announced (remember the election? It’s that thing where the future of the country is decided by its citizens), one of the first questions put to her was about a blog.
So, press gallery, now that I know you’re reading, how about you pull your heads out of your beltway arses and start reporting on issues instead of gossip? I know you guys think its just a game but it’s about time you started to realise that this game has consequences for people in New Zealand, that your reportage is how they know what those consequences are and that when all you communicate to them is pointless gossip and beltway issues you are doing them and democracy a disservice. You dicks.
Update: Colin Espiner has claimed responsibility for the question and declared he considered it “important”. Usually Colin has a better nose for import than this. I am disappointed and can confirm that some in the gallery were also. My apologies for tarring you all with the same brush.