GARETH’S GONE – YEAH, RIGHT

News that Gareth Morgan has resigned from his non-existent TOP Party is a bit like announcing his resignation from the Petone Flat Earth Society, that is non-news. Still the announcement brought back recollections that left me despairing at the time.

MORE EARTH-SHAKING NEWS FROM STUFF

Heading: “Woman buys house in South Canterbury with enough room for backyard cattery.”

This heart-attack inducing news in Stuff’s eyes, warranted four photographs and a lengthy story.

Was the woman planning to cook the cats and start a restaurant I wondered? It’s feasible. Nearly half a century ago I lived on cat-fried rice when snow-bound in the Andes for 3 days. Mind you, I didn’t learn that until after the event. But no, nothing like that. Instead brace yourself – for once Stuff got it right. She was starting a bloody cattery.

FURTHER PROGRESS IN THE RELENTLESS MARCH OF CIVILISATION

The wonderful news from Brunei of the introduction of stoning to death for homosexuality and adultery, in line with Islamic tradition, provides a terrific opportunity for the government to keep up the media attention.

THE END OF AN ERA – NO MORE TOM SCOTT CARTOONS

One of New Zealand’s greatest cartoonists, the Dominion’s Tom Scott has finally pulled stumps.

I’ve known Tom for nigh on half a century since he first popped up as a very funny political columnist in the Listener. To the magazine’s good fortune, when Tom switched to cartooning, they were lucky to snare Jane Evans whose humour and insights rank her among the best of our political commentators.

ANOTHER BRILLIANT STUFF SCOOP

Stuff, owner of our major newspaper chain pulled off a huge scoop last week, leading on their web-site with it.