Do you watch much television, I was asked the other day and replied that a morning and evening trot through Sky, CNN, Fox, the BBC, Al Jazeera and Russian TV, plus the occasional sporting event  excepted, television is not big on my agenda.

If that list of news channels sounds a lot, then not so. Tune in on the hour and they all begin with their so-called news headings which in at least 60% of the cases, are beat-ups of non-events. Just as with our newspapers, unless of major dimension, Al Jazeera excepted, they all ignore foreign news. Why? Because their surveys show the public aren’t interested. Only Al Jazeera gives a world-wide coverage, admittedly in the moving strip at the screen bottom. They alone will report on say a Nicaraguan election result.


In the legal battle between the sacked footballer and the Australian Rugby Union, the former is on pretty solid ground. The Rugby Union is relying on an agreement with Folau, following an earlier identical furore, that he would desist citing his religious beliefs publicly.

The problem the ARU has is that such an agreement is illegal. Australian employment laws are quite specific, namely that an employer cannot discriminate against an employee on religious grounds, which is exactly what the ARU attempted to do with their agreement. In short one cannot contract outside the law.


The news from Sydney that the Fairfax Board has declined the best offer they could solicit for Stuff’s newspaper fleet, namely $50m, came as a surprise. They’re out of touch and should have grabbed it, tee-heeing as they fled that there’s one born every minute. For who would be dumb enough to want to buy such rapidly dwindling in value assets?

Further evidence of their lack of touch is the hint that they may try to float the company, perhaps inspired by the constant moaning by our sharemarket writers about the absence of new issues and ever diminishing New Zealand sharemarket. But once they talk to brokers here, this the first step in any public flotation, they’ll be hard pressed to find one prepared to lend their name to it. Here’s why.


We’ve had three years since the Brexit referendum of listening to bitter Remainders assert that Brexiters comprised mainly the unsophisticated Northern working classes who didn’t understand the implications of their vote. Thus the Remainders have asserted, with all the publicity about these allegedly dire implications they’d now feel differently, so let’s have another referendum.

First, the supposedly ignorant working class claim was always wrong. Numerous prominent manufacturers, academics and economists sided with Brexit, including in my view by far Britain’s wisest economist, Roger Bootle.


I’m truly grateful to the hundreds of Christians who’ve written to me over the past decades in response to my mocking, advising that they’re praying for me. Bowing to this sustained pressure, God has constantly showered his blessings on me. These take many forms but one hugely significant one is possession of a private jet and thus not having to endure the abominable horrors of the world’s worst airline in customer treatment, namely Air New Zealand.