Greatest hits / Greatest shits | Issue 23

Greatest Hit

A chance meeting that could have gone horribly wrong but didn’t: Max Key and Mona Dotcom. The Prime Minister’s son and Kim DC’s ex-wife met at a nightclub in Auckland and instantly became friends. Like a strange Beehive Romeo and Juliet, they danced the night away (as friends) and transcended the political boundaries that confine their respective affiliates to party lines. Big thumbs up for generally saying “fuck it” and having a good time.

Greatest Shit

This week’s Greatest Shit is a no brainer. It goes to Gordon Dickson, Labour’s Selwyn candidate, who has proven that even democratic candidate selection has its limits. First, he hounded journalist Lloyd Burr in order to say, “ask the Prime Minister if he has faith in Anne Tolley, Minister of Police. Thank you.” Then, when Burr didn’t wander up to John Key and ask him a context-less question about a Minister, he sent Burr a whopper of an email, addressing it “Dear Lazy.” My personal favourite (verbatim) quote is as follows: “Perhaps you are lazy? To help you rediscover your previously perceived role in our society i.e. the ‘fourth estate’ I attach a copy of my formalised request already in the possession of the Prime Minister and the National Board of Directors as well.” He ended it with, “Have a nice weekend and grow a pair.” Charming.
This article first appeared in Issue 23, 2014.
Posted 4:38pm Sunday 14th September 2014 by Carys Goodwin.