Winner: John Kerry
US Secretary of State and ex presidential candidate John Kerry tells whistleblower Edward Snowdon to ‘man up’ and come back to America. Reportedly he said it with a straight face. Your author can categorically confirm that Snowden’s response was: ‘Piss off, Kerry, you complete dreaming, out-of-ideas wanker’.
Honourable mentions: Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell for ticking No when he really meant Yes on Paid Parental Leave; and TV3 for showing the John Banks eating something from his ear (while the fact Banks may be simian is of great interest, let's focus on the case and not unnecessary humiliation).
Saint of the last seven days.
Winner: Pope Francis
This Pope is brave, intelligent and humane. The way he balanced his trip to the Middle East was masterful and in a matter of days he shamed the efforts of successive US presidents. Yes, yes, Popey still believes in superstitious nonsense but his actions and attitude in important areas can only be applauded.
Honourable mentions: Kiwi cricketing superstar Corey Anderson for taking the rather novel approach of playing a game of cricket and actually trying to win; Conservation Minister Nick Smith for putting Fiordland before a monorail and potentially saving us from an extremely expensive white elephant; and JustSpeak launching in Christchurch – young, engaged people focusing on issues of crime and justice – great stuff.