Winner: Cameron Slater
There are few more pathetic wankers than Slater. His nastiness is as ugly as his approach is anti-intellectual. Using my best Irish accent I might say whale oil beef hooked he has the manner and manners of a buffoon. Calling a lad killed in a car crash on the coast ‘feral’ and smirking at his death was one low point, and his comments that the people in lower socioeconomic areas devastated by the Christchurch earthquakes were poor ‘scum’ gives equal measure to the disdain we should hold him in. Real disdain. Regardless of the rights-and-wrongs or the accusations levelled against the National government and its links to Whale Oil, the fact that Key and Collins in particular are comfortable having a relationship with this morally bankrupt miscreant does them absolutely no credit.
Honourable mentions: Anybody associated with Slater and particularly those bemoaning the fact that swathes of people don’t vote. It’s exactly this type of nonsense that makes politics a turn-off.
Saint of the last seven days
Winner: Terrance Wallace
Wallace has established the In Zone Education Foundation, which runs a hostel for poor Maori and Pacifica kids. It’s situated in Auckland Grammar school zone so the lads can get a top class education in a supportive environment. John Campbell’s peeps did a great story on it. This saintly bugger is changing the world in very real ways. What a contrast with our grubby politicians.
Honourable mentions: The All Blacks may have had to settle for a draw but their record since the World Cup speaks to the greatness of the team; and Brian Mason aka the Hoff aka Beans, rest in peace, mate.