Media watch

3 June 2019


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  2. duperez

     /  3rd June 2019

    I admit to being pedantic enough and old enough to sometimes see things in the media and say, “What?” Like in the Herald this morning on an Andrew Alderson piece: “How Black Caps captain Kane Williamson’s perfect plan sunk Sri Lanka.”

  3. Blazer

     /  3rd June 2019

    perhaps he would like the same system applied to M.P’s…on that basis a huge pay cut for…him.

    • duperez

       /  3rd June 2019

      That’s a reasonable comment. Seymour is good at pointing out ways people could make the world the utopia he wants, by telling them what they should do.

      He is not so forward in doing anything constructive himself. For example, let him tell us the moves he made to professionalise teaching by putting all on individual employment agreements. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education. His predecessor in the same political party, so likely to have the same policies, was Associate Minister of Education. He was in a position of power and influence to do something he tells us should be done.

      Seymour wants better than ‘terrified and hateful’ responses from ‘deadwood.’ He gets what he gets from them the same as the ‘deadwood’ get what they have and are, from him.

      Emotive, pithy one liners getting the headlines are par for him. Really handy when you don’t want attention on where the real deadwood is.

      Seymour and his predecessors may have made strenuous efforts over years in Government to have all teachers on individual contracts. If they did but didn’t succeed I suppose the reason, the blame was down to their Government partners. Has he come out with the headline grabbing stuff about that?

      Not trying to be terrified and hateful, but his and his party’s failure to achieve the ideological move suggests they were and are deadwood. And Seymour once again is showing he’s all piss and wind. Best he concentrates on the real stuff, the important vote grabbing TV dancing stuff.


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