Standard issues over cooked
There's a lot of silly season nonsense going around the blogs and out into the mainstream media. I don't even have to link to the whole "The Standard is a Labour Party front" issue because all the blogs are covering it. I tried to go to The Standard just now and it was so heavily trafficed it would not connect! Get a blogger account or something - you don't have to pay a cent - and it has never disconnected (touch wood).
It's all humbug of course. It clearly says at the top of The Standard's sidebar that it is the labour movement's reborn online newspaper. Obviously it's operated by people from the Labour Party. They pretty much say so directly. The only issue I can think of is whether it has to be declared or authorised under the stupid and unfair Electoral Finance Act - and since it is a blog where the authors offer their opinions the answer seems to be: no they don't. End of story. Bill English, listening: end of story.
The other bit of sillyness - or pettiness? - was this kiwiblog post (via a post atThe Hive) about WInston not answering a question correctly about an MFAT chef flying to Paris to be the resident cook at the embassy. Now I know Gayle personally and she is great person. One might even say she "rocks". I remember when she told me about that job (many years ago now) and I couldn't believe that in Paris of all places they needed a NZ chef. But the important point was that I also recall - because it came up when she popped my idea that it was the cushiest job I had ever heard of - that she said she would have to pay her own way. Which I thought was actually a bit stingy. That's my recollection of this probably meaningless/concocted controversy - for what it's worth.