Patronage On Air [UPDATE: Patronage Off Air]
Steven Joyce gets his chum appointed to the NZ ON Air board:
Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman today announced the appointment of Ross McRobie to the board of New Zealand On Air.
Mr McRobie was formerly General Manager of the Radio Network in Christchurch for over a decade.
Like OMG coincidence au go-go... a decade... that was when Steven Joyce, the Cabinet Minister and Hollow Brain guru behind the National Party campaign owned the Radio Network wasn't it. Wow, NZ is a small place and everything, but what are the chances out of the 4.2 million people in NZ that Steven Joyce's management colleague gets that sinecure?
‘’Ross’s extensive knowledge of radio, business management and his wider business interests will add a useful perspective to the board,’’ says Dr Coleman.
Woops, he must of meant wider business experience rather than interests, because when he puts it like that it sounds, you know, conflicted. But whatever, it's all jobs for the boys and no-one cares because we've come to expect it and now accept it.
It's not a merit-based system it's a mates-based system. You can't get ahead in this country unless you are someone's mate. All the experience and qualifications and talent in the world - or even in the country - will never get you anywhere if you are up against someone's mate. That's the awful, demoralising truth facing school-leavers, immigrants and everyone on society's outer.
UPDATE: Tim FAIL. FAIL. Radio Network v. RadioWorks. Amateur mistake due to blind prejudice and a mad rush. It's always the rushing that results in errors and I should have recognised this at the time, and must endeavour to recognise it in the future to avoid a re-run of this embarrassment. But if David Farrar can do this sort of stuff all the time and survive so can I.
My apologies to Messrs McRobie, Joyce and Coleman and our readers.