I know that is a huge claim to make, the NZ Herald has been the voice of the refined capitalist slave owner since 1863. In its history it has forced the country to suffer its editorial outbursts against Maoris, trade unions, vagrants and crime with all the insight of a self interested corporation making money from heat and not light, but yesterdays editorial defending John Key's decision to skip the funerals of two soldiers for his son's baseball game has surely got to be the worst editorial in NZ Herald history.
It's not that it's poorly written or as venomous as their historical diatribes against Maoris, unions, beneficiaries, boy racers and Maoris but for a newspaper that unquestioningly worships the military and ANZAC Day with such flag blinded patriotism, defending Key's no show at the funeral of two soldiers is like Christians defending crucifixions.
Key is the Prime Minister, he has obligations and paying his respects at the funeral of those he has commanded is the barest minimum required of the office. To bugger off and watch his son play baseball is jaw dropping, it really is.
If it's such an issue for him, why didn't Key put his own hand into his $50million pocket and chart a private jet there and back so he could have met his obligations at the funeral and then flown and seen his son? Even if he missed the game, he could have shared the after experience with his son, for someone so happy to use military transport when it suited him, this kind of decision to not show is not only offensive, it's terribly hypocritical.
In the wake of Nicky Hager's damning book 'Other People's Wars', the NZ Defence Force have had to lift their propaganda spin with the media, and I have been amazed by the swift response by the military to the news of the deaths. The morning the casualties were announced, TVNZ Breakfast had a voice piece on defending the occupation in terms of it being positive for women's rights.
Apparently the M-16 is a tool for gender equality.
There are no military solutions in Afghanistan, but there are military casualties and Key's decision to remain in this war means he's responsible when they have to be buried.
To suggest Key's son has made sacrifices when two family's just made the ultimate sacrifice is the insult and the NZ Herald's editorial justifying it is the injury.