Herald columnist Garth George is named in the new year honors list for ‘services to journalism’, and I wonder if there’s a specific column her majesty had in mind when deciding to award him an MNZM.
- His column in which he achieved international fame after claiming that modern woman are raped because they all go around getting abortions.
- The two columns (that we know of) proved to be plagiarised from other sources without attribution. (One on climate change, pasted from crackpot energy industry sites, the other on the activities of the New Zealand military in Afghanistan, pasted from emails sent to him by the MoD public relations department.) Garth George’s reaction to both of these incidents: ‘So what?’
- Or, more realistically, is it because of his hard hitting political analysis in columns like ‘We should all salute our wonderful PM’? Sample excerpts:
As our principal face to the world, [John Key] should always travel in style, first class all the way, and should be able to take his wife, and even family, with him if he chooses – all at the Government’s expense.
Mr Key is an avid fan of the All Blacks, a frequent attendee at their games and a regular, potently encouraging presence in their dressing room.
Happy new year everyone! Thanks for reading and I wish you all regular, potent encouragement for 2011.