In her last term Clark and her ministers kept rushing around pushing their fingers into dykes to stop the administration from drowning.This is why God gave us editors – to save writers from themselves. We all have our off days, but that is a face-palm epic fail.
The sentence comes at the end of a paragraph about Helen Clark’s three-term government that mentions leaky homes but implies they were the fault of previous governments – and doesn’t mention that Clark long denied there was a problem and claimed it was all a beat-up by the Herald. Odd for a former Herald writer not to provide this context and remind us that the Herald is capable of superb investigative journalism.
Incidentally, the Spring issue of NZ Books is outstanding. Other reasons for buying it include: Chris Else on Russell Haley, Julian Novitz and Gigi Fenster; Nicholas Reid on Lawrence Patchett; Martin Edmond on James McNeish; Penelope Todd on Stephanie Johnson; Iain Sharp on Laurence Simmons; Elizabeth Smither on Robin Hyde; Peter Calder on journalism; and Rebecca Priestley on Michael Corballis.