Bloody journos. Picked up the Sunday Star Times this morning, and on the front page there's a lovely free gift: "Key says he's just a man of the people."
In-built Sarcastic Comment Generator instantly kicks into overdrive:
"Yes, in this great country of ours, even a lowly multi-millionaire from the finance industry can rise to become Prime Minister!"
"What an inspiration he must be to other wealthy men considering a career in politics!"
And so on. But then the in-built Reasoning Module catches up:
"Hang on, Key's a professional politician - surely he didn't say anything that stupid."
Read the article, and sure enough, he didn't say anything that stupid. The journo or sub-editor is contributing the stupid on his behalf. Funny how they always manage to do that - must have an in-built facility for it...
October 24 in history
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