Labour congratulates Lockwood Smith on UK appointment
19 December 2012
Labour congratulates Lockwood Smith on UK
Labour Leader David Shearer would like to
congratulate Dr the Rt Hon Lockwood Smith on his appointment
to the position of High Commissioner to the United
“Dr Smith has served Parliament well as Speaker
for the past four years. He has handled the proceedings of
the House with dignity and patience. We wish him well in his
new role as New Zealand’s representative in the United
Kingdom,” said David Shearer.
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On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus
If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point.
By ‘some quarters’, I mean (a) RadioLive host Sean Plunket who called Catton a “traitor” and (b) Prime Minister John Key who dismissed her views as being those of a typical Green Party supporter, which is apparently almost as bad.
In context, Catton seemed to be talking about the mixed feelings she felt after what she had created suddenly becoming a kind of public property claimed by the entire country and its leaders. That must feel weird at any time, in any place. Catton evidently finds it particularly alienating when the government of the day has shown little interest in the arts beyond their promotional/economic value. More>>