Dita de Boni: a loss to our national conversation

Dita de Boni’s final column for the Herald is a cracker:

People have asked me over the years why my columns have become more strident in tone; more “biased against” the Government. The answer’s that the examples of contempt for the public, hypocrisy, and flat-out bulls***tery have become too overwhelming to ignore.

And while these traits can also be found in the opposition, it’s not the same. A journalist – even an opinion columnist writing on politics, which is not the same thing as investigative journalism and certainly not as important – must necessarily give more weight to the actions of the party in power. Anything else starts to look like meaningless diversion.

Just go read the whole thing, and mourn for the loss (I hope temporary) of de Boni’s voice in #nzpol.

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