Mike Hosking: Barry Soper is right, I can't ban the Prime Minister

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Thu, 8 Apr 2021, 1:26PM
(Photo / NZ Herald)
(Photo / NZ Herald)

Mike Hosking: Barry Soper is right, I can't ban the Prime Minister

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Thu, 8 Apr 2021, 1:26PM

Turns out we need to offer an apology to Barry Soper.

Barry ruined my day yesterday. There I was, sitting down to a small plate of my favourite artichoke dip, some French stick, and an espresso when his voice penetrates the kitchen conversation with the mention of my name.

He was addressing the interview with the Prime Minister, but also comments I had made earlier on the programme about the media and MIQ and the shrinking of the spaces available.

I argue that part of the story was a bigger deal than the bubble itself, given the bubble was about as sign posted and telegraphed as you could ever possibly have wanted. The bubble wasn't new, we just got a date.

What we didn’t know, was that the 40 percent of rooms the Australian connection took up, would probably not be freed up to bring in all those that had been locked out.

Everyone from ex-pats stuck, RSE workers we so desperately need, the relatives of those already here working to help our economy and yet prevented from bringing in their wives, husbands and kids. That was the big deal about the bubble, all this MIQ space that would solve so many problems.

But low and behold nothing of the sort was going to come to pass.

I asked why the media was asleep. Why, when the story was fed to them, did they miss it? Why are so many in the media asleep at the wheel? People like Barry don't take kindly to stuff like that.

But he did say, and this is why he deserves the apology, you can't be someone like me, banging on about the media not doing their job, then interview the Prime Minister but not want her back on your programme because she doesn’t answer the questions. You can't have it both ways.

Barry, of course, is right. I can't ban Ardern, leave her to others, and then complain others aren't doing their job. If I have the opportunity, the least I can do is my part, and have that part open to scrutiny.

You can't criticise from the sidelines, you've got to be in the scrum with everyone else.

The life lesson here is the best argument of all is the argument of logic and Barry wins this one on logic.

So Barry, I am sorry. You are right it behoves me to participate as much as anyone else.

Ironically what he was doing in calling me out was exactly what I was doing to others. What is good for the goose, as they say.