On the House dies

September 2nd, 2010 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

does a final blog:

So this is it. The last post, if you like, from On the House.

It’s been more than three years and 378 blog posts since the Stuff editor asked me to write a blog on politics, and it’s been a hell of a ride.

Even though Colin departed from the press gallery some months ago, I still found his blog a must read. As a political blogger he stood out from his colleagues – both with frequency of posts, but also his willingness to stae what he really thinks, and engage with the commenters.

So the Stuff editor and I thought it was probably time to lay On the House to a well-deserved rest.

But the good news is that out of the ashes a new politics blog will rise – keep your eyes peeled for more on that soon. I certainly hope many of you will check it out and continue your arguments – sorry, discussions – in the new forum.

I’m hoping to start up another blog at some point myself, though I’m not sure on what yet. I’ll let y’all know.

I look forward to the new Stuff politics blog, and also any future blog from Colin. I’d be interested to read a blog about life in a newsroom.

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2 Responses to “On the House dies”

  1. flipper (3,274 comments) says:

    Espiner, who?

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  2. Auberon (820 comments) says:

    I didn’t find it required reading in the past couple of years. He had turned into a bit of a Colin James – on the one hand … while on the other … what will become of it? Time will tell. Yawn.

    Only Colin Espiner wasn’t only becoming a Colin James, it was clear he’d come to hate his job and that meant he wasn’t capable of providing useful insights into New Zealand politics. Months before he took the job back in Christchurch everything he blogged about, and most of his print columns, made it perfectly clear that he was over Wellington. He may not have hated all the politicians – he said in his final print column that he didn’t, he even liked some – but in recent years he gave a very good impression of someone who hated politicians, and everything that goes on in the Beehive.

    Some may say that’s healthy, ha ha, but in fact, as a professional political watcher his jaundiced view of his subject had largely destroyed his ability to provide useful insights into his subject.

    So farewell Colin, on your day you were good. But you hadn’t been much good for quite a long time. I hope you’re finding the Christchurch Press a stimulating place and that as a result you’ve become less of a negative bugger than what you became.

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