I was on Breakfast TV this morning talking about the issues I (and others) might face around potential contempt of court and the Weatherston case. I’m glad I got invited on, because I thought it unfortunate the segment on One News last night didn’t mention that I had taken immediate action to remove any problematic content the moment concerns came to my attention. I don’t want to be seen as someone saying that laws don’t apply to the Internet. They obviously do. There are of course significant issues around the practicality of certain laws, but that is an issue for the future – and the Law Commission has a discussion paper out on related issues such as suppression orders and the Internet.
The Breakfast interview I thought covered the issues quite well. You can view it here. Also a story based on it here.
I was highly amused to get a call from friends a bit later in the programme, telling me that my name came up during discussions on what gift Paul Henry should take with him to New York to give to Helen Clark. They are running a poll on it.
You can view it yourself at around 1:15 through this video. A transcript:
PAUL (reading an e-mail): Paul Henry, can you take Phil Goff with you as a gift to Helen Clark and just sit Phil Goff on the edge of the table there.
PAUL: Actually David Farrar would be a nice table weight. He’s such a sweet man isn’t he. He’s the blogger we just had in.
ALI: He’s somebody you just want to have sitting on your desk constantly so you can just ask him for an opinion on stuff.
PAUL: I’ve got David Farrar in a little box out the back. Let’s open the lid and ask him a question.
PAUL: He just seems very cuddly doesn’t he. He’s just a nice … I don’t know if I should be saying that about another man. Possibly not actually.
ALI: It’s too late now
I was very amused. I would have preferred it was Ali calling me sweet and cuddly but hey you take compliments from anyone 🙂