Richard Griffin is one of those great guys who is very loyal to his friends. I worked with him a bit in the Beehive and you won’t find a more funny person. One of life’s great people.
So my comments here are not critical of Dick, who is loyal to one of his best mates – Winston.
They are more about the media needing to be careful of how they use and describe Dick. On the issue of Winston he is not an impartial commentator. He is one of Winston’s closest mates and even appeared in a campaign opening for him a couple of elections ago. He is an advocate for Winston, not a neutral commentator.
I think it is laudable he stands up for his mate. But media, including Radio NZ, should put his comments in the proper context.