It might be Christmas, but ACT news does not stop. The Christmas Eve bulletin of 3 News ran a report on former ACT president Catherine Judd's son Sam Judd, who has been injured in a shark attack on the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador. Catherine Judd, safely at home in Wellington, was interviewed for the report and seemed most relieved. The TV3 report was very detailed and appeared to interview everyone but the shark itself. A cynic might say that this could be down to Catherine Judd's professional PR skills, but I think a more credible and charitable explanation is that the silly season of no-news-bulletins is upon us. Today on National Radio I heard a report about the Corrections Department defending the practice of giving prisoners a mince pie with their Christmas dinners. So expect more in-depth examinations from the media of the road toll, Massey University studies and a sudden intense interest in international affairs between now and late January, when John Key will presumably open the real news year with his Burnside speech.
Incidentally, it's not the first time Sam Judd has been in the news: during Catherine Judd's campaign to become president of ACT in 2001, it was mentioned in a report that, then aged 17, he was taking a "gap year" off and helping with his mother's campaign. There's an interesting study waiting to be done of the places visited by people connected to ACT - Roger Douglas was a high flyer as a consultant in the 1990s, visiting everywhere from Norway to Australia dispensing economic advice, while Rodney Hide recounted in his 2007 autobiography tales of his OE spent working on North Sea oil rigs. Now we hear that a Judd has been to the Galapagos Islands, surely one of the remotest places on earth.
What else do other ACT people have planned for the break? I have little idea, but we know that Rodney Hide is holidaying near Queenstown, as reported in the December 2007 issue of Investigate:
INVESTIGATE: Plans for Christmas?Again, enjoy your Christmas break!
HIDE: For the last five or six years I have always done the same. I head to the Gibbston valley, near Queenstown, and stay in a cabin with my good friend Dave Henderson, and we philosophize and sleep and read.