by Kennedy Graham
There was a time, when I was very young, that I posted a blog from Rio, lamenting the absence of any Labour MP here. Apart from National’s cabinet minister, Amy Adams, I am the sole MP here at the Earth Summit.
Grant contacted me to express his displeasure. It was, clearly, hugely impolitic of me to have gone public. I assured Grant, who is a most likeable and capable guy (this is ‘guy-speak’ now), that I certainly didn’t intend any misrepresentation, and I apologised if I had caused personal offence as opposed to passing political irritation.
Grant has thanked me for the personal apology and dealt with the politics by way of his own blog. This is certainly the right thing to do.
Grant notes that my blog had not been altered and removed. This is true. I prefer not to correct the historical record of whatever I may have said. An apology is sufficient, plus this blog.
I always knew, deep down, that Labour really did want to come, and just couldn’t. It was wrong of me to belabour the point.
He spoke of the potential for a left-oriented government. It could be grand to share coalition with Labour, but on the niceties, check my earlier blog.
Yet not all is lost for natural justice. I read Grant’s first expression of concern at a street restaurant in Ipanema. It was a fun evening, scarcely clouded by his e-mail even though I knew immediately I needed to make amends.
Grant, I did. I suffer, as I write the next day, from a healthy dose of debilitating diarrhoea. I am naming it ‘Robertson’s Revenge’.
Dr Montezuma, I presume. I shall be better behaved back home.