Political Animals : Confessions of a Parliamentary Zoologist
Jane Clifton has been big-game hunting in the corridors of power for more than 25 years as a political journalist, columnist and commentator. Here she looks back with characteristic wit and insight on that quarter century - from her first terrifying encounter with the fearsome Muldoon, through the dense and dangerous media undergrowth, to the wild parliamentary jungles where exotic creatures lurk. Part memoir, part pen-portrait, this is Clifton at her ascerbic, entertaining best.
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- Paperback | 297 pages
- 130 x 200 x 19.05mm | 476.27g
- 28 Dec 2005
- Penguin Group (NZ)
- Penguin Books (NZ)
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Line drawings on cover
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Table of contents
INTRODUCTION:Laugh First, Ask Questions Later; 1)An Unnatural Habitat; 2)Marching Morons and Other High Points in Journalism; 3)Big Game Hunting; 4)Throwing Brussels Sprouts and Eating Pot Plants; 5)A Brief Aside about Jewellery; 6)The Last Great Evil; 7)The Formula; 8)Soundbites at Six O'clock; 9)A Blowtorch Down the Y-Fronts; 10)The Trouble with Television; 11)The Public Trough; 12)The Body Politic; 13)The Truth about Political Correctness; 14)A Brief Aside about Driving; 15)My Favourite Doorstop; 16)Money in the Bank; 17)The Rough Beast of Sydenham; 18)Mate Versus Mate; 19)The Alpha Underdog; 20)The Gilbert and Gilbert Operetta; 21)How to Take a Leak; 22)A Laws unto Himself; 23)Mixed-Up Members; 24)The Mythical Bird Carrying an Elephant; 25)Feed Them Shit and Keep Them in the Dark; 26)Murray McCully - Please Do Not Feed the MP; 27)International MPs of Mystery; 28)'Mmmmmmm,' Said Dr Bruce Gregory; 9)As Rats are to Drainpipes; 30)Feeding the Ravening Beast; 31)Sheilas Giving Blokes a Hard Time; 32)Sources Say....; 33)The Underpants Factor; 34)Royal Visits; 35)Real Royal Visits; 36)El Presidente; 37)Speakers Cornered; 38)How to Swallow a Dead Rat; 39)The Origin of the Species; 40)Entitle-it is and Other Ailments; 41)To Rise without Trace; 42)Political Animals; EPILOGUE:; A Political Epiphany in the Town Belt; INDEX