Butter would not have melted in her mouth.
Excuse me while I have a good old rant. Everyone else is.
There are a number of things to be said about the successful campaign to abort - and I use the term advisedly - the planned mandatory supplementation of bread with the vitamin folic acid.
So we've become a corpulent mob of Bessie Bunters and Friar Tucks waddling our way up the OECD league tables. And, my, don't we just love those league tables.
A society in which self-betterment is a cherished and ingrained aspiration is surely a good thing - a thing to be sponsored and encouraged and nurtured and recognised, not just for the advantages it bestows on individuals but for the benefits it brings to society as a whole.
The latest news that the Government is going to spend millions adding a further 150 beds to the Otago Corrections Facility little more than two years after it was commissioned should come as no great surprise.
Last month, a significant date slipped beneath the radar. On May 18, television in New Zealand achieved the ripe old age of 50.
So Rodney Hide wants us to decide everything by referendums? Or at least make our local spending decisions this way.
Sometimes it's salutary to go back to school. At least that's what it felt like - in the best possible way - in Wellington last Friday.
The Bard got it wrong, I reckon. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," mooned poor love-struck Juliet of her Romeo.
One of the things that came to irritate people about the last Government was the language in which it chose to cloak its intentions.
An acquaintance, by way of a gentle chiding, sent the other day a website link that took issue with the way the global swine flu pandemic was being managed and indeed promoted through various world health agencies and a sensation-hungry - and thus pliable - media.
Some time in 1963 or early '64: a gentle, softly-spoken American arrives at Avele Agricultural College, Western Samoa.
In lists of the most influential people of the last millennium - particularly popular about 10 years ago - Shakespeare almost invariably makes the top 10. In lists of the greatest novelists, Jane Austen is seldom far removed from the spotlight.
Now, when the city is faced with rate increases . . . the people of Dunedin have . . . to rethink their position to proceed with the scheme - even if it does mean compromising any undertakings previously given."
How many of us really understand how modern capitalism works?
Small can have its advantages. In a small bar, a small gathering becomes quite a crowd. And so it was the other night when a new film venture - Digital Features South - was launched with the ambition of putting feature-film-making back on the map in Dunedin and Otago.