Wednesday, 20 January 2016 11:40


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This old mutt's colleagues at Rural News recently received a curt and nasty email from one Briar Smith about the less-than-complimentary review this publication gave Mike Joy's latest book about water quality.

Despite hiding behind an anonymous email address, it turns out that Smith happens to be a colleague of Joy at Massey University and – just like the Joyless one – a professional student who to the Hound's knowledge has never had a real job. Your canine crusader finds it amusing that so-called fearless academics like Joy and Smith are all for the freedom that enables them to make sweeping criticisms, but get outraged when someone dares criticises their work. Must be such a tough life living in their ivory towers – poor wee sensitive sausages.

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