John Drennan: Textbooks at dawn offer to senator
Published 26/02/2012 | 05:00
THE high-profile Labour senator John Whelan has been challenged to a "duel" by the celebrity economist Constantin Gurdgiev -- although sadly the weapons of choice are more likely to consist of economic textbooks, rather than pistols at dawn.
The catalyst for the unlikely spat occurred after the senator strongly supported a register of interests for journalists and broadcasters and said 'pundits' should clearly declare their interests when appearing on talk- show panels.
The brooding Russian took immediate and strong exception and issued a public challenge to Mr Whelan for an "intellectual duel" on the issue.