Interview on Radio New Zealand the morning of 24th April includes the following from comedy writer Dave Armstrong:
We know that it's not real. We know that even though it's in quote marks intelligent people know that the person isn't really saying that, and I find it amazing that a politician can be so stupid;
Not everybody? What does that tell us about the Conservative party's membership? (As an aside, I wonder if this episode has Matthew Hooten rethinking his evident enthusiasm for the Conservatives to get 5% of the vote and partner (in a nice way) with National after the nextIt about standards I think in terms of media and there's a quotation which clearly is something I did not say on that particular website. And the problem we've found is that while obviously it's a satirical website, not everybody can [make?] the difference between what's satire and what's true."
Seriously, a New Zealand politician issuing defamation proceedings against the aforementioned satirical website makes a much sense as Kim Jong Un suing The Onion. In fact it's so much like the Dear Leader suing The Onion it's kinda scary.