The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72
It is very evident that the Hon. John McKenzie is about the last man in the House of Representatives who should be trusted with the work of preparing a Libel Bill. He is extremely narrow-minded, painfully impatient of criticism, exceedingly short-tempered, and is only too page 33 ready to regard adverse criticism of his public acts and utterances as personal attacks upon himself. One of the fixed beliefs in the mind of this tremendous Minister is that on all matters affecting the land question in New Zealand the collective wisdom of the colony has centred in him, that on this momentous question he is Sir Oracle, and when he opes his mouth let no dog bark.