From Michele Hewitson’s interview with Mike Moore, NZ Herald, 17 October 2009
Now, look, why does he [Mike Moore] always do this? He comes across as having a chip on his shoulder and he said, twice, that he did, a “working-class chip”.
I read a quote, from a Colin James review of one of his books, which noted this: “… the chip on the shoulder at not being taken seriously here at home by fellow-politicians, journalists and intellectuals …”
He said: “Can Colin spell intellectuals?”
That was being childish again. “No. I’m answering him in his own language ‘cos I won’t take it. I will always fight back. But, probably a bit of truth to that.”