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Elite media fear Cunliffe, which is actually a really good sign: Vol 1

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, September 16th, 2013 - 59 comments

media lies to you

The stunning levels of naked media dishonesty and bias we’ve seen in the coverage of David Cunliffe, his campaign, and now his election, call for a special tribute! This post is for us dear readers, to assemble links to examples of those who write in the msm’s anti-truth, anti-democratic elite self-interest – and quite clearly […]

Caption Contest

Written By: - Date published: 12:49 pm, November 23rd, 2012 - 82 comments

david shearer confused

Nonsense

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, November 13th, 2012 - 69 comments

david-shearer dead man walking

NZ Herald: ‘David Shearer is brushing off a crescendo of calls for him to step down by left-leaning bloggers and commentators, saying it is “nonsense” and should be ignored.’

Two little Pagis squeal and squeak

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 pm, August 16th, 2012 - 178 comments

john Pagani David Brent

It seems the Standard is off the Paganis’ Christmas list. John Pagani tells the Listener that he much prefers Kiwiblog because it “has a more reasonable tone than, say, the left blog the Standard, whose idea of political is embittered and angry and it’s therefore hard to read.” Now that’s tragic and moronic, but hardly surprising. […]

Pagani: love that workforce casualisation

Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, March 10th, 2012 - 136 comments

right turn blue

Josie Pagani  has this to say about casualisation and the POAL dispute: On Sean Plunket’s ZB show today. Talking about the ports. ‘Casualisation’ scares us because it sounds like short hand for bad hours, low pay and no annual leave. It sounds like life in the early industrial revolution pre-unions. In some jobs it is. The […]

How history will remember Len Brown: scab, coward, judas

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, March 9th, 2012 - 86 comments

Len Brown the scab mayor of auckland

You betrayed the people you pretended to represent Len.

The lesson of Lange

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 pm, December 12th, 2011 - 64 comments

David Lange was a good man with a sharp mind, he was quick as a cat thinking on his feet – especially debating – he was an excellent communicator. With only six years’ parliamentary experience before becoming leader of the NZLP he was also the least experienced of all Labour’s twelve leaders to date. David Lange got eaten alive.

Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 2:25 pm, December 10th, 2011 - 80 comments

Labour’s decision and Labour’s alone

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, December 1st, 2011 - 84 comments

Slow-Narrow-Road

It worries me that the media and right wing are trying to take control of the Labour Leadership contest. There’s no great hurry with Christmas around the corner (no new leader is going to get a lot of traction over the summer holidays), but the consequences of making a hasty decision will be disasterous for the party, and disasterous for New Zealand.

Where and how to vote

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 pm, November 25th, 2011 - Comments Off on Where and how to vote

election elector yes ive voted

Regardless of who you decide to vote for, it’s really important that you do exercise your democratic duty to vote. Here’s a link to the Electoral Commission site that gives information on voting booth locations, how to make a vote, the people and parties you can vote for in your area, and answers to any […]

National policy manifesto

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, November 25th, 2011 - 5 comments

Like shit warmed-up

Written By: - Date published: 7:20 am, November 23rd, 2011 - 81 comments

John Key is really showing the strain of campaigning, he’s not bearing up under the stress of it at all well. Clearly the National Show Pony was not built for endurance.

Key’s campaign super weapon

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, November 22nd, 2011 - 11 comments

More lameness from the man with no ideas; wave goodbye to Aroha

Written By: - Date published: 2:19 pm, November 20th, 2011 - 74 comments

john key sucking it up

John Key has announced today that if Winston is re-elected, New Zealand will be forced to go back to the polls within weeks.

Meanwhile elsewhere on the limping catastrophe that is the John Key Campaign, Aroha Ireland has decided to leave New Zealand and join the record numbers of kiwis leaving permanently for a Brighter Future in Australia.

What would he have thought?

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, November 20th, 2011 - 57 comments

Ambrose to sue Key for defamation

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 pm, November 19th, 2011 - 107 comments

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Bradley Ambrose, the cameraman widely maligned by John Key and his pudgey lapdogs David Farrar and Cameron Slater for daring to hold the PM to some basic standards of accountability, is demanding an apology from John Key or he’ll take the PM to court for defamation.

UPDATE: The final week of the campaign will kick off with a police raid on the Herald Monday morning.

John Key: Berlusconi of the south pacific

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, November 19th, 2011 - 20 comments

 

Key loses plot under election pressure

Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, November 18th, 2011 - 64 comments

John Key has a history of choking under pressure but this time, calling on the police to raid the premises of our national broadcasters TVNZ and RNZ, and our major privately owned newspapers – he’s cracked under the pressure of the campaign and the spectre of losing it all. There’ll be no knighthood if Key becomes the first National PM to lose after just one term.

National Election agenda setting fail

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, November 17th, 2011 - 7 comments

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This is just from one news outlet. Stuff, the Herald, RNZ, TVNZ – they’re all focussing on what’s making Key looking like a fool. They aren’t interested in hearing what National has to say about anything until they fess up. Nine days from an Election, now that’s a spectacular agenda setting fail. Who’s advising Key’s campaign, Melissa Lee?

Caption Contest

Written By: - Date published: 11:32 am, November 17th, 2011 - 33 comments

National’s deadwood thicket

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, November 17th, 2011 - 36 comments

missing nats

hattip: William Joyce

‘Dying off’?

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, November 16th, 2011 - 116 comments

older kiwis

Winston Peters is suggesting that in the transcript of the PM’s meeting with Banks, John Key made some derogatory remarks about the older New Zealanders that tend to support New Zealand First, along the lines of “not to worry [about Winston’s support] they’re dying off”. Slagging off older New Zealanders (ie. the ones that always vote) is a sure way to lose an election.

Could Key really be so clueless? Well yes, when you look at the excuses he’s trotting out – probably.

 

Transcript Contest: Johns’ Magical Teapot Tapes

Written By: - Date published: 7:31 am, November 15th, 2011 - 25 comments

john banks key shonkey wonderland teapot party

John: “I hear you might be able to get your hands on something to get me through the Election?”

Epsom: spit or swallow?

Written By: - Date published: 8:59 am, November 14th, 2011 - 66 comments

Oh to be an Epsom voter – what an enviable menu of options you have. A National candidate who cares so much about the electorate that he goes to extraordinary lengths to discourage people from voting for him, or a racist former National politician soundly rejected by all of Auckland after a dismal ‘Supercity’ mayoralty who’s actively campaigning to undermine his own racist former National politician party leader.

What a shonkey farce!

Three lies in one

Written By: - Date published: 7:38 am, November 14th, 2011 - 4 comments

Wave goodbye to higher taxes. Not your loved ones.

Choose a Brighter Future. Derp de derp.

This is what John Key was promising last election – before he came to power, raised GST, and record numbers of kiwis left New Zealand permanently for a brighter future in Australia.

Those nice men in suits

Written By: - Date published: 8:18 am, November 12th, 2011 - 16 comments

A cup of tea and a lie down

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 11th, 2011 - 34 comments

 

hattip: the jackal

200,000 children abandoned so already rich can get richer

Written By: - Date published: 7:31 am, November 10th, 2011 - 52 comments

200000 abandoned for national tax cuts ht william joyce

 

How many children is 200,000 in the context of New Zealand’s population? Statistics New Zealand says between June 2008-2011 around 62-64,000 children were born each year. So 200,000 amounts to every single child born in this country since National came to power three years ago, plus another 10,000 or so.

John Key’s mirror trust

Written By: - Date published: 8:19 am, November 9th, 2011 - 76 comments

All these things operate underground. There are two near identical pairs. But only one of these things is really not like the other. Let’s not forget John Key’s mirror trust that let’s him keep an eye on the investments that are supposed to be held in a blind trust while he’s PM.

Penguin: Key lies to help us

Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, November 8th, 2011 - 30 comments

Yes, that’s an actual quote [sans ‘serfs’] from David Farrar lying about his master John Key’s lies about not raising GST.

hattip: frank macskasy

 

 

John Key puts truth on 90 day term deposit

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, November 7th, 2011 - 46 comments

hattip William Joyce

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