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Dirty Politics on Nine to Noon

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Date published: 11:18 am, April 21st, 2015 - 154 comments

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Matthew Hooton’s attack on Nicky Hager’s journalistic credentials on Nine to Noon yesterday was straight out of the “Dirty Politics” playbook. Kathryn Ryan wasn’t impressed and neither was I. Coincidentally Hager spoke last week about his investigative journalism – you can judge for yourself who spoke the truth.

Parsing John Key

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Date published: 8:30 am, April 21st, 2015 - 32 comments

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John Key’s recent public response to the news of the likely interception of Chinese diplomatic communications resemble those of a used car salesman rather than those of a New Zealand Prime Minister.

ANZAC 4 SALE

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Date published: 8:00 am, April 21st, 2015 - 37 comments

anzac

Has the spirit of ANZAC Day become subsumed by the commercial imperative?

Open mike 21/04/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, April 21st, 2015 - 111 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Daily Review 20/04/2015

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Date published: 5:30 pm, April 20th, 2015 - 30 comments

Edward Snowden bust

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other.

Murdoch on reality TV

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Date published: 10:39 am, April 20th, 2015 - 8 comments

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Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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Date published: 7:09 am, April 20th, 2015 - 147 comments

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Terrorism in NZ? The Herald was in a frenzy yesterday, because apparently we are a “sitting duck”. But, hang on…

Colmar poll

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Date published: 6:21 am, April 20th, 2015 - 141 comments

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No significant changes in yesterdays TV1 / Colmar Brunton poll, with National unchanged on 49%, Labour unchanged on 31%, and all changes within the margin of error.

Open mike 20/04/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, April 20th, 2015 - 93 comments

omt

Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Replacing Russel

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Date published: 3:47 pm, April 19th, 2015 - 48 comments

Green Party Turei Norman Beehive

The Greens have closed their nominations for male co-leader, and are running a number of provincial meetings. I went to the second one in Auckland. The biggest issue for the Greens now after cracking the 10% electoral support in 2011 is that they didn’t grow their vote in 2014, and remain well below polling.  Part of that is getting their public face right.

But they do it too …

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Date published: 2:53 pm, April 19th, 2015 - 22 comments

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With revelations that New Zealand has potentially been involved in the interception of Chinese diplomatic communications the questions arise did John Key know about it and did he authorise the activity.

Spying on China

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Date published: 8:37 am, April 19th, 2015 - 100 comments

nsa_surveillance

So great, now we’re trying to spy on China. What could possibly go wrong?

Open mike 19/04/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, April 19th, 2015 - 102 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Let Campbell Live entertain you

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Date published: 12:35 pm, April 18th, 2015 - 35 comments

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John Campbell is engaged in the most marvellous fightback in trying to save Campbell Live.  But you have to wonder why he is not on a State Channel with robust protection for quality journalism.

A Very British Jamboree

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Date published: 12:22 pm, April 18th, 2015 - 33 comments

sturgeon

Is Thatcherism finally to be laid to rest?

Housing and capital gains tax

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Date published: 10:02 am, April 18th, 2015 - 89 comments

Key-bubble

This week the Reserve Bank recommended adopting the Labour / Green capital gains tax, the National party denied and dithered, and Don Brash explained the truth about the property bubble.

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The UK Greens election video

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Date published: 10:00 am, April 18th, 2015 - 28 comments

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Well worth a watch even if some do not necessarily agree with it. Hat tip Adam.

Open mike 18/04/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, April 18th, 2015 - 100 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Daily review 17/04/2015

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Date published: 5:30 pm, April 17th, 2015 - 31 comments

Carmel Sepuloni

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other.

Weekend social 17/04/2015

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Date published: 2:00 pm, April 17th, 2015 - 8 comments

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Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

Deborah Russell: does New Zealand actually have a capital gains tax?

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Date published: 2:00 pm, April 17th, 2015 - 61 comments

Deborah Russell

A guest post by Deborah Russell responding to Government claims that we already have a capital gains tax  on the sale of land.

Key announces new schools – again

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Date published: 12:45 pm, April 17th, 2015 - 35 comments

John Key grimm

At least two of the four new schools that John Key recently announced had been announced previously.  And it appears that one of them has had its concrete foundations already poured.

Wikileaks – Sony Archives

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Date published: 10:53 am, April 17th, 2015 - 6 comments

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A Wikileaks dump of documents relating to Sony shows a close working relationship with the US government. Implications also for Kim Dotcom.

Spying for torturers

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Date published: 10:27 am, April 17th, 2015 - 19 comments

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The most disturbing allegations yet in the Snowden leaks on the activities of the GCSB.

Attack on Unite

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Date published: 9:38 am, April 17th, 2015 - 48 comments

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“Unite Union’s office robbed, trashed”. WTF?

Ten Bridges Too Far

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Date published: 7:15 am, April 17th, 2015 - 17 comments

de Joux says to go for the confusion technique. I'll play it as leader of the party and you say there was nothing wrong with a Ministerial request for data,  and then stay schtum. Got it?

With Crosby Textor by his side, John Key has since learned to employ all manner of specialist PR techniques including ad homs, blame-shifting, distraction,  use of Dirty Politics proxies to defuse the situation, and false equivalence, all woven together in an intricately performed semantic shuffle designed to  provide wiggle room for when he does get caught.

Open mike 17/04/2015

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Date published: 6:00 am, April 17th, 2015 - 115 comments

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Open mike is your post. For announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Daily review 16/04/2015

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Date published: 5:30 pm, April 16th, 2015 - 34 comments

simon bridges john key

Daily review is also your post. This provides Standarnistas the opportunity to review events of the day.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Don’t forget to be kind to each other.

The end is near for IE

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Date published: 2:56 pm, April 16th, 2015 - 25 comments

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Internet Explorer is now less than 15% of the sessions on this site. However it accounts fro nearly half of the development and testing time for the legacy variants. Microsoft has a replacement in the works, which should get released soonish. But I’m tired of wasting time on a crap browser. I’m dumping it now.

Polity: Electoral roll data

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Date published: 2:12 pm, April 16th, 2015 - 4 comments

magnify electoral man

The electoral commission’s roll solution does two good things, and one regrettable thing. It would rule out misuse of the rolls for debt collection / product marketing purposes. Good – that isn’t what the electoral roll is for. It protects party/candidates access to electronic copies. But it continues to privilege them above other political advocates – bad!

New appointments to Tertiary Education Institutions Councils

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Date published: 2:01 pm, April 16th, 2015 - 23 comments

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Steven Joyce has today announced his latest appointments to TEI. These are important because after changes to the Education Act 1989 in 2009 the Minister controls the appointment of half of the appointees of Councils. The Council appoints the other half. Think about the possible implications of Government influence. Manukau Institute of TechnologyMs Rachael Tuwhangai, […]

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