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Pandas WTF?

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, October 1st, 2015 - 41 comments


Pandas – one lightweight piece of fluff too far?

Key priorities – puppy photo op not Pike River people

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 am, August 19th, 2015 - 27 comments



Key out of touch

Written By: - Date published: 12:33 pm, July 23rd, 2015 - 115 comments

John Key Swimming Pool Metro 2005

The “rags to riches” narrative is changing to “out of touch”.

Effective political communication

Written By: - Date published: 9:13 pm, May 26th, 2015 - 61 comments


Richard Harman concluded his presentation to the recent Fabian “Destination Next Progressive Majority” event by quoting the noted political scientist Bob Chapman’s remark that he had “reluctantly come to the conclusion that it was far more important for a political party to have a communication strategy than an economic policy.” I’m inclined to agree.

Curiouser and curiouser

Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, May 19th, 2015 - 22 comments

John Key touching hair 002

Creepy Key has dodged a question from the Green Party about any contact he may have had with the New Zealand Fox News Herald in the lead-up to Rachel Glucina’s hit job on the cafe worker who’s ponytail he pulled.

The Key magic

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, March 27th, 2015 - 98 comments


“John Key heckled in Northland” – ouch.

National Ltd™ Battling Truth On Two Fronts

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, March 6th, 2015 - 13 comments

john key I will resign if the GCSB conducts mass surveillance

The lies and media pap being distributed for public consumption by the boys down at “The Club” are old and worn out now. Politicians, public commentators, and media heads who really think they can get away with this flimsy “rinse and repeat” justification of the indefensible are treated us with contempt. 

Key’s Plazatoro guts

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 pm, February 24th, 2015 - 81 comments


John Key’s frothing exhortation to Andrew Little in Parliament to “get some guts” reminds one of opera’s famous Duke of Plazatoro “who led his regiment from behind, he found it less exciting.” Key’s not going to Iraq – our soldiers are the ones in danger.

Captain’s Call

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 pm, February 9th, 2015 - 53 comments


Leaving Mike Sabin in charge of the Law and Order Select Committee was certainly a captain’s call by John Key. Just like Tony Abbott’s award of  a knighthood to the Duke (as if he needed more fruit salad), this was a judgment call. And it does call Key’s judgment into question. It’s not about when he knew what he knew, it’s about what he did when he knew.

Forgetting what the game is for

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, January 29th, 2015 - 19 comments


The Herald’s coverage of yesterday’s speeches gives us the opposite extremes of journalism. But the headline slot goes to the superficialities of the game, and spinning for their man Key at all costs.

Odgers in s**t

Written By: - Date published: 3:45 pm, January 22nd, 2015 - 30 comments


That’s as in spat. Characteristic. Richard Smith of Naked Capitalism questioned her Samoan fiduciary company fronting for a company delisted from GXG Markets, a small European exchange. It’s an interesting story, and Smith promises more to come from GXG about New Zealand if not Odgers.

The Key dynasty

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, January 14th, 2015 - 63 comments


What is with the paparazzi-like obsession with Max Key?

If the voice fits….?

Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, December 27th, 2014 - 237 comments

Telemachus and Penelope utexas

Politics has traditionally been men’s business.  Gradually women have come to be given more space in this sphere of public activity.  However, there are still strains of traditional masculine values evident in political activity, organisation and debate.  How much does Key trade in

Democracy, Money and Power

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, November 27th, 2014 - 6 comments

The stage was long ago reached where members of the US Government were told they should “wear their sponsors logo’s on their shirts”.

Key in for the long term?

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 pm, November 22nd, 2014 - 38 comments


John Key’s election as chair of the International Democratic Union is significant. Key succeeds John Howard who has led the IDU for the past 12 years. Key’s acceptance signals that like  four-time winner Howard, Key plans a long career as Prime Minister of New Zealand. This news should be a wake-up call for the Labour Party’s review of its election organisation and party structure.

The 4th estate & its pretenders

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, October 19th, 2014 - 63 comments

Hager and his book Dirty Politics

Some journalists continue to try to fulfill the fourth estate ideal of pursuing truth & speaking truth to power.  Others, with powerful links to corporate media & governments, work to suppress debate and democracy, often using threats, abusive nastiness & fear mongering.

Off to war

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, October 16th, 2014 - 70 comments


Broken promise. Lies. War. The Herald willing to believe anything to defend Brand Key. Just another day in NZ politics.

Two tier strategy on spying

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, October 7th, 2014 - 30 comments


Key ditching responsibility for the GCSB and SIS, and adopting the newly created title of Minister for National Security and Intelligence, is another example of the dirty politics two tier strategy.

Clean it up

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, September 23rd, 2014 - 70 comments

Hager and his book Dirty Politics

Action Station has a full page ad in today’s NZ Herald, asking to clean up dirty politics. Dirty Politics is not any isolated attack politics or criticism of those in power.  It is a relentless two track strategy, an orchestrated smear machine, aimed at moving politics rightwards & disengaging (left wing) voters. Update: Hager comments on the election.

The circle is complete

Written By: - Date published: 4:16 pm, September 17th, 2014 - 138 comments


From “There’s no ambiguity. No middle ground. I’m right. He’s wrong”
“[Snowden] may well be right” in just 4 days. Impressive.

Nastiest election ever?

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, September 17th, 2014 - 79 comments


Is this the nastiest election ever? The wit and wisdom of Twitter on this and other matters…

The email

Written By: - Date published: 2:57 pm, September 15th, 2014 - 140 comments

key dotcom

The email that alleges to show John key was in on a conspiracy, with Hollywood execs, to entrap Dotcom in NZ so they could extradite him to the US. Updated. Warners say the email is fake. But who was applying the “political pressure”? Updated: Cameron Slater is a techno idiot.

The enablers

Written By: - Date published: 12:30 pm, September 15th, 2014 - 14 comments


Under pressure from Glenn Greenwald’s revelations, John Key, using various smoke screens, is starting to reveal his complicity in working with the GCSB & its 5 Eyes partners, to extend the scope of their spying. Could the Southern Cross Cable Network not have known their systems had been tapped? Update: Statement by Southern Cross Cables

Blue on the polls

Written By: - Date published: 12:04 pm, September 14th, 2014 - 62 comments


Landline polls are a traditional gripe for lefties. But this election polls look seriously out of whack with reality.  Is National at 55%, 50%, 48% or 46%? But it’s always far too large for a party at National’s current stage in the political cycle. Just unbelievable and highly unlikely.

Vid of Nicky Hager talk tonight, Waikato

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 pm, September 8th, 2014 - 32 comments

Hager and his book Dirty Politics

Nicky Hager’s talk at the University of Waikato was very well attended. It was livestreamed.  A video of it is now available online,

Where is Jason Ede?

Written By: - Date published: 10:54 am, September 8th, 2014 - 19 comments


Jason Ede’s disappearance from public view suggests a cover up in response to Hager’s Dirty Politics.  The book implicates Ede (past PM staffer) in a coordinated black ops smear machine working with blogs like Whale Oil. Key may need to come clean soon about some of Ede’s activities.

“Democracy Under Attack”.

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, September 7th, 2014 - 89 comments

John Key canterbury rebuild advertisement

How long before “they” use control of the internet and media to bury adverse information, subvert democracy and vilify and silence those who disagree. “They” are doing it, NOW! A Government no longer has legitimacy, when they regard their own citizens as the enemy.

Airbrushing the VRWC

Written By: - Date published: 10:10 am, September 7th, 2014 - 109 comments


In today’s Sunday Star Times, is an article on a Matthew Hooton & the VRWC (Vast Right Wing Conspiracy). Hooton criticises John Key, does a couple of mea culpas, but ultimately, airbrushes the whole disgusting mess of dirty politics. [Updated: comment from Bill]

Slater’s bid- fail!

Written By: - Date published: 5:40 pm, September 5th, 2014 - 121 comments

component politics

TV3 News reports Slater’s bid to gag the media has failed. High Court decision is that media can report on previously published material, & material they already have. doesn’t apply to previously published material. Rawshark had already given remaining material to the media and departed. [Updated]

All the way to Key

Written By: - Date published: 11:19 am, September 1st, 2014 - 30 comments

john key repeating and repeating

All credit to Guyon Espiner for another hard-hitting interview with Key on Morning Report today. Espiner tries to get a straight answer from Key over his personal contacts with Slater. Tries and tries and tries, to no avail. It is clear that Key, personally and through his office, is up to his neck in dirty politics.

Whose Resignation?

Written By: - Date published: 3:52 pm, August 30th, 2014 - 115 comments


“There can surely be no more important issue than the fitness to govern of some of these pretending to office. What could be more serious than the abuse of power – its use, not to serve the interests of the country, but to discredit and destroy, in an unfair, vicious and underhand way, those whom the government sees as its opponents?”

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