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Sprung! New Panama Papers dump confirm NZ is a tax haven

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, May 9th, 2016 - 277 comments

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A new release of Panama papers absolutely confirms New Zealand is a tax haven says Nicky Hager. And ironically, it is because of New Zealand’s squeaky clean reputation that tens of thousands of foreigners have come flooding here.
Rather than actually dealing with the issue, John Key is using his old classics “nothing to see here” coupled with “Labour did it too”, “nicky hager is a conspiracy nut”, and “wait for the (Shewan) whitewash enquiry” defenses.

Arise, Sir Lynton

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, May 8th, 2016 - 28 comments

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Lynton Crosby on his knees receiving a knighthood for services to conservative politics. To me, this really signals who is running the show, who is still running the show, and what their values are.

John, Ken and Mark might have had much better weeks

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 pm, May 7th, 2016 - 14 comments

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“I did a little yelp of joy…like an excited puppy,” wrote Farrier, the former Newsworthy presenter at TV3, on hearing of Weldon’s resignation

REALITY TV UPDATE: Mark Weldon Wins NZ’s Biggest Loser.

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, May 4th, 2016 - 56 comments

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MediaWorks CEO and mate of the PM, Mark Weldon, has quit his job. Is it too late to save MediaWorks? Should we care?

EDIT: Staff get in the champers shock!

John’s Key’s “lawyer” is not a lawyer

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, April 21st, 2016 - 191 comments

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John Key, explaining why he had an account with tax avoidance specialists Antipodes Trust Group, said he used the firm because his long-term friend, Ken Whitney, is a principal at the firm and has been his private lawyer for many years. The flaw in that theory is that Whitney is not currently a lawyer.

On the flag debacle and John Key’s supposed popularity

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, March 3rd, 2016 - 108 comments

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Key is running from the flag debacle, further evidence that “preferred PM” and “popular” are not the same thing.

John Key’s flag – an exercise in optics

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, February 17th, 2016 - 265 comments

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What would the adoption of John Key’s flag symbolise? Well, nothing, really.

Shock Horror media bias exists in New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, February 15th, 2016 - 85 comments

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Claire Robinson has analysed press use of photos during the 2014 general election campaign and has concluded that the major newspapers exhibited substantial bias in favour of Prime Minister John Key.

Key’s Bitter Legacy; Gareth Hughes Nails the PM’s Vanity.

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, February 12th, 2016 - 218 comments

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The Green’s Gareth Hughes delivered a blistering speech in reply to the PM’s statement to the House. It begs the question ‘what will Key’s lasting legacy be?’. A failed flag referendum? Poverty? Inequality? Corruption? Selfies with AB’s?

As Key’s star fades, the less he seems to have left us to remember him by. What was the point of him anyway?

Flagpole Sitta

Written By: - Date published: 5:56 pm, December 11th, 2015 - 138 comments

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John Key’s $26 million dollar flag flop bores it’s way to the halfway line tonight. The first referendum closes at 7 PM, first results at around 8.30. $26 million … that’s a lot of cancer drugs, child care centres and elder care we won’t be getting because the PM wants a signature legacy his dreary leadership doesn’t actually deserve.

Making the Opposition the Enemy –

Written By: - Date published: 1:00 am, November 13th, 2015 - 18 comments

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It takes fortitude to admit you are wrong. That’s right, not weakness but, strength, courage, resilience, grit, determination, endurance, guts, and staying power.  When you won’t admit you are wrong you end up having to justify wrong decisions. That takes time and energy (and money) away from what actually needs to be done for the greater good. John Key won’t admit he is wrong. Because of this he has to keep going down several paths of “wrongness”, and because he is Prime MInister, he is taking us all with him.  Some people think he does admit he made mistakes. But when you examine the few instances closer (if you can find them), it looks like something else.

Rugby or global leadership?

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, October 18th, 2015 - 45 comments

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John Key seems to prefer that New Zealand provides leadership in entertainment than in the areas that really matter.

Pandas WTF?

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

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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

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Unbelievable.

Key out of touch

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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
bloke-iness?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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