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Written By: - Date published: 9:40 pm, August 8th, 2011 - 107 comments
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I don’t know what’s worse. Watching Trevor Mallard engage in amateur clap-trap like this or the fact the Labour caucus has decided a man with judgement this poor should run their campaign.

When I heard Trevor had decided to bike-race National’s muckslinger in an election year I thought it was a sideshow, a bad call but not worth commenting on, but now watching the shambles as he attacks the very media that Labour was just starting to get traction with is, frankly, angering.

And don’t think the media hasn’t noticed it. John Hartevelt points out:

But what, I think, this persistent (if informal) line of attack from Labour shows is that politically, it is focused on the wrong things.

It suggests Labour believes that if its clever policy is not providing a bounce in the polls, it must just be because the party is not getting a fair crack from the media.

There may or may not be some truth to that, but either way, instead of whingeing incessantly about it and sending out barely veiled attacks on journalists, why not try something else to turn it around?

I’ve noticed the gallery taking Key and his government to task a lot more this year than previously. I suspect that it’s partly because some of the shine is wearing off Key but also because the media like a horse-race and that means putting labour in the race.

At this rate however Trevor’s going to ensure the media (and anyone with the slightest respect for dignity) isn’t going to give a toss if Labour goes down in flames.

If it were just Trevor going down I wouldn’t give a toss but the many, many people that will be hurt by a second term of National deserve better representation.

I’ve heard rumours that there will be a Mallard/King deputy/leader ticket bid shortly after the election. If that’s true then god help the Labour party. Because nobody else will.

107 comments on “FFS”

  1. just saying 1

    With King!. That’s it – Labour is definitely trying to fail, they couldn’t make such appalling decisions and fuck-up so consistently and so spectacularly by accident. it’s just not possible is it?

    King – JFC.

  2. rosy 2

    Surely they’ve already seen what happens when you reward long an faithful service with the top job. A leadership that captures the imagination of the public and press is the only way Labour can come back from this debacle yet they’re going to do it again? FFS all right.

  3. Deano 3

    I hope that people and journos in particular realise that one MP playing silly buggers for his own personal reasons does not represent the Labour Party as a whole.

    • Anne 3.1

      Good response Deano. I wasn’t impressed with Mallard’s ‘joke’ post either, but don’t you think there’s a bit of over-reaction going on? I do.

      I’ve heard rumours that there will be a Mallard/King deputy/leader ticket bid shortly after the election

      Bet you that’s a Nact inspired crap rumour. The dirty tricks brigade was expected to be up and running around now. It won’t be the only rumour either.

    • IrishBill 3.2

      He’s running the Labour Party’s election campaign. Doesn’t that strike you as the party quite firmly endorsing his judgement and values?

      • Anne 3.2.1

        Maybe I.B. But I think this post was a response to something similar Slater did to Labour and Goff not so long ago. I’m sure the message from his colleagues will be sufficiently negative to ensure it won’t happen again. If it does he’ll be relieved of his position.

        • Lanthanide 3.2.1.1

          Slater regularly does these stupid “txts from NYC” jobbies, supposedly HC giving advise to Goff.

          • Chris 3.2.1.1.1

            Thats the worst thing – why would he copy an unoriginal and unfunny thing from Slater

            • SHG 3.2.1.1.1.1

              Whaleoil’s thing was a play on the widely-held belief that Helen Clark is a control freak and compulsive text-messager. Thus text messages from Helen Clark in New York attempting to manipulate the Labour Party in NZ are believable enough to be funny. And Whale got the tone and in-jokes pretty well.

              Mallard’s attempt was just woeful. And it’s what, fifty-something days to the election! Mallard’s the campaign manager! Aren’t there other things he should be doing? Or has he just given up?

              • Chris

                Maybe it was just me but I always thought they were pretty lame, nowhere near as lame as mallards though

      • Deano 3.2.2

        I think it’s a sign of the leadership making a mistake and not getting him under control. I don’t think it’s a stamp of approval on everything he does from the party, which is bigger than one man, or even the leadership.

        It’s a funny kind of strategy if he is trying to aid a defeat and take over. Everything he is doing is necessarily in public. Who would back a saboteur? Unless he’s counting on a weak, depleted caucus not having the will to oppose him.

        • Anne 3.2.2.1

          Mallard’s on recent record as counting himself out of any future leadership bid. He said something to the effect that… he isn’t leadership material. He didn’t have the right temperament for the job. Yes. We know that. :)

          That’s why I pick the rumour is a Nat. inspired one. There’s going to be all manner of rumours and innuendo designed to destabilise the Labour Party from now through to Nov 26!

      • Deadly_NZ 3.2.3

        Well thats it Labour are gone Mallard even puts me off.I posted this on Red Alert But i fully expect Clare to lose the plot and ban me forever, just for telling the truth as I see it. My Post
        Have you not worked it out yet?? Trevor Mallard is a liability to the Labour party getting back into power in 2011 I for one will NOT vote labour in any for if he is still around. and to be brutally honest when Helen left, then Trevor ,Annette, You, and yes even Phil and anyone who was in a position of power should have seen the writing on the wall and resigned.It would have been better for this election. Now I hope I am wrong but you are going to get a beating in the election, because me and every one like me, who battles every day to feed their family does not need the kind of bullshit we see in parliament. Of the whole lot of you the only 2 that make sense are the two Davids. Now I know that you will delete this as an attack on you, trevor and the like. But then again it’s the first sign of over use, to take the constructive criticism as an attack and delete everything that they have said. Yep typical National Party policy, are you going to be the same?

        Oh an I have voted Labour ALL my life. But this year I think not, too many people scared about their pay packets me thinks.

        • Colonial Viper 3.2.3.1

          Sorry you feel that way. Having read your comments over time I believe that you are consistently more Left than most.

          It appears to me that LAB needed a very fundamental renewal plan after 2008. And I don’t mean your suggestion of every bugger in caucus resigning. You need some experienced old hands around and I’m sure you know that too. Also I don’t mean a pile of fresh faces in caucus; that’s only superficial especially if the fresh new faces were all passed through the same starting filter.

          The generational renewal required was (IS) one of transformational ideology and identity i.e. Labour as a truly inclusive, community focussed, political economic movement.

          The utter failure of free markets to deliver, the domination of financialised crony capitalism, the consequent unpicking of decent family life and community life. The naked theft from future generations of New Zealanders by those wealthiest (typically 50+ age group) who are in power and influence today. And of course the darkening backdrop of global financial collapse and energy depletion. The list goes on.

          This is all ample tinder-dry fuel to start a visionary Centre Left Wing movement with. Where is the spark?

          Now, a CGT is excellent, but I’m sick of people saying that it is brave policy. It’s one step in the right direction, but a step that almost every other OECD country has already taken before us. Given that, how goshdarn “brave” is that really? It’s only brave relative to how timid and neo-liberal conformist our mainstream political economics has become.

        • The Voice of Reason 3.2.3.2

          Your comment is still up, Deadly. It appears Clare Curran is more tolerant of your comments when you lay off the personal abuse.
           
          I hope you do vote Labour in the end, even if you don’t like the current leadership. The party is more than just the MP’s and still deserves your support, particularly when the chips are down. One of the reasons the MP’s are engaging with the public via social media is that the party cannot afford a full strength media unit to do it for them, as the Nats do. There’s no money for 24/7 commenting, so the MP’s are doing themselves, with assistance from supporters on sites like this. Occasionally there will be outbreaks of lameness, but so what?

          Irish knows better than most what is needed in this area, so I find this post self serving and petulant. But what is worse is losing the support of someone like yourself whose interests are best served by a Labour led Govt. I really hope you’ll think again, maybe help out with the campaigning, maybe make a donation. If Labour don’t make a good showing at the polls, despite the weakness of the current position, we will get a NACT government that feels empowered to set this country back a generation. Ultimately, it’s not up to the Labour MP’s to stop this happening. It’s up to you.

          IrishBill: This isn’t about “lameness” but symptomatic of problems that are being enabled by party members’ silence.

          • LynW 3.2.3.2.1

            I agree TVOR…lets not allow divide and rule. Labour needs every vote it can muster and the loyalty it’s policies deserve. No asset sales and CGT should set Labour apart enough to look past the ‘silly’ errors.

          • Pete George 3.2.3.2.2

            TVOR: I hope you do vote Labour in the end, even if you don’t like the current leadership. The party is more than just the MP’s and still deserves your support, particularly when the chips are down.

            An odd comment. Supporting the party regardless of the lack of quality of it’s leadership and it’s MPs is blind loyalty at it’s worse, it won’t pressure the incumbents to improve or stand aside, and you end up with the remnants of a weak party in parliament – and the weakness is magnified because an injection of fresh new talent has been prevented.

            • The Voice of Reason 3.2.3.2.2.1

              Thanks for your sympathy, troll. It’s not an odd comment, if you understand politics. If it will help, I’ll draw a sporting parallel.
               
              I support West Ham United Football Club on the same basis I support Labour. Win, lose or draw, they are my team. Like the Hammers, Labour don’t always win, even when they are playing well. But the LP represents the values I hold dear and the traditions that made this country strong and I will continue to back them, whatever the relative strengths of the team they put out on the field at any given moment. The party is not the MP’s, it’s the members and WHU is not the players, it’s the club. Both have earned my support and both will continue to get it, even if both do occasionally score an own goal or two.
               
              Now that the Hammers are relegated to the Championship I could jump ship to another London team, say Arsenal, Chelsea or MUFC*. But I won’t, for the same reason I won’t abandon Labour. I know Labour and WHU will be back and when they are back, it will be all the sweeter for me, because I stuck with them when the fair-weather fans turned their backs.
               
              *wee joke for the football fans
               
               

              • IrishBill

                You’d never be critical of a West Ham coach that was clearly damaging the teams chances?

                I disagree with you in that you seem to be claiming that anyone that raises concern about how the party is being run is a fair weather friend. I wonder if you would’ve said the same thing in the mid-eighties when plenty of party members were very vocal with their concern?

                • The Voice of Reason

                  Well, it would be fair to say that the problems at West Ham stem from the owners rather than the coaches, a problem duplicated at many businesses. We narrowly avoided bankruptcy when the owners were Icelandic bankers and now the ‘ammers are owned by two ducking and diving porn merchants whose first act as owners was to sack the best coach we’ve had in ages and appoint a man with a proven record of relegating teams, who promptly did just that. But enough about things that are more important than life and death, let’s talk politics!
                   
                  I’m not claiming that anyone (or everyone) that raises concerns is a fair-weather friend, because most people who raise these issues are genuine frustrated at the lack of progress and fearful of what a second term for Key will mean. But I think those issues are best addressed where a difference can be made, which is inside the party, not providing ammunition for the likes of Pete G.
                   
                  The eighties were definitely different times than now and the internal opposition to the Douglasites didn’t crystallise into the NLP until the end of the decade. I wasn’t in Labour then, I was in a smaller but quite influential party and we helped Lange into power in both ’84 and ’87. By 1990 any enthusiasm had well and truly gone and the LP got a deserved hiding because it’s policies and direction were fundamentally wrong. That’s not the case here in 2011 and despite the difficulties we face, the fact remains that a Labour led government is still possible and is the only alternative.
                   
                  We just need to hold our nerve, stop bickering and send Trevor Mallard an email when we disagree with something silly happens rather than make it a bigger deal than it deserves to be.
                   
                   

                  • IrishBill

                    But I think those issues are best addressed where a difference can be made, which is inside the party, not providing ammunition for the likes of Pete G.

                    Where you either strike the same for or against us attitude or a nothing-we-can-do-about-it shrug.

                    The eighties were definitely different times than now and the internal opposition to the Douglasites didn’t crystallise into the NLP until the end of the decade.

                    I’m pretty sure I recall discontent being voiced at the ’86 conference in Dunedin but I might be mixing up dates. There were certainly major affiliates making harsh public criticisms around the time.

                    We just need to hold our nerve, stop bickering and send Trevor Mallard an email when we disagree with something silly happens

                    Like I said, my post isn’t the result of single instance of stupidity but I’m not interested in airing the family laundry here so I guess we’ll just have to discuss this over a beer some time instead.

              • Politics is not like sport – nonperforming coaches, captains and players are dumped, and fanatical supporters are likely to be leading the call to do it, and they are likely to be amongst the most vocal critics too.

                In politics the coaches and captains run the party and won’t usually dump themselves.

                Ignoring or quietly accepting politicians doing dumb and counterproductive things gives tacit suport to incompetence, and leads to the same people repeating the same mistakes. Sound familiar?

                But I think those issues are best addressed where a difference can be made, which is inside the party, not providing ammunition for the likes of Pete G.

                That’s nuts. I can see the problems as well as IB and every ex voter can see them, if they are not openly addressed and fixed then the polls will continue to punish.

                BTW, those quiet emails don’t seem to be working.

                • IrishBill

                  Given you’re a mindless cheerleader for Peter Dunne (albeit the only on on the planet), you’re not really in a position to throw stones on this one PG.

                  • Who’s most likely to achieve what they want in November – Goff, Mallard or Dunne?

                    Pragmatism is a better bet then repeating failures and not rebuilding.

                    • IrishBill

                      Your mate’s not pragmatic. Or centrist. He’s socially and economically rightwing and only pragmatic in that he’s willing to do what ever it takes to secure his position and the vanity-boost that comes with it. His problem is there’s no love for him anywhere now even the Nat’s “deal” with him is exceptionally lukewarm and I know for a fact there are several cabinet ministers who would happily see him gone.

                      Let’s hope he’s looking for a new job come November 27.

                    • You didn’t answer the question.

                      I suspect there’s more than a few shadow ministers who would like to see Goff and Mallard looking for new jobs before the election, but probably all cabinet ministers are happy to see them keep on keeping on.

              • Rich

                But a football team is just a symbolic thing. It doesn’t have any practical effect on anyone’s life (well, except a few absurdly wealthy players and coaches) if West Ham win or lose.

                Politics is about choosing who has the right ideas to make the country better. If the party you support has failed and is an incompetent mess with no ideas, it’s time to change parties.

  4. sam 4

    they’re fucked because the party is full of retards. they’re the ones responsible for the nats high polls and popularity. of course you only have to read the fan boys and girls on here to see that is evident and they won’t do anything about it as they dont see a problem within the party. case and point, the article which appeared on here a while back slamming goff for ruling out that idiot Hone. Hone isn’t popular, people don’t like him so ruling him out was a good idea, oh it may be undemocratic but for how many people? just a few militant handicaps in the far north. National is good because they just read their electorate and take the populist lines. hey what was that thing with goff and the sis the other day? I don’t know, because I don’t give a shit…im still being paid the same shitty salary and milk is still a fuckin rip off. but nice job any way dumbass.

    • richard 4.1

      You are a troll. Go back to your gutter.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.1

        Trolls live in caves. Or Kiwiblog. Just sayin :)

        • Lanthanide 4.1.1.1

          Typically trolls are said to live under bridges.

          • felix 4.1.1.1.1

            Yep, under bridges is definitely the traditional habitat in the stories I learned as a child.

            But I think the LOTR/Dungeons & Dragons types have a cave-troll element to their mythology.

      • Bored 4.1.2

        Yes a troll BUT have another read, in his own dull way he has pointed out the obvious. The bugger is very aware of Labours faults at a visceral level. Lots of self inflicted wounds from Lab keeping Nact ahead with the voters.

  5. jackal 5

    Perhaps National’s decision to not engage with the public through a blog site like Labour has was the right move. National’s belief system and general failure to respond would be far more damaging than anything Trevor Mallard might come up with. It’s interesting that he’s getting such a hard time considering that National’s self appointed bloggers Cameron Slater and David Farrar undertake such juvenile posts on a regular basis, and nobody bats an eye.

    • Gosman 5.1

      Cameron Slater I would agree with you does but David Farrar is not known for too many silly posts beyond his ubiquitous holiday posts.

      • jackal 5.1.1

        That’s a matter of opinion. The self appointed thing with Farrar might be incorrect, as I’m unsure who is paying for those holidays?

        Back on topic: I totally agree that there’s no benefit for Labour in silly interaction with disingenuous right wing bloggers.

    • lonelyavenger 5.2

      Cameron Slater and David Farrar are not senior Members of Parliament.

  6. Jackal, he is a paid member of parliament, campaign manager and shadow leader of the house. The others are bloggers. Does that need further explanation?
    Who is in charge over at Labour HQ. Evidence would suggest it is N.O Body.

    • Colonial Viper 6.1

      Actually it seems Right Wing bloggers get better access to SIS info. Anything else?

    • jackal 6.2

      The leader of the opposition Phil Goff is in charge at Labour HQ. I compared Labours Red Alert to National’s lack of an online presence in the blogosphere and compared the posting of Trevor Mallard to those who purport to represent National. Making a straw man argument out of that by attributing a posts worth to who made it, clearly shows that you support the hierarchical system that I hate. Mallards blogging skill’s might be far below his debating prowess and knowledge of procedural matters, but how does Labours engagement compare to Nationals total lack of any presence on the blogosphere?

  7. The polls suggest that ignoring the blogosphere is working out quite well. However I get your point, Ministers should be too busy but it would be nice to see a few more of the junior blue team mixing it up.
    As far as Colonials comment about the sis OIA situation, I suspect I will get slapped for responding to your offtopic comment but here we go anyway. Don’t bag a blogger for wording an OIA better than the media. Fairfax should be getting a serve for their poor effort abd Goffs three attempts at a version is the real story.

    • jackal 7.1

      I wasn’t aware that there were three different accounts given by Phil Goff… perhaps you’ve been reading too much RWNJ spin? From the media I’ve seen, Phil Goff has been consistently saying that he was not privy to the documents. I disagree that Ministers should be too busy to engage with their constituency, government can only represent if they engage with the public. Could you reply to the comment instead of creating a new thread please barnsley bill?

    • Colonial Viper 7.2

      Don’t blame a blogger for receiving better coaching about wording an OIA than the media.

      Fixed it for you, see.

      • McFlock 7.2.1

        and, most likely, a tutorial session in wandering around websites that don’t belong to him.
         
        I think I know where all the night-class funding is going…

  8. thanks, who coached him?

    [lprent: I realize that you are a bit hopeless at this technology bit. But do learn to use the reply button to reply in the threads rather than scatter-gunning all over the comments for the post. At present you appear to think that you are at the sewer or no minister. ]

  9. which question [name deleted]?

  10. Sounds to me like something is leaky inside Labour… anybody know a plumber?

    • McFlock 10.1

      Lol – as opposed to the high-pressure hermetic seal that is ACT media communications, Clint?
      Let he who is without sin, and all that.
       
      How’s life being lead by Brash and Banksie?

      • Clint Heine 10.1.1

        Whoosh, that was my comment going over your head. But awfully cute you tried to spin something back at me while ignoring that giant freight train heading right for you.

        Jackal may be able to fill you in on that one, he is a leak specialist.

        Back to the subject at hand – it is never nice to see a campaign strategist losing the plot. ACT had Ansell, a complete trainwreck and Labour has Mallard, who seems to be deliberately hurting Labour in places they never thought they had. Do you ditch or muzzle the guy or play along and hope he doesn’t have further ambition after November?

        I got bigger fish to fry, been a little bit of “urban disruption” out my way.

        • McFlock 10.1.1.1

          lol.
          That’s not urban decay – it’s a giant billboard telling you that marx was far more correct than Adam Smith.

    • felix 10.2

      Err, what? The “leak” you’re talking about is either a blog post or… another blog post.

      Best get that plumber on the phone though, you’re full of shit again.

      • Clint Heine 10.2.1

        Meh. It’s an in-joke between me and Jackal.

        Didn’t stop you running in though did it? No need to tell me, you just were desperate to talk to me weren’t you? Glad we got the formalities out of the way!

        [lprent: That is silly. It is a wide open public forum where it is likely that a thousand or more people will read this today. Use e-mail or other closed forums for private conversations. ]

  11. felix 11

    The whole thing is meh.

    Bigger fish.

  12. logie97 12

    Yawn. Really not an issue. You have to wonder who reads newspapers’ blog sites. Bit like letters to the editor really. Junkies get exercised but matters little really in the overall scheme of things.

    Next…

  13. gobsmacked 13

    I agree 100% with Irish Bill (and I don’t always).

    It’s got well past the stage where those of us who are left-leaning should try and defend Mallard and his “strategy” (though that’s a misnomer, it’s just a shambles). The fact that right-wingers are dancing a jig or concern-trolling doesn’t mean we should just leap in to defend this incompetence, this wilful self-destruction of Labour’s campaign.

    He seems to be out of control. It’s beyond a joke now, and the leadership and caucus should rein him in. If they’re doing it behind closed doors, that’s fine – just make damn sure Trevor gets the message. NOW.

    • seeker 13.1

      “I agree 100% with Irish Bill ……”

      With all due respect I knew you would Gobsmacked.

      Both you and Irish bill (you mostly), appear to be so negative about Labour and so vociferous with your nagging that i wonder you don’t remove yourselves during the lead up to the election to kiwiblog or slaters (such an unfortunate name to live up to) site. At least Mallard’s heart is in the right place even if his efforts at satire/parody appear lame to you. I’m not at all sure your heart, or Irishbill’s for that matter is in the right place judging by your negs.and nags.

      I, and many people in this country, need Nact out if we are to survive, and you are not helping……..

      • gobsmacked 13.1.1

        Seeker, a simple search of this site will give you hundreds of comments by me, attacking the Right / supporting the Left. It’s pretty clear where I stand.

        But I don’t kid myself that what I say or do on here matters much. It doesn’t. So don’t worry about it.

        On the other hand, what Labour’s chief strategist is doing matters very much. And what he’s doing is clearly frustrating and disappointing a lot of people on the left, or centre-left. And it’s not winning votes.

        If he (and the Labour leadership) get their act together, Labour still might win the election.

        If they carry on acting the way they have been, they won’t.

        We need NACT out. He isn’t helping.

        [lprent: Or a less simple search. Use advanced search, set to comments and prefix the commentators name with @author ]

  14. Hmmm.

    Me thinks this is much ado about nothing.  Day in day out Red Alert posts weighty well thought through articles where issues of the day are debated and put out for discussion.  RWNJs frequent the site but the moderation is remarkably liberal.

    Trevor has a bit of fun with the slithery one and everything else is ignored and this is held up as evidence that the campaign is on the ropes.

    This is not the strategy.  Look at how the CGT was handled.  That is an example of how things are going to be rolled out.  Forgive Trevor if he has a bit of fun occasionally however.

    Cameron must be smiling from ear to ear …

     

    • SHG 14.1

      Look at how the CGT was handled. That is an example of how things are going to be rolled out.

      You mean an important policy is released prematurely, with important details to be left to a vague “Expert Group”, and about which Trevor Mallard accidentally leaks an internal email that contains scripted “spontaneous” Internet messages of support and instructions to not talk about details of the policy?

    • seeker 14.2

      Very well put Micky Savage @ 8.00am. Take note Irishbill and moan your head off down the pub.or write to Trevor if you have to nag in the written word. You are not helping New Zealand.

      • seeker 14.2.1

        Sorry Irish Bill, my last comment@ 2.13pm may have sounded bad “you are not helping New Zealand”. I tried to correct but time ran out.I just meant that to help New Zealand survive we need to get rid of neo liberalism in the guise of Nact (once and for all,hopefully) and writing this sort of post at this time with only weeks to go to the election is not helping. Wrong post,wrong time.

    • Deadly_NZ 14.3

      Bullshit Trevor cant even count. he banned me for a month 5 months ago and I still can’t post under that nom de plume. And as to his antics in parliament, for gods sake he’s supposed to be an adult, and now to attack the NACT loving media, makes me wonder if he’s secretly working for the bloody nats.

    • QoT 14.4

      I don’t think this shows the campaign is “on the ropes”, micky, but this – plus other wondrous “hilarity” like the totally edgy Hopoate joke in the incredibly shitty “Let’s Not” Flash game – pretty certainly demonstrates that the Labour campaign is being run by someone with an incredibly immature sense of humour – and a complete lack of the judgement necessary not to display that immaturity for the world to see.

  15. Southern Man 15

    Im undecided who to vote for this year.But looking at the preformance of labour of late i have my doubts as to whether i will vote labour..i have in the past but lived to regret douglas’s tenure.Trevor seems to be undermineing phill goff by being a loose cannon.
    How can the constituants have confidence in a party that appears to be running round like a headless chook and produceing policies that are poorly thought out. A CGT is not a bad idea but given how it was presented it resmbled a dogs breakfeast. If Labour wants my vote this year they are going to have to get a lot more credibility and get members like trevor to pull their head in.
    None of the parties realy inspire me..none of them

  16. Tom Gould 16

    “I’ve noticed the gallery taking Key and his government to task a lot more this year than previously.”

    What? You watched One News or 3 News lately? Like, since 2008? You seem to be saying that after giving Key and his government slavish positive coverage, now we are a few weeks out from an election, they feel for appearances sake the need to look a wee bit balanced. Meanwhile, they still spike real stories like Joyce ‘overlooking’ a vital OIA letter involving a multi-million dollar deal, or Brownlee not being ’100 percent’ when blaming appointees’ demands for jacking up fees when it turns out he didn’t even ask them? Imagine if these two incidents had happened under Labour? These would have been a front page scandal campaign and resignations demanded by the editorial writers and gallery. But somehow the rules have changed? Can it be political?

  17. Rodel 17

    Go Trevor!! At last…at last someone in Labour is prepared to fight instead of wimpishly kowtowing to our third rate media and their devious political masters.
    Maybe now the voters will take some notice and realize that Labour means business.
    I’d still like to see Goff display a bit of Mallard’s mongrel instead of being a nice John Key clone

    Trev won’t get everything right all the time but more power to him.

    • TEA 17.1

      Yes I like Mallard too, a man with a bit of go about him and can stand pain. Mallard is another bike rider like myself with ACC history.
      On all accounts he hit the road pretty hard in Otago during the two day “Tour deTaieri” I bet Nic Smith smiled at that one.

      Why is it that most of the Nats are so smiley these days.
      Perhaps the smiles will have been wiped off this week due to the US AA+ downgrade.

      I would love to know how much return the NZ Supper Fund has made/loss from the $19.22bn held at May 2011 to today.

  18. outofbed 18

    So all we do is sit and wait for the impeding election loss for the left and Labours implosion.
    4 months out and National look unassailable.
    Time to try something out of the square, a bit radical.. nothing to lose eh?
    I reckon Labour should roll Goff and install Jacinda Ardern as leader.
    Any male leader is going to have a hard time competing against Mr Perfect. But a young presentable female, different kettle of fish. Lots more female votes and a few xtra shallow males
    The press would be all over it and And the National party would be a little spooked with such a potential game changer, Can’t see Key attacking JA in the same way as he is does Goff
    Put a bit of a bomb under things.
    Lets face it can’t be worse then what is about to happen.

    • Southern Man 18.1

      Changeing jokeys half way through the race isnt going to do anything if the horse is about knackered is it? Labour should pay close attention to the situation in australia.Juliar gillard knifed krudd and then did a deal with the greens for power and look where that has ended up. if there was an election in australia next month apart from bob katter independants would be extinct.labour would be demolished and the greens would go the same way as the democrats did. into politcal oblivion
      Changeing leaders is not going to acheive anything at this stage.Phill Goff needs to get a spine and tell the likes of trevor and co to pull their heads in or they are looking at another term in opposition. as i said above.im undecided but judging by this latest bit of malarky by trevor its obvious they dont want my vote.

      • prism 18.1.1

        @southern man – It seems to me that you can’t look at Julia Gillard’s ratings without taking into account the carbon tax. As I understand it she either, or practically, said – read my lips there will be no carbon tax. A reckless statement and all the media I hear say that now she is introducing one people feel a lack of trust and enthusiasm for her. Though it may be right to do, she promised cross her heart she wouldn’t and she is seen as a smooth liar. Labour here should stress each lack of commitment to promises shown by NACT.

        • millsy 18.1.1.1

          Gillard is toast come 2013, along with Labour. I’m picking that the ALP will be out of power for a generation after that.

      • Deadly_NZ 18.1.2

        @Southern Man. If you want to make a point or two, then correct spelling is a help, and the correct spelling of peoples names is essential.

    • Tom Gould 18.2

      @ outofbed, brilliant! At last someone who ‘gets’ how politics is done in NZ these days. Phew.

    • Bored 18.3

      Snap…absolutely spot on.

    • SHG 18.4

      To be fair, Key doesn’t really attack Goff at all. It’s not necessary.

      In fact National’s plan for beating Labour seems to be “sit back, say nothing, and watch Labour beat Labour”.

    • Maui 18.5

      Agreed. National frequently pushed the theme of entrepreneurial youth
      versus boomer conservatism.

      The last time I checked, a lot entrepreneurial youth were rioting in the UK.

      Jacinta would expose the shallowness of that argument, doubtless suggested by
      Crosby-Textor & as a convenient differentiator.

      Labour needs generational renewal.

      With burgeoning youth unemployment, it may be forced on them.

    • Deadly_NZ 18.6

      Good point or even Cunliffe of Parker both have proven themselves masters of the oral debate where as Goff asks questions and Key just laughs at him.

  19. deemac 19

    the average voter does not pay attention to any of this stuff but the overall bias of the MSM does have a longterm drip drip effect on their perceptions. I have spoken to hundreds of voters over the last few months and though many are unhappy with the current situation, the media are telling them that the govt is doing a good job and rarely covering anything Labour says or does so they see no alternative.
    Oh and if anyone really is having trouble deciding how to vote, try to remember that after 26 November we will either have a Nat govt or a Labour-led one – there is no alternative.
    Anyone care to imagine what NZ will look like after another 3 years of the current showert?
    .

    • seeker 19.1

      Well said Deemac! Life with three more years of Nact doesn’t bear thinking about.It will make that plate of :”cold porridge” that Prism mentioned @ 12.32pm look like ambrosia.

  20. prism 20

    I don’t know Mallard as well as some people on this blog do but what I know doesn’t encourage me to think well of him or Labour. Labour can’t win unless they stop serving last week’s cold porridge to the punters. Thinking in culinary vein, John Key is a tasty high-class meal with sparkling wine. Given a choice between that and cold porridge only masochists would choose Labour.

  21. Rodel 21

    Lots of little snide right wing moles here pretending to support the left and trying to undermine it at the same time..Be a bit more subtle lads.You’re not fooling anyone except yourselves…

    Remember Hooten’s comment in the Hollow Men……..”F***k we’re good!” (They weren’t)

    • gobsmacked 21.1

      little snide right wing moles here pretending to support the left

      Such as? Outofbed? Bored? Irish Bill? Who?

      The right-wingers (Heine, Barnsley) are obvious, and who cares what they think? It’s the frustration on the LEFT that matters – and it’s real.

      A few examples online …

      No Right Turn
      Imperator Fish (Labour member)
      Dim-Post
      Plenty of of left-supporting people commenting here, and on other blogs (no, not just trolls)
      etc.

      Forget the MSM. Forget the Right. This is going down like a cup of cold sick on the LEFT.

      You can encourage Labour (and Trevor) to keep trying to lose votes, or not. I vote not.

      • seeker 21.1.1

        Thought I’d re post my earlier comment here, as it seems even more appropriate now.

        “I agree 100% with Irish Bill ……” wrote Gobsmacked @ 12.32.am

        With all due respect I knew you would Gobsmacked.

        Both you and Irish bill (you mostly), appear to be so negative about Labour and so vociferous with your nagging that I wonder you don’t remove yourselves during the lead up to the election to kiwiblog or slaters (such an unfortunate name to live up to) site. At least Mallard’s heart is in the right place even if his efforts at satire/parody appear lame to you. I’m not at all sure your heart, or Irishbill’s for that matter, is in the right place judging by your negs.and nags.

        I, and many people in this country, need Nact out if we are to survive, and you are not helping …..
        Reply

        • IrishBill 21.1.1.1

          You’ve no idea.

        • Maggie 21.1.1.2

          Are you serious Seeker? Get a clue! The reason why people like IB continue to “nag” is they do nothing but work towards ousting the Nats and neoliberalism from New Zealand. So seeing Labour stuff around with crap like Mallad’s internet antics is particularly galling.

          Labour did really well with much of the CGT release. But for Fsake, one good media release after three years of no centralised vision and focus isn’t going to reassure Labour supporters/volunteers that Labour has got it together. Thanks IB, you are continuing to try to get through to them long after many of us have given up trying.

      • Clint Heine 21.1.2

        Now that is very uncharitable. My point was very genuine.

        I said that Trev has gone loco, just as we had a problem with Ansell. It wasn’t pretty for ACT nor is it for Labour. Plenty of time to rearrange things and get your message out. I might not agree with it wholesale – but at least put out a message that all of your MPs will stand beside, rather than the loose collection of messages that are being put out lately.

  22. MrSmith 22

    Good post Irish, to much back slapping going on around hear lately. If you think Trevor is fucking things up then better to speck up than to sit and hope. I have noticed the media giving labour a little more slack lately as well.
     
    Labour need to give the media more good common scene policy that they can throw at the Nact’s, Labour shouldn’t expect them (the media) to do the work for them.

  23. prism 23

    There may or may not be some truth to that, but either way, instead of whingeing incessantly about it and sending out barely veiled attacks on journalists, why not try something else to turn it around?

    The Pope had a Popemobile, Kiwibank had the little green car, Labour could get a high 4wd, paint it cream and drive it around NZ with a tongue in cheek message that though some people say that pollies get lost in an ivory tower, they are bringing their ivory tower to the people. It would make a point, humorously. At each town it went to something would occur that would be newsworthy for the region at least and probably all the MSM.

  24. Jeff 24

    Will undountedly be labbelled a Troll for this but…

    NZer’s are voting for a personality in John Key. One day, those in the Labour party will realise the reason why NZer’s are so turned off by Labour at the moment, is the personalities within Labour, the old guard epitomised by the likes of Toxic Trev. Unfortunately his toxic, inept brand of politics seems to be permeating the some of the newer members of the Labour Caucus. Perhaps after the coming election, this maybe realised by the Labour Party and a much needed clean out and refreshing of the parliamentry wing removing the perception (real or otherwise) of the party being run by “the gaggle of gays and self serving unionists”.

    Maybe, just maybe then Labour will become a credible opposition and have a chance of taking the treasury benches once again.

    • Ian Jackson 24.1

      Absolutely-my old great grandfather was one of the founding fathers in Blackball-I know he’s turning in his grave listening to the tripe being espoused here.
      Lemmings he would say. His dear old party has turned into a rabble. Some of the comments are juvenile and desparate. Leaders are what the party needs, someone with (dare I say it) charisma!
      Who have the party got that can get the message across-none that I can see even in the current lot.
      As for Mr Presland, please desist from sullying the great name.

    • The Voice of Reason 24.2

      It really depends on whether you want personality or policy, Jeff. I’d rather have more of the latter with a sprinkling of the former. Obama has personality, too, but without policy, he has turned into a major disappointment. So, de we go down the route that National have taken, where winning comes first and ideas come a distant second or do we go with offering a choice on the things that matter, such as fairer taxation and the retention of the family silver?

      • Jeff 24.2.1

        TVOR … at the moment, the public dont give a shit what policies Labour put up. Fact is, as shown in all polls of late, they just do not like the Senior Labour Caucus and the way they act. That is why they were beaten at the last election, that is why they will be beaten at the coming election and unless something is done to remove the “old Guard”, read Goff, King, Mallard, Street, Dyson, Tizard and a number of others, they will be beaten at the 2014 election

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    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Petition for Governor General of New Zealand to Investigate all the allegat...
      Now we see the inquiry will be a whitewash, that is secret, won’t be consulted with the Opposition, will have limited scope and will ignore Nicky Hager’s book, we must demand the Governor General step in and demand an...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Ashburton, 1 September 2014
    I NEVER WENT BACK to Aramoana after the killing. I had been a frequent visitor to the tiny seaside village back in the late 1970s and throughout the 80s. Its tall cliffs and broad beaches providing a colourful backdrop to...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Checkmate in 1 move – how could Slater have known what was in OIA request...
    And now we get down to the final few moves before checkmate. If the following investigation is right, how could Slater and Collins have known what was in the Secret Intelligence Service Official Information Act request that hadn’t been released...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Without Consent
    Today the Edge website – owned by Media Works – published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent. It is not OK to publish naked media of any woman without her consent, full stop. It is absolutely disgusting...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate ...
    Bomber, Laila and Maggie – a highlight from Auckland Broadcasting Debate 2014...
    The Daily Blog | 01-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how good was I i...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Maggie Barry slags Laila Harre & blogger, audience erupt
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting held their public meeting in Auckland last night and it became a fiery shouting match when Maggie Barry decided to slag Laila Harre and me off. 250 people packed into the Pioneer Hall off High...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • It has to be a full independent public inquiry and Key MUST front
      You know things are bad when images like this start appearing in the media.  It isn’t a ‘left wing conspiracy’ to point out the over whelming evidence of what is clearly a right wing conspiracy! If it looks like a conspiracy, sounds like a conspiracy...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Political Party social media stats – National playing Dirty Politics on s...
    Interesting data from friend of the blog, Marty Stewart, on social media likes and it shows an interesting question that post Dirty Politics should probably get asked…   …it’s interesting that Key has so many personal followers.  One wonders if...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • The depth of the National rot and the compliance of our news media
    I’m so tired. Aren’t you? I don’t want to read the news anymore. It’s awful and I feel ashamed of it. We live in a country that people all over the world would give an arm, a leg; their life...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Conservative Party candidate links smacking ban with suicide, sexually tran...
    If Chemtrails, faked moon landings and climate change denial weren’t enough, welcome to your new Minister for Spanking,  Edward Saafi... The anti-smacking law is to blame for youth suicide, youth prostitution and even sexually-transmitted infections, a leading Conservative party candidate...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on the canonisation of Matthew Hooton
    Before we all start the canonisation of Matthew Hooton, let’s consider some home truths here shall we? While the Wellington Ruminator Blog, the blog who was previously mates with Judith Collins, now seems to have a crush on Matthew Hooton… …I...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word on undercover cops in bars
    Dunedin police booze operation labelled ‘creepy’ Undercover police officers drank in Dunedin bars as part of an operation targeting liquor licensing offences. While police said the inaugural operation was a success — with most bars found compliant — the Hospitality...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Judith Collins press conference
    Judith Collins press conference...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Angry Lawyer – Collins, Odgers, Williams and legal ethics
    We deserve better lawyers than Judith Collins Three of the worst offenders exposed in Dirty Politics are lawyers: Judith Collins, Cathy Odgers, and Jordan Williams. What Nicky Hager exposed them doing would be out of line for anyone, but from...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Necessary Defence
    Increasingly climate change is becoming the main fracture line between political parties. Where political parties stand on climate change defines political parties and movements like no other issue. The Mana Movement like the Maori Party it sprang from, came out...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Why it is all over for John Key
    Image: Melanie D I’ve been confident that National will lose this election and that our focus should be on what a progressive Government needs to establish as its agenda in the first 100 days. Past that point, the establishment pushes back...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • A brief word to everyone who voted National in 2011
    I received this interesting email from a National Party supporter today… …let me say this to anyone who voted National last election – you should be ashamed by what has been revealed and what your vote ended up enabling but...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Déjà Vu All Over Again: John Ansell confirms his participation...
      THE MAN BEHIND the Iwi-Kiwi billboards that very nearly won the 2005 election for Don Brash and the National Party has confirmed his involvement in businessman John Third’s and former Act MP Owen Jennings’ campaign to drive down the...
    The Daily Blog | 31-08
  • Public Broadcasting Auckland debate 6.30pm tonight now with Colin Craig &am...
    The Coalition for Better Broadcasting debate on public broadcasting happens tonight at 6.30pm in Auckland at the Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City.  In the light of Dirty Politics and the manipulation of the media, public broadcasting is more important for...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Winners & Losers in Collins sacking plus what’s the latest on Slater...
      Make no mistake, there was no way this was a resignation, it’s a face saving way out for Collins, she was sacked.  My understanding is that National internal polls are haemorrhaging and that the powers that be within National...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Third party propaganda attacks incoming Labour-led government
    . . Further to a report by Daily Blogger, Chris Trotter, on receiving information regarding planned attack-billboards, the following billboard is highly visible to traffic on the southbound lane of the Wellington motorway, just prior to the Murphy St turn-off....
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Labour wins the Internet
    I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried to vote online for the leaders debate and couldn’t because the website was down. The next option was the txt vote, 75c a pop of course. So I’m not surprised that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Rotherham and the need to challenge willful bl...
    I haven’t been following the events in Rotterham too closely.  I’ve read about the basic issues and the culture of silence that stopped action been taken even after complaints were made.  That culture of silence is incredibly familiar, and described...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Review: Hairspray
      Oh Hairspray! What fun! Somehow I managed to miss the movie when it came out, I had no idea really what it was about though I felt it had a vague relation to High School Musical. In retrospect, that...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • Mounting global pressure against Timor-Leste’s ‘death sentence’ media...
    East Timor’s José Belo … courageous fight against ‘unconstitutional’ media law.Image: © Ted McDonnell 2014 CAFÉ PACIFIC and the Pacific Media Centre Online posted challenges to the controversial ‘press law’ nine months ago when it emerged how dangerous this draft...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Spies, Lies and When Campaigns Are Fried
    Like most of the rest of the nation’s political classes, I was eagerly affixed to TV One from 12:30 on Saturday afternoon to witness the downfall of Judith Collins.Whenever we witness the crumbling of a titan of the political landscape...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Whaleoil crushes Crusher
    Judith ends up shooting herself A new email has been released suggesting that Collins was attempting to undermine the head of Serious Fraud Office with the help of far right hate speech merchant Cameron Slater. Unbelievable!   She has been forced...
    The Daily Blog | 30-08
  • BREAKING: Rumours Judith Collins gone at lunchtime
    Brook Sabin first of the mark with rumours Judith Collins is about to resign – PM announcing a statement at 12.30pm… …Paddy follows… …Vance confirms..   …if Collins is gone by lunchtime, it will be because the PM understands the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • BREAKING: UPDATE on DIRT ALERT!
    Thanks to the information passed to Chris Trotter by “Idiot/Savant” from No Right Turn it is now possible to identify at least some of the persons involved in this latest example of attack politics. What follows is Chris’s response to Idiot/Savant’s timely assistance: Well done...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Comparing burning puppets, hip hop lyrics and drunk student chants to black...
    Watching the mainstream media try and obscure Cunliffe’s surprise win in the leaders debate  is a reminder the Press Gallery is in depressed shock. The current spin line from the Wellington bubble media in the wake of Dirty Politics is that...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Why has it all gone quiet on Charter Schools?
    They’re one of ACT’s flagship policies and the National Party have been gung ho in supporting them. So how come we’re not hearing Hekia Parata, Jamie Whyte, Catherine Isaac, et al singing from the rafters about what a resounding success charter...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall
    Moment of Truth – September 15th – Auckland Town Hall...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dirt Alert! Are the Greens and Labour about to become the target...
    WE’VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE. In 2005 pamphlets began appearing all over New Zealand attacking Labour and the Greens. For a couple of days both the parties targeted and the news media were flummoxed. Who was behind such an obviously...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The Donghua Liu Affair: the Press Council’s decision
    . . 1. Prologue . The Donghua Liu Affair hit  the headlines on 18 June, with allegations that David Cunliffe wrote a letter in 2003,  on  behalf of  business migrant, Donghua Liu. Four days later, on Sunday 22 June, the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • The difference between Cunliffe & Key in the debate
    It was with much interest that I watched the leaders debate on Thursday night.  I watched with an open mind, always happy to have my opinion changed.  Maybe John Key is all the wonderful things that many say about him,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – When Did We Agree To Our Data Being Shared with ...
    New shocking evidence has emerged from Edward Snowden’s trove of documents about a program called ICREACH under which data collected by the GCSB is shared with 23 US spy agencies. Under new sharing agreements which appear to have commenced immediately after...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Why Internet MANA are the best political friends the Greens could ever get
    Metiria at last nights #GreenRoomNZ: standing on the shoulders and camera cases of giants  NZers, regardless of political spectrum or apathy level, have a wonderful beach cricket egalitarianism about us. If we can objectively conclude a winner, then that person...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Sick of the Sleaze? Protest against National’s dirty politics THIS SATURD...
    Sick of the Sleaze? Protest now dammit! Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Sir Edmund Thomas – Address at Nicky Hager public meeting
    I regard it as privilege to chair this public meeting. I have long had the greatest admiration for Nicky Hager’s work, and nothing I have read or heard in the media over the past week or so has caused me...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour and New Zealand Superannuation
    The kerfuffle in the wake of Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics has had a detrimental impact on our discussion of economic policies. Signs are that the main beneficiaries of the dirty politics revelations will be Winston Peters and Colin Craig; certainly National suffered...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Mike Hosking and the Leader’s Debat...
    A few weeks ago I blogged that Mike Hosking was a terrible choice as moderator for the TV One Party Leader’s Debate, because he is so embarrassingly biased in favour of John Key. So I watched the show with curiosity,...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Democracy and Cancer: A critical analysis of Dirty Politics
    Twenty years ago, England’s renowned television playwright Denis Potter died of pancreatic cancer.  Readers may recall his two masterpieces ‘Pennies from Heaven’ and ‘The Singing Detective’.  During a final television interview with Melvyn Bragg, Potter declared that he had named...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton
    Personal Statement by Matthew Hooton 1 September 2014 For Immediate Release “This morning I made comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about an attempt by staff in the Prime Minister’s Office to interfere in the appointment...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Worm turns down for John Key
    John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s Reactor, the original Worm. John Key struggled to coax The Worm above the line in Thursday’s Leaders Debate, according to Roy Morgan’s...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Edge Posts Naked Photos Without Consent
    The Edge website, owned by Media Works have published fully naked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence without her consent....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following the shooting of three people in Ashburton today....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Update on IGIS inquiry into release of NZSIS information
    In recognition of the public interest, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, took the unusual step of providing an update during the course of an inquiry and confirmed today that she would be summoning a number of individuals...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • An Open Government Plan developed in secrecy
    The State Services Commission sent NZ’s Open Government Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat on 31 July. The countries involved in the OGP since its inception - from the UK and US to Indonesia and Brazil...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • KiwiRail; another year older and deeper in debt
    That is a lot of money and there are lessons that need to be learnt before we pour in another $1 billion....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Fonterra China Deal Demands Safe Supply Chain
    The future success of Fonterra’s deal to sell infant formula in China [1] requires all milk it uses be safe and for Fonterra to secure its supply chain from contamination by GE DNA and pesticide residues. There is now significant...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • HRC praises Auckland mum for speaking out
    Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy has praised an Auckland mother of four who went public after humiliating treatment by staff at The Warehouse....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Southern DHB refers disputed issue to Serious Fraud Office
    Following advice from forensic investigation firm Beattie Varley Limited, Southern District Health Board has referred the expenditure at the centre of its long running dispute with South Link Health to the Serious Fraud Office. The parties have been...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • The Letter 1 September 2014
    Last night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts the left and right 60 MPs each. United and the Maori Party say they will go with the side that gets to 61 MPs. ACT just needs just 1.3% or 28 thousand Party...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Shopping Giveaway Harmless Fun For Kids
    Family First NZ is rubbishing claims by critics including Gareth Morgan that the New World ‘Little Shop’ promotion is harmful for kids, and says that kids should be allowed to be kids. “Children love acting like their parents and pretending...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Red Cross launches employment service for former refugees
    New Zealand Red Cross is encouraging employers to give refugees a fresh startwith the launch of Pathways to Employment, a nationwide work assistance service....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • EDS welcomes Labour’s Conservation Policy
    The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed Labour’s Conservation Policy including the key objective of halting the current pattern of indigenous biodiversity decline within ten years....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Poverty is falling and income inequality is not rising
    “A Roy Morgan poll shows that the issue people are most concerned about is income inequality. This just goes to show how the persistent repetition of a lie bewilders the public. Income inequality is not in fact rising. And the...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Rotary NZ responding to Fiji water and sanitation issues
    Clean water and sanitation are vital to health. In Fiji Rotary New Zealand have been targeting 22 communities that are experiencing severe hardship mainly because they don’t have access to clean water for their drinking, cleaning and cooking needs....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Work & Income shooting a Tragedy
    Kay Brereton speaking on behalf of the National Beneficiary Advocacy Consultancy group says; “Two people shot and another wounded, this is a tragedy and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family and whanau of the victims, as well as...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • 1080 Poison Deer Repellent not Effective – Farmers
    Four deer have been found dead within a farmer's bush block, after an aerial 1080 poison drop applied with deer repellent. The drop was part of a 30,000 hectare drop across the Northern Pureora Forest Park....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Employment Charter will strengthen migrants’ rights
    Establishing an Employment Charter for construction companies is a critical step to strengthening the rights of migrant workers that are fast becoming the face of the Christchurch rebuild, according to an alliance of union groups. The charter has...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Global March For Elephants and Rhino
    It’s a trans-national business that funds terrorist organisations, fuels conflict in Africa, and poses environmental, development and security challenges. The illegal wildlife trade is also a lucrative business, generating an estimated USD$20 billion...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • New series of videos aimed at disengaged youth
    From the people who brought you 'NZ Idle' (NZ's favourite web series about an artist on the dole) comes a new series about election time: Choice Lolz....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Picket Of Leaders Christchurch Debate
    KEEP OUR ASSETS PICKET OF LEADERS CHRISTCHURCH DEBATE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd, 6 p.m. ST MARGARETS COLLEGE, SHREWSBURY STREET, MERIVALE...
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Vega Auriga should be detained in NZ until problems fixed
    Maritime Union of New Zealand National Secretary Joe Fleetwood says that the ship Vega Auriga should be detained in a New Zealand port until it is deemed seaworthy and crew issues have been fixed....
    Scoop politics | 01-09
  • Minor Parties Added to Election ‘Bribe-O-Meter’
    The Taxpayers’ Union have added the Green, ACT, United Future and Conservative Parties to the ‘ Bribe-O-Meter ’ hosted at taxpayers.org.nz . Excluding ACT and New Zealand First, the total election ‘bribes’ - that is new spending not already...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Fiery Broadcasting Debate in Auckland
    Over 250 people turned out for the Auckland Broadcasting and Media Debate in Auckland City last night to hear politicians give their solutions to NZ’s media and broadcasting woes....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Independent Epsom Candidate: Adam Holland
    Today I am very proud to have been nominated to run as an independent candidate by the people of Epsom in order to work hard for the people of Epsom, Mount Eden, Newmarket and Remuera....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Voters favour parties with factory farming policies
    A Horizon Research poll shows that 64.7% of adults are more likely to vote for a political party with a policy against factory farming....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Collins And Dirty Politics Drive The #nzpol Wordcloud
    After Judith Collins' resignation as Minister from Cabinet on Saturday, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol and for approximately the 24 hours since the announcement to produced this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Bill English: allegations against Judith Collins are serious
    Deputy Prime Minister Bill English told TV1’s Q+A programme that the allegations against Judith Collins are serious and that’s why an inquiry is needed....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Culture Change Required
    "There are serious issues raised in an Employment Relations Authority judgement released this week. The culture within the Whangarei District Council (WDC) organisation must change. The culture of any organisation is defined by its leadership starting...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Reducing Reoffending Statistic Challenged
    In Rethinking’s latest blog, http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/08/th-bps-reducing-crime-and-reoffending.html it closely examines the current claim that reoffending in New Zealand has reduced by 12.5% since June 2011, and reveals how that figure has been achieved. It argues...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • University economics team studying workers’ comparing wages
    A University of Canterbury economics research team is looking at fairness of the job assignments and whether workers are sensitive to the wages of their co-workers....
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Statement by State Services Commissioner
    30 August 2014 "The State Services Commission was contacted by the Prime Minister's Office over the last 24 hours on this issue." “Any activity that undermines, or has the potential to undermine, the trust and confidence in the public service...
    Scoop politics | 31-08
  • Christchurch Council Circus … Continued
    In 2010 the UK Daily Mail investigated the antics of a major bureaucratically bloated London Local Authority and reported with THE GREAT INERTIA SECTOR ....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • The Nation Housing Debate
    Patrick It's the great Kiwi dream, but is owning the roof over your head now just a pipe dream for many Kiwis? Homeownership is at the lowest level in half a century. National's answer is to double subsidies to first-home...
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • Time to Shine Light on Shadowy Spies
    Internet MANA has promised to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into New Zealand’s intelligence agencies, with a view to transferring oversight of spying operations to a new, independent authority....
    Scoop politics | 30-08
  • New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues
    New Zealand’s biggest problems are Economic Issues (41%) while the World’s most important problems are War & Terrorism (35%) just three weeks before NZ Election...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • NZ 2014 Leaders Index – week ending 29 August
    Below is iSentia’s first weekly Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will produce these reports for the next three...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Judgment in Paki v Attorney General
    Tamaiti Cairns said that today’s Supreme Court decision is complicated, but, in essence opens the door for Maori people to go forward with their essential claims to water. Further work is required and Pouakani Trust will continue to pursue its...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Supreme Court Decision on Maori Water Rights
    “ … the Supreme Court refused to give Pouakani people what they asked for, but may have given them something much, much better instead. The Appellants had argued that the Crown’s ownership of the River was as a fiduciary for...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Leaders Dinner with Campbell Live, Dessert with RadioLIVE
    John Campbell is hosting Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Laila Harre, Metiria Turei, Peter Dunne, Jamie Whyte and Te Ururoa Flavell LIVE from Auckland’s Grand Harbour Restaurant on Wednesday 3 September at 7pm....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Credit unions in the political spotlight
    Dirty politics was put aside last night as senior politicians outlined their universal support for growing the cooperatively owned credit union and mutual building society sector in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Maryan Street on issues of importance to older people
    Liam Butler interviews Hon Maryan Street MP on issues of importance to older New Zealanders...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • John Hanita Paki and others v The Attorney-General
    JOHN HANITA PAKI, TORIWAI ROTARANGI, TAUHOPA TE WANO HEPI, MATIU MAMAE PITIROI AND GEORGE MONGAMONGA RAWHITI v THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE CROWN (“THE CROWN”) (SC 7/2010)...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Last Nights Leaders Debate Drives The #nzpol Wordcloud
    Following last nights leaders debate on TV One between John Key and David Cunliffe, the data insight organisation Qrious collected all tweets that used the hashtag #nzpol from approximately the last 24 hours to produce this wordcloud....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Campaign suggests reason behind suicide gender statistics
    An online campaign about meaning and belonging has revealed an interesting connection with the difference in suicide rates between men and women....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Act Policy Vindicated by Sensible Sentencing Data
    ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte says the Sensible Sentencing Trust's just released analysis of 3 Strikes legislation "proves ACT was right to promote the policy and that it has made New Zealand a much safer country. The figures show beyond...
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • “Robin Hood tax and other clever ways to help our kids”
    It’s time to talk about tax. Not just income tax but other kinds of tax too....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • Cannabis Laws Breach Treaty – ALCP
    Cannabis prohibition is neo-colonial oppression resulting in the disproportionate imprisonment of Maori, the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party says....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
  • 2014 Variation Broadcasting Allocation Decision Released
    The Electoral Commission has released a variation decision on the amount of time and money allocated to political parties for the broadcasting of election programmes for the 2014 General Election....
    Scoop politics | 29-08
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