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Key’s credibility hit

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, June 4th, 2013 - 110 comments
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At the same time as Russel Norman was laying out the Key Government’s flagrant disregard for democracy in powerful terms (and weren’t the Right’s pundits quick to circle the wagons around Key after that?), a poll was out showing the public is agreeing with Norman’s view of Key. 43.5% of Kiwis trust Key less than a year ago. 49% think its time for a change of government.

The truth (confirmed by the howls from Farrar, Slater, and the like) is that Key is acting more and more draconian and unaccountable. He is making dirty deals for his mates; overriding local democracy in Auckland and Canterbury; passing country-changing legislation under urgency, while withholding crucial information and, sometimes, by a single vote; breaking promises to the electorate like MMP reform; and turning up his nose at popular private member’s bills.

People don’t like it.

Norman was simply giving voice to a rising tide of opinion that Key can’t be trusted to look after ordinary Kiwis’ interests.

Ah, say the apologists, but its not showing up in the polls, is it?

Bollocks its not.

Take a look at the three rolling polls of polls in NZ.

dimpost poll of polls 2011 2013 pundit poll of polls 2011 2013 curia poll of polls 2011 2013

The gap is gone according to the Pundit and Dimpost polls of polls and National’s on a steady slide. But it’s that last one that is telling. That’s National’s pollster, David Farrar, saying that the gap between National and Labour+Greens has gone from 13.5% before the election (actual result: 9%) to 2.3% today.

110 comments on “Key’s credibility hit”

  1. Furrball 1

    “People don’t like it.”

    However, are these the people that will turn out to vote?

    • gsays 1.1

      i agree. the electorate seems so apathetic/ignorant/forgetful (they would remember and care more about nz masterchef than who holds the levers of power) that this regime could sleepwalk back into power.

    • Colonial Viper 1.2

      As long as they are former National swing voters who don’t turn out, that’s not a big problem.

      • David H 1.2.1

        The problem in reality CV is that the apathetic voters were Labour type voters mainly, as was shown in the resulting losing of 9 seats. And now what of the next election ? how many are going to be apathetic when they look at the choices ?

    • That’s not the correct question. The correct question is:

      Can Labour or the Greens persaude them to turn out to vote?

      The answer is still yes, although I have to say right now I feel like the greens are trying to pull the whole coalition along in that regard. Labour has to push a bit on appealing to non-voters, too.

    • Winston Smith 2.1

      Is that Winston Peters?

      • kiwicommie 2.1.1

        Winston isn’t that bad in most areas (excluding immigration), but he is far too socially conservative according to his voting record on conscience votes.

        • Winston Smith 2.1.1.1

          Yes well he was quite good to the racing industry…

          • tracey 2.1.1.1.1

            he was also largely responsible for the thawing relations with the uSA, not that the Nats would ever agree.

  2. tc 3

    Good point furrball, the apathy in the electorate is what got them re elected so the only poll that matters is the one in 2014. Under DS 2014 is not looking good for Labour, looking great for the greens though who will get my vote for the first time ever as Labour must do a top down clean out as I will not be encouraging Mallard, Goff, King etc.

    • Hami Shearlie 3.1

      Agreed about Shearer and Labour – Shearer has zero charisma, and you need that to be a good Leader!

  3. Yes 4

    To balance this post you need to put up shearer and Norman up for credibility

    • infused 4.1

      Yeah was going to say that…

      • Yes 4.1.1

        Yes if key is 43.5% then what is Shearer and Norman’s ratings please?

        This becomes a nothing story.

        • Winston Smith 4.1.1.1

          They’re very good if you combine the numbers together :)

        • the pigman 4.1.1.2

          Another “nothing story” huh – if you say there’s nothing to see here than I guess there isn’t, Yes?

        • Actually preferred PM ratings matter a lot more for right-wing parties than they do for left-wing parties, so I’m not sure it’s relevant. For right-wingers, and the “undecideds”, they need a leader they feel is either strong or popular, so if they’re not very convinced on Key, it will eat away at those parts of the base that are a bit softer on whether they vote every election or not.

          For left-wingers, while we appreciate a good leader, we actually view politics as more of a group effort and as long as the party is performing well, we wouldn’t care if it was fronted by a monkey. It’s only the most right-ward members of our coalition that will start worrying, and of course, those people (who I genuinely don’t get, but that’s for another post) who don’t really decide who to vote for very far in advance.

          • Pascal's bookie 4.1.1.3.1

            I think the leadership issue and the turnout issue are very closely related.

            I take your point, but I think it misses a whole bunch of low info voters who don’t relly care about policy proposals or political philosophies. They are looking for someone they trust to help them. Because they don’t see anyone, all politicans become ‘the same'; ‘a bunch of suits in Wellington looking out for themselves and trying to con me into following them’.

            This is where authenticity and trust come into leadership. If a leader can’t convince low info voters that s/he is different from the politicians who have been ignored (at best) by those voters, they won’t turn them out. And the Party sure as shit won’t be able to. It’s the leader’s job to cut through the hostility or apathy that is felt by non-voters in such a way that makes them responsive to GOTV efforts.

            • Matthew Whitehead 4.1.1.3.1.1

              Right, these “low info” voters who don’t have a geniune preference (as opposed to usually voting one way, but occasionally swinging or disengaging) were part of the undecideds I was talking about- and a much healthier part of them than the “swing voters”. They are a middle ground between the low percentage of the electorate who are swing voters, and the people who are disengaged from politics, who are probably the largest group of undecided voters, because if taken with the “middle” group, they comprise 20% of the electoral roll. And while no undecided voters should be ignored, the swing voters are currently pandered to incessantly by Labour and National, to the detriment of the country and possibly Labour’s electoral chances. (not so much National’s, as that sort of personality politics plays well to their base)

              The left can’t play this game about personality too much, (because the base at best is not enthused by it) but they can’t purely make it a wonky battle about issues either. They’ve got to relate those issues to every day life, and act in a way that inspires confidence that they not only “get it” and “care”, but also can be “trusted”. This is part of why people like NZ Power so much- it is a wonky issue that the base can cuddle with, but it also relates really well to more practical voters, and those leaning slightly right-of-centre on the economy who care more about their personal financial situation. (Whether they be poorer “battlers” or richer “free market liberals”)

              Of course NZ Power hasn’t helped Shearer much because it’s perceived as being sold far more effectively by Norman, which contradicts the perceived centrist identity of these voters a bit, because the Greens are said to be very left, even though some of the issues they’re stronger on than Labour are very pragmatic policies that appeal strongly to the centre when argued effectively.

    • Kevin Welsh 4.2

      Then feel free to write and submit a post Yes.

      • Yes 4.2.1

        If the owners of the blog want me too I will..if they want to give me a topic even better

    • Murray Olsen 4.3

      Since when does a post in a political blog require balance? If you want balance, make your own blog, and hold it to your standards.

  4. AsleepWhileWalking 5

    Why are the Greens still described as a “minor” party? They have achieved almost exclusive press coverage over the Q’s weekend. Yesterday all the lead Hearld political articles were Green stories.

    Labour have barely featured at all.

    • Winston Smith 5.1

      I guess they’re minor because (is it 23 years?) they’ve never had someone in cabinet (ie power)

      However be careful what you wish for because if they were considered a major party (and you could probably argue they are) they might be put under the same scrutiny as Labour and National

      • paul andersen 5.1.1

        under that reasoning, united futile would be considered a major party,(right up to last week). no the reason many people still consider the greens not to be a major party is that many people (who should know better ,or retire, or both)are still hanging on to the fpp two party way. the fact is the greens are the third biggest party in parliament, and with the likely disappearance of act and whatever dunne now stands for(himself?) and the possible reuniting of the mana and maori parties, the greens will only get bigger.

      • AsleepWhileWalking 5.1.2

        National aren’t scrutinsed enough and Labour are basically a nothing party who don’t appear to know what they stand for.

        • Winston Smith 5.1.2.1

          Maybe National arn’t but the Greens can basically say anything they like and the media don’t call them on it but if Labour say something…

          • Colonial Viper 5.1.2.1.1

            Maybe National arn’t but the Greens can basically say anything they like and the media don’t call them on it

            In other words the MSM treats the Greens the same as National :)

            • Winston Smith 5.1.2.1.1.1

              Is that a good thing?

              • Colonial Viper

                It is a level playing field is what I will say :)

              • It wouldn’t be a good thing if it were true, but you don’t see the MSM producing unearned glorifying puff pieces of Green MPs, or covering the polling of the Green Party rather than their performance, so I’m still saying Advantage National on that matter.

                The newspapers just aren’t fact-checking anymore, unless they think they can run a “Gotcha!” story, which is why Labour is having it harsher at the moment: They are running a narrative that Labour isn’t succeeding, so they’re actually looking hard for things to contradict anything Labour says. If they decide that reality has too far diverged from that narrative, (probably wouldn’t happen until after Labour is next in Government) then National should be the one to watch out.

                So it’s less a case of “oh, our press has rose-tinted glasses on”, and more a case of “our press is an alcoholic and can’t seem to tell what it’s actually saying”.

          • Allyson 5.1.2.1.2

            Greens are sexy. They got dolphins and rainbows and have attractive young ladies doorknocking for support. Anyone for a Shearer, Goff, Mallard, King. Moroney, Fenton Government.?….. Anybody?

            • kiwicommie 5.1.2.1.2.1

              Well the Greens are very popular with younger voters, and popular with older voters that remember back to the period of activism over nuclear-free, the springbok tour, and the like. I am all for the Greens encouraging people to vote, that otherwise wouldn’t.

            • Winston Smith 5.1.2.1.2.2

              “Greens are sexy”

              – Presumably you’re not referring to physical attributes but something else?

          • tracey 5.1.2.1.3

            Interesting, what do you call the outlets that print Key’s constant name-calling nonsense about the Greens, if not “the media calling the Greens on it. “

          • peterlepaysan 5.1.2.1.4

            You mean Labour says things?

  5. Wayne (a different one) 6

    “The Greens are sexy” – no there not – they are bloody nutters and, anyone that votes for a Labour/Greens coalition, should be certified!

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 6.1

      :lol: Keep it up Chicken Little.

    • they are bloody nutters

      I was considering voting Green, but now I am certainly voting Green just to piss you off. :P

    • karol 6.3

      OK, so where do I report to pick up my certificate and get incarcerated?

      It’s probably a far saner place than the (so-called) mainstream.

    • muzza 6.4

      Not sure about them being *nutters*, wayne, they have not had an opportunity to reveal themselves, under the current regime.

      The plant, that is Shearer, looks ever more like a Trojan, providing at least a dual outcome.

      1: Allow the government a free pass.

      2: Facilitate the rise of The Greens.

      Russel, is playing his role very successfully, at present, as the counter, to the status quo!

      It gives the feel of, you know, two sides of the same coin a debate, narrative control, that sort of thing!

      Actions while in a government are the only true test, there will be some disappointed Greenies out there, if the actions look nothing like the words from his recent speech!

    • tracey 6.5

      “they are nutters”. Apart from being int he Nats play book, where is your proof?

      Consumer backs their Power NZ policy as being most likely to lower power prices…

      How about borrowing $100m to $300m a week to pay for tax cuts tot he top earners, that sounds really nutty.

      • David H 6.5.1

        And if the Nats get the boot, the big question is how much of a mess are the books in, and how much do we have, and how much do we owe.

  6. Adrian 7

    Talk about rewriting history, KC, the Green Party did not appear on the political radar until 1989-90 ( it’s forerunner the Values Party pretty much went into abeyance around 1980 ) which post dates Springbok Tours, anti nuclear and the Anzus brouhaha. That was the Labour Party that determined the outcome of those issues as it has done on employment and social changes and it will do so for the forseeable future.
    P.s There may be a job going for you with John Key, anyone who can make up shit, create new histories and forget inconvienient ones would fit right in.

    • karol 7.1

      It didn’t seem to me that KC was saying the Greens were part of all that 80s stuff. KC’s merely saying that the current Green Party appeals those who remember their political activism of the 80s. Whatever role the Labour Party had in those oppositional politics of the 80s, the current Labour Caucus seems to embrace Rogernomics more.

  7. Rhinocrates 8

    “Mitt Romney Style”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTCRwi71_ns

    Also suits Key…

  8. Adrian 9

    Karol, apply for the JK job as well, more made up shit.

    [lprent: It is hard to take seriously a dipshit who can apparently can neither successfully use the reply button, nor actually muster an argument beyond an unsupported assertion. We get to read a dumb comment sitting in the middle of nowhere saying nothing and with no context. And I see that this appears to be something you do frequently...

    Consider this your warning. If you don't improve then I will start banning you for incompetently wasting bandwidth. ]

    • Adrian 9.1

      Because your “reply” function does not always follow on chronologicly. I object to be called a dipshit because I have called kiwicommie out on ( appearing ) to claim the Springbok Tour and and the nuclear protests as Green Party initiatives. I was a Labour Party member then as now and was on the majority of those marches and actions. The GP did not come into being for another 5 or 6 years. The reply to Karol was a reaction to trying to tar the current Labour Caucus as Rogernomic. 100,000 homes with Government advanced money and Powerco are worlds away from Rogernomics, as I said and stand by, Making Shit Up.

      [lprent: The only time it doesn't is when the reply depth has reached 10 (we can't keep indenting indefinitely, and 10 is the maximum wordpress allows). Then you have to reply at the nearest level 9 above or you should use level one but provide some context. A quote would be useful as context, etc etc

      I treat all level 1 comments as replying directly to the post and judge accordingly, unless it is clear who you were replying to and why. When I see someone diverting way off topic without context or a relationship to the post then I assume that they are trying to diversion troll.

      Since you clearly weren't but also clearly looked like you'd simply dropped it in the middle of the post - you just got a warning. You didn't get your comment shifted to OpenMike nor did you get banned for diversion trolling - my next favourite alternatives.

      I expressed my impolite opinion of your negligence along with some advice. Because I find that doing so massively reduces the probability of a recurrence. Suck it up because that was quite mild compared to what I usually do. I have been known to really ram the message home by simply making sure the comment author could not waste my precious time again anytime in the near future... ]

      • Colonial Viper 9.1.1

        The reply to Karol was a reaction to trying to tar the current Labour Caucus as Rogernomic. 100,000 homes with Government advanced money and Powerco are worlds away from Rogernomics, as I said and stand by, Making Shit Up.

        That’s one perspective.

        Another one is: that 90% of the market focused, profit motivated, private sector dominant changes brought about by rogernomics, ruthanasia, and Helen Clark third way-ism, are going to be kept just as is, and with more austerity measures coming up, expect benefits and entitlements to be cut back even further.

        Raising the super age ring a bell?

        • karol 9.1.1.1

          100,000 homes with Government advanced money and Powerco are worlds away from Rogernomics,

          Actually they aren’t. Labour’s affordable housing policy is basically a market driven soilution. Where are the sate built homes and state housing that the 1930s Labour government enabled to be built?

          The powerco policy is a bit closer to a solidly left wing solution, but it doesn’t move that far away from the SOE model that was the result of Rogernomics.

      • lprent 9.1.2

        BTW: The direct precursor of the Greens was the Values party, who I voted for in my first election back in 1978. Their members, like Labours were involved in the Springbok tour. Hell I knew a number of National party members who were actively involved and who were not police. Can’t remember any party doing much direct support of the protests in 1981 apart from maybe the Socialist Unity party (who I’d have preferred not to have been that involved – just gave Muldoon lots of smearing room).

        • karol 9.1.2.1

          Yep. I voted Values in the 70s before I went to the UK. Was there during the Springbok tour. Voted Labour in the UK as that was the only possibility for an anti-Thatcherism leftie.

      • Adrian 9.1.3

        Fair enough Iprent, I’m a very old grape pruner and not too tech savvy. Didn’t see the point as over God knows how many decades I’ve learnt that by the time one becomes competent in a particular field everything bloody well changes and you have to start again. I’m grape puning the way it has been done for 4000 years and comfortable with that.

        • lprent 9.1.3.1

          No problem.. I’m the opposite. I picked my profession (computer programmer) because of the 20-30% learning curve that I need every year. I’m finding that now I’m in my 50’s that either

          a) the field is expanding faster than I can keep up with
          and/or
          b) I’m slowing down and getting more lazy.
          and/or
          c) I’m getting more experienced at discarding branches that won’t grow (aka bloatware, vapourware, or discardoware).

          I prefer that latter interpretation.

          BTW For the geeks amongst you on the discadoware think the ultimate in in write-once code – visual basic. You could write great code in it ONCE. Because when you come back to update it in 2 years, you have to throw it out and restart because the platform, toolkit, and even the menus have changed for no apparent reason. My hesitation about doing too much C# stems from the same thing. Badly needs a ANSI type standard so it doesn’t get too borland like pascal…

      • karol 9.1.4

        I definitely wasn’t making shit up, Adrian. I repeat what Kiwicommie said above :

        Well the Greens are very popular with younger voters, and popular with older voters that remember back to the period of activism over nuclear-free, the springbok tour, and the like. I am all for the Greens encouraging people to vote, that otherwise wouldn’t.

        He said nothing about activists back in the 80s being Green Party members or voters back then. Some of those activists probably voted Labour or for another party back then, and vote Green now.

        Do you think people vote for the same party the whole of their lives?

        And what CV says @ 2.55am about lingering rogernomic attitudes within the current Labour Party front bench – more soft liberalism, now, but essentially the same underlying philosophy.

        • Rhinocrates 9.1.4.1

          Do you think people vote for the same party the whole of their lives?

          Once upon a time, people did, because the parties such as Labour showed lifelong loyalty. Labour was built on loyalty, principle, hope and support, not market research.

          If they remembered that, the shallow, cowardly careerists in the ABC club wouldn’t be so desperately scrambling after whatever their goldfish-with-Korsarkov’s-syndrom focus groups would be telling them, or God help us, “the markets”.

          The path of least resistance leads forever downwards.

  9. xtasy 10

    From the Fairfax article that is linked to this post:

    “The poll asked voters whether their opinion of the Government and the Opposition had gone up, stayed the same or gone down recently, and revealed opinion toward the Government had moved markedly downwards.

    Yet, National’s support rose in the same poll, to 49.4 per cent. That means the mood for change is hardly good news for Labour – while people were increasingly disappointed with the Government, they were even more disappointed with the alternative, Mr Stuart said.”

    With that being the end result of this poll, despite of more suspicion and distrust about Key, things look bloody damned awful for Labour, I would say!

    Also from that article:
    “In a cross-section of voters, many of the same themes emerged – Mr Shearer did not look like a future leader, he “just rattles on” and “when they [the Opposition] start talking there is no substance”.”

    So what do you make out of this, Eddie?

    I appreciate the gap is narrowing, and good on Russel Norman speaking more clear language about John Key in his weekend speech, but simply hoping that the popularity of “Mr Teflon (Key)” will fade and lead for a change of government is a bit damned naive, I’d say.

    We need a clear program from Labour, a clear policy direction, better figures and details about the ‘Kiwi Build’ and “NZ Power” plans, and certainly more about economic and social policy areas, to get people convinced and vote for Labour and the Greens.

    I can only repeat, especially to Labour, get your crap together, get rid of Shearer, he will never be PM. Sorry, I hate to sound like a broken record, he will not “lead” the mainly Labour led opposition into government!

    • David H 10.1

      I agree Xtasy
      People are saying we want a change, but there’s no one credible out there. Sorry to Russel he’s smart n all that, but that’s what the blue rinse Nat crowd will think, so they’re Key all the waym as are most of the rich people. But for me I will vote Green this time as they have been most vocal over all the shenanigans that the Nats are up to. Shearer ? No, he’s just too wishy washy, and I still don’t know what he stands for. What is needed is a new leader for Labour, and it needs to be voted on by all paying members as well as the usual lot of decision makers that didn’t listen last time, BUT they need to listen this time. Mana and the Maori party need to sort out their shit and become a credible force. NZ First ? will probably die out when Winston retires, UF Dead. ACT just waiting for the stake thru the heart, via court conviction. Colin Craig, a religious nutter, could be dangerous in power much like Banks. And that’s it apart from the thieving, lying, Nats. And a party with way more integrity that the Nats could ever have the Legalise Marijuana Party. A pity no one takes them seriously.

    • Binders full of women 10.2

      I’ll give you some kiwibuild specifics.. it is a lotto policy for middle class to rich kids. You still need a sizeable deposit to buy a govt subsidised house by ballot. (leaving aside Annette King’s comment when challenged on 300k houses being unrealistic… she said “it’s just an average some will be more”.. so for every one more there has to be one LESS than 300k.) The Greens Progressive Ownership policy is way much more sensible, sustainable and fairer. Anyone can be in with zero deposit and if is oversubscribed.. priority is given to families with kids. You wouldn’t catch Private-Army-Shearer scaring the centrist vote with such pro child policies.

  10. Michael 11

    What is there to replace the current government with? Labour can’t increase its support with its current leadership and policies. The Greens don’t appeal to the middle classes in sufficient numbers (yet). Winston alienates more people than he turns on. Finally, the Nats’ core voters always turn out, while there’s no reason for Labour’s to bother anymore.

  11. xtasy 12

    With the media we have, that is the damned mainstream, commercially focused, actually very government friendly print, radio and television media, with their online versions, the battle for power, to fight and win by Labour and Greens will be a highly formidable and difficult one.

    Having listened to how Sean Plunket (formerly working for National Radio, then TV3, I remember) on Radio Live rubbished Russell Norman and his rather reasonable arguments about Key engaging in similar politics as Muldoon this late morning, I realised yet again, the Nats have too many “fans” amongst moderators, editors, writers, reporters and presenters.

    Sean Plunket also rubbished a caller suffering multiple allergies, ridiculing his criticism that New Zealand was years late when banning toxic substances like DDT and others, while most developed countries had realised the dangers of those and banned them up to 20 years earlier, by suggesting the man, who tried to defend the Greens, was adhering to “conspiracy stories”. Other callers showing appreciation for Norman and the Greens got similar treatment.

    Key was apparently well received on Friday or Saturday, after Norman’s speech in Christchurch, by personally phoning journalists of TV3 News, so they accepted his criticism of Norman and made an extra remark re this at the end of the news. So the PM can get extra easy access to the mainstream media when he wishes, and tell them what he thinks.

    Watch more space in the papers and online, and see how they are already taking the Greens apart, to discredit them.

    Democracy requires balanced reporting, but the ones working in the media are largely foot-soldiers for the corporate and other businesses, who are buying advertising time and space off them, and that keeps the MSM mindful of the hand that feeds them. So no balanced reporting, laurels for Key and the government, and bias all over the place.

    Forget trying to win elections in such climate.

    • Macro 12.1

      Totally agree. We do not have a balanced or fair mainstream media, and are unlikely to ever have simply because the media is in the main privately owned and the reporters work for Corporate bosses who have their own agenda – editorial independence – Bullshit!
      Again as for the State owned media, the independence of their editorial content is undermined by the Political appointment of Party Hacks to the Boards. Furthermore, particularly in the case of TV1, their journalists by and large wish to identify with the “well to do” and “successful” (having met some of these folk in a professional capacity) so have little interest in the trials and tribulations of ordinary people and focus almost exclusively on the machinations of Political Leaders with whom they wish to identify.

    • Populuxe1 12.2

      Which is presumably why National’s Novopay fiasco was all over the news tonight? Oh wait? No, I’m confused, my poor little blonde head…

      • xtasy 12.2.1

        Pop – yes, it was all about the Ministry of Education getting the bulk of the blame, so this is just a gem for the government, as they have been waiting for a good enough reason to deal to that ministry, and possibly restructure, outsource and do whatever with it.

        It was only a little joy the opposition could get out of this, see Hipkins little sting into the Minister. And Metiria Turei could only exploit it so much as well, as the Minister of Education, same as Minister for All Affairs, Steven the Joyce, could blame it primarily on Ministry staff, that Novapay had turned into a fiasco.

  12. bad12 13

    My take on the next election is that Slippery might be in a position to form another National Government IF the Maori Party retains it’s current 3 seats, (unlikely), and IF the Maori Party will then complete it’s hikoi to political oblivion by supporting Key into a third term,

    Slippery the PM is of course fully cognizant with the actual state of where the National Party is actually polling as opposed to what the ,(rigged???), mainstream media polls are actually saying, even Nationals tame hack journalist John Armstrong said as much of at least the Read Poll in this weekends Herald ascribing such to a ‘mistake’ where the Read Poll asks respondents a series of questions designed to produce negative answers from respondents about a Labour/Green Government and thus creating negativity in the respondents minds when it comes to saying which Party they would likely vote for,

    Of course Armstrong in the Herald ascribes such ‘skewing’ of perceptions in the minds of respondents to these Polls as mistakes, to attach to them the epithet of true description, RIGGING, that is deserved would have to have the Herald and Nationals tame political hack-writer questioning the foundations of His beliefs…

  13. xtasy 14

    Tracy Watkins on David Shearer, by the way:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8728086/Shearers-invisible-cloak-thinning

    Nothing to cheer about there, for Labour or prospective voters for that party, or the left as a whole. The largest opposition party should be “leading” with a proper “leader”, but it is not happening.

    At least the breaking news is that Novopay has cost the tax payer close to 24 million, heaps more than expected. And that will neutralise any “good” news for apparently increased corporate tax take by the government.

    A wasted year of opportunities was last year, while Labour was extra patient, with a problematic apprentice under-performing and struggling to learn speaking coherently and convincingly, who now seems to be rather unfit for the job.

    Time to act, get this sorted, present a plan, and then take the Nats on, thanks.

  14. bad12 15

    Labour/Green in my opinion need only one more big policy to go into the 2014 election with, best announced in election year close to polling Labour only need commit to raising the minimum wage by $1.50 an hour every year in it’s first term to move the necessary 2% of the vote needed to ensure a Labour/Green Government,

    Metiria Turei has already publicly committed to the ‘living wage’ and if both Party’s announce a firm commitment to that living wage 3 months out from the election and campaign upon achieving that in it’s first term then the more than a bit s**t Tory Government is gone for all money…

    • Murray Olsen 15.1

      How would that square with the abject surrender of their promising not to interfere in the sacred market? Sorry, can’t see that one ever getting through caucus.

      • rosy 15.1.1

        Shearer did show support for the living wage campaign. But I’m not sure whether that was before he changed his support for meals in schools from ‘just feed them’ to questioning who would be getting them, and it was long before he wanted to terrorise his political friends.

        I’d like to know if there’s been any change in advisors in the last few months. It’s weird how he keeps changing tone.

        • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.1

          Fran Mold got replaced a month or two ago.

          • rosy 15.1.1.1.1

            Hmmm – she didn’t have very good press did she? Although I’m not sure why. Do you know if any policy boffins changed, or whether comparative influence has?

            I’d hate to think that what we’re hearing is the ‘real’ Shearer because strategy tone is belligerent and his comments on social policy seem inconsistent.

            • Colonial Viper 15.1.1.1.1.1

              Hmmm – she didn’t have very good press did she? Although I’m not sure why.

              Think through Shearer’s performance in the MSM in the first year+ of his tenure as Leader.

              Do you know if any policy boffins changed, or whether comparative influence has?

              I don’t know this off hand, although there are several ways of finding it out. But seriously, how much does it matter, apart from a kind of macabre fascination with proceedings.

              I’d hate to think that what we’re hearing is the ‘real’ Shearer because strategy tone is belligerent and his comments on social policy seem inconsistent.

              These points are consistent with some prior speculations about Shearer eg. around the management of his own caucus, not speaking on issues from a standpoint of personal beliefs or values, etc.

              • rosy

                how much does it matter, apart from a kind of macabre fascination with proceedings

                There is that… but really it’s just trying to work out your next point – where his personal beliefs and values lie. All I’m noticing are contradictions – obviously I may be wrong, given my location and lack of consistent news coverage. But, yeah – he’s not making things easy to commit to a vote for Labour.

  15. FYI – seen this?

    https://www.facebook.com/SeanPlunketRadioLive

    Hi Sean!

    If you think ‘Social Credit’ and Bruce Beetham were responsible for ‘funny money’ – what do you think of NZ Prime Minister John Key’s responsibility for DERIVATIVES?

    Not so ‘funny’ for those who are suffering in the global financial meltdown – largely caused by the collapse of the DERIVATIVES market – which John Key helped to set up when he was the Head of Derivatives for Merrill Lynch, in 1999, at the same time the Glass Steagall Act was repealed and effectively left the Derivatives Market unregulated?

    (At the same time John Key was a Foreign Exchange Advisor for the New York Federal Reserve).

    Ever asked Prime Minister John Key this REALLY HARD question Sean?

    “HOW MUCH ARE YOU PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DERIVATIVES MARKET WHICH PLAYED A CRUCIAL ROLE IN BRINGING DOWN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY”?

    ( I have – but never did get a reply ……. :(

    http://www.pennybright4epsom.org.nz/

    4) OCCUPY AUCKLAND PRESS RELEASE OPEN LETTER TO NZ PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY 22 OCTOBER 2011 (click to download document)

    21 October 2011

    PRESS RELEASE: “OPEN LETTER TO NZ PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY –

    “HOW MUCH ARE YOU PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DERIVATIVES MARKET WHICH PLAYED A CRUCIAL ROLE IN BRINGING DOWN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY”?

    Kind regards,

    Penny Bright
    ‘Anti-corruption / anti-privatisation’ campaigner

    2013 Auckland Mayoral candidate

  16. Roy 17

    I find it disappointing that it has taken so long for many people to wake up to what an untrustworthy character John Key is. Ah well, better late than never I guess, although there will be some diehards who will never change their ‘minds’.

  17. tracey 18

    Does anyone else remember the bro-ha-ha over the Electroal Finace Act? particularly from D farrar and the entire national and act parties? yet they are all strangely quiet over the appalling anti demoratic hiastory of this 4-5 year government…

    Norman is pointing it out. labour is quiet again. It appears labour has to stay quiet because they actually agree with most of what national is doing, or atre scared to disagree because they want to mislead potential swing voters. Can’t have it both ways.

    If an election were held today I would not be voting labour unless something changes drastically. Also, watch Epsom vote ACT back in via Banks.
    Did anyone else notice the irony of Bank’s call of support for Graham to kee p his knighthood? Is Johnny boy (banks) thinking he gets one when he goes???

    “”Sir Doug Graham is a very, very honourable man, an outstanding New Zealander and I’m very, very saddened with the turn of events,” Banks said.

    “It’s over to Sir Douglas Graham, but I think he’ll take some leadership on this.”

    I took banks to mean Doug will give back his knighthood. banks said it without a single sign of the irony of his words.

    • tc 18.1

      Doug Graham mentored shonkey so you’ll not see Smile’nWave saying or doing much on Sir Doug.

      If our regulators had any balls and independance Banks and Brash would’ve skated over Hulich KSaver dodgy dealings but Hulich took the fall for them.

      Then again if we had decent enforcement on existing regulations Shonkey should’ve been skewered over double dipton/tranzrail/Beemers etc etc etc……they who write the rules and run the show do as they please.

      Banks has plenty of skeletons not seen yet, they really should have kept Rortney around rather than let Brash knife him, he’s a much better behaved lapdog. Loyal, hardworking and useful when it comes to flogging off and ripping up structures with the right brains around…..supercity with mark ford, fisher, doung mackay etc etc.

    • Hami Shearlie 18.2

      With John Banks as his cheerleader Sir Douglas Graham might as well go up the river in a cabbage boat. These kinds of friends will soil him even further!

  18. Boadicea 19

    The gap has closed!

    Labour should be on par with Nationsl, given all the negatives stacking up against Key and his nasty crew.
    Instead Labour’s strategists are revelling in the fact that they are still at the same point at which they lost in 2008.
    There is nothing to feel good about here.

    This is clutching at straws.

    We will not knock out Key & Co with self delusion.

    Labour has the wrong strategy.

    • Rhinocrates 19.1

      Eight hundred thousand non-voters is not a small number. Let me say that again: E-I-G-H-T H-U-N-D-R-E-D T-H-O-U-S-A-N-D. (How many roofs were painted in 2011, could Google Earth provide the answer?) Desperate attempts to “reassure the markets” and get the “soft National” vote are idiotic and insignificant. Expecting Peters to ride to the rescue is downright delusional – he’s on no-one’s side but his own.

  19. Grumpy 20

    Why, in the first graph, is the blue line shown at the bottom of the blue dots, but the red, green and black lines are properly shown in the middle of the dots……….just asking?

    • Dv 20.1

      I believe the line on the graph is weighted to the actual election result as the only true measure.
      Note the Lab result before the last election are clustered above and below the election result, but the nats results are all above the election result.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 20.1.1

        Oops. It seems the Baltimore defence is unavailable.

        “When an independent committee established to investigate potential fraud scrutinized a set of research notes in Nobel laureate David Baltimore’s laboratory, it revealed a surprising number of mistakes. Baltimore was exonerated because his lab’s mistakes were random and nondirectional.”

        Michael Shermer, The Baloney Detection Kit

  20. johnm 21

    El Gringo Yankey john never ever had credibility with me just you suckers love to suck his sh#t. Shame on stupid greedy kiwis. F$ck you!

  21. manuka416 22

    From your illustrous leader today, when asked about Ozzie Norman’s ranty comparison of John Key to Rob Muldoon:

    “Rob Muldoon was thirty years ago, most New Zealanders don’t even remember Rob Muldoon.”

    ROFL

    • Populuxe1 22.1

      Poor Wuzzle must have forgotten that one of the largest demographics in the country is over 30 and some of them are begining to get a little bit nostalgic. Muldoon was an authroitarian prick, but he was all about building infrastructure and protecting the welfare state.

    • muzza 22.2

      Norman arrived in NZ , late 90’s, so WTF would he be able make any meaningful comparison anyway, he was not even bloody here – Another theorist, at best!

      Norman is full of absolute gobshite, and his supporters being taken for a ride.

      Toot toot!

  22. gnomic 23

    Oh dear. Own goal by Shearer, leader of the erstwhile ‘Labour’ party. Plans to terrorise his opponents. Can we send him back to the UN or wherever? Very sad. I was trying to believe. Maybe he could have an implant whereby someone with nous could speak his lines? But is he even telegenic? Perhaps he could just shut up and play his guitar? Anyone But Shearer? It must be near the time. And when is the duck going to announce his retirement, unless I’ve missed that.

    Winnie. How often do I have to reiterate that Mudloon’s one time protege is nothing but an opportunist. Is there no compulsory retirement age for what some might see as con-artists? Has it not reached the point where depending on Sleeps-Through-Cabinet as a partner in government along with his band of clowns is too shameful to contemplate? Presumably not.

    It’s not surprising that elements of the former Labour supporters don’t bother participating in the charade known as democracy any more since the outcome is more or less the same regardless of which major brand leads the government.

    As for the smirking weasel, anybody who has ever trusted him, unless they are beneficiaries of his plans to further enrich the rich pricks, is too foolish to live. How do they remember to breathe?

    Just as well that Hooton can raise the red flag and tell the nation that Russell Norman was once a member of the Communist Party in Australia. In the course of his double act with Mike ‘I’ve got three homes’ Williams on NatRad this very day. Pretty well as sickening as the Edwards/Boag duo. And if I hear any more about Mike’s enduring affection for ‘Sir’ Paul Holmes … well I just can’t say. The knighted love knighthoods. Well they would, wouldn’t they. And what is so great about all these rugby thugs anyway?

    Sean Plunket is still a nitwit, as ever was.

  23. Jacobin 24

    I have to say it was pretty hilarious seeing how much they did pull the wagons around, trying to characterise Russel’s criticisms as just nasty insults or something.

    Just because you might be part of a more compassionate political philosophy does not = pushover.

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    Mana | 08-09
  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
  • THE DEATH OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MAORI TV
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support
    The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. “It is abundantly clear there is a need for an independent Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a High Court Judge, into...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch
    Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city. “We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s commitment to public broadcasting
    A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. “We will set up a working group to report...
    Labour | 31-08
  • A new deal for the conservation estate
    The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. Announcing Labours Conservation policy, she said that there will be a comprehensive plan to restore...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Themes of the Campaign
    There’s one area of a political campaign that just about everyone, at some point, falls afoul of. The campaign song. I’m not sure quite why it is, but it seems to be almost impossible for political parties to come up...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Denis Tegg – The NSA slides that prove mass surveillance
    The evidence presented by Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden on The Intercept of mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB is undeniable, and can stand on its own. But when you place this fresh evidence in the context of...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland
    The Ukrainian civil war discomforts me. It seems to me the most dangerous political crisis since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. And it’s because of our unwillingness to examine the issues in a holistic way. We innately prefer to...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man – the relationship intensifies
    John Key’s love affair with the straw man is now a fully-committed relationship. It’s now the first love of his life. Sorry Bronagh. Yesterday I pointed to Key’s constant assurances that there is no mass surveillance of New Zealanders by...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • A brief word on why Wendyl Nissen is a hero
    Wendyl Nissen is a hero. The sleazy black ops attack on her by Slater and Odgers on behalf of Grocery Council chief executive Katherine Rich is sick. All Nissen is doing in her column is point out the filth and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • She saw John Key on TV and decided to vote!
    . . NZ, Wellington, 15 September – ‘Tina’* is 50, a close friend,  and one of the “Missing Million” from the last election. In fact, ‘Tina’ has never voted in her life.  Not once. In ‘Tina’s’ own words, politics has...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Eminem sues National Party for unlawful use of ‘Lose yourself’ bhahahah...
    …ahahahahahahahaha. Oh Christ this is hilarious… National Party sued over Eminem copyright infringment US rapper Eminem is suing the National Party for allegedly breaching copyright by using his song Lose Yourself in its campaign advertisements. The Detroit-based publishers of Eminem’s...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Are the Greens about to be snookered by a Labour-NZ First Government?
    I wrote last week that it was smart politics that the Greens pointed out they could work with National, the soft blue vote that’s looking for a home in the wake of Dirty Politics isn’t going to Labour, so the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • BLOGWATCH: Fonterra join 2Degrees and boycott Whaleoil
    In the wake of Dirty Politics, advertisers are pulling their advertising out of Whaleoil. PaknSave, Evo Cycles Pukekohe, Localist, 2 Degrees, Fertility Associates, iSentia, NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, Maori TV, Bookme.co.nz, Dobetter.co.nz and the Sound are now joined by Fonterra...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • PM Key accused of allowing secret ‘spook’ cable sensors to spy on citiz...
    Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald (left) and Kim Dotcom at the “moment of truth” political surveillance meeting in Auckland last night. Image: PMW By ANNA MAJAVU of Pacific Media Watch NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister John Key has been accused of...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Fiji pre-election ‘politics’ blackout stirs media protests, frustration
    BLACKOUT DAY – Monday, day one of the “silence window” in Fiji leading up to the close of polling in the general election at 6pm on Wednesday. And this is under the draconian threat of a $10,000 fine or five...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • “Now the work of movements begins”: government corruption, media bias, ...
    I am so tired of the dirty politics of the National government, aren’t you? I am tired of John Key and his pathetic attacks on award-winning journalists who have spent their careers fighting and digging for truth and good. The...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Moment of Truth review, smoking guns and the awful coverage by the NZ msm
      There were queues unlike any the Town Hall has seen, 1000 were turned away once it became full…     …full to the rafters. The energy and atmosphere within the room was extraordinary, and it begun…   …Glenn Greenwald...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Why Maori TV’s Te Tai Tokeraou Poll will be proved wrong
    If Hone Harawira had a dollar every time the media wrote off his chance of winning Te Tai Tokeraou, he would have more money than Kim Dotcom. Remember the by-election? Hone was 1 point ahead of Kelvin in an exact...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • September 15 RNZ interviews – and then the Moment of Truth
    . Acknowledgement: Emmerson . 15 September – Leading up to the Moment of Truth public meeting this evening, these Radio NZ interviews are worth listening to; . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Live Stream: Moment of Truth Tonight 7pm
    Live Video Stream by eCast: The Daily Blog will Live Stream the Moment of Trust public meeting from 7pm. The meeting will feature Glenn Greenwald, Kim Dotcom, Robert Amsterdam, and a very special guest…...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • The proof Key lied about GCSB mass surveillance
    And we start getting to the evidence that proves Key has lied about mass surveillance. The article by Glenn Greenwald is out and it is beyond damning… Documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the government worked in...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • A brief word on the Ede-Slater emails
    Every day I have rushed to read the paper to see if a breaking story on the Ede-Slater emails had broken yet. They haven’t. Day after day, where are these emails? We know Rawshark sent the emails to David Fisher...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • The email that proves Key is a liar
    This is the Email proving Key knew about Kim Dotcom before he claims he did… “We had a really good meeting with the Prime Minister. He’s a fan and we’re getting what we came for. Your groundwork in New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Henchmen
    Henchmen...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why it simply isn’t credible that Key stepped in and shut down the mass s...
    Key’s staggering admission that yes there was a year long business model by the GCSB to mass spy on all of NZ but  that he stepped in and shut it down after Cabinet had signed it off just sounds like make...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man
    Politicians like putting up straw men for the purpose of self-righteously knocking them over. Prime Minister John Key has a particular straw man he loves to punch over. He raises it whenever he’s asked about mass surveillance of New Zealanders...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Armstrong turns on Glenn Greenwald
    Where does a mediocre journalist like John Armstrong get off attacking a journalist with the credibility of Glenn Greenwald as he has in his ridiculous column today? Armstrong has the audacity to try and play the terrorism card to justify why...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – Which of John Key’s many statements on the GC...
    We already have Glenn Greenwald’s assertion on The Nation that John Key has misled New Zealanders as to whether the GCSB has engaged in mass surveillance of Kiwis. But Key has made many other statements about the GCSB’s powers and...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Election 2014: Numbers and Faces
    Democratic politics is a game of numbers and faces. How can we translate the numbers into the 120 or more faces that will be in the next Parliament? Below is my prediction of a likely result: 120 people, divided by...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Scotland the brave
    The possibility that Scotland will vote for independence this Thursday has panicked the British establishment. An unholy alliance of Tory, Labour, Liberal and corporate leaders has resorted to fear-mongering and bullying on grand scale in a last ditch effort to...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why Key’s denials sound so off and why Dotcom’s fight is all our fight
    The shrillness of Key is the issue. His denials just too forced and rehearsed. Key has gone from Hollow Man to Shallow Man with his lashing out at Pulitzer Price winning Journalist Glenn Greenwald by calling him a ‘henchman’. This...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a S...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a Su...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • As TDB predicted, Labour to use universal super fund to buy back assets and...
    Greens about to be snookered again?   As The Daily Blog has pointed out several times now, Labour will use a universal super fund to buy back NZs assets in a bid to offer Winston a legacy project… Labour plans...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • A lesson in caring for our most vulnerable
    Some of the comments on this article make me sick. Because I am so very much over people who think they are better than others because things have gone their way in life and think those who aren’t as functional...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Please vote positive
    One of the features of campaigning is the meet-the-candidates event.  As an opportunity to present policies to the voter, they aren’t the best vehicle but still serve a useful purpose.  The problem is that there are too many candidates and...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • For this who don’t vote this election
    For this who don’t vote this election...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Where does Key get off abusing a Pulitzer prize winning Journalist like Gle...
    We are seeing the Dirty Politics PM today when Key decided the best way to counter the Glenn Greenwald claims of GCSB mass surveillance was to denigrate Greenwald… Prime Minister John Key says he will prove Glenn Greenwald’s claims by the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Teflon Man No More
    . .   On 26 August, as Nicky Hager’s expose on New Zealand’s right wing politics hit public consciousness and confirmed our worst fears, I wrote, “Dirty Politics” has achieved more than simply revealing  unwholesome machinations between National party apparatchiks,...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Dear mainstream media – regarding Key’s promise to resign if GCSB expos...
    Dear Mainstream media. How’s it all going? I would like to acknowledge the deep depression many members of the Press Gallery are going through as their boy Key looks less and less likely to win. I appreciate how a loss...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • It’s official: ACT’s Jamie Whyte is several-sandwiches-and-a-salad sho...
    .   . There aren’t very many times I agree wholeheartedly with our Dear Leader – but on this occassion I believe he spoke for those 99% of New Zealanders for whom common sense is as natural as breathing air....
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • ‘I’ll not be intimidated … by cowards’, says Fiji death threat jour...
    Fiji Sun’s Jyoti Pratibha … death threats via fake Facebook profiles. Image: Pacific Scoop THE PARIS-based media freedom advocacy organisation Reporters Sans Frontières and the Pacific Media Centre have condemned threats and intimidation against political reporters this week covering Fiji’s...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Glenn Greenwald on TV3s ‘The Nation’ – Everyone remember when Key pro...
    Glenn Greenwald has just given his first NZ interview on TV3s ‘The Nation’ and what he had to say was incredibly damaging. Glenn is here for Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth on Monday and what he has just had to...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • What will soft National vote do, why Colin Craig will be a focus in final w...
    In what has been the most unpredictable elections of our time, the final week promises more shocks and bombshells than World War One trench warfare. We have the media who still have the Rawshark emails that detail the Ede-Slater exchanges....
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Would a National-Conservative Party reduce rights to an abortion? Legalise ...
    With the possibility of a Conservative-National Party coalition looming, let’s consider the impact of this new hard right religious Government on social policy. We know Conservative Party candidate Edward Saafi, believes the inability to legally bash your kids is responsible for teenage prostitution, teenage pregnancy and...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • ACTs solution to crime – more guns?
    How insane are the ACT Party? Honestly? Their solution to crime is to arm every shop keeper with a sawn off shotgun??? “Criminals are well aware that shopkeepers are defenceless and are taking advantage of this in brutal robberies. What...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • John Key’s gift to teenage girls…
    Yesterday I was at the MANA Movement policy release on “Predators on Poverty” in the Otahuhu Shopping Centre. Successive Labour and National governments have left vulnerable communities on their own to face these merciless thieves who prey on the poor...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Poverty denial – Where does National get its advice from?
    National is displaying a quite inadequate understanding of their own policies and worrying inability to respond to criticism. When John Key trots out his old, tired example of how ‘work pays’ on Morning Report this week to justify leaving 260,000...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Education reformers mean well, so what’s the problem?
    The thing about education reformers is that, mostly, they mean well. Whether it’s charter schools, National Standards, Teach First, or another reform, many people involved have good intentions.  They want to improve things, try something new and innovate, they say. The thing...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • My brain hurts
    My brain hurts.  This election year has been a really long nine months.  The lies, the headlines, the spin, the policy, the chat, I am literally overloaded with information.  At times it’s been exhausting trying to keep up.  However I...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Slater loses Blomfield defamation case – has to pays costs & must dis...
    Great victory for Journalism today. The Defamation case Matt Blomfield took against Slater has jumped its first hurdle, Slater has been told he might be a ‘Journalist’, but he has no right to journalistic protection of his sources because there was no...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Seeing an Economic Vision
    It has been some time since my last post to TDB. I was fortunate to recently come back to NZ briefly for a bit of a break from my work in Pakistan. While my visit was super short, I took...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • 5 reasons why anyone identifying as Left with a capital L should party vote...
    There are 5 reasons why anyone identifying as Left with a capital L should consider casting their party vote for Internet MANA this election. 1 – Feed the Kids: There is no excuses now that National have flirted with the idea...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • What I want from a change of government
    The prospects for a change of government look a little brighter so I though I’d look at what we can expect. The only option being provided by Labour, the main opposition party, is for a Labour, Green, NZ First coalition....
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Conservatives Break through 5% Threshold
    Reports in today’s Dominion Post that the Conservative Party is polling at 6% in Nationals internal polling are not surprising says the Conservative Napier candidate Garth McVicar....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Hundreds of Students Turn Out for Political Debate
    With only a few days left before the general election, over 500 Victoria students packed the central Hub space on campus today to listen to a political debate on student issues organised by the Students’ Association. Victoria University of Wellington...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Ex-prisoners make most of mentoring to make most of life
    It’s not every day that an organisation triples a programme in size, but PARS Inc (formerly known as the Prisoners’ Aid and Rehabilitation Society of the Auckland District Inc) has managed to do just that with their Community Mentoring Scheme,...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Unscrupulous worker highlights why 90-days works
    Federated Farmers believes the experience of a husband and wife farming team in Taranaki underscores why the 90-days provision is so important to small businesses. “Yesterday a member called 0800 FARMING to alert us to a guy doing the rounds...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Eye to Eye Uploaded
    Leading Maori broadcaster and political commentator Willie Jackson previews Eye to Eye Uploaded, a multi-platform series of interviews that he’s aiming to put in front of media radars next year....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Party Rankings against Inequality
    Revealed: which party will do the most to reduce New Zealand’s growing inequality crisis...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Maritime Union backs change of Government
    The Maritime Union says a change of Government is required to deliver secure jobs and decent wages for New Zealand workers....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Green Party package for newborns welcomed
    16 September 2014 Media Release The New Zealand College of Midwives has welcomed a policy announced today by the Green Party which would provide a package of essential items for every newborn baby. The College is a non partisan organisation...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • ALCP Release Election Manifesto
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party has released its manifesto in the lead up to the election on Saturday....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Election Daily Update #9
    John Key’s National Party appears to have received a major boost from last night’s “Moment of Truth” event, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Despite no major changes...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Eminem Publishers Sue New Zealand National Party
    Detroit-based music publishing companies sue National Party for damages for unauthorised use of song in election campaign advertising...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Parties Back Rethink of WINZ Shared Care Parenting Laws
    Overwhelming Majority of Parties Back Rethink of WINZ Shared Care Parenting Laws. Press release- Fifty Fifty Campaign, 16 September 2014 National is the only political party willing to defend the way WINZ treats separated parents who share their kids...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Parents Smacking Down Prime Minister
    "John Keys failure to deliver on his promise to change the anti-smacking law is costing National votes, and helping the Conservative Party," says Colin Craig....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Political Debate on Family Violence – Video & Audio
    The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence was happy to host a political debate on Family Violence chaired by Professor Nicola Atwool of the University of Otago. Family Violence is a huge problem in our community and we invited representatives...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Greens Take Nanny State To A New Level
    Family First NZ is labelling the Green’s ‘welcome package’ for newborns policy as wasteful and misdirected. “This policy is taking ‘nanny state’ to a new level but indicates just how much the Greens want to intervene in family life,”...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • 2,100 people send message about dirty politics
    2,100 people have signed their name to a full-page open letter featuring in the New Zealand Herald this Wednesday. The letter is designed to send a message to politicians that dirty politics is an important election issue....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Are DoC manipulating Rat Numbers?
    Ban 1080 Political Party co-leader Bill Wallace says there are serious rumours DoC has changed their rat counting technique to cover up the lack of the mythical “Rat Plague” claimed by the Department in Kahurangi National Park, and also that...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Average Full time Student Is in Financial Distress
    A new survey has found that nearly half of all full time students are in significant financial distress....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Key and Cunliffe, research revealed by Ancestry.com.au
    Contrasting family histories of John Key and David Cunliffe, revealed by research from Ancestry.com.au....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Revelations a Damning Indictment of Key’s Honesty
    The Prime Minister’s honesty is now central to the election, says Internet Party Leader Laila Harré, following the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden that there is mass surveillance of New Zealand citizens by the GCSB....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Organisations Have ‘Duty of Care’ for Players says Law Firm
    Concussion injuries in amateur and professional sporting arenas are currently highly topical. Concussion potentially appears to have been implicit in the recent death of a young player in Northland....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Media Release from Closing the Gap on Health and Housing
    “Inequality is the biggest problem facing New Zealand at the present time” says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Closing the Gap. It underlies many of our social ills, poverty, lack of trust, an economy that could do much better, and...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Expanding Whānau Ora – a bottom line for Māori Party
    Leaving the best to last, the Māori Party has launched its Whānau Ora policy today following a fun family event at Te Ore Ore Marae in Masterton last night. “When we change what happens in our homes, we change what...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Colin Craig’s Incredible Claims Continue
    Hot on the heels of a Conservative Party candidate proposing to double the price of a bottle of wine, Colin Craig has come up with an even more fantastic idea to buttress his uncosted tax policy....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • The Letter: Jamie Whyte is going to Parliament
    Friday night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts Jamie Whyte in Parliament. TVNZ rounded down the poll result (ACT was on 1.2%). With the high wasted Conservative vote, just 1.2% makes Jamie an MP. It is ACT, not NZ First that...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Why are we letting Dotcom steal our election?
    Why are we letting a convicted German fraudster and his American polemicists steal our election?...
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  • ACT’s five point plan
    ACT has a five point plan to grow the economy by a third. To lift economic growth from the Treasury's long term forecast of just two percent to three....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Christchurch rebuild cost sharing plan must be improved
    “The agreement between the government and the Christchurch City Council about sharing costs of the rebuild is due to be revised in December, as some costs are more accurately known now than they were originally,“ says Warren Voight, Local...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ‘Key vs. Cunliffe’ Final Live NZ Election Reactor
    ohn Key and David Cunliffe go head to head for the final time on TV One on Wednesday as Election Day looms. Roy Morgan wants to know what you think about their performance as the leaders try one last time...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Chamber welcomes Business Growth Agenda priorities
    Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce welcomes the National Government’s 10 highest priorities for its Business Growth Agenda as essential to continuing strong business performance and economic growth....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • #SafeSource NZ – A secure way to share the truth
    Dirty politics and a dirty environment go hand in hand. Our country’s future as a fairer, cleaner, more prosperous place is being threatened by backroom deals, corporate cronyism and a lack of transparency....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Last vid to encourage youth vote
    Here's the third and final in our series to boost the youth vote. It's called CINDER and it's a play on the popular dating app....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fee hikes restrict student choices
    A survey of 5000 students from across the tertiary sector shows that tuition fees have increased at the maximum level permitted. Fees are constraining students’ choices more than ever before. Although tuition fees are only permitted to increase...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ACT’s five point plan to grow the economy
    ACT has a five point plan to double the rate of economic growth. The Treasury long term forecast for growth is 2% a year. We can lift it to 4%....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • iPredict Daily Election Update
    National’s forecast party vote has risen to 45.3% over the last day, at the expense of Labour and the Greens, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. A National/Act/UnitedFuture/Maori...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • National’s economic strategy attack workers’ rights
    The National Party’s ‘Workplaces’ policy confirms that their economic growth strategy relies on attacks on workers rights, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Questions Raised Over Cow Deaths
    The death of 200 cows after eating a new variety of PGG Wrightsons HT swedes [1] is a disaster for New Zealand farmers....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Final decision on Ruakura Development Plan Change
    The independent Board of Inquiry considering the Ruakura Development Plan Change has released its final report and decision. The Board has approved the plan change request but with amendments....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Confirmed – Smacking Law Needs Correction
    Family First NZ says that the ONE News Vote Compass survey showing only 23% support the anti-smacking law is no surprise, and confirms that it’s time the politicians listened to New Zealand families....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Kiwi voters urged to heed warnings
    Kiwi voters would do well to note the advice given this week to Queensland people by retired judge and renowned corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald, according to Democrats for Social Credit health spokesman David Tranter....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fisheries policy analysis produces surprising results
    Nine political party policies were analysed to determine which party had the most public friendly fisheries policy and the results surprised LegaSea, an apolitical fisheries lobby group. “For the first time, recreational fishers have been offered...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • $3m to help keep Hutt families healthy
    National Party candidate for Hutt South, Chris Bishop, welcomes news Hutt City Council has been selected to lead a $3 million anti-obesity initiative in Lower Hutt which will help families improve their health. “Healthy Families NZ is National’s new...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Community organisations struggling
    The survey, conducted by community sector network ComVoices, highlights the high level of frustration and urgency being felt by those who deliver services, says group Chairperson, Peter Glensor. 311 organisations completed the survey....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 6-11 September
    Below is iSentia’s weekly Election Index for the period 6 to 11 September, 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 publish...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Workers despair at Nationals lack of fairness
    “Nationals Workplaces policy, released today, fails to articulate any vison about how life for working New Zealanders can be improved.” CTU President Helen Kelly said. “Again if this policy focusses on removing work rights, its own documents...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • National tries to dodge the discussion on workers’ rights
    New Zealanders deserve a proper conversation about National’s plans to keep undermining the real value of their wages and conditions at work. “Today National has released a ‘workplace policy’ which will further widen the imbalance of power between...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Didn’t Get Your Easyvote Pack? You Need to Enrol Now.
    If you didn’t get an EasyVote pack in the mail last week, you need to check your enrolment now as you may not be enrolled....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Survey shows television without adverts could be vote winner
    Survey shows television without adverts could be a vote winner Television news focuses too much on politicians' personalities and not enough on the real issues, according to a UMR survey commissioned by the Coalition for Better Broadcasting....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Which of Key’s many statements will Greenwald challenge?
    John Key's credibility and honesty will be tested on many more GCSB issues than whether there was / is mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB. I have put together this by no means comprehensive list of Key's statements...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • 4th tranche of Auckland Housing Accord licenses sprawl
    Youth organisation, Generation Zero, is appalled at the next stage of the Auckland Housing Accord, released today, as it is once again focussed on urban sprawl. The fourth tranche of 41 Special Housing Areas (SHAs), allows for 8000 dwellings, nearly...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
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