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Key’s second credibility downgrade

Written By: - Date published: 4:49 pm, November 15th, 2011 - 70 comments
Categories: brand key, john key, Media - Tags: , ,

Key made up nonsense about what S&P said about a Labour government, and was publicly humiliated when S&P fronted up and said that it wasn’t true.

Now history repeats.  3 News reports that a lawyer representing victims of the News of the World phone hacking scandal says that Key’s comparing the recorded conversation with Banks to the phone hacking scandal is a “cheap shot”.  Ouch.

News of the World victims’ lawyer calls for release of teapot tape

A lawyer representing victims of the News of the World phone hacking scandal has weighed into New Zealand’s ‘teapot tape’ debate, defending the secret recording as “good journalism”.

Mark Lewis represents the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler along with others who claim their phones were hacked by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

He says the recorded conversation between Prime Minister John Key and ACT candidate John Banks should be made public. “There is a difference between the News of the World hacking into someone’s phone to find out private information and seemingly – whether accidental or on purpose – effectively a journalist investigating some political statement,” he says.

“That’s something that is in the public interest and sounds like it should be reported without the unfavourable comparison to what was clearly a criminal act.” …

He says Mr Key’s comparison to News of the World tactics was a “cheap shot” with little relevance to the British scandal.

An accurate parallel, he says, was former Prime Minister Gordon Brown who was inadvertently picked up on the campaign trail by a Sky News microphone describing a woman as “bigoted”. “[He] carried on talking without realising he was still wired up to a microphone and saying something that might or might not have cost him the election.” Rather than filing a police complaint, Mr Brown apologised to the woman and her family.

Mr Lewis says under English law the release of the tea tape would be very unlikely to lead to a prosecution. In fact he says the police “wouldn’t bother to open a file”. …

That’s some pretty good journalism from 3 News to follow up that angle. And it’s another big hit to Key’s credibility. How’s he going to justify gagging the media now?

70 comments on “Key’s second credibility downgrade”

  1. Tom Gould 1

    The new angle from the Tory CT playlist is the character assassination of the poor schmuck freelancer. He’s some kind of accidental terrorist it seems? There is no bottom line with these Tories, is there?

  2. Uturn 2

    Key or should I say Key™ is getting amateurishly sloppy and it’s not even a new term. In the event they are re-elected, between the horrors they unleash on NZ, at least we’ll get to see one of the most spectacular political implosions in our history.

    • Agreed he is looking tired.  The last couple of weeks of a campaign are like a marathon and Key may struggle to keep it together.  Tiredness brings sloppiness and silly mistakes can be made.
       
      This is either a masterstroke to get privatisation off the front page or it is a bad miscalculation by Key.
       
      Time will tell.
       
      For me it does look like he is human and that teflon coating is looking rather chipped.

  3. John Dalley 3

    IS this Shonkey’s GE downfall?

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    Key gets another credibility downgrade? How can that be?

    There are no credibility ratings below junk and Key was on that over a year ago.

  5. Janice 5

    He reminds me a little kid in the playground when things don’t go well for him, “I am going to tell the police on you.”

    • fender 5.1

      Yes like the way he left the chamber when he realised he stuffed up with the throat slitting gesture. Couldn’t handle the heat and had to flee in a childish manner. Scumbag indeed.

      • Ed 5.1.1

        That’s not fair to his minders, who got him out of there quickly – he was in no fit state to make decisions himself

    • seeker 5.2

      Exactly Janice, his behaviour is always childish and self-centred. Today and yesterday we have had his ‘aggrieved victim’ sulk.

  6. Lanthanide 6

    I was hoping someone from the UK would chime in on this and put Key in his place.

    • Blue 6.1

      Yeah, it is deeply offensive the way he compares this to what News of the World did.

      There is no comparison between hacking a dead girl’s voicemails and recording a highly publicised conversation between two politicians in a public space at a press free-for-all.

  7. tc 7

    ackshully its a dinimic siduation and I’ve got a lawyer who thunks I’m on sawlid grund.

  8. Draco T Bastard 8

    Key defends complaint over ‘tea tape’

    He said he was concerned about the principle, giving as an example a scenario in which a high profile New Zealand couple are recorded discussing their suicidal son who then killed himself after the story was run in a Sunday newspaper.

    Yep, it’s now about youth suicide.

    • Carol 8.1

      This would have, of course, begun when the high profile couple invited the media to observe them have a family conference in an upmarket cafe, welcomed the media with a few words, then asked them to wait outside the cafe.

      Is JK getting increasingly hysterical about this issue?

    • Anne 8.2

      I expect Captain Panic Pants thought that one up.

    • Uturn 8.3

      So is he saying that he would commit suicide if the tapes were released or is it that the information would have that effect on his career? What kind of weird false victim game is he playing now?

    • mike 8.4

      Jesus this is desperate. A couple, high profile or not, talking about suicidal son is private. Politicians discussing their plans to subvert the democratic process is in the public interest, and that can and should superceed privacy concerns.

    • I just heard this fictional scenario on Checkpoint.

      I have tried to keep my feelings about John Key under check but this has really hit a nerve with me, so apologies for what follows. 

      He’s a disgrace.

      To use the suffering of those parents who deal with suicidal children simply to protect his political hide is a thoroughly despicable and morally bereft act. To politicise their anguish for his political gain; to scratch their raw nerves in this way just to climb out of a hole he has dug for himself through some self-serving PR stunt is so far beneath contempt I’m running out of words to express my complete disdain for him.

      He is now revealing the reflexes that underpin his character and they are highly unpleasant. His every egotistical impulse is to use others, their emotions and their experiences for his own advantage.

      • Blue 8.5.1

        We are talking about the same guy whose first response to a guy trying to jump off the balcony in Parliament was to turn to Labour and yell at them that it was their fault, make a throat-slashing gesture, and try to turn the whole incident into being all about him and his personal security.

      • mike 8.5.2

        “He is now revealing the reflexes that underpin his character and they are highly unpleasant. His every egotistical impulse is to use others, their emotions and their experiences for his own advantage.”

        Hate to keep banging on about it (not really), but that’s pretty close to the definition of a sociopath. Too many people don’t understand what a sociopath is, and that is the very reason they can be successful.

    • McFlock 8.6

      “don’t release the tape or the kid gets it”, more like

  9. I’m not for anyone getting special treatment. Had the cuppa gate occurred when Banks and Key knew that they could not be eavesdropped on, I would say that they are entitled to have a private conversation, but they knew that the media was close by. Frankly Key and Banks are ignorant to expect what they discussed not to be repeated or for the media not to question them on what they discussed.

    The media were invited, the medias job is to report on the event, the public have an interest in the meeting, (Epsom voters in particular).

    • Reality Bytes 9.1

      Yup it’s primarily for this reason I am concerned about Mr Key getting reelected.

      I can appreciate politicians undoubtedly talk shit with each other behind closed doors, un-pc stuff that would see them becoming unelectable if it ever saw the light of day, and in all fairness maybe a bit of it is tongue in cheek, and a bit of it is probing / mind games with other fellow polis to see where they stand. So some behind closed doors banter is ok with me.

      But the thing that strikes me here is that Mr Key is being very naive to have what looks like “that sort of chat”, in front of a metric shit ton of media… And at an event which he’s basically been all “come ye round media and listen…”. And then the guy get’s all defensive when what’s happened happened. wtf?!

      It’s this very amateur and naive behavior that concerns me the most. Who knows what sort of diplomatic stuff up or other major fubar could happen under his watch.

  10. KJT 10

    You forget the, minimum, 2.6 billion hole in Nationals accounts!

  11. Hilary 11

    Close up claims that have a person who can lipread to find out what Key said.

    • Anne 11.1

      She did her best but it wasn’t too illuminating. She picked up on the word ‘Brash’ and there was something about NZ First supporters “dying off”. Key mentioned something about percentages. She thought it was 50% and 42%. Perhaps he was saying he expects National to get between 42 and 50% of the vote – just a guess.

      • The Voice of Reason 11.1.1

        I think that last bit was ” … it was gonna be 50% before this cuppa, Banksie, but I might have to settle for 42 now. Bloody Winston …”

  12. Dr Terry 12

    “The Key Show” got off to a good start again (evening news). What more can one say about this deviant? Running like a spoilt brat to his ever alert police! If Winston is right, he put down us old folk in addition to heaven knows what else. Probably his popularity will now rise, as it does after every terrible thing he says or does. We must be ashamed of this country’s child poverty, but ashamed too of the elderly who have to bear a poverty of soul. Over the next three years the underclasses are going to pass through a reign of terror.

    • Treetop 12.1

      “The Key show”

      I reckon Wednesday night on TV 1 at 7 pm the multi party debate, that Winston is going to stir the pot a good one with Brash. Winston is at his best when it comes to others being on the back foot and he has the proof.

  13. Tombstone 13

    Key is now surrounded in controversy and the cracks are really starting to open up now. I think Key could come unstuck very very quickly and National might be in trouble. The media are like sharks and Key is bleeding right now which might not end well for him if the media get the whiff of a good headline or two. You almost get a sense that they’re starting to pick up on the scent now so I’ll watching closely over the next few days to see where this all leads. Interesting times ahead.

  14. mike 14

    Winston is saying Key spoke about elderly voters with contempt. How on earth Winston heard the tape, if he really did, is curious. But check this out –

    Garner: “Do you think you may have offended elderly people or NZ First supporters in any way in what you spoke about with John Banks?”

    Key: “Well I’ve never listened to the tape, and so I can’t recall everything that’s on there. No one’s ever given me a copy of that.”

    Garner: “Would you like to see a transcript?”

    Key: “Nah I’m not bothered about it.”

    You know a politician has a problem when he won’t deny that he might have offended elderly people.

    Then he complains that no one has given him a copy, i.e. how could he reasonably be expected to remember whether or not he offended the elderly? But when he’s offered a copy he’s suddenly “not bothered”.

    Like the ad says “I’m lovin’ it”.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Key-turns-down-glimpse-at-teapot-tapes-transcript/tabid/370/articleID/232856/Default.aspx

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Peters-tells-supporters-teacup-tapes-contain-insult-to-elderly/tabid/370/articleID/232854/Default.aspx

  15. Craig Glen Eden 15

    Key has such a poor memory for what he has said only last week, then he does not want to look at the transcript to refresh his failing memory he’s “not bothered “. So why waist the Police time then with a complaint?

    • freedom 15.1

      as he said on TV3, it is all about the principle,
      then signs off with the ‘personal responsibility’ tag-line.

      where was his personal responsibility for censoring his comments in a public space ?
      or ensuring the invited media were aware the conversation was private and separate from the media event.

      http://www.3news.co.nz/VIDEO-Key-reiterates-that-he-is-teapot-tape-victim/tabid/370/articleID/232760/Default.aspx

      also, what are the principles of a person who abuses the memory of a suicide victim

    • Carol 15.2

      “I dunno… wasn’t there…. dunno what was said..”

      United States of Johnny:

      “That was Johnny Teapot. Dunno what he said. As Johnny Prime Mincer I jus wanna make a shtand for all the other high profile celebrities who might be secretly taped in the future under stressful shircumshtances.”

  16. vto 16

    It’s all going to get lost in the wash. Consistency of message is the key (no pun. bugger him for cornering the word).

    Others in opposition also need consistency of message. Don’t side-track. Though I’m sure someone else can side-track. Like Winston. And talking of Winston – why is that people sometimes play on their age?

  17. gruntie 17

    If Monkey ain’t gunna release the tape then it’s about time someone published a paraphrase for him – as a start off how about –
    “Well Banksie – you admit ACT is rooted without this tea party charade mate?….”

  18. gruntie 18

    If Monkey ain’t gunna release the tape then it’s about time someone published a paraphrase for him – as a start off how about –
    “Well Banksie – you admit ACT is rooted without this tea party charade mate?….”

  19. Doug 19

    Herald on Sunday & TV3 doing deals with a dodgy Cameraman, is the recording dodgy also?
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5970037/Teacup-cameramans-police-past

  20. Quick, somebody send Key an email – apparently he wasn’t at the meeting on Friday!

    Who wants a PM who has such a bad memory and needs to be told what he said.
    What is? Ronald Reagan?

  21. anne 23

    The throat slitting gesture was the real ‘key’ especially when he showed no concern for the person that was about to commit suicide,someone should make a list and publish it before the
    election to show those ‘key’ worshipers that he really is a rat.
    It’s just as well this has happened before the election and not after,there should be a lift in the polls surely,how can an intelligent voter put key,banks,brash in the controlling chairs for all of
    nz’ers,surely not.

    • rosy 23.1

      “there should be a lift in the polls”
      The beneficiary bashing that was released today will counteract any drop in National support. There’s a real mean streak going on in NZ at the moment.

      • Draco T Bastard 23.1.1

        People get defensive and irrational when their livelihood is disappearing around them.

        • M 23.1.1.1

          Yet many of the deluded souls will still vote National not realising a caning from redundancy awaits them maybe a few weeks or months after the election. Let them see how comfortably they live on welfare and being recipients of outright hatred – like watching a disaster about to unfold in a film.

      • Tombstone 23.1.2

        Rosy – Sadly I think you’re right – there’s something really wrong with the psyche of people in this country at the moment and it really concerns me to be quite honest.

        • rosy 23.1.2.1

          Yeah. I reckon Draco has got it right as far as the working class goes. No such excuse for those that are doing well though.

        • mike 23.1.2.2

          Sorry to keep apologising for banging on about it (not really), but when a sociopathic leader takes power the victims, those who vote for the douchebag, rationalize, defend and even admire the sociopathic behaviour of the leader. Those who are irrelevant to the fucktard, those who vote against him, can say what they want, he knows the victims won’t listen.

          Robert Hare in his book Snakes In Suits, which is about how psychopaths infiltrate the corporate world, notes that the psychopath polarizes the workplace. Half think he’s awesome, charming, a guy you want as your mate, to have a beer with, a leader, a winner. The other half think he’s two-faced, a liar, a manipulator, a bully. It turns out that the people in the first half are those that are useful to the psychopath, those in the second half are not.

          • Roy 23.1.2.2.1

            Having worked for a psychopath, I can confirm that this is absolutely correct. They can be incredibly charming, but when you become a threat to them, or simply cease to be useful, they are vile.

  22. Irascible 24

    By trying to hide their lack of policy and their candidates behind a smile & wave puppet the NACTional party have put themselves into a PR vacuum which will be filled with any puff of scandal. The tea party tape and the Green’s clever billboard heckle have been handled badly by NACTional and, unfortunately, by the Greens.
    The Tea Party tape should have been greeted with a confident “publish & be damned” we said nothing of consequence while we conspired over the English Breakfast and anyway it whatever we said will not affect the election result!!
    The billboard heckle should have been dealt with with a huge laugh and a congratulations to the perpetrator for engaging in political heckling and then a confident demonstration that the heckles were incorrect or of little consequence in the light of what passes as current political discourse in N.Z.
    This would have displayed a confident honest john(s) and a mature and intellectually robust NACTional party. Instead we now see a scuttling & running, petty minded, shallow and unprincipled political party and its leader/s which is hardly becoming or confidence raising for the electorate.
    The Greens should have greeted the billboard heckling response with a demand for Key to prove the heckles to be incorrect and only when Key and NACTional could prove the heckles to be unsubstantiated apologise. Unfortunately Norman and his co-leader lacked the intellectual robustness and grunt to take the attack straight back to NACTional which must lead the public to lack confidence in their leadership.
    Where are the leaders with intellect, with political confidence and principles in New Zealand? I don’t see them in any of the parties involved with these two events.

  23. chris73 25

    Arn’t the MSM supoosed to be in the back pocket of the tories?

    Key and co have the dropped the ball big time on this, they’re acting as incompetent as labour which is a bit of a worry.

    Although if the rumours are true and they were talking about winstonfirsts supporters dying off then its not like they’re saying anything most people don’t already realise (probably not polite to say in public though)

    A silver lining (such as it is) is that at least John Key doesn’t have to talk about selling a partial interest in assets

    and thank goodness for the Greens stepping up to take some flak as well ;)

    • Galeandra 25.1

      Hell, I was worried for a while. All the trolls have departed, must be on an urgent confidence course or something, but no, there’s still one little shiner from the shoal hanging about.

      • chris73 25.1.1

        I’ve worked out that the best way to tell when you’ve made a good point on here is by how quickly someone calls you a troll

  24. tsmithfield 26

    I think the Greens are in a much more serious spot, as it high-lights the radical under-belly they have been trying to hide to appear more central. Also, it cuts across the “fair-play” image they have been promoting.

    So far as Key goes, I think this is a non event and an unnecessary distraction for opposition parties. I agree with Chris73 that it is deflecting from meatier issues that the opposition would like to hook into.

    So far as the recording itself goes, what is coming out suggests it is fairly bland. Possibly Key and Banks discussing the likelihood of a very unpopular Act leader departing after the election. Few would shed tears about this. And perhaps Key telling the truth about the fact that NZ First’s demographic support base tends to die off.

    While the tape is causing a bit of embarrassment for National. But countering effect of deflection from the meatier issues probably means a net gain.

    • Galeandra 26.1

      Yay, and another shining wit. Admirable to see his loyalty as Key & Co set about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. “the tape is causing a bit of embarrassment for National. But countering effect of deflection from the meatier issues probably means a net gain.” arf arf arf.

    • Colonial Viper 26.2

      I think the Greens are in a much more serious spot, as it high-lights the radical under-belly they have been trying to hide to appear more central.

      A removable sticker prank reveals a “radical under-belly”? Are you serious?

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    Auckland’s public transport patronage has been on a tear as of late and patronage is not only at its highest point in over 50 years but is currently up 7% on the same time last year. Included in that figure...
    Transport Blog
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #48A
    Air pollution costs Britain £10bn a year, report shows Britain left 'exposed' to more floods and heatwaves Central American civil society calls for protection of local agriculture Climate change is not just about science Climate change will slow China's progress...
    Skeptical Science
  • Sunday burnouts in Christchurch: electric motorsport comes to NZ
    New Zealand is going to get its first taste of electric motorsport this Sunday, when the Mike Pero Motorsport Park at Ruapuna near Christchurch is hosting EVolocity, an amazing line-up of electric racing machines and their creators — including the...
    Hot Topic
  • The very odd Slightly Left of Centre
    There’s a new voice in the blogosphere. Josh Forman, the author of SlightlyLeftofCentre: 27 years old, from the left, and on a mission to reclaim the centre left from the loopy extremists from the far left who have hijacked the...
    DimPost
  • Submission guide: Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    I've just completed my submission on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. In the past I've posted my submissions, but that has tended to lead to a bunch of people copy-pasting them, which has in turn reduced their impact...
    No Right Turn
  • Submission guide: Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
    I've just completed my submission on John Key's Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill. In the past I've posted my submissions, but that has tended to lead to a bunch of people copy-pasting them, which has in turn reduced their impact...
    No Right Turn
  • Support bill changes to keep students safe
    26 November 2014    The government has the opportunity to prevent major teacher opposition to the proposed new teachers council by supporting changes to the Education Amendment Bill (2). PPTA president Angela Roberts said one of the biggest risks of the...
    PPTA
  • Neetflux: Dirty laundry
    ...
    On the Left
  • Neetflux: Dirty laundry
    ...
    On the Left
  • This takes the cake
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security is now threatening John Key's victim with prosecution:As the Inspector-General stated at the release of the report yesterday morning, she is examining what steps to take over the early disclosure of information from the...
    No Right Turn
  • This takes the cake
    The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security is now threatening John Key's victim with prosecution:As the Inspector-General stated at the release of the report yesterday morning, she is examining what steps to take over the early disclosure of information from the...
    No Right Turn
  • World News Brief, Wednesday November 26
    Top of the AgendaIran to Access $700 Million Monthly During Talks Extension...
    Pundit
  • Bold response required to Blueprint
    The Government must give urgent consideration to recommendations in The People’s Blueprint if it is serious about tackling New Zealand’s deplorable record of child abuse and domestic violence, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.“The ‘one family, one judge’...
    Labour
  • Private prisons poaching in state jails
    The Corrections Department-sanctioned poaching of public prison officers for the new private prison at Wiri has to stop, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It is unacceptable that prison staff are being trained by Corrections and then being poached by...
    Labour
  • Climate report- a must read for all New Zealanders
    A strong scientific analysis of rising sea levels in New Zealand by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment makes climate change the number one issue for our city planners, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods.  “Dr Jan Wright’s report...
    Labour
  • Exports drop puts more pressure on surplus
    A 5 per cent fall in exports shows National’s reputation for economic management is taking a hit and even puts its golden surplus target at risk, say Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and Exports Growth spokesperson David Parker. “Bill English’s...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Fourth housing report confirms failure
    The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. "The report says consents for only 354 dwellings were approved in the special...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Ministers all over the place on Smith passport
     Ministers responsible for the Phillip Smith debacle are at  odds over the passport he used to escape, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “It  beggars belief that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says the passport issued to Smith, under his...
    Labour
  • Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman’s speech – Rod Donald Memorial Lect...
    It's been nine years since Rod's tragic death. I'd like to start out by talking about what Rod achieved. Then I want to talk about the things that I think he might want us to achieve in his absence. We...
    Greens
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Hard road ahead for thousands more Kiwi kids
    News that there will be 8000 more students in low decile schools next year reinforces the absolute failure of the National Government’s economic approach, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The gap between the haves and the have-nots is increasing....
    Labour
  • Free your voices
    Last week Victoria University of Wellington lecturer’s Dr. Sandra Grey and Dr. Charles Sedgwick released some figures from the 2013/14 update of the 2008/9 survey of the community and voluntary sector. Their research question was: ‘How is democracy – as...
    Greens
  • The facts of power price rises
    Everyone knows power prices are increasing and it feels like it is eating more and more of their weekly pay check. This morning I released census data showing this common feeling is in fact borne in the data. The data...
    Greens
  • Slavery was cheap too…Pay equity fight back to court
    Today the NZ Aged Care Association announced they will appeal the decisions of the Employment Court and Court of Appeal in favour of Kristine Bartlett, to the Supreme Court. They say they have no choice but to appeal because many...
    Greens
  • Why Pakeha are so offended by John Key’s idea of a peaceful settlement
    The statements by the Prime Minister on the Waitangi Tribunal ruling that Maori never ceded sovereignty in 1840 are enough to make any student of history choke. First was the denial that the ruling means anything significant. And then there...
    Greens
  • Restoration of the Christchurch Arts Centre well underway
    It was inspiring to be shown some of the major restoration and rebuilding work underway at the Christchurch Arts Centre recently. With 22 of 23 Arts Centre buildings damaged by the earthquakes, this is one of the largest heritage restoration...
    Greens
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Key’s vile smear machine questions left unanswered
    The report into Judith Collins’ involvement in undermining the former Serious Fraud Office boss leaves major questions unanswered about the smear machine run out of John Key’s office, Labour MP Megan Woods says. “This report has deliberately narrow terms of...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • Govt must make up lost time on sexual violence law reform
    The Government must prioritise any recommendations from the Law Commission to improve criminal process for sexual violence cases after it stalled reform work for two years, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Labour is pleased Justice Minister Amy Adams has...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • White Ribbon day should last all year
    White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for all men to stand up and affirm to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women, says Labour’s Associate Justice Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “Violence towards women is rampant across all sectors...
    Labour
  • Report confirms John Key abused power of PM’s Office
    Today's Inspector General of Intelligence and Security's (IGIS) report confirms that the Prime Minister's office engaged in a serious abuse of power, says the Green Party.The IGIS report looked at the release of an Official Information Act request to disgraced...
    Greens
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • IGIS report a damning indictment on former spy boss
    The report by Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security into the release of classified documents is a sad and damning indictment on former spy boss Warren Tucker, Labour’s MP for Mount Roskill and former leader Phil Goff says.  “This report upholds...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • South Auckland disadvantaged by new decile rankings
    New decile rankings have South Auckland schools at scores that show they are much more disadvantaged than the national average, says Labour’s Associate Auckland  Issues spokesperson Louisa Wall.  “As a measurement of disadvantage it is alarming that the average score...
    Labour
  • Sexism, rape culture and power
    Our discourse around sexual violence is complicated. All too often perpetrators are described as ‘monsters’, so when someone you know tells you the lovely man that you really like sexually abused them it’s hard to believe, because they’re not a...
    Greens
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • Time for an economy that works for all New Zealanders
    New Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says the challenge for the National Government is to support an economy that delivers good, sustainable jobs paying decent wages. “It’s time the economy delivered for all New Zealanders, not just the fortunate few....
    Labour
  • New faces, wise heads in bold Labour line up
    Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience....
    Labour
  • Plan for mega factory farm ruffles feathers
    Not long ago I wrote about the proposal to build a mega factory farm in the small township of Patumahoe that would confine over 300, 000 hens to colony cages. This week the resource consent hearing for the proposed factory...
    Greens
  • National opens door further to Chinese property speculators
    National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today."As well, former...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • National restarts logging in West Coast forests
    “Dead wood also contributes by providing nutrients to soils, supporting the agents of wood decay such as fungi and invertebrates and it is a key habitat for the regeneration of some trees.” Annual Report 2013/14, page 29. The National Government has...
    Greens
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • Lab plan the beginning of slippery slope?
    It’s time for new Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to show his hand on plans to privatise lab services which doctors are warning could put patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Clinicians have sent the Government some...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • A-G called on to look into flagship ‘cost-saving’ programme
    New health Minister Jonathan Coleman has some serious questions to answer following a decision to wind up the Government’s flagship health savings provider HBL just a fortnight after giving it the green light to implement its plans, Labour’s Health spokesperson...
    Labour
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Prime Minister’s warped view of history
    Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote...
    Greens
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Climate of fear needs addressing
    It is hugely concerning that community and volunteer groups feel they are being gagged from speaking out against the Government, Labour’s Community and Voluntary Sector Spokesperson Louisa Wall says.  A Victoria University survey of 93 sector groups has found 50...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets
    Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour. “Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s...
    Labour
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • National softening public up for 7th successive deficit
    Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today."No finance minister in a generation has...
    Greens
  • When the teflon is stripped away…
    . . To re-cap something I wrote on 13 September, regarding a hard-hitting interview between “The Nation’s” Lisa Owen and John Key; For possibly the first time since Stephen Sackur interviewed Key on Hard Talk in May, 2011, this [...
    The Daily Blog
  • My Select Committee submission against the “terrorist fighters” bill
    This morning I gave this “oral submission” to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee opposing the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill.  It is a pity only Greens are against the Bill. It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Pixies in the Garden? Making money
    In 2009, John Key said “there aren’t little pixies at the bottom of the garden printing cash” (John Armstrong, Colin Espiner). He was wrong of course. Just about every country has its own pixie-in-chief, though not at the bottom of the...
    The Daily Blog
  • AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE – Government must allow further scrut...
    As the New Zealand government seeks to rush new through new anti-terror legislation, Amnesty International is raising grave concerns over the speed at which the Bill is being rushed through Parliament and is calling for an extension to the consultation...
    The Daily Blog
  • Tension inside the Blue Tent – questions that should be asked
    With Andrew Little on fire taking a straight shooting no crap approach to Key’s dead eyed duplicity, the tensions inside the Blue Tent of National are at risk of erupting again. When the TeamKey brand falters, National’s factions sharpen their knives....
    The Daily Blog
  • FiveAA Australia: Is NZ’s PM a Liar? + Kim Dotcom Says He’s Broke
    5AA’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning.In this week’s Across The Ditch bulletin on FiveAA.com.au Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey discuss how allegations of dirty politics continue to dog the Prime Minister John Key’s third term in government. Also, internet tycoon...
    The Daily Blog
  • Cam’s ‘Slightly Left of Centre’ sock puppet threatens Key in public
    What did Judith Collins say about payback? Looks like Slater has taken that lesson to heart as he uses his sock puppet over at Slightly Left of Centre to drop threats and hints that he has recorded conversations with Key that has...
    The Daily Blog
  • Justice System Changes Must Ensure No More Roastings In Court
    On Monday there was good news for rape survivors and this blog was supposed to be about the success of our advocacy, and it is about that success, but today’s events have brought into stark focus the real-world importance of...
    The Daily Blog
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Electio...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Key Post Election...
    The Daily Blog
  • Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key
    So Cam texted Key before the report came out despite Key claiming no contact? Top 5 Texts from Cam to Key 5 – I still have all the photos 4 – Yes my shapeshifting Lizard Master Overlord 3 – Max isn’t talking to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Hold on – did NZ just have a coup?
    Ummmmm. Wait a minute here. Just so that we all understand what’s been revealed. The Prime Minister’s Office used the Secret Intelligence Service to falsify classified information to smear the Leader of the Opposition via a far right hate blogger...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Sue Bradford speaking tour
          With the generous support of the Hobgoblin Network and several other donors, I’m going to be speaking soon at four meetings around the country: ‘A major left wing think tank?  Is it time for a transformational left...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why Key must resign
    Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Why the Judith Collins report is a whitewash
    “I am not a Monster”, hissed Judith Collins The report into Collins is a whitewash. The difference between an independent inquiry like the IGIS report that connected the PMs Office with using edited Secret Intelligence Service information to smear a...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Seasons Greetings from Ferguson
    Seasons Greetings from Ferguson...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Using State Spies to attack political opponents – why the SIS are gaining...
    National will only be able to get away with what is being revealed by the IGIS report into the Secret Intelligence Service if we, the people of NZ, let them. And. We. Should. Not. Let. Them. State spies editing intelligence to...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Anti-Choice Myth-Busting
    Voice for Life issued a press release last week claiming that those of us campaigning for the decriminalisation of abortion in NZ are, among other things, using Nazi propaganda tactics (sigh…) to lie to you about the illegal status of abortion...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Judith Collins – the Gift that keeps Giving to the Opposition?
    . . From a news report; Ms Collins resigned before the election after being accused of working with the Whale Oil blog after emails were released suggesting she was “gunning” for former director of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feeley,...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • Annette King? Annette King?? Surely not Annette King!
    I’m not often surprised at the goings on in the Labour Party but I was gobsmacked to see Andrew Little has appointed Annette King as Deputy Leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. I had idly assumed the role would go to Adhern...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • New Shadow Cabinet – Little does more in 6 days than Goff, Shearer & ...
    New Zealanders do not respect intelligence, they respect confidence. Cunliffe beat Key in the debates, but it didn’t matter because NZers don’t respect the debate, they respect the tone. Our anti-intellecuatlism runs deeper than most with our reverse-egalitarianism. The chip...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves
      This weeks Waatea news column – The myths white people tell themselves...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • The irony of backlash to petrol stations charging workers for stolen petrol
    You have to laugh at NZers sometimes. you really do. The outrage that has been sparked by news that workers at petrol stations are charged for stolen petrol is one of those perfect examples of a delicious irony most NZers...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • A Dishonest “Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill”
    Wouldn’t you think a Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill would actually mention “terrorist fighters” in its text? The Bill, as released yesterday, does not. It’s simply another generalised counter-terrorism exercise giving extra surveillance powers to the Security Intelligence Service and enabling...
    The Daily Blog
  • How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog
  • How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog
  • How biased are the media? A Patrick Gower case study
    . . . Isn’t it interesting that Patrick Gower – who made his partisan feelings crystal clear on Twitter on 29 May with this extraordinary outburst;  “Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP...
    The Daily Blog
  • No charges laid over piggeries investigations
    No charges laid over piggeries investigations 28 November 2014 The Ministry for Primary Industries did not have sufficient evidence to lay charges following two animal welfare investigations into incidents at piggeries earlier this year. The investigations...
    Scoop politics
  • Deep Sea Drilling in Rising Seas
    The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report on the effects of rising sea levels and climate change adds another argument against this Government's expansion of fossil fuel exploration....
    Scoop politics
  • Slower population growth in the long term
    New Zealand's population will likely grow by 1.4–1.8 percent a year during 2014–16, but growth will be lower in the long term, Statistics New Zealand said today....
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  • Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
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  • Health (Protection) Amendment Bill
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