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National goes dirty

Written By: - Date published: 10:37 pm, September 24th, 2013 - 130 comments
Categories: brand key, dpf, same old national - Tags:

It’s not been surprising to see National’s dirty tricks machine groan back to life over the last week – in the last week of the leadership campaign a good source close to the Nat’s research unit told me that they’d picked David Cunliffe as the likely winner and they were already digging through his past. At the time they were trying to find “rightwing” comments he’d made that they could use to wedge his left support base from him.

Similarly it’s no surprise they waited until John Key was out of the country before sending Mathew Hooton on a kamikaze attack on Cunliffe on Nine to Noon – after all it’s important they keep Key’s brand well away from that kind of muck. It’s all they’ve got left.

What has been surprising is how hamfistedly it’s been done. Hooton sounded like he was hysterical when he started shouting his smear on the wireless, on the same day Vance managed to get very specific comment from an anonymous “industry player” on the story a little too quickly, and David Farrar has been unusually unsubtle about trying to build it up. I mean check this out:

Some people have suggested that the scrutiny is unfair and part of an attempt to knock Cunliffe down. I think they forget that John Key went through exactly the same thing in 2008.

The NZ Herald had reporters spend months investigating John Key’s background. They talked to former colleagues and acquaintances of Key’s from around the world. They eventually published their findings in a multi-page feature.

It’s like a begging letter to the MSM. Unsurprisingly there’s been little pick up.

What all this tells me is the dirty tricks machine that National once (quietly) prided itself on has got very rusty. Well, that and they’ve not realised that running this kind of campaign when you’re in government and you’ve clearly got no popular policy just looks dirty and desperate (*cough* H-fee *cough*).

I understand we’ll see more of this over the next week or so. The nats are looking to damage Cunliffe’s reputation before he establishes himself fully in the public’s mind (at which point it will be a much harder task for them). They know they can’t go head to head on policy – because nobody actually likes their policies – so they’re going personal.

The problem they’ve got is they’re not doing a very good job of it. Add to that the fact they’re increasingly looking like they’ve got no vision of their own and I think they’re putting themselves in line for significant blow-back. It’ll be interesting to see what their next move is.

130 comments on “National goes dirty”

  1. geoff 1

    Is it possible that Key has lost control of the party? That the rustiness is partly due to an internal breakdown, ie the Collins division not playing ball?

    • Tracey 1.1

      geoff, read Hollow Men, Key is no innocent bystander.

      • geoff 1.1.1

        Tracey, I’m not implying that Key is innocent, I’m suggesting that maybe the dirty tricks that he’s attempting are not working as well as they used to because of factional divisions in the party who no longer jump as high for him as they used to.
        Also, I have read the hollow men.

  2. mickysavage 2

    Cunliffe is the perfect anti Key. Another rags to riches story with a wealthy intelligent wife at the cutting edge of environmental law and a house in Herne Bay. But he is sticking to his beliefs and not moving.

    He is brighter than Key. He may not be as good at the funny stuff but let him dissect Key’s utterances and show where he is wrong and Key may have met his match.

    The attacks are puerile and so predictable. This Government really is behaving like a third term government in its second term.

  3. McFlock 3

    I suspect that an effective slagging campaign is a perishable skill.
    They’ve spent five years simply saying “labour left us with it”, “labour did it too”, or just outright lying and saying “it’s going great”. Now it’s dawning on them that 2014 will be a hard slog, and they’re panicking.

    I suspect their strategy is to try and keep the labour vote as low as possible for the start of the campaign, but the problem is that by the time they get good at slight-of-slag, it will be an old trick and they’ll need something new.

    And their current desperation suggests that they haven’t found a king-hit skeleton anywhere yet – if you have an ace up your sleeve, you don’t needlessly sacrifice your bishops or rooks because they don’t exactly grow on trees… :)

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    This is just National’s opening salvo. Their artillery is going to keep opening up, and they have their spotters (internal pollsters) zeroing in on the most effective targets as we speak.

    Having said that Cunliffe can use a very simple strategy for counter-attack. Keep smashing the Government where it hurts – their lack of vision for the nation and the many credibility strains showing in their management of the economy for the top 5% wealthy.

    • mickysavage 4.1

      Yep keep reminding people about crony capitalism and never ever get diverted …

      • Peter 4.1.1

        Yes, produce the numbers to back up the statements – eg how many millions have gone to the middlemen (compared to the cost of a referendum) as a result of assets sales, how little actual NZ mum and dads invested ( and lost so far), how much of asset ownership has headed overseas, how much revenue the Government has given up, how the budget is being balanced by selling revenue generating assets to pay for non-revenue generating assets.

        Simple and truthful numbers that explain how we are being fleeced will bring in the votes required.

        • AmaKiwi 4.1.1.1

          +1

          I can tolerate a lot but when you steal from me, you’re finished.

          My formula for victory would be to demonstrate that the Nats have STOLEN hundreds of million money from all of us and given it to their rich cronies.

          • marty mars 4.1.1.1.1

            + 1 Yes and the only thing I’d add is that Key stole it – that lying fake.

            I think you are all right from cv down. The fight will get dirty because they have to keep the left (all parts including the part Labour plays) out so they can continue to exploit our land for their overseas mates. It doesn’t get lower than that and when you think like that your morality imo is barely low enough to count so you’ll do anything and everything to further selfish self interest. Hootens, aptly named kamikaze, attack was a probe using an expendable minion – I don’t think they’ll be happy with this fizzer, more desperate plans will be afoot.

        • Mary 4.1.1.2

          Yes, with a dash of how the abandonment of democratic principles paves the way for the agenda, adhered to so strictly, but with a strategy based on change by stealth so as not to scare the horses. Selfish, uncaring, greedy men.

    • Red Rosa 4.2

      National’s slickest trick is to keep referring to their government as ‘centre-right’.

      In fact it is Extreme Right. Latest of course ACT’s charter schools, from the creationist Banks. The ultimate Parata folly, and an insult to NZ education.

      Dredging up policy from the depths of UK Tories and the US Repubs, then foisting it on NZ, has been the hallmark of this government.

      But it looks like Spying and Lying will be Key’s nemesis, with the final DotCom showdown still some months away. Meantime twisting slowly, slowly in the wind….

      • AmaKiwi 4.2.1

        To quote mickysavage: “Kim Dotcom, the gift that keeps on giving.”

      • Populuxe1 4.2.2

        Don’t be ridiculous – if you think Key is Far Right, you are woefully ignorant of history. He’s scum to be sure, but he ain’t no Hitler, Pinochet, Peron, Franco etc. He’s not even a Thatcher.

        • Chris 4.2.2.1

          “but he ain’t no Hitler, Pinochet, Peron, Franco etc. He’s not even a Thatcher”

          Yet…

        • peterlepaysan 4.2.2.2

          He and Thatcher are cloned from the same gene pool.

          Fairness, equality, ethics are irrelevant. Only money,power and winning matters, whatever the cost.

          Very Americas Cup really.

        • karol 4.2.2.3

          Depends on the definition of “far right” of which there is not total agreement.

          Basically, it is not necessary synonymous with fash1sm or naz1-ism

          Some see extreme “neoliberalism” as far right.

          There’s this definition as well.

          According to Elizabeth Carter, the two defining features of a right-wing extremist party are: a rejection of fundamental human equality, which she asserts is what makes the party right-wing,[20] and a rejection of the fundamental democratic values of the state, which makes it extremist.

          I do think Key’s government is more radical than they try to pretend.

          A plutocracy in “centre right” clothing.

      • Wayne 4.2.3

        Its 5 schools, hardly the end of public education as we know it.

  5. Murray Olsen 5

    I think (and hope) that at least part of their problem is that their attack dogs, like WhaleSpew, Penguin, and Horton have become too obvious as biased and untrustworthy typists for hire. Or, in WhaleSpew’s case, cutter and paster for hire. While died in the wool Tories won’t care that it’s bullshit, anyone who actually thinks about whom to vote for is growing tired of the same old garbage all the time. The NActs and their copywriters are becoming less popular by the day.

    • Tracey 5.1

      average punter doesnt know who farrar and hooten are though, do they? Which is why Labour labelling them by their previous national connections may be important to neutralise them f the media will pick up their comments/.

      • felix 5.1.1

        Yep. And even further than that, I’d label them as what they really are: right-wing extremists.

        It’s getting boring hearing the media refer to “political blogger David Farrar” and in the next breath “LEFT WING BLOG The Standard” as if David is some sort of neutral bystander.

        • Tracey 5.1.1.1

          exactly. by all means use these guys as sources and guests but everytime reveal their connections and therefore jaundiced views.

        • Murray Olsen 5.1.1.2

          Yeah, it’s not right that they can be passed off as neutral commentators when they push far right drivel. Then they call this a Labour Blog, which I find a little disturbing. Perhaps they should have to wear their sponsors’ clothing, like the yachting guys.

  6. miravox 6

    And this is why the NActs are worried:

    Labour’s support has jumped under new leader David Cunliffe to the extent that he could form a coalition government and become Prime Minister, if today’s Herald-DigiPoll survey figures were translated to an election result…

    …Mr Key’s support as preferred Prime Minister has fallen 9.4 points to 55.8 per cent. Since becoming Prime Minister he has been in the 60s and sometimes 70s. He has never been down to the 50s. Mr Cunliffe scored a respectable 16.8 per cent in his first appearance as Opposition leader in the preferred Prime Minister stakes.

    A lot of people were tired of Key a long time ago, they just had nowhere for their vote to go. Now they have. If the NActs can’t nip Cunliffe’s credibility right now they won’t be looking forward to the next few polls.

    Tight control and a message for people to believe in, Labour, and the next election is yours to lose. Be brave.

  7. North 7

    Did Shouty Hooton have forewarning of this poll result ?

    One might think he did, he (according to himself ) being so impeccably connected, authoritative, omnipresent and all that.

    That would explain Monday’s calculated yet risibly thin “liar liar” rave on Nine to Noon. It would also explain the extraordinary meltdown offered up when no one clapped.

    In the grips of panic. Hilarious.

    • Tracey 7.1

      Shooten Up said HE helped in the formation of Fonterra. Did he mean by selling the idea of it, which is not actually helping its formation at all. If he has kids I hope he has brought them up to do as he says not as he does.

  8. Jenny Kirk 8

    ” What all this tells me is the dirty tricks machine that National once (quietly) prided itself on has got very rusty.”

    Don’t kid yourself, Irish Bill. That Hooten stuff was just a pinprick, and probably a test to see if using him was/is feasible.

    The NActs will come up with some very very nasty tricks. They’ve got John Adshead and Crosby-Textor onside and they’ll come up with the goods for them. Remember Dancing Cossacks and Iwi/Kiwi.

    Labour is in for a very tough and nasty fight from here on in.

    • IrishBill 8.1

      I don’t doubt it’s going to be nasty, and I expect the Nats will adapt, but they’ve got off to a bad start. Also, I don’t rate C/T that highly – a lot of their success has been off the back of weak opponents. Cunliffe and his team are not weak opponents.

    • risildowgtn 8.2

      That is why we must fight back
      Start calling these media whores out on their lies….

      Twitter is great for springing them as a bunch of liars…… coz once ya do ,the truth is OUT there…….

      I might even join the LP if they keep this up…….

      • David H 8.2.1

        That, and formal complaints to Radio NZ, don’t hurt either. I must admit tho Gower never did reply on twitter, when I called him out for making shit up.

  9. chrissy 9

    Labour rises in the polls. Key faints.

    • Sanctuary 9.1

      The first line in the Herald is pure unintentional comedy gold:

      “…Prime Minister John Key has taken ill soon after arriving in New York, having to rest in a nearby pub…”

      Ah yes, THAT kind of ill…

  10. chris73 10

    Yes because Labour never tried to find dirt on Key or do we not remember Mike Williams little trip to Australia

    Here let me remind you all:

    “Labour is trying to avoid the fallout from the so-called “H-bomb” it has dropped on John Key as it emerges taxpayer funds have been used in the attempt to find dirt on the National Party leader.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/696924/Labour-tries-to-dodge-bomb-fallout

    • IrishBill 10.1

      I mention the H-fee in the post, you moron.

    • Tracey 10.2

      yes but Chris I thought all Key’s supporters thought it was dirty, beneath contempt and not something they would do? You are rolling out the “but Labour did it defence”. Is that what you wanted from your government, to be like Labour?

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 10.3

      What a piss poor pathetic display of hypocrisy.

      Did that excuse work for you in the army, Chris? “But but but LLLLLaaaaaabbbbbboooooouuuuurrrrrr”.

      Plus what Irishbill said, moran.

      • Rogue Trooper 10.3.1

        not confusing chris73 with any Dylan I hope. “But..but…but, the officers are allowed in there…”

      • Greywarbler 10.3.2

        OAK
        Was that Dylan Moran – Irish comedian (who can make anything funny)?

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 10.3.2.1

          Ah. The definition of “moran” in this case is provided by the urban dictionary: “the way a moron spells moron”, as immortalised in the phrase “Get a brain morans! Go USA!”. It is commonly used ironically.

  11. North 11

    It’s their reaction to the questioning of their ludicrous sense of superiority and entitlement will do them in. Shouty Hooton on Monday is the latest delicious example.

    The semi-precious brooch of ShonKey Python’s one time 62% as preferred PM is falling off the cold bosom. Wonder what silver bullet the likes of Chris73 will bring to the discussion now ?

    Wait for more in the vein of child-like rage and resulting gaffes.

    As says the old fulla on Dad’s Army………”They do not like it up ‘em !”

    Meanwhile Judge Judy is sitting knitting.

    • North 11.1

      Old hat stuff Chris73 @ 10 above. Dead and gone long ago. As irresonant and irrelevant as the 3.5% Helen Clark is currently pulling in the preferred PM stakes which have ShonKey Python down 8%.

      You’re not gonna tell me that’s your silver bullet are you ? How artless can you be ? October 2008 ? My God !

  12. David H 12

    Well here’s my little gift to Shouty Shooten A formal complaint to Radio NZ.

    You have a so called professional political commentator screaming over everyone, Calling the newly elected Labour Leader a Liar. All in all not a very good look for any radio station, especially one that is thought of as the one last bastion of free speech, and truthful reporting.

    And not repeating the mental writhings of someone who sounds definitely unwell.

    • karol 12.1

      Well done, DH. I did email them my complaint on the day, but unlike TRP I haven’t had a reply,. is it because I used this pseudonym and its email & not my birth name?

    • Wayne 12.2

      David,

      I guess you missed the irony in your post, “bastion of free speech”. Hooten is a commentator for the Right (sometimes overly strident), he is not a neutral analyst. And it is live radio – people say what they say, the audience judges it.

      • peterlepaysan 12.2.1

        Its 5 schools taking money away from schools that need the money to do something meaningful that is accountable.

        5 schools promoting John Banks perverted and corrupt view of society is hardly a legacy the Nats would be proud to own.

      • peterlepaysan 12.2.2

        So the audience judged that Bradbury was banned for life?

        So the audience judged that Hooton is allowed to stay?

        I do not think so.

      • karol 12.2.3

        How can Hooton be a “commentator” and a “Lobbyist”/PR person?

        Plus, the slot is meant to have a commentator from the right and one from the left giving alternative views. The Hooton shouted over Ryan and Williams, preventing any other view than his liar, liar outburst.

        He should be banned for that violation of the debating process.

      • gobsmacked 12.2.4

        Wayne

        You are a smart guy so I can only guess that you have not actually heard the relevant rant. I recommend that you do. Shouting “liar” constantly is not “commentary”, and not worth defending.

        Of course he is legally – and rightly – free to do this, but no radio station is legally obliged to give him a platform to do it. I can shout “John Key is a liar!” on the street, or on a blog, but I cannot insist that Radio New Zealand employs me to do so every week – and why should they have to?

  13. karol 13

    It may not just be that the NAct smear machine is rusty, but the blogosphere has changed since they began their Commn1st Lesbian D1ktator smears of Clark.

    Then smear stories were seeded through KB, WO and talk-back, and ultimately picked up by the MSM.

    Today, while not treated as de fact journos like Farrar & WO, TS does get read by journos, and The Daily Blog also has become a major force for the voice of the left. Good to have more than one platform to strongly articulate the strength of the collective left.

    Hooton’s rant was based on superficial research. It may have worked in the past. But if you look back at Open Mike to the day of the rant, you will see at least 3 of us dug up evidence that Hooton was wrong, in a pretty short time.

    The collective base is the strength of the left, and the best way to combat the NAct top-down, plausible deniability, smear machine.

    Note: I’m logged into the main page of TS, but it says I’m not logged in on this thread.

  14. Sable 14

    Oftentimes it not the quality of the message but how frequently its repeated that changes peoples minds for better or for worse. Think about WMD’s, war on terror, utter codswallop but the public of the US swallowed it. Why? Because it was said, again and again and again by dodgy right wing politicians and their stooges in the mainstream media.

    The opposing coalition need to fight fire with fire it they want to win here. Simply writing this off as nonsense from National and ignoring it is a HUGE mistake. They need to keep reminding people of Keys and co’s human rights violations, fiscal mismanagement, general lack of transparency and more if they want to win.

  15. amirite 15

    This morning Radiolive falsely reported that Cunliffe’s bio about the Harvard qualification on the Labour website has been edited. Cunliffe then had a swipe at Hooton for calling him a liar several times, said he”ll prove him wrong and added that the Nats are panicking after the new poll results.
    So it has started, the dirty war on Labour.
    If that’s all the media and the Nats can come up with, we’re sweet.

    • Sable 15.1

      How do people learn, by repetition. The quality of the message is secondary, keep that in mind. Labour need to deal with these detractors harshly and without mercy and do so repeatedly.

    • Tracey 15.2

      you cant be right because national doesnt believe in dirty shots or personality politics, just politics.

      I keep waiting for that Tui sign, but they dont DO anti right wing tui signs.

  16. Jax Taylor 16

    Thank-you. Not a Labour member here, but saw this coming a London mile off..
    As Lianne Dalziel intimated in that wonderful speech, even Duncan Garner praised..Politics not for the * faint of heart* , nor for the really black hearts either though, when the winds starts blow-back the other way!
    The prevailing ones I am picking up on, really want change everywhere. Here, London, N.Y even Iran. Not more of the same. Some in the NZ mainstream are getting as nasty and toey as one or two of those bloggers and their shills everywhere… Attack can actually be the poorest form of defence when it all goes horribly wrong.. Lessons taken from: Thatcher Days 101.
    .
    Just seen the ‘rocket’ in those polls too.. Enough to make someone faint?
    Memo to self.. Put on ak-ak flak bodice before venturing out in mini..
    :D

  17. karol 17

    Andrea Vance is leading the smears re-Cunliffe’s CV, and she sms to have a direct line to Hooton.

    Doesn’t do much good to Vance’s image.

    Andrea Vance, News of the World, corporate shill, throws up yet another Hooton branded smear re-Cunliffe’s CV.

    Aren’t there more pressing political issues for you to focus on Andrea?

    • Sosoo 17.1

      It’s getting even more pathetic.

      Mind you, that article basically thumps Hooton’s original claim.

      • gobsmacked 17.1.1

        that article basically thumps Hooton’s original claim.

        Yes, Hooton caves.

        But this perfectly illustrates how this tactic works. Hooton’s climb-down gets less publicity than the original claim. So, no loss for the Right, Key is clean, some mud may stick to Cunliffe.

        For the Hooton/Slaters, truth is irrelevant. It’s up to Radio NZ and other media to call them out, Sadly, they probably won’t.

    • Tracey 17.2

      it wont help cunliffe either, only the beltway know who shooten up is.

      btw, to the silent t brigade… there is life in cunliffe.

    • David H 17.3

      Yeah but vance’s latest clam to fame is one of what ? Swapping pics of body parts, with a has been politician.

  18. amirite 18

    From Twitter:

    Steve Braunias ‏@SteveBraunias 1m
    Startling new baseless accusation has it that David Cunliffe is a militant Islamic freedom fighter, a woman, and died four years ago

    :-)

  19. karol 19

    And Blinglish gets in an attempted slur, referencing Cunlife’s CV, in replying to Cunliffe in question time – thereby showing that National is part of the shoddy, ill-judged smear campaign against Cunliffe.

    • Tracey 19.1

      English’s idea of a housing policy is getting subsidised to have his family live in luxury in Wellington.

  20. Tracey 20

    What is to be gained by being on the security council? Money apparently

    “Ten of the fifteen seats on the U.N. Security Council are held by rotating members
    serving two-year terms. We find that a count ry’s U.S. aid increases
    by 59 percent and its U.N. aid by 8 percent when it rotates onto the council.”

    http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Publication%20Files/06-029.pdf

  21. Puckish Rogue 21

    I’d suggest Cunliffe just starts telling the truth as its much easier to remember and maybe he should go through his CVs and “refresh” (I’m using quote marks to suggest that refresh means something different in case anyone was wondering) them before more of his “embellishments” come out

    • Tracey 21.1

      Are you saying lies matter to the electorate? Cos Key’s popularity suggests otherwise.

    • karol 21.2

      Gotta hand it to the righties – their lack of evidence keeps getting exposed & they keep right on with the same failed smear campaign.

      And that’s all you’ve got?

      Weak.

    • Rogue Trooper 21.3

      x.

    • lprent 21.4

      Puckish Rogue – just another moronic dickhead jerking off.

      This campaign by John Key against Cunliffe with his sock-hand up Hootens arse is simply pathetic.

      • Tracey 21.4.1

        is this why national claimed cunliffe didnt bother them cos of the CV of cunliffe??? This is like Mike Williams in 2008.

    • ghostrider888 21.5

      How’s that handle workin’ out for ya’. Maybe your mid-summers’ dream needs editing.

    • karol 21.6

      Haha! And Cunliffe has used the Birther/Kenya_sarc attack in his speech in the general debate today.

        • ghostrider888 21.6.1.1

          some humour in there karol, ‘specially the allegation David only has Joy Division on CD, not the original vinyl (was on TDB as well).

        • Tracey 21.6.1.2

          nice one.my faves

          “Giovanni Tiso ‏@gtiso

          Hooton currently going through Cunliffe’s kindergarten art folders, checking the paintings he signed were all his.”

          Philip Matthews ‏@secondzeit

          Matthew Hooton raises further questions after learning that David Cunliffe only has Joy Division on CD not the original vinyl.

          Martyn Bradbury ‏@CitizenBomber

          UNBREAKING: @MatthewHootonNZ rushed to hospital after choking on rage that Labour under Cunliffe jump up 6.8% – “Lies” he screamed

  22. chris73 22

    Whaleoil helpfully found this:

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Lr9-zoPemccJ:https://www.facebook.com/Labour2014/info+&cd=24&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=nz

    “I was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, where I graduated with a Master of Public Administration.”

    - See that suggests he graduated from the Harvard Business School which is quite a well known and impressive school (I’ll admit it impressed me)

    “He held a Fulbright Scholarship at Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government in 1994-1995, earning a Master of Public Administration.”

    - This is sounds quite different though I’m sure the John F Kennedy School of Government is impressive in its own right

    Cunliffe should hope he hasn’t got anymore embellishments lurking as he’ll start to suffer the death by a thousand cuts

    • Tracey 22.1

      like Key has from his lies you mean?? Has Whale Oil posted a link to BLiP’s post on honest man, you know to show balance and that he is an even-handed commentator? Have you posted BLiP’s post over there chris, since you developed this aversion to leaders lying??

      • chris73 22.1.1

        Why would he do that? Hes right-wing and doesn’t hide it just like this site is left-wing and doesn’t hide it either and thats the way i prefer it, he and this site are more honest then journalists because at least you know where they stand unlike journalists

    • McFlock 22.2

      Chris, if he had, say, failed to complete an MPA at a community college and claimed an MBA from Harvard, toridom would have a clear point.

      But he has an MPA from Harvard, attended HJFKSG as well as HBS, and really his only fault in the matter was to leave a little bit of semantic leeway for hoots and blowfish to invent a lie.

      If those are the worst lies you guys can invent, thinks are looking rosy red and bright green for 2014.

      • chris73 22.2.1

        Ackshully I get the feeling Cunliffe will provide more hits for National aided and abetted by the ABC club (which is where this stuffs coming from)

    • lprent 22.3

      Just as a point of reality (as much as I hate to introduce that strange concept to people so obviously addicted to the blue pills)…

      Most MPAs share courses, parts of courses, and lecturers with MBAs across the whole damn world – including Harvard. While there are quite a lot of differences between the commercial and public administration, they are characterised more by how similar their course content is than by their differences.

      What you’re really saying is that Cam Slater is a as thick as two short planks and would never be able to get a MBA or a MPA except off a diploma mill

      I guess you must fit into the same category? Dumbarse munter?

      • karol 22.3.1

        Has there been any WO attempted smear that ever really worked in the last few years?

        • lprent 22.3.1.1

          Not really. These 2008 style raptor attacks just cause me to start escalating the ban button. A couple for discussion is ok. When they try to do the stupid self-reinforcing crap then I just get irritated. They are as boring as the indignant whining on talkback

          • chris73 22.3.1.1.1

            Of course they work, if they didn’t work politicians wouldn’t use them and blogs (including this one) wouldn’t spend so much time discrediting those that use them (and vice versa of course)

            • karol 22.3.1.1.1.1

              I wasn’t referring to politicians using them, just WO. Why he keeps using such strategies when he fails more than he succeeds is a mystery to me.

              WO probably WO only succeeded at all back in the days when there really weren’t any sizable left wing blogs to discredit his shoddy smears and diversions. They only work at all if they provide the only views circulating and if they are allowed to fester on blogs like this, causing smokescreens and diversions.

              • chris73

                Heres the thing, lefties spin and the lefties on here believe it, the right spin and the righties believe it but its not what we who frequent blogs believe its what the general public believe

                For example the left have been spinning like mad the last few years that JK wants to sell NZ out to his american banker friends (he doesn’t by the way) and the left believe this and the right don’t but in the end the public have decided JK is the right person to lead NZ

                Now that Cunliffe is the leader of Labour hes going to go under justifiable scrutiny (as he may well end up leader of the country) to see what type of person he is and it looks like if he doesn’t outright lie on his CV then hes certainly guilty of embellishing it (which we all do) but its not the lie that ends you its the cover up (just ask Gilmour)

                If the righties can spin it enough that the people of NZ don’t trust Cunliffe then National will win and of course the left will be spinning to counter act…just remains to be seen who’ll win

                and winning is everything

                • geoff

                  God you’re an idiot.

                • karol

                  Pathetic, Chris73. What part of failed smear don’t you understand.

                  It’s Hooton that has ended up looking like a fool, and the only one under pressure for his dodgy tactics right now is Nick Smith.

                  • chris73

                    I’m sorry Karol I didn’t realise that you decided when a smear attack on the left was working or not so in future I’ll consult with you first

                    gotta go I’m “refreshing” my CV :)

                    • felix

                      If by “worked” you mean that half a dozen morans like yourself are still fapping, then yeah, sure it worked.

                      However the facts are that Hooten didn’t find a shred of proof for his utterly unbelievable lies, and he spent a whole day “explaining” himself to the media, who ultimately reported it as a failed smear attempt.

                    • karol

                      Ha! Chris! So you acknowledge it was a “smear attack”!

                      Double fail, mate – for admitting the aim, and trying to keep it going even when other righties and the MSM have given up on it.

                • Huginn

                  No chris73, we don’t all ‘embellish’ our c.v.’s.

      • chris73 22.3.2

        Dancing on the head of a pin really

        He said he went to a particular institution:

        “Harvard Business School”

        and now its been removed

        I know you all love Cunliffe and believe him to be the messiah reborn but things like this (to the general public) looks like hes making shit up

        The question you really should be asking is who in the Labour caucus is supplying Andrea Vance…

        ABC = All Behind Cunliffe with a knife maybe

        • karol 22.3.2.1

          BS. It’s Hooton et al who have been shown to be dancing on the head of a pin. And has exposed the pathetic little attempt to use underhand means to divert from significant issues, and do a bit of personality politics smearing.

          All Cunliffe has done is clarify.

          The MSM really hasn’t run with this weak little smear attempt. Yet, a few like you keep trying to re-ignite the sparks of dying embers.

          Is that all you’ve got?

          • chris73 22.3.2.1.1

            So hes “refreshed” his CV twice so far, how many more times will it take for him to “refresh” his CV before you start to think that maybe sometimes is a bit iffy…don’t worry I already know the answer

            • karol 22.3.2.1.1.1

              And how many times has Hooton had to back pedal?

              • chris73

                Hootens not trying to become PM of NZ (at least not at this moment)

                • Colonial Viper

                  Yet you admire his “credibility” and “sincerity”, which I can only describe as deficient judgement on your part.

                  • chris73

                    No not really but I want National to win and this will help Nationals chances…I guess that sometimes the ends justified the means (something lefties are all too familiar with)

                    • Tracey

                      then dont say you admire integrity and sincerity which are contrary to Machievelli’s rules as Ramsey so eloquently pointed out yesterday while masquerading as a left leaning supporter.

                      Why will Cunliffe’s “lies” help National when Key’s lies help National? Is there something else at work? Are you saying National “work” the lies better?

    • Huginn 22.4

      No, it doesn’t.

      It sounds like Cunliffe is a Fulbright Scholar who was accepted into Harvard University and studied towards his Masters in Public Admin at Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government as well as the Harvard Business School.

      It’s all Harvard, Chris73. Cunliffe is a Harvard grad. Now stop embarrassing yourselves.

      Note:
      The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University is a public policy and public administration school, and one of Harvard’s graduate and professional schools. Wikipedia

      • chris73 22.4.1

        Hes been found guilty of embellishing his CV which fortunately (for most of us) isn’t illegal but does call into question his integrity whatever way you want to spin it

        • karol 22.4.1.1

          chris73, all that’s happening is you have been found guilty of embellishing a non-smear.

        • Huginn 22.4.1.2

          What, you’re saying he didn’t graduate from Harvard?

          • chris73 22.4.1.2.1

            His wording strongly suggested his qual came mainly from the Harvard Business School, hes now “refreshed” his CV and the Harvard Business School is gone

            So no I’m not saying he didn’t get his qual, I’m saying he made it sound as though he get it from a more well-known and prestigious institution…in other words embellishing

            • Huginn 22.4.1.2.1.1

              But they ARE the same institution.

              Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Business School are all Harvard, chris73.

              Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government’s MPA is inter-disciplinary, so he needed to tell us where else at Harvard he had had studied for it. It’s a wonk thing – but ok for him to drop it when people began to mix the MPA up with Harvard’s MBA program which people know about watching TV.

              You’re embarrassing yourself with this.
              You guys are on much safer ground with the Royal Forest & Bird revelations. Fancy David Cunliffe telling everyone that he was a member when he clearly had not paid his subs. What a scoundrel! I bet he’s in Al Qaeda too.

              You should go and check his birth certificate . . . straight away.

              • Colonial Viper

                It appears that chris73 knows jackshit about

                a) Harvard University
                b) using wikipedia

                • chris73

                  You know as well as I do that people will read the headline and skim the article (TLDR) which means an image of Cunliffe embellishing his CV is starting to build

                  and if he embellishes this what else does he embellish…

  23. Chris which word allows you to leap to ‘mainly’? It’s clear on any interpretation of either version of the CV that Cunliffe graduated with an MPA from Harvard. The degree comprised of papers taken at both the Kennedy School and the Business School. Quite likely there were other papers from other specialist areas. That’s what happens at universities all over the world every year. And as for your assertion that the Business School is more prestigious and well known, that is merely your opinion.

  24. felix 24

    chris73 this is a message from Control.

    Please stop.

    Message ends.

    • Tracey 24.1

      I think everyone is being unfair to chris73. Afterall havent we been waiting for Key’s supporters to give a shit about lying or embellishing or misleading? If he is frothing this much over the CV of Cunliffe he must be crying himself to sleep over Keystone Cops “embellishments.

      “looks like hes making shit up”

      “which fortunately (for most of us) isn’t illegal but does call into question his integrity whatever way you want to spin it”

      ” maybe you could teach Cunliffe some ethics then”

      We have a convert, we should be welcoming him. Can someone point me to the posts he has made on other blogs in the last couple of days dissecting Key’s misleads/lies/embellishments? I would even venture to WO’ site to read that.

      Well done chris, your original notion that everyone embellishes CV’s seems to have given way to an almost obsessive need to prove a lie from Cunliffe. Hold the leaders to account is what I say. Expect higher standards from them than us.

      By the way, I look forward to reading your point by point condemnation of these embellishments and the links to where they have been corrected or acknowledged. If you need the weekend to complete it, I can wait.

  25. Tracey 25

    More comments from chris73 on standards he expects from our leaders. he has moved his stance over the past few days though. So good on him, change is hard, especially ideology:

    “So Cunliffe was either economical with the truth (again) or embellished his CV (again) and the MSM dutifully reported it (again)

    Not a good rep to have in the lead up to an election”

    “To quote Dr House

    “Everybody lies””

    ” I don’t think its that bad I mean everyone embellishes their CV and people expect politicians to tell porkies”

    “Hootens not trying to become PM of NZ (at least not at this moment)”

    He probably wont vote Labour, he wont vote ACT (Banks breaches his code) and he clearly has abandoned National… He is facing an ideological crisis and we need to exten a supportive hand to him

    • Huginn 25.1

      I know, I know. My heart went out to the flakey little guy when he made this sad but revealing admission about:

      ‘embellishing [one's cv] (which we all do)’

      He’s definitely trying to make himself some sort of a path to self reconstruction.

      chris73 – if you’re reading this – I want you to give yourself permission to embellish yourself into whatever you want to be. Don’t hold back – you must let yourself embellish your self into the grand, powerful and splendid creature that you know you want to be.

      Big hugs from your friend Huginn

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    A claim by Minister of Finance Bill English that average wages will climb by $7,500 over the next four years is a cynical promise of jam tomorrow by a government whose record on wage growth is atrocious, Labour spokesperson on...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Judith Collins has to fess up on ACC blunder
    ACC Minster Judith Collins must front up and tell New Zealand how many people who refused to hand over their private details to ACC have been denied cover, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “The legality of ACC’s privacy waver,...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Board of Inquiry conditions will save rivers in New Zealand
    The Ruataniwha dam decision released today has protected the Tukituki River and dashed the Government’s hope of the “one nutrient model” (TRIM) being adopted nationwide, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. “It is a massive victory for those in the...
    Labour | 15-04
  • Labour turns wheels for cycling safety
    With more than a million New Zealanders now using cycling as an attractive alternative means of transport it is past time their safety was taken seriously, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Darien Fenton says. Due to speak to a cycling rally at...
    Labour | 15-04
  • SPEECH: Institute of Directors
    LEADING AND MANAGING OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE David Cunliffe MP, Labour Leader Speech to the Institute of Directors 15 April 2014, Auckland It's a privilege to be speaking here. The Institute of Directors has a proud history of developing New Zealand's...
    Labour | 15-04
  • More Oravida endorsements from John Key
    The use of a picture of John Key in an advertisement for Oravida’s scampi products in a Chinese airline magazine is further evidence of an unhealthily cosy relationship between the National Party and this company, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says....
    Labour | 15-04
  • Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support
    Workers faced with redundancy at Canterbury Yarns need a redundancy support co-ordinator, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.Last week, Canterbury Yarns was placed in receivership. Canterbury Yarns joins a long list of New Zealand manufacturers who have...
    Greens | 14-04
  • Making the holidays easier for Kiwi drivers
    The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “There’s nothing Kiwis like more than getting on the road and going on holiday. But on...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Ae Marika! 15 April 2014
    Our MANA AGM down in Rotorua on the weekend was a sold-out affair – even the media were struggling to get in! Political conferences can be very dull, but not this one. We had a great line-up of speakers including...
    Mana | 14-04
  • Green light from Labour for cancer screening programme
    Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today committed to a national bowel screening programme, starting with extending the current service to the Southern and Waikato districts. “Around 3000 New Zealanders develop bowel cancer each year and about 1200, or 100 a month,...
    Labour | 14-04
  • Adequate resourcing needed for victims’ advocate
    The establishment of a victims’ commissioner role will only be meaningful if it is properly resourced to do the job of advocating for victims’ interests, Labour Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. Justice Minister Judith Collins has just recently indicated her...
    Labour | 13-04
  • IPCC report shows Government ignoring climate experts
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report into climate mitigation, just released in Berlin, shows the National Government is ignoring the pleas of the world's best climate scientists.The report says deep and fast emission cuts are vital from all...
    Greens | 13-04
  • Japan’s quick turnaround on whaling disappointing
    News that Japan plans to recommence some form of “scientific” whaling programme so quickly after the International Court of Justice’s ruling against it is very disappointing, says David Shearer, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson. “New Zealanders expected the ICJ ruling -...
    Labour | 13-04
  • Reviewable tenancies will increase risks for vulnerable children
    Instead of kicking families out of their homes if they can pay their rent, parents with young children should have the opportunity to purchase equity in a state-built home over time, the Green Party said todayFrom July, Housing New Zealand...
    Greens | 13-04
  • 48,000 New Zealanders drinking faecally contaminated water
    Some 48,000 people were provided with water that had issues with faecal contamination, 18,000 of whom were from Canterbury, the Green Party said today. The Ministry of Health's Annual Report on Drinking-Water in New Zealand for 2012/13 shows that 48,000...
    Greens | 12-04
  • Labour will move to save the Kauri
    Labour will spend $20 million over the next 10 years to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “We are facing an ecological disaster with over 11 per cent of the Kauri trees in the...
    Labour | 12-04
  • SPEECH: Saving our Kauri
    Seech notes Good morning. Thank you for joining us here today. As a West Auckland MP I am very aware the kauri is an important part of this place. The Waitakere Ranges with their thousands of kauri, are a taonga....
    Labour | 12-04
  • MANA to continue negotiations with the Internet Party
    The MANA AGM has decided unanimously tonight to continue negotiaitions with the Internet Party. Within a month further negotiations, further consultation with MANA branches and a final decision on whether to proceed with a relationship is expected....
    Mana | 12-04
  • National’s tax dodge
      National’s insistence that it is cracking down on tax dodgers is little more than a bit of election year chest beating, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Revenue Minister Todd McClay surely doesn’t believe collecting $100 million of an estimated...
    Labour | 12-04
  • Housing prices go up – Gens X & Y give up
    Today’s REINZ report shows house prices continue skyward while first home buyers are dropping out of the market, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand the national median house price has risen...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Do Key and Adams support Chorus appeal?
    John Key and Amy Adams must tell New Zealanders whether they support Chorus’ appeal of the High Court’s ruling in favour of the Commerce Commission, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “Chorus’ appeal is a waste of time. The company is...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Is Judith Collins unapologising
    Judith Collins appears to have retracted her apology for failing to disclose her meeting with her husband’s fellow company directors and a senior Chinese border control official just weeks after being ticked off by John Key for not doing so, Labour...
    Labour | 11-04
  • Media Advisory
    There have been a few minor changes to the MANA AGM agenda. Moana Jackson is unable to attend due to family commitments. Speaking in his place on Saturday morning MANA is pleased to welcome Georgina Beyer and Willie Jackson. MANA...
    Mana | 10-04
  • Green Party requests inquiry into Peter Dunne and Trust
    Green Party MP Denise Roche today wrote to the Parliamentary Registrar of Pecuniary Interests requesting an inquiry into whether Peter Dunne should have included his involvement as chair of the Northern Wellington Festival Trust on the Register of Pecuniary Interests...
    Greens | 10-04
  • Veterans short-changed
    The Veterans’ Support Bill reported back to Parliament today rejects a key recommendation of the Law Commission Review on which it is based and ignores the submissions of veterans and the RNZRSA, says Labour’s Veterans’ Affairs Spokesperson, Phil Goff. “A...
    Labour | 10-04
  • Why Easter holidays should always be mandatory and retail free
    The moaning from retailers that they can’t open the cash registers and worship the consumer culture of consumption over Easter bores me immensely because I’ve always believed that public holidays should be mandatory. It’s not that I really care about...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Why punish the parents of the disabled?
    Parents who have adult children with disabilities saw a glimmer of hope when the promise for payment for caring for their children was given. But like most things, the complicated and relentless bureaucracy of the whole process shows a completely...
    The Daily Blog | 19-04
  • Our government: still no idea
    Happy Easter everyone, bad weather aside. A previous post of mine was called “The Government with no ideas”.  Unsurprisingly, the theme of the piece was of a current government thoroughly absent of any creative ideas or solutions to assist more...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • 12 things Forbes has to say about NZs about to burst economic bubble
    Forbes is not known for their socialist or left wing activism, so when they predict a grim economic failure, we should should collectively poo ourselves a little. National often get given this perception that somehow they are better economic mangers....
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • That Sinking Feeling: Labour’s urgent need for persuasive words and coura...
    THE LATEST ROY MORGAN POLL has Labour on 28.5 percent (down 3.5 percent) and the Greens on 11.5 percent (down 1.5 percent). At 40 percent, the combined vote of the two main centre-left parties has fallen 5 percentage points since...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Why the Labour movement should support a Universal Basic Income
    The Mana movement’s support of the idea of a universal basic income is a welcome development. It could become one of the litmus issues that define the party and prove extremely popular. If Mana are in a position to do...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Legal high and cannabis regulation
    I marched through Henderson last month with my fellow Westies to express our concern about the impact of so called “legal highs” on our community. Some people chanted loudly calling for banning, some expressing anger at the parliamentarians who voted...
    The Daily Blog | 18-04
  • Know your Tory fellow travellers and ideologues: John Bishop, Taxpayers Uni...
    . . On 19 March, I reported on the Board members of the so-called “Taxpayers Union”. With one exception, every single member of the Taxpayers Union Board was a current (or recent) card-carrying member or supporter of the National and/or...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • GUEST BLOG: Daniel Bruce – Internet Party: What Seems Ridiculous To The O...
    Imagine you’re a 18-21 year old, from a working class family. You’ve never had a landline phone at home, because your parents can’t afford the fixed monthly bills, so everyone in your familiy has a pre-pay mobile phone. Because of the same tight...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greens to push for housing standards in MOU with Government Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release We don’t need any more official reports. We know the problem and we have the plans....
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Mighty River squanders $3.8m preparing for sale Tuesday, 28 Aug 2012 | Press Release New Zealanders do not want asset sales and they do not want the Government wasting millions of dollars on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s economic agenda on shaky ground Monday, 27 Aug 2012 | Press Release Instead of betting on a boom and bust industry and selling off assets the government needs to invest in a...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: National’s tax cuts haven’t cut tax avoidance Sunday, 26 Aug 2012 | Press Release It is not fair that many rich New Zealanders are cheating on their tax. National’s 2010 tax cuts, that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waitangi Tribunal report adds to crisis in asset sales agenda Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release In its rush to sell our assets, National has found itself in a crisis of its...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Privacy across all departments needs checking
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Privacy across all departments needs checking Friday, 24 Aug 2012 | Press Release “People don’t have a choice about giving their information to the state so the Government has an absolute duty to...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Reports show Government role in driving ACC dysfunction Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Restoring public trust and confidence is an essential goal and will require very major change starting from the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government must front up on full costs of asset sales
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government must front up on full costs of asset sales Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release It’s time for the Government to front up over just how much these asset sales are...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New report: middle NZ worse off, inequality grows Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release Our society has never been as unequal as it is today. New research from the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government to delay addressing climate change indefinitely Thursday, 23 Aug 2012 | Press Release “It would be a shock for any other Government to introduce such a self-defeatist piece of legislation but unfortunately...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney’s Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members’ ballot. “It’s...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Press Release Christchurch cannot afford to lose this agency The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Resignation rates among cops soar The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Work visa problems need monitoring The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination...
    The Daily Blog | 17-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Brazil: Human rights under threat ahead of the World Cup     Protests in Brazil:Brazil Franciscan friar kneels in front of Brazilian riot police officers asking for calm during confrontation with Landless...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Libya: Trial of former al-Gaddafi officials by video link a farce     Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi will face the courts on 14 April. © IMED LAMLOUM/AFP/Getty Images         Read...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights ...
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Algeria: Pre-election clampdown exposes ‘gaping holes’ in human rights record     Freedom of expression, association and assembly are under threat ahead of elections in Algeria. © FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed
    Source: Amnesty International NZ – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Viet Nam: Prisoners of conscience released but dozens remain jailed     Vietnamese activist Nguyen Tien Trung was one of the prisoners of conscience released this week. © Private      ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today. The report...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance
      Last weekend Kim Dotcom spoke at MANAs AGM to discuss the possibility of the Internet Party and MANA Party working together to defeat John Key this election. As someone who knows both Hone and Kim, I have a unique...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Source: Labour Party – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manufacturing Upgrade   Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.   – The claims and opinions...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Get work on 29th and the ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA
      Groser and co would have been spitting tacks last week as the ANZAC spirit deserted the TPPA negotiations. Australia has done a deal directly with Japan which undercuts the demand for Japan to opening all agriculture in the TPPA....
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • No fracking solution to climate change
    Some British tabloids and oil lobbyists have jumped on comments made by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change author that fracking could play a role in addressing climate change as an argument for it here in Aotearoa, so is fracking...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • At Last: A Manufacturing Policy
    Source: First Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: At Last: A Manufacturing Policy Date of Release:  Thursday, April 17, 2014 Body:  FIRST Union congratulates Labour on the release of its Manufacturing policy today. The union represents workers in the wood, food and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister
    Yesterday Prime Minister John Key justified the extrajudicial killing of a New Zealander in a US drone strike in Yemen with a few cynical, callous words at a stand-up press conference. Key said he’d been briefed by our spy agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Secret Policeman’s Ball
      Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball is back in New Zealand for one night of some of the best stand-up comedy from both national and international comics The freedom to provoke and in some cases offend is essential to the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • So the US has assassinated a NZ citizen – what did Key know?
    A non judicial assassination by the US on a NZ citizen raises questions. Key made the idea that NZers were training with terrorists part of his farcical defence for the GCSB mass surveillance legislation. I say farcical because even if...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Something Better Than Something Worse: Why John Key could become our longes...
    IN HIS MEMORABLE holiday-home encounter with the host of Campbell Live, the Prime Minister, John Key, did not rule out running for a fourth term. Were he to be successful, the long-standing record of Sir Keith Holyoake (11 years and 2...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • GUEST BLOG: RIO TINTO WINS 2013 ROGER AWARD
      Sky City Casino Second, Chorus Third  The seven finalists for the 2013 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand were: ANZ, Chorus, IAG Insurance Group, Imperial Tobacco, Rio Tinto, Sky City Casino and Talent 2. The criteria for judging are...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • National drowning in an ocean of poisoned milk
    It is becoming difficult to keep up with which National Party MP is bleeding the most at the moment. Simon Bridges is being crucified by Whaleoil almost as much as Greenpeace are attacking him, suggesting Cam is seizing the moment...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Want to get rid of synthetic cannabis? Legalize real cannabis
    Have we managed to appreciate the madness that synthetic cannabis is legal yet more harmful than organic cannabis which is illegal? I find the current moral panic over synthetic cannabis difficult to become concerned with when alcohol is FAR more...
    The Daily Blog | 16-04
  • Save our homes – stop the evictions!
    “We will keep on fighting because it frightens me to think my grandchildren could become homeless,” Tere Campbell told me. Tere is a member of Tamaki Housing Group. In September 2011, tenants in 156 state homes in Glen Innes received...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • The daily humiliation of women and the constant policing and shaming of our...
    The last few months have been particularly bad for the shaming and policing of women’s bodies in the media, both in New Zealand and globally. First we had NZ Newstalk ZB presenter Rachel Smalley referring to women weighing over 70kgs...
    The Daily Blog | 15-04
  • Family Court Consumers Group appalled at legal rort
    Family Court Consumers Group appalled at Lawyer for Child's "1 meeting in 10 years" taxpayer funded legal rort...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Manufacturing Matters to New Zealand – 17 April
    The Labour Party announcement today recognises the simple truth that the manufacturing sector really matters to New Zealand’s economy as a whole, based on the part manufacturing plays in the growth of the added value element in the tradable sector,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum
    Young Kiwi to Represent New Zealand at Premier Youth Forum FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commonwealth Youth New Zealand Executive Director, Aaron Hape, has been selected to represent New Zealand at 33Fifty, the Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei
    Greens propose new ministerial disclosure regime based on British rules, requiring quarterly declarations of ministers' meetings, travel and hospitality....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Politicians Should Maintain Workers’ Easter Break
    Family First NZ is rejecting calls for any liberalisation of Easter trading laws and says that workers deserve a break to spend time with their families. “This is not an issue about choice as has been argued. For many workers,...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Lisa Owen interviews experts on Antacrtica
    Lisa Owen interviews Chuck Kennicutt and Gary Wilson on Antarctica Headlines: Top Antarctic scientists warns New Zealand "not ready" for worst as ice shelves and sea ice in Antarctica retreat and the climate changes Gary Wilson: "Can...
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Beyond the State – NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern
    As part of the our 'Active Hand of Government' series for 2014, we present Bill McKay, Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, speaking to his new publication....
    Scoop politics | 19-04
  • Global unions applaud NZ ‘slave ships’ progress
    Global unions the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) and IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural and Hospitality Workers) today applauded the steps forward made in preventing often shocking abuse of crews on fishing vessels in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Families before commerce at Easter
    Families before commerce at Easter The retail workers’ union has hit back at critics of New Zealand's modest Easter trading restrictions. "Some things are more important than going to the mall, and for just three and a half days each...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul
    Press release: ACT New Zealand Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • ALCP welcomes Campbell Live poll result
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party welcomes last night's Campbell Live poll, saying it is an overdue reality check for public opinion on personal cannabis use....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Q+A This Week 20/4/14
    Q+A This Week SUNDAY 20 APRIL, 9AM ON TV ONE The latest on the US-NZ relationship from the US military’s top man in the Pacific, Admiral Samuel J. Locklear . Deputy Political Editor Michael Parkin asks him whether we’re allies,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Community detention for pokie theft
    A 67-year-old former company director, convicted of stealing pokie machine profits, was today sentenced to six months community detention, 160 hours of community work and ordered to make reparation of $6,000....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Waitangi National Trust Board Amendment Bill
    The Māori Affairs Committee is inviting public submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 May 2014....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders
    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Call for public enquiry into the future of farming
    Fish & Game NZ is calling for a public enquiry “to examine the future of agriculture in New Zealand”....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Comment on Labour Policy Announcement by NZMEA President
    “This policy release from the Labour Party is so important that if it becomes government policy it would define a shift in New Zealand’s culture,” says Brian Willoughby President of the NZMEA and Managing Director of Plinius Audio and Contex...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Manufacturing policy makes sense but….
    On the surface much of Labour's prescription for manufacturing is sound though questions remain over some of the detail not yet announced, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Where Are The 15,000 Jobs?
    “Paula Bennett is today proudly telling New Zealand that beneficiary numbers have decreased by 15,000 in the past year. There is no proud declaration that 15,000 jobs have been created in the same period,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Change of approach to government procurement needed
    The rail engineering industry has been totally let down by National’s lack of manufacturing policy, and Labour’s measures outlined today represent a marked shift in approach to supporting domestic industries, the RMTU said today....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams,...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • FIFA U-20 World Cup NZ 2015 Kick Off Times Announced
    An array of kick-off times to suit football fans of all ages has been confirmed for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015. With 52 matches spread across the nation, the public will be able to enjoy a collection...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • “Legitimate purpose” provides no protection under 167 form
    On Radio New Zealand today, the Privacy Commissioner indicated that ACC could only request information that was "relevant" for a "legitimate purpose". His view was therefore that the ACC167 form is not a "blank cheque" or...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • State: still keeping you safe on the road this Easter
    The long-awaited Easter/ Anzac break is nearly upon us while the weather may have taken a turn for the worse in several parts of the country, many Kiwis will still be packing up their cars to take a road trip....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Govt plan for community input into residential red zone
    Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Governor-General to visit Turkey
    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is to visit Turkey next week to lead New Zealand’s representation at the annual Gallipoli commemorations....
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Actions of Police prior to death in custody were justified
    A report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority on the death of Adam Palmer while in Police custody found the actions of Police were justified during the arrest. The report also found that Police took all possible steps to try...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • New Electorate Boundaries Finalised
    New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. The 2014 Representation Commission has completed its statutory role of reviewing and redrawing electorate...
    Scoop politics | 17-04
  • Save The Children Welcomes Strengthening Children’s Rights
    Save the Children New Zealand welcomes a new treaty which allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights....
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Labour takes manufacturing seriously
    Labour takes manufacturing seriously Manufacturing workers and employers will all benefit from economic policies announced today by the Labour Party leader, David Cunliffe. The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has welcomed the announcement...
    Scoop politics | 16-04
  • Manufacturing policy welcomed
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