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Smell the fear

Written By: - Date published: 2:28 pm, August 27th, 2013 - 236 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, Economy, grant robertson, greens, john key, labour, leadership, national, polls, russel norman, Shane Jones, slippery, spin - Tags:

John Key claims he doesn’t care who becomes the next parliamentary Labour leader, while trying to drive a wedge between candidates.

NZ Herald  today

Prime Minister John Key says he does not care who takes over the Labour leadership, and the race would reveal deep divisions in the party.

His comments come after Labour MP David Cunliffe yesterday confirmed he would go up against Grant Robertson and Shane Jones in the leadership contest.

The Labour party has confirmed Grant Robertson, David Cunliffe and Shane Jones were the only three nominations for party leader received by yesterday’s 10pm deadline.

And, now that Cunliffe is edging to the front of the contest,a s reported by the MSM, Key goes negative on Cunliffe, as reported by Andrea Vance on Stuff:

It’s day two of the Labour leadership battle and Prime Minister John Key has already accused one of the front-runners of lying.

New Lynn MP David Cunliffe this morning ruled out making Greens co-leader Russel Norman his finance minister in any post-election coalition, but Key said Cunliffe was lying and would do anything to be prime minister.

“If, in the end, the price of having a government with the Greens is Russel Norman being the deputy prime minister and minster of finance, will he rule that out categorically? The answer will be no,” Key said.

Asked if he was accusing Cunliffe of not telling the truth, Key replied: “He’s lying to you.

“In the end he will be desperate to become prime minister, in the end he will do whatever it takes and say whatever it takes.

“Come the moment that’s the price, he’ll say ‘well I’m doing my bit for the country’.”

Seems that Key is judging Cunliffe by his own standards, and scaremongering.  But Key needs to be careful because increasing numbers of New zealanders do not believe what he says.  NBR yesterday:

As New Zealand Prime Minister John Key faced a Labour leadership challenge from Grant Robertson, Shane Jones and David Cunliffe, a poll said New Zealanders do not believe in what he says.

According to the survey, although Kiwis trust the prime minister, majority don’t necessarily believe in him.  A Fairfax Media-Ipsos survey revealed that John Key was rated as an effective and strong leader.  When Kiwi survey respondents were asked if they completely believed what John Key says, only 23.5 per cent responded Yes while more than half or 58.6 per cent answered No.

Gordon Campbell’s latest article explains why the Key’s talk of Labour Party factions is a misdirection and mere political spin.  Campbell argues that factional split sbecome more obvious when a party is in opposition, and then get papered over when in government.  he points to Bill english’s problems when National were last in opposition and the about turn when Key became PM:

The notion that Labour in Opposition is somehow inherently more divided than National really is nonsense. National, at the best of times, has always been split between its traditional rural conservatives and its radical urban neo-liberals – and give National five minutes in Opposition and those divisions become screamingly apparent. In the not too distant future, the jostling and the undermining between the Joyce faction and the Collins faction will match and mirror any current divisions in the Labour ranks. That will be so, regardless of whether the current declarations of unity between the Labour contestants are genuine, or not.

The claims by National to a steady state of natural unity – unlike that other lot – are worth examining in detail.

[...]

Keep that in mind over the next few weeks as you hear National MPs parrotting the lines of their leader about the divisions in Labour’s ranks. Not true. Eleven years ago, Bill English was the National Party’s equivalent of David Shearer. Then National changed its leader, got on the comeback trail, and lo, the divisions closed over and were heard from no more. Until next time.

As for the more “left wing” criticism….this is pretty comical coming from a Prime Minister whose government has pursued a ideologically-driven right wing agenda on asset sales that makes no economic sense. The “left wing” criticism can be dealt with in a later column once we know which sleeper agent of the Kremlin (Grant Robertson? David Cunliffe?) has been elected, and will be girding himself to snuff out the lamp of freedom.

Indeed – the left wing scaremongering shows how afraid Key is about his government’s paper thin majority.

236 comments on “Smell the fear”

  1. Crashcart 1

    I did have a chuckle when I heard Key saying he didn’t care who became leader then went on the attack against Cunliff. What amazes me is that the people interviewing him don’t pick up on that sort of blatant bollox.

    • framu 1.1

      “the people interviewing him don’t pick up on that sort of blatant bollox.”

      and thats the real kicker – its so unbelievably transparent when key does these lines, why does no-one put him on the spot?

    • Blue 1.2

      “I’m relaxed about it” or “It doesn’t bother me” are stock-standard Key phrases that he trots out every time something actually does worry him but he wants to appear as if it doesn’t.

      True to form, the headlines read ‘Key relaxed about XYZ’ – exactly the image he wanted to project.

      No journo stops to say “Hey, you must care who wins because you’d be a fucking idiot if you didn’t.” They just print his preferred spin verbatim.

  2. Wairua 2

    Smell the politics of fear. Key is doubtless thinking about his legacy .. and the hagiography he might get ghost-written.
    I mean, what else is there ? “How I made it on Wall Street” ? Sorry, John ..

  3. Hannah 3

    I’m still trying to work out the explanation of why David Cunliffe doesn’t live in his electorate – breast feeding? That’s just so weird.

    [lprent: He already lived there well before becoming an MP. Perhaps you'd ask John Key the same thing. But the question and your previous comments identify you as a simple concern troll. Permanently banned.

    BTW: Say hello to Whale for me. ]

    • Colonial Viper 3.1

      Is living in your electorate that big a deal though? I once heard John Key say it didn’t matter at all. But he would say that, wouldn’t he?

    • Te Reo Putake 3.2

      Did Mrs English breastfeed Bill’s bairns? Does it matter? I’m picking not.

    • Hannah 3.3

      He gets the La Leche League votes!

    • Treetop 3.4

      Shame that men do not breast feed, then both parents could do the feeding. It is not for anyone but the parents to decide on how their baby is fed (breast/bottle) and this also includes where and for how long.

      Next comes the choice on how the child/ren are cared for. A parent may choose to dash home and have lunch with the child/ren if a nanny is employed. A day care close to work and home is also a good option. Who likes to travel more than required?

    • AmaKiwi 3.5

      Cunliffe and his family were living in Herne Bay BEFORE he ever stood to be the MP for what was then the Titirangi electorate.

      Key must pass through 4 or 5 electorates to get from his Remuera home to his Helensville electorate.

      Phil Goff has a nice place in the country, a good distance from his Mt. Roskill electorate.

      The whole question is an indication that Cunliffe is well in the lead in this contest.

      • North 3.5.1

        You’re well right in your last line there AmaKiwi. Makes me chuckle that that’s the best bitch point Friend Hannah can come up with. Pretty lame. I’ve never uttered this old classic before but I like it very much and the occasion to say it just keeps on repeating – “We need better RWNJs !”

      • Lucas the socialist 3.5.2

        It doesn’t matter where the MP lives, I think it is more important how effective they are. My current MP is Ross Robertson, and he is fucking useless. A complete and utter lazy prick, and now he wants us to vote for him in a local board position all the while still on the MP tit. I am racking my brain as to why any one would vote for that useless, ineffective goon.

    • Marksman 3.6

      He he,sock puppets everywhere.

  4. Sable 4

    Oh the mainstream journalists pick the nonsense Keys spouts up alright but they are mostly in collusion with National, hence the silence.

    As to Cunliffe, trust him to alienate his most likely coalition partner the Greens before he’s even elected Labour Leader. As I have said before, its lean pickings when it comes to quality in the Labour leadership ranks.

    This attitude also speaks to Labours arrogant belief that its coalition partners are simply there to prop it up and give the party a mandate to rule.

    • Colonial Viper 4.1

      Don’t you think that the Greens understand the nature of an internal leadership campaign, versus post election day coalition negotiations?

      I would say they do.

      • Sable 4.1.1

        I think it is wise not to antagonise likely coalition partners before you even get to the negotiation table. Its just common sense.

      • McFlock 4.1.2

        so ruling norman out is just an internal election promise, to be revisited after the general election? You’re not agreeing with key, are you? :)

        • McFlock 4.1.2.1

          belay that – should have known better than to take a paraphrasing at face value. My bad :)

          • Tracey 4.1.2.1.1

            It appears Key has already stepped back slightly from his earlier comment to now say that he says Cunnliffe has ruled out working with Norman…

            “”But no one is going to believe David Cunliffe when he gets up there and says he won’t be working with Russel Norman – it’s just not true.””

            “”Go and ask David Cunliffe this question – if in the end he is the leader of the Labour party, and if in the end the price of having a government with the Greens is Russel Norman being deputy prime minister and minister of finance, will he rule that out categorically?””

    • karol 4.2

      As a Green Party voter, I always was a little dubious about Norman being Finance Minister in a Labour led government. It seems to me that expectation could pull the Greens a bit more to the right. I would rather the Greens maintained their independence on finance matters.

      Also, with Cunliffe as PM, he would want to maintain the Labour Party independence on finance.

      Cunliffe has said he would work with the Greens and have them as part of his government in other capacities.

      • Sable 4.2.1

        You make a good point karol.

      • Ennui 4.2.2

        Karol, I dont think too many people on this blog have thought ahead to where a real “left” Labour Party will leave the Greens. My take is that the Greens when they reflect hard on the possibility of a “leftist” Labour will panic because it means they will be back at the 5% marginal stage.

        My contention is that the Greens have the most to lose if Cunliffe leads a Labour government that enacts traditional Labour policy because a large chunk of Green votes are disaffected Labour votes. And they will come back to Labour if it acts as a Labour government. Norman must be worried that Cunliffe will win the Labour leadership. What happens then to the Greens if a Labour government gets environmentally friendly?

        • Colonial Viper 4.2.2.1

          Labour’s not going to get particularly environmentally/conservation friendly in a hurry.

          The Greens is a nice place for the National soft vote.

        • Hanswurst 4.2.2.2

          In order for the Greens to be part of a government, they require Labour as a larger coalition partner. If the next Labour leader is successful in projecting a more left-wing vision to the populace, that will mean that the entire mainstream political discourse will have been shifted to the left. That would generally provide room for the Greens to articulate a bolder, more left-wing position without seeming extreme. A more left-wing Labour Party, if successful, is a good thing for the Greens.

          Also, Labour will generally use the Greens in the same way as National use ACT: they will articulate a more centrist-seeming position in the knowledge that the Greens will draw left-oriented concessions from them in government. That will suit some in Labour more, others less, but it will still happen to some degree.

        • karol 4.2.2.3

          I would be happy for the Greens not to fight Labour over the centre ground. i’d like to see more focus on Turei’s campaigns against poverty etc. And to keep Labour honest re- the environment.

      • Lucas the socialist 4.2.3

        It won’t happen, I believe David when he says it. I think he has the strength and conviction to state that and back it up. Key doesn’t believe him, because he would lie and say anything to stay in power, so he cannot relate to honesty, a fucking liar.

    • Tom 4.3

      Unfortunately, sometimes, you have to do what you can what you’ve got.
      I think you are right in suggesting that any future effective Labour leader will need
      effective cross-party coalition building skills. I think that two out of the three have
      been in that position, but they are all intelligent and capable politicians.
      At the risk of being accused of heresy on this blog or being vilified by
      rural conservatives, I think that there is a simple way to assess this.

      Talk to Metiria and Russell ..

    • lurgee 4.4

      Oh the mainstream journalists pick the nonsense Keys spouts up alright but they are mostly in collusion with National, hence the silence.

      I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest Andrea Vance won’t be making much of an effort to do Key favours.

  5. tracey 5

    Mrp shares hit all time low. I smell another diversion Nd a some smoke from the PMs pants.

    • Sable 5.1

      I think at this time its clear what Keys is and what he stands for, people are not easily fooled.

      The problem lies in the fact that people don’t expect honesty from politicians so it may not hurt Keys election chances as much as you might think.

  6. tracey 6

    Key lies so much he assumes everyone else is.

  7. tracey 7

    Norman cld still get assoc finance?

  8. beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 8

    Mr Key is reminding me more and more of a wee parrot on his perch when standing behind that lectern, parroting lies and vitriolic spin that he, no doubt, has practiced over and over again like one has to do with a parakeet when teaching it to speak.

    He looks so pleased with himself when he gets the latest piece of spin out and the media keep dishing it out to us, nearly every night. Just giving us time to work out how mindless and parrotlike anything he says ever is.

    (Sorry to parrots, the parallel is purely being drown with the likely ‘hollowness of comprehension’ that parrots have when they speak and likening this to the hollowness of moral core required for Mr Key’s performances)

  9. Linz 9

    Then there’s this: https://mobile.twitter.com/BillyRalston/status/371932115052412928?p=v
    A conversation between Claire Robinson, Matthew Hooten, Gerry Brownlies, Deborah Coddington and Bill Ralston. Toxic waste.

    • Hannah 9.1

      funny though; see that’s what happens when you tell fibs, you get found out. Eventually. Think I’ll give my vote to Shane.

    • emergency mike 9.2

      Matthew Hooten accuses x of lying. Also lol.

      • Rhinocrates 9.2.1

        Oh Hoots, we miss you here! It’s been so long since you scuttled under the fridge! Please come back! Mwah! Mwah! Luvvies! Tell us how much you love truth and honesty! Make us laugh!

    • karol 9.3

      I would prefer all MPs lived in their electorate. When did it become fairly common not to?

      Cunliffe claims he responded to his wife’s desire to be near work when she was breast feeding. Couples have to negotiate such issues around each other’s work, and that can be tricky. Other women may not have felt the need to live closer to work. Doesn’t mean it wasn’t an issue for Mrs Cunliffe.

      But, anyway, it’s a side issue: Cunliffe’s opponents are using it as a way of highlighting his wealth, as Mr Glower did in his questions to Cunliffe yesterday in New Lynn.

      That’s the issue Cunliffe needs to front foot on.

      • Tracey 9.3.1

        do you know if he was an MP at the time? I also think electorate MPs ought to live in their electorate.

      • Colonial Viper 9.3.2

        That’s the issue Cunliffe needs to front foot on.

        Cunliffe and his wife have successful private sector roots.

        Nothing to shy away from.

        • karol 9.3.2.1

          True. But Cunliffe already gave an excellent response: ie they were a couple of kids from modest backgrounds, who, unlike the Nats, won’t be pulling the ladder up after themselves.

    • karol 9.4

      And a very good tweeted response to those tweets, from Cunliffe:

      David Cunliffe ‏@DavidCunliffeMP 2h
      @JudithCollinsMP @stevenljoyce @MutchJessica @TonyRyallMP always fun to see who you target – says volumes

      • Rhinocrates 9.4.1

        Excellent.

      • QoT 9.4.2

        Great response.

        And I love the idea that moving back into Herne Bay when they had kids (assuming that’s what happened) means the breastfeeding issue is a lie, when most of the people in that conversation probably own multiple properties (well, not own, just have-control-of-through-an-interesting-matrix-of-trusts) and would be quite happy to move to a different one if it were better for their lifestyle.

        • Matthew Hooton 9.4.2.1

          But that’s just the point. According to Ralston, they have lived in Herne Bay for 20 years. (Fair enough, I’d live there (or St Stephens Ave) if I could afford it.) But their kids are only about 10. So he was lying when he said they moved to Herne Bay so his wife could breastfeed. Why not just say “we have lived there for 20 years and like our home”?

          • Colonial Viper 9.4.2.1.1

            I dunno, but if you want to make breastfeeding one of the issues of the 2014 election, feel free. Or, maybe Ralston’s numbers are wrong. Or, maybe Herne Bay was just a pretty typical suburb in the early 90’s.

            Or maybe Cunliffe wasn’t expecting such an assanine question. What’s next – if you were a real West Auckland Labour MP, why aren’t you driving around in an XF Falcon???

            • Matthew Hooton 9.4.2.1.1.1

              I don’t know either. And it is not a massive issue (Key also made a dick of himself when he bought a house in Helensville so he could say he lives there). Just a bit weird that he would make up a silly story when “we like living in herne bay and have been lucky enough that we can” would have been a perfectly sensible and politically acceptable answer.

              • Colonial Viper

                Sorry mate, but Ralston’s most likely the one who’s fucked up the facts.

              • Tracey

                Labour obviously still have alot to learn about politically acceptable answers

              • Tracey

                If anyone knows where he lives for $54 you can order the certificate of title and see when he bought it. You will get it within an hour if not instantly. I would but I don’t know where he lives.

              • Rhinocrates

                Hoots, I just want to see you say it, something without an agenda, something with no further intention.

                Try repeating after me:

                “One plus one equals two”

                “The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.”

                These are phrases that have no agenda, no subtext, no dissimulation.

                Try it. You might find it liberating.

                Think of it as the first step in a twelve-step plan that could lead you to being able to produce a better impersonation of a human.

                Or answer this question:

                Why on earth do you even contemplate thinking for even a moment that anyone would think that you have even the slightest intention of acting in good faith?

            • Tamati 9.4.2.1.1.2

              Next door St Mary’s bay (where I live) was apparently not nearly as nice in the 1990s as it is now. I guessing Herne Bay was similar.

              I think the issue is not breastfeeding but Mr Cunliffe’s integrity and character. Why did he need to come up with some lame ass excuse of why he lives where he does. All he need to say is “My family is luckey enough to have the option of living in Herne Bay, we chose to live here because it is most convienant for my wife and children. Nowdays many young couples can’t afford to purchase a home …blah… blah…Kiwibuild”

              • Colonial Viper

                If this is the best the Righties can do, Cunliffe for Leader is looking pretty damn good.

                • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard

                  +1 CV

                  It also brings to mind what Delia commented (at (33) further down on this thread):

                  When National people crack on about Herne Bay and they do, it just shows they are miffed that a Labour MP would actually live there…it wrecks their ‘they are poor after hand outs’ myths. It is about the only thing they can ‘get’ David on, —where he lives. How pathetic.

                  ~ I think Delia gets to the crux of the matter

            • Tracey 9.4.2.1.1.3

              CV, IF what Mr Hooten says Mr Ralston has said turns out to be true then not expecting the question isn’t an excuse to resort to an untruth.

              However if it’s not true then you wonder why anyone would be bothering to check such a small issue (which even Mr Hooten says he doesn’t have a problem with) in the first place and then repeating it here.

              I despair that Mr Ralston, trained in journalism considers this would be the best way to spend his time when there is so much more to investigate and elucidate the public on (excuse the contortion of my English there).

              • felix

                Does anyone have the verbatim quote from Cuniffe handy? Because it seems like you’re all taking Hooton’s word for what he said.

                Maybe he said they moved there for breastfeeding reasons. But maybe he said they chose to stay there – i.e. not move to New Lynn on becoming an MP – for breastfeeding reasons.

                The wording and the context are both very important. I don’t know either way, I haven’t heard it since earlier this week. But if Hooton is lying it wouldn’t be the first time.

                • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard

                  +1 Felix

                  • Anne

                    Does anyone have the verbatim quote from Cuniffe handy?

                    No I don’t felix but what I can say: Cunliffe has been a member of parliament for 12 to 13 years. His elder boy is around 12 years of age – I think. So it would seem that his entry into parliament and the birth of the first of his two boys were roughly around the same time. It is logical that a shift to his electorate (ten minutes away by car for him) would have nevertheless been more difficult for his wife – an inner city environmental lawyer who wanted to be handy enough to be able to breastfeed her two children over the coming few years.

                    Methinks Hooton is belittling himself with his transparent and desperate attempt to discredit Cunliffe at all cost.

                    • Rhinocrates

                      Well, he’s probably getting extra pay. If he isn’t, he should demand it, since he’d have to be Sir John Gielgud to make it convincing.

                      Anyway, it’s kinda fun to see him caper in this manner. I’ve missed him.

                      (God, his clients must be thick if they think he’s any good – they really are wasting their money.)

                • Tracey

                  you know felix, Mr Hooten could have purchased a title from cheaptitles and proved or disproved Mr Ralston before posting. He didn’t. He or someone he knows would know Mr Cunliffe’s address and for a mere $15 could have found the truth of Ralston’s claim. $15 and Mr Hooten’s alleged concern about why Mr Cunliffe would answer why he did would be gone. he didn’t.

                • Tracey

                  “Matthew Hooton (104) Says:
                  August 27th, 2013 at 7:17 am
                  Re the claim that he moved to Herne Bay so his wife could breastfeed, this is almost certainly a lie.
                  According to Bill Ralston, the Cunliffes have lived in Herne Bay for 20 years.
                  According to Rob Hosking, the children arrived around 10 years ago.
                  So it seems more likely they moved to Herne Bay because it is a very nice place to live and they could afford it, which is all fair enough.
                  So why make up stories about breastfeeding? Weird.”

                  You were after Hooten’s original quote, yes?

                  Further down the same list of comments this appears

                  SW (70) Says:
                  August 27th, 2013 at 3:07 pm
                  ““He won Titirangi in the 1999 election, retaining it under its new guise of New Lynn in 2002 and 2005, even though he had moved to a well-to-do inner suburb. He and Price have two sons, William and Cameron, and he says the shift eased matters – it was “not manageable for her to do the commute and her duties as a mum”.

                  I found the source
                  http://www.listener.co.nz/current-affairs/politics/action/

                  Mr Hooten had probably seen this before he posted here today. Note the dates. Yet he posted anyway… It seems you can take the man out of the hollow, but not the hollow out of the man.

                  • NZFemme

                    Ralston’s last tweet to Hooten (11.52pm – 25 Aug) says “late nineties anyway” in regards to the Herne Bay question. Does Hooten have dyscalculia, or is he just being his usual spinningly arsehole self?

                  • karol

                    Cunliffe mentioned his wife breastfeeding in a response to Gower at the New Lynn launch on Monday. I can’t find a direct quote, but this is the NZ Herald paraphrase of it:

                    When questioned about living in one of Auckland’s most exclusive streets – in Herne Bay – outside his electorate, he said he had moved out of the area when he had a young family, so his wife, who was a Queen St environmental lawyer, could breastfeed.

                    “We were lucky as a couple of kids that came from very modest backgrounds we were able to work hard and get ahead. The point is that Labour people don’t pull up the ladder when they’ve done it, they want the ladder to be there for everybody else.”

                    But pretty much in keeping with his comments reported in the Listener as quoted by Tracey.

                    Full audio here of the press conference, but I haven’t found the exact quote yet.

                    • NZFemme

                      Question begins at 18:32

                      David responds:

                      “We did live here in the electorate and the honest answer to that question, which I’ve been very honest about since I was first an MP, was that when we were approaching having a young family and my wife was a Queen St environmental lawyer, we moved in closer so that she could breastfeed those children”.

                      I’m reading this to mean they were in the planning stages of starting a family, and made the move to have all their ducks in a row before their arrival. And good on them.

          • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 9.4.2.1.2

            Oh! So Cunliffe is a liar?
            All the more reason to vote for him. It seems to be a well admired and necessary quality in the type of circles he’ll be circulating in when he is P.M.

            Is that not so, Mr Hooton?

          • Tracey 9.4.2.1.3

            I am not impressed that he may have lied, which he has if your statement is true. I will not vote for anyone who has proven to be a liar or to have misled. Good on you for pointing out liars to us. It does not serve our democracy well to have people wanting to be leaders who can’t lie straight in bed. Please keep on showing up the lies and liars to us, we are too quick to allow such behaviour just because it fits our views.

            • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 9.4.2.1.3.1

              @Tracey,
              Mr Hooton is a right wing spin doctor, and will only ever attempt to show up someone as a liar if it suits his bosses/political agenda. He will also not be averse to lying (or as some may call it, ‘twisting the truth’ ) himself. Therefore I suggest that you mustn’t believe a word Mr Hooton’s says, otherwise you might end up basing your assessments on who is a liar on an inaccurate and dishonest opinion.

              • Tracey

                Thanks begone, did you click on the links in my reply? I wonder if Mr Hooten did?

                • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard

                  @ Tracey,

                  I doubt Hooter would look much further, he’ll be working furiously out his next piece of tripe.

                  He works on the theory that you shared in Open Mike today.

                  Doesn’t care whether what he says is true or false. His job is to implant doubt into people’s minds.

                  • Rhinocrates

                    Exactly. Hoots’ job is to muddy the waters. Alas for him, he can only do that if people think that he is “reasonable” and not just a whore (apologies to sex workers everywhere) and that’s wearing increasingly thin.

                    I wonder if he has another career ready, such as guru of a tofu-weaving commune/cult, a la L. Ron Hubbard or Bert Potter?

                    • Colonial Viper

                      Alas for him, he can only do that if people think that he is “reasonable” and not just a whore (apologies to sex workers everywhere)

                      You sir, are a man of distinction.

                  • Rhinocrates

                    “Why Do We Believe Lies Even After They Are Proven Wrong?”

                    because they think we want to, and Hoots and the Penguin and…. ah fuck it, you know who… know it. It’s all about “enabling”

                    “I can say it because it’s already been said” “It’s our shibboleth, cliched I know, but…” “It’s awful, but someone needs to say it”.

                    Say it out loud or leave it to the dirty operators like Whalecum to say it overtly, but make sure it’s out there, then dog-whistle so that people can follow the extreme and say, “No, I really mean what that reasonable chap Hooton said”, but Hoots all the time is pointing at the extreme.

                    He just uses “slightly” nicer language but has sentiments equally as vile.

                    Sometimes the mask slips, when he talks about Maori and women – “dumb bros” “stupid maori” and so on which pop up in his rants.

                    Hoots is an evil, corrupting individual who revels in his imagined ability to spread corruption – a Goebbels wannabe… and hopefully not as capable.

                    • Tracey

                      Frankly, deliberately spreading this when he knew from the thread at kiwiblog that Cunnliffe had said something similar to Ralston in the Listener and that he didnt bother to spend 15 bucks doing a title search to verify should render him illegible to get airtime or print time as a “commentator.

                      Remember Hollow Men

                    • beGone Craven SpyBill leopard

                      @ Tracey,
                      I was truly shocked that Hooton is introduced as ‘a commentator’ on our TV/radio. This is really a very inaccurate label and allows him to be listened to with more openness than he deserves.

            • Colonial Viper 9.4.2.1.3.2

              I am not impressed that he may have lied, which he has if your statement is true. I will not vote for anyone who has proven to be a liar or to have misled.

              Sorry but all you will do with that attitude is to pick politicians who will do nothing but lie to you through scripted lines and press management.

              Seriously who do you expect these politicians to be? Super human? Angels? Do you really want the truth on when Cunliffe’s wife was breastfeeding? I mean, WTF has that got to do with the price of snapper?

              • Tracey

                Sorry if the nuances of my postings were lost on you and others. Sometimes it is better not to show your hand too early. I note Hooten never posted again, but he would have read.

            • Chooky 9.4.2.1.3.3

              @ Tracey “I will not vote for anyone who has proven to be a liar or to have misled”

              …nothing is black and white…there are big lies and little lies….inadvertent lies….slips of the memory …brain fades under pressure….exaggerations….time warps …small fibs for a good cause…and there is mendacity on a continuing basis where the lies are designed to deceive…premeditated, constant and serve evil and wickednesses…eg. the suffering of others…injustice ….slander….revenge ….self- aggrandizement and personal greed….

              Learn to spot the differences in ‘lies’ and you will be a wiser person….

          • Tracey 9.4.2.1.4

            Is Hooten plagerising Farrar or is Farrar plagiarising Hooten.

            Farrar doesn’t know the ages of the children. Hooten says he knows the ages of the children.

            Farrar doesn’t care just interested in the “rationale”. Hooten doesn’t care just wonders why “Why not just say “we have lived there for 20 years and like our home”?”

            Both of them have been around Key and his misstatements/lies/misleading for a long time, in Mr Hooten’s case even to help with election campaign/s (?).

            Yet, this has piqued their interest. I guess they have such indepth knowledge of Mr key’s rationale for lying, they don’t feel the need to share it with anyone else.

            • Rhinocrates 9.4.2.1.4.1

              Interestingly, Armstrong is becoming more critical of Key and more respectful for David Cunliffe more often in his last few columns.

              He of course has no more backbone or brain than an amoeba, but Hoots and the Penguin have allowed themselves to be deluded by their impression that they are actually clever “power brokers” whereas Armstrong always knew that he is nothing but a follower.

              Look to a dedicated sycophant to see where the wind is really blowing.

              (That cocktail of metaphors must taste pretty bad…)

              I wonder if Key is weeping over Armstrong’s photo, crying, “You floozy, you slut! I thought you cared!

  10. Winston Smith 10

    I don’t see it as fear rather its a continuation of Keys tactic of putting his opponents on the back foot. He got Goff on the back foot in the debates and he never recovered, he did the same to Campbell in the interview so why not try it on Cunliffe?

    Control the narrative and make it sound like Cunliffes defending the indefensible, its simply good tactics on Keys part but we’ll see how Cunliffe reacts to it

    • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 10.1

      It is fear.

      It is the fight part of ‘fight or flight.’

      And when the fight won’t work, it will be a flight back to Hawaii and his real bosses in America for Mr Key.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 10.2

      He smacked the ball straight back at Key by pointing out just one of the items on Blip’s list.

      Incidentally, “very unlikely” is not the same as “ruling out”, no matter what that mendacious wretch the Prime Minister says.

    • McFlock 10.3

      you’re hilarious

    • bad12 10.4

      You might be correct there Winston Smith, the Alfred E Nuemann of Television Jonolism Patrick Gower tried much the same thing as what Slippery the PM is doing,

      i think Cunliffe in actually answering these sniveling little quibbles is buying into their narrative to some extent, i think He is way better than that and would suggest that the contest it’self will be distracting Him and He should relax,

      It’s pretty obvious to even the most dull that even at this early stage of the election David Cunliffe is the most likely of the 3 contenders to triumph and become the next Leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister at the 2014 election,

      Suggested answers for David Cunliffe when questioned on where He lives,

      ”i don’t think anyone really cares where i live, go and poll the hall and come back and ask me that question when you have everyone here’s opinion”

      ”Go ask the X thousand people who voted for me last election whether they care”,

      Suggested answer for David Cunliffe when Slippery starts whinging about Russell Norman being the next Minister of Finance,

      ”Well i was thinking of taking that portfolio Myself but tell me how much it worries you on a scale of one to ten, if it’s a ten i will have to seriously consider it”…

      • Winston Smith 10.4.1

        ”Go ask the X thousand people who voted for me last election whether they care”

        – Something like that would put an end to the questioning for sure

        • Tracey 10.4.1.1

          maybe.

          Of all the questions that matter to NZers that could be put to him, that was a preference?

          That speaks volumes about our media.

      • Chooky 10.4.2

        bad 12 +1

        …think it would be very easy for a sincere person to get bogged down in trivia and superficial tricky questions….need to take distance and think ( f – yu ) Winnie is a master at this

      • phillip ure 10.4.3

        “..the Alfred E Nuemann of Television Jonolism Patrick Gower..”

        i do see the nuemann similarities..

        ..tho’ i thought a minor dickens character…(a functionary..beholden for his position..and holding it.. by currying favour with the powerful/powers that be..

        ..one who stands behind a major character..(wearing high white/starched collars..)

        ..standing and bowing and scraping – and wringing his hands on cue..

        ..or perhaps one of the denizens of/from the further reaches of the castle from that mervyn peake masterpiece..’gormenghast’..?

        ..phillip ure..

        • Rhinocrates 10.4.3.1

          Key as Steerpike? Brownlee as Swelter? Is Collins Clarice or Cora or both? That could work.

          • lurgee 10.4.3.1.1

            I suppose David Shearer is poor, doomed Fuchsia.

            • Rhinocrates 10.4.3.1.1.1

              Fuschia was pretty and she had a good heart. One, the other or both make a tragedy.

              If Shearer had the makings of a great man, like Hamlet or Coriolanus or even MacBeth, then his fate would be a tragedy. Alas, he was only the pointy-haired boss from Dilbert. I don’t even like Dilbert – it’s far too much like the evil of banality under my former employer, Massey “University”.

              Shearer was a farce perpetuated into, um, something I don’t have a word for.

  11. “If, in the end, the price of having a government with the Greens is Russel Norman being the deputy prime minister and minster of finance, will he rule that out categorically? The answer will be no,” Key said.

    Well, Key is of course well qualified to express opinion on the subject of political leaders lying about who they won’t work with – one recalls, for example, his principled refusal to consider coalition with Winston First at a time when such a coalition wasn’t necessary for him to form a government. How swiftly principle was trampled when it began looking like such a coalition might become necessary for him to form a government in future. Obviously Key considers Cunliffe to be a man cut from the same cloth as himself.

  12. tracey 12

    I think you mean negative personality politics. I wish you would call it what you have called it here in the past when opposition mps do it.

  13. tracey 13

    Lol hannah but jones wrongly charged something to the tax payer. Which is like a lie.

    • chris 13.1

      No it is theft…

      • Tracey 13.1.1

        ok, I await Hannah saying why she prefers a proven thief to an alleged liar.

      • phillip ure 13.1.2

        “..No it is theft..”

        ..a stolen pleasure..?

        phillip ure..

      • Populuxe1 13.1.3

        Actually it’s neither a lie nor theft. He paid it off out of his own money when he found out it had been charged to his work card and he admitted it when questioned. I don’t have a problem with that and I certainly am not a prude to get worked up over someone indulging in a bit of porn.

        But tell me, is it theft when someone steals someone else’s Facebook post?
        http://news.msn.co.nz/nationalnews/8713038/cunliffes-facebook-flattery-falls-flat

        • Colonial Viper 13.1.3.1

          The police prosecutor would probably suggest not proceeding with the case because Grant was deprived of no money or property by the inadvertent action.

        • weka 13.1.3.2

          The thing about Jones and the porn watching is that if it had been someone else it would have blown over by now. But Jones comes across as unsavory in too many other areas, so the porn thing will just stick. The porn issue is just a reflection of who he is as a man generally.

          • felix 13.1.3.2.1

            Yep, and it’s not our fault that it’s the only memorable thing he’s done with his time in parliament.

        • karol 13.1.3.3

          But tell me, is it theft when someone steals someone else’s Facebook post?

          You really think Cunliffe is so stupid as to deliberately “steal” Robertson’s statement?

          IT glitch sounds much more plausible – and calling it “theft” is really a stretch.

        • Tracey 13.1.3.4

          dancing on the head of a pin.

          It’s actually theft if you took without permission. Giving back is the reparation and doesn’t change the act.

          I agree with you that it shouldn’t make or break a career. Lying from 2007 to today should, and I speak of the PM.

          I am genuinely astounded by how many people believe constantly lying (or misleading) the people of NZ doesn’t matter.

          Apparently it is ok because the country is doing so well. HOW is the country doing so well?

          • One Anonymous Knucklehead 13.1.3.4.1

            I’m amazed no-one has realised the Truth™: that DC’s staff accidentally used GR’s lines because they’re all reading from the same script ;)

            Where’s a tiresome conspiracist cretin when you need one?

          • Rhinocrates 13.1.3.4.2

            Alas, said by Harry S Truman of some South American dictator, “He’s a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.”

            I suspect that is why a lot of people still rate Key.

            On Shearer, they think, “He’s a fuckup, and thank God he’s their fuckup.”

            Hell, I’d vote for Hannibal Lecter or HAL 9000, deluding myself that they’d go after my enemies/bogeymen until they came for me.

            David Cunliffe may not be the messiah, but I hope he’s my naughty boy.

  14. Appleboy 14

    “In the end he will be desperate to become prime minister, in the end he will do whatever it takes and say whatever it takes.

    He should know about that! Quite hilarious from the man who couldn’t lie straight in bed.

    Was this the man who said “No Winston At Any Cost” who’s being lining up Winston if he needs him next year?

    Was this the same dick who said working for families was communism…and kept it.

    Was this the man who said interest free student loans were a bribe ….but kept them?

    What an utter lying tosser.

    • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 14.1

      +1 Appleboy

    • infused 14.2

      Those will be revoked in the 3rd term. Wait and see.

    • srylands 14.3

      “Was this the same dick who said working for families was communism…and kept it.

      Was this the man who said interest free student loans were a bribe ….but kept them?”

      This is hardly lying!

      There will be a myriad of Government policy settings that the PM will dislike. The Government is limited in what it can do by electoral acceptance of its policies. I think the PM has been open that he views interest free student loans as bad policy (which it is) but he can’t do anything because it has majority public support. The public are wrong but what can you do?

      • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 14.3.1

        “The public are wrong but what can you do?”

        Oo I don’t know, how about set up laws that gives government a massive power to cut into the private lives of anyone they see fit, and set up legislation so that forms of protesting are a crime, get the mainstream media on board to promote interests that go against the publics interest and then start building more prisons and jail them all.

        Oh! hang on a minute, apart from the last point hasn’t exactly these things occurred recently in NZ?

        It is wrong-minded to view the public coming out in large numbers against a specific issue as wrong. It leads to wrong-minded governing, it is goes against democratic principles and this is what is happening here in NZ currently.

      • North 14.3.2

        Forgive me Srylands but to abuse something as dastardly then when you have the power to fix it leave it in place – IS lying. If it’s not then it’s the height of hypocrisy……..like awesomely so.

        You clearly have the most defective moral compass. Which seems quite unremarkable for ShonKey Python acolytes. Never mind……..2014 the mongrel’s off our backs !

        Who you gonna declare your love for then ? Bogus Bishop Brian Tamaki ? ‘Cos the creep’s coined it ?

      • Tracey 14.3.3

        but but but he had a mandate to change them.

        Could you cite your source for student loans having majority public support?

        LOL @ majority support? You mean like the s59a referendum which he voted against?

        Selective srylands.

  15. emergency mike 15

    ‘John Key accuses x of lying.’ lol

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection

    “Later studies were critical of Freud’s theory. Research supports the existence of a false consensus effect whereby humans have a broad tendency to believe that others are similar to themselves, and thus “project” their personal traits onto others. This applies to good traits as well as bad traits and is not a defence mechanism for denying the existence of the trait within the self.

    Instead, Newman, Duff, and Baumeister (1997) proposed a new model of defensive projection. In this view, people try to suppress thoughts of their undesirable traits, and these efforts make those trait categories highly accessible—so that they are then used all the more often when forming impressions of others. The projection is then only a by-product of the real defensive mechanism.”

    Or just plain old cold calculated spin take your pick. Personally in this case I think it’s ‘all of the above’.

    • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 15.1

      @ Emergency Mike,

      I am guessing the utter b/s spin Key makes up or regurgitates is more believable to people because he believes his own little made-up reality due to at least one of the first two reasons you supply. i.e. the spin really is secondary, yet obviously is a factor in his bosses little games.

  16. One Anonymous Knucklehead 16

    “Book a very long holiday in Hawaii”.

    Cunliffe can easily take the fight to Key, but when two tigers fight one dies and the other dies later. They may decide to keep it a lot more civil than some here would like.

    Better DC (or any other Labour leader for that matter) point out the poor quality of the policies Key sells than go after him personally. As Cunliffe says, the crucial difference between them is that DC won’t pull up the ladder behind him.

    • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 16.1

      @ One Anonymous Knucklehead,

      I thought that ‘pulling the ladder up’ comment was very strong and clearly said with a great deal of feeling. The spontaneity and visible feeling behind this comment isn’t something that can be manufactured.

      This comment and the way it was said, alone shows me that he would be effective in asserting policies that are in the best interests of New Zealanders when in power.

      I truly hope that those in a position to vote him in as leader see this and vote for him. The public, if given the chance, are likely to follow suit.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 16.1.1

        The Daily Blog Bomber is quoting the New Lynn speech with relish and why not?

    • Winston Smith 16.2

      “Better DC (or any other Labour leader for that matter) point out the poor quality of the policies Key sells than go after him personally”

      – Advice Labour should have heeded years ago

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 16.2.1

        Yes! Because implying that Labour are the only party that does it is such an honest position to take. Truly. You’re so right and your sincerity shines like a beacon for all to see.

        Akshully, on the other hand, if the only point you can score is cheap and false you must be desperate. Sad but true :lol:

      • Tracey 16.2.2

        unlike key the last few weeks.

        the veneer is cracking and his comment to red zoners was appalling but gives people a good look at the real John Key.

  17. busman 17

    Smell the fear !!!!!!!!!!!!! what !!!!
    up against a poof a meglamaniac and the minister for porn !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ha ha ha ha ha you are just a bunch of losers

    [lprent: silly troll. bye. ]

    • McFlock 17.1

      So were you the busman who was drunk on the job, or the one who pulled a u-turn on the harbour bridge?

    • Paul 17.2

      Do you call this intellectual debate?
      On the issues?

    • Tracey 17.3

      apart from the overuse of exclamation marks and lack of commas, your spelling was spot on. You may be a gifted child.

  18. Plan B 18

    JK understands Media Oxygen. Survival depends on it. He gets it by making noises. It does not really matter what the noise is. He could moo like a cow, it simply does not matter as long as he gets that Oxygen. It is his picture in the paper, him on the news , on the radio etc. Polls are a simple reflection of the amount of oxygen.
    Poll ranking and coverage will inevitably go together. And it is coverage that drives the poll ranking. So JKs job is to always be in the media. He can make up whatever he likes it does not really matter as long as he is there.

  19. BrucetheMoose 19

    Reading Key’s comments, I thought Key was describing himself. But oh no, just more standard push play egotistic delusional rhetoric.

    • geoff 19.1

      Exactly.

      Key is in a bit of a pickle really. He’s got limited ammunition against whoever the leader of Labour will be and any muck he throws will look like the pot calling the kettle black..

  20. Tamati 20

    I’m struggling to understand Key’s tactics in this situation. He’s gone out of his way to single Cunliffe out as a liar but why?

    Surely, having the PM attack him will only invigorate Cunliffe supporters. It shows Key is fearful of him so they should support him. But perhaps Key is playing a longer game here?

    In a way he his helping DC by signaling him out… Perhaps he wants him to win?

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 20.1

      I doubt Key’s lines were off-the-cuff.

      The underlying message is that Cunliffe is so avid for power he’ll do anything to get it. It will be interesting to see if Key’s scriptwriters will push this barrow any further.

      Cunliffe and Norman both handled the question graciously. I think Key’s scriptwriters seeds are falling on stony ground :)

      • geoff 20.1.1

        The underlying message is that Cunliffe is so avid for power he’ll do anything to get it.

        Which again is ironic because Key will do just about anything to hold onto it.

  21. hellonearthis 21

    If Key was the head of the opposition and was saying who should be the next National leader, he would be going on about how Aaron Gilmore would make a great leader and if it was not him then Anne Tolley.

  22. Treetop 22

    Key has become so adolescent in the debating chamber, (no offence to adolescents).

    • BrucetheMoose 22.1

      After a small group of land owners were deliberately put in a financially desperate situation, they stood their ground and put up a valiant fight against the government. After they finally won in the High Court, Key’s attitude towards them is noted in this article today. If you want to see his latest adolescent ramble, try this – http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9089373/Govt-to-appeal-High-Court-red-zone-ruling
      Truly disgusting behaviour from our so called Prime Minister. Just a majestic idiot.

      • Treetop 22.1.1

        Only about 150 properties affected. Threatening to walk away (immature). It suits Key to raise there being a precedent so he is not labled a thief.

        Most people are capable of thinking outside the box as USUALLY the land can be resold. There is a difference as the land cannot be resold.

        • Treetop 22.1.1.1

          TV 3 news has stated about 150 properties, some had homes on them and were uninsured.

        • Bastables 22.1.1.2

          So emulating Crassus stand over tactics to gain wealth/land most of which Plutarch declares Crassus got “by fire and rapine, making his advantage of public calamities”. Is thinking outside the box?

          Or it’s a goddam attempt at rort just as it was during the republic of Rome.

          • Treetop 22.1.1.2.1

            “Is thinking outside the box?”

            Both parties, (the land owners and the government) both have to think outside the box. I do not have the figures to break down the uninsured sections with a home on them, vacant land without a home and those who have settled, know it is about 150.

            A section cannot be insured without the commencement of a build.

            A woman around 60ish on Campbell Live last night had an offer of $100,000 – $110,000 for her uninsured home and section which worked out to 16% of the value of her GV. I’d like to see the formula being used.

            So much is open to interpretation.

            1. In the process of placing a house on the market due to a divorce settlement.
            2. Thinking that the bank where you have the mortgage paid the home insurance.
            3. Waiting to hear back from an insurance broker to get insurance.
            4. The government red zoned the area and not the home/section owner.
            5. Relocating the home.

            The government gave two options to insured home owners which has its own set of problems e.g. The value of the section and the stage a build was at, (not sure how the value was worked out).

            The opposition need to take a good long hard look at the plight of uninsured home and section owners who are being ripped off and to do what is decent.

            Easier to fix this sort of problem in future, compulsory home and section insurance.

      • Pasupial 22.1.2

        ShonKey’s compassion for earthquake victims:

        “One option is the Government says: ‘Thanks very much, it’s been a lot of fun. If you don’t want to take the offer, that’s where it’s at’.”

      • Tracey 22.1.3

        rio tinto $30m
        Warner Bros $20m

        small number of vulnerable red-zoners – $0 if Key has his way. The smiling assassin appears.

    • chris 22.2

      @treetop… “Key has become so adolescent in the debating chamber”

      Key has simpered and smirked from the outset, he has never left adolescence.

  23. Russell 23

    Cunliffe is a joke. As for not living out West in his electorate because his wife had to breast feed – Do Labour party faithful seriously buy into this crap???

    [lprent: Dickhead - what was the date of the purchase of house? Years before standing as a MP.

    Not to mention that his family was settled there. His wife works in the city. Why the hell you seem to think that the rest of the family should sacrifice themselves to a life of politics is somewhat beyond my comprehension.

    Really.. Such completely stupid pig-ignorant and misogynist trolling is getting irritating - permanently banned. Go to Kiwiblog and ask the same questions of John Key - you might get more sympathy there for being a dumb caveman. ]

    • Treetop 23.1

      Have you ever breast fed a baby?

    • Chooky 23.2

      @ Russell…get a life!….didnt your Mummy breastfeed you?….you poor dear….sounds to me like you were a bottle fed baby!

    • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 23.3

      The chances of me voting Labour if Cunliffe is leader are very high. This is because I agree with the political statements he has made about the patent failure of our current economic paradigm.

      If, based on these intelligent, informed and up-to-date views, he aims to shift the hopeless direction that NZ is traveling in, Russell, quite frankly, I don’t give a damn where he lives.

    • the pigman 23.4

      Do you think Labour party faithful seriously buy into your act? Personal incredulity, largely offered by tory concern trolls, is already wearing thin.

    • BrucetheMoose 23.5

      Well Russell, not everybody grew up to be a tough bastard after being bottle fed on Lion Red

    • karol 23.6

      As Cunliffe tweeted:

      National Party already moving into personal attack mode. Rattled by Labour’s invigorating leadership race?

    • Northshoreguynz 23.7

      So let me see, John Key is an Auckland MP, despite being from Christchurch, and does he live in his rural electorate. Nooo, what a shock, he lives in swanky Parnell.
      The Wikipedia definition of a Tosser.

    • felix 23.8

      Has he ever said he lives in New Lynn though? And then claimed public money to pay himself to live in the house he really lives in?

      You know, like English did, and Key changed the law to allow him to continue doing?

  24. lurgee 24

    Any and all candidates and commentators under-estimate Key at their peril. I doubt he’s scared of Cunliffe.

    • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 24.1

      Nah, noone would under-estimate how low Key would go to win a battle of the leaders, yet he’s scared alright.

      It is you who are over-estimating. Guess that is your job.

      • lurgee 24.1.1

        Ah, of course. Anyone who disagrees has to be a troll or a nat infiltrator. Forgot that.

        Grow up, will you?

        Key is a massively cunning adversary. Otherwise, how has he managed to be Prime Minister for two terms and still retain popularity, inspite of pursuing an agenda at odds with what people actually want?

        He’s used to dealing with far more ominous fish than David Cunliffe.

        • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 24.1.1.1

          @ Lurgee,

          It is hard to view anyone propagating a narrative that serves Key’s agenda as anything other than some paid spinner. It is hard to imagine someone stupid enough to provide such a narrative for free. Sorry if this is not the case, but that is the reasoning behind my inference.

          Key is used to dealing with people who are afraid to speak truth to power, I suspect Cunliffe is not the type of adversary Key is used to dealing with.

          • lurgee 24.1.1.1.1

            I’m (vaguely) reminded of Orwell’s comments about HG Well’s mis-estimation of Hitler in Wells, Hitler & The Wolrd State. You can characterise Key – as Wells describes Hitler – as a screaming little defective, but I give him more credit than that. After all, he’s won two elections and STILL enjoys good ratings. If nothing else, belittling Key belittles the New Zealand public. We need to win these people over, not dismiss them as easily beguiled fools.

            Orwell defined Wells’s response to ultra-Nationalism and totalitarian brutality thus:

            The usual rigmarole about a World State, plus the Sankey Declaration, which is an attempted definition of fundamental human rights, of anti-totalitarian tendency. Except that he is now especially concerned with federal world control of air power, it is the same gospel as he has been preaching almost without interruption for the past forty years, always with an air of angry surprise at the human beings who can fail to grasp anything so obvious.

            That seems to describe the delusive state of the pro-Cunliffe faction very well. Though I am starting to feel a bit of ‘angry surprise’ myself, when I read, over and over again, that David Cunliffe is going to mop the floor with John Key. I don’t think it is going to be that easy at all. Cunliffe’s ‘truth speaking’ credentials are a bit debateable. Key’s credentials as a shrewd, ruthless and remorseless operator aren’t.

            • Colonial Viper 24.1.1.1.1.1

              No one thinks that besting Key during an election campaign is going to be easy. But at least with Cunliffe in the ring, its going to be an even fight.

            • beGone Craven SpyBill leopard 24.1.1.1.1.2

              Yes to what CV says, thank you CV.

              Lurgee,
              If you read my first response to your comment you will see that I said the same as CV did here.

              I think I am ‘getting’ where you are coming from, I should have said in my first comment that you are underestimating what people are basing there support for Cunliffe on:

              There have certainly been times where it has been very easy to see NZers as ‘easily beguiled fools’. It is, however, incorrect to do so.
              From observation there are powerful tactics employed in order to ensure that people vote against their interests. For example there is a systemic bias in our media and systematic misinformation and a dearth of accurate information being propagated. People only know what they are told and sadly, people may still read newspapers and watch TV under the [mistaken] belief they are keeping themselves informed. It would be nice to see this mistaken belief change. I, perhaps, have had an early ‘heads up’ on the state of our media, because from an early age have happened to lived amongst people from a variety of countries and am [still] regularly told how appalling the information provided by NZ media sources is.

              A lot of people are also very busy and not too interested in spending hours digging around for accurate information on their countries political activities.

              For the above reasons it is simply incorrect to say NZers are ‘easily beguiled’.

              It is also incorrect to say that ‘belittling Key belittles the NZ public’. This is simply false logic. There are two separate identities in that statement, Mr Key and the NZ public, it does not follow that belittling one is to belittle the other.

              The above mentioned conditons alone, creates a huge obstacle for anyone with decent political views that actually aim to serve the interests of ordinary NZers over big money profit interests from being received onto the main platform.

              I guess these points are somewhat where you are coming from?
              I already take these factors into account when I view Mr Cunliffe as a good challenger to Key.

              What is hopeful in the above circumstances is when someone stands up and appears to have the passion, communication skills and ability to debate. Who can make points very clearly and quickly in a manner that is interesting for people to watch and is easy to understand. I believe Mr Cunliffe has shown these skills. An example being his interview with Mr English on Q&A before the last election (no link sorry, I haven’t broadband and it would take forever, although I suspect it would be available via the Q & A website )

              As others have mentioned, a ‘strength’ that Key has had is the incredible lack of strength of the largest left-wing political party’s opposition. ‘No credible other option to vote for’. It appeared that the spin doctors were out in full force influencing Labour to ensure this stayed the case in the last Labour leadership contest.

              It is well and good to be cocky and appear confident when you have such machinations working in your (or your bosses’) interests, however, as many people have said ad infinitum here on the Standard, if a person with good communication and debating skills and the knowledge to back it up is presented to oppose Mr Key and co, Mr Key’s seemingly endless popularity might well take a dive.

              Mr Key, also, has a clear weakness that he appears to have no real appreciation or understanding of democratic principles. It appears that the only approach he knows is to treat NZ as a corporate body and provide the only skills he knows-to do with money and firing- to that model. This is clearly proving to be an entirely insufficient skill set to run a country, which involves not solely a profit motive, also people interests and all the paradoxes such brings into play. This weakness shows up the most when Winston Peters attacks Key in parliament. Key really crumbles. He simply doesn’t have answers for such notions.

              Grant Robertson has already had a pivotal role in the NZLP opposition, and failed. I know v little of Jones, so can’t really comment on that, however it is clear that Mr Cunliffe has already displayed the type of skill set that provides a good challenge to Key.

            • North 24.1.1.1.1.3

              For the life of me I start to understand that Lurgee is nought but a National Party troll. All armed up with obligatory denunciations of ShonKey Python fancying that to be a clever concealment of the trolling reality.

    • Colonial Viper 24.2

      Possibly, but compared to Shearer he is.

      • karol 24.2.1

        Key has a wafer thin parliamentary majority. So he will be afraid of a strong Labour leadership. hence the knives coming out.

        The good thing about such a public leadership contest is it is a baptism of fire. It happens with the US primaries. The successful candidate has to cope with a lot of shit being thrown at them.

        But Key could over play his hand in his wedge politics approach. Ditto Glower tonight with his shonkey little swipe at Cunliffe over the Man Ban – basically saying Cunliffe’s leave it to the members to decide, was interpreted by Glower as being prepared to say anything to get the members’s support in the leadership contest. Worthy of a major Jonolist award. Disgraceful man.

        • geoff 24.2.1.1

          I note on twitter that Gower says he is not going to the Labour conference.

          • Anne 24.2.1.1.1

            Well, he made a twat of himself last time constantly shoving his mike in people’s faces and in particular Cunliffe’s face. Not surprised he plans to give it a miss this year.

            • Colonial Viper 24.2.1.1.1.1

              My recommendation: no press pass for Gower to the Labour Conference. 3News invited to send any other journalist.

              • Boadicea

                Hear hear.

                The Labour Press team needs to have a set of house rules for the media and to enforce them. It was bonkers what happened at the Ellerslie Conference last year. The Press were like a herd of marauding banoons.

          • Tracey 24.2.1.1.2

            Then they need to openly extend an invitation to him, so when he challenges them after the conference they can ask him what he bases his question on given he chose not to attend their conference?

          • Marksman 24.2.1.1.3

            Lets face it,Gower,Garner,Espinier,the True Axis of Evil.Think revolution,think power poles.As Billy Connelly said “Hangings to good for him”

        • Tracey 24.2.1.2

          received a letter from ACT president recently. 3/4 of it is about how by voting ACT in Epsom “we” have been able to determine the government for the past two elections. LIGHT on policy but big on this fact. Sadly, I think they will win the seat again.

    • Chooky 24.3

      @ lurgee….of course Key is scared!….Key knows he will be beaten in a face to face political boxing match with Cunliffe….BRING IT ON!….I want to see Key on the ropes out in the open…

      • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 24.3.1

        +1 Chooky

      • lurgee 24.3.2

        I’m pretty sure Key can handle himself. See above. I doubt someone who cooly ripped off his own country in his old job, knifed his party leader and stepped up to lead same country, is particularly prone to flapping or fear. Look at his CV. This isn’t the employment record of someone who can’t handle pressure. It IS the CV of a ruthless, self serving swine, but that’s an entirely different matter.

        • Hanswurst 24.3.2.1

          His CV shows that he has handled pressure in the past. However, his record in politics shows that he does crumble under pressure: Tranzrail shares, incorrect statements to parliament regarding the GCSB, promises that he can’t keep to Pike River families, a throat-slitting gesture in parliament, lodging a complaint with the police about the teapot tape, mistaken comments about the GCSB Ammendment Bill on Campbell Live…. Key has a proven track-record of making mistakes and/or proving himself to be a dick under pressure. People have also noticed, they just haven’t seen anybody else they would rather vote for yet.

          • Rhinocrates 24.3.2.1.1

            Key’s handled temporary pressure in the past, but it always went away as a new deal came up. With him, and the failed merchant banks, it’s always move on to the next scam, but even though they say that a week is a long time in politics, the teflon wears away over time, the skeletons gather in the closet, the enemies and grudges line up and won’t go away, and in the media, the boredom builds up like a blocked drain.

            Don’t rely on people with short attention spans, because eventually they’ll get bored with you too.

            “All political careers end in failure” – Enoch Powell. Laughing Boy’s time is coming. It’ll probably end in a gated community in Hawaii, but he’ll be gone anyway.

            People have also noticed, they just haven’t seen anybody else they would rather vote for yet.

            “Yet” Exactamundo. Fingers crossed…

            • Tim 24.3.2.1.1.1

              :)
              People used to think Nik Leeson was a great guy too – till Barings Bank turned to shit. Then they ran a mile

        • beGone Craven Spy Bill leopard 24.3.2.2

          @ Lurgee,
          You just described a person who doesn’t handle himself very well at all and numerous examples of good reasons to be rid of him. Time to vote for someone else peoples.

    • Hanswurst 24.4

      “Any and all candidates and commentators under-estimate Key at their peril. I doubt he’s scared of Cunliffe.”

      Nah. There is no “estimating” of any kind going on here. It’s just an assessment of facts; Key is clearly afraid of Cunliffe, otherwise he wouldn’t come out with a line that so clearly renders him vulnerable. Key’s criticism relies on hypothetical occurrences, whereas the same criticism can be proven in Key’s own positions on Winston Peters or, as Cunliffe pointed out, GST.

    • Murray Olsen 24.5

      I don’t care who Key’s scared of, but why are all the NAct MPs so scared of him? Is there something deep in their psyches that only reacts to bullying and domination?

      Why does Cunliffe live in Herne Bay? Who cares? To dyed in the wool Tories, the address might be the most important thing on a job application, but the broader left has moved on from feudalism.

      • Colonial Viper 24.5.1

        To dyed in the wool Tories, the address might be the most important thing on a job application,

        You see, I think that’s it. Just like state housing families are not supposed to live in amongst the well-to-do in nice suburbs, having a professionally successful democratic socialist on your street is even WORSE.

  25. feijoa 25

    I’m sure I heard on TV last night, can’t remember which channel news, that at DC’s announcement he was running ” he was sitting under a photo of himself” !! FFS

    I would also like to point out Grant has a huge life size poster of himself in the front window of his office, but did the media comment on that?????

    John Key and the media are gunning for David Cunliffe – he is going to need all his smarts to win this race. I hope he has braced himself for the onslaught. Who said the problem was the Labour Party fighting itself – no it’s John Key dissing you DC!!

    • karol 25.1

      Gower is really trying his best to undermine Cunliffe. He mentioned the Cunliffe painting yesterday at the Cunliffe press conference, and he slipped an image of it into his report tonight, plus smearing Cunliffe re the “Man Ban” – using it to smear Cunliffe as doing anything to get into power.

      It must be aggravating to Gower, after his campaign against Cunliffe at last year’s conference, Cunliffe is back in the contest again.

      • GregJ 25.1.1

        I dipped back in to the NZ media coverage of the Labour leadership over the last few days – the reporting was absolutely dire – trite, trivial and tasteless.

        Having lived overseas for the last three years you tend to forget how poorly served New Zealand is by its media – both print and television (there is still some good Radio out there). It is no wonder when I return home that I am confronted by family & friends so ill-informed about their own country (let alone the rest of the world).

        S&*t – I live in the Middle East and the media here is better than the pulp New Zealanders are served up (and you know that is saying something!)

  26. Appleboy 26

    What do you think about a broadcasting standards complaint? the treatment of Robertson and Cunliffe are not fair and balanced, and would not stand up to a reasonable person’s scrutiny of balance.

    • karol 26.1

      Actually, that’s worth considering. How much time after a broadcast does one need to complain?

      • Hanswurst 26.1.1

        I think that would be very unwise. Being associated with a broadcasting standards complaint (even if they didn’t bring the complaint themselves) can really backfire on politicians. Firstly, the fact that it is an MP’s job to frame issues and put their message across lays them open to the criticism that it was their inability to do that successfully which led to them being misrepresented. Secondly, the fact that they can make statements under parliamentary privilege leaves them more open than most to being examined and smeared for issues of fairness and balance on their own part. It would all be cobblers, of course, but it wouldn’t make them any more electable.

        The only time an MP could profit from a complaint in a high-profile situation like this would be if an outright and deliberate lie could be proven on the part of a reporter.

        • karol 26.1.1.1

          Good points, Hanswurst. I’m thinking Gower may self destruct before too long anyway.

          • Anne 26.1.1.1.1

            Within 20 days of the broadcast karol.

            After receiving the complaint they will contact the broadcaster in question for a response. The complainant receives a copy of the response and has 20 more days to respond. If the complainant does not withdraw his/her complaint at that point the BSA will make further inquiries of the broadcaster then reach a judgement. That can take a further 20 or more days – sometimes longer because they only meet every six weeks. So the whole process can end up taking 3 months from start to finish. Nevertheless if you know you have a strong case it’s worth it… even though the BSA is a pretty lily-livered outfit and more often than not comes down on the side of the broadcaster.

            That’s what happened to me when I laid a complaint over the Hobbit Affair a few years back. They actually agreed with every point I made but still came down on the side of the broadcaster concerned – and for a reason that wasn’t really relevant to the original complaint.

  27. vto 27

    Smell the fear.

    Key can see the pinnacle of a third term but has this horrible gnawing feeling that he will never get there now.

    oh the poor man

    • felix 27.1

      He’s even started setting the backdrop for his failure by lowering expectations. He was quoted recently saying winning a third term was “notoriously difficult” or some such.

      Of course that’s bullshit. In fact if he loses this one, he’ll be the first ever National PM to not win a third term.

  28. Colonial Viper 28

    Garner interviews Cunliffe – and says that Cunliffe is the man with the economics needed to win the Election.

    http://www.radiolive.co.nz/David-Cunliffe-with-Duncan-Garner/tabid/506/articleID/37525/Default.aspx

  29. Tracey 29

    Maybe Garner is flexing his muscle against his younger protégé (Gower). It’s hard to see Garner coming to the above conclusion for any other reason.

    Garner versus Gower

    Now THERE’S a contest.

    • Colonial Viper 29.1

      gower’s a smart enough guy. He could – if he wanted – come up with some of the best political and critical journalism in the country. Relevant questions, relevant framing, relevant background.

  30. Takere 30

    Well yesterday…looks like Jonesee came out on top again! Cunliffe got caught out in the media for plagiarism and Grant got owned by PinoKeyo over unemployment numbers plus 1 and 3 MP’s applying for Shearers old job! What an embarrassing performance from the anointed one!

      • Takere 30.1.1

        And Cunliffe loses the next election if he gets through this contest and that’ll be the end of the Labour party. More overzealous supporters helping out on twitter …..Cunliffe for Leader account on twitter which had been sledging Mr Cunliffe’s rivals – who it dubbed “beltway Grant and porno Shane” and tweeting in support of Mr Cunliffe. That’s more ammo for Pinokeyo! You guys are running a great campaign for the messiah! Keep up the good work! Haha!

  31. Chooky 31

    @ Takere….completely the opposite of what you say…Cunliffe wins the next election!…thrashes Key and Nact!…. and the Labour Party become a viable force for the future …standing alongside the Greens and Mana and Winnie

    Jonesee and you retire to the smoko room where you ……?….watch the “geldings”?

  32. Takere 32

    You silly old Chook. You need counselling?? Must be a woman’s thing?? Fixated on yourself and obsessed with how your gender is perceived in the big wide world. I’m sure there’s medication that can be prescribed for that. That 5% of swing voters split 3 ways won’t win the election!

    • Pasupial 32.1

      @ Takere

      “Must be a woman’s thing?? Fixated on yourself and obsessed with how your gender is perceived in the big wide world.”

      Shane Jones: the misogynistic candidate for misogynists.

    • Colonial Viper 32.2

      There’s 800,000 non-vote out there to motivate Takere.

      That’s 40% more on top of those who did vote in 2011.

      Fuck your “5% swing vote”.

      • Tracey 32.2.1

        according to Takere they are all going to vote labour if Jones becomes leader.

      • Takere 32.2.2

        CV. You obviously haven’t bothered looking at the results of 2011 or tracked the reliable polls, Pundits & RM’s. If you did, you’d know how many people didn’t vote and also the voting patterns in the run-up to the election & on the day. It might help.

        • weka 32.2.2.1

          What’s happened to WaiTakere Man?! This beltway shit won’t go down too well with the Jones’ crowd.

    • Chooky 32.3

      @ Takere….squawk!!!! squawk!…..much mirth along the perches …it is really a question of how the public perceives Jonesee (and you) in the smoko room …more mirth

      …..I dont think your publicity pitch is a great vote winner ….especially for the 50% women voters…who want someone who is a professional politician as Leader( Cunliffe)

      ….not a self-indulgent old fashioned, middle- aged male who is obsessed with porn and geldings ….and does not seem to have much else to offer

      …it aint COOL …and it aint 21st century

      • Tracey 32.3.1

        takere is a parody. he is no more a Jones supporter than you or I.

      • Takere 32.3.2

        And I agree, but for fucksake get over it. Or Kill off the internet/DVD’s. Everybody go to church and lets segregate men from women to stop that behaviour? Isn’t that what the Catholics and the rest did and we ended up with kiddie fiddlers and nuns abusing women that they were responsible for? You know women watch porn too? Or you can learn from it ….. was there a fulla a while ago and said something about cheeks? Not Tame Iti’s version.

        • weka 32.3.2.1

          Hard to figure if that is outright tr0lling or you are just incredibly stupid and ignorant when it comes to issues of sexuality, child abuse and porn.

        • North 32.3.2.2

          @ Takere……..you’re losing it bro’. Felicity for your mate Jones is fine but tending to ugly cheerleading in favour of a guy whose major claim to fame is you-know-what and a peculiar mix of affected “street”, affected “smoko-room”, and not-affected imperiousness……..sorry, it just doesn’t cut the mustard. In short, Jones is a useless (right-wing) bugger who’s not past engaging cheap machinations for the sake of it. Hone’s coming out for Jones looks like an ill-conceived application of whanaungatanga.

    • Don't worry. Be happy. 32.4

      Wow. That’s nasty! The Blog version of bullying and bashing…What’s Shane Jones got to say about supporters like you Takere?

  33. Delia 33

    When National people crack on about Herne Bay and they do, it just shows they are miffed that a Labour MP would actually live there…it wrecks their ‘they are poor after hand outs’ myths. It is about the only thing they can ‘get’ David on, —where he lives. How pathetic.

  34. Phil 34

    The notion that Labour in Opposition is somehow inherently more divided than National really is nonsense. National, at the best of times, has always been split between its traditional rural conservatives and its radical urban neo-liberals – and give National five minutes in Opposition and those divisions become screamingly apparent.

    Citation needed?

    I’m struggling to think of incidents during the English-Brash-Key opposition era where the Nats publicly displayed the kind of disunity and disorganisation that appeared in the final days of the Goff leadership. I mean, before the 2011 election the short-list of Cunliffe, Shearer and Co were sitting down to interviews touted as ‘profiles of the next leader of the Labour party’.

  35. Aotearoean 35

    Cunliffe to win with Sua as his deputy.What a combination. South and West combined.

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    Imagine this scenario: Australian spies seeking to fight domestic terrorism borrow the tactics of their American counterparts and start running agent provocateurs to "flush out" those with terrorist leanings. But an operation goes horribly wrong, and actually results in a...
    No Right Turn | 30-09
  • School funding failing vulnerable students – time for a better way?
    1 October 2014 Schools with the greatest needs get too little to meet those needs, says PPTA president Angela Roberts. The current school funding system is failing to support our most vulnerable students and this morning delegates at PPTA’s annual...
    PPTA | 30-09
  • Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi
    More than 1,000 people marched up Queen Streen in Auckland yesterday, as part of the Waiho Papa Moana Hikoi, to protest outside Sky City at the New Zealand Petroleum Summit against plans to begin deep sea oil drilling in the...
    Greenpeace NZ blog | 30-09
  • Why the Prime Minister and RB Governor are whistling in the wind
    Let there be no mistake, New Zealanders want the NZ dollar to be as high as possible. A 65 US cent dollar makes us a hell of a lot poorer than an 88 cent one. So why does the Reserve...
    Gareth’s World | 30-09
  • A targeted transport rate?
    An article in last Friday’s NZ Herald provided an interesting insight into where the investigations into additional transport funding options are at. This is the second phase of the project to close the supposed $12 billion funding gap over the next 30...
    Transport Blog | 30-09
  • Is New Zealand ready for an openly inane Prime Minister?
    In the current leadership race for the Labour Party there are two candidates: Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe. There has been much discussion of their strengths and weaknesses, but one subject has been delicately avoided; perhaps because of political correctness,...
    DimPost | 30-09
  • Is New Zealand ready for an openly inane Prime Minister?
    In the current leadership race for the Labour Party there are two candidates: Grant Robertson and David Cunliffe. There has been much discussion of their strengths and weaknesses, but one subject has been delicately avoided; perhaps because of political correctness,...
    DimPost | 30-09
  • Hold fast to your Mana – Harawira
    Hone Harawira today called on the voters of Tai Tokerau to hold fast to their mana, and not be dictated to by those party leaders who have ganged together to tell them how to vote. “I call on our people...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Media Advisory – Interview availability
    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
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    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • I feel sorry for Labour Party members and supporters
    I feel really sorry for the members and supporters of the Labour Party as they watch their caucus tear itself to shreds. And no matter what the outcome of the coming leadership race Labour members and supporters will be the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Ummmm, why is Auckland Transport spying on Aucklanders?
    Ummm. What? Sophisticated surveillance coming to Auckland Surveillance technology that uses high definition cameras and software that can put names to faces and owners to cars is coming to Auckland. The surveillance has the capability to also scan social media...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • It. Is. About. The. Economy. Stupid.
    Liam Dann does a good job of explaining the positive and negative issues looming for the NZ economy and as dairy prices plunge again overnight alongside a large Wall st sell off  and China Bank rumours begin, his case for the negative...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Don’t think of it as reinvading Iraq, think of it as redecorating Iraq
    I think some NZers view Iraq like an episode of The Block. Yes Iraq is the worst country on the street, but with a bit of elbow grease by our SAS and some great deals down at Bunnings, hey presto we...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Mana Maori alliance
    Most Maori you speak to on the street can’t understand why Mana movement and  Maori Party don’t combine it confuses them why Maori are divided cross benches in Parliament instead of a unified political power that represents 15% of the...
    The Daily Blog | 01-10
  • Party members and affiliates – the real losers in Labour’s leadership f...
    Hey, wanna do a back room deal that cuts the members and affiliates out? Cunliffe must be reeling. He has lost failed Ilam candidate James Dann. It must cut as deep as the loss of Steve Gibson. Apart from providing Claire...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election res...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, the election result...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • The rich get richer
    Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman highlights the growing inequality in this article in the New York Times. The left wing slogan that the “the rich get richer” is a fact of almost perverse power. The most recent period of expansion in the...
    The Daily Blog | 30-09
  • A brief word on reinvading Iraq
    So after telling the country before the election that NZ would not send forces to Iraq, lo and behold now he’s won the election with a full spectrum dominance political majority, Key is suddenly now looking to join the re-invasion of...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • A brief word on the importance of ACT, Maori Party and United Future to Nat...
    I’m a far right wing clown who attacks tax money going on anything collective, gimmie some cash and privilege.  One of the great successes of National has been to implement hard right policy but have it sold as moderate. For some NZers,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Labour’s Angst
    Was Labour’s predictably low vote David Cunliffe’s fault? Was it policy? Was it something else that has aroused perceptions of electoral carnage? My analysis of the numbers suggests that, as uncertain voters made up their minds, there was a late...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Information wars: Gaza as “the last taboo”, the threat of mass surveill...
    “When the truth is replaced with silence” wrote the soviet dissident Yevgeni Yevtushenko, “the silence is a lie.” There has been a silence these past months full of noise, static and sound bites of those in power justifying their violence,...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • When the media say they covered Dirty Politics – did they?
    I was watching The Nation in the weekend, and watched the defenders of NZ media up against Minto telling him he was wrong in his claims of media bias and that the media covered Dirty Politics. I laughed. When the...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG – P Campbell – To the Left with love
    A week after the general election results I feel wrung out emotionally, having been through the disappointment, depression and anger of seeing  another right wing government elected overwhelmingly by winning support from the parts of NZ that will never benefit...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – I will be the new Labour Leader!
    One week after the election, while I was still waiting to be consulted about contributing to the review on what went wrong, what do you know? There is a leadership challenge. So instead of opting for a united, thoughtful and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – A Prescient Post
    A very prescient pre-election post by Martyn Bradbury tells us why the Labour Party are at war now. “The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work” Despite Martyn Bradbury warning them this Right Wing strategy “Better Work”...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – W(h)ither Labour (!/?)
    There’s an old saying that success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan. Not so in the Labour Party, wherein soul-crushing defeat on a scale unseen since 1925 definitely has many fathers (and more than a few mothers and...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • At the end of the day…
    At the end of the day…...
    The Daily Blog | 29-09
  • Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty
    Cynicism towards Key’s sudden desire to help children in poverty...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Internet MANA the election and the media
    I’ve been very critical of media reporting of Internet MANA during the election campaign and not surprised at the predictable response from representatives of the corporate media establishment. I wasn’t going to carry this further but was asked at the...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Rachel Jones – A superficial discourse analysis of a superfic...
    On Sunday there was a story about Paddy Gower and his detached retina in the Herald on Sunday. Really? I hear you ask. Really? Yes, really. Pam Corkery will have sprayed toast crumbs over her dressing gown. The reporter has become...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Terrorising Australia’s Muslim population
    We should be suspicious when 800 police conduct “terror” raids across Australia, but only one person is charged with a relevant terrorism offence (of which we know few details). We should be suspicious of the lurid tales of terrorists planning...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its min...
    Another Labour leader has resigned and as per usual, the media lost its mind. I know the Labour party has its problems and I’m not even going to try to prescribe what should be done about it. But what I...
    The Daily Blog | 28-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Loyalty, Leadership and the Labour Party
    My first after the election and I can only say I’m feeling pretty sad.  It was a terrible result, and feels even more so knowing the number of volunteers hours, hard work & sacrifice made by so many people who...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • A Study in Party Stability
    . In terms of long-term stability, one party above stands above all others, with the exception of personality-driven groups such as NZ First and United Future. That party is the Greens. If the Labour Party wants to look elsewhere for...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Cunliffe vs Robertson – Round 2
    Much to the disappointment of the NZ Herald and other right wing pundits who have decided they would like to appoint the next Labour leader, Cunliffe has surprised by deciding to damn the Caucus and appeal directly to the members...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The tasks before the left and labour movement
    Anyone on the left would have been disappointed at the result of the election. There was an opportunity to win, but that got lost through a combination of factors. There were tactical decisions made by Labour, the Greens and Internet-Mana...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • From Fiji’s dictatorship to ‘democracy’ – the AUT student team on t...
    Mads Anneberg’s profile on Ricardo Morris and Repúblika. David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. THREE STUDENTS from AUT University covered Fiji’s historic “from dictatorship to democracy” general election this month. While the election arguably legitimised Voreqe Bainimarama’s so-called 2006...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • David Cunliffe Resigns As Labour Leader – Forces Robertson Out of the Bel...
    David Cunliffe has made a smart move, resigning as the leader of the Labour Party so as to force a leadership primary campaign. The move draws rival Grant Robertson out of the beltway to parts of the country where he...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • Deep thought vs Deep prejudice
    . . This letter to the editor appeared in The Listener, on 27 September, and caught my attention; . . Mr Dawson wrote in response to one of those typically unthinking comments which  condemned the poor for their “unbridled, reckless...
    The Daily Blog | 27-09
  • The NZ National voters elected
    The NZ National voters elected...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – The post election postmortem is giving me post p...
    I feel the need to contribute to the discourse. This is a new experience for me. Not having an opinion, but expressing it on a popular forum in a public sphere. That’s why I have waited till now and put...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A dictionary of education terms and definitions, brought to you by the let...
    Free to all TDB readers, please enjoy your very own cut-out-and-keep handy primer of terms that I predict you will need to know over the next three years… Achievement Gap (noun) Synonym for wealth gap. ACT (abstract noun) Intangible. Reported to exist in...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • A Mines Rescue brigadesman’s perspective on the Pike River Mine
    My husband and I lived in Greymouth in 2010, we were a coal mining family.  The day Pike River Mine blew up and the days following changed us profoundly, as it did for so many.  This is a Mines Rescue...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • The Left Triumphant! A Counterfactual History of the Last Twelve Months.
    DID IT REALLY HAVE TO END LIKE THIS? Reading through the commentary threads of the left-wing blogs it is impossible to not feel the anger; the sense of betrayal; the impression of having had something vital ripped from their grasp;...
    The Daily Blog | 26-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Myles Thomas: The media won it!
    Make no mistake, John Key is a clever communicator – reasonable, authoritative and relaxed – but without the media he wouldn’t be PM. Depending on your viewpoint, New Zealand’s news media are either a bunch of Grey Lynn lefties or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Not Learning Lessons Past: the West’s Response to IS
    In an earlier posting Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, I noted that the first lesson of conflict learned by Robert McNamara was “understand your adversary”. If we have honourable objectives, our first and most important weapon is empathy. In the Vietnam War,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Dr Jarrod Gilbert – Proof of David Farrar’s deception: my ...
    In the lead up to the election the Minister of Corrections Anne Tolley launched a gang policy. In order to justify the government’s approach she used gang figures that overstated the gang problem. Not by a little bit, but a...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • SPECIAL FEATURE: Stuart Nash – Red To The Rescue?
    SPECIAL FEATURE by Selwyn Manning. IF THE ELECTION RESULT which was dished out to Labour was not enough to incite an immediate leadership primary, then the caucus’ refusal to recognise David Cunliffe as the leader should cement it. Now is...
    The Daily Blog | 25-09
  • Has the one party state crackdown begun already? Left wing NZ activist grou...
    Well known left wing activist social media group, ‘John Key Has Left Down NZ’ has been shut down on Facebook. At 11.40pm last night, Facebook, without any warning shut the group down siting a breach of terms of service as...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Why Cunliffe should probably just let Nash & Robertson win
    We have to face some very unpalatable home truths. If you are a left wing political person, best you put your vote now to the Green Party, although you’ll have to do that all the while the Greens frantically tell you...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • The graceless win of Kelvin Davis
    The graceless win of Cameron Slater’s mate in the North, Kelvin Davis is difficult to swallow. Here Cameron Slater’s mate in the North is shitting on Hone Harawira by calling Hone all steam, no hangi as Kelvin rubs his ganged up win into...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So Labour shifted too far to the left?
    So Labour shifted too far to the left?   Here’s the ill-judged view of Josie Pagani in the Pundit “Labour must change”: “At the last election I made myself a heretic when I wrote a column mentioning how unpopular the...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • Uncomplicated Loyalties: Why Cunliffe and the Labour Left Cannot Win
    THE STORY of David Cunliffe’s leadership of the Labour Party has been one of missed opportunities and unforced errors. That he was the only choice available to those who wanted to rid the Labour Party of its neoliberal cuckoos is...
    The Daily Blog | 24-09
  • So we can expect this now?
    So we can expect this now?...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Can Labour be saved? Why Whaleoil & National won and why we need a new ...
    As the shock of my optimism that NZers would recoil from the real John Key as exposed by Dirty Politics and mass surveillance duplicities wears off, I am surprised to find that the right in NZ are not content with...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Three more years (up shit creek and paddling hard)
    “If the future is not green, there is no future. If the future is not you, there is no future”. Emma Thompson’s stirring words to the climate marchers in London last Sunday are worth considering in the aftermath of the...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • One Party State
    In years to come this election will be seen as a historic turning point towards one party rule. I don`t mean this literally, absolute single party dictatorship is not in prospect. In the New Zealand context though, one party has...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • No More. The Left Falls.
    . We cannot be beaten down Because we are down already. We can only rise up and if you should beat us down, We will rise again. And again. And again… And when you tire of beating us down, We...
    The Daily Blog | 23-09
  • Hang tight everyone – Marama Davidson campaign reflection
    To the many people who had expressed their overwhelming support for me to enter Parliament this election – thank you. That the Greens held steady in a big loss for progressive politics is an achievement. We are hopeful that after...
    The Daily Blog | 22-09
  • Speaker leads delegation to CPA Conference
    Strengthening New Zealand’s ties with parliaments from across the world will be the focus of the upcoming delegation to the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 4-10 October and the 131st Inter-Parliamentary...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Response to Russell Brown and Tertiary Education Union
    The allegation that I have worked with others to discredit public health efforts is wrong. My public comments in relation to public health researchers have been where academics have mislead the public about official support or endorsement, and where...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • 17 jobs lost as Bridon/Cookes reaches the end of its rope
    Seventeen workers at the iconic Bridon/Cookes wire rope company in Auckland are to be made redundant as the company ceases production in New Zealand. The company has blamed the high New Zealand dollar for making it uncompetitive to keep the...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Slip in University Rankings – Funding Not the Problem
    Responding to the slippage of New Zealand universities' rankings , Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:...
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Time to rethink police chases, says safety campaigner
    Police chases are dangerous and generally unnecessary, says the American Federal Bureau of Investigation....
    Scoop politics | 02-10
  • Robertson now expected to be Labour leader by Xmas
    Grant Robertson is now overwhelmingly picked to become the next leader of the Labour Party by the end of the year, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Another potential Labour...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Documenting historic Māori land law cases for the first time
    A new book from Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law will continue to put the spotlight on Māori Land Law judgments which have never before been published....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • ‘Oily’ people greet Petroleum Summit diners
    Greenpeace activists smeared in fake oil have greeted guests arriving at the part-Statoil sponsored Petroleum Summit dinner this evening....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Key Decisions Made About Labour’s Leadership Election
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has made the key decisions about the timetable and process around the election of Labour’s Party Leader. The result will be announced on Tuesday 18th November, following a comprehensive and extensive process unique...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Suspected $6 Million Dollar Wananga Fraud Alarming
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on on the Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi to front up over claims the Wananga has pocketed government overpayments amounting to $6 million of taxpayers' money. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Submissions sought on herbicide for weed control in maize
    The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on a herbicide to improve broadleaf weed control in maize. The substance CADET contains 100g fluthiacet-methyl in the form of an emulsifiable concentrate and would contain a new active ingredient...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line
    Jesse Mulligan Lives Below Poverty Line TV personality Jesse Mulligan will live on the equivalent of the extreme poverty line this October in order to raise awareness of sex trafficking. Mulligan will survive on $2.25 for his food from October...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn?
    Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn? - Sue Bradford, Russell Brown & Kirk Serpes discuss....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change
    Voices from Oceania to speak out on climate change at launch of Pacific environment report...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages
    The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management advises that while changes to Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages come into effect from today (Wednesday 1 October), the Ministry has been, and remains, the authoritative voice for tsunami...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Police remove banner at Statoil Offices in Wellington
    Oil Free Wellington hung a banner at 9:30 this morning at the Statoil office headquarters in Wellington as the Petroleum Summit opened in Auckland. The banner, which read 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil', has now been removed...
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Mixed massages raise concerns
    Mixed massages raise concerns for Te Taumata Kaumatua Ngapuhi nui tonu, and Te Wakaminenga O nga Hapu Ngapuhi....
    Scoop politics | 01-10
  • Union Slams Port Boss’s Pay Rise
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) says Lyttelton Port CEO Peter Davie’s 18% wage rise, taking his pay packet to $1.24m, is unjustified and inflammatory. ‘Lyttelton port has an appalling health and safety record, with three deaths on...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Prisons expert Ron Nikkel to speak in Auckland October 15
    Prison Fellowship NZ and JustSpeak have the privilege of hosting the former president of Prison Fellowship International, Ron Nikkel....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Hundreds of educators protest IES in Rotorua
    Four hundred educators from around the country took their opposition to the Government's controversial Investing in Educational Success policy to the public today....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Crime drops by 3.2 % in the 2013 / 2014 financial year
    Criminal offences dropped by 3.2 % in the last financial year according to figures released today through Statistics New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Narratives from the 2014 Election: what do we learn?
    I would like to invite you to a Fabians Reflection on "Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result" with Colin James, Keith Ng, Stephanie Rodgers and Richard Harman. They will provide a debrief of analysis and lessons from the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Oil Free Wellington drops banner from Statoil headquarters
    Today members of Oil Free Wellington have targeted the offices of Statoil, by attaching a banner reading 'Statoil out of Northland: Stop Deep Sea Oil' to the entrance of Vodafone on the Quay Midland Park, where Statoil's New Zealand office...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Media Statement from Karen Price
    “After a period of intense media attention and scrutiny of our family, I set up and used an anonymous Twitter account over the weekend and made a number of comments that I deeply regret....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Greenpeace disrupts Simon Bridges’ speech to oil industry
    Greenpeace activists have disrupted the opening speech by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges at the Petroleum Summit in Auckland this morning....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • New Zealand Red Cross Responds to Drought in Tonga
    New Zealand Red Cross has sent an aid worker and two desalination units, to turn seawater into safe drinking water in the drought-hit Ha’apai islands of Tonga....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Can you ever tell if an email is real or forged?
    Computer industry veteran Brian Eardley-Wilmot warns that we should never take claims about stolen emails at face value....
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • NZ MPs to attend the ASPG Annual Conference in Sydney
    New Zealand MPs to attend the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Independent Maori seats still needed in Parliament
    “He’s got to be joking!” is the reaction of the president of the Maori Party, Rangimarie Naida Glavish to a call by a former Labour Minister of Maori Affairs, Dover Samuels, for debate by Maori on whether the Maori electorates...
    Scoop politics | 30-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    Rallies supporting the rights for universal suffrage will take place all over New Zealand today and tomorrow...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand
    Trout Mass-Poisoned in New Zealand The Graf Boys New Zealand has some of the best trout fishing in the world! Every year thousands of international visitors wade pristine rivers in search of the freshwater game fish....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New Zealand’s 2014 Hottest Vegetarians Crowned
    With winter gone things are heating up, and things just got even hotter with the crowning of New Zealand’s hottest vegetarians, says animal advocacy group SAFE. Marking World Vegetarian Day, 1st October, director James Napier Robertson and actor...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • A day to remember our duty to look after our senior citizens
    Human Rights Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says International Day of the Older Person (1 October) is a United Nations day to celebrate our senior citizens, but also acknowledge the need to protect our kaumatua, or older people from abuse and...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Clear data needed on impact of benefit sanctions on children
    A lack of data on benefit sanctions means there is no way of knowing whether welfare reform is helping or harming children, says Child Poverty Action Group....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The socialist alternative to austerity and war
    Public meeting: After the New Zealand election—the socialist alternative to austerity and war By Tom Peters 29 September 2014...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • New recruits to boost border protection
    Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Dwindling Mallard population shows up ‘pest’ myth
    The pro hunting organisation Fish & Game is researching the causes of the decline of the mallard duck population, upset at the prospect of fewer ducks to kill....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Support for Democratic Rights in Hong Kong
    New Zealanders in Auckland will gather on Wednesday to support the rights for universal suffrage in Hong Kong....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Campbell Live Exclusive Interview with David Cunliffe
    David Cunliffe resigned as leader of the Labour party on Saturday; but he still wants the top job....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Action needed on cycling safety
    “Clearly we aren't doing enough to protect the 1.5 million New Zealanders who ride bikes,” said Mr Morgan....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • World Rivers Day Passes Without A Whimper
    Sunday 28 September was World Rivers Day to celebrate clean, flowing rivers and caring about them. But a recreation-conservation advocacy the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ) says the day seems to have slipped by without...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • The Kiwifruit Claim: Q&A
    1. Who is running The Kiwifruit Claim? The Kiwifruit Claim was founded by kiwifruit growers representing well in excess of 10% of the industry. 2. Why are you running this claim? The introduction of Psa into New Zealand had devastating...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Fed Farmers Need to Be Weaned
    The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Federated Farmers to make a firm commitment to reject any future Government funding, after it was revealed that the lobby group had received over $200,000 of payments in recent years....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Children paying the price for charter school stitch up
    New Zealand children will be paying a high price for a one-seat deal between ACT and National, with an expansion of the beleaguered charter school system says education union NZEI Te Riu Roa....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Hikoi From North Reaches Oil Conference Tomorrow
    Today: The Hikoi opposing Statoil plans for seismic testing and deep sea oil drilling has marched through Dargaville and later be welcomed to Piringatahi Marae, West Harbour,Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Communities Still Count
    The efforts of many organisations to influence the electorate and the political parties they voted for in the lead up to the 2014 Election is over. The voting public has spoken and provided a strong endorsement to the centre-right National...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Eleven social enterprises get ready to take off
    Eleven teams from across the country will take part in the Launchpad, Ākina’s programme to get social enterprise ideas off the ground....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • An open letter to the Prime Minister
    in which Transparency International New Zealand asks the Prime Minister to ensure integrity underpins all work he leads "in the best interests of all New Zealanders"...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Paula Bennett ‘great work’ acknowledged – McVicar
    “Paula Bennett, as Minister of Social Development, has contributed significantly in lowering our crime rate and preventing further victims.” - McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 29-09
  • Key’s Restraint in Propping up ACT Welcomed
    The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the announcement that ACT MP David Seymour will not be appointed as a Minister....
    Scoop politics | 29-09
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