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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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    I have written a number of times about the procedure used to attribute recent climate change (here in 2010, in 2012 (about the AR4 statement), and again in 2013 after AR5 was released). For people who want a summary of...
    Real Climate | 27-08
  • Gordon Campbell on Winston Peters’ latest bout of immigrant bashing, and ...
    So in the latest 3News-Reid Research poll, New Zealand First and the Conservatives have been the big winners. It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other’s vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing...
    Gordon Campbell | 27-08
  • Democracy – Leonard Cohen
      Because I've just come back from Nicky Hager's extraordinary public meeting in the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, here's Lenny's magnificent paean to the democratic ideal. If it's coming to the USA - why not here too? Sail on, sail on,...
    Bowalley Road | 27-08
  • The Pilgrim Of Light: Nicky Hager And New Zealand Politics
    Admonishing Angel: Nicky Hager descends periodically to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs. But, more than any other journalist in New Zealand, he has taught us to read the actions of...
    Bowalley Road | 27-08
  • Positive!
    The public are being turned off by dirty politics. Our opponents are scum, but let's focus on the issues....
    Imperator Fish | 27-08
  • Lack of information on Port of Tauranga death extremely concerning
    The Maritime Union is extremely concerned about the lack of public information about a Tauranga port worker who died last week....
    MUNZ | 27-08
  • Climate Change: the Terminological Timeline
    It is often said that a picture speaks a thousand words. The run of pictures below, it is hoped, will do a little more. They exist as a counterpoint to that laziest of claims - that, a few years ago,...
    Skeptical Science | 27-08
  • Stuart’s 100 #15 Understanding the City Link Bus a s a Tram on Rubber Whe...
    15: Understanding the City Link Bus as a Tram on Rubber Wheels What if the red city link bus was more like a tram on rubber wheels? Ok, so trams do have wheels, steel ones on rails. But bear with...
    Transport Blog | 27-08
  • No healthy economy without a healthy environment
    Labour recognises that we cannot have a healthy economy without a healthy environment, says Environment spokesperson Moana Mackey announcing Labour’s environment policy. “New Zealand’s economy has been built on the back of the enormous environmental wealth we collectively enjoy as...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Better protection, fairer deal for Kiwi consumers
    Tackling excessive prices, ensuring consumers have enough information to make ethical choices and giving the Commerce Commission more teeth are highlights of Labour’s Consumer Rights policy. “The rising cost of living is a concern for thousands of Kiwi families. A...
    Labour | 28-08
  • Media Advisory – MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes, Waia...
    Media are advised that this coming weekend, the MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will be on the Internet MANA Road Trip within the electorate of Waiariki. Speakers confirmed are Annette Sykes, Hone Harawira, John Minto, Laila Harre and Kim...
    Mana | 27-08
  • Internet MANA – Waiariki Road Trip: 29, 30, 31 Aug 2014
    The Internet MANA Road Trip hits Waiariki this weekend. It would be great if all MANA members in Waiariki could especially attend the public meetings and show their support for our Waiariki candidate Annette Sykes. Confirmed speakers Hone Harawira (except Taupo), Annette...
    Mana | 27-08
  • First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour
    A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.  “National’s policy to...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Another Day – Another big power profit
    The latest profit announcement from Genesis Energy shows that the power company was sold for a song to the detriment of the country’s power consumers, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “A net profit of $ 49.2 million follows hard...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour embraces the rainbow
    Labour will work hard to ensure all New Zealanders enjoy the freedom to grow up and live their lives in dignity and security. Labour’s Rainbow policy, released tonight in Wellington, focuses on International Relations, Human Rights and Education....
    Labour | 26-08
  • National gets fast and loose with the facts
    In their desperation to make it look as though they are doing something about the housing crisis, National is playing fast and loose with the facts, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford....
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families
    New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Labour: Promoting sustainable tourism
    Ensuring New Zealand’s clean, green status continues to be an international tourism benchmark and reviewing MBIE’s oversight of the tourism sector will be on the radar under a Labour Government. Releasing Labour’s Tourism policy today, spokesperson Darien Fenton said tourism...
    Labour | 26-08
  • Skills shortage a result of National’s complacency
    The fact that there is still a severe shortage of skilled tradespeople, despite a growth in the number of apprentices, is a result of National’s failure to plan and develop the workforce, Grant Robertson, Labour Employment, Skills and TrainingSpokesperson says."The...
    Labour | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker?? – Mint...
    MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister. o Minimum wage...
    Mana | 25-08
  • Labour’s culture of science and innovation
    Labour will create a culture of science and innovation in New Zealand that will be the envy of the world, says Labour’s Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson Megan Woods. “Labour believes that good science lies at the heart of a...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Improving life for our new New Zealanders
    New Zealand’s international standing as a community that encourages and fosters all cultures will be bolstered under a Labour Government with an upgrade of the present Office of Ethnic Affairs to a Ministry. Releasing Labour’s Ethnic Affairs policy, spokesperson Phil...
    Labour | 25-08
  • South Auckland housing crisis
    National’s HomeStart package is nothing more than a political stunt designed to beguile South Auckland voters, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio. “Few working Pasifika and Maori workers in South Auckland will be able to buy their own...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Home buyer subsidy discredited in Oz
    Treasury advised against National’s policy of ramping up home buyer subsidies after it was discredited in Australia because it pushed house prices even higher, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “Documents released under the OIA (attached) show Treasury advised the...
    Labour | 25-08
  • Nursing hours explain turnover and high-stress culture
    A staff survey supports concerns nursing staff at Dunedin Hospital are under increasing pressure and that the emergency department is in a critical state, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark.  “An ED nursing survey at Dunedin found that 80...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Underhand tactics prove case for axing donations
    Revelations that schools are using underhand tactics to coerce donations from cash-strapped parents further highlights the need for Labour's plan to increase funding so they aren't dependent on contributions from parents, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “By law New...
    Labour | 24-08
  • National applies band-aid to housing crisis
    The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Climate change focus on the now for the future
    A Labour Governmentwill put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on bothmitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission andimplement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson MoanaMackey."This is about future-proofing our economy. Making the transition to alow-carbon...
    Labour | 24-08
  • Labour’s 21st century transport pledge
    The next Labour-led Government will create a 21st century transport system for New Zealand that promotes the most efficient and sustainable combination of transport options, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour will rebalance the Government's transport spending away from...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Housing under National: the facts
    1.       House prices in Auckland Council valuations indicate Auckland house prices have gone up by one-third over the last three years. (Auckland Council) The average Auckland house price has gone up by nearly $225,000 since 2008, up over $75,000 in...
    Labour | 23-08
  • Labour irons out low income tax issue
    The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. "Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Cornered Government comes out swinging
    The National Government is so desperate to keep its dead-in-the-water expert teachers policy alive, it has refused to rule out forcing schools to participate through legislation, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “John Key today attacked the Educational Institute for...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Pacific people continue to go backwards under National
    A report from Victoria University highlights the fact that Pacific people are continuing to go backwards under a National Government, said Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.  “The report shows the largest inequality increases were in smoking, obesity, tertiary...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Wellington transport plan needs to keep moving
    The failure of the Transport Agency to properly look at alternatives to the Basin Reserve flyover is not a good reason for further delays to improving transport in Wellington, Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say. “The Board of...
    Labour | 22-08
  • Labour’s focus on inequality, kids and better job prospects
    Tackling child poverty and removing barriers to people working part time to enhance their prospects of moving into a fulltime job are highlights of Labour’s Social Development policy. Releasing the policy today, spokesperson Sue Moroney said while part-time work was...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Political staff should give answers under oath
    The Inspector General of Security and Intelligence should use her full statutory powers to question witnesses under oath about the leak of SIS information, says Labour MP Phil Goff. “Leakage of confidential information from the SIS for political purposes is...
    Labour | 21-08
  • High dollar, hands-off Govt sends workers to dole queue
    The loss of up to 100 jobs at Croxley stationery in Auckland is devastating news for their families and the local Avondale community, Labour’s Employment, Skills and Training spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The company’s inability to compete in international markets...
    Labour | 21-08
  • National’s flagship education policy dead in the water
    National’s plan to create executive principals and expert teachers is effectively dead in the water with news that 93 percent of primary teachers have no confidence in the scheme, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “The fact that teachers are...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour
    Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than...
    Labour | 21-08
  • Inquiry into SIS disclosures the right decision
    Labour MP Phil Goff says the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has done the right thing by launching an inquiry into the disclosure of SIS documents about a meeting between himself and the agency’s former director-general. “This inquiry is necessary...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for
    Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would...
    Labour | 20-08
  • By Hoki! It’s Labour’s fisheries policy
    A Labour Government will protect the iconic Kiwi tradition of fishing by improving access to the coast, protecting the rights of recreational fishers and reviewing snapper restrictions, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Catching a fish from the rocks, beach...
    Labour | 20-08
  • Mighty River – Mighty Profits – Mighty hard to swallow
    Mighty River Power’s profit increase of 84 per cent is simply outrageous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “Demand for electricity is flat or declining yet the company has made enormous profits. It is the latest power company to celebrate...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Collins’ actions were wrong, not unwise
    John Key’s moral compass remains off-kilter as he cannot bring himself to declare Judith Collins’ actions outright wrong, not simply ‘unwise’, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “Under pressure John Key is finally shifting his stance but his failure to condemn...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Public servants behaving with more integrity than their masters
    The State Services Commission's new report on the integrity of our state services reflects the yawning gap between the behaviour of public servants and that of their political masters, Labour's State Services spokesperson Maryan Street says. “This report, which surveyed...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Phil Twyford Speech to NZCID
    "Labour's plan to build more and build better: how new approaches to housing, transport and urban development will deliver cities that work" Phil Twyford, Labour Party spokesperson on housing, transport, Auckland issues, and cities.  ...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Labour commits to independent Foreign Affairs and Trade
    “Labour is committed to New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs and Trade policy being independent and proactive, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “We are a small but respected country. Our voice and actions count in international affairs. Labour will take a...
    Labour | 19-08
  • Key must sack Collins over abhorrent actions
    The latest revelations that Judith Collins sent the contact details of a public servant to WhaleOil in a desperate attempt to divert media attention from a bad story is abhorrent, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key and Judith Collins...
    Labour | 19-08
  • It’s downhill from here under National
    The forecast drop in exports and predicted halving of growth shows that it’s downhill from here with National, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Growth under this Government peaked in June and halves to two per cent in coming years....
    Labour | 19-08
  • John Key loses moral compass over Collins
    John Key has lost his moral compass over Judith Collins’ involvement with Cameron Slater and lost touch with New Zealanders’ sense of right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “Whoever is Prime Minister there are expectations they will not...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Mana Movement General Election 2014 List confirmed
    The MANA List is now confirmed with all the candidates as below (the numbers are the respective Internet MANA rankings). Candidate, Electorate, Internet MANA List Position Hone Harawira, Te Tai Tokerau (1) Annette Sykes, Waiariki (3) John Minto, Mt Roskill (4) Te Hamua Nikora, Ikaroa-Rawhiti...
    Mana | 18-08
  • PREFU likely to confirm dropping exports
    National’s economic management will be put under the spotlight in tomorrow’s PREFU given clear signs the so-called rock star economy has fallen off the stage, with plummeting prices for raw commodity exports, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says. “Under National,...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Record profits while Kiwis face a cold winter
    The record profits by two of New Zealand’s largest electricity companies will be a bitter pill for New Zealand households who are paying record amounts for their power, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer. “No doubt the Key government will...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time for John Key to answer yes or no questions
    John Key’s train-wreck interview on Morning Report shows he is no longer capable of a simple yes or no answer and has lost touch with what’s right and wrong, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. “John Key has become so media...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Key must clarify who signed out SIS OIA
    Yet again John Key is proving incapable of answering a simple question on an extremely important issue – this time who signed off Cameron Slater’s fast-tracked SIS OIA request on Phil Goff, said Labour MP Grant Robertson. “John Key’s claim...
    Labour | 18-08
  • Time to invest in our tertiary education system
    A Labour Government will fully review the student support system – including allowances, loans, accommodation support and scholarships – with a view to increasing access and making the system fair, transparent and sustainable, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says....
    Labour | 17-08
  • Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies
    The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy. “Labour is committed to working towards...
    Labour | 16-08
  • PRIME MINISTER’S DENIAL AT ODDS WITH NATIONAL PARTY STATEMENT
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has today released an email from the General Manager of the National Party that directly contradicts recent statements from the Prime Minister in relation to the 2011 breaches of Labour Party website databases. In his stand-up...
    Labour | 16-08
  • Cunliffe beats Key in First Leaders debate
    I watched the First Leaders debate at the Green Party #GreenRoomNZ, they were very kind to include me and the atmosphere was great. The debate was a resounding victory to Cunliffe. He won Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 and...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • LIVE STREAM: The Green Room Leader’s Debate from 6:30pm
    The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding to the debate live, along with comment from thought leaders and commentators. ‘The Green Room’ 6pm – 8.30pm...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • How many taxpayer funded staff does John Key need to prepare for a Leaders ...
    John Key is currently at the Auckland Stamford Plaza with 40 staff, 4 undercover police cars and an entire floor booked out in preparation for tonights Leader’s debate. Isn’t 40 staff including coms, flown up to Auckland for a debate...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • A brief word on National Party Rodney MP, Mark Mitchell
    MP considers legal action against Nicky HagerThe National MP says he is considering taking a defamation case after the September 20 election.“Someone needs to be held accountable,” he said. Oh really champ? Brothers and sisters, there is a long way...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Greens advertise on Whaleoil – but not on The Daily Blog?
    PaknSave have shown ethical compass and blocked adverts on Whaleoil, yet the Greens are advertising on Whaleoil, and not The Daily Blog? I would imagine there are far more potential Green voters on The Daily Blog then ever are on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • It’s about the stupid economy stupid
    In focus group meetings, the sleepy hobbits of NZ by a staggering amount all believe that National are better economic stewards of the country than Labour, that’s why, instead of answering questions about blackmailing MPs, trawling brothels for dirt on...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • Labour Policy vs National Policy
    John Key’s favourite defence spin at the moment is people want to talk about policy and not hear answers on the ethics of trawling brothels, why Slater was given SIS information, blackmailing MPs into standing down, rigging candidate elections and hacking...
    The Daily Blog | 28-08
  • The Green Room live streamed on TDB 6.30pm tonight for First Leaders debate
    The ‘Green Room’ will stream 6.pm tonight on The Daily Blog during the TV One leaders’ debate.Use #GreenRoomNZ to join in. The Green Room will be hosted by media commentator Russel Brown, and will feature Green Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman responding...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Manukau East – the next Coalition in action
    A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of opening Voice Up – a youth forum run by young people in Otara. I had been asked as Chair of the Local Board to set the scene, encouraging young people...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – The Big Bang Theory
    It’s a shame that it took a brain injury for me to start seeing things with such startling clarity. The realisation that lawyering, fishing, parenting, selling cars and racing yachts had common themes was stunning. Not perhaps as stunning as...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, how much Key aro...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls
    MIL OSI – Source: Selwyn Manning – Analysis Headline: 5AA Australia – New Zealand’s Dirty Politics Aftermath and Polls 5AA Australia: On this week’s Across the Ditch bulletin on 5AA Australia, host Peter Godfery and Selwyn Manning discuss the aftermath...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • La’o Hamutuk calls for inquiry into Timor GAP ‘mismanagement’ of oil ...
    The Suai project on the South Coast … “liberated” land but confused communities.Photo: La’o Hamutuk David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. AN INDEPENDENT Timor-Leste development and social justice agency has called for an inquiry into the Timor GAP corporation...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • What Is Nicky Hager?
    WHAT WILL HISTORY MAKE of Nicky Hager? That slight, perpetually boyish, journalist who descends periodically, like the admonishing angel in a medieval mystery play, to trouble our consciences and wreak merry havoc with the orderly conduct of our political affairs....
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Can anyone in msm explain how after Dirty Politics that they all got played...
    Would you not think, that after reading Dirty Politics, that our mainstream media wouldn’t allow themselves to get tricked and played again by the VERY SAME discredited pundits? The best new feature on Radio NZ is their ‘Blog Watch’ and their...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Crusher Collins caught out lying about Privacy Commissioner – is this her...
    Crusher angry. Crusher smash own career. Crusher more angry. You would think that after getting outed as such a nasty, vicious piece of work in Dirty Politics, that Crusher would be scrambling to dial back the lies and manipulations. Apparently...
    The Daily Blog | 27-08
  • Cunliffe vs Key – first leaders debate
    This is your election ‘moderator’ – just one more reason an incoming Government need to sack everyone at TVNZ and reform it into an actual public broadcaster. The first leaders debate happens this Thursday, 7pm on TV One. I have...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – An Old and Honourable Profession
      When Dirty Politics started to reference an ex-prostitute I began to get antsy. My first response was “come on Nicky, we decriminalised in 2003. Its sex worker.” My second response was “Ah oh. Who was it and did they...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Bought and paid for: the dirty politics of climate denial
    Has climate denial in New Zealand been bought and paid for by corporate interests? We already know that the ACT Party’s routine denial is closely linked to the financial support the party receives from wealthy free market fundamentalist Alan Gibbs,...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • If the msm read The Daily Blog, THIS wouldn’t be a surprise – explainin...
    Yawn. How embarrassing for Hamish Rutherford and Andrea Vance, their breathless article today suggests that the idea of Labour and NZ First cutting a  deal over the buy back of assets  is some how new news. Silly mainstream media  journalists. If...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??
    Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement: MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Hip hop death threats – the selective outrage of our media
    PM death threat in hip hop songAn Auckland hip-hop crew slammed for releasing a song with lyrics that apparently include a threat to kill Prime Minister John Key are urging young people to enrol to vote. Kill The PM, by...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes
    Watch Slater turn into Key right before your eyes...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this!
    I don’t always agree with Patrick Gower – but he didn’t deserve this weird spear tackle from behind by his own company. I was listening to this interview at the time, and the awkwardness of it must be the worst...
    The Daily Blog | 26-08
  • Is it weird Radio NZ ban me yet still have….
    Is it weird Radio NZ ban me for life because I criticised the Prime Minister yet still have Matthew Hooton, David Farrar and Jordan Williams, 3 of the main protagonists revealed in Dirty Politics as part of their ongoing political...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Christchurch GCSB meeting – why mass surveillance matters in 2014
    This is the video for last weeks GCSB meeting in Christchurch. Don’t forget Nicky Hager’s public meeting Wednesday night in Auckland, TDB will live stream the event in the interests of our democracy. Broadcast starts 7.30pm here on TDB....
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Assange, Greenwald to appear at Town Hall meeting? + KDC is not the hacker ...
    Wikileaks founder and the engineer of revealing some of the largest abuses of power in the modern era, Julian Assange, is rumoured to be appearing at the September 15th Town Hall meeting. Assange would join award winning investigative journalist Glen...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Why Paula Bennett will be the next leader and Hooton throws the Prime Minis...
    I don’t think the public have any idea of the behind the scenes meltdown now occurring within National. There are plenty of decent right wingers who all have ethical standards who have looked at what their leaders have been doing and...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – That Awkward Feeling When Your Campaign Goe...
    Urgh. It’s a thankless and nearly impossible task politically firefighting some days. Somebody (who isn’t you, but who’s in your care, or whom you’ve got a close professional relationship with) does or says something stupid; somebody from the Media’s there...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Joe Trinder – Dirty politics goes viral
    Join the latest social networking craze this election that every Dog Cat and Jabba is putting on their facebook pages.     Joe Trinder – Ngāti Awa Born and born in Ōtepoti Ōtākou, Ex RNZN he is an Information Technology...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Blogwatch: An open letter to David Farrar: Please, be that guy
    Dear David, In light of  Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, you wrote a blog entitled ‘Some changes on Kiwiblog’ and you suggested it was time to tighten up ship on your website, saying “I want to improve trust in myself,...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • What The Hell Was That! Reflections on the media’s coverage of the Intern...
    WHAT, EXACTLY, DO WE KNOW about the confrontation outside Internet-Mana’s campaign launch? Well, we know the news media was there in force. We also know Internet-Mana’s media person, Pam Corkery, blew her stack. We know that Corkery’s outburst led the...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • NZ First candidate – homophobic, bennie bashing anti-intellectual clown
    Oh God, apart from Ron Mark, Tracey Martin, Curwen Rolinson and Winston before midday, the woeful cavalcade of political circus freaks NZ First seem to attract has picked up another hitchhiker. This time Epsom candidate Cliff Lyon who said this about Labour… “If...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Nicky Hager Public Meeting LIVESTREAM on The Daily Blog 7.30pm Wednesday 27...
    As part of our commitment to the 2014 Election debate, The Daily Blog will Livestream the Nicky Hager public meeting in Auckland, 7.30pm live from the Mt Eden War Memorial this Wednesday on this site. Doors open at 7pm. It...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Opening Night. It’s like an opera!
    On Saturday night just gone, we collectively experienced one of the premier panegyrys of political pageantry in our three yearly electoral cycle. For one glorious weekend evening every three years, it’s not the All Blacks or some Super 14 team, or...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, Unions – what ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking on Radio Hauraki...
    The Daily Blog | 25-08
  • Timor-Leste’s Parliament handed ‘humiliating’ defeat over harsh media...
    East Timorese journalists raise their hands to approve the Timor-Leste JournalistCode of Ethics in October 2013. Photo: Tempo Semanal/Cafe Pacific   David Robie also blogs at Café Pacific. PACIFIC SCOOP reported this week that East Timor’s Appeal Court had scrapped...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • THIS is why we need a public broadcaster!
    The richest 20% of us in NZ own 70% of the wealth, with 18% in the hands of the second richest quintile, and 10% in the hands of the middle quintile. Just 2 per cent was owned by people in...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • A vote for Key is a vote for this
    A vote for Key is a vote for this...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Why the Secret Intelligence Service feeding Cameron Slater information is s...
    Folks, it doesn’t matter if you are Right or Left, the issue of the Secret Intelligence Service being forced to feed a far right hate speech merchant like Cameron Slater with sensitive information is an ‘us’ issue. The SIS are...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • How lost and irrelevant are ACT?
    So ACT had it’s ‘launch’. Well, what passes as an ACT launch these days. Lot’s of anorak’s with that 1000 yard star and dreams of a Milton Friedman Free Market dancing behind their eyelids all crammed into a room small...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • National Party rowing advert aimed at Gen Xers
    Unkind wags such as myself would suggest that if the above were a real representation of National, it would look more like this…   National know they have the rural mob and the angry provincial vote locked in, with their...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • National Housing propaganda – McGehan Close Revisited
    .   . Housing has become a major, defining issue in New Zealand. We have critical shortages and escalating prices in  in the main centres and falling house values in the regions. The National government has addressed the supply &...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • The boldest, most creative and dynamic policy on employment for two generat...
    If you watched TV news last night you could be forgiven for thinking that a circus was on when Internet MANA launched its election campaign today. The reporting was abysmal but I won’t rehash it here because it’s been described...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Call for Aaron Bhatnagar’s resignation from govt body
    .   . One of the many sordid “bit”-players in Nicky Hager’s book, “Dirty Politics“, and one of Cameron Slater’s inner-cabal, is businessman, National Party card-carrying cadre,  and former city councillor, Aaron Bhatnagar; . . In 2008, Bhatnagar was caught...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Internet MANA announce free tertiary education & full employment – me...
    Internet MANA launch their campaign after an extraordinary road tour and after gaining 4% in the Colmar Brunton Poll, today should have been the start point for a momentous occasion  in progressive political history. It was, but sadly most won’t...
    The Daily Blog | 24-08
  • Privilege denies true representation of disability rights
    The human right of people with disabilities in New Zealand has come back into the spotlight by the Human Rights Commission. The report named ‘Making Disability Rights Real’ highlights some of the main issues as being adequate data collection, accessibility,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Election TV campaign ads – Opening Night
    . .The infamous National Party ‘Dancing Cossacks’ Attack advert  NZ, 23 August -  The election campaign “kicked off” on Saturday evening, with a one hour “televisual feast”. Party advertisements were broadcast for National, Labour, Greens, NZ First, United Future/Peter Dunne,...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Blogging vs Journalism vs Politics – The 7 latest revolting revelations
    So we now enter the most dangerous phase for National, the phase where the minutia of detail is so great now, the media have all the ammunition to keep asking questions that clearly show Key isn’t being honest in his...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • A positive story of political co-operation!
    .   . Wellington, NZ, 23 August - The following is a true story and shows how the natural inclination of the rank-and-file of our main left-wing parties is to work together… I’ve been in contact with both the Green...
    The Daily Blog | 23-08
  • Labour’s environment policy welcomed
    The independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird says that overall the Labour Party’s newly released environment policy would go a long way towards protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • National: Not our Future Marches across New Zealand
    Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government's track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to oppose National's...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Tune in to tonight’s debate from 7pm
    The countdown is on! You can watch the first leader’s debate for 2014 tonight, 7pm, on TV One ....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Gamblefree Day 1 September
    It's Gamblefree Day this Monday 1 September, the national awareness day for problem gambling in New Zealand. While traditionally celebrated on the first day of September, many events and activities are held both before and after this day to raise...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Success through captioning should be a given as a Right
    Success through captioning should be a given as a Right per the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Alcohol Marketing Committee Questions Government’s Motives
    An Independent Expert Committee on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (IECAAS) has been formed out of concern amongst alcohol and public health researchers about the government’s Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship (MFAAS)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • How Much Higher Can Auckland Prices Go?
    National's plan to liberalise the use of Kiwisaver funds and its proposal to raise ts cheap "Welcome Home" loan thresholds to help buyers purchase a new home has been welcomed by home building companies but attacked as a "welfare scheme...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • OPC submission period extended
    We have extended the submission period for the modified reassessment of a bee control affecting five organophosphate and carbamate insecticides (APP202142)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Vinay Deobhakta struck off roll of barristers and solicitors
    The New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal has ordered former Tauranga lawyer Vinay Deobhakta to be struck off the roll of barristers and solicitors....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Major parties to front up for Climate Voter election debate
    New Zealand’s main political parties will take part in ‘The Great Climate Voter Debate’ on September 3....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Family violence… too big to be ignored
    As Annah Stretton gears up for her New Zealand Fashion Week show on Thursday she is utilizing her spotlight to help change the face of family violence in this country saying “the problem is far too big to ignore”....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Candidate’s SOS to northern Maori voters: Save our seats!
    (Extract from address by Rev Te Hira Paenga to Kura Hourua Maori Political Leaders hui, in Whangarei this evening)....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Mary O’Neill to Stand for the Alliance in Napier
    The Alliance Party has confirmed Mary O’Neill as the Alliance candidate in the Napier Electorate for the 2014 election....
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • TONIGHT [28/8/14]: The Great Political Comedy Debate
    It's a night for debating. You could stay home frowning at tonight's Leaders debate, or laugh it up with us at BATS!...
    Scoop politics | 28-08
  • Cunliffe against personal responsibility over billboards
    The accusation by David Cunliffe that the Conservative Party is subscribing to a surveillance society by protecting its billboards via the use of motion sensor cameras reveals an anti-personal responsibility position by the about-to-be-retired Leader...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Groundbreaking health and climate conference
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is holding its first conference on climate change and health at its headquarters in Geneva this week, with New Zealand health experts in attendance....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te Tai Tokerau Party
    Last night at the Leadership Academy of Company A debate Clinton Dearlove announced the creation of a new political party supported by Whanau and Hapu....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Significant fallout from Dirty Politics allegations
    Dirty politics ... costing National up to 3.8% of its pre-publication support Large numbers of New Zealanders are aware of and talking about the issues raised as a result of the publication of Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, according to...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Colin Craig is “deluded and dangerous” – Act
    “Colin Craig is proposing a radical transformation of our constitution. The Conservatives are proposing to overthrow of one hundred and fifty odd years of parliamentary democracy and replace it with binding referenda” said ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • WoF law will evict the poor and students from their houses
    The Green warrant of fitness law will evict the poor and students from their houses, if they’re lucky enough to find a place to rent in the first place...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Police response to IPCA report on ‘out of control’ parties
    Police accept today's Independent Police Conduct Authority report recommendations regarding the handling of 'out of control' parties and has already improved its policies and practices for managing these complex and sometimes violent situations....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Review of Police handling of ‘out of control’ parties
    An Independent Police Conduct Authority review has found that Police are working to ensure officers called upon to deal with out of control gatherings in future are better trained to deal with the situations they may face....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Wynyard and NZ Police Announce Ground-breaking Partnership
    Auckland, 28 August 2014 - Wynyard Group, a market leader in advanced crime analytics software and services, today welcomed the New Zealand Police as a long term partner in its Crime Science Research Institute (CSRI)....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Polls confirm dirty politics out and the Conservatives in
    The latest 3News-Reid Research poll has the Conservative Party on 4.6 per cent which means they are virtually on their way to Parliament. Garth McVicar, the Conservative Party candidate for the Napier electorate believes the polls are proof that the...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Toke the Vote 2014: NORML’s guide to NZ cannabis policies
    NORML’s policy, renewed at our recent national conference , is to encourage supporters to vote for parties and candidates who will work to reform our cannabis laws....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Internet Mana List Embodies Modern Aotearoa
    An impressive mix of personal and professional skills, cultural backgrounds and ages marks the release of Internet MANA’s combined party list. “Our list highlights the calibre of talent woven throughout Internet MANA,” said leader Hone Harawira....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • The Dirty Politics Fallout
    Tonight’s 3News-Reid Research poll shows that the Conservative Party is on the verge of making it into the next Parliament, even without an electorate deal with National. The poll, conducted in the week following the release of Nicky Hager’s...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Te reo Māori trending at New Zealand Fashion Week
    Language and fashion express culture and identity so it’s fitting for the Māori Party to launch its te reo Māori policy at New Zealand’s premiere fashion event in Auckland....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Party And Candidate Lists for 2014 Election Released
    The Electoral Commission has released the nominations for the 2014 General Election, with 15 registered political parties and 554 candidates contesting the election....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Take Steps Against Child Poverty with Us!
    TAKE STEPS AGAINST CHILD POVERTY WITH US! Britomart to Aotea Square, Auckland, 11am, Saturday 6 Sept Music * Interactive Art * Stilt Walkers * Great Speakers * Plus more!...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Leading politicians to debate NZ’s role in the world
    Have you ever wondered where New Zealand stands when it comes to issues beyond our borders? Join Amnesty International's North Shore Group on Monday 1 September for a lively cross party debate and the chance to find out the answer...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Political Debate on Family Violence – Livestream
    The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence is happy to announce the upcoming political debate on Family Violence chaired by Professor Nicola Atwool of the University of Otago. Family Violence is a huge problem in our community and we invite representatives...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Politicians ignore 20% of New Zealanders
    Despite 20% of New Zealanders supporting it, none of the parties currently represented in Parliament endorse the legalisation of cannabis....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Company tax rates
    The Op Ed pages of the left-leaning New York Times are full of articles by economists supporting proposals to dramatically lower Company Taxes. These economists are urging the United States to lower company taxes and point to Canada where the...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Stephen Dudley Case: No appeal or review of discharge
    On 8 August 2014 Crown Law received a request from the office of the Auckland Crown Solicitor to consider a Crown appeal against the discharge without conviction entered in respect of M in the High Court at Auckland on 7...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Dudley Family Statement
    “We are utterly devastated at the news regarding the law not allowing for this unjustified discharge without conviction to be appealed....
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Chief Judge: Chief Sized Offender Bias
    “Justice by name, not by nature” states Ruth Money Sensible Sentencing Trust National Spokesperson, of Justice Helen Winkelmann’s decision to discharge without conviction the offender charged with the fatal attack on 15 year old schoolboy Stephen...
    Scoop politics | 27-08
  • Confusion over BPS Reducing Crime and Reoffending Results
    A survey has revealed widespread confusion – even amongst professionals in the justice sector – about what the government’s reducing crime and reoffending progress reports actually mean....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Commission condemns violent attack on Gay Wellingtonians
    The Human Rights Commission has condemned a violent attack on staff and patrons at a gay bar in central Wellington last Friday. GayNZ reported that the alleged attackers were abusive and violent when they realised the bar and the people...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • One down, 12 to go says Community Housing Aotearoa
    The Waimahia Inlet is a step in the right direction for community housing to deliver 20% of New Zealand’s social and affordable housing by 2020, says Community Housing Aotearoa. CHA Director Scott Figenshow says the sector has been set a...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Research considering changes to pedestrian crossing laws
    A University of Canterbury research project has been considering the costs and benefits of a range of potential changes to pedestrian crossing laws that would bring New Zealand in line with the rest of the world....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Dairy farmers and consumers at risk from unapproved GE Grain
    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must immediately test all maize and soy for presence of unapproved GE lines coming from the Americas....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • NZ on Air Refuse to Condemn “Kill the PM” Song
    New Zealand On Air has refused to condemn @peace’s 'Kill the PM' song, and will not provide any assurance that no further taxpayer money will be used to support groups that promote violence and political hate. Earlier today the Taxpayers’...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • iPredict Ltd 2014 Election Update #32
    The combined wisdom of iPredict’s 8000 registered traders suggests National has begun a recovery after its prospects crashed last week following the release of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics . The governing party’s forecast party vote is back...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Juicy carrot for prisoners alarming suggestion – McVicar
    The Conservative Party Justice Spokesman, Garth McVicar says the public will be alarmed to learn that the only tool the Corrections Department has available to get prisoners to behave is to offer them a juicy carrot....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Panel: Fiji’s Return to Democracy
    Fiji’s post-coup elections and their impact in the Pacific o What is the role of the media in the Elections? o How might New Zealand help Fiji on its return to democracy?...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Cross-party consensus on climate change critical
    Senior NZ health professionals welcome recent policy announcements on climate change by major political parties, saying cross-party consensus is critical to address this leading health issue....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Minister of Transport to Attend Election Debate Tomorrow
    Organisers of tomorrow night's transport debate in Auckland are delighted that Minister of Transport Hon. Gerry Brownlee will now be attending....
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Society Applauds Proposed NZ-Wide Risk Assessment
    The Wise Response Society is heartened to see that Labour' just released Climate Change policy includes formal support for the Society's call for a New Zealand-wide Risk Assessment. The Green Party has also formally acknowledged support for the Wise...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
  • Iwi Leaders welcome Labour policy on climate change
    Labour’s policy to stamp out price – gouging by big polluters that has cost New Zealand tax-payers $1.4 billion over the last 3 years and especially impacted low – income Maori households has been welcomed by Dr. Apirana Mahuika, Chairman...
    Scoop politics | 26-08
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