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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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    This is to advise all media that Hone Harawira will be available in Auckland tomorrow, Friday the 19th of September from 7am to 4pm for interviews relating to his recent press releases. If you are interested in interviewing Mr Harawira on...
    Mana | 18-09
  • Labour stands on proud record on Suffrage Day
    Women have come a long way in the 121 years since New Zealand became the first country to give them the vote on September 19 1893, but there is still more to do, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont says....
    Labour | 18-09
  • Polling Booths asked to treat Maori voters with respect
    “Polling booths without Maori roll voting papers, Maori people not being offered assistance to vote, people getting sent from Whangarei to Wellsford to vote, Maori people getting turned away from voting because they didn’t have their ‘easy vote’ card, Maori...
    Mana | 17-09
  • Aussie Liberals embroiled in Key campaign
    John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says....
    Labour | 17-09
  • The MANA Plan for Beneficiaries and Income in Waiariki
    Median Personal Income for Waiariki is $21,700. Over 13,000 Maori who live in Waiariki rely upon a form of government benefit including the Unemployment Benefit, Sickness Benefit, Domestic Purpose Benefit and the Invalids Benefit. “If you’re lucky enough to have...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Māori development crucial to New Zealand’s future
    Labour recognises the concern of Māori about child poverty and the rising costs of living, and in Government will make a real difference to the wellbeing of whānau and iwi, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “As our Māori...
    Labour | 16-09
  • MAORI PARTY – DON’T COMPLAIN … WALK
    “If the Maori Party are serious about stopping government spying on NZ citizens then they should tell the Prime Minister to either stop doing it or they will walk away” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira, on...
    Mana | 16-09
  • JOHN KEY SUPPORTING LABOUR
    “There is something really sick about a National Party Prime Minister coming out in support of a Labour candidate” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira, after hearing that John Key is urging voters to back Labour in...
    Mana | 16-09
  • SHUT DOWN THIS GOVT NOT KAITI WINZ – Nikora
    “I’m going to make it as hard for you to get help as I can” is Paula Bennett’s message to the people of Kaiti  said MANA candidate Te Hāmua Nikora today in response to the news that National will close...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Winegums make for better polling – Harawira
    I wanted to laugh when I saw the Native Affairs poll the other night (Hone Harawira 38%, Kelvin Davis 37%) because it was almost the same as the one they did back in 2011”, said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau...
    Mana | 16-09
  • The Leadership of MTS Lied – Harawira
    “Normally I’m happy to tell people that I was right but when I received the news about the staff cuts at Maori Television, I had nothing but sympathy for the three Maori media leaders who are going to be made...
    Mana | 16-09
  • Privileges Complaint Laid against Prime Minister – Harawira
    MANA Movement Leader and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has today lodged a Privileges Complaint with the Speaker regarding the Prime Ministers denials in parliament that he knew anything about Kim Dotcom before 2012. “Information made public today appears...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Sharples’ new appointments are out of order
    The new appointments to the Waitangi Tribunal announced by Dr Pita Sharples this morning are completely out of order given the election is just five days away, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “This Government continues to show disdain...
    Labour | 15-09
  • MANA Movement Housing Policy
    “When families are living in cars, garages, cockroach-infested caravans and three families to a house then we have a housing crisis”, said MANA leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira. “When you have a housing crisis for low-income...
    Mana | 15-09
  • Bigger than the Foreshore and Seabed – Sykes
    “Over the past week I have received some disturbing information that has led myself and a number of Maori lawyers to conclude that this National - Maori Party - ACT and United Future Government are going to put an end to both...
    Mana | 14-09
  • MANA wants Te Reo Māori petition fulfilled
    Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Annette Sykes, MANA candidate for Waiariki Te Hāmua Nikora, MANA candidate for Ikaroa Rāwhiti  “More than four decades have passed and the petition calling for Te Reo Māori in schools...
    Mana | 14-09
  • Primary focus on the critical issues
    A Labour Government will prioritise New Zealand’s agricultural sectors by recreating a Rural Affairs Minister and appointing a Primary Industry Council and a Chief Agricultural Adviser. Releasing Labour’s Primary Sector and Rural Affairs policies today, spokesperson Damien O’Connor says the...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Maori Television fears confirmed – Harawira
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    Mana | 12-09
  • More ghost houses from National
    The Government’s desperate pre-election announcement of more ghost houses won’t fool Aucklanders wanting action on the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “These are ghost houses, to go with National’s ghost tax cut. Families cannot live in ghost...
    Labour | 12-09
  • National bows to union pressure over travel time
    National has reluctantly bowed to pressure from unions and adopted Labour’s fair and sensible policy to pay home support workers for the time they spend traveling between clients, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “This decision is long overdue...
    Labour | 12-09
  • Predators on Poverty – Harawira
    “As poverty has ballooned out of control, the Predators on Poverty have emerged to suck the lifeblood from whole families and communities” said MANA Movement leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira. “They are deliberately targeting low-income areas, particularly those...
    Mana | 11-09
  • MANA Movement Policy Launch
    Predators on Poverty (pokie machines, alcohol outlets and loan sharks) 1pm, Thursday 11th September Corner Great South Road and Criterion Street Otahuhu Shopping Centre...
    Mana | 10-09
  • Eliminating Poverty – Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Otara | Internet MAN...
    A campaign to Eliminate Poverty, Feed the Kids, build more houses, and create thousands of new jobs, was outlined by Internet MANA at a public meeting in Otara this evening. When MANA and the Internet Party first sat down to...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Housing in Waiariki – Sykes
    Fact:  Under this National-Maori Party-ACT-United Future Government 61% of Maori in Waiariki do not own their own home and nearly 70% of Maori rentals in Waiariki pay $200 or more per week. “Maori in Waiariki have low rates of home ownership...
    Mana | 09-09
  • Charter school crisis shows time to axe costly experiment
    Dysfunction from day one at a Northland charter school shows it is time to dump this costly and failed experiment by the National-ACT Government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Te Kura Hourua ki Whangaruru received $27,000 in government funding...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Labour will crack down on loan sharks
    A Labour Government will crack down on predatory loan sharks by making it illegal both to charge exorbitant interest rates and to exploit uninformed borrowers, Labour’s Consumer Affairs Spokesperson Carol Beaumont says. Labour today released its Consumer Affairs policy which...
    Labour | 08-09
  • Let’s do the FEED before the weed
    “Last week I put out a very strongly worded email to my colleagues about an online promotion about cannabis law reform” said MANA leader and Tai Tokerau MP, Hone Harawira “and I stand by that criticism today.” My concern was...
    Mana | 08-09
  • TE KAEA and NATIVE AFFAIRS live to fight another day
    “I understand that both the chair of the Board of Maori Television, Georgina Te Heuheu, and new CEO, Paora Maxwell, are now saying that my comments this morning about their plans to cut Te Kaea and Native Affairs, were wrong, and that...
    Mana | 08-09
  • How come the PM only pays 2.8% of his income in tax – Harawira
    “Before John Key talks about the piddling tax cuts he plans for low and middle income families today he needs to explain why he only pays 2.8% of his income on tax while a minimum wage worker pays 28% tax,”...
    Mana | 07-09
  • THE DEATH OF INDEPENDENCE FOR MAORI TV
    “If what I’m hearing is true, tomorrow Maori Television Service (MTS) will dump its news programme, Te Kaea, and staff will lose their jobs” said MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira “and the Minister of Maori...
    Mana | 07-09
  • Labour recommits to Pike River families
    An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29...
    Labour | 06-09
  • Voting has started and still no tax plan or fiscal budget for voters to see
    "Even though voting for the election has already begun, National still refuses to provide any details of its proposed tax cuts. And Bill English admitted this morning that he won’t provide any specifics until after the election", Labour’s Finance spokesperson...
    Labour | 06-09
  • National’s partners’ tax plans cost at least $42 billion
    If National forms the next government its partners’ tax plans will cost the country at least $42 billion, and maybe as much as $50 billion, wreaking havoc with the books, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “National claims to be...
    Labour | 05-09
  • Labour: Providing more opportunities for young Kiwis
    A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Candles out on teachers’ slice of birthday cake
    Today may be Novopay’s second birthday, but there’s little to celebrate, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Novopay has cost the taxpayer tens of millions of dollars already, and the cost is still climbing....
    Labour | 04-09
  • National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country...
    National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. “Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful...
    Labour | 04-09
  • More evidence of the need to clean up the system
    The latest release of emails and messages between disgraced Minister Judith Collins and blogger Cameron Slater are more evidence of the urgent need to clean up politics, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This new evidence confirms a near constant flow...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Labour commits to stable funding for voluntary sector
    A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall. Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater...
    Labour | 04-09
  • Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour
    Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will make renting a better option
    Labour will provide greater security of tenure for renters, and build more state and social housing, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Labour believes every kid deserves a decent start in life. That means a warm, dry and secure home....
    Labour | 03-09
  • At least 15 new taxes under National
    John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming...
    Labour | 03-09
  • Labour will strengthen New Zealand’s democracy
    A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The health of any democracy is improved by greater...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement says tax cut on GST must be first priority – Minto
    “If Prime Minister John Key has money available for tax cuts then cutting GST must be the first priority”,  said MANA Movement Economic Justice Spokesperson John Minto. GST is a nasty tax on low-income families”, said Minto. “People in the...
    Mana | 02-09
  • The Maori Party’s Mana-Enhancing Relationship with National – Minto
    “First we had Cameron Slater and David Farrar backing Labour’s Kelvin Davis bid to unseat MANA Movement Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Hone Harawira.  Now we have Slater writing a pro-Te Ururoa Flavell article on his website, Whale...
    Mana | 02-09
  • There’s Only One Poll That Counts
    “One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette...
    Mana | 02-09
  • Local communities critical to Civil Defence
    Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran. Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups...
    Labour | 02-09
  • Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review
    A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today. “More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system...
    Labour | 02-09
  • MANA Movement Leadership stands strong behind Internet MANA relationship
    “There is now, and always will be, a range of views about many issues within our movement and members are free to express them, but Georgina’s views on Kim Dotcom are not shared by the MANA Movement leadership or the vast majority...
    Mana | 01-09
  • Rebuilding the New Zealand Defence Force
    A Labour Government will make it a priority to rebuild the capacity of the Defence Force to carry out the tasks expected of it, says Labour’s Defence Spokesperson Phil Goff. Releasing Labour’s Defence Policy today he said the NZDF has...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Voting turnout affected by bad weather?
    . . NZ, Upper Hutt, 20 September –  Cold, wet weather in the Hutt Valley, north of Wellington may be impacting on voter turn-out. A head-count of people visiting the Trentham School Voting Station in Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt, indicated...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Final total of advance voting
    And the final total for the advance voting was a staggering 717,579 advance votes against 334,558 in 2011       Tonight, I’ll be watching the TV3 election coverage because I could bare Paul Henry’s smugness one inch more than Mike Hosking’s...
    The Daily Blog | 20-09
  • Vice article on NZ election
    Here is my Vice article on the NZ election....
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • The attempt to kill off Internet MANA
    It’s the last day of campaigning today and the long list of those attacking Internet MANA got longer yesterday with Winston Peters backing Labour candidate Kelvin Davis against the MANA Movement’s Hone Harawira. Davis is now supported by Labour, National,...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • A final word on the election – it’s now all up to you
    Brothers & Sisters, the fate of Aotearoa is now all in your hands. We here at the Daily Blog have thrown everything we can at this bloody Government and have spent every waking hour of this campaign trying to highlight...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – ...
    I can’t tell what is National Party advert and what is the NZ Herald – but then again, I never could...
    The Daily Blog | 19-09
  • TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why Nati...
    TVNZ election coverage – white people telling other white people why National Party is great...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • REVIEW: Royals of Kihikihi
    What an absolutely stunning show.  I had to ask twice to check I’d heard right that this is the first staged production for Samuel Christopher, who also played a raw, real, but vulnerable, Wolf Royal, home from London for his...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • 800 Cops to detain 15 ‘terrorists’ – why Australia’s hysterical Isl...
    I’m sorry but I can’t take this current Australian terror threat seriously. 800 cops to detain 15 people and arrest one of them? A week after Abbot decides to send in Australian forces to the cluster fuck of Iraq, suddenly...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Unbelievable corruption inside Government to attack Kim Dotcom
    The corruption inside this Government just more and more filthy – we now have an ex-Customs Lawyer quitting  after being told to bury information that could embarrass the Government, specifically to do with Kim Dotcom… Curtis Gregorash said he was told...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Coalition for Better Broadcasting – Everyone Loves A Win-Win That Keeps G...
      Permit me to quote some figures at you… -68% of New Zealanders think political news on television focuses too much on politicians’ personalities and not enough on real issues. This is the key result of a recent UMR survey commissioned by...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of ...
    Jeremy Wells’ Mike Hosking rant on Radio Hauraki: Today, another week of being the most in demand broadcaster in the country...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • EXCLUSIVE: Te Tai Tokerau independent poll (44% Hone-27% Kelvin) vs Maori T...
    The Te Tai Tokerau Maori TV poll on Monday this week painted a bleak picture for Internet MANA supporters, and it’s results have been seized upon by Labour, NZ First and even the Maori Party (who seem set once again...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The time for TPPA weasel words is over
    Almost every day of the election campaign there has been a policy announcement that would potentially run foul of what I understand is currently in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA):  more constraints on foreign investment or investors … regulation of...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • MELTDOWN – Maori Party turns on their own Te Tai Tokerau candidate – ag...
    The tensions are building in Te Tai Tokerau with the Maori Party on the verge of meltdown. Days out from the election, the Maori Party Executive has tried to heavy their own Te Tai Tokerau Electoral Committee and their own candidate, Te Hira Paenga,...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • We Can Change this Government
    We Can Change this Government – Mike Treen at the First Union stop work election meeting...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Election 2014: For and Against
    With the general election tomorrow, we have had a very noisy campaign but little sign that the electorate wishes for a fundamental change of governmental direction. This reflects in part the fact that the economic cycle is close to its decadal...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eye To Eye Uploaded: Martyn ‘Bomber’ Bradbury
    This interview was filmed a couple of weeks ago between Willie Jackson and myself, I was a tad off with my prediction of NZ First....
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The Donghua Liu Affair – The Players Revealed
      . . – Special investigation by Frank Macskasy & ‘Hercules‘ Speculation that the Beehive office of Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, was behind the release of a letter linking Labour leader, David Cunliffe, with controversial Chinese businessman, Donghua Liu, is...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold NZ d...
    It should read ‘never stop spying’. As if you needed another reason to boycott Telecom/Spark – they sold us down the river to the US by allowing the Southern Cross cable to be tapped… The ability for US intelligence agencies...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • The NZ First-Labour Party attack strategy against Internet MANA better work
    The final days of the campaign are ticking down and Labour and NZ First are manoeuvring to kill off the Internet MANA Party by both backing Kelvin Davis for Te Tai Tokerau. It’s a risky gambit that they better pray to Christ...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Bill English’s latest insult to beneficiaries – apparently they are lik...
    National’s hatred towards the poor continues unabated as National desperately try to throw raw meat to their reactionary voter base in the hope to inspire enough hate and loathing to win back their redneck voters from the Conservative Party and from...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Eminem ain’t happy with John Key
    Eminem ain’t happy with John Key...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Key claims he did not inhale
    Key claims he did not inhale...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Final prediction on election result 2014
    What an election campaign. The character assassination of David Cunliffe kicked things off with the Herald on Sunday falsely claiming $100 00 bottles of wine, $15 000 books and $150 000 in donations  from a donor that turned out to be...
    The Daily Blog | 18-09
  • Live blog: Bainamarama takes commanding lead in Fiji elections
      Interview with Repúblika editor Ricardo Morris and Pacific Scoop’s Mads Anneberg. PACIFIC SCOOP TEAM By Ricardo Morris, Mads Anneberg, Alistar Kata and Biutoka Kacimaiwai in Suva WHILE the results are provisional at this stage, it is clear today that...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 5AA Australia: NZ Elections Two Days To Go! + Edward Snowden + Julian Assan...
    Recorded live on 18/09/14 – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/multimedia-investments-ltd 5AA Australia’s Peter Godfrey and Selwyn Manning deliver their weekly bulletin: Across The Ditch. This week, they discuss the latest news as New Zealanders go to the polls on...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What has Colin Craig done for his Press Secretary to quit 2 days before ele...
    This is VERY strange.  Colin Craig’s Press Secretary Rachel McGregor, has quit 2 days before the election, allegedly telling ZB that Colin Craig was a “very manipulative man”. I’ve met Rachel many times in the past as Colin’s Press Secretary, she is...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” – A brief w...
    “If you want steak, go to the supermarket and buy steak,” said Key in the final leaders debate. Problem of course is that the 250 000 – 285 000 children living in poverty can not afford steak, milk, butter, eggs...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • National’s final bash of beneficiaries before the election
    On cue, whenever National feel threatened, they roll out a little bennie bash just to keep their redneck voter base happy. Nothing like a bit of raw meat policy to keep National voters focused on the evil threat solo parents...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • With All Of This In Mind, I Vote
    This is my last blog before the election and I really just want to speak from the heart. Right now in this country it seems to me that a lot of people consider the “essentials” in life to be simply...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Left has to vote strategically this election
    The dedication, loyalty, and tribalism of party politics means that sometimes the left lets itself down by not voting strategically. We all want our favoured party to get maximum votes, naturally, but the winner-takes-all approach doesn’t always suit multi-party left...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Dear NZ – as you enter the polling booth, stand up for your rights
    The last days before a NZ general election are a busy time as politicians make their pitch and party activists prepare to get out the vote. It is sort of weird watching from the distance of Europe the strangest election...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • What is Waihopai, John, if it isn’t a facility for “mass surveillance...
    John Key assured us on RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme yesterday that “In terms of the Fives Eyes data bases… yes New Zealand will contribute some information but not mass wholesale surveillance.” How does this square with the operation of the...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Catherine Delahunty – Mass Surveillance and the Banality of E...
    Renowned journalist and intellectual Hannah Arendt coined the phrase “the banality of evil” to describe the normalisation of genocide in Nazi Germany. I thought of her phrase when I was listening to Glenn Greenwald and other international whistle-blowers talking about...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Election. Down. To. The. Wire
    Funny how last week it was John Key winning by 50%, now it’s neck and neck. I have always believed this election would be down to the wire and it is proving so. The flawed landline opinion polls the mainstream...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • 3rd Degree uses Whaleoil for story ideas as if Dirty Politics never happene...
    TV3s 3rd Degrees smear job on Kim Dotcom last night doesn’t bear much repeating. It was pretty pathetic journalism from a team who have brought us some great journalism in the past. It is sad to see 3rd Degree stooping...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Live blog: Bainimarama takes early lead in Fiji’s election
    Pacific Scoop’s Alistar Kata reports from yesterday’s voting. By Alistar Kata of Pacific Scoop in Suva Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama took an early lead in provisional results in the Fiji general election last night. With provisional results from 170 out...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Has The NSA Constructed The Perfect PPP?
    Former intelligence analyst and whistleblower, Edward Snowden – speaking live to those gathered at the Auckland Town Hall on Monday September 17, 2014. Investigation by Selwyn Manning. THE PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY’s admission on Wednesday that whistleblower Edward Snowden “may...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • No way – Key admits Snowden is right
    After claiming there was no middle ground. After claiming there was no mass surveillance. After calling Glenn Greenwald a henchman and a loser. After all the mainstream media pundits screamed at Kim’s decision to take his evidence to Parliamentary Privileges...
    The Daily Blog | 17-09
  • Bad luck National
    ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • The incredible changing John Key story on mass spying – why the Moment of...
    While the mainstream media continue to try and make the Moment of Truth about Kim’s last minute decision to prolong his battle against John Key past the election into the Privileges Committee, the reality is that the Moment of Truth...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Themes of the Campaign
    There’s one area of a political campaign that just about everyone, at some point, falls afoul of. The campaign song. I’m not sure quite why it is, but it seems to be almost impossible for political parties to come up...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • GUEST BLOG – Denis Tegg – The NSA slides that prove mass surveillance
    The evidence presented by Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden on The Intercept of mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB is undeniable, and can stand on its own. But when you place this fresh evidence in the context of...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Ukraine, United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland
    The Ukrainian civil war discomforts me. It seems to me the most dangerous political crisis since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. And it’s because of our unwillingness to examine the issues in a holistic way. We innately prefer to...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man – the relationship intensifies
    John Key’s love affair with the straw man is now a fully-committed relationship. It’s now the first love of his life. Sorry Bronagh. Yesterday I pointed to Key’s constant assurances that there is no mass surveillance of New Zealanders by...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • A brief word on why Wendyl Nissen is a hero
    Wendyl Nissen is a hero. The sleazy black ops attack on her by Slater and Odgers on behalf of Grocery Council chief executive Katherine Rich is sick. All Nissen is doing in her column is point out the filth and...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • She saw John Key on TV and decided to vote!
    . . NZ, Wellington, 15 September – ‘Tina’* is 50, a close friend,  and one of the “Missing Million” from the last election. In fact, ‘Tina’ has never voted in her life.  Not once. In ‘Tina’s’ own words, politics has...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Eminem sues National Party for unlawful use of ‘Lose yourself’ bhahahah...
    …ahahahahahahahaha. Oh Christ this is hilarious… National Party sued over Eminem copyright infringment US rapper Eminem is suing the National Party for allegedly breaching copyright by using his song Lose Yourself in its campaign advertisements. The Detroit-based publishers of Eminem’s...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Are the Greens about to be snookered by a Labour-NZ First Government?
    I wrote last week that it was smart politics that the Greens pointed out they could work with National, the soft blue vote that’s looking for a home in the wake of Dirty Politics isn’t going to Labour, so the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • Daily Election Update #12: NZ First to hold balance of power
    Winston Peters’ NZ First Party will hold the balance of power after tomorrow’s election, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Mr Peters is then expected to back a National-led...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election Day is Time to Refocus on Policies
    Over the course of this election campaign there has been a lot of focus on dirty politics and spying, and not a lot on policy. With election day looming, Gareth Morgan is calling for people to refocus on the issues....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • The Kiwi FM Alternative Election Commentary
    Saturday 20 September from 7pm on 102.2 Auckland, 102.1 Wellington, 102.5 Canterbury, or KiwiFM.co.nz...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Beneficiary Bashing unacceptable
    Kay Brereton of the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand says “ the comment made by Bill English yesterday comparing beneficiaries to crack addicts is shocking and incredibly poorly timed.”...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • UN Experience Beneficial
    Acclaim Otago representatives have just completed their participation at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability examination of the New Zealand government in Geneva, Switzerland. "It was an interesting two days which we believe has...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Changing face of NZ should be reflected in newsrooms
    With Fairfax Media’s Journalism Intern search closing on Sunday, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is urging aspiring journalists from Maori, Pacific and ethnic communities to apply. The deadline was recently extended to 10pm, Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • SPCA expresses concern over toxin in waterways
    Ric Odom CEO of Royal NZ SPCA has expressed concern over the toxic poison 1080 entering waterways, but DoC, Council’s and Ministry of Health have colluded to make it legal....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 13-18 September
    Below is iSentia’s final weekly Election Index, covering the period 13-18 September and showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. The methodology used...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Epsom Candidate (Adam Holland) More Liberal Than ACT
    For the past four years I, like 500,000 other New Zealanders, have been illegally smoking cannabis for medicinal purposes and/or even just for the occasional laugh with friends on the weekend. We don't hurt anybody, we don't cause nuisance, we...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Left Coalition Will Save Dolphins
    A left coalition would safeguard both Māui and Hector’s dolphins, as well as revive our inshore ecosystems. Labour, Internet Mana and the Green Party all have strong policies in place for dolphin protection. The Maori Party, and to a certain...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Waihoroi Shortland: Ngāti Hine is not standing alone
    The Chairman of Te Rūnanga a Iwi o Ngāpuhi, Sonny Tau is blowing smoke worthy of a Dotcom rally with claims that Ngati Hine is standing alone in its opposition to Tūhoronuku says the Chairman of Te Rūnanga o Ngati...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Oceania voices on environment loud and strong
    While money and energy continues to be spent on global talks about climate change, Pacific islanders are scrambling to build sea walls out of sticks, stones, shells and coral, to protect their lands and homes from erosion and rising sea...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Prime Time with Sean Plunket – Tonight
    No MPs tonight --- the campaign will be over at 9 30. Instead we will look back --- and possibly forward on what we have learned and what might happen. Listener Political Columnist Jane Clifton Editor in Chief, NZ Herald,...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Election fails to address youth financial wellbeing
    Young people don’t feel included in New Zealand’s financial success and believe inequality is a problem, according to a new survey conducted by Westpac’s Fin-Ed Centre at Massey University....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Winston’s Waffle doesn’t hide the facts
    The Conservative Party is celebrating the ASA's finding announced today that rejected all but one of the complaints raised against its controversial “Conservatives or Peters” pamphlet. “Despite pages of complaints from Peters legal team the only...
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • NZ Independent Coalition looking forward to tomorrow
    “Our team is looking forward to tomorrow. It is a real opportunity to reclaim politics for the people,” said NZ Independent Coalition leader Brendan Horan....
    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Insights Issue 35/2014 – 19 September 2014
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    Scoop politics | 19-09
  • Special voting arrangements made for NIWA crew
    One of the most unusual polling stations for this year’s general election is in the middle of the ocean miles from land. NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa, has been doubling as a polling booth for crew and scientists at sea....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Tourism operators urged to vote strategically
    Tourism operators should make sure they know their local candidates’ view on tourism and use their vote to support the country’s second largest export industry, says Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA)....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • WGTN: March for free education
    We are students, university staff, and members of the community. Whichever parties form a government after September 20th, we are demanding an end to corporatisation of education....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Evidence of Corruption a National Scandal
    Internet Party leader Laila Harré will take evidence of corruption to international forums if there is not a full Royal Commission to investigate the growing evidence of the systematic use and abuse of democratic institutions and processes for political...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt continues to throw money at charter school experiment
    Official documents reveal the three primary sector charter schools approved last week will cost $2 million to set up as well as divert another $1.5 million of potential taxpayer investment from local state schools next year....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ACT Final Election Rally
    Elections campaigns are an opportunity for political parties to put candidates and policy to enable voters to choose what sort of New Zealand we want. In this campaign there have been three tests by which you can assess the electoral...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Taxpayers on Hook Again for Solid Energy
    Responding to the Fairfax article that taxpayers are extending another $103 million to keep Solid Energy afloat, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Invermay Petition Tops 10,000 Signatures
    People across New Zealand continue to express their disgust at the downgrading of Invermay, says Dunedin North MP David Clark, as the Save Invermay petition he instigated earlier this year topped the 10,000 signature mark just days before the 2014...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar vows to continue fight for police
    Garth McVicar stated at a public meeting last week that he would fight to retain a 24/7 Police Station in Napier and no reduction in the number of police staff for the Hawkes Bay region, some said he was simply...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Party Vote Our Weapon in Fight Against Government Corruption
    Internet MANA urges New Zealanders to use their party vote to confront corruption in any new government....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Election day is tomorrow – make sure you’re a part of it!
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Is the Shape of our Government out of the hands of Voters?
    In the last stuff.co.nz / Ipsos Political Poll before Saturdays election, National is down 5.1% to 47.7% and Labour up 3.7% to 26.15%. These results are remarkably similar to the 2011 election where National received 47.3% of the vote and...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Spirit of Suffrage a Call to Action for All Kiwi Women
    Internet MANA is drawing on the courage and integrity of New Zealand women on Suffrage Day – Friday, September, 19 – to encourage them to pay tribute to the spirit of their foremothers who gained women the vote....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Live Election Night Coverage on TV And Online
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    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Judge’s Decision Disappoints Fish & Game
    Today’s decision to give a Temuka man 100 hours of community service for selling sports fish to the public has disappointed Fish & Game, which believes the sentence handed down was “too lenient and will not go far enough to...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Cutting-Edge Graphics Fire up TV3’s Election Night Coverage
    TV3’s Election Night coverage, hosted by John Campbell, will be enhanced by cutting-edge graphics that will showcase the night’s results....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Govt rushes to open charter schools in New Year
    The government’s decision to approve four new charter schools last week to open in January next year goes against the Minister of Education’s own advice that the schools ought to have at least a year’s preparation time....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • 7 Days And Jono And Ben at Ten Hijack Election Weekend
    The 7 Days and Jono and Ben at Ten (JABAT) comedians are running their own version of election coverage, with a schedule of entertainment and comedy across TV3, Kiwi FM, the web and social media this Friday and Saturday under...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Fewer Prisoners Equals Less Crime
    In its latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and other Crazy Stuff’,’ at http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/09/krill-and-womble-independent-policy.html , Rethinking Crime and Punishment urges government to rethink its approach to releasing prisoners. “The public expectation is that the excellent reductions in the crime...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • McVicar slams his political opponents
    I want a safe and prosperous society and that can only be achieved if we have strong and vi-brant families – McVicar...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Falling economic growth – wage rises overdue
    “The lower GDP growth in the three months to June is further evidence that growth has peaked. New Zealand’s economy is on the way down to mediocre growth rates,” says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg. “Yet wage rises are still weak...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Get Out and Vote campaign a success
    Tens of thousands of workers from all around New Zealand have embraced the Get Out and Vote campaign and have created their own personalised voting plan, the CTU said today. “With three days of voting left in the 2014 General...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Animal Research Failing – So Do More Animal Research?
    Victoria University of Wellington is about to host a lecture on why the success rates of pharmaceutical development is so low and what can be done about it. The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society (NZAVS) welcomes discussion on this important...
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • ALCP welcomes Prime Minister’s cannabis comments
    Mr Abbott's comments came on the same day as New South Wales and Victoria states announced they would be doing clinical trials of cannabis....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • Conservative Party Press Secretary Resignation
    The Conservative Party is given to understand that this morning Press Secretary, Miss Rachel Macgregor resigned althought no formal advice of this has yet been received....
    Scoop politics | 18-09
  • By ACT’s logic, Epsom should vote for Conservative Candidate
    “Polling released late in the campaign shows that ACT is a busted flush and that by ACT’s own logic, centre-right Epsom voters should vote for the Conservative candidate”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • New online medical system
    Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is seeking registrations of interest for a new onshore panel physician network to support an online immigration health processing system....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Students, You Have a Choice, Vote!
    The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) is imploring students to ensure they make their voices heard this election, and join the many thousands who have already heeded the call....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Party vote ACT for three years of stability.
    Voters who are concerned that on the latest polls we may be heading for three years of instability have it in their hands to deliver a decisive result....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Women’s Suffrage Movement – Get Out and Vote!
    Tomorrow, Friday 19th September, MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes, will cast her vote at 12 noon at the Zen’s Building, Rotorua. This will follow a march through Rotorua that will assemble at 10am at City Focus, Rotorua. The...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • iPredict Daily Update
    David Cunliffe and Labour have made gains over the last 24 hours, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict, but John Key’s National is still strongly expected to lead the next...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Conservative’s Proposal to Abolish Parole Fatally Flawed
    The Conservative Party’s proposal to abolish parole doesn't stack up, however which way you look at it, concludes Kim Workman in Rethinking Crime and Punishment latest blog, ‘Abolishing Parole and Other Crazy Stuff’ at http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/2014/09/krill-and-womble-independent-policy.html...
    Scoop politics | 17-09
  • Special Edition : The letter 18 September 2014
    Dr Jamie Whyte has been giving thoughtful speeches largely unreported. So we thought we would put out an edited version on the speech he gave yesterday. The full speech is on the website....
    Scoop politics | 17-09
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