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The Herald is turning against the Government

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, May 11th, 2014 - 92 comments
Categories: corruption, john key, Judith Collins, Media, national, paula bennett, same old national - Tags: , ,

Yesterday’s and today’s Heralds have a fascinating collection of articles all suggesting that patience with this Government is running thin.

Firstly more questions relating to Donghua Liu’s extraordinary treatment by Maurice Williamson were raised.  Adam Bennett reported that Williamson had in the past lobbied three different Ministers of Immigration seeking a relaxation of the entry rules for wealthy immigrants.  He was also present at the meeting where Dunedin based Michael Woodhouse paid a house call to Mr Liu at his Auckland hotel.  As well as his lobbying efforts Williamson also personally swore Liu in as a New Zealand citizen as well as finding him a house in Pauanui and attempting to get police to review his prosecution.  His dedication to serving someone who is not even a constituent is extreme.

The look is not good.  A rich businessman donates large sums of money to National and gets preferential treatment.  If National had changed the immigration policy as Liu had asked its future would have been sealed.  National MPs must be pleased that the party did not succumb to the temptation.  If there is work being performed on changing this particular aspect of Immigration policy National is toast for a long time.

To add to Williamson’s woes there is a story today on how he failed to declare a Samsung Galaxy phone in his register of pecuniary interests.  His justification is that it was a loan rather than a gift and the value was less than $500 although this seems unlikely.  The sense of entitlement is strong in this one.  A question that springs to mind is how did the Herald find out about this?  The RPI is not subject to the Official Information Act 1982.

Then Audrey Young wondered if Judith Collins’ hopes of becoming the next leader of the National Party have been dashed and she wondered if, shudder, Paula Bennett may be the next senior ranking female in National’s caucus and Collins may not survive as a Minister.

The extent of Collins’ demise can be measured by the fact that the big question is no longer whether she has damaged her chances of leadership. The question is whether she will survive as a minister.

The comments about Paula Bennett are fascinating.  If she is the answer to National’s problems then they have major problems.  Her pugnacious stupidity reminds me of Pauline Hanson in her prime.

About Collins Young said the following:

She [Collins] had already suffered the ignominy of a lecture in caucus by Bill English – “we support you as a colleague but not your actions” was the gist of it – on top of the Prime Minister telling the country she should take some time off.

Tolley has been by Collins’ side most of the week, but on Tuesday Paula Bennett joined the support team.

And about Bennett Young said the following:

Both Collins and Bennett declined to talk to the Weekend Herald, but there is no mistaking that Bennett is on the ascendancy in terms of her influence in the party.

It was happening before the Collins decline, but it is more obvious now.

Bennett got the seat she wanted in Upper Harbour. She has recently been appointed to National’s campaign committee.

She has the active patronage of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister and would almost certainly leapfrog over Collins in the rankings were National to get a third term – assuming Collins survives.

If National did not win a third term, Bennett, who entered Parliament in 2005, could well be a contender for at least deputy leader.

And to add to the depressing news for National normally supportive commentator John Armstrong thinks that the wheels have fallen off National’s reelection campaign.

Tempting as it must have been to have done so, John Key apparently did not read the riot act to his fellow National MPs at their weekly closed-door caucus meeting last Tuesday.

That was probably wise of the leader. His colleagues did not need a lecture. What they wanted was reassurance.

Puzzled, befuddled and frazzled, they would have wanted answers to three questions – why are things suddenly turning to custard for National, what on earth is going to happen next and what are they going to do about it.

National is floundering. This may turn out to be a temporary aberration, and Key will call on every device in his political repertoire to ensure that it is.

But right now, it feels as if the political gods are bored with the widely-held assumption that National will cruise to victory in September’s election and have decided to throw obstacles in its way.

Even Rodney Hide thinks that the Government has had a week from hell.  Of the Williamson and Oravida scandals he said:

The two stories run together create an odorous pattern: Chinese immigrants, political donations, favoured treatment. The faintest whiff of corruption is the last thing the Government needs.

Williamson’s resignation was quick, clean and over. Meanwhile, Collins’ “short private dinner”and “quick glass of milk” drag on.

Screwing up in politics is forgivable and survivable. What is not forgivable – or survivable – is not killing the story stone dead. That is Collins’ predicament. Her screw-up is proving an ongoing sore and distraction.

There are still the cheerleaders.

John Roughan thinks that Judith Collins’ actions relating to Oravida are acceptable because New Zealand as a whole benefitted.  He concedes that she was in breach of the Cabinet Manual requirements.  His suggested rewrite of the rules is bizarre because then every Minister would be free to pursue business interests as long as they could show an advantage for the country as well.  This would be a recipe for blanket corruption.  I cannot believe that he said this.

But National must be worried that one of its strongest media supporters is now openly critical of its performance.

92 comments on “The Herald is turning against the Government”

  1. captain hook 1

    It looks as if the general seaminess of this avaricious and greedy gang is at last showing the nation what their true colours are and the public dont like it. wail boil might be good for a larf but he is rotten to the core and the thought of him and others like him being close to a government in power is becoming intolerable to the voters

  2. Visubversaviper 2

    One would like to think so. However, I have my suspicions that this is part of a temporary “see we are not biased” strategy a safe 5 months out from the election and that there will be a speedy return to default position of editorial mouths fixed to John Key’s backside which has marked the last 7 or so years.

    • blue leopard 2.1

      +1 Visuberversaviper – I have similar misgivings

    • greywarbler 2.2

      The line about editorial mouths fixed to Jks backside made me think of sucker fish or the scientific name remora (the fish not the commercial brand).
      https://www.google.co.nz/?gws_rd=cr&ei=A7JuU8H5HI3KkwXhlYDYBg#q=remora+images

      These are explained by Encyclopaedia Britannica –
      remora, also called sharksucker or suckerfish, any of eight species of marine fishes of the family Echeneidae (order Perciformes) noted for attaching themselves to, and riding about on, sharks, other large marine animals, and oceangoing ships. Remoras adhere by means of a flat, oval sucking disk on top of the head. The disk, derived from the spiny portion of the dorsal fin, contains a variable number of paired, crosswise plates.

      Remoras are thin, elongated, rather dark fishes from 30 to 90 cm (1 to 3 feet) long; they live in warmer waters and are found around the world. Remoras feed on the leavings of their hosts’ meals or, in some instances, act as cleaners by eating the external parasites of their transporters.

      Sounds but doesn’t look like Whaleoil but could apply to many journalists. Have a look at how they operate on divers.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEWC2Fr07tE

    • Rodel 2.3

      Visubversaviper
      I agree. Watch the pendulum swing back as the election nears.
      With apologies to Oscar Wilde? ..”A politician is remembered for the last thing that the media reported.”

    • Draco T Bastard 2.4

      +1

      Exactly what I was thinking. Leopards do not change their spots.

    • Once was Tim 2.5

      +2. We’ll just have to keep track of their current stance and recite it ad nauseam back to them.
      It’s not just the Herald or Stuff either. Susan – I’m an incisive, investigative journalist – Wood is even at it (Geez I wish that specimen would fuck off back to Australia – she’d go down well at Skoi – she could become one of Paul Murray’s regulars, and look simply gorgeous while she’s at it).

    • emergency mike 2.6

      Yep, seen this movie before…

  3. Ergo Robertina 3

    ‘The comments about Paula Bennett are fascinating. If she is the answer to National’s problems then they have major problems. Her pugnacious stupidity reminds me of Pauline Hanson in her prime.’

    She’s underestimated the way Key was. They’re similar; obviously the pulled-themselves-up back story, but also their way of batting off issues and dissembling while somehow sounding reasonable to the general population.
    She doesn’t remind me of Hanson at all. In fact, in her pugnacious cunning, she resembles Key.

    • felix 3.1

      +1

    • greywarbler 3.2

      +2

    • Naturesong 3.3

      Yup, having lived in Australia at the time Hansen appeared as a political force (to the horror of every Australian I knew – including those I worked with), Paula Bennett is nothing like her.

      Hansen can charitably be described as pig ignorant, and a proud racist. None of Paula’s more subtle bene bashing (wink, wink) there.

      Paula is far more dangerous, though I suspect, not skilled enough to make it to the top of the National Party (I’d love for her to lead National as I don’t see the broader electorate wanting her as a PM)

      • Tracey 3.3.1

        they bash beneficiaries for a reason. its not jusy high earners that buy the bludger meme.

    • sabine 3.4

      Ahhh, the Paula Bennett Myth……………

      Nope, boots and straps were provided to Paula Bennett by the Government in form of Welfare, Study aid and Mortgage Aid.

      Without the Government help Paula Bennett received she would be nowhere, literally.

      Let her deny that she did it all by herself, and that the aid from the Taxpayer that she received was not what got her going in life as a young single mother.

    • Once was Tim 3.5

      +3

      Sorry to have to state the bleeding obvious, but like some of her other contemporaries – she ain’t exactly the brains of Britain. Oydeeolgee learned parrot-fashion …. or as her mate Soimun would say – “she got ‘learnings'” which seem to go well with her confusion over which is her mouth, and which is her R Sole. And it’ll sure as hell take a lot more than nit cure to sole that problem.

      Such IS the state of the National Party unfortunately. Bugger-all new ideas to rub together, and an up-and-coming bunch of thicknesses combined with a brand which provides their sense of entitlement and arrogance. We see it daily on here as the various trolls pop up when they feel threatened to spout their dogma. (Queue any one of them about to post “You don’t know me very well”).

      I genuinely wish it were otherwise – if only because governments of whatever persuasion need an effective opposition.

    • mickysavage 3.6

      I guess I have a very negative view of Bennett having seen her in action ever since she was elected. I do think that Key is in a class of his own.

    • Tracey 3.7

      agree. her default to lie when asked about cc, reminded me of an apprentice key. but her interesting statements on benefits and beneficiaries at best misleading, like the people going overseas, is from the key playbook.

      i sense nats donors were hoping for bridges but he has failed his training so far.

      i would have liked to see bennett against carmel again… shes already left her electorate having her meeti gs out in hobsonville.

  4. tricledrown 4

    National and its coalition partners are damaging our political systems.
    Corrupting Democracy for political gain.
    Dunne on the Alcohol tobacco Legal Highs teat.
    Banks the list is to long.
    National blatantly on the take the Hollow Men are still in charge.
    New Zealanders like a fair and even playing feild National are abusing the trust voters put in them to keep to the higher standard that PinoKeyO promised endlesly at 2008 this broken promise is just one more straw that’s broken the camels back..
    National are in deep trouble a royal visit couldn’t even produce a dead cat bounce.
    While Aron Gilmore and dorice Williamson were unceremonially sacked t(sacrificed) to make Key look strong.
    The lack of action on Collins is making Key look very weak.
    This close to an unloosable election Keys Knighthood is a gone burger.

    • Chooky 4.1

      +100..trickledown……”gone burger”…hope so!…and “dead cat bounce”…lol…Collins an “albatross around the neck” of NACT….Dunne “done his chips”….Williamson shown he is there for the highest bidder…in other words corrupt….Key stuck in his quagmire nest of rats ….Queenie NOT amused….

      …the Herald finally forced to be heraldic

      ….meanwhile the Cunliffe side looking more and more like a “well oiled team” ready for New Zealand governance 2014 !…..and long may they last !…..a NEW ERA…..the Dark Ages over

      • Liberal Realist 4.1.1

        Whist I sincerely hope that the public have woken up to the fact we’re currently governed by a bunch of self serving pirates, but we’re still 132 days out from the election. Key & Co will pull out every dirty trick in the ‘top drawer’ in the attempt to smear their opponents right up until election day.

        The opposition will need to keep the pressure up on current and any future scandals to keep MSM focused on Nact’s corrupt practises, lest The Herald et al slide back into their ‘default position’ – that the election is theirs to influence on behalf of an unwitting public in Nact’s favour.

        • Tracey 4.1.1.1

          and there is little evidence yet that labour has changed itsneo lib, whatever it takes to have power, spots

  5. Sanctuary 5

    John Roughan is clearly in Collin’s camp, and his piece is redolent of the bonkers and out-of-touch sense of entitlement that the Auckland city C&R/Nats are now infamous for. Wewege, Slater, Roughan, Collins, Williamson, Brewer, Quax – Long may they continue, they are Labour’s best weapon.

    I thought Hekia Parata was Key’s pet leadership project. She has fallen so far that if National win (God forbid) she may be deep-sixed to Washington. Collins is now exposed as a wing nut, English has already been leader once and look where that got them and Joyce has all the electoral appeal of an over-ripe mango. I don’t know how smart Paula Bennett is, but she DOES have some cross-over appeal to the more conservative elements of working class voters and beneficiary bashing is always wildly popular in the salons of the landlords and rentiers that make up the National party base, she has not been identified as part of any faction (compromise candidate) and could be the last woman standing when the factional cat fight dust settles.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 5.1

      Wondered about Roughan, is he angling for a senior job in the beehive ?

      I recently have been reading about the Tories in Britain leading up to WW2. Appeasement was the policy of Chamberlain, but there was a small coterie opposed including Churchill

      The book has the Editor of the Times ( Dawson) admitting he worked hard at preventing articles that were critical of Hitler being published and most outrageous he admitted changing the text of speeches of others that were printed.
      ( Troublesome Young Men – Lynne Olson)

      I wonder if Roughan has also been mothers little helper for National in the pages of the Herald over the years

  6. Paul 6

    Don’t get excited.
    They want you to vote ACT

  7. Tanz 7

    It’s just a blip. They will still most likely govern alone. The Herald will forget. Today’s news, tomorrow’s fish and chips’ paper.

  8. ianmac 8

    In John Roughan’s words: If any minister visiting China knew of an exporter she could help simply by showing up for a dinner with a border official, I think she should. The fact that she had a family connection to the company sounds less like a conflict of interest than a conjunction of interests to me.
    This is a Key trick. Twist and wriggle in spite of the facts. Hmmrp!

    • Tracey 8.1

      roughan also states he believed collins breached the cabinet manual and instead of going on to talk of the importanxe of ethics and that she must go, he wants the manual further diluted.

      if its not against the law its ok, is what roughan and nats are saying. the law only sets a minimum level of acceptable behaviour. too many people use it as the highest.

      how much tax did oravida pay lasy year, thats probably one tangible way to decide if collins actions were good for nz, apart from the spotlight being on our politicians and societys complete lack of ethics.

  9. ianmac 9

    Rob Salmond is there as well writing about the upcoming Budget. Watch out for:
    Governments often send tens of thousands of letters trumpeting the Budget’s new initiatives, complete with pages of “model families”, so bored people can see how pretend people will fare.

    You know the ones:”Bill earns $30,000 and Jill earns $70,000. Each has one leg. Thanks to the Budget, Bill and Jill receive an extra $12.78 + GST a week in the Government’s Have Extra Legs Pronto (HELP) scheme.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11252973

  10. Red Rosa 10

    A bad week for the National Party, but a good week for NZ.

    So….1. the Nats are confirmed as for sale.

    Their supporters have (a lot) more money than the rest of us.
    Therefore, they can win elections and run the country. Easy, innit?

    Key is the slick salesman for a deeply corrupt crew, with an Extreme Right agenda smoothed over and sugar coated. He has had a plausible line on everything, until…now.

    The ACT budget unveiled this week will be the Nats’ next, make no mistake. If they get the chance!

    However, there must a be a lot of traditional Nats recoiling from these $ revelations. Let’s hope they have some conscience, and will at least stay away from the polls in September. Maybe even vote Green!

    Could be 2002 all over again.

  11. RedBaronCV 11

    Is the Herald leading it’s readership or following it. There is barely a positive comment attached to Nact favourable stories, and any spinning is called pretty quickly. I’m assuming they are filtering out all but the most civil comments, which makes one wonder just what the other comments look like.

  12. [Roughan's] suggested rewrite of the rules is bizarre because then every Minister would be free to pursue business interests as long as they could show an advantage for the country as well. … I cannot believe that he said this.

    Oh, I can. It’s what countless Kiwiblog commenters have been saying for months now.

    Puzzled, befuddled and frazzled, they would have wanted answers to three questions – why are things suddenly turning to custard for National, what on earth is going to happen next and what are they going to do about it.

    Why would they be puzzled? They’ve got cabinet ministers enthusiastically adopting the Third World approach to politics, and the media have noticed. NZ is a First World country and we don’t like corrupt politicians – National is accordingly being dipped in shit right now by journos, pundits, the Opposition, you name it. There’s no great mystery to unravel here.

    What to do about it? Uh, duh-uh… Gee, that’s a tough one, huh guys? I’m no fancy spin doctor of the Matthew Hooton variety, but have you considered maybe dropping the corrupt practices? Seems like that would be a start…

    • Draco T Bastard 12.1

      What to do about it? Uh, duh-uh… Gee, that’s a tough one, huh guys? I’m no fancy spin doctor of the Matthew Hooton variety, but have you considered maybe dropping the corrupt practices?

      Considering that National are inherently psychopathic that would be a no.

  13. Tiger Mountain 13

    Casinos make sure the house appears to lose now and again (researchers and expert gamblers know about the percentages of the mathematically calculated “House Edge”) or they would have no customers.

    Similarly The Herald runs a few articles questioning National’s behaviour, which is better than not running any one supposes, to keep in with some of its readership that actually take it seriously. But in the overall rancid outpour of what passes for journalism these days The Herald never runs truly complimentary articles about the opposition or left issues; and in fact campaigns against the left with all the means at its disposal. e.g. Len Brown, not that Len Brown is exactly left but they are now down to barrel scrapings about his phone usage as that particular campaign sputters out. Rachel Glucina’s gossip column being used to seed Crosby Textor scripts–Collins ill etc.

  14. Sanctuary 14

    “…They’ve got cabinet ministers enthusiastically adopting the Third World approach to politics, and the media have noticed…”

    I work with an upper-caste, very religious Indian woman fresh of the boat from New Delhi. She is so fresh off the boat that she spends most of her time telling me how our welfare system is crime, because of the Hindu variation of the “rich man in his castle, poor man at his gate. The Lord God almighty made them both, and ordered their estate” thing. Same with public health, if God ordains you die of an infection because you can’t afford antibiotics, so be it. This is all to often the sort of new migrant we are getting – People from third world countries with no affinity or understanding of our welfare state, it’s history or the collective achievements of our forebears.

    Anyway, her husband had his photo taken with John Key and she was beside herself with joy at her proximity to power, she talked about Key like he was some sort of God who could smooth their path to a secure job on the railways or something. She simply cannot understand what all the fuss about Collins is about. In her (third) world view, the whole point of being in the ruling class is to mutually enrich each other. The lower castes should meekly accept they have no place at the high table, go away, and die quietly in the hope of a better life second time round.

    • greywarbler 14.1

      sanctuary
      Your comment reminds me of misgivings I have had about the attitude of people coming to live here from other countries. They generally are very aspirational, for themselves, and may be hostile to some of the policies we have instituted here. They want the better life they think they can have here, but do not want to learn about and fit in with our ways of doing things, the balance of life we have achieved. So some come here and start criticising our Maori policies, our Treaty repayments and so on. The Chinese seem to be very keen on the individualistic approach.

      The advanced policies for fair treatment of all that NZ has instituted are considered an imposition which many immigrants criticise and want to change to suit themselves. There is something badly wrong with the thinking of such people who cannot accept the culture of the land they move to when it is beneficial to others beside themselves. NZs should be aware that such people will act to dismantle our responsible state into one providing largesse and advantages for the most aggressive accumulators.

      Recently a friend returned from a visit to China, noticeable was how expensive things were, and when there was a buffet table, the Asian people flocked to it and created a Wall of China between other diners and the food. It sounded a very competitive society lacking in grace and courtesy. But I haven’t talked in detail yet. Those were first impressions and may have been balanced by happier experiences.

      • Matthew 14.1.1

        By far the most racist migrants are Brits and white South Africans —you should hear the conversation among a bunch of white migrant engineers – Canadians, South Africans, and Poms concerning Maori policies. Never hear this stuff from Chinese, and only a little from Indians – in my experience.

        I was working on a Mainzeal site about a decade ago —there was this white South African quantity surveyor absolutely flabbergasted that a colleague who was a fellow African but one that was ‘black as the ace of spades’ was allowed into the country.

        The Chinese seem OK —-also all over the Western world they have traditionally voted left. In fact in the US they voted overwhelmingly for Obama. Whereas whites largely vote conservative.

        A browning of the Western world, will quite likely be of benefit to left-leaning parties —this effect was very clearly seen in the 2012 presidential elections. That was the US, but I can see that there are some similarities to the case in NZ.

        I’m wondering where you get your idea that Asians don’t like the “advanced policies for fair treatment of all that NZ has instituted are considered an imposition which many immigrants criticise” – maybe some do, but no more than any other group of immigrants or even locals themselves.

        We have far more to fear from white migrants on a whole (who still outnumber non-white migrants), than Asians.

    • RedLogix 14.2

      Yes – I’ve had this sort of unsettling encounter too. It’s one thing to see it in the Third World country, it’s quite another when you see it in action here.

      Having said that – if your ‘ upper-caste, very religious Indian woman fresh of the boat from New Delhi’ was to actually fall on hard times she’d likely demand very prompt service from the welfare system of the First World country she has moved to.

      • Sanctuary 14.2.1

        I see it as generational though. I have met her her 14 year old daughter who has already been here a year, and the young lass is already determinedly sailing down the cameo creme path. I predict much angst for her mum, especially when she turns up with her first (most likely non-Indian) boyfriend!

        In general, Indians assimilate well by the second generation – the FBIs have an unalloyed blessing for NZ. The key to immigration is to be sure New Zealanders stay in control of it and our culture remains dominant.

  15. ianmac 15

    What will National do to reverse the bad publicity?
    They will hit back and it will be big. I have no doubt that they have “dirt” to spring on the Opposition probably aimed at David. National have a big investment in digging up the dirt and will use Whaleoil to set the ball rolling.
    A ruling Party scorned is an animal cornered and willing to fight hard.

    • mac1 15.1

      I see, Ianmac, that Key’s reaction to having the Greens point out that his Chief of Staff’s attendance at a Cabinet Club meeting made it an official PM engagement, was that the Greens wanted to have state funded parties. In other words deflection politics.

      Key of course would prefer private corruption to public funding, but there I am, already captured by his deflection……….

    • Tracey 15.2

      that drawer of key will be flung wide open now. now to get it to farrar and slater et al with no trail to key.

    • David H 15.3

      Yeah but Whalespew is also tainted by the Collins Oravida brush as well.

  16. Blue 16

    The temperature in Hell hasn’t dropped yet, Micky.

    John Roughan would choke if he ever tried to utter a bad word about National, and Audrey Young had to take the lead with the Williamson scandal because John Armstrong simply couldn’t bear to write anything bad about his precious. He only recovered the ability to spin after hearing his beloved’s snide voice in Parliament.

    Trevett tried to return to business as usual bashing Labour, but the public didn’t take the bait. Now they’re all just wondering how best to help National recover from this mess and win the election.

    My guess is a big focus on the Budget (trumpeting whatever slim surplus English has managed to invent), after which they will declare Collins yesterday’s news (especially if she keeps her head down) and then they will launch renewed attacks on Labour. Business as usual.

    • Paul 16.1

      Every time a Tory says surplus, tell them how much this government has out this country into debt.
      2008 $ 10 billion
      2014 $ 76 billion and counting (see below)

      http://www.nationaldebtclocks.org/debtclock/newzealand
      http://www.interest.co.nz/Charts/Government/government-debt

      • dave 16.1.1

        its alot higher than that when you add in private debt as well .bubble economy govt surplus will be meaning less when it pops

    • geoff 16.2

      Claire Trevett’s piece read like a kiwiblog post. Here’s a couple of doozey paragraphs…

      One poll was reported to have Labour only five or six points ahead of the Greens. Emerging from the election as effectively a medium-sized party is no way to celebrate Labour’s centenary. The prospect those List MPs could be looking in the Situations Vacant come October was focusing minds.

      There were whispers about the nuclear option of forcing a leadership change, not necessarily to win the election but to try to shore up Labour’s vote from a catastrophic low. Ironically, Cunliffe’s opponents Jones and Robertson may well have stopped those musings turning into a more concrete push. Some had discussed putting Jones up as that last-minute leader because he could have an immediate impact on the polling.

  17. Ant 17

    I enjoy the breathless reporting from journalists that Labour or National are now doing something different – “wheels falling off” etc.

    Good way of ignoring that National’s behaviour or competence hasn’t changed one bit, journalists like Armstrong have just started doing their fucking jobs instead of writing John Key fan fic.

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 17.1

      +1 Ant

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 17.1.1

        I guess to give some positive feedback to the members of the media who have been providing some real critical analysis of NZ political activity recently:

        It is good to see some people in the media doing their job, thank you.

        It would be good to see this trend continue. This would allow this year’s election results to be based on informed decisions – not misinformed ones. Mob rule is one of the weaknesses of democratic systems – informed voters is the way to avoid this. Please play your important role with integrity members of the media.

        Thanks

    • Lanthanide 17.2

      +1

  18. Clemgeopin 18

    The dirty stink of corruption, favouritism, dodgyness and nepotism has been profusely surrounding this discredited government due to its VARIOUS actions in favour of the very wealthy donors and high powered elite during their six year reign. Only the completely biased or easily fooled or dimly deluded or ardent fans will not see it.

  19. Karen 19

    It would be great if The Herald did start turning against National but I wouldn’t hold my breath. Collins and Williamson have behaved so badly political reporters have been forced to be critical. However Armstrong is still accepting Key’s claim that Collins was only guilty of a ‘perceived’ conflict of interest and praised Key’s ‘red hot’ performance while Trevett used her column to claim the Labour Party’s polling had dropped to the low 20s. This was untrue according to Rob Salmond on Polity. So did she just make that up? Then there was the back page puff piece about poor misunderstood Judith by Rachel Glucina, and don’t get me started on John (what’s good for Judith is good for NZ) Roughan.

  20. Paul 20

    While Rachel Glucina works hand in hand with Slater to dredge up old photos of Moana Dotcom,
    we know the Herald is like the Mail and Fox..a tabloid right wind hate sheet, prepared to do anything to smear its opponents.

  21. Skinny 21

    Watching the hysterical behavior of first Joyce and then Boag on Q & A this morning, you would say that the Nats are dead in Sept.

    Labour,Greens and NZF need to hone in the attack in on ACT and Jamie White, this guy is real bad news and will further erode the Nat brand by guilt of association. Since the trust issue surrounding political donations is hot, its time to bring in the question of ;

    Are Kiwi’s prepared to gamble on trusting a third term National/ACT Government and risk the likes of student loans being wiped, more asset sales, and other nasty policies being pushed by ACT?

    • dave 21.1

      win stone called him out the jungle man over here and acts epsom candidate oh god Monty python on steroids labours candidate in epsom will chew him apart in the debates Mr woods might not win epsom but he will make a mockery out of nact.

    • aerobubble 21.2

      I’m surprised they missed the sexist comment. Flip them 20 dollars said Whtye.

      As for Whtye’s housing policy, even terrorists should be able to buy houses in Auckland.

      What a nutter, does he actually believe governments cannot limit the market? Yep.

      Sprawl is good says Whtye.

      Exactly when will someone point out that his platform isn’t about anything.

      But the politics. How does attacking homeowners equity when their neighbor decides to build a 20 story apartment? When National voters have no influence over government, as government has shut up shop under an ACT government? When men are flipping women $20…

      The guy is a cretin.

      • Clemgeopin 21.2.1

        He and Richard Prebbel are targeting the 5% like minded other selfish wealthy greedy nutters for their votes. What worries me even more is that ACT is actually mouthing the real secret agenda of their masters, the National Party whose BFF is ACT. National plays safe publicly as it knows that it will be curtains for them if otherwise. For any far right policy or programme it might undertake while in power, it can always easily place the blame on their coalition partner, the ACT.

      • Delia 21.2.2

        and his latest one in the Listener article about business giving to charity…according to Jamie they are ripping of their shareholders. You could not make it up.

        • Clemgeopin 21.2.2.1

          Did he now! Oh dear! What was the topic of his philosophy thesis, I wonder. Does any one know?

          Where does ACT find these guys!…We have had Douglas, Prebbel, Garret, Huata, Brash, Banks….and now Jamie who is ok with insects even! ACT is a strange libertarian outfit! NATS can have them!

          • karol 21.2.2.1.1

            Don’t know his thesis, but here is a sketch of his background:

            Jamie is an IEA fellow and the Leader of ACT New Zealand. He is also the Head of Research and Publishing at Oliver Wyman Financial Services. He has previously worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, as a philosophy lecturer at Cambridge University and as a foreign currency trader.

            Jamie is the author of Crimes Against Logic (2004), A Load of Blair (2005) and Quack Policy (2013). He is a regular contributor of opinion columns to the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The Times. In 2006 he won the Bastiat Prize for Journalism and in 2010 he was runner-up.

            Jamie will speak on the topic “The Green Erosion of Property Rights”

            I can’t find anything about any of those books he has written.

            • Clemgeopin 21.2.2.1.1.1

              Thanks Karol.
              His CV is very impressive and he does come across as a nice guy. But what I can’t get around is how a nice educated learned philosopher can support a selfish, hands off, survival of the fittest, greed infested philosophy, agenda and policies of this awful ACT party! Strange stuff!

              • McFlock

                Intriguing review of his “A Load of Blair” book here.

                The gist seems to be he’s good at logic, but has difficulty with vague words and metaphors. And wants judicial review of political promises, comparing them to business contracts.

                Thing about business contracts, is that all parties can get lawyers to ensure the terms are both agreeable and precise.

                Seems to be a typical tory – big on logic and precise semantic definitions, but has difficulty understanding why hu-mons cry.

                • karol

                  Exactly my thoughts about Whyte, McFlock. And the more in depth reviews point to something I have long thought: that human reasoning, including on political views, includes a mix of the objective and the subjective. Underlying any logical explanation, there are value judgements and assumptions. I prefer people identify and state their underlying values. Whyte’s seem to relate to a belief in the free market, property ownership, the ethos of the business world , individualism, etc, and a lack of understanding or valuing of democratic processes – a view from the perspective of the privileged

                  even while asking to end a culture of entitlement.

                  And he also comes from a foreign currency trader background. All for business, profiteering, clever logic, and little concern for the struggles of ordinary folks.

  22. ghostwhowalksnz 22

    Whats happened to the TV polls. Arent they usually run around the first week of the month in election year ?
    Here we are at the 11th and no sign

  23. finbar 23

    Orivita is not going away and next week in the house Collins, will again be feeling the presure as Labour,Greens and Nz First lay into her again,and without doubt Key, and Brownlee, as back up, will be fending off the cries of corruption and crony capitalism.

    In regard to who Collins, or Bennnet, as Nationals leader.Collins, has not handled the pressure of the Orivita scandal and as far as the old guard Nats are concerned that will be a indeliable debit in her leadership portfolio.Bennet, on the other hand ,does not have the intelect to lead them,understanding, that she can rant with the best of them no denying that,but she is only parroting cabinet ,caucus and imported off shore hirelings right wing propoganda.Yet her biggest hurdle is that she may be a member of the Party,but she is not of them.

    • Murray Olsen 23.1

      I think the posh Tories in Britain said that Thatcher was a member, but not of them as well. Thatcher, however, did have an intellect. People I know who’ve come across Paula at National Party meetings have remarked that she really is thick, even by provincial Nact standards.

  24. One Anonymous Bloke 24

    When it comes down to it The Herald doesn’t speak for National. Rather, they represent the same interests, and those interests (most of them) take as dim a view of corruption as anyone.

  25. North 25

    It’s hard to tell what’s happening but my observations tell me this: there is definitely a growing sentiment, like it’s par for the course, Key and National are in it for themselves and their rich mates no argument about it needed or ventured. Forget the sideshow of JokeyHen’s smiles and the bullshit of “Hey, I’m your ordinary bloke……” Too much has happened. September will be an occasion on which this still mainly subliminal register will bubble up to say out loud – “Nah don’t like you pricks……” Thank goodness for the ongoing expressions of
    arrogance and hubris from the flawed likes of Collins et al. All grist
    for the mill of destruction of probably the most adept conman New Zealand politics has ever seen.

  26. Marius 26

    LOL at Paula Bennett deputy leader of a political party. Certainly she’s as ugly as Jenny Shipley – and as thick. I suppose she has a shot. Maybe they could have Paul rat face Henry for leader. Who cares which of them get in where. It’s the same dreary round of inconsistencies no matter where you vote, if you’re stupid enough to bother.

  27. amirite 27

    I suspect that the little Govt apparatchiks in the media are waiting for some dirt to be delivered to them by Whaleoil to get into a full war mode against Labour. Note how every time they report about the Nats’ corrupt practices, they try to neutralise it by saying that Labour does the same, but when there’s some scandal with Labour, the Nats doing the same or worse isn’t even mentioned.
    Pretty pathetic and predictable really and quite depressing, because we don’t really have the free and independent media, only corporate RW arselickers.

  28. red blooded 28

    Marius – are only attractive women allowed to have leadership aspirations?

    I can’t stand Bennet’s bullying personality or simplistic view of the world, but I don’t give a shit what she looks like. Let’s try to avoid that kind of sexist putdown, eh?

    • amirite 28.1

      red blooded – ugly does not necessarily relate to physical characteristics, actually IMO physically Paula Bennett may be attractive but she has an ugly personality

  29. Tigger 29

    I like this ‘wrong but helped the country’ defence. Murder, theft, fraud…could come in useful for a future jam.

  30. Charmaine 30

    I have always strongly suspected there was some type of corruption behind the selling of the Crafar Farms. It just didn’t stack up. I am now heavily swayed to Labour primarily because I am so upset about the selling out of NZ. New Zealanders need to get very vocal about how badly this will affect us in the near term and for future generations. Labour has my vote on this issue alone. I have been working two to three jobs since leaving school and bought my first small house at 19 and have worked my ass off to get ahead buying and selling. My dream is to own a farm. The percent return on them unfortunately is appalling as they are so inflated in value because of the enormous wealth from offshore buying them at prices that will keep them out of the reach of hard working aspirant kiwis such as myself. Go Labour.

    • Rodel 30.1

      We need more farmers (and business people) with your intelligence and attitude.

    • Lanthanide 30.2

      The percent return on them unfortunately is appalling as they are so inflated in value because of the enormous wealth from offshore buying them at prices that will keep them out of the reach of hard working aspirant kiwis such as myself.

      It’s always a bit of a pickle though really, because the people who own the farms and want to sell up, naturally want to get the best price possible. It’s all about short-term thinking and self-interest, a bit of a tragedy of the commons type scenario where individual actions ruin it for everyone else.

    • RedLogix 30.3

      I have always strongly suspected there was some type of corruption behind the selling of the Crafar Farms.

      I know for a fact that the Minister interfered with Landcorp’s process of bidding to ensure they would not be successful.

    • Tracey 30.4

      thats the good of the country right there

      let me ask the market. the market says yeeees. (hat tip lil britain)….

  31. BLiP 31

    I’ll need a lot more convincing that the New Zealand Fox News Herald has changed its spots. Being the cynic that I am, it seems more likely that Granny is manufacturing a nadir from which, thanks to the glorious wonders of John Key, National Ltd™ has overcome with sound management, learned its lessons, has reformed and “in the end” was only trying to do its best – yadda yadda yadda. In short, this weekend’s edition seems to provide a platform rather than an analysis or realisation.

    On the other hand, it must be remembered that the primary function of the New Zealand Fox News Herald is to provide a return to its foreign owners. Perhaps there has been a realisation that its reader-base has turned against National Ltd™ and, in terms of keeping the customers happy, has moved to reflect that mood.

    I dunno, except one swallow does not a summer make.

    • Draco T Bastard 31.1

      +1

    • RedLogix 31.2

      I agree. Look carefully at the language being used.

      It’s more regretful in tone than damning.

    • Stuart Munro 31.3

      It may have something to do with being on speaking terms with the incoming government.

      (scenario: National and Labour leaders visit their parents)

      Headline: Key consolidates family values
      Headline: Cunliffe runs crying home to mother

      If you’re running tripe like this the 2nd rate horse-race journalism gravy train may come to an end. Government too might consider some long overdue media regulations around foreign ownership, and preventing abuses like the Key plug segment on ZB.

      • RedLogix 31.3.1

        Government too might consider some long overdue media regulations around foreign ownership

        Oh dear – cue front page maxi-point Headline: Death of Democracy

    • Tracey 31.4

      its soft soaping to lead into its cheerleading of the budget…

      nothing to see here folks, and now for the fabulous economic rockstar…

  32. aerobubble 32

    Its perception. China tightens up on milk imports.
    Some milk re-packers aren’t going to have a market
    for their product. National looks more interested
    in helping Oriveda, a donor, into China. So of
    course national voters, who are worried that they have
    to donate to keep their china market might be being undermined
    by those on the inside of government paddling their own waka.

    The growth in cabinet clubs, not member clubs, empathizes
    the connecting to the executive rather than the party.

    So a National voter whose China exposure gets hurt when a Minister
    has their own play. But worse, very real companies now have
    lost a market for their products in China. China scares have led to
    a rise in regulation, even the whiff that this may in part be due to
    Collins and Oriveda, should cause National voters anger. Worse,
    if the un-named border control personage had been fired, Collins
    would be toast within hours.

    Feeding the perception. Dumb squid on Q+A not seeing
    any problem. A reality of perception myopia.

    • Tracey 32.1

      has anyone seen or heard a nat state, that there have been cc functions which no minister attended?

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    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
  • Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce
    Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society. But first I want to address the issue of our...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Commission of Inquiry must have bipartisan support
    The Labour Party is drafting terms of reference for a Commission of Inquiry, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says. “It is abundantly clear there is a need for an independent Commission of Inquiry, chaired by a High Court Judge, into...
    Labour | 01-09
  • Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch
    Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. “The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city. “We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s commitment to public broadcasting
    A Labour Government will set up a working group to re-establish a public service television station as part of our commitment to ensuring New Zealand has high quality free-to-air local content. “We will set up a working group to report...
    Labour | 31-08
  • A new deal for the conservation estate
    The health of our economy depends on New Zealand preserving and restoring our land, air, water and indigenous wildlife, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. Announcing Labours Conservation policy, she said that there will be a comprehensive plan to restore...
    Labour | 31-08
  • Labour’s plan to end homelessness
    Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Labour believes that homelessness is not...
    Labour | 30-08
  • Labour: A smarter approach to justice
    A Labour Government will improve the justice system to ensure it achieves real public safety, provides equal access to justice and protects human rights, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. “Our approach is about tackling the root causes of crime, recognising...
    Labour | 29-08
  • 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
  • BLOGWATCH: Fonterra join 2Degrees and boycott Whaleoil
    In the wake of Dirty Politics, advertisers are pulling their advertising out of Whaleoil. PaknSave, Evo Cycles Pukekohe, Localist, 2 Degrees, Fertility Associates, iSentia, NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, Maori TV, Bookme.co.nz, Dobetter.co.nz and the Sound are now joined by Fonterra...
    The Daily Blog | 16-09
  • PM Key accused of allowing secret ‘spook’ cable sensors to spy on citiz...
    Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald (left) and Kim Dotcom at the “moment of truth” political surveillance meeting in Auckland last night. Image: PMW By ANNA MAJAVU of Pacific Media Watch NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister John Key has been accused of...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Fiji pre-election ‘politics’ blackout stirs media protests, frustration
    BLACKOUT DAY – Monday, day one of the “silence window” in Fiji leading up to the close of polling in the general election at 6pm on Wednesday. And this is under the draconian threat of a $10,000 fine or five...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • “Now the work of movements begins”: government corruption, media bias, ...
    I am so tired of the dirty politics of the National government, aren’t you? I am tired of John Key and his pathetic attacks on award-winning journalists who have spent their careers fighting and digging for truth and good. The...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Moment of Truth review, smoking guns and the awful coverage by the NZ msm
      There were queues unlike any the Town Hall has seen, 1000 were turned away once it became full…     …full to the rafters. The energy and atmosphere within the room was extraordinary, and it begun…   …Glenn Greenwald...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Why Maori TV’s Te Tai Tokeraou Poll will be proved wrong
    If Hone Harawira had a dollar every time the media wrote off his chance of winning Te Tai Tokeraou, he would have more money than Kim Dotcom. Remember the by-election? Hone was 1 point ahead of Kelvin in an exact...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • September 15 RNZ interviews – and then the Moment of Truth
    . Acknowledgement: Emmerson . 15 September – Leading up to the Moment of Truth public meeting this evening, these Radio NZ interviews are worth listening to; . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt link . Alt...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Live Stream: Moment of Truth Tonight 7pm
    Live Video Stream by eCast: The Daily Blog will Live Stream the Moment of Trust public meeting from 7pm. The meeting will feature Glenn Greenwald, Kim Dotcom, Robert Amsterdam, and a very special guest…...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • The proof Key lied about GCSB mass surveillance
    And we start getting to the evidence that proves Key has lied about mass surveillance. The article by Glenn Greenwald is out and it is beyond damning… Documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the government worked in...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • A brief word on the Ede-Slater emails
    Every day I have rushed to read the paper to see if a breaking story on the Ede-Slater emails had broken yet. They haven’t. Day after day, where are these emails? We know Rawshark sent the emails to David Fisher...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • The email that proves Key is a liar
    This is the Email proving Key knew about Kim Dotcom before he claims he did… “We had a really good meeting with the Prime Minister. He’s a fan and we’re getting what we came for. Your groundwork in New Zealand...
    The Daily Blog | 15-09
  • Henchmen
    Henchmen...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why it simply isn’t credible that Key stepped in and shut down the mass s...
    Key’s staggering admission that yes there was a year long business model by the GCSB to mass spy on all of NZ but  that he stepped in and shut it down after Cabinet had signed it off just sounds like make...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Key’s love affair with a straw man
    Politicians like putting up straw men for the purpose of self-righteously knocking them over. Prime Minister John Key has a particular straw man he loves to punch over. He raises it whenever he’s asked about mass surveillance of New Zealanders...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • John Armstrong turns on Glenn Greenwald
    Where does a mediocre journalist like John Armstrong get off attacking a journalist with the credibility of Glenn Greenwald as he has in his ridiculous column today? Armstrong has the audacity to try and play the terrorism card to justify why...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Denis Tegg – Which of John Key’s many statements on the GC...
    We already have Glenn Greenwald’s assertion on The Nation that John Key has misled New Zealanders as to whether the GCSB has engaged in mass surveillance of Kiwis. But Key has made many other statements about the GCSB’s powers and...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Election 2014: Numbers and Faces
    Democratic politics is a game of numbers and faces. How can we translate the numbers into the 120 or more faces that will be in the next Parliament? Below is my prediction of a likely result: 120 people, divided by...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Scotland the brave
    The possibility that Scotland will vote for independence this Thursday has panicked the British establishment. An unholy alliance of Tory, Labour, Liberal and corporate leaders has resorted to fear-mongering and bullying on grand scale in a last ditch effort to...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Why Key’s denials sound so off and why Dotcom’s fight is all our fight
    The shrillness of Key is the issue. His denials just too forced and rehearsed. Key has gone from Hollow Man to Shallow Man with his lashing out at Pulitzer Price winning Journalist Glenn Greenwald by calling him a ‘henchman’. This...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a S...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • Letters to the Editor – Spies, Lies, Five Eyes, and other matters on a Su...
    . . Sharing a few thoughts and observations with newspaper editors around the country… . from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>to: Sunday Star Times <letters@star-times.co.nz>date: Sun, Sep 14, 2014 subject: Letter to the Editor . The Editor Sunday Star Times . Our...
    The Daily Blog | 14-09
  • As TDB predicted, Labour to use universal super fund to buy back assets and...
    Greens about to be snookered again?   As The Daily Blog has pointed out several times now, Labour will use a universal super fund to buy back NZs assets in a bid to offer Winston a legacy project… Labour plans...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • A lesson in caring for our most vulnerable
    Some of the comments on this article make me sick. Because I am so very much over people who think they are better than others because things have gone their way in life and think those who aren’t as functional...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – Please vote positive
    One of the features of campaigning is the meet-the-candidates event.  As an opportunity to present policies to the voter, they aren’t the best vehicle but still serve a useful purpose.  The problem is that there are too many candidates and...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • For this who don’t vote this election
    For this who don’t vote this election...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Where does Key get off abusing a Pulitzer prize winning Journalist like Gle...
    We are seeing the Dirty Politics PM today when Key decided the best way to counter the Glenn Greenwald claims of GCSB mass surveillance was to denigrate Greenwald… Prime Minister John Key says he will prove Glenn Greenwald’s claims by the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Teflon Man No More
    . .   On 26 August, as Nicky Hager’s expose on New Zealand’s right wing politics hit public consciousness and confirmed our worst fears, I wrote, “Dirty Politics” has achieved more than simply revealing  unwholesome machinations between National party apparatchiks,...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • Dear mainstream media – regarding Key’s promise to resign if GCSB expos...
    Dear Mainstream media. How’s it all going? I would like to acknowledge the deep depression many members of the Press Gallery are going through as their boy Key looks less and less likely to win. I appreciate how a loss...
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • It’s official: ACT’s Jamie Whyte is several-sandwiches-and-a-salad sho...
    .   . There aren’t very many times I agree wholeheartedly with our Dear Leader – but on this occassion I believe he spoke for those 99% of New Zealanders for whom common sense is as natural as breathing air....
    The Daily Blog | 13-09
  • ‘I’ll not be intimidated … by cowards’, says Fiji death threat jour...
    Fiji Sun’s Jyoti Pratibha … death threats via fake Facebook profiles. Image: Pacific Scoop THE PARIS-based media freedom advocacy organisation Reporters Sans Frontières and the Pacific Media Centre have condemned threats and intimidation against political reporters this week covering Fiji’s...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Glenn Greenwald on TV3s ‘The Nation’ – Everyone remember when Key pro...
    Glenn Greenwald has just given his first NZ interview on TV3s ‘The Nation’ and what he had to say was incredibly damaging. Glenn is here for Kim Dotcom’s Moment of Truth on Monday and what he has just had to...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • What will soft National vote do, why Colin Craig will be a focus in final w...
    In what has been the most unpredictable elections of our time, the final week promises more shocks and bombshells than World War One trench warfare. We have the media who still have the Rawshark emails that detail the Ede-Slater exchanges....
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Would a National-Conservative Party reduce rights to an abortion? Legalise ...
    With the possibility of a Conservative-National Party coalition looming, let’s consider the impact of this new hard right religious Government on social policy. We know Conservative Party candidate Edward Saafi, believes the inability to legally bash your kids is responsible for teenage prostitution, teenage pregnancy and...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • ACTs solution to crime – more guns?
    How insane are the ACT Party? Honestly? Their solution to crime is to arm every shop keeper with a sawn off shotgun??? “Criminals are well aware that shopkeepers are defenceless and are taking advantage of this in brutal robberies. What...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • John Key’s gift to teenage girls…
    Yesterday I was at the MANA Movement policy release on “Predators on Poverty” in the Otahuhu Shopping Centre. Successive Labour and National governments have left vulnerable communities on their own to face these merciless thieves who prey on the poor...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Poverty denial – Where does National get its advice from?
    National is displaying a quite inadequate understanding of their own policies and worrying inability to respond to criticism. When John Key trots out his old, tired example of how ‘work pays’ on Morning Report this week to justify leaving 260,000...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Education reformers mean well, so what’s the problem?
    The thing about education reformers is that, mostly, they mean well. Whether it’s charter schools, National Standards, Teach First, or another reform, many people involved have good intentions.  They want to improve things, try something new and innovate, they say. The thing...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • My brain hurts
    My brain hurts.  This election year has been a really long nine months.  The lies, the headlines, the spin, the policy, the chat, I am literally overloaded with information.  At times it’s been exhausting trying to keep up.  However I...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Slater loses Blomfield defamation case – has to pays costs & must dis...
    Great victory for Journalism today. The Defamation case Matt Blomfield took against Slater has jumped its first hurdle, Slater has been told he might be a ‘Journalist’, but he has no right to journalistic protection of his sources because there was no...
    The Daily Blog | 12-09
  • Seeing an Economic Vision
    It has been some time since my last post to TDB. I was fortunate to recently come back to NZ briefly for a bit of a break from my work in Pakistan. While my visit was super short, I took...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • 5 reasons why anyone identifying as Left with a capital L should party vote...
    There are 5 reasons why anyone identifying as Left with a capital L should consider casting their party vote for Internet MANA this election. 1 – Feed the Kids: There is no excuses now that National have flirted with the idea...
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • What I want from a change of government
    The prospects for a change of government look a little brighter so I though I’d look at what we can expect. The only option being provided by Labour, the main opposition party, is for a Labour, Green, NZ First coalition....
    The Daily Blog | 11-09
  • Conservatives Break through 5% Threshold
    Reports in today’s Dominion Post that the Conservative Party is polling at 6% in Nationals internal polling are not surprising says the Conservative Napier candidate Garth McVicar....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Hundreds of Students Turn Out for Political Debate
    With only a few days left before the general election, over 500 Victoria students packed the central Hub space on campus today to listen to a political debate on student issues organised by the Students’ Association. Victoria University of Wellington...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Ex-prisoners make most of mentoring to make most of life
    It’s not every day that an organisation triples a programme in size, but PARS Inc (formerly known as the Prisoners’ Aid and Rehabilitation Society of the Auckland District Inc) has managed to do just that with their Community Mentoring Scheme,...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Unscrupulous worker highlights why 90-days works
    Federated Farmers believes the experience of a husband and wife farming team in Taranaki underscores why the 90-days provision is so important to small businesses. “Yesterday a member called 0800 FARMING to alert us to a guy doing the rounds...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Eye to Eye Uploaded
    Leading Maori broadcaster and political commentator Willie Jackson previews Eye to Eye Uploaded, a multi-platform series of interviews that he’s aiming to put in front of media radars next year....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Party Rankings against Inequality
    Revealed: which party will do the most to reduce New Zealand’s growing inequality crisis...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Maritime Union backs change of Government
    The Maritime Union says a change of Government is required to deliver secure jobs and decent wages for New Zealand workers....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Green Party package for newborns welcomed
    16 September 2014 Media Release The New Zealand College of Midwives has welcomed a policy announced today by the Green Party which would provide a package of essential items for every newborn baby. The College is a non partisan organisation...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • ALCP Release Election Manifesto
    The Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party has released its manifesto in the lead up to the election on Saturday....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Election Daily Update #9
    John Key’s National Party appears to have received a major boost from last night’s “Moment of Truth” event, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. Despite no major changes...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Eminem Publishers Sue New Zealand National Party
    Detroit-based music publishing companies sue National Party for damages for unauthorised use of song in election campaign advertising...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Parties Back Rethink of WINZ Shared Care Parenting Laws
    Overwhelming Majority of Parties Back Rethink of WINZ Shared Care Parenting Laws. Press release- Fifty Fifty Campaign, 16 September 2014 National is the only political party willing to defend the way WINZ treats separated parents who share their kids...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Parents Smacking Down Prime Minister
    "John Keys failure to deliver on his promise to change the anti-smacking law is costing National votes, and helping the Conservative Party," says Colin Craig....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Political Debate on Family Violence – Video & Audio
    The Dunedin Collaboration Against Family Violence was happy to host a political debate on Family Violence chaired by Professor Nicola Atwool of the University of Otago. Family Violence is a huge problem in our community and we invited representatives...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Greens Take Nanny State To A New Level
    Family First NZ is labelling the Green’s ‘welcome package’ for newborns policy as wasteful and misdirected. “This policy is taking ‘nanny state’ to a new level but indicates just how much the Greens want to intervene in family life,”...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • 2,100 people send message about dirty politics
    2,100 people have signed their name to a full-page open letter featuring in the New Zealand Herald this Wednesday. The letter is designed to send a message to politicians that dirty politics is an important election issue....
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Are DoC manipulating Rat Numbers?
    Ban 1080 Political Party co-leader Bill Wallace says there are serious rumours DoC has changed their rat counting technique to cover up the lack of the mythical “Rat Plague” claimed by the Department in Kahurangi National Park, and also that...
    Scoop politics | 16-09
  • Average Full time Student Is in Financial Distress
    A new survey has found that nearly half of all full time students are in significant financial distress....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Key and Cunliffe, research revealed by Ancestry.com.au
    Contrasting family histories of John Key and David Cunliffe, revealed by research from Ancestry.com.au....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Revelations a Damning Indictment of Key’s Honesty
    The Prime Minister’s honesty is now central to the election, says Internet Party Leader Laila Harré, following the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden that there is mass surveillance of New Zealand citizens by the GCSB....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Organisations Have ‘Duty of Care’ for Players says Law Firm
    Concussion injuries in amateur and professional sporting arenas are currently highly topical. Concussion potentially appears to have been implicit in the recent death of a young player in Northland....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Media Release from Closing the Gap on Health and Housing
    “Inequality is the biggest problem facing New Zealand at the present time” says Peter Malcolm National Secretary of Closing the Gap. It underlies many of our social ills, poverty, lack of trust, an economy that could do much better, and...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Expanding Whānau Ora – a bottom line for Māori Party
    Leaving the best to last, the Māori Party has launched its Whānau Ora policy today following a fun family event at Te Ore Ore Marae in Masterton last night. “When we change what happens in our homes, we change what...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Colin Craig’s Incredible Claims Continue
    Hot on the heels of a Conservative Party candidate proposing to double the price of a bottle of wine, Colin Craig has come up with an even more fantastic idea to buttress his uncosted tax policy....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • The Letter: Jamie Whyte is going to Parliament
    Friday night’s TVNZ Colmar Brunton poll puts Jamie Whyte in Parliament. TVNZ rounded down the poll result (ACT was on 1.2%). With the high wasted Conservative vote, just 1.2% makes Jamie an MP. It is ACT, not NZ First that...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Why are we letting Dotcom steal our election?
    Why are we letting a convicted German fraudster and his American polemicists steal our election?...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ACT’s five point plan
    ACT has a five point plan to grow the economy by a third. To lift economic growth from the Treasury's long term forecast of just two percent to three....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Christchurch rebuild cost sharing plan must be improved
    “The agreement between the government and the Christchurch City Council about sharing costs of the rebuild is due to be revised in December, as some costs are more accurately known now than they were originally,“ says Warren Voight, Local...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ‘Key vs. Cunliffe’ Final Live NZ Election Reactor
    ohn Key and David Cunliffe go head to head for the final time on TV One on Wednesday as Election Day looms. Roy Morgan wants to know what you think about their performance as the leaders try one last time...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Chamber welcomes Business Growth Agenda priorities
    Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce welcomes the National Government’s 10 highest priorities for its Business Growth Agenda as essential to continuing strong business performance and economic growth....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • #SafeSource NZ – A secure way to share the truth
    Dirty politics and a dirty environment go hand in hand. Our country’s future as a fairer, cleaner, more prosperous place is being threatened by backroom deals, corporate cronyism and a lack of transparency....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Last vid to encourage youth vote
    Here's the third and final in our series to boost the youth vote. It's called CINDER and it's a play on the popular dating app....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fee hikes restrict student choices
    A survey of 5000 students from across the tertiary sector shows that tuition fees have increased at the maximum level permitted. Fees are constraining students’ choices more than ever before. Although tuition fees are only permitted to increase...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • ACT’s five point plan to grow the economy
    ACT has a five point plan to double the rate of economic growth. The Treasury long term forecast for growth is 2% a year. We can lift it to 4%....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • iPredict Daily Election Update
    National’s forecast party vote has risen to 45.3% over the last day, at the expense of Labour and the Greens, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict. A National/Act/UnitedFuture/Maori...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • National’s economic strategy attack workers’ rights
    The National Party’s ‘Workplaces’ policy confirms that their economic growth strategy relies on attacks on workers rights, according to FIRST Union....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Questions Raised Over Cow Deaths
    The death of 200 cows after eating a new variety of PGG Wrightsons HT swedes [1] is a disaster for New Zealand farmers....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Final decision on Ruakura Development Plan Change
    The independent Board of Inquiry considering the Ruakura Development Plan Change has released its final report and decision. The Board has approved the plan change request but with amendments....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Confirmed – Smacking Law Needs Correction
    Family First NZ says that the ONE News Vote Compass survey showing only 23% support the anti-smacking law is no surprise, and confirms that it’s time the politicians listened to New Zealand families....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Kiwi voters urged to heed warnings
    Kiwi voters would do well to note the advice given this week to Queensland people by retired judge and renowned corruption fighter Tony Fitzgerald, according to Democrats for Social Credit health spokesman David Tranter....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Fisheries policy analysis produces surprising results
    Nine political party policies were analysed to determine which party had the most public friendly fisheries policy and the results surprised LegaSea, an apolitical fisheries lobby group. “For the first time, recreational fishers have been offered...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • $3m to help keep Hutt families healthy
    National Party candidate for Hutt South, Chris Bishop, welcomes news Hutt City Council has been selected to lead a $3 million anti-obesity initiative in Lower Hutt which will help families improve their health. “Healthy Families NZ is National’s new...
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • Community organisations struggling
    The survey, conducted by community sector network ComVoices, highlights the high level of frustration and urgency being felt by those who deliver services, says group Chairperson, Peter Glensor. 311 organisations completed the survey....
    Scoop politics | 15-09
  • NZ 2014 Election Index – 6-11 September
    Below is iSentia’s weekly Election Index for the period 6 to 11 September, showing the relative amount of coverage of nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election across news media and social media. We will publish...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Workers despair at Nationals lack of fairness
    “Nationals Workplaces policy, released today, fails to articulate any vison about how life for working New Zealanders can be improved.” CTU President Helen Kelly said. “Again if this policy focusses on removing work rights, its own documents...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • National tries to dodge the discussion on workers’ rights
    New Zealanders deserve a proper conversation about National’s plans to keep undermining the real value of their wages and conditions at work. “Today National has released a ‘workplace policy’ which will further widen the imbalance of power between...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Didn’t Get Your Easyvote Pack? You Need to Enrol Now.
    If you didn’t get an EasyVote pack in the mail last week, you need to check your enrolment now as you may not be enrolled....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Survey shows television without adverts could be vote winner
    Survey shows television without adverts could be a vote winner Television news focuses too much on politicians' personalities and not enough on the real issues, according to a UMR survey commissioned by the Coalition for Better Broadcasting....
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • Which of Key’s many statements will Greenwald challenge?
    John Key's credibility and honesty will be tested on many more GCSB issues than whether there was / is mass surveillance of New Zealanders by the GCSB. I have put together this by no means comprehensive list of Key's statements...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
  • 4th tranche of Auckland Housing Accord licenses sprawl
    Youth organisation, Generation Zero, is appalled at the next stage of the Auckland Housing Accord, released today, as it is once again focussed on urban sprawl. The fourth tranche of 41 Special Housing Areas (SHAs), allows for 8000 dwellings, nearly...
    Scoop politics | 14-09
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