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The politics of nastiness

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, February 11th, 2014 - 162 comments
Categories: election 2014, john key, Judith Collins, national, Politics - Tags:

Is this election year going to be the most vicious in recent history?

There’s always a bit of argy-bargy in politics, and sometimes it’s personal.  Despite the best of intentions, it’s impossible for people’s families and backgrounds to never be part of the conversation, because often they themselves bring it up – whether it’s John Key growing up in a state house or David Cunliffe being the son of a country minister, Holly Walker talking about her own experiences of motherhood, Darien Fenton speaking publicly about her past struggle with addiction, the personal story is everywhere in politics.  And sometimes this means it gets turned into a weapon by the other side (whichever side you’re on.)

But there’s surely a line between personal attacks which can maybe be excused by the political argument behind them, and, well, just plain calling someone an idiot, or a “sensitive wee sausage”.

And I don’t know why the National Party have decided to cross that line, multiple times, in the past week.  I really don’t know why John Key would cross it today after the Mean-Girls-style attack on Metiria Turei backfired, getting her pride of place on Campbell Live having a nice chat about how normal and inoffensive she is.

The first assumption is desperation.  Are National seeing bad internal polling?  Have they run out of policy ideas?

The second is more Machiavellian.  Is there some cunning long game in play?  Is it the political equivalent of a Guy Ritchie film where all the seemingly random threads will tie together in an astounding knockdown conclusion?

I honestly don’t know.  So let’s hash it out in the comments!

162 comments on “The politics of nastiness”

  1. Chooky 1

    i think NACT and their monied Neo Lib backers are desperate….the plans may have been hatched behind the scenes ….but it is uncoordinated arson fire lighting…..ie .dont have an end game in mind except to win

    …..and it is counterproductive because it is showing them up for what they really are….MEAN SPIRITED and DESPERATE

    …previous National Party Leaders /politicians would never have stooped to this

    ….eg Holyoak( positively statesman like), Muldoon ( could be bitchy and mean but never organised pack dog personal attacks behind the scenes) Jenny Shipley ( I dont think so…too much of a decent feminist herself),Bolger would not have stooped to this( too much respect for his wife and other women)

    • MaxFletcher 1.1

      “Muldoon ( could be bitchy and mean but never organised pack dog personal attacks behind the scenes)”

      Remember the Moyle affair? That was pretty damn nasty

      • Tim 1.1.1

        The Moyle Affair – quite possibly the start of it all in NZ but I agree with Chooky in the respect that some of those old Nats would never have stooped – Holyoake, Bolger, McKinnon even, and others. Which is why I have no hesitation in throwing back a bit of shit at Finlayson from time to time – sauce for the goose, source for the gander and all that. Which is also why I have no hesitation in repeating the BoQ remarks I hear from what’s best described as his ‘demographic’. I only wish they’d tell him to his face. (Perhaps some do as he laughs all the way to the bank in preparation for his impending solitude)

      • Chooky 1.1.2

        @ MaxFletcher forgot about that ….yes agreed….it was brutal and unforgivable ….Moyle was an exceptionally good Minister of Agriculture and was put down/out by Muldoon playing the homophobia legality card

        …..Muldoon was also savage to Rowling calling him a “mouse” i think….Rowling could have of course retaliated by calling Muldoon a “fat gin swilling rat” instead of battling on taking the high ground…and looking more and more like what Muldoon was calling him

        ….I guess the difference between Muldoon and Key’s NACT is that Muldoon always did his own dirty work…it was not orchestrated pack dog bullying

  2. Bunji 2

    Of course sometimes the personal story is forced out, when, for example, a tabloid says – we’re going to run a story on your addiction of 40 years ago, do you want to write it or shall we? …

    The question is – who tipped them off?

    • Stephanie Rodgers 2.1

      That’s very troubling, Bunji. As OAB commented below, Darien did handle the story very well if that’s the case.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 2.1.1

        I don’t think it’s especially troubling; I think it’s pretty desperate, akshully, and Fenton’s response showed how weak it was too.

        And of course anyone can light fires, and the Tories still have Kim and John’s trials coming up :twisted:

        • phillip ure 2.1.1.1

          re fenton:..

          ..that was not the first time fenton has mentioned her previous addiction..

          ..i knew about it..because i had read about it before..

          ..phillip ure..

  3. Anne 3

    John Key’s top drawer is wide open and the scandal sheets contained therein are being carefully disseminated one by one. Interesting NAct seems to be concentrating on woman Opposition MPs but that maybe for starters. Perhaps they regard the women as being easy meat because they are women, so they are getting them ‘out of the way’ early.

    I have it on good authority that the reason Darien Fenton went public over her former heroin addiction (40 years ago note) was because she became aware that the Herald already had the details and were going to publish them. Now I wonder who was the selected harbinger of that bit of information to the Herald. I can’t think who it might have been – can you? (sarc)

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1

      That’s interesting. Assuming the rumour is true, Fenton turned it around very well. The other people on The Right Honourable John Key, Prime Minister’s hate list take note.

    • JK 3.2

      Anne – while you’re on here – can you throw any light into what went on between the Ozzies and Helen Clark re the social welfare cuts to NZers living/working in Oz. David C has said he wasn’t in Cabinet at that time and someone else mentioned that Helen was coerced into the so-called “deal”. Do you have any other info ? ?

      And back to Stephanie – I think ShonKey is trying things out …. seeing how much of the shit he (and his women colleagues) throws at Opposition MPs will be swallowed whole by other NZers and at what level, other NZers will puke about it.

      Also – the more he throws, maybe the more we’ll all get used to it, and ACCEPT it ! ? ! ? My thoughts anyway ……

      • Anne 3.2.1

        No JK I have no knowledge of that deal but if David C wasn’t yet in Clark’s Cabinet then it must have occurred during the early part of her PMship when John Howard was Aussie PM. She would have done all she could behind closed doors but with a right wing conservative like Howard – who was doing it for political points anyway – she was doomed to failure.

        • Tracey 3.2.1.1

          To answer the key supporters on here yesterday… how much influence do they think nat mps outside cabinet have impacted nat implementation in the last 5 years

        • PapaMike 3.2.1.2

          I always understood that Helen and John Howard got on very well, outside the public eye.

        • lprent 3.2.1.3

          It was 2001. David C had been in parliament for two years. Form memory he didn’t hit cabinet even as an associate until after the 2002 election. In 2001 he’d have still been finding out how select committees operated.

      • wtl 3.2.2

        I remember reading an article about the deal some time ago but cannot remember where it was. What I do remember is that the racist Howard government wanted to discriminate between NZ citizens born in NZ and NZ citizens born outside NZ (in terms of giving them rights in Australia). As the Clark-led Labour government rightly realized that such discrimination was incompatible with the actual concept of NZ citizenship, a compromise brokered were all NZers were given Special Category Visas that allowed them to work in Australia but not receive other benefits.

      • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 3.2.3

        someone else mentioned that Helen was coerced into the so-called “deal”

        Coerced? It was a simple cost-benefit decision. Australia was paying a billion dollars a year in welfare to NZ immigrants and being reimbursed only a small fraction of that (in 2000 it was 130 million). Moreover the combination of Australia’s strict immigration policies, NZ’s relaxed immigration policies, and Australia’s open border with NZ meant that would-be immigrants to Australia – particularly from Pacific Island nations and Hong Kong in the time around the Chinese handover – would be denied Australian entry and then simply move to NZ and use NZ residency to enter Australia.

        The Howard Government asked the Clark Government to do two things: reimburse Australia more for the welfare it was paying to NZers in Australia, and tighten up NZ’s immigration policies to try and prevent immigrants using NZ as a backdoor into Australia.

        The Clark Government rejected the Australian request for increased reimbursement, and it rejected the idea of changing NZ immigration laws. So the Howard Government said “well we can’t afford to keep doing this” and made NZ immigrants to Australia on Special Category (444) Visas ineligible for just about all welfare payments while retaining the right to enter and work in Australia freely.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2.3.1

          Yesterday the line from this spinner was “This is a mess of Labour’s making”.

          Today it’s all about John Howard whipping up bigotry over the amount the Aussies were paying in welfare to NZers by the end of the 1990s, after nine years of National governments.

          In previous remarks, the spinner has all but admitted that it would have liked to see NZ cede sovereignty over immigration policy to John Howard.

          So we can see where the spinner’s sympathies lie.

          • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 3.2.3.1.1

            “This is a mess of Labour’s making”.

            It is. Clark could have compromised but instead decided that supporting NZ citizens in Australia was money that didn’t need to be spent and that tightening up NZ immigration might disrupt the steady flow of potential Labour voters moving to South Auckland.

            • One Anonymous Bloke 3.2.3.1.1.1

              Thank you for making my point for me. I was trying to be subtle, but I was implying that your sympathies lie attached like barnacles to the bottom of the bigot barrel, and there you go confirming it. Again.

            • ghostwhowalksnz 3.2.3.1.1.2

              Well if the ‘steady flow’ of potential voters were going on to Australia , that wouldnt help Labour in South Auckland ( or anywhere, we have MMP remember)

              What a total load of tosh you write. Pacific island immigration was heavily restricted by 2000.

    • joe90 3.3

      This prick has made numerous references over at the sewer to Darien’s past.

    • Tracey 3.4

      Are you referring to info received from the secret service being in his top drawer? I recall him mentioning his top drawer but cant recall the context.

      • Anne 3.4.1

        He talked about having been sent all sorts of stories and other bits of information (I paraphrase) and he kept them in his top drawer because… grin, grin:

        You never know when they might become of interest.

        They would have originated from a variety of sources and we can only speculate who they might have been.

    • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 3.5

      That Darien Fenton is a former heroin addict is common knowledge and has been for, well, ever. No-one cares. There was no story to “break”. It was just a handy tie-in for the paper to capitalise on the Hoffman overdose story.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.5.1

        Three possibilities there then.

        1. Bunji and Anne’s source(s) is/are mistaken.

        2. You are mistaken.

        3. You are spinning like a top, as usual.

        • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 3.5.1.1

          Well 2 seconds of Googling spits out magazine articles and media posts about Darien Fenton’s heroin addiction and methadone treatment all the way back to 2006, so anyone acting surprised about her addiction must have been living under a rock for the past decade.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 3.5.1.1.1

            Did you read Bunji’s comment? Or Anne’s?

            Let’s run through them together, shall we? The rumour is that Fenton received notice from The Herald that they were running the story with or without her. She controlled the message.

            Marty Mars’ reference to putting out fires is apt.

            “There is a proper season for making attacks with fire, and special days for starting a conflagration.”

            So there’s that too. Oh, and you running around with a scoop and a shovel saying “nothing to see here, no dirty tricks, move along…”

        • Anne 3.5.1.2

          Source impeccable.

          • karol 3.5.1.2.1

            When I saw the Fenton story online a couple of days ago, I assumed she was front footing something that the NActs were going to use against Fenton.

          • One Anonymous Bloke 3.5.1.2.2

            No such thing as a single impeccable source. Three or more is usually pretty good though, so long as they’re being fed separately.

          • phillip ure 3.5.1.2.3

            @ anne..

            ..given the provn long history of fenton banging on about her past addiction..

            ..it wd seem yr ‘impeccable source’ is full of it..

            ..eh..?

            ..where is the/any surprise/scandal here..?

            ..what possible threat cd the herald present to fenton..?

            ..and then fenton went to the herald with her story..?

            ..and that all hangs together for you..?

            ..really..?

            ..phillip ure..

  4. mickysavage 4

    This year I expect the names Simon Lusk, Jason Ede and a particular gentleman who goes by the name of Policy Parrot will pop up in relation to the dissemation of various sorts of “information” …

  5. shorts 5

    the use of putdowns actually appeals to many (voters) – this is why National MPs do it… this is why Whaleoil has an audience… its lazy and puerile yet works a treat

    Us kiwis love a good putdown, for some reason (insecurity?) – I very much doubt this applies across all the ethnic groups here but Europeans definitely do – be it sledging at cricket or whatever happens on a rugby field…. our comedians do little else in their pursuit of laughs etc etc etc.

    The question is, is it an effective vote catching tool – I doubt it but it sure captures headlines

    Needless to say there are much more intelligent means to debate and debase your opponents but those don’t capture mainstream kiwis in quite the same manner – refer our anti intellectualism

    • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1

      There’s a big difference between making people laugh – a quite legitimate debating technique if you ask me – and using cherry picked personal details as political leverage.

      • shorts 5.1.1

        I totally agree – one requires skill the other a very nasty streak (being a bully and coward helps)

        • One Anonymous Bloke 5.1.1.1

          Bullies need two things: an audience, and their victim’s assistance. They get both often enough that it becomes learned behaviour, and is often rewarded, but we all know what happens when the intended victim doesn’t play along.

    • Jan 5.2

      I agree, shorts. There are a significant number of people in this country who have quite low emotional IQs, and who really get off on this nastiness. Neoliberals will be more inclined towards it because empathy to others is anathema to the philosophy they live by anyway

  6. phil 6

    I have been in a political election where manure was thrown by the encumbent politician and that person got the boot by the voters. Here’s hoping.

  7. Ad 7

    It’s partly Labour’s fault.
    – Labour’s policies are not (yet) sufficiently bold to hold the centre of media discourse
    – Len Brown opened the personal up himself
    – David Cunliffe is not (yet) multi-dimensional and appears not to have a common touch, despite a great and undersold back story

    The above are solvable in time, with sound media management. But we are running out of time in 2014.

    Whereas the Greens have two resonant words running well in the MSM: “rivers” and “drilling”.
    They also play a better defensive game when it’s on – witness Turei getting shot at the knife-fight, and coming back with a lit bomb.

    Lange or Muldoon would not have stood for being called “stupid” yesterday; they would have their own tough/resonant/cutting comeback.

    • Tracey 7.1

      Labour has been v quiet with comebacks. Not matching nasty but making a pithy policy related statement.

      • Ad 7.1.1

        You mean “losing”

        If DC doesn’t have comebacks, hire staff who can.

        You think John Stewart writes the whole show every night?

        • Tracey 7.1.1.1

          Sorry????

        • weka 7.1.1.2

          Obviously. You think Cunliffe hasn’t hired any staff? Do you think the drink him under the table comment was Cunliffe’s or his advisors’?

          Mostly my comment was to point out that we can’t expect every leader to be Muldoon or Lange. The other issue here is Labour’s tardiness at getting messages and responses out, although they seem better than they used to.

          • Ad 7.1.1.2.1

            The staff Cunliffe has hired are not working.

            “Drink him under the table” is hard to credit it’s so bad.

            He sure ain’t Muldoon or Lange, so he better start being Cunliffe in a manner that’s smarter and funnier and sharper than Key and Collins and Tolley and the lot of them. He’s not there to be polite or calm: he’s there to beat his political opponents.

            Even Shane Jones’ one-liners are better right now.

            For the organisational effort to get Cunliffe into where he is now, a whole lot of people expected better than this. He and his staff – particularly now with Wendy gone – seriously need to improve.

            • weka 7.1.1.2.1.1

              Good points.

            • Chooky 7.1.1.2.1.2

              Ad….why dont you offer your services?…i find what you have to say quite to the point as to what is going wrong with Labour’s campaign…

              …..to my way of thinking this Labour Party needs to come out fighting…it still seems to be a party of entitlement hoping things will fall into its lap

              ….it needs to get out the Gorilla and the Guerilla ( could also enlist some on the left social media sites to help….all that rough raw talent put behind the offensive)

    • weka 7.2

      “Lange or Muldoon would not have stood for being called “stupid” yesterday; they would have their own tough/resonant/cutting comeback.”

      Right, but does that mean Cunliffe should even if its not in his nature? Some people have that capacity, others don’t. I agree Labour need to up their game here, but the question is how.

      • Tracey 7.2.1

        I wasnt in cabinet in 2001. John is running the show.

        • weka 7.2.1.1

          I think you missed my point Tracey. If Cunliffe doesn’t have the kind of brain or personality to do that, then what? Although reading the bit today about being able to drink Key under the table, I’m not sure if this is about Cunliffe or the Labour strategic team/advisors.

          • SHG (not Colonial Viper) 7.2.1.1.1

            The “I could drink John Key under the table” retort was cringeworthy.

            • Tracey 7.2.1.1.1.1

              Can you point me to your derision of keys comment about beating cunliffe at pong.

              Tia

              • c’mon tracey..!

                ..cunnliffes’ dick-waving/i can drink more than you boast..

                ..sucked and blew on every level..

                ..if someone advised him to try that peurile out-macho-ing..

                ..they should be fired..

                ..and i watched/commented on parl q-time today..

                ..and my reading was that cunnliffe handled that interaction with key perfectly..

                ..cunnliffe was leaning in..and flustering key..with facts/probing questions..

                ..(norman used the same tactic..similarly effectively..)

                ..and key was serially insulting/trying to bait cunnliffe..

                ..as i said..

                ..cunnliffe handled it perfectly..

                ..so..where did that drinking brain-fart come from..?

                ..an adviser..?

                ..phillip ure..

          • Tracey 7.2.1.1.2

            My reply was to ad

      • McFlock 7.2.2

        pleasenofish pleasenofish pleasenofish pleasenofish pleasenofish pleasenofish :)

        That’s what happens when people try to go out of their character to satisfy the chattering hordes.

    • BM 7.3

      Whereas the Greens have two resonant words running well in the MSM: “rivers” and “drilling”.
      They also play a better defensive game when it’s on – witness Turei getting shot at the knife-fight, and coming back with a lit bomb.

      The greens seem to have Campbell live in their back pocket.
      Not sure if John Campbell is a paid up green party member but from little bits of his show I’ve seen it seems to look like it, if I remember correctly he did admit to being a Alliance party member.

      Unlike the greens,Labour’s lack of friends in the media really is causing the party issues.

      • Tracey 7.3.1

        John key is running the whole shooting match and couldnt get a concession from a right wing ally who wants him at g20. That makes key cheap and impotent.

        If he cant get anything from the budgie smuggler his golf and g20 appearances are just him being used not advancing nz.

        • BM 7.3.1.1

          Why would Abbot give Key a concession.?
          There’s nothing but lose in this for Abbot.

          • Chooky 7.3.1.1.1

            Key is not fighting hard enough for ordinary New Zealanders ?…why?.

            …Is it true that Australian companies have been lined up to construct the New NACT Motorways?…..

            …are there bigger NACT cronyist monied interests at play here?

            …Labour should axe these motorways!

            • BM 7.3.1.1.1.1

              Key is not fighting hard enough for ordinary New Zealanders

              What’s the definition of an ordinary New Zealander?

              Is it true that Australian companies have been lined up to construct the New NACT Motorways?

              No idea, but if they were involved I’d say it would be more in a project management sort of way.
              I some how doubt vast numbers of Ockers are about to jump the ditch and build the motorways instead of kiwi workers.

              • Chooky

                “ordinary New Zealander”….those small NZ businesses supplying Australian supermarkets

                Transmission Gully …Fletchers Construction ….changed now to Australian Construction Company?

              • Tracey

                No idea. .. and yet you are certain key had nothing to persuade abbott. I dont know the intricacies but you asset you do.

              • Tracey

                Why would you doubt that? Why would you doubt an ozzie owned company wld take taxpayer money and take the profit back to ozzie?

          • Tracey 7.3.1.1.2

            Why would a g20 nation give us anything?

        • PapaMike 7.3.1.2

          You are assuming the John Key will be the New Zealand representative at the G20 talks.
          With David Cunliffe as PM it will be his role.

      • Ad 7.3.2

        You are getting to the source of the problem: poor direction and messaging from the opposition leaders’ office.

    • Stephanie Rodgers 7.4

      I have to disagree on Len Brown opening up the personal side himself. In the strictest terms of being the person who had the affair, certainly he played a role, but the public scandal side of things was orchestrated and initiated by the likes of Cameron Slater. And I think he could find a way to create scandal around Suzy Cato if he wanted to.

      • Ad 7.4.1

        Whaleoil was not the cause of the story – Brown was – and the Pope himself would have had difficulty turning it into a mere distraction from the “purity” of policy discussions.
        It was going to come out somewhere at great speed and volume – his fault.

        Far more troubling today is Wendy Brandon resigning from David Cunliffe’s office, from a stress-related illness.

        It links to your post in that it’s another calculus of the human cost of being a politician or indeed managing them. It is a deeply dehumanising sport.

        And I would reluctantly admit it bus the absolute historical model of being a good politician and a dignified human being at the same time, is Jeanette Fitzsimmons. Class.

        • tinfoilhat 7.4.1.1

          “And I would reluctantly admit it bus the absolute historical model of being a good politician and a dignified human being at the same time, is Jeanette Fitzsimmons. Class.”

          Agreed ..and you can add Rod Donald to that list as well.

        • Stephanie Rodgers 7.4.1.2

          I still have to disagree. Nobody lives a blameless life, and people like Cameron Slater will always be able to find, if not manufacture, a scandal. This is unfortunately especially true given the way he is sometimes treated as a credible source by people in the NZ media.

      • toad 7.4.2

        Slater will be fair spewing that he missed out on the Fenton story.

        • BM 7.4.2.1

          I thought it was fairly common knowledge.

          Also I don’t think whale oil would put the boot into Fenton about her heroin addiction, people who fight their demons and win deserve praise not derision.

          He’d put the boot in about her union and political views though.

      • ghostwhowalksnz 7.4.3

        Dont forget the puppeteer behind Slater and Brewer is John Banks

        A bit like Lyndon Johnson , after he went to the White House as Vice President and later President, he still ran politics back in Texas

  8. Pasupial 8

    Nact only have KiddyWhacker Craig as a possible coalition partner with the probable; demise of Untied History, and; the remnants of the MP going back home to Labour once Turia leaves parliament. Sure, there’s NZF, but Winston is going to want Key’s scalp as part of his price – and he might even get it too.

    Given all that, in their position I’d be trying to paint the opposition MPs as a bunch of kooks myself. Any dirt that might stick to the Reds or DevilBeasts will be slung in the coming months. But the compost heap that they’ve been building in Key’s drawers will eventually be exhausted. And the thing with digging through manure is that you soon come to stink of shit yourself.

    The question is; should the left retaliate in kind? Or, given the heavily biased media environment; should they stick to dotting all the i-s and crossing the t-s on their policies, so as to minimise opportunities for creative misinterpretations?

    • Clemgeopin 8.1

      It would be a BIG mistake for Labour to retaliate by resorting to Key’s gutter style of personal attacks and derogatory words.

      The way to win the election is..
      [1] Laughing off Nat’s nasty comments by taking the high ground or by ignoring their nastiness or by witty low key retorts. Don’t poke the nasty snakes. Stun them by superior tactics.
      [2] Attack their pro-wealthy and anti-worker, anti-common folk policies.
      [3] Keep the focus/debate on serious issues such as the asset sales, GCSB, housing, poverty, unemployment, price gauging by the corporates, education, health etc.
      [4] Periodically keep making high profile announcements of bold new social, economic and environmental policies.
      [5] Find ways of giving lots of publicity of the Labour party policies so that every voter or as many as possible, are aware of them.

      In other words, don’t sweat the small stuff. Leave that to Key and his nasty crew.

      • Chooky 8.1.1

        +100 Clemgeopin

        …use every NACT attack by demanding a right of reply in the media

        …..and then use that media space to turn around the attack on its tail
        …. as well as hitting the media with another very attractive Election Policy
        ….all the time stressing how NACT is rorting ordinary NZers

  9. Northshoreguynz 9

    I’ve always been a believe in the cock-up theory of history. Very rarely are things as orchestrated as they seem to be. The Nats are flailing around, slinging mud hoping some of it sticks.

  10. Tracey 10

    It cant be down to polling cos the polls are ok for them so far. Have they become worried labour will launch a john key is a liar campaign. So to negate the impact they are doing it first to neutralise?

    Perhaps they think its enough to keep their current base. Afterall the supporters of key on here leap on cunliffe but ex use key every time. This suggests the name calling and meaness appeals to john key supporters.

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      National’s internal polling is likely to be quite a bit more intricate and regular than the media polls. If there is trouble out there, they will spot it and understand it well before it appears anywhere else.

  11. It seems to be politics 101 really – fire lots of arrows and see which ones draw blood – meanwhile your opponents are fighting fires, you get to set the agenda of the narrative and if they try the same tactic back halfheartedly, then you can call a foul and say that’s not fair. Hone has shown how to combat it and that is to front foot it and push it back into their faces as Met also did. I don’t think cunliffe saying he could drink key under the table is the best way to go – very goffy, very catch up – he’d be better to laugh at key and keep laughing – key will crack with that strategy imo.

    • Bill 11.1

      I thought it was Key saying he could drink Cunliffe under the table. I’ll assume I missed something – Cunliffe’s reaction. Depressing.

      Totally agree that Hone seems to be very good in responding to bullshit. Metiria did well recently too, although I initially doubted her reaction.

      Dismissively laughing the fuckers out of the discourse while hammering on about serious matters would be my broad game plan.

        • BM 11.1.1.1

          I reckon Cunliffe would be puking his ring out after a couple of bottles.
          My money would be definitely on Key.

          Having said that though Cunliffe, would certainly get a lift in cred if he did challenge Key to a drinking competition.

          Maybe seven sharp could organize something.?

          • fender 11.1.1.1.1

            I reckon you should get yourself a crate of absinthe , take it round to Keys party pad, skull the lot, then take a dip in his swimming pool together.

            • rhinocrates 11.1.1.1.1.1

              Or just compare dicks behind the bike sheds? God, this is so pathetic.

              Mind you, bankster that he his, Key should challenge David Cunliffe to a coke-snorting contest.

              Points would be awarded not only for the number of lines, but the denominations of the rolled-up notes used.

              • fender

                Yes, some days more than others Bowel Motion really confirms his name is appropriate, and proves overwhelmingly that it also describes where his thoughts originate.

                Key looks like he could do a line the length of the country in one go, greedy bankster prick! He’s looking rather pale lately; too many pub-toilet pick-me-ups?!

              • rhinocrates

                There could even be a live commentary, with Rat-Boy Gower. “Look at the skill at which John Key has rolled that hundred-dollar note! Yes, his red braces are shining in an homage to the classic films, Wall Street and American Psycho, and he his bending over the mirror with five lines laid out before him… but wait, it seems that he has been entranced by the mirror. The struggle surely ensues – will it be the reflection or the coke that triumphs?”

                • fender

                  With Hekia standing nearby repeating over and over: “see I told you he’s just like a rock-star.”

                  • rhinocrates

                    Next he’ll wear leather pants and drive a Rolls Royce into the swimming pool… with an EPIC guitar solo!

                    Oh God, I’m getting my decades confused.

                    Well, I guess that what happens when even the experts say that you have a “rock star economy” crossed with the 80s.

                    Keith Moon for PM!

            • PapaMike 11.1.1.1.1.2

              Hasn’t Davids’ party pad got a pool also ?

              • fender

                Couldn’t tell you the answer to that Papa.

                However I’m not sure David would welcome a visit from a creep like BM, whereas Key would probably welcome BM (birds of a feather) especially once he sees BM brought a crate of absinthe.

            • Tim 11.1.1.1.1.3

              Personally, I’d give ‘em a load of Methadone and let them flail around whilst RadioLive & ZB News bulletins broadcast full tit in the background.

          • Tracey 11.1.1.1.2

            If you believe any of that, god help us all

          • McFlock 11.1.1.1.3

            I love the way tories are always trying to bring the opposition down to their own level, rather than raising their own game into actually having policies they can defend.

  12. Craig Y 12

    As far as I’m concerned, I’m going to ignore these personality musical chairs games and focus on substantive policy developments and questions. The rest of us should do the same.

  13. Tracey 13

    Interesting picture to run with article when everyone knows key joyce and other selective men run nationals strategy.

  14. Sosoo 14

    The idea is to position National as the dominant party and Labour as the crybaby complaining to the teacher. This appeals to the authoritarian followers who vote for National and makes Labour look weak.

    Labour needs to attack National on the basis of character. Collins is an obvious target. Ridicule is the best response. No bully can stand being made to look ridiculous.

    • rhinocrates 14.1

      People say that satire and art are ineffectual, but when you see the death lists dictators draw up, satirists and artists are always high up. Collins is certainly ripe for ridicule, as her whole persona is based on being “serious” and can’t respond cleverly by playing along as it would undermine that (when Key has played on being “relakshed”). Somehow, I think that “The Lighter Side of Judith Collins” articles in Granny and The Woman’s Weekly which will come when Key seems weak still won’t seem very convincing.

      • Colonial Viper 14.1.1

        Absolutely, art (performance or otherwise) appeals to the unconscious, and communicates subversive messages that rationalism simply cannot. Poets, playwrights, artists etc usually end up in labour camps or simply disappeared (physically or economically).

  15. rhinocrates 15

    It’s long been known that the major parties at least have their own “nuclear deterrents” that they’ve always held in reserve (perhaps with the exception of the Moyle affair, back in the days). It’s interesting that the Nats are opening their silos now.

    Darien Fenton certainly turned it around well, as did Meteria Turei with the fairly minor “castle” and “designer jacket” jabs. Thankfully some of these people are media-savvy, which gives me hope after Gaffe and Mumblefuck.

    Expect more attempts at blackmail, expect Whalecum and the Penguin to go into overdrive, expect Hoots to spin fast enough to power the country if someone connected him to a generator, start hunting for David Cunliffe’s birth certificate and drop hints about how he’s rumoured to eat deep-fried babyburgers in a particularly lazy fashion.

    I’m no fan of Len Brown, but what he’s had to endure is not a one-off. In military terminology, it’s not tactics (local, one-off) or even strategy (towards the greater goal), it’s doctrine (this is how we do it).

    … and expect that fool Mike Williams to say “I agree with Matthew.”

  16. Ben 16

    A man who calls his main political opponent an ‘idiot’, is a stupid idiot!

  17. Crunchtime 17

    The KeyNats are getting really nasty because they are desperate.

    Cunliffe hit the right note with his recent Facebook update, I think…

    “All week the National Party trolls have claimed I was somehow responsible for law changes in Australia in 2001. Actually I’d never been appointed a Minister or Member of Cabinet then…”

    https://www.facebook.com/david.cunliffe.labour

    • rhinocrates 17.1

      Well done! This guy knows the art of the soundbite.

      • Crunchtime 17.1.1

        I hope Mr Cunliffe continues with liberal use of the T word for the Nats, even if it would automatically put him into moderation on The Standard… Hahahahahaha.

  18. McFlock 18

    Fenton is targeted MP number three or four this year? Pretty obvious the nactoids aren’t expecting too much in the way of “economic recovery”.

    These are opening salvos. The nats are plugging them out to see what works with the nation, and as soon as they find a nerve they’ll jump on it every chance they get. On the flipside, as long as the opposition don’t overreact it just looks more and more like petty noise and bullying bluster.

    It’s quite obvious that, having failed at policy and outcomes, the nactoids are just working through a filing cabinet that more reputable legions of darkness would have simply used for blackmail.

    Expect a couple of juicy numbers on cunliffe and norman and one or two other senior mps to be held for the campaign itself. Though the nactoids are dumb enough to fire everything without priority, you never know.

  19. captain hook 19

    he is not an idiot, he is a cretinous imbecile!
    He cant remember where he was in 1981 and now hooton has manufactured claims that donkeyohtay has always harbored the ambition to have four terms of office just like jacka.
    give usa ll abreak will ya.
    he is a carpetbagger and and its starting to wear very thin.

    • rhinocrates 19.1

      captain hook, you have just insulted idiots, cretinous imbeciles, donkeys and carpetbaggers. I suggest that you apologise :)

  20. Blue 20

    It’s nothing new. John Key has always had a nasty streak that he is usually somewhat careful about displaying in the public eye, preferring to push the ‘nice guy’ image.

    The nasty side usually comes out when Key is under pressure or thinks it won’t get back to the public. In this case I would say it was due to pressure.

    Key is rolling over and letting Abbott walk all over him and he is basically not even trying to pretend otherwise. He has given up on rights for NZers in Australia and rights for NZ suppliers exporting to Australia, putting it all in the ‘too hard’ basket.

    It’s a bad look politically and when called out on it, he snapped and said something stupid. This is great for the left, we need more of these moments.

    • rhinocrates 20.1

      The nasty side usually comes out when Key is under pressure or thinks it won’t get back to the public. In this case I would say it was due to pressure.

      People have often noted this. Key often professes to be “relakshed”*, but there’s a nasty streak in him that is in fact his essential character and it often comes out in parliament. I don’t think that it’s due to pressure – that’s the real Key. He hates us, pressure only makes his mask slip. We need to keep emphasising his essential contempt, not find the odd scandal or two that can be shrugged off as slip-ups or misinterpretations – a mistake that fool** Willliams made a couple of elections ago.

      *Speech idiosyncrasies are cool if you’re cool, like Humphrey Bogart, Sean Connery or Claudius… not if you’re some banal Wall Street Bankster.

      **actually, “that fool” should be his first name.

  21. Freda McGaw 21

    I fear it is a right-wing plan to bring all politicians into disrepute – doesn’t matter if you bring your own side into bad odour, so long as there’s a growing public perception that all politicians are awful. Then less people vote – and we all know that this favours the right (more left-wing voters stay home). Hope I’m wrong.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 21.1

      I think you’re right, Freda: mistrust of government helps the right more than the left. It’s right there in their rhetoric – “small enough to drown in the bathtub”.

      • Crunchtime 21.1.1

        True – I think this is part of the plan. The Nats will be over the moon if they can successfully discourage even MORE people to not vote than the 800,000 who stayed away from the polls last general election. I can just see them setting a goal of a round million for themselves.

        Vastly more people who get so disgusted and demoralised that they disengage and don’t vote are potential Labour/Green/Mana/Democrat etc voters.

      • rhinocrates 21.1.2

        Exactly… going back to Abraham Lincoln, government is of the people, by the people, for the people. Once it’s seen as separate from the people and as an enemy, then democracy is breaking down – and that it exactly what the right want.

  22. Rodel 22

    Young potential voters I talk to say they prefer Cunliffe to Key because he can do the cut and thrust without sneering. I think its called dignity.

  23. tinfoilhat 23

    I don’t think there’s anything odd regarding Darien’s article, her past is pretty common knowledge and i believe she just wanted to make some salient points about dealing with addiction after the death of Phillip Hoffman, if anyone was trying to blackmail her she’d be more than a match for them.

    • Anne 23.1

      The Herald were planning to run a tabloid style story on her former addiction – an attempt to taint her in election year. She jumped in first with the real story. End of story tinfoilhat.

      • phillip ure 23.1.1

        @ anne..as i notd above..

        ..that is complete bullshit..

        ..anyone paying attention wd already know fentons’ back-story..

        ..there is/was no ‘scandal’ to tell..

        ..yr ‘impeccable source’ is blowing it out his/her arse..

        ..phillip ure..

        • Anne 23.1.1.1

          Would you prefer the expression “the horses mouth” instead of “impeccable source”?

          I don’t know who or what you thought I was replying/referring to philip ure but it was a reply to a comment by OAB which read in part:

          Three possibilities there then.

          1. Bunji and Anne’s source(s) is/are mistaken…

          I hit reply but it ended up being pushed further down the page by other comments.

          Nothing to do with who did or didn’t know about Darien’s history.

          Apology?

    • Tracey 23.2

      Common knowledge to whom? The general public probably knew nothing of it. I didnt

  24. ghostwhowalksnz 24

    Labour would have kept its powder dry on National MPs till this election year.

    I imagine its part of the reason some of those with promising political futures have decided to leave
    unexpectedly.
    Tremain ??
    Nash would have been very assidous in knowing what was going on back in Napier

  25. rhinocrates 25

    The nats based their early campaigns on ashpirashuns. I use that word with the deliberate misspelling not to mock Key’s speech impediment, but to mock his moral impediment. Ashpirahuns are greed-driven fantasies, but aspirations are a desire and ambition to really be more than you were “supposed” to be in both a material and moral sense. One is shiny and glittering but hollow and the other is hard to achieve, but real and solid. One is to be praised and supported by any means, the other is to be mocked and condemned – guess which.

    People who have aspirations should be supported by the Labour Party.

    People who have ashpirashuns should learn better for the good of themselves and us all.

  26. The one chance Nat’s have of winning the next election is for Labour and the Greens to fall out publicly.They will do everything to make this possible .Just watch how Key and his creeps try to”inform” the public how dangerous a Green /Labour government would be. In fact already its the most often heard quote from Nat members to swing voters. I have one rank Tory continuously telling me just how dangerous it would be, Keep an eye on this Lefties . Its amazing what people believe if they are told enough times and Crosby /Textor will certainly make sure that message is told.

  27. natwest 27

    Judging by the comments, Mr Key is viewedhere as an absolute blazing success along with the economy.

    So attack the man that is so popular as leader (poll after poll), because that is all the left has.

    Same old, same old – no policies, no direction – just gutter politics from the past.

    Keep it up, it’s failed the left every time – as it will this year.

    • Tracey 27.1

      Reading is a skill.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 27.2

      No recently announced single buyer for electricity, then? No building program? No government-backed insurance? No Charter schools Quislings gone by lunchtime? No TTPA unless the text is subject to public debate then? No food in schools? No response to climate change? No National’s Standards corruption gone by lunchtime?

      Or option two: you’re just another partisan hack throwing your temper. Yeah, that sounds more likely. Whatever it is that has you so upset, there’ll be another one along tomorrow :D

  28. RedBaronCv 28

    Are they attacking women MP’s but focusing on those who are spokespeople for the welfare areas in the hope that it’s going to slow them down from commenting on issues that have adversely affected women and young people?
    The Nacts probably don’t have a lot of female vote to lose but I imagine they don’t want these sorts of issues being front footed to them.It’s an area where they are hugely vulnerable. For instance the latest education announcement probably translated as, “more over paid blokes arriving at the school to tell me how to do my job” .Cluster schools of excellence “now the kids can’t walk home from school and it’s an extra half hour to get them there in the morning”.
    The Family court reforms will also be biting them, and DV and welfare bashing and jobless young people.

  29. BrucetheMoose 29

    As far as standard of character goes, Key would have to be the worst politician in NZ history. He is disrespectful, deceitful, unethical, vindictive and severely lacks empathy for others. In essence, he is a narcissistic nutter. Every decent minded Kiwi, National supporter or not, should make it a duty to get rid of this vile individual. New Zealand deserves infinitely better.

  30. Yossarian 30

    Perhaps Keys is a weasel in a cunning cat disguise.

    As for the renewed outbreak of Nationals being Nationals and trying to smear others, its just normal service at a tad higher intensity that will no doubt increase the closer to the election we get.
    I dont buy the conspiracy “Operation Smear” option, that would imply cognitive thought from a bunch of arseholes, whos main weapon of choice seems to be to try and appeal to the wolf whistle, lowest common denominator in people.

    Cunliffe & Co best course of action is to just smile, shrug their shoulders and try not to react as just end up in verbal mud wrestling competiton of the Party Keys framing. Deflection, dis information, is what they want to occur as they wont have to attempt real politique.
    Labour need to focus on policy, policy, policy and also hold to account, the record of the NeoNationals Muppets in Gvt.

    Second thoughts Keys as a weasel? Thats not fair on weasels, for they must have feelings, well more than that balding, fascist wannabe, self promoting git.

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  • New Zealand can be rightly proud of seat on Security Council
    Gaining a seat on the United Nation’s Security Council shows the sort of standing that New Zealand has in the world and the quality of the long campaign that we ran over nearly a decade, says Foreign Affairs spokesperson David...
    Labour | 16-10
  • MPI still dragging the chain over causes of food bug
    The Ministry of Primary Industries’ release of Environmental Science and Research’s initial reports regarding the sources of a nasty stomach bug will be little comfort to the 127 people affected by it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “This...
    Labour | 16-10
  • Key commits to deployment before consultation or analysis
    John Key’s offer to consult Opposition parties on whether to deploy New Zealand forces against ISIS looks increasingly like a PR exercise only, says Labour’s Defence spokesperson, Phil Goff. “The presence of New Zealand’s Chief of Defence Force at a...
    Labour | 15-10
  • Four Nominees for Labour’s Leadership
    As at 5pm today four valid nominations had been received for the position of Labour Leader, as follows: Andrew Little(nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway) Nanaia Mahuta(nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio) David Parker(nominated by Damien O’Connor...
    Labour | 14-10
  • MPI must name product and supermarket chain
    The Ministry of Primary Industries must name the product responsible for severe gastroenteritis affecting people around the country, and the supermarket chain distributing it, Labour’s Food Safety spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The Ministry seems to be more concerned about protecting...
    Labour | 13-10
  • Law changes shaping up to be worse than first thought
    The Prime Minister needs to be up front about exactly what changes he is planning to make to the Employment Relations  Amendment Bill, Labour's spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says.Interviewed on Q&A yesterday John Key said he did not...
    Labour | 12-10
  • Rapists, not Tinder, the threat to women
    Blame for rape and sexual assault should only ever be laid at the door of the perpetrator, not dating services or the actions of women themselves, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. “Tinder is not the problem and women...
    Labour | 09-10
  • Media Advisory
    MANA Leader, Hone Harawira will not be available to speak with media today regarding his release “Recount Just One Step To restoring Credibility”. He is however available for media comment tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of October, all media arrangements are...
    Mana | 07-10
  • RECOUNT JUST ONE STEP TO RESTORING CREDIBILITY
    “I have applied for a judicial recount of the votes in the Tai Tokerau election because it is one step in trying to restore credibility to the electoral process in the north, and, I suspect, in all other Maori electorates...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA SEEKS TAI TOKERAU RECOUNT
    The MANA Movement is supporting Leader Hone Harawira’s application for a judicial re-count in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate for the 2014 general election. President Lisa McNab says there are a number of serious issues of concern regarding the ability...
    Mana | 07-10
  • MANA to fight mass privatisation of state housing
    Announcements over the past 12 hours from the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, and Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, make clear the government’s intention for the mass privatisation of state housing. This comes during the middle...
    Mana | 07-10
  • Journalists have right to protect sources
    Legal authorities must respect the right of journalist Nicky Hager to protect the source of his material for his Dirty Politics book under Section 68 of the Evidence Act, Acting Labour Leader David Parker says. “It is crucial in an...
    Labour | 06-10
  • It shouldn’t take the Army to house the homeless
    National’s move to speed up its state house sell-off shows it is bankrupt of new ideas, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has been in office for six years, yet the housing crisis has got worse every month and...
    Labour | 06-10
  • We need more houses, not Ministers
    The Government’s decision to have three housing Ministers will create a dog’s breakfast of the portfolio and doesn’t bode well for fixing the country’s housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New Zealanders need more houses, not more Ministers....
    Labour | 05-10
  • MANA’S CHALLENGE TO THE 51st PARLIAMENT
    Ten years ago I led 50,000 Maori on the historic FORESHORE AND SEABED MARCH from Te Rerenga Wairua to the very steps of this parliament, in a march against the greatest land grab in the history of this country –...
    Mana | 03-10
  • Is this really necessary?
    No one denies chief executives should be well paid for their skills and experience, but it is the efforts of all employees which contribute to company profits, Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker says. “Salaries paid to chief executives come at...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Lyttelton Port workers also deserve pay rises
    Hard slog by Lyttelton Port workers contributed to strong financial growth for the company and they deserve to be rewarded for their work as much as its chief executive, says Labour’s Acting Leader David Parker. “Lyttelton Port chief executive Peter...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Māori Party must seek guarantees on Māori seats
    Labour is calling on the Māori Party to ensure protection of the Māori seats is part of its coalition deal with National which is being considering this weekend, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “For the third consecutive term,...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
    The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Dairy price fall shows urgent need to diversify
    The overnight drop in milk prices shows New Zealand’s overreliance on the dairy industry puts our economy in a vulnerable position, says Acting Labour Leader David Parker. “Dairy prices fell 7.3 per cent overnight and have almost halved since February....
    Labour | 02-10
  • Tasks aplenty for new Health Minister
    One of the first jobs for the new Minister of Health must be to provide an honest and transparent report into surgery waiting times and exactly how many Kiwis are not having their health needs met, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette...
    Labour | 02-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Labour and ‘special interests’
    The media narrative of Labour is that it is unpopular because it’s controlled by ‘special interests’. This ‘special interests’ garbage is code for gays, Maoris, wimin and unionists. We should show that argument the contempt it deserves. The next Labour...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Ru...
    . . Continued from: Housing; broken promises, families in cars, and ideological idiocy (Part Tahi) . National’s housing development project: ‘Gateway’ to confusion . Perhaps nothing better illustrates National’s lack of a coherent housing programme than the ‘circus’ that is...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Here’s what WINZ are patronisingly saying to people on welfare when they ...
    Yesterday, a case manager from WINZ called to tell me that I needed to “imagine what I would do if I did not have welfare”. I replied “Well, I guess if I couldn’t live at home, I would be homeless.”...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • David Shearer’s ‘no feminist chicks’ mentality highlights all that is...
    Mr Nasty pays a visit Shearer’s extraordinary outburst last night on NZs favourite redneck TV, The Paul Henry Show, is a reminder of all that is wrong within the Labour Caucus right now… He said the current calls for a female or...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0
    Greenpeace 1 – Shell 0...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – A Tale Of Two Cities
    Sunday was surreal. I went for a drive and ended up in a different country. It wasn’t intentional but those days of too many literally intertextual references seldom are. There is no doubt that the Sunday drive this week had...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Key raises terror threat level to justify war in Iraq and now the SIS need ...
    Have we learned nothing from rushing into war? It’s embarrassing Key has raised our terror threat from ‘very low’ to ‘low’ so he can justify military action in Iraq. Watching him pimp for an American war is as sick as...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Socialism? in France; Austerity in Europe
    On Sunday I stumbled upon this recent New York Times column The Fall of France by Paul Krugman. Then I caught BBC’s Newsnight interview with France’s ‘Socialist’ Prime Minister Manuel Valls. Krugman notes that the Socialists came to power on an anti-austerity mandate, but completely squandered their opportunity...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • So Snowden and Greenwald were right – again – NZ Embassies spying for A...
    Well, well, well. What do we have here… NZ embassies involved in covert intelligence work for US – reportsNew Zealand’s embassies have been involved in covert intelligence gathering work on behalf of the United States, a fresh batch of classified...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Why David Parker *isn’t* a credible choic...
    The one electoral contest this year that a Labour leader is sure to win heated up over the weekend with the late entry of Finance Spokesman (and interim caretaker leader) David Parker into Labour’s leadership race. I’d blogged late last...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Fran O’Sullivan’s extraordinary column
    Note how the carefully constructed flow chart above ignores the mainstream media’s complicity with Slater and Dirty Politics    I am no fan of Fran O’Sullivan’s politics and would argue long into the day against her on many of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Final salute to Cunliffe
    Final salute to Cunliffe...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • David Cunliffe’s statement
    I am today announcing that I have decided not to nominate for the 2014 Labour Party leadership contest. It has been a hard decision to make but it is one that I believe is in the best interests of the...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Cunliffe to quit leadership race – the losers are the Labour Party member...
    That’s all folks   And so ends the first ever Labour Party member/affiliates choice for leadership. David Cunliffe is standing down at 2pm and is supporting Andrew Little instead. What a perverse turn of events. Cunliffe was punished by an angry Labour leadership forced...
    The Daily Blog | 13-10
  • Want to see new Nu Zilind? Read the comments section of Andrea Vance’s co...
    Andrea Vance is no stooge. She is one of the few mainstream media voices who has challenged power and authority, her latest column on the outrageous attempts by Key to use fear mongering to  spook the sleepy hobbits into war...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Humanity calling Government – anyone with empathy home?
    On Friday night groups of Invercargill activists and plain ole people who care took part in the 14 Hours Homeless event – sleeping out in the balmy southern climate on cardboard and couches at our Salvation Army Citadel. It’s a...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Labour, leadership and White blokes
    David Shearer said on TV3’s The Nation this weekend that he appreciated the support Labour’s received from Maori and Pacific communities over the last few elections, but that it was important to again, secure the votes of ordinary white blokes...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • Wrong priorities in media coverage of Ebola crisis
    The experts have told us that there is very little likelihood of a serious Ebola outbreak in any Western nation – unless the virus changes so that it can be spread through the air rather than just via bodily fluids....
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • John Key uses the same old warmongering recipe
    Less than three weeks after the election Prime Minister John Key wants New Zealand to join a war in the Middle East and extend the powers of our US-focused spy agencies the SIS (Security Intelligence Service) and the GCSB (Government...
    The Daily Blog | 12-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Anjum Rahman – shifting focus: towards building an effective ...
    It has now been three weeks since the election, and we on the left are still in the phase of trying to figure out what went wrong.  That can be a useful exercise depending on how it’s done, especially if...
    The Daily Blog | 11-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • RainbowYOUTH: 25 Years, 25 More
    In 1989, a group of young people in Auckland got together to form a support group for LGBTIQ youth. They called it Auckland Lesbian And Gay Youth (ALGY). After 25 years, several location changes, a name change, a brand reboot...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Outdated Oath shows need for Kiwi Head of State
    MPs are sworn in today and New Zealand Republic has written to MPs asking them to talk about why 121 New Zealanders elected by the people of New Zealand and standing in the New Zealand Parliament swear allegiance to another...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Council shouldn’t revenue grab from windfall valuations
    Auckland Council should state clearly they will not try and capture revenue as a result of the latest valuations and needs reminding that the City’s skyrocketing property values doesn’t change the level or cost of Council’s services, says...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • EPMU endorses Andrew Little for Labour leadership
    The National Executive of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union unanimously endorsed Andrew Little for the role of Labour leader, at a meeting held yesterday. “I have been speaking to our workplace delegates at forums across the country over...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • World Food Day promotes Agroecology not GE technology
    The UN has stated that agroecology is a major solution to feeding the world and caring for the earth....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Labour Names Review Team
    Labour’s New Zealand Council has appointed Bryan Gould as Convenor of its post-General Election Review. He will be joined on the Review Team by Hon Margaret Wilson, Stacey Morrison and Brian Corban....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Contenders for Labour leadership debate for first time
    The contenders for the leadership of the Labour Party debated for the first time on TV One’s Q+A programme today....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • UN Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme
    New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Jim McLay on TV One’s Q+A programme....
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • The Nation: RSA President BJ Clark & Ian Taylor, New NZ Flag
    Lisa Owen interviews RSA President BJ Clark and tech innovator Ian Taylor about changing the NZ flag...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully
    Murray McCully says New Zealanders can expect a 5-10 year engagement against Islamic State if we join military action in Iraq and the government will take that “very carefully into account”...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • Lisa Owen interviews Julia Gillard
    Julia Gillard says there is “sufficient evidence” to fight Islamic State and does not think it will increase the risk of a domestic attack...
    Scoop politics | 18-10
  • NZ businesses to make child abuse a priority conversation
    Many leading New Zealand businesses have partnered with national child advocacy organisation Child Matters to participate in the fourth annual ‘Buddy Day’ - New Zealand’s only child abuse prevention awareness day....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Tribunal decision significant for SMEs
    The Human Rights Review Tribunal decided this week in favour of an employee’s right not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons. The decision may still be appealed but the Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, Robert Kee,...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… New Zealand has been elected to the United Nations Security Council, but what happens next? Lisa Owen interviews Foreign Minister Murray McCully from New York about our goals for reform, what America wants from us...
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • 1000+ supported by Te Arawa Whanau Ora
    Over 1000 individual whānau members are leading happier, healthier, more successful lives as a result of eight passionate and committed Māori organisations working at the coalface to help whānau find success....
    Scoop politics | 17-10
  • Nomination for Board Members Now Open
    CRF’s objective is to create opportunities for people from refugee backgrounds to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to every area of New Zealand society. It is an organisation that undertakes advocacy work using the strengths-based approach,...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Anglican Family Care Otago staff to take industrial action
    Social workers, family workers and support staff working for Anglican Family Care in Dunedin and South Otago will take industrial action after their employer refused a pay increase that would keep up with the rising cost of living....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Use UN Security Council role to overcome inaction and injust
    Amnesty International welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the UN Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use the role to ensure the body lives up to its role of safeguarding global peace and security....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Grisham’s ‘child porn’ comments ignorant
    World-renowned author John Grisham has come under fire by advocacy group Stop Demand Foundation, for comments it says trivialises the global child sex abuse trade....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Latest leak of TPPA intellectual property text confirms risk
    On the eve of the latest (non)round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) yet another version of the intellectual property has found its way to Wikileaks ....
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • New Zealand awarded UN Security Council seat
    International aid agency Oxfam New Zealand welcomes New Zealand’s election to the United Nations Security Council, saying it gives an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting contribution to international peace and security and improve the lives...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • 40 more jobs lost to cheap imports
    40 more jobs lost to cheap imports Another New Zealand manufacturer is closing its doors, giving the lie to the idea that we have a “rock star” economy or any strategy for jobs growth. Wellpack is a paper bag manufacturer...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs
    Pink Batts manufacturer to cut Christchurch jobs 29 roles are to be cut at the Christchurch manufacturing facility of Tasman Insulation, the company which manufacturers the iconic Pink Batts brand of products. The company is proposing to consolidate its...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Kellogg cereal donations help the Sallies feed those in need
    Kellogg New Zealand commits 64,000 serves of breakfast cereal during World Food Day Coinciding with World Food Day this year, Kellogg New Zealand and The Salvation Army are reaching out to less fortunate Kiwis with the donation of 64,000 serves...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • National Slips, Labour Hits Lows
    National fail to get post-election bounce but leaderless Labour Party crash to lowest ever support...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZ parents hope for more than just happy and healthy babies
    Auckland, 16 October 2014 – What do expectant mums and dads hope for their children? According to new research from Growing Up in New Zealand , a baby’s health and happiness may be high up on the list, but today’s...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance
    NZPI backs Minister’s affordable housing stance NZPI is supportive of Hon. Dr Nick Smith’s, efforts to use the RMA as a mechanism for taking the heat out of the housing affordability challenge in New Zealand. “As Minister for Environment...
    Scoop politics | 16-10
  • Prime Minister’s OIA Admision Disturbing
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