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The Standard’s ten most popular posts for 2013

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, December 27th, 2013 - 59 comments
Categories: david cunliffe, john key, labour, len brown, national, The Standard - Tags:

It is that time of year where you are expected to gaze at your navel and reflect on the events of the past 12 months.  I thought that a post of the Standard’s ten most popular posts would give a feel for the events that were most important for the Standard’s readers and participators over the past 12 months.  Anyway here goes:

Number 10 was a post by Anthony R0bins about Labour’s housing policy posted on July 28.  The policy of restricting the ability of foreigners to buy land locally hit a real nerve in the debate.  Was this a nationalist policy by Labour wanting to preserve local control or was it a racist dog whistle designed to discriminate against foreigners?  702 comments later the debate had covered a number of areas and showed the benefit of online participation.  The debate covered everything from compact urban form to xenophobia.  The post was relatively concise but the debate was intense.

Number 9 was a provocative post that I put up .  It was during the Roastbusters debate and linked to John Tamihere’s expressed desire to stand for Labour out west.  I thought there should be a discussion about whether or not he should be a Labour MP and I believe the overwhelming response was that he should not even think about it.

Number 8 was a prescient post by Eddie on Shearer’s leadership of the Labour Party put up a month before Shearer stood down.  It suggested that his handling of the Manban was the last straw and there had been a sea change of opinion about him.  It rightfully predicted that his days were numbered.

Number 7 was David Cunliffe’s guest post during the leadership campaign.  A guest post was also provided by Grant Robertson.  Shane Jones did not do the same but I posted about his leadership announcement to provide some balance.  Interestingly the views were in the ratio of 56:28:16 and the membership votes in the leadership contest were in the ratio of 60:27:13.  That is some coincidence …

Number 6 was a post by Eddie on Labour’s three factions that was put up on March 25.  It gave by far the most sophisticated analysis of Labour’s factions that I read all year and essentially predicted that the careerist left would splinter and cause a change in the leadership which did occur.  It also hinted at the problems that Caucus had at the time.

Number 5 was a post by Helen Kelly about the film industry and the slave wages being paid to talented technicians.  She also suggested a means of organising the workforce so that their rights could be protected and enhanced.  Although it attracted few comments (only 45) it obviously struck an international chord and was immensely well read.

Number 4 was a post that I put up about Bevan Chuang during the height of the Cameron Slater inspired Len Brown witch hunt.  I thought that Bevan’s treatment by Slater, and for that purpose by Len Brown, had been awful and that discussion of her predicament was necessary.  Most of the post was provided by a commenter who shall remain nameless but it was an attempt to see the whole issue from Chuang’s perspective.

Number 3 was Karol’s post on Simon Bridges’ implosion on John Campbell’s show.  If you ever need to see reinforcement of how aggressive, obnoxious and conceited a tory Politician can get then the film clip in the post has to be seen.  Bridges was outrageous and his performance should be compulsory viewing for every progressive person thinking about getting involved in the next election.

Number 2 was Mike Smith’s post on Chelsie Crayford posting a photo with John Key with a sign saying that she was “with stupid”.  She was attacked by all the usual suspects but her bravery and her ability to accurately describe the current Prime Minister was a worthy addition to the posts of the year.  Interestingly Facebook provided a number of the hits.

And …. [drum roll] … the most popular post of the year is …

A guest post by BLiP where he documents the many lies that John Key has said over the past few years.  Congratulations BLiP and please, please keep up the good work.

May 2014 be even more satisfying and rewarding than 2013 was.

59 comments on “The Standard’s ten most popular posts for 2013”

  1. Tracey 1

    Chelsea crayford…. thats democracy folks

  2. Ron 2

    Interestingly the views were in the ratio of 56:28:16 and the membership votes in the leadership contest were in the ratio of 60:27:13. That is some coincidence …

    I think your educated guess was better than the opinion polls. We may need it again around October next year

    • alwyn 2.1

      Probably be a bit later than October. The election probably won’t be until mid-November and even if Cunliffe quits on election night, after Labour’s big loss, the election for the new Labour leader probably won’t be until the new year.

      • Will@Welly 2.1.1

        Wrong buddy, Key’s in Hawaii getting the mansion refurbished for next year’s “homecoming”!!

  3. Tracey 3

    Ron

    it will not be as reflective of the election because this site attracts more of the left hence a frighteningly accurate reflection of the labour leadership race?

  4. weka 4

    Thanks micky. By most popular do you mean most commented on?

    • mickysavage 4.1

      Most pageviews Weka. Interestingly there was not a great correlation between comments and page views.

      • karol 4.1.1

        Also, I’m not sure page views equates with significance or quality of the post – at least not if my post at #3 is anything to go by.

        For some reason that post attracted a lot of views – via Facebook as I recall, going by my recollection of Lynn’s comments at the time.

        That post was written in haste, and didn’t involve as much research, reflection or care as many of my other posts during the year: not the one I would have picked as my best of the year.

        However, BLiP’s tireless monitoring of Key’s lies and distortion of the truth does deserve the highest commendation.

  5. Tracey 5

    Weka

    might be views cos helen kellys got 45 comments?

  6. Wayne 6

    Well I checked the most “popular ” post of BliP, and the one cited had 61 comments. Now I know it has been reposted on a number of occasions, so maybe the cumulative number of comments is the highest.

    Otherwise the post is propaganda, and you will be committing the same sin as BLiP accuses JK of. And of most of the BLiP list is actually interpretation, opinion etc. Which is why NZ’ers, by and large, (Standardnista’s excepted) do not think that the PM is an inveterate liar, and also why Labour will not be able to run a campaign on that theme. Though I appreciate the modern campaigning also uses friendly blogs as an underground campaign tool.

    By the way I note that this blog basically equates the Labour/Green bloc as the equivalent to National. I understand why that is the case under MMP. But I would suggest in the public mind, that if National gets 45% and the Labour gets 35%, they are not going to be seen as the equivalent. National will be seen by much of the public as having the right to have first crack at forming government. Such a gap between the two main parties will be a powerful message to NZF, which in this situation would almost certainly have the balance of power.

    Now I realize there is nothing in the law that says that the largest party has first option, but you can see why Shane Jones keeps talking about the importance of Labour being north of 40%, even if that was largely at the expense of the Greens. He is clearly concerned about moral mandates.

  7. Tracey 7

    Is that your last party political broadcast on behalf of the national party for 2013 wayne?

    Key is clever to make sure his lies are not so blatant wayne and he and his writers rely on your conveniently narrow definition of lie. Lets substitue deliberately misleading or the other option which is lazy and stupid… eg in the bmw bs

  8. Tracey 8

    Rofl @ at the newly coined notion of moral mandate. Apparently the rights effort to reclaim fpp by stealth. Nats appear able to apply morality to efforts to gain power but little else.

  9. Tracey 9

    Paul. No reply option on mobile

  10. a thumbs’-up to that number one..

    ..i have posted it/linked to it (again).

    ..and how about listing the most commented-on..?

    ..that could also be of some interest..

    ..phillip ure..

  11. Will@Welly 11

    I thought I had a good memory on Key’s lies, but BLiP’s list is amazing. I’d like to see that run as full page ads in all the daily’s closer to the elections next year. I wrote to Goff after the last election, when Goff called Key a liar in that first debate, Key was stung, he had no comeback, because he knew Goff was right. The arseh**e of a man.
    If Labour/Greens/Mana do win next year, and by God I hope they do, expect National to pull every dirty trick out of the book. Even in the lead up to the election, as we’ve seen with Len Brown, they’ll be trolling through the rubbish bins and waste skips looking for any bit of damning evidence to hang on Labour or any potential coalition partner.
    As for Wayne’s comments that National will want/deserve first crack at forming a Government next time around if the two sides are roughly level-pegging, it just shows how conceited the Tories are. What next, should we allow them to print a few extra votes to get them over the line? Come on Wayne, what kind of banana democracy are you living in? Oh, that’s right, John Keys!!

    • Tracey 11.1

      His list, from memory is not even complete… The whole Len Brown thing has shown that even though people say they expect politicians ot lie or whatever, they actually dont like it when it is blatantly exposed…. is it because individually those voters feel they have been made a mug? If so, cherry pick the porkies very carefully with key…

      find the audio ones, and get them youtube bound and viral…

    • alwyn 11.2

      In fact the only politician who has recently advocated the view that that the largest, in terms of number of seats, party has a moral right to have first crack at forming a Government is Winston Peters. As he may be the one to be the king-maker after the election his views probably need to be considered. On the other hand Weasel Winnie has never allowed anything he said yesterday to affect what he is going to do or say today.
      In terms of trolling through rubbish bins, I was not aware that the National Party had been accused of trolling through Len Brown’s bin. John Key, in particular seems to have remained entirely neutral on the subject of Len and his various pecadillos. The only examples of going through the rubbish bins was in 2008 when the Labour Party supporters did it to the rubbish fron Key’s electorate office.
      Mike Williams, then Labout Party President got pretty close when he tripped off to Australia in the middle of the campaign on his fiasco of an attempt to smear Key. He went of promising to find an H-homb and came back with a great big fat zero for his efforts.

      • Will@Welly 11.2.1

        Alwyn – my little piece of shyster profanity, what occurred to a certain starlet being coerced into revealing details of her torrid affair with the Mayor to his main rival in a moon-lite carpark is the equivalent of trolling through the rubbish bins at midnight.
        Blubber-oil ranted as if this was the story to end all stories, now we see the quislings on the Council chattering like Quasimodo.
        As for John Key, nothing happens in the right blogosphere without the say so of some senior National Party official. They don’t want anything turning rogue, not even some dim-witted pug like you alwyn. And Key’s “dirty little secrets”, in the fullness of time, they will be revealed. Money can buy silence, but only for so long.

  12. Grumpy 12

    Proud to have done my bit. I believe it is the quality of the comments that generates page hits. Looking to refining my technique in the New Year……

  13. Tracey 13

    I am looking forward to that too grumpy.

    have a healthy and happy 2014

  14. ecossemaid 14

    There can be, but only one outcome to the general election in 2014, surely? A huge Labour landslide and National exiled to become microbe life (just) on Mars? Surely a party thats inficted draconian polices on the poor, vunerable, welfare, healthcare, anything else that moves and trying to sell us stuff we already own is destined for oblivion? Surely Mr Keys should be packing his suit case, ready to join the other failed right wing nutcases of the world at “Fascist View Retirement Home”? Other residents include Mitt Rommel (Usa) Paul Von Ryan (Usa) and in transit Cameron (Uk) & Abbott (Aus) surely? Yet “Are You Thinking What I Am Dreading”? That Nationals recipe for electoral success will be appauling electoral tactics that appeal to the lowest common denomantor & predjudices in people, add a huge chunk of voter apathy, sprinkle with loads of smoke, mirrors & chicanery…Put said menu in the oven to cook into the publics mind for the next year and add huge dollops of dubious cash donations to campaign..et Voila! One National Victory! Please some one? Tell me I am niave, stupid, and The National Night Mare After Christmas is not going to happen? Plse!

  15. greywarbler 15

    And further to the link above to Blips April post. These also are comprehensive lists that he has compiled and we can bring them forward regularly in 2014 as I am sure they will be still on the spot, age shall not wither them etc.

    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-20052013/#comment-635333

    http://thestandard.org.nz/the-king-stay-the-king-the-pawns-in-the-game-they-get-capped-quick/#comment-631772

    Blip 1.3.1.1.1
    1 September 2013 at 3:00 pm
    But wait . . . there’s more: http://thestandard.org.nz/liar/#comment-685886

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