Archive for August, 2007

A sudden end to the Schadenfreude

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 pm, August 31st, 2007 - 1 comment

From bFM yesterday – Mickey Havoc interviews John Key… Mickey Havoc: “But you wouldn’t compare her to Muldoon? That’s what I’m asking…” John Key: “No” Mickey Havoc: “Alright” powered by ODEO

Key: style over substance

Written By: - Date published: 6:58 pm, August 31st, 2007 - Comments Off on Key: style over substance

The Press ran a story today in which they claim that: Labour polling conducted by UMR Insight, excerpts of which were leaked to The Press, show that while National was ahead by a healthy margin, voters were increasingly critical of Key. Labour’s poll, which asked people their opinions of Key, showed 64 per cent of […]

Armstrong changes his mind?

Written By: - Date published: 5:15 pm, August 31st, 2007 - Comments Off on Armstrong changes his mind?

That clipping’s from the Herald on the 23rd of this month. Yesterday on RNZ John Armstrong appeared to backtrack over whether Labour holding John Key to account for his numerous inconsistencies really is a “personal attack”: Kevin: People have talked a lot about personal attacks and the policy of personal attacks. I’m just wondering whether […]

National fights for its right to outspend others?

Written By: - Date published: 3:31 pm, August 31st, 2007 - Comments Off on National fights for its right to outspend others?

I was having a look at David Farrar’s National Party blog this morning and I came across an interesting comment from one of Farrar’s regulars about why National might be so keen to knock over the Electoral Finance Bill. I’ll make it quite clear right now I’ve got my issues with the bill but I […]

Mo(o)re on “personal attacks”

Written By: - Date published: 3:13 pm, August 31st, 2007 - Comments Off on Mo(o)re on “personal attacks”

Item on Stuff yesterday interviewing Barry Gustafson, the author of His Way, a biography of Robert Muldoon (Auckland University Press, 2000): Professor of politics Barry Gustafson said Miss Clark seldom indulged in personal politics and the attack was a bit unfair. “If anyone has been on the receiving end of some pretty nasty rumours and […]

Online polls

Written By: - Date published: 5:42 pm, August 30th, 2007 - Comments Off on Online polls

National Party blogger David Farrar writes: “The poll had Key leading Clark by 2:1 consistently all of Tuesday. Then a huge splurt of votes today with 85% of them being for Clark. The Herald should publish the IP addresses of any mass multiple voting.” What’s that? Stop the presses! “A huge splurt of votes”. That […]

John, I am your father

Written By: - Date published: 1:54 am, August 30th, 2007 - 3 comments

There’s been a bit of excitement round the traps today over this picture from Stuff.co.nz, which tries to merge Helen Clark’s face into Rob Muldoon’s. Naturally, National Party blogger David Farrar has been wallowing like a pig in shit over Mike Moore’s comments in the Herald comparing the two, and he seems to think the […]

Family-friendly facade

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 pm, August 29th, 2007 - 3 comments

Yet another policy inoculation today from the Nats, this time on paid parental leave. Judith Collins is now “generally not against it” and in typically decisive fasion John Key “thinks” he’s for it. What’s really astounding about this u-turn is how many of their MPs are on record as having vehemently opposed it since day […]

Key on economic management

Written By: - Date published: 5:40 pm, August 29th, 2007 - Comments Off on Key on economic management

Presenter: “Where. do you see it [the NZ dollar]?” John Key: “Hard to pick actually at these levels. um, yeah there’s just so much volatility in there and I’m really, I’m really [sic] not as sure as I was a while ago when I thought it was going a lot higher, Um and I think […]

Behind the veneer

Written By: - Date published: 3:53 pm, August 29th, 2007 - 1 comment

Russell Brown writes in Hard News: “It was always odds-on that Judith Collins MP would top her previous efforts at public nastiness – and already, she’s come though for the punters. 3 News ran a story on Friday night claiming controversy over the hiring of “prominent drag queen” Buckwheat, aka Edward Cowley, as a motivational […]

National: policy free zone

Written By: - Date published: 1:51 pm, August 29th, 2007 - Comments Off on National: policy free zone

From Morning Report (full audio) earlier today: Sean Plunket: Final question when do we get to see your party’s ah local government policy? John Key: Well we’ve, we’ve already ah, you know, made quite a lot of things clear. We’re going to release um a local government discussion document at some point but in the, […]

Gateway Hotel workers still standing strong

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, August 29th, 2007 - Comments Off on Gateway Hotel workers still standing strong

Just got these photos in from the picket line at the Airport Gateway Hotel in Auckland, where a dozen low-paid staff have now been locked out for nearly a month for wanting a collective agreement. As you can see from the photos they’re still in high spirits, but after a month without pay they need […]

Why does John Key want to sell Air NZ?

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 pm, August 28th, 2007 - 1 comment

This morning Air New Zealand announced an annual profit of $268 million. The New Zealand public owns 80% of the national carrier, which means a good chunk of that profit is ours to spend on things like health, education and family tax credits rather than filling the pockets of some overseas shareholder. So why then […]

If you can’t take the heat…

Written By: - Date published: 4:45 pm, August 27th, 2007 - 5 comments

The National Party have been complaining about the increasing scrutiny on John Key’s business dealings. First, his association with the “Earl of Auckland” property development firm that’s attempting to go into liquidation to avoid leaky building costs and second the nature of his involvement at Elders during the Equiticorp scandal of the 1980s – both […]

Same old National Party

Written By: - Date published: 4:31 pm, August 27th, 2007 - 1 comment

As the National Party concentrated on its own political health with yet another policy u-turn inoculation, this time on the need for an airforce combat wing, Health Minister Pete Hodgson had some good news for the health of under-sixes.

Cullen finally placed on grassy knoll?

Written By: - Date published: 2:55 pm, August 27th, 2007 - Comments Off on Cullen finally placed on grassy knoll?

Headline in today’s Dompost “Labour blamed for edgy market”. Yes, the perpetually grumpy business community are blaming Labour for the unsettling volatility of the economy, interest rate rises and the drop in the dollar. Seeing as Michael Cullen has been personally liable for the horrifically high dollar all these months it seems only natural that […]

Hone “Sorting Hat” Harawira

Written By: - Date published: 12:29 pm, August 27th, 2007 - Comments Off on Hone “Sorting Hat” Harawira

Hone Harawira hits the nail on the head in this interview on ‘Sunday’: “Well, you know, the strange this is that everybody calls her Auntie Helen but I can’t see anybody calling that fella Uncle John. He’s a smiling snake. That’s how I see John Key. He smiles a lot. He’s charasmatic. But none of […]

Key’s missing compass

Written By: - Date published: 12:56 pm, August 26th, 2007 - 2 comments

In the Weekend Herald today, Fran O’Sullivan opines: “By drawing out his opponents before they even noticed Key was using the type of classic defensive move that would be natural to a high stakes foreign exchange trader”. If she’s right she may have identified a superficial strength gleaned from his many years in the money […]

Farrar, you’re a disgrace

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 pm, August 25th, 2007 - 5 comments

Well surprise, surprise, National Party blogger David Farrar has joined in the disgraceful right-wing smear campaign currently being conducted against AUT’s curriculum leader for journalism, Dr Martin Hirst. You’ll have to forgive me if I find this all a little ironic given Farrar’s carefully scripted outrage just this morning over Labour’s supposed smears against John […]

Fairer electoral funding

Written By: - Date published: 3:38 pm, August 25th, 2007 - Comments Off on Fairer electoral funding

Today in the Dom: Tracy Watkins gets National Party blogger David Farrar to coauthor share his views in an article on the Electoral Finance Bill. The Nats are campaigning hard against changes to the Act. You would too if you had as much to lose. The loopholes in it nearly allowed them to buy the […]

Parselmouth under pressure

Written By: - Date published: 2:57 pm, August 25th, 2007 - Comments Off on Parselmouth under pressure

Has anyone else noticed John Key’s tendency to drift into Parseltongue when he’s under pressure? From his Radio New Zealand interview on the 24th: “Um, in terms of the things where the companies were registered, my lawyer actually does those things and you know, he will have just obviously you know… clearly had the wrong […]

George W Key on Iraq

Written By: - Date published: 8:43 am, August 25th, 2007 - Comments Off on George W Key on Iraq

This blog offers up many opinions, but here’s a fact. John Key said in 2003 to the Rodney Times “New Zealand troops should be alongside their British and United States allies as they continue their invasion of Iraq”. Here’s another fact. George W Bush would agree with Key. Like Key, George has trouble with the […]

Trouble at the Gateway Hotel

Written By: - Date published: 2:58 pm, August 24th, 2007 - 1 comment

One of the worrying trends in industrial relations in recent times has been employers’ rediscovery of the lockout as a tool to break the power of organised labour and drive down wages. This is an extreme weapon, designed to starve the workforce into submitting to mangement’s demands, and is based on the brutal logic that […]

The Earl of Auckland’s a drip

Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, August 23rd, 2007 - Comments Off on The Earl of Auckland’s a drip

One law for the National Party

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, August 23rd, 2007 - Comments Off on One law for the National Party

John can’t seem to get his story straight (again). Since he claims to support the concept of ‘one law for all’ let’s start with that. Under the Electoral Act you can reside in one place only. Under the Companies Act you cannot make a statement that is knowingly false or misleading. In October 2002 Key […]

Exclusive Brethren: at it again

Written By: - Date published: 11:37 pm, August 22nd, 2007 - Comments Off on Exclusive Brethren: at it again

The thought of losing his seat must be making John Howard desperate. It’s been revealed that he’s recently met with senior Exclusive Brethren officials including one who is being investigated by Federal Police over the funding of pro-government advertising. For a group of people who don’t vote because they believe it interferes with God’s right […]

Cheney shoots himself in the face

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 pm, August 22nd, 2007 - Comments Off on Cheney shoots himself in the face

Seems John Key’s not the only politician who’s had his previous statements on Iraq come back to bite him recently. Here’s Dick Cheney in 1994 explaining why the invasion and occupation of Iraq would not be the smartest course of action and would quickly become, in his own words, “a quagmire”. Interestingly, even in 2000 […]

Phones in prisons

Written By: - Date published: 6:06 pm, August 22nd, 2007 - Comments Off on Phones in prisons

Contrary to what the National Party would have us believe, restricting inmates’ use of phones in prisons has always been a bit of a problem. Presumably the rise in the availability of mobile phones coupled with their shrinking size has made the job of controlling their use even more difficult for corrections staff. Check out […]

Trotter on Key’s conference speech

Written By: - Date published: 4:12 pm, August 22nd, 2007 - 1 comment

Further to ZKM’s post below it really was a great article last week from Chris Trotter on John Key’s weak National Party conference speech that asserts: A disastrous speech to the National Party conference puts an end to John Key’s honeymoon with the voters. I normally just link to the complete article but the online […]

Remembering Richard

Written By: - Date published: 3:11 pm, August 22nd, 2007 - Comments Off on Remembering Richard

Somebody pointed out recently that the Dominion Post, while continuing to run opinion pieces by Richard Long following the fallout from The Hollow Men, has stopped signaling his obvious bias. To his column, they used to add: “Richard Long is a former Chief of Staff for National leaders Bill English and Don Brash. These views […]

John Key is sick, just sick of eating pies

Written By: - Date published: 6:48 pm, August 20th, 2007 - Comments Off on John Key is sick, just sick of eating pies

Don’t ever underestimate a wounded National leader. John Key is smarting over his National Party Conference Speech. What’s his problem? To begin, he’s not happy that few people, even the party faithful at conference, didn’t buy into his rewriting of New Zealand’s political history. Here’s a sample: “Back in 1936, when Labour was concerned with […]

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