Archive for November, 2014

Scott Campbell: Liar on The Nation

Written By: - Date published: 11:26 pm, November 30th, 2014 - 92 comments

Scott Campbell made a statement on The Nation this weekend about this site being used to attack him as a journalist in 2007/8. After having a good look around for evidence on site, I have concluded that Scott Campbell simply lied. Quite why this comms specialist for the right made this lie I don’t know. But I’m quite pissed off about it.

The week that was

Written By: - Date published: 9:32 am, November 30th, 2014 - 55 comments

The past week has been a terrific one for Andrew Little and a very bad one for John Key, thanks to Cameron Slater.  Key failing to cut contact with Slater is bizarre.  It makes you wonder what Slater has on Key.

Open mike 30/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, November 30th, 2014 - 126 comments

Open mike is your post. The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Porcupine on Key’s office and the SIS

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 pm, November 29th, 2014 - 13 comments

Very good …

Armstrong still pulling his punches

Written By: - Date published: 8:54 am, November 29th, 2014 - 41 comments

What does it take for Armstrong to call for Key’s resignation, the way he called for Cunliffe’s?

Impeach John Key

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, November 29th, 2014 - 142 comments

The honour system is broken, exposing the flaws of our political model.

Open mike 29/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, November 29th, 2014 - 158 comments

Open mike is your post. The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Weekend social 28/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 2:01 pm, November 28th, 2014 - 22 comments

Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever. No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

Guest post: What now for the Standard?

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, November 28th, 2014 - 337 comments

Ad has presented a challenging guest post concerning the Standard and what he thinks should be done to improve it.

Say – anybody remember this guy?

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 am, November 28th, 2014 - 27 comments

honest-john

Save Our State Houses: Labour Party

Written By: - Date published: 8:26 am, November 28th, 2014 - 12 comments

Kevin Hague says, the government’s plan to replace state housing with “social housing” will make the affordable housing crisis worse & is “economically reckless”. The Labour Party have circulated a petition to save state houses from being sold by the NZ government.

Two guilty approaches after Dirty Politics

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, November 28th, 2014 - 41 comments

There are two approaches to being a star of dirty politics and not wanting to answer questions about it. Both were displayed on Campbell Live last night by Jason Ede and Cameron Slater. And Andrea Vance has details on taxpayers paying for Slaters legal bills.

Two lies in 20 seconds

Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, November 28th, 2014 - 48 comments

Contrary to Key’s claim he was directly asked about the Inspector General’s (Gwyn) inquiry. Contrary to Key’s claim the questions were asked in perfect silence. Updated with video

Open mike 28/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 am, November 28th, 2014 - 190 comments

Open mike is your post. The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this. The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy). Step up to the mike …

Imperator Fish: The Labour Party plot to kill Cameron Slater: the shocking evidence

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 pm, November 27th, 2014 - 33 comments

Imperator Fish claims to have received from an anonymous source a recording of a conversation between senior Labour Party members in which a plan to kill Cameron Slater is discussed.

Caption contest

Written By: - Date published: 5:00 pm, November 27th, 2014 - 116 comments

Keep it seemly …    

Moira Coatsworth announces resignation

Written By: - Date published: 10:00 am, November 27th, 2014 - 7 comments

Labour Party president Moira Coatsworth has announced that she will stand down as Party President in December.

Democracy, Money and Power

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, November 27th, 2014 - 6 comments

The stage was long ago reached where members of the US Government were told they should “wear their sponsors logo’s on their shirts”.

Textses

Written By: - Date published: 8:53 am, November 27th, 2014 - 34 comments

rOb somewhat scooped me, but here’s my twitter round-up of the reaction to the PM’s office releasing the texts last night.

ImperatorFish: A statement from John Key

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, November 27th, 2014 - 14 comments

Apologise? What for? I’m not sorry for anything. I have done nothing wrong. It’s Phil Goff who should be apologising. It’s Phil Goff who should resign.

Submit today!

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, November 27th, 2014 - 12 comments

I/S at No Right Turn yesterday: “Yes, that’s right. An important bill with major human rights implications, and we have one day to speak up about it.” I/S supplies a submission guide to make it easy…

Open mike 27/11/2014

Written By: - Date published: 6:44 am, November 27th, 2014 - 269 comments

Open mike is your post.  The Standard is not a conspiracy – just a welcome outlet for the expression of views. Leaders that command respect will not be undermined by this.  The usual rules of good behaviour apply (see the Policy).  Step up to the mike …

Key’s repeated reflexive lies (and giving back double)

Written By: - Date published: 2:15 am, November 27th, 2014 - 158 comments

It is now clear that Key lies repeatedly and reflexively. It is all catching up with him. From the confusion of emails and texts that emerged last night it also looks like the Collins / Slater faction is back, and giving back double.

Dirty political money – why isn’t it illegal?

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 pm, November 26th, 2014 - 38 comments

The Greens have released information that shows National having 77% of their donations in the last 3 years ($3.375 million) funnelled to them in non-public quite large donations. What are they providing for that? Well amongst other things it pays for sleazeballs like Jason Ede. But what legislation?

Scope

Written By: - Date published: 4:59 pm, November 26th, 2014 - 5 comments

Yesterday’s 2 reports are even worse for what they managed to conclude inside their scope. What was outside their scope shows things even more interesting.

Cut the crap

Written By: - Date published: 2:28 pm, November 26th, 2014 - 182 comments

Andrew Little invokes the phrase that is going to forever haunt our lying, denying and obfuscating PM.

Updated: Question time video of Little added, followed by John Key “lying, denying and obfuscating”.

Updated: General video of Little added – better in the house than expected. PM’s staff writing blogs for Cameron Slater

😈

A Breakdown.

Written By: - Date published: 10:44 am, November 26th, 2014 - 25 comments

There’s a lot of smash flying around concerning the SIS, the PM’s office, OIA requests, Judith Collin’s and what not. So here’s a simple, stripped back, breakdown

Honourable

Written By: - Date published: 10:20 am, November 26th, 2014 - 16 comments

A list of things that are apparently now Honourable, even if you didn’t undermine your SFO boss.

Only on Planet Key

Written By: - Date published: 9:07 am, November 26th, 2014 - 15 comments

John Key thinks that the finding by Cheryl Gwyn that his office helped Cameron Slater with his OIA request is “contested”. Who should we believe? Updated: Key will be asked this question this afternoon in Parliament.

Armstrong: Key’s Cynical Politics

Written By: - Date published: 7:50 am, November 26th, 2014 - 29 comments

Herald: The Key administration has plumbed new depths of arrogance and contempt for the notion of politicians being accountable for their actions, writes John Armstrong. Also: Andrea Vance

John Key vs the truth

Written By: - Date published: 6:51 am, November 26th, 2014 - 99 comments

Trying to dodge the fallout from the Gwyn report Key simply lies and refuses to accept the facts. He can’t get away with it. Can he?

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