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tis the season

Written By: - Date published: 5:47 pm, July 10th, 2008 - 14 comments

I am beginning to think John Key’s attempt to turn statements that involve him into ‘personal attacks’ might be catching on. Check out this story, on the TVNZ website, but sourced to Newstalk ZB, that accuses Trevor Mallard of ‘lashing out’ at Cameron Bagrie over his loose with the truth report on public services. Now […]

National ‘bereft of compassion’

Written By: - Date published: 4:44 pm, June 16th, 2008 - 36 comments

That is the reported view of the secretary of the Sikh Council of New Zealand in response to some attention grabbing behaviour from National Manakau East candidate in the wake of the tragic shooting of Natjev Singh. Specifically the article says: Mr Verpal Singh said they were “utterly disappointed at a singular lack of understanding […]

TVNZ and the Nats

Written By: - Date published: 5:05 pm, May 13th, 2008 - 36 comments

As Paul Henry continues his party political broadcasts for the National Party on Breakfast TV, a curious coincidence of timing occured on Sunday. John Key devoted part of his speech to a National regional conference to the Nats plans on how to deal with “P”. The rest of the speech was pretty much a repeat of the one he […]

Paul Henry must go

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, May 6th, 2008 - 53 comments

This morning’s performace on breakfast TV by Paul Henry was a disgrace. His complete lack of objectivity on the rail and ferry buy-back was even more biased and partisan than we have come to expect from him. Despite Guyon Espiner’s best efforts to provide some objective analysis of the government’s decision, Henry simply shouted about […]

Granny Herald’s campaign fails

Written By: - Date published: 2:46 pm, January 28th, 2008 - 33 comments

Hidden away today at the bottom of the Herald’s story on further data from the latest DigiPoll is the news that only 3.8% of those surveyed rate the Electoral Finance Act as a vote influencing issue. You can just about feel the Herald’s despair that despite an unprecedented, wholly unbalanced and misleading campaign against the […]

Which was it David- anonymous donation or trust?

Written By: - Date published: 10:47 am, November 21st, 2007 - 34 comments

The Hysteria- with a capital H- over at Kiwiblog around the Electoral Finance Bill has been mystifying for many of us in blogland. Sure David Farrar is a key National Party figure, and is no doubt worried that the Bill will mean his party will no longer be able to buy elections, or more rightly […]

The view from the back of the National class….

Written By: - Date published: 7:14 pm, September 6th, 2007 - 4 comments

Last night’s debate on the Youth Minimum Wage Bill was (as noted earlier) a triumph for progressive politics and for young people. It was not such a triumph for David Bennett, who apparently is National’s MP for Hamilton East. His speech (mp3 – 2MB) during the debate takes incoherence to hitherto unknown heights. Most of […]

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