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Denial in Politics

Written By: - Date published: 9:26 pm, December 17th, 2016 - 33 comments

There’s a lot of it around. The Democrats and their media and spook allies are in a complete lather over Putin’s supposed personal influence in the US election. Confident of victory and its spoils up till midday on election day, the Clinton team are incapable of assessing just what a debacle of a campaign they ran, still less what they need to do now. Lessons abound.

NRT: Even more expensive

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 pm, December 14th, 2016 - 5 comments

NoRightTurn: The police’s illegal raid on Nicky Hager’s home has got even more expensive

John Key’s legacy

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, December 6th, 2016 - 224 comments

What is John Key’s legacy?  Rampant Crown debt, child poverty, homelessness, climate change, dirty politics …

Dirty politics past and present

Written By: - Date published: 12:42 pm, November 17th, 2016 - 63 comments

A couple of dirty politics related stories that slipped under the radar in the last hectic week.

Clinton vs Trump; Debate 1

Written By: - Date published: 8:52 am, September 27th, 2016 - 274 comments

The first Presidential kicks off this arvo. Who will win? Do we care? Should we care? Stay tuned Standarnistas, it’ll be a doozy!

Ombudsman to investigate John Key’s dirty politics communications

Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, September 27th, 2016 - 91 comments

The Ombudsman is to investigate John Key’s failure to disclose communications with David Farrar and Cameron Slater

Beware, creepy men of the right: Rawshark returns (briefly)

Written By: - Date published: 6:30 pm, September 14th, 2016 - 82 comments

An old handle flickered back into life briefly this afternoon: In 2014 I dumped: https://t.co/UhZSYEYyar — Whaledump2 (@whaledump2) September 14, 2016 Rawshark – presuming the account is still held and operated by the hacker who exposed the dodgy shenanigans between the WhaleOil blog, corporate lobbyists and senior National Party politicians – started with a screenshot from […]

John Key’s Lies Since the 2014 Election (UPDATED)

Written By: - Date published: 8:03 am, August 9th, 2016 - 19 comments

There is one item on the list concerning whether John Key knew about the brewing trade squabble with China regarding the dumping of cheap steel on the local market.

Random impertinent question: Why did Cameron get diversion?

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, May 11th, 2016 - 32 comments

Why did the police offer Cameron Slater the soft option of diversion when he doesn’t qualify?

The plot to hack The Standard

Written By: - Date published: 4:11 pm, May 10th, 2016 - 128 comments

As reported by Newshub: “Slater sought a court order to keep his name and the details of this case secret forever. However Newshub and others, including the owner of The Standard, fought him in court and won.”

Rodney Hide – stupid, corrupt or both?

Written By: - Date published: 10:56 am, April 24th, 2016 - 60 comments

Hide’s Herald piece today is straight out of Dirty Politics Farrar’s playbook.

Angry politics

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, March 30th, 2016 - 181 comments

Is our political culture getting more angry and aggressive? If so, why?

A measure of justice for Nicky Hager

Written By: - Date published: 7:58 am, March 19th, 2016 - 21 comments

The Police’s return yesterday of Nicky Hager’s data, equipment and belongings is – too little and too late – a measure of justice for Hager. But the process doesn’t end there, and open questions remain.

Fear is a Man’s Best Friend

Written By: - Date published: 4:05 pm, March 17th, 2016 - 140 comments

It’s been an intense day or two for Andrew Little. But he’s still feeling better than John Key. Why? Because Key’s got the fear.

UK sugar tax

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, March 17th, 2016 - 27 comments

The UK has done the sensible thing for public health and introduced “a new tax on sugary drinks”. The Herald asks: UK sugar tax – could NZ be next?

Stacey Kirk’s Stuff Up

Written By: - Date published: 9:29 am, March 7th, 2016 - 37 comments

Fairfax journalist Stacey Kirk has published a vicious smear against a group of cancer sufferers. Is this the nastiest lie ever published in the NZ media?

Key Derangement Syndrome

Written By: - Date published: 8:06 am, March 1st, 2016 - 232 comments

A term made up by the usual suspects to mock and belittle any criticism of their primary asset.

Going too far

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, February 23rd, 2016 - 253 comments

Physical attacks on politicians is going too far. So too is faking a hate-speech outbreak.

Business as Usual

Written By: - Date published: 11:13 am, February 22nd, 2016 - 65 comments

Danyl McLauchlan at the Dim-Post remarks that the Opposition continues to be unable to get voters to question the Key Government or to even consider the alternative that they are presenting.

Shock Horror media bias exists in New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, February 15th, 2016 - 85 comments

Claire Robinson has analysed press use of photos during the 2014 general election campaign and has concluded that the major newspapers exhibited substantial bias in favour of Prime Minister John Key.

Northland Fishing Competition

Written By: - Date published: 2:25 pm, February 11th, 2016 - 35 comments

Winston Peters has stitched John Key up again, this time hook, line and sinker. When Key lied in Parliament about the Northland MP’s supposedly leisurely lifestyle, Peters offered a challenge: provide some evidence or donate $100k to charity.  Will cowardly Key take the bait?

Another win for Nicky Hager

Written By: - Date published: 4:26 pm, January 27th, 2016 - 38 comments

“Yesterday, the New Zealand Police informed Nicky Hager through their counsel that they are electing not to appeal the decision of the High Court given in December last year.”

The great big list of John Key’s big fat lies (UPDATED)

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, January 27th, 2016 - 76 comments

How many more lies will John Key tell today in his so-called State of the Nation address? Virtual chocolate fish to whomever guesses the closest number.

What was National’s role in the police raid on Nicky Hager?

Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, December 18th, 2015 - 128 comments

Justice Clifford’s decision that the police raid of Nicky Hager’s home was illegal raises serious questions about what political pressure was applied on the police.

Police raid on Hager ruled illegal

Written By: - Date published: 4:41 pm, December 17th, 2015 - 263 comments

“Wellington High Court judge Justice Clifford issued his judgement today on the legality of the police search of Nicky Hager’s home on 2 October 2014.

The judge found that the search was illegal.”…

This Year

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 pm, December 14th, 2015 - 37 comments

2015’s just about up. Here’s my quick summary of the year here at the Standard. Thanks y’all!

Political interference in the OIA

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, December 9th, 2015 - 14 comments

Yesterday saw the release of the Obmudsman’s review of the operation of the OIA. I think it makes clear an unacceptable level of political interference in the process – albeit not at the level that was rampant in Dirty Politics.

Hey Tracy Watkins – Judith Collins was not “cleared” of dirty politics

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, December 8th, 2015 - 32 comments

No, Judith Collins was never investigated, let alone “cleared”, of the serious issues raised by Dirty Politics. After a token year off Key is happy to have her back because he has precisely as many principles as she does.

Jarrod Gilbert is tilting at windmills

Written By: - Date published: 7:33 am, November 27th, 2015 - 36 comments

The Official Information Act is now moribund and access to information beyond its scope is granted only to a chosen few and under strict conditions.

Twyford to be smeared

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, November 18th, 2015 - 54 comments

The severed limbs of National’s Dirty Politics machine are still twitching, with TV3 reporting plans to target Phil Twyford.

More Rawshark Rachinger Slater stuff

Written By: - Date published: 3:12 pm, November 17th, 2015 - 24 comments

Keith Ng has been wading through some not-previously-released material on the Rawshark Rachinger Slater affair. No useful way to summarise it – go read it on Keith’s blog.

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