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Hager posts Dirty Politics chapter on Mark Mitchell on web

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, February 21st, 2018 - 25 comments

Nicky Hager and the publishers of Dirty Politics have released into the public arena the chapter dealing with Mark Mitchell’s campaign to be selected as National’s Rodney candidate.

The battle of the five political midgets

Written By: - Date published: 8:01 am, February 20th, 2018 - 102 comments

Steven Joyce and Mark Mitchell have both thrown their hats into the ring for National’s leadership.

The right loses its shit after a public servant accidentally tweets from the wrong account

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, December 26th, 2017 - 111 comments

An accidental tweet from a Government account has led the right to claim the existence of all sorts of conspiracies.

Doofus of the week – Christmas edition

Written By: - Date published: 12:29 pm, December 23rd, 2017 - 20 comments

Doofus of the week Christmas edition is awarded to Jordan Williams for criticising Jacinda Ardern for entering into the spirit of Christmas through #nzsecretsanta and for comparing socialism to Father Christmas.

National brings its B game to social media

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, December 20th, 2017 - 52 comments

A couple of recent examples suggests that National’s social media game is well below standard.  And Judith Collins is no longer the Parliamentary Queen of twitter.

Making official Information flow again

Written By: - Date published: 2:08 pm, December 4th, 2017 - 31 comments

“Ministers realised they had a device through which they could reduce the surprises they suffered. And, as it went on, the surprises ministers no longer wanted to experience became greater in number and smaller in significance.Increasingly, it placed on the public service a political imperative which it had never had to shoulder. “

Deranged Golriz Syndrome

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, December 3rd, 2017 - 102 comments

David Farrar has continued his crusade against Golriz Ghahraman with a claim of 15 instances where she has by implication deceived us.

Key and Mass Surveillance: Was this the reason for the Golriz distraction?

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 pm, November 29th, 2017 - 98 comments

David Fisher has written an in-depth article for the Herald that suggests that John Key’s promise, three years ago, that the Government had cancelled the Speargun project which would have allowed for the mass surveillance of New Zealanders was not actually correct.

Thank-you Golriz

Written By: - Date published: 1:34 pm, November 28th, 2017 - 159 comments

ffs NZ, get a grip. Then have a think about fairness and what kind of society we want.

Suck it up political sleazers.

Written By: - Date published: 8:22 am, November 8th, 2017 - 113 comments

Winston Peters has launched a legal fishing expedition to identify who exactly breached privacy on his superannuation over payments. A problem that he shares with about 50 thousand other pensioners. Unlike them, his problem wasn’t trying to find money to repay it. It was that the breach was deliberately timed to be a classic dirty politics ploy, almost certainly by National, in the leadup to the  recent election. I wish him good fishing.


She’s back …

Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, November 2nd, 2017 - 77 comments

National’s Parliamentary list has been announced.  The big mover is Judith Collins who has jumped 7 places to number 9 and she is on the front bench.

NRT: Police Discretion

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, October 31st, 2017 - 19 comments

Idiot/Savant at No Right Turn writes about the Police’s decision to not lay charges against former MP Todd Barclay.

Spare a thought for Steven Joyce

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, October 26th, 2017 - 36 comments

Steven Joyce had a bad day yesterday. His claim that National’s use of one of Eminem’s song was “pretty legal” was shown to be anything but. And he stuck to his claim that there was a $11 billion dollar hole in Labour’s budget, casting doubt either on his honesty or on his competence.

National loses itself

Written By: - Date published: 3:46 pm, October 25th, 2017 - 86 comments

It seems that National’s use of Eminem’s song lose yourself was not so legal.

The mess that the new government inherits

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, October 23rd, 2017 - 50 comments

This post is too long to read. Its purpose is to serve as reference material, a “one stop” snapshot of where we are as a country. The mess that the new government inherits. The consequences of the nine long wasted years of National. The magnitude of the challenge ahead of us.

This coming digital war

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 am, October 21st, 2017 - 67 comments

This is the first Labour Government of the digital age.  How progressives respond to social media attacks may be crucial to its success.


Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, October 17th, 2017 - 54 comments

“Once upon a time, in a world far away” we had these people called “reporters”.
An honourable profession, who considered it their job to keep the public accurately and completely informed.

Young on coalition options – an edge to Labour

Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, October 7th, 2017 - 21 comments

Audrey Young on the coalition dance: “Labour would probably have an advantage because of the greater policy overlap”, “Keeping deputy leader Paula Bennett out of the first pro-forma courtesy meeting was an appalling decision by English that simply says he was desperate to please Peters at any cost”.

Cameron Slater makes valuable contribution to blog defamation jurisprudence

Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, October 5th, 2017 - 55 comments

Cameron Slater and friends and clients are in the High Court defending a claim that he defamed three health researchers.  They tried to have the case kicked out but failed.  The judgment makes for an interesting read.

Dirty Politics 2017 style

Written By: - Date published: 10:33 am, September 28th, 2017 - 167 comments

The Greens aren’t going to support a National government, so why is there so much push to make it look like it might happen?

National have poisoned the Peters well

Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, September 3rd, 2017 - 48 comments

National deciding to go after Winston Peters was a high risk strategy, and it has backfired on them. Caught between their own dirty history and a resurgent Labour.

“All I can do … is tell the Truth”

Written By: - Date published: 2:47 pm, August 30th, 2017 - 50 comments

“Our integrity and our role as Ministers in holding confidential information is absolutely pivotal to our role”  Bennett 2017

No one can have any confidence in a Nat NZF coalition

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 30th, 2017 - 45 comments

Peters is enraged by the presumed Nat hit on him over super. Earlier he was calling on Bill English to resign over the Barclay scandal. Given these conflicts, no one can have any confidence in a post-election Nat NZF coalition. They hate each other.

National’s political hit job on Winston Peters

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, August 29th, 2017 - 230 comments

The hit job that has just been performed on Winston Peters is a sign of how desperate National is to divert attention from Jacindamania.  But I suspect the attempt will backfire.

Bomber Bradbury wins privacy complaint against Police

Written By: - Date published: 9:32 am, August 28th, 2017 - 47 comments

Bomber Bradbury has succeeded in getting the Privacy Commissioner to rule that Police accessing his bank records without a search warrant was illegal.

Hager: Dirty Politics three years on

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 17th, 2017 - 26 comments

In an excellent piece on The Spinoff, Nicky Hager reflects on three years after Dirty Politics.

Time now to sweep the party of these disgusting tactics out of office and #ChangeTheGovernment.

Nats default to bully mode over Barclay scandal

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 17th, 2017 - 26 comments

The ongoing Barclay scandal has taking a familiar turn, with the PM’s office trying dirty tactics on journalists. Meanwhile the pressure builds on English over Barclay’s taxpayer funded disappearing act.

Why there should be work and drug test obligations for National MPs

Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, July 16th, 2017 - 52 comments

Todd Barclay has not been seen at work lately but has been seen at a Queenstown pub.  And is still being paid $3,000 a week to represent the people of Clutha Southland.

Skepticism cynicism lies and hypocrisy

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, July 8th, 2017 - 17 comments

There’s a very good / depressing long read in The Guardian on the dangerous “weaponising” of cynicism by climate change deniers. One of the most interesting sections was a discussion of the way that voters are more forgiving of lies than hypocrisy.

New information on Glenda Hughes?

Written By: - Date published: 8:12 pm, June 28th, 2017 - 43 comments

On 20 June  after Melanie Read’s Newsroom interview Andrew Geddis blogged about possible obstruction of justice by a National Party Board member. That was based on new information in the Barclay case, and may be why the Police have since re-interviewed Glenys Dickson.

National’s Dirty Politics Machine Attacks Complainant

Written By: - Date published: 6:43 am, June 28th, 2017 - 85 comments

Upon what basis do they feel confident in suggesting to the public that Barclay’s – alleged – victim had been so unprofessional and out-of-control as to be accusing Barclay of being a drug dealer?

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