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Doofus of the week – March 17, 2018

Written By: - Date published: 12:48 pm, March 17th, 2018 - 37 comments

is awarded this week to Lisa Prager who is convinced that construction of cycleways in Auckland is part of a global conspiracy to take away our rights and whose sledge hammering technique is not optimal.

National claims credit for Waitangi Day

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, February 7th, 2018 - 58 comments

National is claiming some credit for the success of Waitangi day. But the things they claim credit for are because of decisions of others, not the National Government.

Hatchets and Knives.

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, January 9th, 2018 - 20 comments

A little on the (predictable) fallout from Emily Thornberry’s BBC Radio 4 interview.

The Saviour Machine

Written By: - Date published: 10:29 am, January 9th, 2018 - 66 comments

Our ingenuity.

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.

A Christmas Rabbit-hole.

Written By: - Date published: 9:01 am, December 23rd, 2017 - 26 comments

Just some light-hearted musings.

Let’s stop kidding ourselves.

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, December 18th, 2017 - 131 comments

The “Adapting to Climate Change in NZ” report.

Tory Translation Service

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, December 17th, 2017 - 211 comments

  I don’t often admit that there is anything that the right do better than the left, but, credit where it’s due, there are a few things. Chief amongst them are dog whistling and wedge politics. These are calculated political silencing tactics that use language to belittle the left and make us appear alienated from […]

The Herald thinks Jacinda Ardern is a Marxist

Written By: - Date published: 8:38 am, December 13th, 2017 - 204 comments

The Herald has equated Jacinda Ardern’s desire to temper the worst excesses of capitalism with the full embrace of marxist communism.

Another day, another piece of bullshit from someone in the MSM

Written By: - Date published: 6:44 am, December 8th, 2017 - 109 comments

Misleading the NZ public about a political party, its policy, and how government works actively harms democracy.

Doofus of the week – Nick Smith

Written By: - Date published: 3:58 pm, November 25th, 2017 - 59 comments

No competition in this one, Nick Smith for showing that despite the 27 long years he has spent in Parliament he still has no idea how our electoral system works and for claiming there is an electoral convention that simply does not exist.

Revisiting the Chinese-sounding-names story

Written By: - Date published: 6:15 am, November 25th, 2017 - 249 comments

Data journalist and former Herald reporter Harkanwal Singh talked recently about data literacy and diversity.

Labour accelerates action on Pike River re-entry

Written By: - Date published: 8:31 am, November 21st, 2017 - 182 comments

National is trying to spin that Labour has adopted its position on re-entry of the Pike River mine. But the Pike River families are having nothing of this.

Can Ben Mack please make his mind up

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, November 12th, 2017 - 83 comments

Herald lifestyle columnist has published two recent opinion pieces, the first wondering if Jacinda Ardern will be able to address the many and varied problems the country faces and the second suggesting that the Government is under the control of the extreme right.  Can he please make up his mind.


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.

Coalition of liars

Written By: - Date published: 6:34 am, October 7th, 2017 - 35 comments

The right wing clobbering machine is already calling a possible Labour Green NZF a “coalition of losers”. Well under MMP a coalition of losers can be the winners. But however you cut it a coalition of liars will always be liars.

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?

#sheepgate: National paid out money to settle a non existing dispute without legal advice

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, September 15th, 2017 - 26 comments

In a case of extraordinarily bad timing for National it has been confirmed that despite claims to the contrary MFAT never provided National legal advice about the merits of any possible claim made concerning New Zealand’s banning of live sheep exports.

The Bullshit

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 pm, September 12th, 2017 - 83 comments

National up, NZ Labour down, Greens dead? Really!?

Joyce keeps digging

Written By: - Date published: 8:08 am, September 6th, 2017 - 10 comments

Steven Joyce is spinning furiously and is now claiming that Labour has set aside no money for budget increases for many Government Departments. But when Labour’s figures are compared to PREFU it is clear that Labour is planning to maintain or exceed National’s propose future spend.

Joyce and English now laughing stock

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 6th, 2017 - 145 comments

Post John Key all National ever had going for it was an undeserved reputation for financial competence. Now that is gone too. It doesn’t get any worse than this 3 weeks out from an election.

Even Kiwiblog won’t defend Joyce’s $11.7 billion claim

Written By: - Date published: 11:58 am, September 5th, 2017 - 15 comments

David Farrar has put up and then amended a post suggesting that there is a $11.7 billion hole in Labour’s policy financials. It appears that even he does not believe there is a $11.7 billion discrepancy in Labour’s accounts.

National plays the lauranorda card

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, September 4th, 2017 - 42 comments

National is panicking and Paula Bennett has gone full dog whistle in claiming that gang members should have less rights than others.

Rachel Smalley stop telling lies about Labour

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 31st, 2017 - 65 comments

I know I shouldn’t sweat the small stuff, but this piece by Rachel Smalley is full of lies about Labour. We deserve better journalism than this.

National does u turn on paid parental leave

Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, August 29th, 2017 - 16 comments

National has announced a policy of increasing paid parental leave after complaining last year that it was unaffordable.

Hosking to apologise to Maori Party

Written By: - Date published: 3:16 pm, August 24th, 2017 - 36 comments

Was it stupid or was it malicious? Either way, Mike Hosking is to apologise to the Maori Party.

Strewth Cobbah

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, August 16th, 2017 - 163 comments

Over the ditch the Australian Government has accused New Zealand Labour of using Parliament to undermine Barnaby Joyce.  But an analysis of the claim suggests that anyone claiming this should be regarded as being a whacka because the media was onto the claim two days before the questions were asked.

Breaking: calls for Paddy Gower’s resignation as MSM slips in its own bullshit

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, August 9th, 2017 - 24 comments

Last night all the excitement finally caught up with them, leading to calls for Paddy Gower to resign and for MSM organisations to delete their social media accounts.

“It’s still the same Labour Party”

Written By: - Date published: 12:28 pm, August 3rd, 2017 - 58 comments

Steven Joyce wouldn’t front yesterday, but today National have worked out their attack lines.  Leave popular Jacinda alone and attack Labour as tired and lacking in new ideas (projection, much?).  Labour has a raft of new policy, to go with needed older one’s like 2013’s Kiwibuild of 100,000 affordable homes.  Journos need to learn their policy so they don’t let National’s fake news through…

Helen Clark burns Matthew Hooton

Written By: - Date published: 6:20 pm, August 1st, 2017 - 65 comments

Matthew Hooton has been incinerated by a former leader of the Labour Party.

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