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Daily Review 14/09/2018

Written By: - Date published: 5:33 pm, September 14th, 2018 - 42 comments
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42 comments on “Daily Review 14/09/2018 ”

  1. Ad 1

    Very sorry to hear it’s John Campbell’s last day at RNZ.
    He did a good job.

    Sure hope he can bring something good to TVNZ news reporting.

    However I’ll be sticking to RNZ.

    • AsleepWhileWalking 1.1

      He’s turned me to radio and there’s no going back I think.

      Love to listen to Checkpoint as I finish up other stuff online. I will miss his interviews and gentle humor.

      • mickysavage 1.1.1

        The online show has been a revelation. Perfect low brow broadcasting cost and backed up by quality reporting and gutsy investigative work.

    • cleangreen 1.2

      RNZ is now the channel for national supporters not Labour Coalition supporters as it boasts all about National MP’s and not about the current Government.

      Good that John Campbell has left the national ‘pasty pit’ RNZ now so he can concentrate on the things that matter to ordinary kiwis.

  2. Jum 2

    Lisa Owen to replace him – seriously!
    I remember the Herald Insider saying we didn’t really need an investigative journalist; I was so excited to know someone with real journalistic integrity was coming to NZ. I’m no longer sure about that having watched her in action on The Nation. I can only hope she wants to provide a more unbiased respected view of what New Zealanders want to hear about re both sides of the political sphere. Anything less she can stay at home!

  3. adam 3

    Another day, and still we live under hard right liberal economics.

    I thought NZ1st wanted it gone, oh wait they do.

    I thought the Greens wanted it gone, well the members do.

    So who is keeping this fubar economic ideology well in place…

    • Andre 3.1

      What did you do last year to get rid of hard-right liberal economics?

      Oh, that’s right, you did nothing. You chose to make yourself utterly irrelevant. Oops, that’s not quite true, it’s worse than that. Of all the options available to you, you chose the second-friendliest option for returning the Nats to a fourth term.

      Is NZ doomed to lying politics now?

      • adam 3.1.1

        You got nothing, so it’s a personal attack.

        That said, I’d say I’ve been proven right. An independent Māori voice would be better for Māori rather than this B.S. coming from labour.

        Edit:

        What is it with the devotees of liberalism on this site who just can’t handle economic discussions?

        • Andre 3.1.1.1

          You asked “who is keeping this fubar economic ideology well in place”.

          Those that won’t even take the simplest of actions to change the government have a fair bit of responsibility for keeping the fubar economic ideology in place.

          • adam 3.1.1.1.1

            Politics is not voting.

            Democracy is not voting.

            Elected representative democracy is only one form of democracy. And if the US republic is anything to go by, one that can be simply corrupted by money.

            and as for economics, it is not just liberalism if your left wing.

            Here somthing to think about, your voting did absolutely nothing – the economic conditions are exactly the same, people are still killing themselves in droves, people are still living in cars, and winz are still stuffing over disabled and the poor.

            But hey I’m wrong, I’m the bad guy for point it out right!!?! – as worse I didn’t do what you think is the right thing to do, because you can’t think of any other way to do politics.

      • cleangreen 3.1.2

        100% Andre

  4. Jum 4

    Good luck John. I’ve forgiven that dreadful black out studio scene I stumbled upon by accident when John Campbell interviewed Helen Clark re the corn saga. Was she invited to visit the tv studio knowing she would probably wear black or a dark colour outfit? The marketing of the interview was typical National attack.

    I was appalled then and I am appalled now. This stunt was never exercised on John Key (pulling pony tails of powerless workers) or Bill English when there were so many times when they were seriously at odds with the working people of NZ with the Nationalk/English/Key belief in low wages for workers, to maximise profit for the already well-off.

    I have always hoped John was never part of that setup. He is too nice; just like Jacinda Ardern.

    John Oliver did a better job of Key’s creepiness than our own media. That tells me so much about the media bias in favour of National/Act/greed than anything else.

    • Chris T 4.1

      “This stunt was never exercised on John Key ”

      Yes it was

      Campbell tried to hammer Key over the GCSB

      With his 10 odd pages of “notes” spread in front of him, Campbell went in for the kill

      And then Key just made him look like a fool

      Was funny to watch

      • Muttonbird 4.1.1

        Key’s gone. Campbell is still here. Suck that one up.

        • Monty 4.1.1.1

          So why do many commentators here keep bringing him up if has gone.

          I don’t know if you have. But hope you call out those who do like you did here.

      • Chuck 4.1.2

        Indeed Key was all over Campbell…even the most rabid anti Key would have to grunt however difficult to.

      • mickysavage 4.1.3

        And the veracity of what Key said was subsequently shown to be a pile of kaka.

        • Dukeofurl 4.1.3.1

          I noticed that Campbell started out saying they had asked Key to appear ” a number of times” but he had declined……..

          I would say Key had a couple of days intensive media coaching to prepare for this one… and his fanboys think being half prepared and not talking in his typical word salad was a triumph.

        • adam 4.1.3.2

          A great victory won on a collection of lies.

          Yeap that about sums up NZ politics.

      • KJT 4.1.4

        Key was a good talker. Pity he had no other skills, apart from stealing from New Zealanders, by playing with our dollar.

  5. Dennis Frank 5

    “Future of the international left: Our new international movement will fight rising fascism and globalists.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/ng-interactive/2018/sep/13/our-new-international-movement-will-fight-rising-fascism-and-globalists

    “Yanis Varoufakis is the former Greek finance minister and co-founder of DiEM25 whose New Deal for Europe will be put to European voters in the May 2019 European Parliament elections.” He’s calling for a progressive international political movement.

    Response from Bernie Sanders: “Yanis Varoufakis is exactly right. At a time of massive global wealth and income inequality, oligarchy, rising authoritarianism and militarism, we need a Progressive International movement to counter these threats.” “The solution, as Varoufakis points out, is an international progressive agenda that brings working people together around a vision of shared prosperity, security and dignity for all people.” But no organising network, no way to join.. same old same old..

    • corodale 5.1

      A Progressive International, sounds good…, guess that’s TS in NZ.

      But Bernie in the USA? As part of the Democratic establishment? I don’t think he fits the Progressive profile. Here is a hard quote on Bernie from Chris Hedges:
      “He (Bernie) was one of 100 Senators who stood up like AIPAC wind up dolls and approved Israel’s 51-day slaughter last summer of Palestinians in Gaza…”

      A Progressive International was formed in Germany this year, “Stand Up” or “Äufstehen”. Main impulse was from the Left politician Sahra Wagenknecht. She, like Yanis, good folk. Her Die Links party isn’t like NZ’s Labour Party, it’s more like NZ’s old New Labour Party.

      This Stand Up movement, actually tries to work with folk who might vote for the popularist party AfD (Alternative for Deutschland). Unfortunately the Greens in Germany have a strong tradition of working against popularism, it’s even in their Charter, due to their history from the West/East divide. This error by the German Greens (NZ Greens do positivism, not negativism), creates a strong niche for the progressive left party, Die Links. But it’s obvious to me (and Sahra), that bringing the “left” and the “right” together, is the answer for progressive change.

      http://deutchnews.de/2018/08/13/germany-new-aufstehen-movement-of-sahra-wagenknecht-is-shaking-up-leftists/

  6. Enough is Enough 6

    My dog ate my diary so I don’t know what I am doing this weekend….

  7. Anne 7

    I don’t understand why the government allowed the Clare Curran saga to drag on for so long. The media are blaming Jacinda Ardern but I’m more inclined to blame the caucus.

    I’ve had my head cut off by some in Labour for daring – yes daring – to challenge the mandatory closing of the gender gap policy. The notable feature was: the gap between male and female representation at all levels was naturally closing anyway. It’s true the gap will fluctuate as individuals come and go, but that is normal for any organisation. To attempt to compulsorily create the 50/50 scenario can only lead to problems.

    The most recent events have served to convince me I was right from the start.

    https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/1-news-political-reporter-katie-bradford-says-recent-scandals-not-good-look-government

    Edit: For anyone who doesn’t know how it works in Labour… it is the caucus who decide who will be in the Cabinet. The Prime Minister allocates the portfolios.

    • Enough is Enough 7.1

      The current problems are simply a sign of piss poor political management. None of the issues in themselves are that bad, but on a daily basis those issues are being mis managed.

      That is why Jacinda is getting blamed. It is her job to manage this government and in the past month she has been seriously lacking.

      • Chris T 7.1.1

        I think the alleged assault and the dude moving his family all the way back from NY for a job Labour gave him that doesn’t exist might count as “that bad”.

        But agree the rest is a bit perceptiony

    • xanthe 7.2

      Thank you anne for that bit of common sense amidst the rabble raising

  8. Exkiwiforces 8

    Sounds like this bunker business is a complete load of bollocks according to the local councils mentioned in the article.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/106980695/mystery-surrounds-secret-kiwi-survival-bunker-claims

    • Graeme 8.1

      That’s not to say that there’s quite a few awfully solid wind cellars around the Queenstown area. Generally belonging to people who may have reason to be paranoid.

      • Exkiwiforces 8.1.1

        Sounds like my type bunker, getting pissed on last yrs vintage while the outside goes to shit. 🍷

    • corodale 8.2

      Iran make the best bunkers, and the exchange rate is favourable at the moment. Though not sure about the shipping costs on that concrete, said to be the world’s hardest.

      • Exkiwiforces 8.2.1

        I hope they not using the same French geezer that built Saddam’s and the Kuwaiti bunkers before the Gulf war of 91 because those GBU’s sure made a mess to those bunkers especially the ones I’ve seen in those two countries.

        The German ones from WW1 and WW2 provide far better value for money as some are being used today either by the various government agencies or by the private sector as they are too well builted and awfully expensive to demolish.

        For example, La Cupola the Static V2 Base in Northern France the RAF Bomber Command only managed to move the ground foundations of that wee monster of a bunker and that’s after they had dropped the Tallboy’s and GrandSlam bombs on the place. A wonderful piece of engineering I may add, but it came at a huge cost to the force labourers that built it. Worth a visit if you are in that part of the country.

  9. Craig H 9

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12125424

    Meridian axing prompt payment discounts and reducing prices accordingly. About time, but credit where it’s due for being the first to move.

  10. Dukeofurl 10

    Australian Royal Commision on banking and Insurance Industry had some startling …yes again… revelations about how one company persued a claimant who won their case through the Ombudsman
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-13/insurer-tal-dirt-digging-campaign-to-deny-mental-illness-claim/10244216

    We definitely need this sort of thing for ACC especially . They are a law unto themselves

    • Exkiwiforces 10.1

      The CEO for TAL has been in the job for only 9mths and His Justice wasn’t all that happy at her replies from his assisting consul.

  11. Cynical Jester 11

    Sad. Miss him on tv, he was great during the debates, quakes and while he did some fluff he talked about poverty, the gcsb bill more than any other kiwi journalist.

    The project is garbage non news.

    The fact he was hated by labour and national supporters and had firey exchanges with both is good… journalists shouldn’t be friends with any party.

  12. cleangreen 12

    John Campbell,

    John ; -now stick it to them big time on NZTV one; – Good luck.

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