Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, December 6th, 2019 - 110 comments
New Zealand and the United Kingdom are both cursed with the right wing parties having the same advisors and similar means of campaigning
Written By: - Date published: 11:27 am, June 1st, 2019 - 101 comments
National has engaged in the most crass form of beneficiary bashing in opposing Government changes to the benefit system announced in the budget and passed under urgency.
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 […]
Written By: - Date published: 9:14 am, May 12th, 2016 - 52 comments
National is hoping to avoid a proper debate about issues raised by the Panama Papers by raising a series of idiotic diversions.
Written By: - Date published: 2:01 pm, April 24th, 2016 - 35 comments
The Standard has obtained a copy of a Crosby Textor memo concerning risks posed by Murray McCully’s handling of issues surrounding the awarding of the contract for the Niue resort.
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, November 11th, 2015 - 90 comments
Was Key’s “outburst” in Parliament yesterday an outburst, or was it a strategy?
Written By: - Date published: 3:48 pm, October 20th, 2015 - 84 comments
It appears that Stephen Harper’s conservatives in Canada have been voted out of office.
Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, September 10th, 2015 - 75 comments
In the UK, in Australia and in New Zealand conservative governments have initially refused to accept more refugees then in a matter of days they have changed their view. At the same time they have announced increased support for refugees they have announced military action against ISIS. Makes you wonder if this is based on Crosby Textor advice.
Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, August 10th, 2015 - 9 comments
From John Stewart’s last show a brief explanation of the Crosby Textor approach to politics.
Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, May 27th, 2015 - 57 comments
Ken Livingston talks about Lynton Crosby and neoliberalism.
Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, May 10th, 2015 - 164 comments
The English Election campaign and the results felt like a rerun of the New Zealand 2014 election campaign. Slick Crosby Textor designed attacks on Labour’s stability and on the leader and an imbalance of resources contributed to the result in both cases. How does the left counter this?
Written By: - Date published: 11:14 am, March 31st, 2015 - 25 comments
Simon Bridges announced yesterday the release of the 2015 block offer. Potentially oil companies could be drilling in deep sea pristine environmental areas off the West Coast where the endangered Maui’s Dolphin lives. He calls for a “mixed balance” of energy generation. But all this means is that he wants the good mixed with the bad.
Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, June 12th, 2011 - 95 comments
The Nats, a party which runs as a franchise of an Australian company (Crosby Textor), reckon that the presence of a mate from Australia at a regional Labour Party meeting shows that Labour is “subject to foreign influence”.
Written By: - Date published: 3:26 pm, September 5th, 2008 - 49 comments
A friend has just rung to excitedly inform me that National’s conservation policy has now also been released by Trevor Mallard. That means there is officially a leak in the National Party caucus. I expect in the next hour or so the Nats are going to start their misdirection campaign and I expect it will […]
Written By: - Date published: 10:06 am, August 6th, 2008 - 31 comments
So National has finally reverted to the ‘stolen emails’ defence to combat the damaging recordings from the weekend’s party conference. I’m only surprised it’s taken them this long – the misdirection tactic is classic Crosby Textor and it’s served the Nats well in the past. My guess is that National was hoping Bill’s humiliating charade […]
Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, July 25th, 2008 - 16 comments
This is from 2005 in Britain but we saw the same script played out here last month: When SpinWatch asked Tory central press office to clarify the roles being played by Crosby and Textor the conversation was as follows: SpinWatch: ‘I was wondering if you could clarify the role that Lyndon Crosby and Mark Textor […]
Written By: - Date published: 3:02 pm, July 6th, 2008 - 27 comments
Ruth Laugesen’s got a piece in the SST today entitled “How National’s spin doctors operate“. She points out that Crosby/Textor’s methods, contrary to the opinion of many other journalists here, do differ from what are considered standard focus group and polling methodologies. Auckland University political studies senior lecturer Jennifer Lees-Marshment suggests that C/T are different […]