Written By: - Date published: 3:20 pm, February 19th, 2020 - 107 comments
Name suppression has been lifted for the four National Party associates charged by the SFO.
Written By: - Date published: 10:41 am, October 25th, 2018 - 136 comments
Were you just taken for a ride?
Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, October 23rd, 2017 - 51 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.
Written By: - Date published: 1:31 pm, October 22nd, 2017 - 145 comments
Right wing online forums are going to reach new levels of toxicity over the next 3 years. Someone really needs to monitor them.
Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, October 20th, 2017 - 186 comments
National need to apologise to the country for dirty politics and blatant lies. They need a huge clear out of dead wood, starting at the top. Then they need to try and figure out how MMP works.
Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, October 18th, 2017 - 8 comments
Lloyd Burr at Newshub rounded up 23 of Peters’ most quotable attacks on the Nats and their failed government. Add them to the collection of issues that Peters will have to disown if he goes wrong and picks Right.
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”.
Written By: - Date published: 2:07 pm, October 4th, 2017 - 67 comments
Outspoken sociologist Dr Jarrod Gilbert on the “tribalists” who continued to back the Nats despite their brazen lies – “if Labour had made the same accusation against National and not a single economist supported it, would you have reacted the same way? No. Of course not. And that’s what defines you as a moron.”
Written By: - Date published: 6:41 am, September 12th, 2017 - 30 comments
Simon O’Connor’s attack on Jacinda Ardern yesterday represents a new low, even for National.
Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, September 10th, 2017 - 77 comments
Even those who have supported National in the past must see that this current bunch have lost their way. National needs to renew itself, some time in opposition will do them good. Don’t vote for liars.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 7th, 2017 - 21 comments
This is what an amoral party in a desperate third-term death spiral looks like.
Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, September 3rd, 2017 - 50 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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, September 1st, 2017 - 38 comments
A lot of politics and political blogging is all about the details. This includes National’s pollster David Farrar who falsely asserted yesterday that Winston would have received 7 annual letters about his superannuation status. So why is National trying to irritate their only possible coalition partner?
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.
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.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, June 25th, 2017 - 30 comments
Heather du Plessis-Allan asks why Barclay is taking the fall alone, when – just as with dirty politics – the rot goes to the top of the National Party.
Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, May 24th, 2017 - 41 comments
Ngaro has fronted up with another grudging apology. English should have fired him and it speaks volumes of third-term arrogance that he hasn’t.
Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, May 21st, 2017 - 22 comments
The High Court this week has been asked to dissect the decline of the Conservative Party and of the 2014 form of dirty politics.
Written By: - Date published: 9:27 am, May 16th, 2017 - 37 comments
It isn’t just third term arrogance. Ngaro is merely the latest example of National’s long history of attacking, intimidating, and trying to silence critical voices and facts. Take a stroll with me down memory lane…
Written By: - Date published: 2:11 pm, April 27th, 2017 - 59 comments
Probably not, but after 9 years of Brighter Future / Dirty Politics it certainly can feel that way.
Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, April 7th, 2017 - 25 comments
No further information from either Netsafe or the complainant. I can’t proceed any further apart from writing explicit site HDCA instructions. The Daily Blog has had the samehappen, with an attempt to gag any public debate on their actions by Netsafe. Amy Adams has hurriedly issued a press release saying how wonderful the HDCA is… I guess she doesn’t like debate.
Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, March 18th, 2017 - 68 comments
They were still digging themselves deeper yesterday. The latest attack tells us more about National than it does about Ardern.
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, March 17th, 2017 - 34 comments
National’s nasty, obvious, hamfisted attack on Jacinda Ardern has backfired on them big time.
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, March 16th, 2017 - 147 comments
The attack on Ardern as “all show and no substance” is a curious one for a party that was led for so many years by John Key.
Written By: - Date published: 2:01 pm, March 13th, 2017 - 31 comments
Marwick: “The other thing you can deduce from a three year battle over access to correspondence is that the most senior politician in the land probably had something to hide.”
Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, February 21st, 2017 - 29 comments
The Privacy Commission issues a ruling that should not have been unnecessary.
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
Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, December 12th, 2016 - 88 comments
In the Manakau District Court later this morning the trial of Ben Rachinger on fraud charges related to a admitted solicitation attempt to hack this site by Cameron Slater begins. The trial is set down for 5 days. Unfortunately I won’t be there. However there aren’t any court orders to prevent me from expressing my views and advice on the trial.
Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, December 3rd, 2016 - 128 comments
As the confused media pile-on to Labour continues, it’s good to hear that the party is planning to stick to the high road.
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.