Posts Tagged ‘dogwhistling’

Phil Quin: our media’s goto dogwhistling Aussie

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, November 29th, 2017 - 93 comments

It always disappoints me in NZ is who our local media consider are ‘left’ or ‘labour’ commentators. They are usually strange and weird relics of left behind who frame their commentary in terms of long past history. Phil Quin, a grizzled veteran misogynist of the 1990s Thordon Bubble who thrives on chaos and ill informed dog whistles, is one of them. It isn’t like he knows much about NZ politics. Updated.

National – trying to provoke TPP violence?

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, January 29th, 2016 - 164 comments

The police are “visiting” TPP activists – Key is cynically trying to blow the “law and order” dog whistle. But would he really go so far as to try and provoke open violence for political gain?

Campbell on separatism scaremongering

Written By: - Date published: 10:36 am, February 10th, 2015 - 35 comments

The excellent Gordon Campbell on Key’s divisive and opportunistic lines on “Maori separatism”.

Farrar in an act of pure vanity…

Written By: - Date published: 12:57 pm, May 1st, 2011 - 64 comments

In an act of pure vanity, David Farrar is whining about the a by-election that will probably be held in July – less than three months before the House dissolves for the election. Farrar even points out the relevant law Parliament can only resolve not to have a by-election if the resignation occurs within six […]

Breeding for a business

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, August 18th, 2009 - 29 comments

In 2002, John Key (then a free-speaking backbencher) told the Sunday-Star Times: “We’ve seen enormous growth in the number of people on the DPB, and where people have been, for want of a better term, breeding for a business” Of course, it wasn’t true that DPB numbers were growing – they’re down 16% over the last […]

Let the bashing begin

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, August 17th, 2009 - 61 comments

I see Paula Bennett has been busy dog-whistling on beneficiaries, firstly by releasing figures showing 307 beneficiaries receive more than $1000 a week and then by claiming she “suspects” special needs grants are being abused. Given the hatefest her potentially unlawful release of Natasha Fuller and Jennifer Johnson’s income details caused last time there’s no […]

I wish to complain…

Written By: - Date published: 10:42 pm, June 3rd, 2009 - 30 comments

It turns out that Phil Goff was aware of an allegation about Richard Worth weeks ago that may relate to the current investigation. Labour leader Phil Goff took an allegation of Richard Worth’s inappropriate behaviour towards a woman to Prime Minister John Key about a month ago, it emerged tonight. This was apparently not the […]

Lowering his standards ever lower

Written By: - Date published: 5:17 pm, February 6th, 2009 - 59 comments

Just when Farrar had made me happy, as I explain in this post, and had even been quite funny in his retort, he goes and reminds me I should never put anything past him. Today, he’s attacking the welfare system by running a post about a invalid beneficiary who he reckons can’t be an invalid […]

Down the club

Written By: - Date published: 9:40 pm, May 26th, 2008 - 40 comments

National party activist and spokesperson David Farrar has surpassed himself this time with a post attacking Helen Clark for not having children that features youtube work from his friend and fellow activist Cameron Slater. Now I expect this kind of thing from Slater who is well known for such tasteful moves as photoshopping the face […]

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