Posts Tagged ‘flag distraction’

The poll shift and the flag fiasco

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, April 27th, 2016 - 37 comments

A straight 3.5% swap National to NZF looks to me like the impact of the flag fiasco.

Audrey Young trashed in her own comments section

Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, March 28th, 2016 - 64 comments

Young’s spin on the flag fiasco was – not well received.

What the flag vote means

Written By: - Date published: 8:21 am, March 25th, 2016 - 105 comments

Here are some reckons, for what they’re worth.

Meet the new flag…

Written By: - Date published: 6:50 pm, March 24th, 2016 - 238 comments

… same as the old flag.

Key didn’t take the country with him.

Now let’s get back to the real issues.

Flag distraction result today

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, March 24th, 2016 - 133 comments

Bragging rights I guess to whomever best predicts the outcome.

The media treatment of Labour’s UBI discussion paper

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, March 24th, 2016 - 142 comments

John Key and an array of National sock puppets have misrepresented Labour’s UBI proposal as party policy and as being very expensive when it is not party policy and when a variety of different potential forms have been raised for discussion.

Caption competition

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, March 13th, 2016 - 91 comments

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The All Powerful Labour Party

Written By: - Date published: 10:49 am, March 7th, 2016 - 66 comments

Apparently the Labour Party is so all powerful and persuasive that roughly 2/3 of the electorate is under its spell. That bodes well for the next election!

On the flag debacle and John Key’s supposed popularity

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, March 3rd, 2016 - 108 comments

Key is running from the flag debacle, further evidence that “preferred PM” and “popular” are not the same thing.

The Butcher’s Apron or the Tea Towel

Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, February 28th, 2016 - 159 comments

Next week the voting on part two of the Key Legacy Project © begins. We’re being given a choice between the outdated and the bland. The Butcher’s Apron or the Tea Towel. Do you care?

The flag change campaign’s last throw of the dice

Written By: - Date published: 3:11 pm, February 23rd, 2016 - 133 comments

The pro change Flag Campaign has been launched on Social Media using themes that will appeal to progressives about the need for change. The problem is what they want it to be changed to.

The difference between decent folk and complete idiots

Written By: - Date published: 10:17 am, February 19th, 2016 - 34 comments

For a change I’m not going to have a rip at our local idiotic politicians. The most extreme case recently being the now infamous Dildo Baggins. Lets have a look offshore where they are often even worse…

John Key’s flag – an exercise in optics

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, February 17th, 2016 - 265 comments

What would the adoption of John Key’s flag symbolise? Well, nothing, really.

Candidate flag not fit for purpose

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 pm, February 2nd, 2016 - 34 comments

Apart from being a symbolic fail of epic proportions, the “wrong colour flag” fiasco highlights the fact that the candidate flag isn’t even fit for purpose…

Newshub (and another flag poll)

Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, February 1st, 2016 - 6 comments

3 News is dead, replaced by Newshub. That’s News Hub, not New Shub. Though New Shub would be funnier.

Flag observations

Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, December 12th, 2015 - 95 comments

The current result (black and blue fern) is preliminary and may still change when the final vote is announced on Tuesday. Other observations from Twitter last night…

Flagpole Sitta

Written By: - Date published: 5:56 pm, December 11th, 2015 - 138 comments

John Key’s $26 million dollar flag flop bores it’s way to the halfway line tonight. The first referendum closes at 7 PM, first results at around 8.30. $26 million … that’s a lot of cancer drugs, child care centres and elder care we won’t be getting because the PM wants a signature legacy his dreary leadership doesn’t actually deserve.

Tacky

Written By: - Date published: 9:52 am, November 24th, 2015 - 38 comments

“Jonah Lomu tribute shows need for a new flag, PM says”.

Well that’s a new low.

Flag distraction – first referendum

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, November 21st, 2015 - 135 comments

The delivery of the ballots in the first first flag referendum is getting a bit of attention from bored journalists. We the people don’t seem to care much though.

Key not taking us with him on the flag

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, October 23rd, 2015 - 30 comments

John Key’s antics trying to drum up support for a flag change are getting increasingly desperate, but NZ isn’t listening.

The decline of the Herald

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 am, September 27th, 2015 - 103 comments

Mass redundancies at the Herald have been described as a blood bath and are clearly having an effect on its quality.  Such is its quality there is a question whether the political column this morning was written by a part time travel writer or by Heather du Plessis-Allan.

The political machinations of the flag debate

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, September 25th, 2015 - 276 comments

The Green’s agreement with National to allow for Red Peak to be a referendum candidate potentially helps John Key out of a major difficulty and raises issues about the state of the Labour-Green relationship.

Government by Twitter

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, September 24th, 2015 - 66 comments

We have passed an interesting milestone in the evolution of NZ politics. Key’s poll-driven pandering has just been taken to the next level. Political / media dinosaurs will never be able to dismiss “The Twitterati” again.

Flagging a dead horse

Written By: - Date published: 12:31 pm, September 23rd, 2015 - 212 comments

Gareth Morgan pulls no punches on the flag fiasco, and a breaking story on the Greens’ move to add Red Peak.

The flag poll

Written By: - Date published: 7:47 am, September 21st, 2015 - 88 comments

OK I confess I’m only writing this post because the chance to use that title tickled my fancy. But anyway – almost 70% of us oppose changing the flag.

Herald gets it wrong on flag referendum

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, September 18th, 2015 - 50 comments

The Herald editorial this morning suggests that Andrew Little is handling the flag referendum poorly but makes some stunningly simple mistakes that undermines its conclusions.

Nat insider condemns flag jack-up

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, September 18th, 2015 - 75 comments

Grant McLachlan (a former Parliamentary researcher and a Nat campaign director) calls National’s flag process “a jack up”, and says “Everything the National Party has done around the flag debate is dodgy”.

Stuff piece on Red Peak

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, September 13th, 2015 - 23 comments

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Flag process a missed opportunity

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, September 10th, 2015 - 123 comments

Any new flag for NZ should have been a unifying symbol. Instead Key has turned the referendum into a divisive process. Faced with four crap flag choices we’ll probably vote for no change and the whole stupid $26m process will have been a complete waste of time and money. Ludicrous.

Red Peak

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, September 5th, 2015 - 295 comments

I’m no fan of the flag process. I think its a waste of money and a distraction from the real issues. I don’t think there has been any public sign of engagement or interest to be worth commenting on. Until now. Red peak for the compromise win?

A flag that suits Key’s NZ

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, September 3rd, 2015 - 95 comments

Lyndon Hood in a work of bleak genius has come up with a flag that really suits Key’s NZ.

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