Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, June 24th, 2017 - 97 comments
Team Nat were desperate to try and divert some attention from their floundering leader, and to a certain extent they succeeded. But compare and contrast Labour and National’s handling of the issues, front up and fix vs lie harder.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 17th, 2016 - 90 comments
English is right, Key is lying and he knows it. But Key would rather we were talking about the mirage of tax cuts (again) than current events like the protection of corrupt tax havens or our homeless living in cars.
Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, January 21st, 2016 - 165 comments
A piece yesterday foreshadows a report on poverty from right-wing lobby group “The New Zealand Initiative”. It’s (surprise!) another attempt to minimise the significance of poverty in NZ – and it’s another big distraction…
Written By: - Date published: 3:43 pm, March 10th, 2015 - 155 comments
3 News is advertising a special announcement of “national significance” at 3:45. Will update post…
It’s a 1080 threat to the dairy industry – that has been known since last November. Look – over there!
Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, December 3rd, 2014 - 16 comments
Why do I want to know about Bronagh’s private 30th wedding anniversary gift to John Key? The PM is in trouble and trying to get fluff out to distract from his recent repeated lying, make people think more nicely of him. Presumably his superstitiousness played well in focus groups.
Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, November 10th, 2014 - 33 comments
An excellent piece by Andrea Vance in the weekend, on Key’s terrorism dog and pony show.
Written By: - Date published: 7:07 am, October 29th, 2014 - 28 comments
While shepherding through horrendous housing changes and removing workers’ rights – and hiding from Dirty Politics – John Key needs a big “look over there!”
Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, August 26th, 2014 - 7 comments
So National are both so out of ideas and so desperate to take the spotlight off their Dirty Politics that they’re now promising tax cuts. Tax cuts straight after we have a panel of our most prominent economists warning that the ‘rock star’ economy is going to hit the rocks.
Written By: - Date published: 6:11 pm, August 2nd, 2013 - 52 comments
The spy scandal affects the press gallery personally, so has the potential to run and run. Here’s a wee cartoon of how media attention normally works…
Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, February 12th, 2013 - 146 comments
Bad jobs numbers and a succession of collapses of major businesses weighing your government down? You need: distraction! How about an old classic from the New Zealand politician’s playbook – the Yellow Peril! Passed on by Seddon and Peters, Yellow Peril’s now being wielded by John Key as he talks of vague, unsubstantiated threats that boatloads of Indonesians are heading for our shores.
Written By: - Date published: 3:25 pm, November 12th, 2012 - 5 comments
No Right Turn on this week’s offering from the Nat roulette wheel of political distractions…
Written By: - Date published: 2:28 pm, May 1st, 2012 - 24 comments
John Key comes up with a crisis.