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National’s Herald shows its true colours

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, February 17th, 2014 - 112 comments
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Judith Collins and Shayne CurrieWhat is happening at the Herald?

Suddenly Rachel Glucina is the breaker of very important political news such as the visits to Dotcom mansion by various politicians. Then Cameron Slater lets bygones be bygones and instead of describing her in derogatory terms praises her journalism. Then John Key says or hints that Slater is his source of information on how many and what visits occurred on stories that Glucina broke.

Then Glucina sets up a corporate box at the Auckland 9s competition and broadcasts via twitter such damaging photos as Judith Collins and Herald editor Shayne Currie in a friendly embrace. And Paula Bennett and ACT leader Jamie Whyte are there and Slater forgets his principled opposition to corporate boxes and also shows up and is photographed. There is even a photo of Slater and Bennett together.

Cameron Slater Whaleoil Paula BennettAs Giovani Tiso has tweeted the caption could be “Minister of Social Development Paula Bennett, seen here next to guy who laughs at dead children”.

So what game are they playing? There has to be one, the publicity is far too open for this to be a random collection of incidents.

112 comments on “National’s Herald shows its true colours”

  1. Chooky 1

    Troll Gallery?

    …it is all news about NACT….how can Labour put up two high profile spokespeople to dwarf these Nact trolls?….Poto Williams?…Louisa Wall?…Rino Tirikatene?….Meka Whaitiri?

    Labour needs to take the initiative with fresh new CHARISMATIC, serious, spokespeople to counter Bennett et al…in the MSM

    • stargazer 1.1

      are you implying that brown women can’t be charismatic? that these 4 aren’t? have you met any of them?

      • karol 1.1.1

        Going by some of Chooky’s recent statements, I think she’s meaning the opposite, stargazer – that these 4 women would be preferable to Ardern & Moroney.

      • Chooky 1.1.2

        @ stargazer..Labour needs the best to spokespeople to counteract NACT in the MSM (eg Bennett and Slater and what his face?…the Trolls whose visages appear above)

        ….contrary to what you think i said,…. I am indicating that “brown women” can and are probably the most charismatic and credible for the job of representing the poorest in New Zealand

        … Poto Williams is Maori , as is Louisa Wall ( i think) …as is Rino Tirikatene as is Meka Whati
        ( .they are all very able and good speakers and fighters)

        …i am saying that these Labour Party MPs may make more passionate , charismatic, appealing advocates for the poorest in New Zealand than the present Pakeha spokespeople ( just as Maori and Polynesians like Maori and Polynesian midwives and doctors )

        … the present Labour Party spokeswomen on children and social development are Jacinda Adern and Sue Maroney ….who are very good policy makers…. but who dont seem to have the X factor to make impact as charismatic spokespeople for these high profile very important Spokesperson roles of social welfare and children….Paula Bennett has not been challenged enough by Labour …especially in the MSM

  2. fender 2

    “What is happening at the Herald?”

    Oh nothing much, they’ve just given up completely on pretending they’re not far-right partisan hacks.

    And as much as Bennett and Oil-slime would make a great couple, her smile looks fake., but that’s not surprising, especially as it’s not obvious where the Oil-slime has placed his right hand.

  3. Jimmie 3

    They are playing the great political game LPrent – called Winners & Losers.

    And I’d say at this stage in the game the right have got their nose in front.

    • lprent 3.1

      …the right have got their nose in front…

      The polls don’t show that. And even if they did, you should make that a plural – noses. After all a hydra of

      National + NZ First + Conservatives + Maori Party + United Future + ACT (have I forgotten one?)

      which seems to be the current winning combo for the “right”.

      I helpfully have ordered them by likely percentages of the vote to indicate likely political impacts of the minor parties on who National crawls to to form a government.

      Yeah I can see that you’d consider that hydra of vipers a good result eh?

      • MaxFletcher 3.1.1

        National + NZ First + Conservatives + Maori Party + United Future + ACT

        What a disaster that would be.

        • Lanthanide 3.1.1.1

          I don’t think it’d ever happen. Winston wouldn’t deal with Colin Craig. If ACT actually had any principals, they’d also refuse to deal with Colin, but clearly they’ll do anything to be in power.

          • Jimmie 3.1.1.1.1

            I think their principals are probably too busy teaching in their charter schools….

            • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1.1.1.1.1

              ..too busy teaching in charter schools…??

              Charter schools are just a front for marketing/property development/outsourcing to state schools.
              They definitely arent about ‘teaching”

      • Jimmie 3.1.2

        I could beg to differ on the poll statement however the main political factors to consider for this year are as follows:

        1 Economic activity/unemployment numbers. At this stage it looks like they will be up/down respectively. If this bears out then this is good news for John Key.

        2 Budget. If this budget shows a surplus and ongoing surpluses then this will be a vindication for John Key and the opposition will be left to chose what sort of lolly scramble they can promise voters come the election.

        3 Crime. If the trends continue from last year and crime keeps dropping voters are going to be reasonably happy with their lot.

        4 Aussie. If their economy/outlooks starts to tank, their unemployment keeps increasing, and more kiwis start heading home then that is another string in John Key’s bow.

        5 Kim Dot Com. If he is extradited before the election he will be a non factor. Also he is starting to become persona non grata to opposition pollies already – I still haven’t heard from Peters about why he was visiting him.

        All that the opposition can do is hope that bad things happen this year. Global meltdown, polli scandal etc. If it doesn’t happen gona be hard to get the treasury benches.

        • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.2.1

          John Banks.
          Kim.com will not be extradited before November. The Supreme Court has to rule before the extradition hearing can even continue, not to mention the case against the GCSB.
          If Aussie starts to tank, there goes a huge export market that will affect your No.1, so will any random climate related costs.
          If this budget shows a surplus Bill English will have managed to do once what Michael Cullen managed every year for nine years.
          Dotcom’s ticking time-bomb may prove to be a dud. It may not. If not, Key is dog-meat.

          Oh, and a fired up opposition versus a tired out, out of ideas, casino-sleaze Banks-stained Slater-rubbing corporate-owned National Party.

        • lprent 3.1.2.2

          Economic activity/unemployment numbers. At this stage it looks like they will be up/down

          Not from where I’m sitting. It looks like the earthquake build is finally lumbering into action. But they seem to have missed this summer build season from more dithering.That means that a large chunk of the spend won’t happen until the end of the year.

          But so far there has only been the usual seasonal dithering in the household unemployment rates, wages aren’t rising (but inflation does appear to be increasing), and the youth unemployment rates are getting worse. Looking around Auckland (~35% of voters), it looks like there might be some more building planned. But very little of it is actually going on. Jobs are still being cut.

          What I see is a lot of pundits saying that there “should” be economic growth. But so far it is a jobless one.

          If this budget shows a surplus

          It won’t. At best what it will show is fudges to show that the rate of increase in government debt is decreasing. Haven’t you bee looking at the actual government debt increase?

          Their business tax take is consistently far below expectations and so are the income taxes. The only thing that is happening at present is that retail spending has been rising as people look at their house price rises and get they get more personal debt.

          and more kiwis start heading home

          Traditionally people who could get jobs here don’t. They stay in aussie because they still have jobs there as they are skilled. We get the people coming back for unemployment.

          That is rather pathetic…

          Kim Dot Com. If he is extradited before the election..

          Unlikely. The crown doesn’t have a case in NZ law. What he has been charged with in the US is just as likely to turn out to be unlawful in their courts.

          etc etc… I think that you have a problem with wishful thinking and a slim grasp of reality.

          • MaxFletcher 3.1.2.2.1

            “The crown doesn’t have a case in NZ law. What he has been charged with in the US is just as likely to turn out to be unlawful in their courts.”

            One of the charges is conspiracy to commit money laundering which is an offence in NZ law.

            • ghostwhowalksnz 3.1.2.2.1.1

              No such thing as ‘money laundering” on its own. There has to be illegal activity which proceeds it or you are avoiding IRD after making the money legally

            • Stuart Munro 3.1.2.2.1.2

              It’s dependent – if Dotcom’s ‘crimes’ are a civil matter, as copyright usually is, then his cashflow is probably not subject to money laundering provisions.

              • ghostwhowalksnz

                This is the indictment in legal jargon
                “The indictment lists five criminal counts, all related to the underlying allegation of criminal copyright infringement. In addition to criminal copyright infringement (17 U.S.C. §506 and 18 U.S.C. § 2319), the indictment alleges conspiracy to commit racketeering (18 U.S.C. § 1962) by being engaged in an enterprise to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering (18 U.S.C. § 1956) by transferring money that constituted the proceeds of criminal copyright infringement, and aiding and abetting criminal copyright infringement (18 U.S.C. § 2). The indictment alleges that Megaupload did not designate a copyright agent, as is required under the “safe harbor” of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. § 512), and that Megaupload would deliberately avoid taking down an allegedly infringing file based on a infringement notice, opting instead to only delete the link to the file on which the complaint was based.
                http://www.dmlp.org/threats/united-states-v-megaupload-limited

                There does seem to be a criminal copyright statute but of course there are many exemptions ( as Youtube and such is full of infringements)

                A big “crime’ seems to be megaupload wasnt a part of the NSA spying network , unlike all the other services which let the US government track who was doing what

        • Tracey 3.1.2.3

          how could you forget John Banks…

        • Mike S 3.1.2.4

          Kim Dotcom won’t be extradited. I would say he has some fairly damning evidence up his sleeve which will be pulled out come July.

          Also, If Labour can somehow mobilize a large proportion of last election’s non-voters it will be a landslide to the left.

          Winston has stated that a non-negotiable bottom line for any coalition agreement is to buy back the power companies. I can’t see Key and English doing that.

    • Tracey 3.2

      I know there is no place in your game for truth but here goes

      Having condemned his predecessor for many years for paying off debt too quickly, English said: “I want to stress that New Zealand starts from a reasonable position in dealing with the uncertainty of our economic outlook.”

      “In New Zealand we have room to respond. This is the rainy day that Government has been saving up for,” he told reporters at the Treasury briefing on the state of the economy and forecasts.”

      dec 2008

      and he still dished out the tax cuts tot he part of society least likely to spend back into the economy during a recession…

    • Paul 3.3

      If you see the media’s role as being a shill for the corporates, then fine.

  4. Paul Campbell 4

    oh, separated at birth …

  5. Tautoko Viper 5

    Three possible ideas for all the Corporate Box photo parade:

    To make the link between National MPs and Rachel Glucina and Whale Oil seem legitimate (to direct suspicion from the GCSB (or NSA or the OZ spy group).

    To attempt to uplift the reputation of Whale Oil to make him appear more credible and socially acceptable to more traditional National voters.
    To attract the young vote who are into the celebrity, selfie mode.

    • Saarbo 5.1

      Yep, this is a plausible explanation I think.

      I know an ex Rock Jock who still has a big Facebook following, each xmas he receives a bottle of wine from John Key, consequently he keeps a stream of pro National/anti PC stuff flowing from his facebook account . Im guessing that this is a Cosby Textor strategy…to keep dumb “connectors” on side to influence their followers.

      Didn’t Hooten get invited to this??? That’ll piss him off, these wankers like to be seen at events like this , LOL.

    • newsense 5.2

      Several people who all need some image rehabilitation after doing some munted things…

  6. Bill 6

    Slater could have gone all Icelandic and dug bodies up for John Key to lunch on when they were suitably soft and ammoniac…and the corporate media wouldn’t have said zip.

    People of ‘the left’ who’d generally have nothing to do with Slater or people like him, shouldn’t harbour an expectation that their standards of acceptability are shared. The corporate media knew what Slater was and knew he was being spoon fed by the beehive. For years they have got down on bended knee to feed from that self-same feeding spoon as Cameron scraped it up his caked arse crack to dish out pre-digested tid-bits.

    They have copy to fill. They fill it.

    Don’t expect them to dis these arses that feed them. Maybe, rather, expect them to make efforts to rehabilitate them in the eye of the public?

  7. Blue 7

    Sadly, I don’t think the Herald see anything wrong with what they are doing. The old journalistic ideals are so passe these days.

    Years ago they would have tried to cover up their obvious right-wing bias but these days it’s hardly worth the effort.

    They’re just like any other corporation.

  8. tricledrown 8

    Is that a wigless collins in the mirror.
    Or is Cameron in Drag mirror.
    Like with like spitting images.
    Were they the lost brothers and sisters given up at Birth.

  9. Anne 9

    … and Matthew Hooton rubbishes any suggestion there are people keeping a close watch on John Key’s opponents for him. (He used the loaded term ‘spying’ of course) And sadly, Mike Williams yet again agrees with him. Could have been a perfect opportunity for Williams to bring up the full to overflowing top drawer and where was Key getting all his information from… ?

    RNZ this morning.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 9.1

      Considering the Australians were keeping an eye on the Indonesians for the US over a trade dispute over clove cigarettes, nothing is too inconsequential.

      And lets face it Kim Dotcom is big news here and has flattened a few political, police careers allready.

      What isnt going to be happening is Key is getting direct reports from GCSB or its clones over what is happening at Coatesville.
      That would kill Fletchers career at GCSB stone dead, but thats where Glucina comes in. The usefulness in revealing who the vistors to KDC is making it public

      • Anne 9.1.1

        Spy’s leaks show Australian passed on Indonesia file to NSA

        ooops… should be “Australia”.

        And:

        What isnt going to be happening is Key is getting direct reports from GCSB or its clones over what is happening at Coatesville.

        Exactly. It appears Mallard has been tweeting the GCSB was the source of the info. on the Dotcom mansion visits – something along those lines anyway. Put your thinking cap on Mallard. There’s no way Fletcher and co. will jeopardise their exalted positions by leaking such info.

    • Tracey 9.2

      did they explain why key made a onnection between he and slater?

    • floyd 9.3

      Exactly Anne. I was flabbergasted that they didn’t actually touch on the issue of how this information as actually gathered. Wherever it came from key was emphatic on the number if times Peters visited Dotcom. Three times over two years indicates that someone is being monitored. This business of “some people see things, and then they tell me’ is totally disingenuous. You don’t accidentally see things three times over two years while out walking Rover. You see it because it’s your business to see it. I do not for one minute believe that slater could keep that knowledge to himself for that long, he’s too much like key. They like us to know that they know something we don’t know. All I got from ryan @ co this morning as to why Peters had gone to see Dotcom. Keys’ question/accusation to Peters in the House was that NZ was owed the content of their conversation. Personally, I think that it is vital that NZ citizens need to be told, by key, exactly where he got his information from. While he wants Peters to divulge what he and Dotcom talked about it seems key himself does not have to divulge how he came about his knowledge. hooton laughed at the idea that key would jeopardise his position by using departments he has access to, but that is exactly what he would do. That is his mindset. All he has to do is back-pedal, categorically deny (lying) then plant a diversion (slater) and wait for the ever compliant media to do the rest. He needs to be questioned over and over week after week until some sort of truth is achieved.

      And Mike Williams is just a big fat yawn.

      • Anne 9.3.1

        Hopefully, Grant Robertson is working on it floyd. He did a good job at Question Time last year exposing Key’s lies and obfuscations over the Dotcom raid fiasco.

  10. natwest 10

    So its now a crime of sorts to have your photo taken with someone at a public event?

    Keep spinning – obviously the Government and the Country are doing just fine thank you, if this is the sort of rubbish that is going to grace the pages of this blog leading into the election.

    Sheesh! what next?

    • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1

      A crime?

    • lprent 10.2

      What crime?

      We’re not allowed to observe and interpret? Has that become a crime? Perhaps someone should have arrested Slater and Farrar a long time ago for the “crime” of pointing out associations… Rachel Glucina is a serial offender and probably needs to have a prison build for her alone?

      Or it could just be that you’re a bit of a hypocrite yourself expecting us to turn the other check so we can be don’t injure the hands of the thugs.

      You really are a bit of a fuckwit eh?

      • natwest 10.2.1

        Oh how precious! and your command of the english language is appaling for a commentator on this rag, but I guess you are targeting a certain audience!

        Surely you can come up someting better than “fuckwit”, or is that it, the level of your best journalistic skills.

        I won’t even bother contemplating a suitable response to your personal insult, but loser, tosser and ignorant come to mind.

        P.S you might want to proof your commentary’s before hitting the send button in future, your second paragraph doesn’t make sense and could have been written better by a 5 year old.

        • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 10.2.1.1

          @ Natwest

          By ‘appaling’ I assume you mean appealing?

        • Hayden 10.2.1.2

          P.S you might want to proof your commentary’s

          I love it when this happens.

        • framu 10.2.1.3

          sorry nat west but…

          “read post” + “complain about thing that isnt in post to begin with” does = “fuckwit”

          “So its now a crime of sorts to have your photo taken with someone at a public event?”

          show where this is being said

        • Akldnut 10.2.1.4

          “Keep spinning – obviously the Government and the Country are doing just fine thank you, if this is the sort of rubbish that is going to grace the pages of this blog leading into the election”.

          WTF How the hell does the second part of this sentence fit in with the first part? (Proof read?)

          P.S you might want to proof your commentary’s before hitting the send button in future,..

          WTF

          I won’t even bother contemplating a suitable response to your personal insult, but loser, tosser and ignorant come to mind.

          WTF…. you just said you couldn’t be bothered

          Pot, Kettle, Black……… fuckwit.
          Like you can fucking talk.

        • lprent 10.2.1.5

          In your indignation at being accurately described you appear to have forgotten the points I raised.

          Are we not allowed to observe and interpret?

          You, for instance, appear to be a fuckwit because you spend so much time massaging your brain that you get distracted from reading what people actually write. Especially the content.

          Blustering around like a deranged chimp avoiding a mirror just makes your actions more obvious.

        • Crunchtime 10.2.1.6

          Ad hominem: attack the poster, attack how she posted, insult her back, ignore the message.

          Congrats natwest, you lost the argument because you failed to even address it.

    • framu 10.3

      “Sheesh! what next?”

      well actually reading the fucking post could be a start

    • Tracey 10.4

      Having condemned his predecessor for many years for paying off debt too quickly, English said: “I want to stress that New Zealand starts from a reasonable position in dealing with the uncertainty of our economic outlook.”

      “In New Zealand we have room to respond. This is the rainy day that Government has been saving up for,” he told reporters at the Treasury briefing on the state of the economy and forecasts.”

      dec 2008

      and he still dished out the tax cuts tot he part of society least likely to spend back into the economy during a recession…

  11. marty 11

    Shane Jones was there as well.

    Think about the implications.

    • BM 11.1

      Of course he was, he’s the next Labour leader.
      Cunliffe is a dead man walking.

      • TE 11.1.1

        Shane Jones the guy that uses porn to pass away the lonely night’s out on the campaign trail.
        The guy that uses his position to fix the immigration woes of a immigrant.
        Shane Jones will never be the new Leader his moral ethic is no match David Cunliffe’s
        Shane Jones laughs in the face of honesty and integrity, and we voted right back

      • McFlock 11.1.2

        So, basically, you’ve just completely given up on any of your bullshit being even remotely plausible, then?

        you’re just treading water until the post-election downsizing, I guess…

        • BM 11.1.2.1

          I don’t think it’s bull shit, nothing happens without reason and facts are, big business does seem to like Shane Jones.

          I reckon he was there because that’s who the movers and shakers want in charge of Labour, let’s be honest they hate Cunliffe guts and are undermining him at any opportunity.

          Shane’s getting good press and they know Nationals eventually is going to lose so it’s important they get their man into the driving position of the other vehicle thus insuring a smooth transition and business as usual.

          • Colonial Viper 11.1.2.1.1

            I reckon he was there because that’s who the movers and shakers want in charge of Labour, let’s be honest they hate Cunliffe guts and are undermining him at any opportunity.

            Just as well the membership chooses the Labour leader now, eh?

            • BM 11.1.2.1.1.1

              Lots of union members, Maori and pollies would vote for Shane Jones.

              At the last leader ship contest it was pitched as a contest between Robertson and Cunliffe, Jones was just there to make up the numbers and he actually did quite well.

              Next time, he’ll be a front runner and with heaps of positive press will come out the winner.

              • McFlock

                Next time, he’ll be against Robertson again, and his jolly times in corporate boxes with WO will impress the membership and the unions greatly.

                • BM

                  Do you honestly believe Robertson will ever be the leader of the labour party, that guy has no leadership ability at all.

                  Between Jones and Robertson,Jones would romp in.

                  Chance to be the first Maori PM, that would get some of those 800,000 non voters off their lazy arses and down to the voting booths.

                  Mean Maori Mean and all that guff.

                  • McFlock

                    You can hypothesize all you want, but you still need to turn 15% :30% into 50%:30%.

                    The thing about Jones is that for every good move he makes like the supermarket thing, he ends up going to corporate boxes with slater and the nactoids. That does not endear him to the membership, the unions or the caucus.

          • McFlock 11.1.2.1.2

            Big business cuddle up to jones for the same reason they cuddle up to national.

            That doesn’t mean jones is the heir apparent for a “dead man” cunliffe.
            We all know that’s how it works in toryville, but in case you haven’t noticed it’s not caucus alone who decides the labour leadership any more. Get up with the play – there was a big leadership campaign last year, in which jones came a distant last. Are you stuck in aussie, like SSpylands?

            edit: snap CV 🙂

          • Tracey 11.1.2.1.3

            big business likes jones…

            “Yesterday the Herald published its annual “mood of the boardroom” survey. The result was unsurprising: 90% of CEOs want John Key as the next Prime Minister. Which kindof speaks for itself about who will benefit from National’s policies and who they represent.

            Posted by Idiot/Savant at 10/31/2008 01:31:00 AM “

      • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 11.1.3

        The presumably metaphorical comment: “Cunliffe is a dead man walking.”

        Is yet another example of fantastical thinking from BM

  12. lez Howard 12

    If Key is Very chummy with Slater There is agood chance he must of Known about Mayoy Len and been in association with Wewegie and Palino. Shyte Sticks

    • Chooky 12.1

      +100 …and Bevan what-is- her-name?…you know …maybe she was a naughty lollypop honey girl fly trap?

  13. Rich 13

    Time for a media ownership law when Labour / Greens get in. Stop foreign corporations owning monopoly newspapers.

    • MaxFletcher 13.1

      How do see it working (media ownership law), out curiosity?

      • Stuart Munro 13.1.1

        You could set a fixed ownership percentage. But the easiest to administer would be a graduated tax penalty.

      • Paul 13.1.2

        Support public broadcasting…….simple really

      • RedBaronCV 13.1.3

        The Aussies have rules about not owning multiple outlets, (TV’s & newspapers) and not owning too large a % so there is no market aggregation. Perhaps insist they are listed on stock exchange and need a certain % of small shareholdings owned by locals. Or just tax the crap out them first then move onto the ownership issues.
        Foreign media and other foreign ownership rules are quite common. The aussies and the banks.

    • Stuart Munro 13.2

      +1

    • ghostwhowalksnz 13.3

      How about a Media paying taxes law.

      Slater seems to have been fed the stories about Fairfax not paying any NZ taxes while writing editorials about companies paying ‘fair taxes’. Hypocrite was the word used

      Since I dont think his financial literacy is that high, it would appear it was hit on Fairfax provided by the Editor of the NZ Herald

    • marty 13.4

      How is that going to stop scumbags like Slater?

  14. captain hook 14

    that photo is disgusting.
    a fruit loop cuddling up to a slug.
    as soon as the wise heads in the antional party realise that wail boil is the precursor to a gangster state then the sooner sanity will prevail.

  15. greywarbler 15

    If NACT embraces you it’s like … Arise Lord Slug and Lady Arsepen. It’s like the recreation of that time when beings crawled out of the slime onto nearly dry land.

    Lewis Carroll foresaw it all when he wrote his nonsense verse
    which he called Jabberwocky:

    Twas bryllyg, and ye slythy toves
    Did gyre and gymble in ye wabe:
    All mimsy were ye borogoves;
    And ye mome raths outgrabe.

  16. Tracey 16

    Who is the woman in the picture with slater?

  17. Papa Tuanuku 17

    Paula poses with man that says this:

    “My patience with Maori is at an end. They are venal, corrupt, lying, lazy useless fuckers.”

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2010/06/maori-must-be-thick/

    • blue leopard (Get Lost GCSB Bill) 17.1

      Wow ….he must be aiming for a knighthood saying things like that. grr

      • TE 17.1.1

        Paula’s poses with a man that takes great pleasure and delight in the persecution of Maori.

        The noun persecution is related to persecute, which comes from Latin persecut-, meaning “followed with hostility.”
        Persecution means hassling or singling out a person or group because of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or social status.
        In many schools, the persecution of students by bullies has resulted in a zero-tolerance policy for such despicable behavior.

        ‘My patience with WO is at an end. He is just a mean spirited bully.’

  18. idlegus 18

    craig foss was very concerned about labours close connection to the maori/tvnz media…& apparently cunliffe lives in a secret house? & there i was thinking he lived in herne bay, like i give a shit.

    • karol 18.1

      Yeah, the line about Cunliffe keeping his Herne Bay secret was a beat up – maybe Cunliffe could Sue TV3?

      The Maori TVNZ- labor connection – the labor candidate should have known better. It probably won’t impact negatively on his election campaigning, but it will be used by righties every time left wing media bias his alleged.

      • mickysavage 18.1.1

        It is going to be used again. How dare this rich person criticise the rich? The only trouble is that he is advocating for his class to pay more and receive less and for the poorest to actually be helped. I see this as one of David’s virtues but no doubt the attacks will occur.

        The problem is that ordinary people do not realise what the income distribution is like at the top. Where MPs wages are only OK and the best and brightest can earn huge dollars. That David is willing to go for it is actually a tribute. If he wanted to he could earn way more and be a lot less stressed.

      • miravox 18.1.2

        Maybe National knew the Shane Taurima thing was coming so decided to get the Herald links out in the open knowing they wouldn’t make the headlines.

  19. TightyRighty 19

    Pre emptive Hail Mary knowing tv ones activistgate was coming out?

  20. Matthew 20

    Must be tough to be on the left at the moment.

    Unemployment down, crime down, prosperity up, economic predictions rosy….

    With National receiving a boost in the polls it’s time to bring out the tired old “the media is against us” story yet again.

    Boring.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 20.1

      Falling 1% since the last poll by the same crowd is a “boost”? If you have the memory of a goldfish, perhaps.

    • well I never 20.2

      I can’t help wondering how you will squirm your way back up when Labour win

  21. I still can’t believe the meidia rubbed our noses in their corporate box love in with the institutional right wing. And Labour still think there’s any point trying to keep one eye on marketing themselves as ‘reasonable’ to these fucks? Take one look at Currie in those photos and tell me he’s gonna let his sweet, sweet tax cuts get reversed by a left coalition on his watch. Nah.

    Glucina’s little photo essay is all the proof we need that if being seen as ‘reasonable’ by the NZ media is Labour’s strategy for the election, then we’re all proper fucked.

  22. tricledrown 22

    Act leader and collins twins
    Bennet and Slater twins

  23. Freda McGaw 23

    Nah – it’s just the ruling classes feeling confident.

  24. Tracey 24

    Been trying to find the media reporting of this mis-statement by Mr Key recently. Can anyone help me find the coverage?

    http://polity.co.nz/content/key-practices-56-truth-inflation

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