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Hard News: Dirty Politics

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  • mark taslov,


    Steak and Lamb Chops.

    7.12pm:Key “If you want steak for dinner tonight, go and buy steak. If you want a National Government, party vote National."

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    With both Labour and National courting NZ First/Winston Peters support I'm grateful Act are unlikely to be part of such a coalition: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11326574.
    As someone accidently within the Epsom electorate I hope they don't get in at all But I've been hoping that for a few elections now....

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to mark taslov,

    “Let them eat steak”, eh?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1923 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to mark taslov,

    it does get in...

    Lamb Chops

    Who do I vote for, for muttonflaps?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Who do I vote for, for muttonflaps?

    Always vote "dickfritter"

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Selwyn Manning, Perceptions Of Corruption Damaging To New Zealand’s International Reputation –
    It is not Glen Greenwald who has sullied our reputation, National managed that all on their own.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • CJM,

    Hmm, wonder why I'm not surprised the National Party is involved….
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/254918/nz-link-to-chinese-anti-corruption-case

    Auckland • Since Aug 2014 • 107 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    So symptomatic of National’s economic miracle. How on earth they managed to get 60b in debt while cutting down those in need and selling us off, it boggles the mind.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Good grief. Here's Key having another go at Greenwald for spiking NZ's UN bid.

    "We are a good country doing good things. This guy turns up ... he's not a passionate New Zealander.

    "He's a conspiracy theorist and people will see it for what it is, " Mr Key told reporters last night.

    Conspiracy theorist? Jeez. For a man who's been caught with his hand jammed so firmly in the cookie jar that it's cutting off the blood supply, the least he could do is shut the fuck up.

    It would appear that the Nats are still relying on cognitive dissonance to overrule any common sense or human decency developing amongst their supporters.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to mark taslov,

    60b in debt

    ahem...
    88b and counting!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I went high to 86 last week, I wasn’t sure and don’t want to open myself up to any of that left-wing conspiracy theorist stuff. Thanks for that link. I’d laugh but that’s shocking, where’s all the money going?

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    Turning Key's quote around a little pretty much sums up my feelings about the way my once great little country has been hijacked by a gang of neo-liberal ideologists for their own ends.

    We are a good country doing good things. Then this guy Key and his mates turn up ... they're not passionate New Zealanders.

    Yep. That sounds more like it.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Good grief. Here’s Key having another go at Greenwald for spiking NZ’s UN bid.

    It’s been a pretty impressive week for Mr Greenwald, there’s a sense that maybe every other week is just like this for him, saving the world, piece by piece. An introduction to The Intercept was one of the highlights for me. As well as Russell’s interview which was a nice break from John Kaiser’s little xenophobic sideshow. Cockroaches have more dignity. Bill English needs to cut him loose and restore some order there.

    I’ve always been dubious about New Zealand’s desire for the UNSC. Guilt by association and what can we offer? Key? That’s not a safer world. As Tussock rightly let loose on the Greenwald thread, John Key has enough blood on his hands, and I’ll bet he doesn’t even know it and he probably never will.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to mark taslov,

    Ombudsman overrules Key over naming of staffer

    John Key has named the staff member in his office who was briefed by the SIS over the release of emails to blogger Cameron Slater.

    Following an intervention by the Chief Ombudsman, the prime minister has identified him as former deputy chief of staff Phil De Joux.

    For the record

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to mark taslov,

    ...dubious about New Zealand’s desire for the UNSC.

    Me too...
    Especially when I heard either Joyce or Key saying it would be useful for trade networking...
    way to get the wrong end of the stick!

    Paul Buchanan had some cogent thoughts on the earlier attempt in 2012

    and Bryce Edwards has a round up of useful info, here

    Personally I'd say our incumbent Head of State has proved himself less than trustworthy with secrets, gossip, rumour and fact...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Ana Simkiss, in reply to mark taslov,

    So, do we know what security clearance Mr De Joux has?

    Freemans Bay • Since Nov 2006 • 141 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Ana Simkiss,

    So, do we know what security clearance Mr De Joux has?

    I’d imagine that everyone in the PM’s office would hold Top Secret clearance. It’s the nature of the job, and at the discretion of the Minister responsible (Key). Just means the SIS couldn’t find a reason to deny him.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2932 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to CJM,

    Hmm, wonder why I’m not surprised the National Party is involved….
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/254918/nz-link-to-chinese-anti-corruption-case

    Interesting. But why doesn’t Radio NZ name anybody? This report on ifeng, attributed to Global Times correspondents in NZ Wáng Miǎo and Qū Xiángyǔ, names the ex-vice-mayor as 曹鉴燎/Cáo Jiànliáo. Also:

    曹鉴燎的妻子、子女和情妇早在曹去年12月被广州市纪委调查前就已迁居新西兰。

    Cáo Jiànliáo’s wife, children [yes, plural] and mistress had already moved to New Zealand before the Guangzhou Municipal Disciplin committee began its investigation in December last year.

    It says all this information came from the Financial Times.

    There’s more, but I’m running out of time. Perhaps somebody could find Jamil Anderlini’s original FT report?

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • stephen clover, in reply to mark taslov,

    where’s all the money going?

    "Fiscally neutral" tax cuts, wasn't it?

    wgtn • Since Sep 2007 • 355 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Personally I’d say our incumbent Head of State has proved himself less than trustworthy with secrets, gossip, rumour and fact…

    Seriously, what a fukwit. All his ability to influence others despite the slug bullshit, he was popular. Now, he's just a fukwit. What headspace would not want to make this place the best in the world and being the size we are, that's achievable. Now we are just alongside the rest of 'em . Greed really has a lot to answer for.It's despicable that the PM let's any of this happen on his watch and joins in even. What a tosser.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Oh whilst I'm here and noone is probably listening, I'm going to squeeze in for Bart, info that Stella had an op and all seems well. We have extended her time here and don't know or wanna know for how long. She is actually great. Like a bloody 5 year old. Codeine is speed for her .Always thought she was odd. My kinda odd tho' :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Good news about Stella. Odd is good.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    I think so too. The girl is special. An injured bitch with Edwardian collar ,I'll bang into your legs because I can kinda collar. A let's flip that beer kinda collar. An oh look I can flick my bowl of water kinda collar. a lets knock the chairs over, lets scratch doors whilst I'm at it kinda collar. yet I still am happy . Life's a bitch :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    But why doesn’t Radio NZ name anybody?

    The audio interview at the bottom of the page has a lot of detail, quite nuanced. Generally predisposed to print media, tuning back into RNZ over this election period has been a sound for sore ears. Hoksings on ZB not so much. How many times does an interviewer need to ask the opposition leader if he’ll resign if he doesn’t win the election? He’s asked Cunliffe at least 3 times during this campaign, twice during the debates, same answer every time, how that question serve our democracy or shows any respect I’m yet to fathom.

    - “Will you quite your job if you don’t reach your goals?”

    - “I’m focused on reaching my goals right now.”

    -“No but will you quit your job IF [nudge nudge wink wink] you FAIL?(!!!)”

    (This interview was an electoral advertisement paid for by the National Party)

    where’s all the money going?

    “Fiscally neutral” tax cuts, wasn’t it?


    That’s great news about Stella Sophie. =)

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    Attachment

    In case there was any doubt which way this paper leans*.
    [actual screenshot]

    Gratuitous. I understand times may be tough for print media, but discretion is advised, unless flagrantly broadcasting your partisan leanings has now become something for NZMSM to aspire to.

    *may also help to explain where all the money went.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

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