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Hard News: Dirty Politics

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  • Dismal Soyanz, in reply to mark taslov,

    Although it’s not all bad. David Fisher is making some grounds in redemption.

    [ETA: and here, too.

    She said the Ombudsman's relationship with the government service was based on trust. Without that, she said, "we're all in trouble".

    "We may as well kiss democracy goodbye. The work of this office relies in great measure in the maintenance of a high level of trust and integrity between ourselves and government agencies," she said.

    ]

    Wellington • Since Nov 2010 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Dismal Soyanz,

    The timing of that couldn’t be better, and that m. is a nifty trick.

    Targeting overseas voters they had this up as lead story overnight; no author, blatant advertorial. The odd photo I assume for plausible deniability.

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

  • John Farrell,

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 496 posts Report Reply

  • izogi, in reply to Dismal Soyanz,

    Yikes. That’s a serious accusation.

    I’d expect it’ll be written off as ‘politically motivated’ by half of the currently-polarised electorate, given the timing.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to mark taslov,

    Advertorial has belatedly been rejigged with a John Key greatest campaign video hits/ Cunliffe blunders selection. Because that's what newspapers do 4realz.The body remains, some of John Key’s weakest writing:

    In the end, however, one thought rules them all. “It’s the economy, stupid” may be trite, but it is true.

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

  • CJM,

    Wow. Excellent work by Frank. This shit just makes me so angry. So many of these people involved are loathsome. Their pettiness and ugly pomposity needs to be revealed. Sadly they're amongst many friends in NZ.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2014 • 107 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Pressing issues covered…
    The Press has run this space-wasting story today…
    with the sub head:
    “Election campaigns do funny things to politicians”
    But their featured photo in the paper and on links to the story, is the “Chchch? We lost the patient…” smile-fest from the Forte private hospital opening, which comes from February.
    Hardly peak campaign time – they woulda been there anyway a photo-op is a photo-op…
    that was third of a page that could have been useful information…
    a day out from ‘The Final Countdown’…

    and they’ve stacked the Letters to the Editor with
    a Blue Rinse Choir covering Status Quo!

    Plus there was a palm sized Blue vote National Party sticker
    right over the masthead and its latin motto:
    “nihil utile quod non honestum”
    (“Nothing is useful that is not honest.”)
    - tangentially, the sticker also covers a strip heading that says
    “Think before you swim – Canty waterways get worse”
    and the National cover-up attempt backfires, so it now reads
    “Think before yo-PARTY VOTE NATIONAL- waterways get worse”
    hah!
    a blue bruise nonetheless
    I note The Press’s ‘Election 2014’
    banner is red though!

    Just sayin’…

    And at least they’ve come out as ’Too tight to call as Nats shed support’

    plus Stuff has a timely reminder about:
    Election day ’electioneering’ and social media.

    I can’t remember, what happens here?
    - do comments get turned off for the day?
    - what’s to stop someone reading old postings, and being swayed?
    (or, god forbid, talking to someone casually…)
    - does the web go black?

    Sounds dangerous,
    concentrating all a nation’s
    energies, focus and rage
    of ages, to be held in for a day,
    (well till 7pm?)
    with one moment of release
    that is gone in two ticks!

    …sounds positively Tantric!

    Ps Can’t we harness this somehow?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to mark taslov,

    [Update] Advertorial videos have been removed and the article has been revised to it’s original format with the single photo of John Key. Four hours after publication article has 11 Facebook likes and 3 Twitter.

    They’ve removed that photo on that article suddenly Ian. Without the picture there are 676 words owing.

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

  • Rich of Observationz,

    I wonder if the Guardian will be offering NZ coverage and commentary on election day, being outside the jurisdiction and that.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody,

    Ex-customs official (a lawyer) comes forward on OIA manipulation by government;

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11327317

    And Chief Ombudsman launches a wide ranging investigation;

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11327328

    She says:

    "We may as well kiss democracy goodbye. The work of this office relies in great measure in the maintenance of a high level of trust and integrity between ourselves and government agencies," she said.

    "If our examination and investigation finds that has been betrayed or warped in any way that is something I am going to be taking very seriously and I think the public of New Zealand should be taking very seriously because it attacks the whole integrity of the system of governance."

    Dame Beverley said whistleblowers should make contact with the Office of the Ombudsman if they had evidence of such practices.


    If the Nats get another term in coalition with NZ First - Winston Peters might become the PM after all.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • CJM,

    The corruption within the National party is deep and wide. Peters needs to understand that, cleaning it out would be a job for someone with a very strong stomach. And the smell of such unwholesome shit lingers a long time.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2014 • 107 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    And Chief Ombudsman launches a wide ranging investigation

    And in a surprise policy change National will replace the Chief Ombudsman's office with the more appropriate Chief Lapdogs office in order to improve consistency in reporting standards across all government departments.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4458 posts Report Reply

  • Greg Dawson, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Given the performance stats that No Right Turn plunders from time to time, it wouldn’t be surprising if certain ministerial offices were causing more than a reasonable number of requests to get lost at sea. Hopefully the Ombudsman decides to keel haul someone, get them the priority they should have.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 294 posts Report Reply

  • simon g, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    And it is 100% certain the whistle-blower's life is being investigated as we speak, by the Nationa ... sorry, by "forces of nature" who have nothing to do with the PM, no sir.

    Attack post on Kiwi-Oil coming in 3, 2, 1 ...

    Repeated uncritically by favoured media outlets in 5,4,3 ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1330 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson, in reply to mark taslov,

    Interestingly, the first 10 comments were all totally against the Herald &/or the National Party. I normally don't read the comments (to avoid dismay at humanity), but all of these commentators were polite and made sensible statements. Is that a first ?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 615 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell,

    Jason Ede has quit.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 496 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to John Farrell,

    Jason Ede has quit.

    Interesting. Is that his role in the National Party, or his role in the beehive as well? (Because he was probably slated to quit the party role after the election, and resume working for the PM's office.)
    He'd have an interesting story to tell, if he chose to spill it. The question is, has he quit in disgruntlement feeling abandoned, or has he resigned as a strategic move, possibly engineered, to pop up fairly soon in some cushy job-for-life?

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2108 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    to pop up fairly soon in some cushy job-for-life?

    For those types of people it's usually public relations or a warmed-up boardroom seat.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2932 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

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

  • Ian Dalziel,

    King John...
    That top photo looks like it says
    John Key is 'King for New Zealand'...
    or is it just an obscured 'twerking'?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to nzlemming,

    Stuff’s stuffed (Ede) story

    Key said this morning he understood Ede had resigned, but that he had not suggested he Ede so.

    "[Ede] decided the time has come for him to leave," Key said on TV3's Firstline.
    ...
    "Jason Ede advised of his resignation, effective immediately, on Friday. Along with the Prime Minister and his office, we thank Jason for his 11 years of service to the National Party and wish him well for his future."
    The party would not be making any further comment.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Attachment Attachment

    King John...
    That top photo looks like it says
    John Key is 'King for New Zealand'...
    or is it just an obscured 'twerking'?

    I was thinking more this. (via Corbis & Authentic History)

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Along with the Prime Minister and his office, we thank Jason for his 11 years of service to the National Party

    Assuming that means exactly what it says, parsed correctly, it says it all!

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

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