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Hard News: Dirty Politics

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  • mark taslov, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    ha! and HA! I’m always amazed how you see so far Ian. Magic. I should probably rattle me daggs, I don’t want to burst too many bubbles and although this year’s jamboree has been an absolute binder, it’s obviously left me with a lot to think about, things which I can do nothing about here.

    Thanks for not banning me Russell and the best of luck to everyone, if I stepped on your toes with this exercise in free speech, get real. And for any of you who might be on the cusp of adulthood and feeling kind of daunted about the future in this brave new world, (I know there’s one or two of you) one last special song from a kinder simpler time to get your twerk on to.

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

  • krothville, in reply to mark taslov,

    Thanks for not banning me Russell and the best of luck to everyone, if I stepped on your toes with this exercise in free speech, get real.

    I actually enjoyed your posts. But then again, I really like discussions on PA, because mostly everyone argues cleanly, and backs their opinions up.

    Since Sep 2014 • 73 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to krothville,

    Me too. I think it's perfectly understandable why Taslov feels so passionate about all the discoveries over the past year and to see it's conclusion where it would seem the majority of New Zealanders find it perfectly acceptable is abominable and I think that also. we have now just told the National Party, anything goes. we may as well sing God save New Zealand and watch some rugby eh?

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

  • stephen clover,

    wgtn • Since Sep 2007 • 355 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Jarrod Gilbert outlines his #dirtypolitics experience with Farrar

    [edit] hah! Should have refreshed before I posted. :-)

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2929 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to nzlemming,

    Read that earlier. Why am I not surprised. There's much more in the neighbourhood. Everyone lives in a neighbourhood.

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

  • John Armstrong,

    If anyone is interested, the good folks over at actionstation have set up a petition calling for a Royal Commission into Dirty Politics.

    For me, in the current context, signing felt like an incredibly... small act, but I did so because I very much share the sentiment expressed in the e-mail they sent me yesterday; it is no longer sufficient just to stay as informed as possible and to exercise my democratic right every three years. Time to get off the proverbial arse. (I realise that signing an e-petiton is not technically getting off my arse, but it's the first example of putting into action a new conviction to take every opportunity to make a contribution.)

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2007 • 134 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to John Armstrong,

    Good on you.

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

  • Jack Harrison, in reply to mark taslov,

    Take a break, re-access,it's a shame that you care about politics, but you do. Not many can write about it. Take a good rest, come back.

    wellington • Since Aug 2014 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • stephen clover, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    David Fisher: Minister based policy to tackle gang problem on incorrect figures, say police

    No mention of the Farrar angle -- though in fairness that's likely to at least be due to the difference between journalism and speculation.

    wgtn • Since Sep 2007 • 355 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson, in reply to stephen clover,

    The Farrar angle is there now, under the heading 'Dirty Politics'.

    Interesting that the heading includes single quote marks. Is that because it is quoting somebody (ie it is in speech marks), or is this a use of scare quotes.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5415 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

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    The Herald's "Who do you believe - John Key or Kim Dotcom? poll has been closed after ten days. Maybe because one of the subjects was leaping way too far into the lead?

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1381 posts Report Reply

  • stephen clover,

    Jarrod Gilbert: Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean the government isn’t playing dirty.

    Ten minutes or so before I posted my blog yesterday proving the Police and Corrections Minister had used dodgy gang numbers, David Farrar wrote something akin to an apology on Kiwiblog for attacking me for exposing the truth. He was getting the jump on criticism coming his way.

    Was this a coincidence? Of course not. He was tipped off by the Minister’s office…

    wgtn • Since Sep 2007 • 355 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    The Farrar angle is there now, under the heading ‘Dirty Politics’.

    It's entirely possible that 'the Fish' (as Russell called him) was alerted to it after the initial report, perhaps through these very pages ;-)

    Interesting that the heading includes single quote marks. Is that because it is quoting somebody (ie it is in speech marks), or is this a use of scare quotes.

    Not scare quotes as much as lack of proper style options in composing headlines. Single quotes are often used to denote book titles, as is underlining (but on the web that would look like a link). Double quotes are used to indicate someone else's words, rather than the reporter's.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2929 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    A Twitter compilation of the Dirty Politics guilty parties, courtesy of Scott Milne.

    Soooo pleased I am not following any of those people.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2929 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to nzlemming,

    Soooo pleased I am not following any of those people.

    Notice the Oily One now refers to himself as 'Sir'?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5415 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    he'll be Bishop next :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to nzlemming,

    'the Fish'

    just 'Fish'

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Go "Fish"
    Holy Mackerel!

    or are we talking an 'old folks only' reference to Abe Vigoda ?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7886 posts Report Reply

  • CJM,

    'Fish' or 'Foul'?

    Auckland • Since Aug 2014 • 107 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2929 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to nzlemming,

    worth every cent some right-leaning donor paid for keeping the topic out of the media so effectively.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19680 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    yes it sharply cut off rawshark's ongoing dribble of dirty politics evidence in time before the election, no point in spending any more money on it now ... back to business as usual

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2605 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

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