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Hard News: Dirty Politics

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  • Angela Hart, in reply to Sacha,

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

    Except for its dishonest, nasty, underhand nature, you can't fault the strategy, on all fronts it has worked well, the only problem being that the public will become more conscious of it as the fallout from the book penetrates. People will care, but the strategy will aim to minimise the backlash and permit continuation of these tactics.
    Vanishing Jason was masterful, but he must remain silent awhile longer.
    Its ironic that my biggest hope lies with honourable Nats, who should now be attempting to ensure that their party's activities are and are seen to be fair, clean, open and honest.
    This election was not fought on policy. It was fought on trust, (and untrue sound bites) Key can't afford to lose that trust., it's all he actually has.

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2014 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Angela Hart,

    Sell sword, sells words... ?

    Vanishing Jason was masterful, but he must remain silent awhile longer.

    Bets on whether it's broken in the Woman's Weekly or similar, before the critical or analytic media...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Greg Dawson, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Bets on whether it’s broken in the Woman’s Weekly or similar, before the critical or analytic media…

    The truth on sunday? Not sure he'd make a page 3, but while in eden, one does dress the part.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 294 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Angela Hart,

    Its ironic that my biggest hope lies with honourable Nats, who should now be attempting to ensure that their party’s activities are and are seen to be fair, clean, open and honest.

    But missing in action for the last 6 years. Have they left in disgust yet? It would be interesting if any of the ex MPs ( that have bowed out, some at the behest of Key) already knew about the machinations of the Party. An awful lot went at the end of the last term in Office. They sure had a clean out. Then there is the unreleased emails from Rawshark and that could align more MPs from TeamKey. Still. I wont hold my breath. English has been the only person to say anything unsupportive about practices that came to light and even that was pretty flimsy. And lets face it, if the public told them they don't care and gave them a Party vote etc, who are they to be honourable. I know of a pretty honourable Tory around these parts and that person found the Party still acceptable no matter any of their behaviour.That paints a pretty clear picture in my book.You have far more faith than me.

    Key can’t afford to lose that trust., it’s all he actually has.

    He doesn't have much of that. Majority of Harold voters believe KDC is more honest than Key. Honesty is what trust relies on. So he is a liar and still got voted in. How is them bananas on the apple tree? ;)

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

  • Paul Campbell,

    I’ve been a big fan of MetaFilter for years, but lately every page I go to on my phone has an ad for Crest Cleaning in it. Those who’ve read Dirty Politics will remember Crest were the cleaning company that used Slater (spit) as a front to vilely attack the cleaning company’s business organisation and to force cleaner’s wages for government contracts back down to minimum wage.

    Anyone else seeing it? any odea who I can complain to?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2620 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    ...any idea who I can complain to?

    D.U.S.T.
    Department of UnSavoury Transactions ?
    ;= )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov,

    The dragon opens an eye; a most unexpected contender. Well done sir.

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

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to mark taslov,

    The dragon opens an eye; a most unexpected contender. Well done sir.

    Except that my experience of MFAT is the complete opposite of what Rodney Hide describes. In my experience they are superb, highly professional, highly competent. I'm still surprised at how badly they apparently screwed up in this case.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • st ephen, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    I heard that back when Rogernomics was in full swing there was a proposal to privatise Foreign Affairs. Just contract in a service provider to do all that wine-and-cheesing, trade missioning, visiting stray kiwis in jail, diplomacy-type stuff. Someone like Alan Gibbs could have built up the business and flogged it off to the likes of Halliburton. I think in the end someone basically said to Treasury "FFS - we're either a sovereign nation or we're not".
    Thirty years later it seems we're not so hung up on notions of sovereignty, and we're running out of other ways to transfer public value to private individuals.

    dunedin • Since Jul 2008 • 254 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to st ephen,

    we’re running out of other ways to transfer public value to private individuals

    there's all those state-funded social services just waiting to be privatised..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19706 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Ah that explains a a certain bouncy person's new cabinet role

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2620 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Radio Live reporting that Nicky Hagar’s house raided by police looking for details of Rawshark. Worrying.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report Reply

  • Greg Dawson, in reply to Deborah,

    Journalist Nicky Hager’s been the target of a police raid as they try to flush out the hacker who downloaded blogger Cameron Slater’s emails.

    The NZ Police are to be congratulated once again on their finely tuned sense of where the real problems lie.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 294 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    The Herald reports that the Police took away "Computer equipment" from Hager's home.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Nicky Hager’s own statement about the raid.

    The police spent over ten hours searching the house and removing property in an attempt to discover the identity of the person who provided information used in my book Dirty Politics.
    Soon after the police arrived, the lead detective stated that I was not a suspect in their case, merely a witness. I spoke to him by phone and informed him that he would find no information in the house about my source. Nonetheless, he and his four colleagues seized a large collection of papers and electronic equipment belonging to my family, including computers, drives, phones, CDs, an IPOD and a camera.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie,

    According to Hager's own account, this raid took place last Thursday. I'm surprised that it wasn't made public a lot earlier.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1434 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    He spoke at the Wellington Medical School on Friday about the attacks on public health academics and the need for public health people to push back against the corporate lobbyists and their assistants.

    I don't recall that him mentioning the raid but he would have had his reasons.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls, in reply to st ephen,

    we're running out of other ways to transfer public value to private individuals

    The common-wealth is becoming invested in fewer and fewer hands. It's like the class system only even worse.

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

  • mark taslov, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Except that my experience of MFAT is the complete opposite of what Rodney Hide describes. In my experience they are superb, highly professional, highly competent. I’m still surprised at how badly they apparently screwed up in this case.

    They’re ok, I’d be prepared to give them B, I give them a loss of marks for making we wait 3 days before acquiescing to accept cash for a new passport at the HongKong consulate (2012).

    Further marks lost in Beijing (2008); fully informed of a deadline the PSB had given me to replace a lost passport, Attache Christine Holah had promised me a 10 day turnaround on a replacement. On late delivery of the passport she appended it with a letter in which the acknowledgment of MFAT’s own liability was insufficient. At the end of the day, and it really was the end of the day, not long before closing, just as the minute hand had crossed twilight, I got yelled at by a PSB officer, a stamp was added to my blemish free Chinese record, and I walked away with a receipt or warning. It could have been worse but.

    However every other interaction I’ve had with them has likewise been superb, with a notable mentions to Rebecca Needham and the staff at the New Zealand Consul-General, Guangzhou and Chase Williams at the New Zealand Embassy Beijing.

    In Rodney’s article, I took the MFAT aspect as more of a preamble to criticism of the Ministers themselves.

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

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to st ephen,

    Thirty years later it seems we're not so hung up on notions of sovereignty, and we're running out of other ways to transfer public value to private individuals.

    The only remaining example I can think of is a poll tax. We know how that turned out for Maggie Thatcher. If it ever gets implemented here, I'm prepared to risk jail not to pay it.

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

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to mark taslov,

    Further marks lost in Beijing (2008);

    That's odd. I've renewed my passport here twice now. First time the Embassy was totally up front about how they most likely would not be able to get the new passport back within the PSB's time limit, but would give me a letter to explain everything. The PSB officer didn't look happy and asked me if that really was as quick as I could get in to the PSB, and I said yes, I'd just come straight from the Embassy, then it was all good. Second time round the PSB officer didn't even grunt, just did it.

    We also had an incident here involving a staff member in distress (privacy; no details), and Chris Holah and her husband both went way above and beyond the call of duty helping us sort the situation out and get said distressed staff member safely on a plane home.

    As for Rodney, I thought he was just gratuitously slagging off bureaucrats because... well, I only bothered reading because you linked to it with a strong hint there was more to his rant than I normally associate with screeds written by Rodney Hide.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Key's Tone Kops...?
    The Police had better now - if they are being fair and balanced - exercise the same warrants for seizure at the Herald and Fairfax and perhaps they should seize Whaleoil's equipment so they can figure out how Rawshark got in... just in case, being thorough, you know all that painstaking process stuff.

    Looks like they are just using the Search and Surveillance Act to be obstructive if not vexatious and vindictive - at whose behest?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Meanwhile David Parker's letter gathers grease stains and dust, democracy checks her watch.

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

  • mark taslov, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Chris Holah and her husband both went way above and beyond the call of duty helping us sort the situation

    I’m glad to hear this, as with any job, human error will be a factor. I guess my point is that it’s not in our democratic interests to absolve MFAT or any department of criticism based on our limited exposure. In fact it is often the case that criticism of a larger body such as an institution, department etc may facilitate change that enables individuals to be more productive.

    This is a matter of public of interest:

    Officials took it upon themselves to act contrary to our Government’s wishes and did so without advising ministry boss John Allen.

    The only other accountable individuals being name checked are:

    The Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Murray McCully told us at the time that our Government had been strenuous in asking the Malaysian Government to waive immunity.

    That the conclusion includes one of the few non-ironic MSM references to #Dirty Politics for quite some time, is a bonus.

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

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