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  • Russell Brown,

    The same story was just as wothy of an inquiry during 2006, 2007 or 2008.

    The present story -- with Meurant's helpful notes -- didn't emerge until last week.

    What form could the Labour Party possibly use to start demanding an inquiry in 2009 without looking like hypocrites?

    Hypocrisy is a lesser sin in Opposition, if that's where they end up: National being thoroughly in bed with the racing industry in 2005 hardly stopped it from pursuing Peters on it.

    And anyway; the Greens announced their desire for such an inquiry today -- along with their refusal to share a Cabinet with Peters, which is looking like a safe but tasty stand of principle.

    Any more revelations about Peter Dunne would be interesting.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Does it mean the Listener is being sold as well?

    Yes, and you know who's all cashed-up and looking for bargains -- and already prevented by Australian media ownership laws from buying much more than he already owns there?

    Rupert Murdoch.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    Yes, and you know who's all cashed-up and looking for bargains -- and already prevented by Australian media ownership laws from buying much more than he already owns there?

    Rupert Murdoch

    He’ll probably merge it with Sky Watch.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Any more revelations about Peter Dunne would be interesting.

    People in the know, riddle me this: what are the chances (realistically) that he won't get re-elected?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    Actually, a fuck of a lot taken. Obvs.

    That's your choice. I'm going to leave this topic alone.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Edgeler,

    He’ll probably merge it with Sky Watch.

    And this is one of those occasions where we need a kiwiblog-esque comment rating thing.

    I suppose it would be returning to its roots.

    Wellington, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 3215 posts Report Reply

  • JohnAmiria,

    Any more revelations about Peter Dunne would be interesting

    I hear he's sleeping with the daughter of his wife's brother's father - or was that the daughter of his father-in-law's son's sister? You hear so many scandals in politics ...

    Something scandalous I saw with my own eyes today was 3 red cars driving down Ponsonby Road - all pulling trailers with 'Vote Labour' billboards on them. Not the 'greenest' of campaign ideas I woulda thought.

    hither and yon • Since Aug 2008 • 215 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    People in the know, riddle me this: what are the chances (realistically) that he won't get re-elected?

    Slim to nothing, I'm afraid. He really does command the respect of his electorate, as an electorate MP.

    So I'm told by everyone I know who lives there (except for the wife oif the National party candidate last election, she wasn't so impressed).

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    What form could the Labour Party possibly use to start demanding an inquiry in 2009 without looking like hypocrites?

    Just occasionally it'd be nice to hear people starting an investigation because it was the right thing to do to help protect our democracy.

    Dreams are free, I know.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    Just occasionally it'd be nice to hear people starting an investigation because it was the right thing to do to help protect our democracy.

    hahahahahahaha. Sorry, I must stop... hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    OK, I'm over that now. You're right, it would be nice for oversight of the politicians to occur because it's "the right thing to do". But look at how unpopular it was just getting rid of the lifetime perks that came with being a retired pollie, and that was just about money. Things that deal with reputation are even more unpopular.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Judd,

    Re: Lessig

    I'd like to know his view on why Obama has stopped mentioning Net Neutrality as part of his technology platform and where he thinks the Obama administration (__if elected etc__...) would stand on this issue.

    Obama used to be vocally pro-neutrality, but lately - not a squeak. Most notably in the latest web ad on his sci/tech policies:

    Perth • Since Nov 2006 • 63 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    That's your choice. I'm going to leave this topic alone.

    There's nothing I love more than someone doing the time-honoured 'you just *choose* to be offended' schtick. Kudos.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    __Actually, a fuck of a lot taken. Obvs.__

    That's your choice. I'm going to leave this topic alone.

    That was soooooo passive-aggressive ...

    ;-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Something scandalous I saw with my own eyes today was 3 red cars driving down Ponsonby Road - all pulling trailers with 'Vote Labour' billboards on them. Not the 'greenest' of campaign ideas I woulda thought.

    I've just rung Phil Twyford and asked "what part of we're not going to vote for you anyway, so please stop sending us snail-spam was hard to understand - twice?" You try to do some people a favour, and end up wondering why you bother.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    And perhaps there's an up-side to the EFA, because two unsolicited and unwelcome letters from Phil Twyford have been the only political junk mail we've received this campaign season.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    And perhaps there's an up-side to the EFA, because two unsolicited and unwelcome letters from Phil Twyford have been the only political junk mail we've received this campaign season.

    We've received three or four things from Rodders/Act, and one from whoever it is that Labour's putting up. Nothing from Worthless that I've seen, and the other parties don't really try and contest Epsom except in the most token of fashions.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Bog-standard letter from Labour here, and another from ACT. The latter including a hilarious step-by-step guide to electing not just a change of government but "a government of change", using clip-art images to replace certain key words in a wacky visual style! What'll they think of next?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1611 posts Report Reply

  • Ian MacKay,

    Can anyone tell me who was the daughter of the National man who laid the complaint over the John/John ad on Youtube? Please?

    Bleheim • Since Nov 2006 • 498 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    New Espiner: Peters thrown under the bus:

    Meanwhile it looks like Clark is all but abandoning Winston Peters and she’s shifted the Maori Party and the Greens up to the front-ranked cabs. She told Sky TV’s meet the leaders’ debate last night that she thought it would be extremely difficult for Peters to hit 5% and that the polls indicated he wouldn’t win Tauranga.

    Now we all know that, but it’s another thing to say it. She also endorsed the Greens, saying “their time has come” and for good measure agreed to the entrenchment of the Maori seats.

    What Clark is trying to do now is send a signal to NZ First voters not to waste their vote and to tick Labour if they want to avoid National getting in. She has waited until the final week to do this, in case it looked like NZ First could hit 5% but it looks like she’s now cutting them adrift.

    Good.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    And perhaps there's an up-side to the EFA, because two unsolicited and unwelcome letters from Phil Twyford ...

    Oh, c'mon. He's standing in your electorate, isn't he? Aren't hard-working candidates meant to do that?

    Is Wayne Mapp curled up somewhere asleep?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    Good

    Yup. Winston will be missed for his antics, and he's definitely achieved far more for seniors than anyone else would ever even have tried, but to paraphrase Craig he's been thoroughly confirmed as a pathological liar with these latest revelations. Quite what this will do to the final numbers remains to be seen.
    And, of course, there's still the potential wild card of the Rimutaka election. In the absence of a popular incumbent, it could potentially end up going to Mark. That would drag Winnie straight back in again, since NZF is pretty much certain to get list votes sufficient to entitle them to at least two MPs, if not three or four.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    Aren't hard-working candidates meant to do that?

    Only when their policies agree with Craig's, I suspect. Personally I don't want any of it, particularly when we've got a big "Addressed mail and local papers only" sign on the letterbox, but there's no point complaining since political spam is an excepted category. Pity.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Oh, c'mon. He's standing in your electorate, isn't he? Aren't hard-working candidates meant to do that?

    Once, perhaps. But I think a civil phone call (yes, I can do polite) asking to be taken off your fucking mailing list should do the job unless you really really think pissing potential voters off is anything but counter productive. . I don't know if Wayne's asleep, but any competently run campaign should come to the conclusion that party members don't really need the hard sell. And if they do, you've got issues direct mail aren't going to fix.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Only when their policies agree with Craig's, I suspect.

    Miss Marple has nothing to fear with you on the case, Matthew. I don't want any of it either.

    If I was getting campaign spam from the National Party, I'd be really pissed off they were wasting resources, money and the time of volunteers on a household that should be marked down as deep blue.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    asking to be taken off your fucking mailing list should do the job

    Fair enough, too. Apologies.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

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