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Hard News: Dirty Politics

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  • 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 • 620 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 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 • 1437 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 • 2935 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 • 2935 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 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    he'll be Bishop next :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to nzlemming,

    'the Fish'

    just 'Fish'

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 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 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • CJM,

    'Fish' or 'Foul'?

    Auckland • Since Aug 2014 • 107 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 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 • 19740 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 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 7950 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 • 2622 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 • 7950 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

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